Serendipity (ser'en-dip'-e-ti) :Is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ready to Go!

A friend of mine recently told me that I was living a "gypsy" life. Funny, I worked at "Gypsy Street Antiques". I think he was referring to me moving back and forth from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest, back to Arizona and now back to Oregon (and back to AZ if all goes well). Trying to remember what I still have there and what to pack is making me a little crazy. It's really no picnic getting stressed out over these kind of things so I guess I will just go with the flow and just let it happen. Husband will be driving me and two kitties and a dog over 1000 miles to our home on the Oregon coast. I must say that I am looking forward to getting there, getting settled and seeing friends that I haven't seen in quite some time, and enjoying a beautiful spring and summer.

This is Chloe the gypsy who lives at "Gypsy Street Antiques". Isn't she beautiful?

Take care my friends...More adventures surely to come.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Look What I Made...

I love scrapbook embellishments. I love them so much that I have a lot of them...and I forget what I have. I have a cute solution: I made a vintage lampshade embellishment holder. First you need a lampshade and lamp base. Get a shade with a wire "skeleton" and the kind that attaches to a harp (it will have a hole at the top of the shade).
Rip off the fabric on the shade to expose the wire.
Clip whatever to the wire lampshade. I used IKEA clips and clothes pins.
Do not screw the finial tight. This allows your shade to spin and lets you see what you have!
You could also plug it in for a little craft room ambiance!

Easy Peasy and so vintage and cute!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

On My Walk Today

Sorry no new posts for awhile...I've been busy. I'm getting ready to leave the southwest for the northwest. I took my dog Lola for a walk today. Time to think, to pray, to be thankful....and to listen with my heart...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eat Your Oatmeal

I was in a domestic mood today. I made some oatmeal cookies. I have enough to share with you. Do you like milk with your cookies or maybe some tea? The recipie is easy if you feel like baking some as well.

2 sticks butter softened (use the real deal, no margarine here!)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal (uncooked)
1 sm package mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.Drop by rounded teaspoons full on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thrifting Show-n-Tell

Hope you all had a nice weekend. I worked Friday and Saturday all day but still had a little time for some thrifting. I just wanted to share with you some of what I got. Included in my "loot" are pillowcases, vintage vanity jars, a pink flamingo, floral hat box, vintage floral hat, vintage china.

I am in love with vintage linens. I have been collecting vintage linens for a long time. My favorites include printed tablecloths, pillow cases, hankies, lace, doilies, heck......I just love all of it! Isn't it fun to go the thrift and find something you love that didn't cost very much at all? What did you find lately?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purse-onality (part 1)

I have many collections in my home. Many may consider me a pack rat but I prefer to describe myself as "sentimental". I own several small antique purses. I delight in the fact that these little works of art were carried by women who also loved and appreciated pretty things. Where did these little purses go? Were they carried to a special event such as a wedding? Did they go to a dance or other wonderful place? Oh the stories they could tell if only they could speak! Call me a hopeless romantic but I often wonder about these things. I think that is why I love vintage and antique items so much. They all have a history. Someone used these things and some were given for gifts or passed down through family. I guess sometimes I feel as though I am a rescuer of lost under appreciated items. I will give it a good a loving home and love it for its beauty and craftsmanship and untold history and stories (if only it could speak to me.....)

I received one of these little gems for my 16th birthday. The silver purse with the initial D inscribed on it. I can remember my mother showing me this purse when I was a little girl and she told me she was saving it for my 16th birthday. As promised on my 16th birthday she gave it to me. When I was 17 I did carry it to a special Christmas dance. After the dance was over I discovered that inside was tucked a very special love note to me. My date had tucked the note inside for me to find. I still keep it inside this purse. Little did I know at that time that I would marry him. Every once in awhile I get out that little note and read it and giggle and smile because he still has that same effect on me.

Monday, March 8, 2010


I have this picture in my home that says "We tend to seek happiness when happiness is actually a choice". How true is that? We are all responsible for our own happiness. Different things mean different things to each person. What we hold dear to our hearts makes us happy. I can only speak for myself, but usually what makes me happy causes me to smile, to laugh, and even sometimes to cry.

What causes You to smile?

Hope you have a blessed and happy week!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cheery Mary Janes

I found these cute mary janes at Walmart yesterday and thought they could be made even cuter with some home made flowers. They were on clearance for $7.00. I cut different fabrics to coordinate with the shoes. Fold each petal in half and glue down. Stack each half as shown rotating with each petal. I used four glued down petals for each flower. "Nest" smaller flowers on top of the larger flowers. Embellish with a button. I just used hot glue on these and it seemed to hold securely. I'm sooo--ready for Spring....Aren't you?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Great Wall of China

I've been playing with my china today. Awhile ago I saw this done at Antrhopologie and just saw it yesterday on Tina Smith's blog Cherry Hill Cottage. So........I looked all over town today for plate hangers and finally found some at my local craft store. I like the effect. I still need a few smaller ones to fill in but ran out of plate hangers. I love the effect! Hope you have a blessed day!