Monday, December 31, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

many books have i
i love books
i also have a lil cuz
& we share ideas
(many over the years)
she said she took all the
dust covers off her books
well, why didn't i think of that?

first i did the library several months ago
wonderful - bindings beautiful
then saturday, during my christmas
extravaganza of decorating
i took on the den book shelves
it is so fun to just throw them
on the floor
what a mess, but somehow
it didn't bother me
kinda like a carpet of books
i knew if i left them there long
enough, someone would pick
them up - thank you so much

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Texas Trash
our favorite
each year when i make
texas trash
i think of the best cook
who shared her recipe
with me many years ago
Joann Piper
the best cook i know
well, one of two
my mother was the other best cook
they both had a way of
"tweeking" a recipe to make it outstanding
their recipes have become a tradition
with this family
& i think of them often

looking forward to munching on
texas trash
with native texan sailor son
& his fiance from Ohio
bet they don't have
texas trash in
washington dc

Friday, December 14, 2012

while visiting the angelgirls
i saw a least 2
pink Christmas trees
(from me) 
it just never occured to me
that 4 generations have been
involved in
pink Christmas trees
my beloved Mother & Daddy purchased
this pink flocked tree in the mid century
cause I just had to have it
(being a Christmas "vignetter")
oh, dear - how sad is this?
the tree clashed with all our
family ornaments & wrapping paper
& yes, my velvet red dress

it seems also that i was not too
thrilled with the results of the tree
but, i probably was suffering with
asthma, which was a seasonal
thing with me back then

ever since then
we've always had some
hint of a pink tree
just to remind me of
a parents love


Monday, December 10, 2012

while in Rhode Island
one of my favorite things was
reading to the Angelgirl's
with props that were magical
what a sweet group of children
also, sending
Cinderella & her Prince Charming
to the Military Ball
a highlight & honor to see them
side by side
she was gorgeous as was her gown
& it was this formal military jacket
that brought tears to my eyes
thank you for what you do everyday
for this country & family

Saturday, December 8, 2012

a trip to Rhode Island to see
the Angelgirls4
back home now
after a magical time
i can still feel how
my heart felt
seeing & holding them
for a happy reunion!
missing them today

on a Christmas Decorating
extravaganza, however
may the castle
be merry & bright!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

on these thanksgiving days
we are thankful for
family & friends &
the grace that God gives us
 this family needed some joy
 glass glitter brings much joy to these folks
~just remember~
as far as everyone knows
we're just a nice normal family
(glittered crowns & glitter beard)

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 2012

with a pink glow
just a little updating to
a totally pink room
changing bedding to white quilts
& white pillows with hint of pink

 might leave the second bed pink
might paint it white
 adding vintage photos of
girls & friends
me, my mother, my aunt
& some friends unknown
 what is going on up here in
that pink room??
Beatrix Potter to the rescue
immediately inspecting white
with tiny muddy paws
 oh, look
a vintage snoopy
my friend
not playing with that
it's 35 years old
given to stephanie
from brandi piper
 this is way fun
" hope i don't get whitened", BP

 thinking of the angelgirls
little women
so kind & loving
all the thyme
a soft retreat
surrounded by memories
& gentle treasures
ps - might faux paint the walls to look more
vintage - just thinking about that

Monday, November 12, 2012

 punching, sewing, tagging
stamping, vanilla dying, 
glittering, misting, cutting
packaging & assembling
displaying, photographing,
delivering, selling, enjoying
 it takes alot to bee me
solar drying
garlands are about 9 feet in length
 ready for the swanky shop
 ephemera extraordinaire
a unique garland made from
vintage papers, junk mail,
books & found documents...
Each is one-of-a-kind & made
with great joy & creativity
to add a bit of magic
to your vignette
these are made from Christmas papers
& vintage sheet music
& a little special presentation
of a sample garland for the
proprietor of the shop
bee sure to visit there
Bloom & Bee Swanky
downtown waco

Thursday, November 8, 2012

first baptist church waco

have your cake & coffee, too
vintage cake carriers
& toile aprons, plus a
few vintage ones for charm
 crunched wax paper wrap
the twinkle lights
 the best of cooks
always come through
with delicious platters
of loved baked food &
fruit, casseroles, juices

 plastic, never the best choice
however, baker's twine &
recipe for a happy day
party favor
makes it better
 rose geranium pound cake
on mackenzie/childs platter
some ladies had never
tasted this yummy classic
of this cook
on most days i wear an apron
have many - vintage & new
with activity level
they work magically
what a blessed study of Phillipians
lead by our young minister
so mature & insightful
a precious group of ladies
all ages
coming together each week
studying &singing
caring & praying & supporting
each other
what a blessing

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

vignette all set
table painted
drinks poured
card game going

 rearranging of LR
 table works it's magic
as unexpected piece of
furniture in the right place

 oh, dear
tile falls off of old fireplace
oops - what was that?
the drama of it all!
thinking this isn't good
hope it's not a big project
on the other hand
i have some antique tiles
in storage that would
really look great
hum, perhaps at this time of year
it is just best to have the tile guy
put these back on
is that possible?
"the cobbler's children have no shoes"
(from BrazosStarHomes)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

hello, i'm still here
been to big city
had big fun with
best friends
now back to vintage
 love this table -  bought from
Bloom & Bee Swanky
great patina - try to keep little table
clutter free - so just in case you want
to put something down
you don't have to move something
to do put it there - not always easy
 must have magical small table to go by
fabulous red leather chairs in LR
by redone fireplace
so i tablenapped this old
typewriter table from my office
 Beatrix Potter, "what will she paint next?"
painted legs gesso black
black & magic gold trim
now embellishing the rust
patina & put in sun to dry

will let you know how it turns out
hoping for magic!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

old fireplace redo
uninstall gas logs
(2 trips to lowes for gas caps)
this just seems more magical
vintage music wrapped candles
with magicgold formula
 painted candelabra
unscented candles are
very hard to find
i do so love how the
old brick glows
against the flames
stay warm & cozy

Friday, October 26, 2012

 i live in an old house
built in 1925
there are many
magical things
not found in new construction
this is the lock for the
big front door
recently i painted it
the magical fix gold

the above picture is the unlocked
position - resting on its holder
now door is locked &
i mean locked
no one is coming in this door!
its pure magic
bolted shut & locked up safe!
love it

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

a few post ago
i mentioned bean supper
signs i often saw in maine
thinking i need one
the old piece of paneling
in the garage
called to my creativity
 chalk board paint &
a sunny warm day
saw horses & a roller=
chalk board
 needed embellishment
gesso swirls!
 after required 24 hr drying
it is best to "season" the board
by turning stick of chalk on its side
& covering the whole board
after erasing seasoning
messages are easily erased
(often is hard to erase image
without seasoning first)
magic extraordinaire
ready for message
bean supper tonight!