27
Feb
2015
Longing for Spring
Tags: Life, winter, spring, snow, polar vortex, photoshop, vintage magazines
Just thought I'd pop in to say ... I'm done with Winter.  What a winter we've had!  Snow, snow, and more snow!  I'm really longing for Spring ...

I've had a hard time concentrating for more than a minute for many months now, which has made blogging difficult to say the least!  Life is full and I've found my heart stayed on loved ones who need a bit of assistance at this time. I've been helping my daughter who is expecting "Baby Girl" in just about a month as well as other family members who occasionally need a helping hand.  I feel I'm losing my passion for writing though and that makes me sad so here I am!

Today I worked on some fun graphics taken from vintage magazines.  I really, really love playing in Photoshop.  What do you think?

image of Is it Spring Yet

Years ago my mom stumbled upon a whole box of magazines from the 50s and 60s.  They're a bit musty smelling but they're great for crafting and scanning.  It's so fun to see advertisements from my childhood.  Here's an old Tide Detergent image I "enhanced."

image of Woman in Pink with Laundry

I'm looking forward to my second grandchild with much anticipation.  The ultrasound technician said it's a girl so we're planning on that.  I hope she was accurate because all the purchases and preparations have been in "pink!" 

I found this sweet vintage embroidery and have it framed in my sewing room.  Pretty much sums it up!

image of Vintage Grandmother Poem Embroidery


Thanks for stopping by and God bless,

Lynn

I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 3/5/2015, Sue Barth wrote:
 I love your enhancements on those vintage photos! And, being a grandmother, myself, the embroidery work says it all! It's good to see you writing once again - I've missed reading your posts!"
On 3/23/2015, Sylvia Faye wrote:
 What a happy surprise to find you have another posting. I keep checking as you were my favourite blogger as you came across as 'my neighbor', 'my friend', 'my sister'. I have missed you. We have a new 'great' grandson who arrived last Sunday. We will be seeing him on Tuesday. This baby had lots & lots of prayer as he was not (by the doctor) expected to make it, told the mother the baby would not be mentally healthy, etc. as he had two cords to the heart instead of three His sister was a difficult pregnancy and birth...this one was a good birth and weighted over 8 pounds. God is so good and answers prayers. I always pray for expectant moms for a safe delivery of a healthy baby and wlll add your daughter to my list. Another great-grandchild is due in October...this will be their 8th child. They have 4 girls and 3 boys. With a grateful heart, Sylvia Faye"


13
Oct
2014
Fabric Pumpkins and a Pickin' Party
Tags: Vintage, fabric pumpkins, diy fabric pumpkins, cloth pumpkins, felted wool pumpkin, sweater pumpkin, vintage fabric pumpkin, fall decor
My enormous vintage fabric stash has been whispering to me. And now, besides every weight, width, and weave of vintage fabric, I'm collecting wool sweaters and felting them for more sewing fun. I can't help myself.

So as the leaves begin to fall and the temperature begins to drop, I got the itch to make fabric pumpkins. There's a plethora of fine tutorials on Pinterest. I took bits and pieces from several sources and added my own creativity to fashion my little pumpkins but used the easy-to-download pattern pieces Positively Splendid offers on her excellent tutorial. You can find it here.





I used a pair of men's shorts from the 50's, two women's skirts, some drapery fabric, and various cotton remnants from my stash.  I cut the leaves and stems from felted wool sweaters and had fun embellishing the leaves with simple machine stitching. 



To make the curly-cues, I bought a jug of liquid starch and poured a couple inches into a Pyrex cup.  I cut lengths of twine, dipped them in the starch (messy!!), and then wound the twine tightly around pencils, securing each end with old clothespins.  I let them dry overnight and then just slipped them off the pencils and secured them to the pumpkins.  I think it's a cute touch.

Since my "pumpkin patch" grew so quickly, I decided to give them away at my sister and brother-in-law's annual "Papa's Pumpkin Patch Pickin' Party," this past weekend.  The girls all drew numbers and picked their favorite pumpkin, starting with my niece Jenn, who drew #1. 





My daughter Kelly was happy with her pumpkin.  We had lots of fun and lots of laughs.  Indulging in donuts and good food is always part of the festivities too, as well as games for the kids and lots of tag in the yard. 





The kids get to pick their own pumpkins which were grown from seeds they helped Papa plant in the Spring.  Getting them up to the house in the wheelbarrow is a group effort!







Little Theo, my grandson, thought he'd give it a try.  Maybe next year, Buddy ...

Happy Fall!!

Lynn
I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 10/13/2014, Sue wrote:
 What a great tradition this is! And your fabric pumpkins are super cute - what talent you have! I've missed your posts - welcome back!"
On 11/1/2014, Marianne wrote:
 Hi, Lynn! I'm glad to see you posting. Your pumpkins are gorgeous! It looks like everyone had such a grand time - what fun! And my-O-my...Theo's has gotten so big - what a darling little boy. I hope all is well with you and your beloved family. Hugs, Marianne"
On 11/9/2014, sylvia faye wrote:
 I am so happy to have you back...I feel as though you are a dear friend and I have missed you. Love your pumpkins and all the happy family pictures. With a grateful heart,"
On 11/10/2014, Joy wrote:
 Just out blog hopping and I am a new follower. Tried to post before but it said I had made an error. Love the cloth pumpkins and you have a great looking family ;)"
On 11/17/2014, RHome410 wrote:
 Those are so cute!!! Love the fabrics that make them extra homey and cozy."


11
Feb
2014
Blue for Ben ...
Tags: Vintage, vintage Pendleton, blanket, wool blankets, prayer, God's comfort
A sweet little boy named Ben is undergoing life-threatening brain surgery as I write these words.

I've never met him but I love his family ... I've known them for many years.

When I had my hysterectomy, his Nana - who is also my dear friend, Donna - brought over a huge plastic tote filled with yummy food.  I had been so nauseous during my eight day stay in the hospital that I'd barely eaten a thing for many days.  Tucked in that big tote was a Tupperware bowl full of fresh watermelon.  I'll never forget ... I scarfed that watermelon down like it was my job!!  And felt tremendously better afterwards.  I love Donna.

Fast forward eight years later ... when I got the news that my Ed had died, Donna was at my house in record time.  I got the word at about 10 p.m.  I was already in bed when my pastor came to our door.  I'm sure Donna was in her bed too.  Yet there she was.  And she, along with many others, stayed and prayed and cried and hugged me till the wee hours of the night. 



Because Donna and her family live their faith and have shown the love of Christ to so many people, they have thousands of people praying for them today.  A Facebook group was started called "Blue for Ben" and everyone is wearing blue today as a way of showing our love and support for this dear boy.  I've got my blue on!

This need is great and sometimes fear and worry creep in and suddenly there seems to be a chill in the air.  Ben's mom, Mindy, has shared her heart on her Facebook page and it's been touching and inspiring.  I want to wrap them all up in a warm and cozy blanket and take this pain and heartache away from them but I can't.

Only God can. 



Only God is able to reach down from heaven and whisper peace and hope and comfort to a heart that reels with the "what if's" that plague each of us when the unthinkable happens.  How does a four-year-old get a brain tumor the size of a fist?  I don't have the answer, but I know that bad things happen to good people all the time.  Those of us who have experienced the unthinkable know that Jesus spoke the truth when he said, "In this world, you will have trouble."



He went on to say, however, "But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33) Now those words bring comfort.  Those words can warm a cold, weary heart.  Those words bring encouragement to the soul facing the unknown ... like my friends.

Like Ben. 

And his mom and dad.

And his twin brother Jack.

And his little sister Megan.

And his Nana Donna, my dear friend.



I have a little 3 x 5 card on my desk that is a constant reminder to me of one of God's promises to us.

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me;
Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever;
forsake not the works of Thine own hands."  (Psalm 138:8)

I claimed this verse for my own son Ben in April of 2010 and I keep this card handy as a visual reminder to me of God's amazing love and ability.  He is able to do all things but sometimes, as we know, he chooses to allow pain and suffering.  I pray that isn't the case with our little four-year-old friend.  I pray God grants him a long, happy, productive life and that this season of trouble will be a faint memory.  God knows about this concern and He is able. 



I love my collection of vintage wool blankets.  Some are Pendleton, some made in Scotland, and some just old and well-loved.  In the days before cars had heaters, these blankets were necessary for warmth.  We often quip, "Bundle up!" when our kids head outside (especially this winter!), but years ago people literally had to bundle up when traveling to keep the cold at bay.  Dare I confess I snap up these old blankets every time I find them when I'm out thrifting?  I do.  What's one more collection, right?

Today these old blankets whispered to me of the warmth of friendship and how we all need each other and of how kindness and prayer are more valuable than any of us may ever know.  I hope you'll join me in praying for my friend Donna's little grandson, Benjamin.  His surgery is supposed to last about six hours and then the road to recovery begins.  They don't know if the tumor is cancerous yet.  Like I said, this is a big need, but we have a BIG God who knows all about it.  I hope that warms your heart like it does mine :)

 


I participate in the following parties: Flea Market Finds, It's Party Time, Restyle Sunday at Stylish Once Again, Spiritual Sundays, Sunday's Best at My 1929 Charmer, Today's Thrifty Treasures, Make It Pretty Monday, Marketplace Monday at Common Ground, Masterpiece Monday, Meet Me Monday, More The Merrier Monday, Mosaic Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Uncommonly Yours, Cowgirl Up, Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Party, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays, Northern Cottage Party Time, Sew-Crafty Tuesday at Ruby Jean's, Tabletop Tuesday, Talent Tuesday, Tuesday Trash to Treasure at Sassy Sites, Tuesday's Treasures, Tweak It Tuesday, Twice Owned Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Penny Pinching Party, Primp Your Stuff Wednesday, REDnesday, Share The Love Wednesday, Whatever You Want Wednesday, What's It Wednesday, White Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesday, 100 Ideas Under $100 at Beyond the Picket Fence, Coloradolady, Delightfully Inspiring Thursday at Delightful Order, Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack, House of Hepworth's, Open House, Thrift'n on a Thursday at Savvy City Farmer, Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating, Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Anything Blue, Be Inspired Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Feature Friday Free For All at 5D5W, Fridays Unfolded, MMS Furniture Feature Friday, Potpourri Friday 2805, Show and Tell Fridays, The Charm of Home, Thrifty Things Friday, What Have Your Redone at Redoux, A Few of My Favorite Things, Favorite Things at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Funky Junk Interiors, Get Schooled Saturday, Pink Saturday, Show and Tell Saturdays

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On 2/13/2014, marge wrote:
 What a beautiful request for prayers. Mine, and I hope many more, are with Ben today."


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