Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'll Be Back Soon

Sorry I've been away from my blog and from visiting and commenting on your blogs.  I developed a corneal ulcer on my right eye late last week and the ulcer has made my eyes extremely sensitive to light.  Unfortunately that includes the bright light from the computer monitor so I am unable to do any work on the computer.

I am getting good care and hope this is resolved soon.

Looking forward to getting back and seeing what you all have been up to.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Garage Sale Project

I stopped at my first spring garage sale last Thursday and was not disappointed.  An older gentleman was selling a lifetime of tools and I am not exaggerating when I say he had hundreds of tools for sale.  I really didn't need tools but I had fun digging through everything looking for something that I might repurpose.   What I ended up buying was a wonderful, old 50 ft. cloth measuring tape (50 cents), 5 brass hose nozzles to add to my collection ($1.00 apiece) and these old screwdrivers for 35 cents apiece.
I loved the aged, wood handles on the screwdrivers and thought I might be able to come up with an idea to give these old screwdrivers a new life.

Today at Hobby Lobby I purchased a couple of these small, round, unfinished wood pieces. 
They are 30% off this week so they cost 35 cents apiece.

I painted the wood base black and drilled a hole through the middle of it.  I also drilled a hole in the bottom of the wood handle of one of the screwdrivers.   I then screwed the wood base and the screwdriver together to get my finished project.

And what am I going to do with this? 

I'm using it as a frame holder for a picture of my great-grandmother, Mamie Tabor.

Here's what the back looks like. 

I attached a sawtooth picture hanger on the back of the frame and the frame hangs perfectly on the screwdriver.

Another quick idea for the screwdriver stand.....

A holder for a couple of large spools of crochet thread.  I also placed a roll of paper towels on this and it made a great paper towel holder too.  Not bad for 70 cents!

I'm linking today with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.  Linda hosts a great party with lots of thrifty inspiration.  Stop by Linda's blog and join in on the fun.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Perfect Anniversary

Today is my parent's 57th wedding anniversary.  On April 11, 1953 they were married at Sacred Heart Church in Atchison, KS. 
 After a reception at my grandparent's house, Mom and Dad drove to Kansas City and spent the first night of their honeymoon at The Hotel President, dining that evening in the hotel restaurant, The Drum Room. 
Here's a copy of the bill for their one night stay at the hotel.
$10.00 for one night.  Doesn't seem like much now but Mom said they had $70.00 to their name when they got married!

The Hotel President first opened in 1926.  It operated in downtown Kansas City for many years and the hotel's Drum Room lounge and restaurant attracted entertainers from around the country including Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman.  The hotel closed it's doors in 1980 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.  After remaining closed for years, the hotel went through a massive renovation and was reopened as the Hilton President Hotel in 2005. 
So today my brother, husband and I took my parents to a surprise lunch in the Drum Room at the Hotel President for their 57th anniversary.  We had a great time talking about their wedding day and what they remembered about the hotel when they stayed there as newlyweds.  We showed our waiter the 1953 Drum Room menu that my parents took as a souvenir on their honeymoon night, and when we finished our lunch he gave them a current menu as a momento of their anniversary lunch.  It was a perfect anniversary on a beautiful spring Sunday.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Vintage Lace Organization and a Thrifty Find

On Monday I posted about a wonderful bag of vintage lace and trimmings that I found at a thrift store for $1.00.  The lace was thrown in the bag and pretty unorganized.
I knew I needed a system to organize the lace and I wanted to have it visible so I knew what I had on hand when I started a project.

Rulers to the rescue.  I have a large number of rulers in my studio.

I grabbed several rulers and began wrapping the lace pieces around the rulers.  I was able to fit several pieces of lace on each ruler. 
I also found a couple of paint stir sticks and found that they work great for this too.
I drilled holes in the top of the rulers and stir sticks because my original thought was to hang them on these two vintage file holders.
I love these file holders and have had them hanging in my studio holding stickers and rub-ons.  Since I don't use my stickers as much as I used to I thought they would be better utilized for the lace covered rulers. 

But all that changed when I found this at the thrift store today.
This oak spice rack was $6.50 at my local thrift store.  It is pretty good sized (about 18" x 19") and was too big to sit on the work station in my studio.  The wall space that had been previously used for the file holders was the perfect spot for my fabulous new spice rack.  I already had all of the bottles (another thrift store find) and so now I have a wonderful organized system for the odds and ends that I use in my projects.
So what did I do with the lace?  I found a round vase in my stash of "stuff" and placed the rulers in the vase.  I decorated the vase with one of the vintage lace pieces and added a flower brooch for a little extra bling.
The vase will sit on my work station and the laces will not only be pretty to look at but easily accessible for my upcoming projects.

I'm linking to my two favorite Thursday parties....Thrifty Thursday with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville and Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne @ Coloradolady. 
Happy Thrifty, Vintage Thursday.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing Easter! 

I can't believe it's already time for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.  Our hostess, Linda @ Coastal Charm, throws a great party so head on over to her blog and check it all out.

I have one thrifty find to show you today (one find but lots of pictures).  This bag of goodies cost $1.00!  I found it today at the same thrift store where I found the two tins of vintage sewing notions I posted about a couple of weeks ago.  I couldn't believe I found all of this lovely vintage lace for $1.00.

Here's some of the pieces of lace I found in the bag (most pieces were a yard or more).

I'm working on a way to keep all of this lace organized.  I'll be posting about that later this week.

Have a great week.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

By The Dozen Swap

Christine @ A Work in Progress hosted a fun swap recently and I could not have had a better swap partner!!  Christine matched us randomly but you would have thought that my swap partner was handpicked for me.  Cami @ Creating Myself created the most wonderful egg carton of goodies for me and based on what I received in the swap you would have thought she had known me for a long, long time.

For this swap we were to decorate an egg carton and then fill it with fun little presents for our swap partner.

Here's the outside of the decorated carton Cami sent me.
Isn't it beautiful?  The vintage image she used is her blog header.  I love that!  She added lace, tulle, flowers, a button and a lovely crystal tied to the front with lace.
The outside is beautiful but take a look at what was packed inside.
So much to look at!  I love the pocket that Cami created with a creamy ribbon, handstamped and embellished with a ribbon and hat pin and a vintage pearl button. 

Inside the pocket were several different laces.....
and this wonderful cdv photo.  And notice what's holding the photo.....a metal flower frog that I absolutely love!! (Yes it was in the egg carton too).  I have a small collection of flower frogs and I was so excited to add a new one to my collection.
And look at this tiny gold cherub standing on a crystal bead!  It's such a beautiful piece.  I will take really good care of this Cami.
Here are pictures of the other gifts in my carton.
Vintage earrings
A pocelain thimble
A fabulous soldered pendant (I read Cami's blog and she is new to soldering.  You would never know it by the look of this pendant).
A fun bottle cap pendant, personalized especially for me (and look at the beautiful dried roses!)
A strand of "pearls".
Beautiful seam binding, ribbon and flowers.
Wonderful buttons to add to my collection.
And a fun cut glass piece.
Can you see why it was like she was handpicked for me.  She included all things vintage that I love!!
Cami, thank you again for the time you put into creating this wonderful gift and for all of your generosity. 
I am creating a "blogger's shelf" in my studio to display all of the gifts I have received from the wonderful friends I have met through blogging.  This will be front and center!

Here's a look at the egg carton I decorated for Cami.  For more pictures of the carton and the goodies I placed inside please go visit Cami's blog here.  Cami is a very talented lady and has a beautiful blog!