Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lost, Found or Hand-Me-Down

Today's LFHMD is a pretty special one.  You probably can't tell how special by the lame pic, but these are my Gram's hooks.  I am marking this one down as a "lost" because I have been searching for these for several months now and no one knew where to find them.  Naturally, I stumbled across them exactly where they should her yarn bag!  I am overjoyed.

PS-I am vacation for the rest of the week so I won't be around unless the gods bestow several extra hours in each day upon me.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Creative Space...

I'm a genius.  I know.  You don't have to tell ME.  Extending the wear of long sleeve kids' shirts with Stitch Witchery and giving them short sleeves is obviously my original idea.  I've been doing it for years...except that I haven't. 
Makes me wanna slap my forehead I didn't think to do this sooner.  So quick and thrifty.....I'm a bonehead.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lost, Found or Hand-Me-Down

 We've got a full three piece LFHMD of each.  Hooray!  The lineup is a little different as there is no vintage Gram-my treasures today, but have no fear-Gram's retro pieces will be popping up off and on for a while.  Leading the pack...
...a lost, or what I thought was lost, Astilbe sprout.  Planted last year this little clearance pod was a very sorry entry into the soil and, not surprisingly, never grew.  Even the little point of the pod no longer stuck its head above the dirt so I let the thought of him go until I was weeding this bed for the third time this Spring.  Then all of a sudden, he was there and I was overjoyed...because I am huge botanical NERD.
 Found....this guy.  Does anyone have any clue what kind of insect this is?  He followed me home from the grocery store Saturday and stuck around in the driveway for about three hours stroking his long, orange antennae.  Very cool and somewhat creepy. 

Believe it or not these blooms are hand-me-downs from a friend's mother.  She gave me a chunk of Hydrangea a few years back for helping her out with a yard sale.  This poor thing has been moved at least three times since her arrival...she just couldn't get comfy anywhere.  I think she has found her new home though under the Crape Myrtle.  Works for me-she produced three different colors of blooms for me this year and more are still budding.  I know it's a pH thing with the soil, but it still makes me giddy.

Link up if you are playing and leave a note in the comments.  Ciao!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Grand Poobah...

...wears silly hats and like waffles...
...lends a shoulder to lean on and pours the right amount of syrup...
...should have a parade in his honor for father's day, right?

We love you very much!  Thanks for being a rockin' awesome dude.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Creative Space....Maiden Voyage

Back in May I was scurrying as quickly as my hook (and job) would let me to finish up a food set for my little lady's 3rd birthday...and finish them I did.  This was a pretty significant accomplishment for me because a) I worked on these only during my lunch hour, ahem 45 minutes and b) these are my own original patterns, most of which I wrote down.  Huzzah!
To my satisfaction, Boober loved them.  She liked all of her gifts.  The day after her party she, uncharacteristically for her age, went through each gift again and made sure she explored and played with each one.  We make all kinds of soup and delicacies with the crocheted produce now, but I didn't want to stop there.
Which brings me to my current hooky adventure, although there are several I cannot discuss currently...a pear!  Now I have made a pear before and didn't write down the pattern and I started this one the same way-very dumb.  This time I went back before it was too late and wrote down what I already had worked up, so I will have to make another when I am done to make sure the pattern is accurate.  My hope is to make her all sorts of fun food and write a new pattern for each.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lost, Found and Hand-Me-Down

Today I want to share one of my favorite things in the whole world...........YARN!!!!!  Now I had a lot of yarn before, but this is all from Gram.  She filled up a small dresser with hand-me-down fibers of all different weights and colors and material.  And this isn't even all of it.  I have two handsome baskets on top of this overflowing with skeins of yarnage and one basket as decoration.  Who knows how much I have stashed elsewhere.  Needless to say, thanks to Gram I probably won't be buying any yarn for awhile.  Hubble make sure you thank her too.  She saved us a mint!
And where would my yarn go without...
...knitting needles!

Most of these belonged to Gram too and I am so grateful they were passed my way.  I remember watching her use many of these to make sweaters and blankets for the family and countless other people too.  Hopefully, I can render something wonderful on them as well.  After all, Gram is the one who taught me how to knit and crochet.  It would be a shame to let the sticks cool off.

Hope you can play along.  I am going to try to join up with Kirsty tomorrow Thursday for "My Creative Space" in case you are in the neighborhood.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lost, Found and Hand-Me-Down

Good morning!  Today is the first day of Lost, Found and Hand-Me-Down and I hope to get some players to learn some stories about your treasures too.  I wanted to start this because I inherited some pretty nifty and vintage trinkets from my Grandmother when she passed.  At first, I didn't feel like it was appropriate to go on the web and say "Hey, look what I've got!" and I still don't think it is.  However, I wanted to find a way to share these lovely pieces without exploiting my Gram's memory and instead showcasing their loveliness and sentimental value.  The good thing about this meme is that it can encompass so many other unique stories.  So without further ado it is time to share.....
....Vintage Corelle Ware

This is awesome to me for several reasons. First, I needed some dishes the kids couldn't break and fit all the other needs of a working mom and family.....and we all know function is a must with me so Corelle naturally fits the bill. Let me tell you, I have been looking at some Corelle and other similar dishes available now and I just wasn't pleased with any of the designs. I figured I would just sit tight and keep looking. Not an easy thing for me to do, but man, was it worth it.
As we were preparing for my Gram's estate sale I noticed this box of dishes ready to be set out.  I couldn't believe I hadn't seen them earlier!  Now vintage is not always my thing, but the design and simple blue and white color scheme made my heart skip a beat.  Not to mention the fact that this wonderful set was my Gram's and she used it to feed her 7 kids.  Yeah that's right, I said 7 and this set is for 7 people, not 8, so there is even some quirkiness to add to its charm.
I have found the teacups are exceptional dessert and fruit bowls.  The kids think it is funny to eat from them rather than drink.  So I hope you liked this post and hope you will play too.  It means a lot to me to share these things because I think they are so grand!  Hope to see your mug next Tuesday for another session.  Ciao!

Friday, June 4, 2010

(throat clearing) If I May Share With You.....

Sometimes I am really proud of the photos I take and even though it took me over 200 snaps of the shutter, I feel like it was worth it for these three gems.  And yes, these are photos of my kids and while I don't want to shove cute kiddie pics down anyone's throat I firmly believe these photos offer more than that.  Even still, my kids make great subjects.  ;)
I have a long way to go still, but for just using a digital camera with only a few manual controls I have found that I can capture beautiful images too..........just like the big kids (i.e. the pros or amateurs who think they're pro).  So, thank you for letting me share is kind of like undressing in front of a stranger with the lights on.

Sidenote:  I will be starting a weekly, interactive (hopefully) feature on Tuesday called "Lost, Found, and Hand-Me-Down".  I have recently inherited some interesting vintage and sentimental treasures and would like to share with you, but until now I was not ready to do so.  So if you have an item you recently thrifted or acquired through a family relation or if there is something you wish you still had-blog it and add your link on Tuesday.  See you then.