Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time to join Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday. See you there too I hope.

For VTT this week I choose to share a tiny cut crystal budvase.

This petite beauty was passed down to me from my grandmother but I'm not sure how much farther it goes back in our family. It's about 3" tall and as you can see perfect for a few sprigs of lavender from the garden. And can't you just imagine a tiny rose bud looking fine in there too? It appears to be cut glass and not pressed.
Too tell you the truth it had been forgotten in my china cupboard until a couple weeks ago when I wanted to cut some lavender. I feel bad about that but I don't believe in coincidence so it must have popped out at me just so I could share it with all of you.

Thanks for stopping by on Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Quite the Drama Queen

Lucy is quite the drama queen. In the evening she and the resident pescator vie to see who gets the final say on the arrangement of four pillows in the middle of the sofa before they settle in to watch t.v. Well tonight the 'rp' is out pescating and the 'dq' is pouting about that. And of all things, the other third of our trio (me) piled the pillows on the 'dq's end of the sofa. This is how I found her playing her favorite role 'the martyr'.

P.S. The antique yardstick on the back of the sofa is not used for paddling. the 'rp' uses it to fish the tennis ball from under the sofa; another ritual of the evening.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Thrifty Treasures"

Having a day off and looking forward to accomplishing a few things in between just plain enjoying the day.

Here are some thrifty finds from GW. I've started a collection of this type of shaker and this is #2. Right now they are on the back of my stove but I think they would look pretty with colored water in the sun. What do you think?
The picture reminds me of cooler days to come since the long hot summer days have arrived.

Enamel or wooden pins are a favorite of mine and as my friend at Bella Della Farm says, 'they jumped into my car'.

The leaf pin is actually a lovely shade of green and I bet you know when I will be wearing the red white n blue star.

Over the last few years I have taken a liking to sleighs and was happy to find this one. It is very heavy.

Those are my thrifty treasures; each $2 or less. And now I look forward to seeing what jumped in your carts lately.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What A Difference an Afternoon makes...

The weather was iffy and we were so so about going to the flea market today but decided to chance it anyway. can guess the rest of the story---a great find.

Have you seen the Ikea ad where the lady tells her huband 'get the car; get the car' because she thinks they charged her the wrong LOW prices? Well, I asked the price and when she said $2, I paid and turned to my resident Pescator and said 'just take it and go; just take it and go' HAHA

The original plan was to paint it for on the porch but the Pescator said maybe not.And what to my wondering eyes did appear? ---solid unblemished walnut
What a beauty for by the door to replace the t.v. tray he now leaves his keys, official pescator certificate (aka fishing license :), etc. on

Oh well, there's always next week for that empty spot on the porch : ).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Welcome. Today I am joining Cindy at Romantic Homes for Show n Tell and I have chosen to share a corner of my kitchen. As you step through the doorway you may notice a few things change before your eyes but isn't that what home decorating is all about?

My Mom loved to quilt and I am blessed to have several of her creations to call my own. And yes, we use them. She wouldn't have it any other way. The one in the first picture includes embroidered squares done by my great grandmother which were tucked away in a drawer for many years until my Mom decided to place them in this quilt.
This one is a quilted tablecloth and I love the colors she chose.
I refinished the sewing cabinet which was given to me a few years ago. The back ledge lifts up for storage. The needlepoint cardinal on the wall was stitched by my grandmother and the chair belonged to my uncle. It always sat at the large oak desk I'm sitting at right now. (but the story of that piece will be for another day)

These lovely doilies were each crocheted by my mother, an aunt, or myself and the small table cloth was a bridal shower gift to my mother in 1947. I like having them out here to remind me of each of them.
And finally this friendly little hen was a thrift store find of mine. And oh yes, the wooden cakestand in the center was handmade by my grandfather in his workshop.

Thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to see what each of you has to share as well.
Attempting to link for the first time
Please meet my great aunt, Miss Margaret Davis Barnett, who in the early 1900s took a 'Homesteading Train' from Virginia to eastern Oregon along with many others including her two brothers. It is a prized possession and done I believe in pastels.
Please visit for many more wonderful Vintage Thingies.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Last Friday's Finds
The weather was perfect for Yard Sales and these are the gems that were waiting to be relocated 'atMuldoon'.

Some have found a special spot; some will be tucked away to use later and some are still a question mark. It's hard to choose a favorite but the child's skates are high on the list at only $3 and will be featured at Christmas. The windmill tile will be added to my collection. The Mt Vernon tile is a reminder of a very special vacation as a child and later when we went there as a family and speaks to my love of American History. And the wicker pieces have given a summer look to our family room.

As I look at the colors in these photos I see a revealing pattern of the shades that speak to me.

The bonus 'find' was a friend from years gone by---nice.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Something I've meant to do for a very long time

I have always liked fabric covered bulletin boards with the ribbon to tuck notes, photos and whatever behind. And I always wanted it beside my desk. So....good in everything bad. My office work was all caught up by noon and Monday became a half day. Of course what better to do with my unexpected free time than to stop by a few blogs. While visiting "Daisy Cottage" and finding that Kim will be away for a few weeks I wanted to make a note on my calendar. And suddenly an inspiration---time to get the fabric and essentials to finally create my board.

It only took a few minutes to find exactly what was needed. A scrap of green/ivory toille

and a rectangle of styrofoam. Grabbed the tin full of my mom's quilting pins plus the scrapping drawer of ribbons and thirty minutes or less later----voila!

And since creativity seems to have hit, next, out comes the cardstock and other scrapping goodies to make pretty snippets for notes rather than plain old paper.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

---Eleanor Roosevelt
As far as I know, I'm not in any hot water but then I did just get up. It does however look like the longest day of the year is going to be a hot one.

Our little decoy at the goldfish pond has found a shady spot. Maybe I'll join her after work : ).

The fish look cool and happy too.

Here's hoping all of you find a cool spot to enjoy this day as well.

And so my day begins

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad,
My gentle father with your quick wit and dry sense of humor. Your beginnings were humble and remained that way throughout your life and you used it as a testimony of learning to be happy whatever your circumstance. No fancy bassinet for you but rather a drawer from a chest of drawers; born as a tiny twin along with your sister. I wish I could ask if it was one of the drawers from the chest I now have. Why didn't I think to ask that when the story was told over and over?

Thank you for passing onto me a love of family history and stories of the community we live in. Thank you for setting the example of doing well in school. I could never imagine leaving my family as you did and living with another just to be able to attend high school.
Thank you for your service to our country in WWII in the South Pacific. And again for the many stories of that time of your life including the one where you sent the same letter to three girls back home and Mom was the only one to answer. You rascal. I was never sure weather to believe that one. But I will always remember the look between the two of you when "Sentimental Journey" was played.
Thank you for your work ethic and again the example you set by getting up everyday and going off to work without complaining.
So many more thankyous. Maybe a few more on your birthday. Most of all thank you for your faith and allowing God to work through you so that I could learn to know and trust Him too.
What I wouldn't give for one more toothless smile as I turned the corner into your room.

Your loving Daughter

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunnyside of life. And everybody deserves a little sunshine
---Jeffrey Glassberg

Being tired of the beach theme this spring it all started with this shower curtain and it's brightly colored butterflies.
Next came this dainty little wreath with yet another butterfly.And then browsing around the craft store I spied these airy butterflies on thin wiresand suddenly they were landing
A few even fluttered across the miles to my office

Have you found your butterfly today?

Friday, June 18, 2010


Posted my 1st blog last night (as you can see : ) and there are many more already forming in my head. Hmm, this could be a real balancing act. I tend to get all caught up in my new ventures but I still have an office to go too. But that's o.k. because organizing is one of my favorite pasttimes and that goes for my time as well.

Oh well, "I'll think about that tomorrow". As for today, I took off the morning to go garage saling. Here is what I found at GW on my lunch hour earlier this week.

For some reason 'add image' isn't working at the moment so the before picture of the bench will have to wait. I spied it on way to the check-out and decided $10 was o.k for the great condition it is in, and very sturdy. Imagine my delight when I got home and found a yardsale or flea market ticket hanging from one leg that said 'bench-$55.00'---YEA!!!

Off to make my shopping list and hit the road.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

So here I am venturing into Blogland to share my little corner of the world at Muldoon. exhale(well that wasn't so hard) I discovered this wonderful avenue of expression a couple of weeks ago and have peeked into many, many blogs and stayed for a visit at several. Then last Saturday I stopped by at Bella Della Farm and when I laughed out loud at 'date night' I knew I had found a whole new world to explore and enjoy. What better way to get acquainted than by sharing a few photos just to say hello. Lucy wanted to be a part of my new adventure too. I looking forward to posting a little of this and that every day or so and hope that my little corner of the world will brighten someone else's too.
Light Tomorow with Today
---Elizabeth Barrett Browning