Sunday, April 27, 2008

A new passion

Recently my mom discovered Dutch blogs. The clean,crisp and uncluttered style of them is very beautiful. I enjoy them, but she loves them. Now she wants to paint everything white! She is very inspired by the simple beauty of their lives and homes.
I have listed to the side her favorite ones. Maybe one of you will discover you love Dutch blogs too!

Here are pictures of a blue collar she crocheted for Muffin. I think his silvery fur looks pretty with the blue.

These two dolls are Mom's new treasures. The bigger one we found at a thrift store. Mom crocheted the blue shoes for her .

The little one's basket crib was bought at the thrift store and the doll I found at a flea market in a half price booth.

I found this Mason jar this weekend but it was missing it's lid so Mom created this Jar bonnet for it. I love it. I think it's cuter than a lid.

Happy crafting, Twyla and Lindsey

What a day

Wow! I feel like I died and went to flea market heaven yesterday!
We discovered this week that there is a huge flea market in the middle of town that we didn't even know existed.
A friend that we work with had sent me some pictures she took (mostly of poodles) while flea marketing earlier this week of things she thought I would like.
When I asked her where she got them she told me Charlie's. I looked at her and said "where?". I had never heard of it before. I could not believe that there was a flea market here in town that had such cute poodle stuff and I had never been. My Mom said she had heard of it before but didn't know where it was at. So needless to say I found out where it was with plans to go this weekend to buy a cute vintage poodle planter she had told me about.
The next day when I got to work there was a bag in my locker and there inside was the poodle planter. She had gone back after work to buy it for me. I was so thrilled it made my day!

She also got me this adorable kitty book and vintage patterns.

So after going to our usual favorite stores Saturday morning we headed out to find Charlie's Place flea market. When we pulled in to the parking lot there were tables set out across the end of the lot, turns out they were having a parking lot sale this weekend to.
So we glanced at a few tables but we were too eager to get inside to concentrate on what was out there. I did find a table of vintage jewelry outside so I got a hand full their for only two dollars!
When we walked in the door I can only describe the feeling as if I were Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz walking out of her house into the magical land of Oz.
This place was huge and was filled with rows upon rows of booths. I was giddy with excitement of what I was gonna find! I am sure I looked pretty stupid cause the grin on my face was huge! After about the fourth booth I had a hand full of beautiful vintage cards all fifty cents each! By the time we were half way through we were wishing they provided carts cause our arms were full!

I amazingly managed to restrain myself not to spend too much although I have feeling I will want go back all the time!
It was a vintage lovers dream come true! I couldn't help but think of all my blog friends as I went down the aisles. I seen a booth filled with vintage dresses that would have looked amazing on Jennifer of Sweet eye Candy Creations and enamel flower pins that I read that Scrappy Jessi collects, but I sadly could not afford everything I wanted or I would have bought half the store!
After we left there we headed to another flea market down the street that we hadn't been to in a while and I ended up spending twice as much there. I sure didn't expect to, but I couldn't pass this stuff up. Most of it was only a dollar each so in the end it was worth it. I love all my goodies and can't wait to get started creating and displaying with my cute stuff but first I've got to finish up getting ready for the upcoming parties!

I have most pictures ready for the childhood party, but I need to tap in to my pirate side for more inspiration on getting ready the Pirate Soiree. I can't wait to see what everyone creates for that. I am sure once I start looking at the participating blogs I'm going to start kicking myself thinking wow, why didn't I think of that. Can't wait!
Here are the things I picked up at the thrift stores yesterday morning. The poodles were at a little thrift store benifiting the local animal shelter.

So I have a new favorite flea market and a new favorite friend at work who with out I might not have ever found this flea market!

Have an inspiring week everyone, Lindsey

Monday, April 21, 2008

A yarn post

I have forgotten to show what Mom's been creating lately so here's the things she's been doing.
These dishcloths (the one on the right is mine)were made using Brin's pattern from My messy, thrilling life.
She used this beautiful variegated sugar and cream called Violet Stripes in mine. Funny thing is our Hobby Lobby seems to be putting their new colors of yarn on the clearance aisle. So we definitely stocked up when we found a pile of these so cheap.

Mom was given an old doily that was from a garage sale and these are the ones she made after figuring out the pattern.
Although it's spring I asked for one in Halloween colors too.
I also asked for a dishcloth in the same colors.

My newest pair of house shoes she made using bright springy colors. The variegated being a new color of Red Heart that was also on the clearance aisle.

These are the two afghans that shes working on right now. I already told her I want them both but I don't think she believes me!!!!
Her ripple afghan has all my favorite colors in it and the other looks so thick and cozy.

Here's what I made this weekend. A tussie mussie. I think it turned out pretty good. I haven't had a whole lot of luck getting them to shape the way I want but I'm happy with this one.

Have a crafty day, Lindsey

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Meet our new baby

This is our new dog, Muffin. He looks like a Bichon Frise but he's a Bolognese.
We have fallen deeply in love with him. He has such a sweet personality and he's already two so we didn't have to go through the difficult puppy stage with him.

A guy that my Dad works with wasn't able to take care of him anymore so he was given to us. We are so lucky to have been given such a precious dog. He's also such a rare breed it's amazing that we were given one.

Here are my latest goodies I got Saturday.
I have been so lucky lately finding ribbons and lace. I have been hoping to find vintage pom poms for a while although, I would liked them to have been pink instead of white but I'll take what I can get.

I was thrilled to find this apron made out of a couple of hankies at the thrift shop too.

They also had a whole tray full of vintage hankies. Here are a few of the ones I picked out.

I have been collecting this line of pink kitchen accessories at T.J. Maxx for a while now and last weekend my Brother found me this new piece, a coffee canister. The rest of my collection has been put away until the day I have my own kitchen but I decided that I should start finding other ways to use them in the mean time. So I filled this with my newest stack of fat quarters.

I also thought I would share our replica pair of Ruby Slippers.
I think it's fascinating as you can see that the sequins are Blood red not Bright red as they look in the movie. Back when the movie was made they used Technicolor and so for them to look bright red they needed to be a darker shade.

These were made using a pair of 1930's french heeled shoes to look like the remaining pairs look now.
Vintage and worn. A replica of the shoe label was custom made to match the one's on the originals.

Each shoe has over 2,400 sequins and the bows have Swarovski crystals on them.

A must have item for any Wizard of Oz fan. The temptation to try them on would be to much to resist if only they weren't a size 5. Why did Judy Garland have to have such small feet.

Have a happy Monday, Lindsey