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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Little Treasures

Sharing some lovely whites with you today.

I am smitten with these sweet little antique german dolls called "Charlottes" or "Frozen Charlottes".
I am anxious to create maybe a piece of jewelry with her.

All of these items came from Heather of Speckled Egg.
Visit her shop (here) 
Thanks again Heather. She sells lots of little lovelies to use in your artwork. Lace, buttons, silk ribbons, velvet leaves and pearls. These are some of my favorite things.

To gather some inspiration, I am happy to display these little treasures where I can see them.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012


A box arrived for me from my friend Renee at Sewn With Grace.  I recently won a giveaway from her. Renee makes the most gorgeous quilts.  She is so very talented.  

The package was filled with lots of pretty pieces of fabric (actually the scraps from some of the quilts she has made) and three quilting books with gorgeous projects to make.  

I have some ideas of what I am
going to do with these
yummy fabrics.

Thank you so much Renee!

I hope you will stop
by her place and say hello.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Cup of Joy

I am so happy today.  My husband and I are celebrating him getting a new job and after years of working out of town, he will be working just a few miles from where we live.  

We have never taken having a job for granted, but there are so many that are without work right now.  Times are tough all over the place and companies and businesses have "down sized" and the open positions (if any) are few. So when the only work he could find was hundreds of miles away, we just had to make it work.  I would be lying if I told you it wasn't lonely or stressful. Good thing our marriage was strong enough to endure it. I am so grateful that we have this opportunity with this new job and that my husband will be coming home every night instead of to a lonely hotel room.  

I believe that through the rough patches of my life, there has always been a reason for it.  God may reveal it to me, or He may not.  I just have to be okay with that.

I wanted to share my cup of joy with you today.  I feel happy and I just can't stop smiling.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Spreading a Little Love

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."

Helen Keller

Lace heart and photo created by Rhonda.  She makes the prettiest things.  I love hearts.  Not only displayed for valentines day, but always.  A constant reminder to love and to be loved.

"If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.  To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.  Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...but how much love we put in that action."

Mother Teresa

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Let's Do Lunch

Look at what I found at the thrift.

It's an old lunch box that someone has altered.

It is amazing how something utilitarian and plain can transform to become something else.

Some of these images are called "scrap" usually made in Germany and are antique.  Girls and Women would collect scrap and some of these pieces made it onto the lunch box.  My friend Mitzi of Mitzi's Miscellany has a great post on scrap (here).

The inside is finished in red with even a few more pieces of scrap for decoration.

I believe that this lunch box
was transformed to be used as a purse.

So should I take it to lunch
or put my lunch in it?
Actually it is probably headed straight
for the antique shop.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Please Don't Bug Me

If there is one thing
that drives me
it's bugs.

Big bugs, little bugs,
fast bugs, slow bugs.
Hairy bugs, slimy bugs,
even little tiny bugs.

But some bugs . . .

are just plain cute.

Especially when they are not real
and they are made of plastic.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day

Sweetest Friends . . . . .

Hope your Valentines Day
is full of
(and maybe a little chocolate too).

Thank you for the gift of your


Friday, February 10, 2012


Who doesn't love these little sentimental candy hearts this time of year?

Email me, text me, I love you.
They have a bunch of different little sayings on them.

Many ways to say something a little sweet to someone sweet.

When I was sixteen, I hand selected some special ones for a boy I liked.  I wanted to say these things myself, but being the shy girl I was, I decided to drop little hints as to how I was feeling was a better idea.  After I chose all the perfect little sweet hearts that said the perfect thoughts, I bagged them up and tied the bag with a pretty bow.

How very clever (I thought to myself) as I presented this little gift to the boy.
He took the bag from me and opened it.  He poured some out into his hand and without even giving them any thought, he popped them all into his mouth.  Horrors! Did he not realize that I hand picked those? Oh great I thought.  Now he didn't even read any of those.  All my hard work picking out the ones that had the perfect sayings on them but was too afraid to say.  Ones that told the story of my heart, gone forever!  Swallowed without even a thought.

Good thing I married the boy.  Now I can tell him what's on my heart anytime I want.
And that is



Monday, February 6, 2012

Inside the Kaleidoscope

While in Jerome I went to this amazing shop with all sorts of kaleidoscopes.

Come on inside and I'll show you something pretty.

I saw these blown glass hummingbirds and immediately thought of my friends Donna and Debbie (who also love these birds).

There were bowls overflowing with glass orbs.  Each one different from the next.

What I really enjoyed were the kaleidoscopes.  This one was encrusted with crystals and was amazingly detailed.

Want to look inside some of these?
I'll show you what I saw.

Amazing colors.  Some of these kaleidoscopes costs thousands of dollars, but they encouraged you to enjoy and play.

My favorite shot which reminds me of a beautiful stained glass window which might be found in a church.

This was a fun place to visit.
I know next time I visit Jerome I will be back.  I hope you enjoyed looking into the kaleidoscopes with me.


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Google Friends and a New Way to Follow

Google is discontinuing Google Friend Connect March 1 for all platforms except Blogger. It is also a strong rumor that they will also cancel GFC for Blogger in the near future.


There is a new way to follow and manage all the blogs you love to follow.  I have added a link for this on my sidebar right under the Google Friend Connect.  I don't want to see GFC go away, but if it does I want to be able to stay in touch with all of my followers and blogs that I like to follow.  If you follow me already or if you are here for the first time I would love it if you would also sign up to follow on the Linky Followers.  I don't want to lose any of my friends with the chance that GFC is cancelled.
This service is FREE and Linky Followers has included some neat options:

*View the blogs you follow.

*Read follower posts from your list or on a scrolling feed.

*Group your followers.

*Mark your favorites for quick access and viewing.

*Plus you can even "feature" a blogger! 
linky followers 2

Non-Blogger users will not be able to transfer people from their GFC followers and will lose all of their Google Friend Connect friends. Don’t take a chance of losing your followers when GFC goes away for non-blogger platforms. Sign up for Linky Followers now and give your followers the option to follow you this way. This also offers your followers who are not linked to Blogger an alternative.

I would love it if you could sign up to follow on the Linky Followers.  If you have a blog, please consider adding this to your blog so you won't possibly lose all of your followers when GFC is cancelled.  I promise, it's easy and quick to get started.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Key to My Heart

Those that know me know that I have a romantic and sentimental heart.

So when I came across this little red leather bound book at an estate sale I had to have it.  The book was published in 1884.  It's in poor condition, but I didn't mind.

I love the old handwriting inside the cover.  It looks like Eloise gifted this book to W.L. Prinney the day after Christmas 1888.  Were they sweethearts?  I would like to imagine they were.  Maybe they even read this book aloud to each other, reflecting on the words of the poem they were reading.

I was delighted to find the velvet heart brooch at the thrift store this year.

I say that was a good $1.99 for the heart and the book well spent.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I spent the day in Jerome, AZ.
It's an old mining town built into the side of the mountain.  I have oodles of pictures to show you, so this is an extra long post.  Want to come along?

There are quite a few antique houses here.  Those that survived the many fires in the early 1900's.

There are dozens of quaint shops
eager to take your money.

I find the dilapidated buildings
fascinating and full of history.

How cute is this little transport car?
It must of transported miners
deep into the mines.

It's full of rust now.

I saw a collection of many mining carts.
 I could easily imagine one full
of flowers parked in my garden.

It's hard to tell in this picture,
but this iron bucket was huge.

There is such beauty in abandoned
buildings. I love the detail
on the fence.

Just a reminder . . .

. . . because you don't ever want to walk on a floor chock full of fresh spit out chew!

I don't ever think I have seen a sign like this next one before,  but I guess it must have been a problem or there wouldn't be a sign, right?

I can just imagine someone yelling
"watch out, I'm getting rid of my
old clothes and shoes."

This next picture is a little hard to figure out, but this was taken looking down a mine shaft.  It is deeper than the Empire State Building is tall.  This mine shaft goes down 1900 feet.  The Empire State Building is 1250 feet tall. Throwing a rock down the shaft, we could never hear it hit the bottom.

I will leave you with this.

Good advice from three little skeletons.
Don't you agree?


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