Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This week I’m just keepin’ it real, girls. It’s been one of those weeks, the kind that we all have (I think). I must have angered the water leak gods or something.

We came home last Tuesday evening to find water standing in the kitchen floor in front of the refrigerator. There was water dripping from the 'water in the door spout' that hasn’t worked in years. We’ve had this refrigerator since 1997.

We had to keep towels to soak up the water until my husband could take a look at it the next day. What he found was the spout in the back that supplies water to the icemaker had corroded and was stuck on. It took a whole evening to get the parts he needed to fix it but we were blissfully dry for the first time in 24 hours.

Then, Saturday evening Lindsey was in the kitchen making muffins when she came around the corner where I sat and said, ‘The sink is leaking.’ Well, that’s not uncommon, I knew I had a big pan underneath to catch any drips. ‘No, it’s Really leaking!’ I ran to see what was happening.

I had been doing a load of dishes and the water was gushing out the pipe. I shut off the dishwasher and I thought I needed to get that pan emptied so it could catch the rest of the water that was running out. I had Lindsey help me lift the very full, very heavy pan up to the sink where, what did I do? Yep, poured the water down the drain. Well, Lindsey had herself a good laugh. It didn’t occur to me where that water was going to go. I had to scramble to get another big bowl to put under there to catch That water.

I’m not taking anything for granted, but we’ve been dry now since late Saturday night.

This is a picture of my collection of wall pockets. This is above the island in the kitchen.

This is my kitchen island. It is hard keeping it clear because everything lands here. I don’t have a lot of counter space, so most of our ‘cooking’ is done here.

Everything was back to normal Monday so I made a pot roast. I had to try out my new roasting pan. It looks like I'm feeding an army, doesn't it?

I hope that you all are having a most blessed week! Twyla

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Are you ready for Easter? It's getting close!

Here is a few things we found yesterday at the flea markets.

I love finding paper dolls although usually they have been cut and bent or ripped, but I got lucky when I found this little booklet. It contains two uncut paper dolls and outfits. You are welecome to print her and enjoy!

I adore this little candle stick holder! I'm not sure what she's supposed to be but I love her outfit covered in polka dots!

I also found this scary looking doggie. What do you think? Scary or cute? He is in such good condition I haven't taken him out of his packaging yet. I'm not sure if it's original though.

Mom found this old granite Roaster. It had a tag on the inside that said it was over 40 years old and had come from an estate sale.

She also found this cute little granite cream can. It's a reproduction but still too cute!

Here is my newest scrapbook layout!

With a big velvet flower and vintage aqua ric rac!

This Spring bunny layout has flocked bunnies!

We hope you have all had a fun weekend!

Wishing you good week, Lindsey and Twyla

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I thought I would start off by showing you a couple more pictures from a vintage Barbie book that Elizabeth of Creative Breathing gave to me.

Mom gave me this beautiful Barbie last week. She told me it was an early Easter present! She is called Timeless Silhouette Barbie and she came out in the year 2000. I remember that I thought she was so lovely because of her beautiful dress. The silhouettes along the bottom remind me of a 1959 Ponytail Barbie.

I found this vintage Barbie train case Saturday. It's in wonderful condition! The case is from 1961.

I don't own this Barbie but I wanted to show her dress to you. It is a very desirable dress among collectors. It's called Gay Parisienne #964 from 1959. This bubble dress was only shown in the 1959 catalog.

Now for this year celebrating Barbie's 50th birthday, Mattel is coming out with this Silkstone Dealer's Exclusive Barbie.
The original Gay Parisienne dress was reinvented to commemorate the original dress.

Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers! I still don't know anything but whether I get the job or not I plan to shop there and become very friendly and known in that store and hopefully get a job there someday!

Wishing you a grand day, Lindsey

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I’m just a country girl at heart. I love the country style and would love to ‘country’ up my house more than it is.

Here are a few of the little country treasures I have found at the flea markets lately.

I am still drawn to these wall pockets. I found this one Saturday and just couldn’t resist the cheery sentiment – enjoy yourself.

It is always exciting to find a new piece of my Folk Art Pfaltzgraff and I found this canister Saturday. It is just very rare to run into this pattern.

Spring is popping up like mushrooms around my house.
These adorable mushrooms came in the mail today. They sure are cute! Thanks Deb!

I had an order for some of my crocheted mushrooms and I would like to show a sneak peak of how they are coming along.

Here they are on a small Christmas tree.

I thought I would show you a picture of my little red rocking chair. My grandpa had it made for me when I was one year old. There was family who were furniture builders. I always loved my chair and I sat in it until I did’nt fit in it anymore. I still remember the last time I sat in it and was scared that I wouldn’t be able to get out of it! I have kept it all these years.

How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood, When fond recollection presents them to view. – Samuel Woodworth

Lindsey has been making the Best banana bread lately. I thought I would share her recipe with you.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 9x5 loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a seperate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack.

Wishing you all much happiness! Twyla

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hello friends! We have had such a fun weekend so far! Friday night, my Brother and I went to Borders for the Twilight movie midnight release party! It was a really long night but we accomplished our goal! We came out with our copies of Borders exclusive edition of the movie!

I recently did an ATC swap and here are the beautiful cards I received!

Mom and I took a trip today to a town about half an hour away to visit their 3 flea markets where I found the cute book picture at the top of the post. Every time we go we always stop in at their local scrapbook store and today was no exception. They have a wonderful store filled with the newest collections from my favorite brands! Here are the lovely sheets I got today.

While checking out, we found out that amazingly they are going to open up a second store in our city! But that's not the best part! We are REALLY close! Within a couple minutes close! I wish I had known about it sooner so I am afraid I am already too late but I have applied to work there! It would be so wonderful! I am asking please for your hopes and prayers that I could get so lucky and have a job there! I really hope so! But if not, I will still enjoy shopping there so much!

I wanted to share a few of the layouts that I have been working on to sale on ebay.

This layout was inspired by my Mom's love for mushrooms!

I really enjoy the art of scrapbooking but I don't always have photos to go along with the beautiful paper, so I decided to pre-make layouts and sell them.

Sorry for the quality of the photos. It's been a wet and gloomy day here.

This is a Marie Antoinette inspired layout.

I used a vintage pin on this page and a vintage earring on the other page.

This is my newest layout I just finished. A Spring Easter layout.

I love Cosmo Cricket's double sided scrapbook paper! It is definitely my favorite brand. This is their spring line from last year.

I love how it turned out using my vintage Easter cards!

Please wish me lots of luck! I am really excited!

Wishing you happiness, Lindsey