Friday, May 30, 2008

Vintage Finds

A good friend of mine and I have been going around hitting the flea markets and thrift stores the past few months. We have found alot of really cool "finds". I thought it was time to share some of my goody's.

On this shelf you will see my old canning jars of Vintage buttons. My friend (which I will not mention her name) and I were chatting one day and she commented she needed some buttons, not knowing I was on eBay...Joking I said I could win us some buttons. I bid 50c over the other bid. Not expecting to win...but YES I did, I am now the PROUD owner of 12lbs. of buttons from an Estate. I also love Valentine's, said friend also graced me with the beautiful Vintage Valentine's, a couple she made me. The Heart Pillows I made along with the quilt square with my Vintage Buttons on it.

We were at O'Fallon Thrift store, O'Fallon, Illinois. We found this wonderful Vintage Lamp. The jar is one of the Old Blue Ball canning jars with the metal canning lid. The lid has the lamp unit inserted into it...I love it setting on top of my sewing machine cabinet. It is full of wonderful Vintage Buttons

This beautiful basket was my Grandma's. I can remember it sitting by her machine and by her chair when she was darning or sewing something. The Vintage sewing items I found in O'Fallon also.

I love finding old embroidery floss...there is Coat's and Clark, several different brands that I had never heard of. That basket is full of all colors of threads.

I found these Vintage Embroidery Floss at the St. Clair Antique Mall, in St. Clair, Illinois.

I love these "shabby" vintage flowers...they look so beautiful sitting on my sewing cabinet.

I love this little tea pot. On the lid there is a little tea pot, a cup and saucer, and a saucer with a wedge of pie. I also found the Vintage table runner, Its so pretty.

Thanks for looking,


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

" A Deck About ME"

Here's a couple more of my Deck of Me Cards.

Week 3 - "Spice up my Life" (Front Side)
(Back Side)
Week 5 - "Advice to Me" (Front Side)
(Back Side)

I found this Challenge over at "A Place For Me" , Dianna has a really nice Blog.
Just realized I totally skipped doing Week 4, I will have to do that one and post soon. I will have more to post later.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, May 26, 2008

ATC Deck of Cards about Me

I have been busy trying to make an ATC about me each week. Actually I have been playing catch up. Here are some of my takes:

Week 1 Goals for 2008 (front)

Week 1 Goals for 2008 (backside of ATC)

Week 2 Quotes (front)

Week 2 Quotes (back side)

I have had a lot of fun doing these, I will post more tomorrow. Have a Blessed night and sweet dreams.



Baby Cats

See what we found the other evening. We had been hearing little meows for a couple weeks. and finally found these precious little things. Do not really need new cats, but always love the precious.

She had 5 but lost 2 of them...their eyes were just opening. So sweet and watching them start to discover things.

Here's hoping that you had a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!!
I wanted to take a moment to remember those who fight to help keep our Freedom for us. And also remember those who are gone that have lost their lives for us.
Thank you and God Bless You!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

2 ND PLACE WINNER- will received an altered keepsake box, 3 greeting cards, a bookmark and an ACEO...

Altered Keepsake just adorable......

3 beautiful greeting cards

A beautiful bookmark, and Awesome ACEO

Kathy's artwork is just amazing, you need to check it out. Thanks again

for the beautiful items. Thanks for wanting to share.



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Warm Spring Walks

My Husband, Chuck and I, love going on long warm Spring walks in the evenings. (sorry this isn't a good pic, I tried taking one of us on a walk early this spring, it was a sunny cool spring afternoon....) When we go on walks we take our babies along with us.

The Shepherd is Chuck's baby, Kylee and the Dachshund is my baby girl, Hollie. She gets chilled real easy so early this Spring she had to wear her coat.

Today was really nice though, we were able to walk without our jackets and the dogs loved to run and romp as we went for our walk. We could hear the Red wing Blackbirds singing in the fields.(wish I could of gotten closer to them they were so beautiful.)

Even our neighbors cattle were in the pasture enjoying the beautiful Spring afternoon. They were eating the fresh green grass as we passed by. There were several little calves kicking their heels up.

Hope you are able to enjoy the warm Spring days around your home.



Sunday, May 18, 2008


On Thursday, May 15 I left a comment on Vintage Snap and Scraps
She was celebrating her 20,004 can you imagine...I think that is just wonderful. She gave two gifts away to and I was picked as one. I am so excited!!!!!!

2 ND PLACE WINNER- will received an altered keepsake box, 3 greeting cards, a bookmark and an ACEO...As of right now, my blog has had 20,004 visits. I am thrilled!!!!

I am thrilled also, can't wait till they get here.

If you want to see pictures of what I won, visit her wonderful site.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I want to thank each and every one of you for commenting on my blog and entering my latest give away! You all mean so much to me...1st Place winner: Roz @ Place winner: Debbie @ goodies will be on the way...~xx~Kathy

Thanks Kathy looking forward to the new gifts..



Graduation Day

(Aug. 2007)
Well its finally here, my youngest son, Caleb Lee will be graduating from High School today. I can hardly believe that time has passed so fast. Is Mom ready for this ......NOOOOOOOOO I am not ready for the house to be totally quite, and No Loud music, No games playing, Mom can I have some money, and so on.

I have enjoyed my children both boys, Curtis and Caleb, have turned into fine young men. Has it always been a easy road, NO but we made it through it all and I am Very Proud of them both.

(May 2008)

So today Mom will watch her baby walk across the stage get his diploma and start preparing for the College life this fall. I love you Caleb, wish you the best, I know you will be fine, just know I am always here for you. Remember to keep Christ first in your life. I am Proud of you son.

Love you,


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Sunday Stampers -Little Ole Wine Drinker Me

This Sunday Stampers Challenge was to do something with wine.

Again, I am wondering what I can use. I do not have a stamp with Wine bottles, glasses, grapes, you name it when it comes to wine.

So I start searching some clip art I have, and ran across the two that I used for this weeks challenge. I first stained my ATC with my Violet and Soft Rose Ink Pads. I glued my clip art to my ATC. Using my Karen Foster - Small Formal Snap-Stamps using my Ruby colored Cats Eye. Then using the Rose Stamp from my Rhonna Farrer Flower collection, I Stamped the rose to the side.

Sunday Stampers - Cool for Cats

I am running a week behind for my Sunday Stampers Challenge

I am thinking what can I do, I do not have a stamp with Cats on it.
I have been wanting to make more ATC's, so I was looking through my Fall ATC Collection by Leisure Arts and I come across these cute children with their cats on Halloween. I know its awful early to be doing anything for Halloween. But I had to have something for this challenge.

First I mixed some orange acrylic paint with some Gesso and painted my ATC card. I glued my little girl and her cats onto the card. Using my Acrylix "Close to my Heart" Love Tag Stamps, I stamped "friends and love" onto the card. I distressed the edges of the card with my Color Box - Fluid Chalk Ink Pad in the Dark Brown color, I also distressed the whole top of the card with this. Then I embossed the edges of the card and used my word stamps to emboss the words. I used clear embossing ink.

I also painted this ATC card the same as before. I then stamped the card in black with my Stamp Craft small floral stamp. I distressed the edges of the little guy and his cat and glued him down. I stamped "Trick or Treat" onto the card with my Karen Foster -Small Formal Snap-Stamps. I also used the Dark Brown Color Box-Fluid Chalk Ink Pad on this card. I used it to distress the edges also. I then embossed the words and edges of the card.

Springtime Pictures

In the Garden is the Monthly Challenge for May on the The Artistic Stampers Blog. The beautiful Scalloped Die Cut paper is from my RAK from WILNA....I love it. (Thanks again Wilna)

I stamped the stems and leaves using the "Flower" collection by Rhonna Farrer. I also used the same set of stamps to stamp the flowers onto felt and then I cut them out. The Daisy's are from the Wright's Ribbon -Venice Daisy Series. I then attached the buttons to the centers of the felt flowers.

I stamped Spring with Karen Foster Snap Stamps - Small Formal set. I think they will be my favorite stamp I just arrange your words together snap them together and then stamp...really easy. I used Ruby Color Box Pigment Brush Pad on the stamp.

I added paper flowers and brads to the top of the page. Also around the mat under the pictures I used my "Lace" style scissors to give it a soft edge.

The spring pictures were taken this Spring as the earth came back to life.



Thursday, May 15, 2008

RAK from Wilna

Wow, I am sorry the last week of my youngest son's Senior year has been so HECTIC.. I hadn't realized that its been a week since I last posted. I am sorry I will try to do better.

I wanted to share pics of the wonderful Making Memories RAK that Ireceived. I totally love it and can't wait to start making things with it.

Making Memories Grommet words - 12 Travel Grommets, Mini shimmer brad value pack - 90 stars springtime, Mini shimmer brad value pack - 90 stars in bloom

Making Memories 12 X 12 DieCut Scallop Circles,
DieCut Scalloped Squares, and DieCut Artisan Papers (BEAUTIFUL)

Making Memories Egg and Bunny Chipboard Shapes

Making Memories 5" x 7" Halloween mini book kit

Making Memories 12" x 12" Tropical Palm Tree and Paper Hibiscus, reversable sides showing.

Making Memories Tropical Stamp Stickers Alphabet and Tropical Pebble Stickers.

Velvet Brads - in bloom, Awesome "clear alphabet - polo" see my name "Deb" I love them, and Travel Alphabet map stickers.

Making Memories Diamond Brocade and Lizzie Geometric Flower - these pages are reversable, also showing the solid side.

Making Memories Garden Party Series - 12"x12" Stripe, Flowers, Dots - these pages are showing their reversable sides. (painted pink, polk-a-dot light yellow, and lime green gingham).

Making Memories 12"x12" Glitter Diagonal Stripe and Glitter Dots Pink

Making Memories 12"x12" Ruby Razberry Floral and Ruby Berry Flower Papers, reversable sides showing.

Making Memories 5th Avenue Sophia Floral and
amplified Moondog

I LOVE it all Wilna thank you.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hanging in this Charming Neighborhood

My neighborhood from the In This House Swap finally
arrived. And they are GORGEOUS!!!! I received several from
all around the USA and even one from Poland. Wow that was very exciting
when I seen that.

"Old Fashion Halloween," Oregon - "Eye Glass House," Colorado
"Tattoo House," New York - "Cat House," North Carolina

"School House", California - "Music Shop", POLAND
"Birds Nest", Virginia - "Bird House", North Carolina

"Paris House", New York - "Vacation House", Illinois
"Green House", California

"Bea's House", Minnesota - "The Queens House - Her Home-Her Castle", California - "In the Garden", California

"Flower House" North Carolina - "Scrapbookers Happiness" Illinois

"The Stitchery", Kentucky - "Christmas Dreams", Illinois

"The Church House", Michigan

This house was made in honor of her parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary.