Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

29 years of Commitment

This weekend was our 29th wedding anniversary.
The day hike we took in the mountains
reminded me of our life together...
It has gone over some pretty steep inclines,
dark passages, rocky outcrops and some
beautiful views of forever. When I
was 18 and said "I do!" in a vow
before God the path seemed so easy and sunny,
but I have learned that marriage takes more
commitment to the journey then any other thing in life.I have to honestly recommit each year to "going
the distance" and each step I take has to
be with that purpose in my heart.
Saying "I love you" isn't enough,
it is in the daily living that the loving
is really told.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gold Challenge #4

My Gold Challenge this week is a recipe I used in a
post about exactly a year ago!
"Peachy Keen Pie"(August 20, 2009)
I make it annually
as it is an all time fave at our house.

Fresh Peach Glace Pie.

I figured it was golden enough to qualify!
Rave reviews all around:)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Revamped Train Case

This is a vintage train case that I thrifted.
( A train case is what was brought with you
for personal items as you traveled by train
back in yesteryear:)
This had a tattered pink lining
that I tore out so I could refinsh
it and use it for my toiletries when I travel.
The scrapbook papers are all from
Graphic 45 domestic goddess line.
I also used some of my vintage pattern
images to finish the look.
I also waterproofed it so it should last a while.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Anthro Inspiration Blouse

I was inspired by a fall blouse in the latest
Anthropologie catalog and so with some
tweaking of pattern McCalls 5522
I came up with this! The part I really liked was how they put the dark
edge on the ruffle and flower and this is the detail on that.
It is a very nice fit and the fabric is from
"See Sissy Sew".

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gold Challenge #3

I had a difficult time coming up with a
challenge that was unusual with gold!
Finally I decided to alter a picture on
Picnik, something I have been wanting to try. This is the original, above, a church window with colored panes.

This is the final result, which I liked
because it looks like the window
panes are made of jewels:)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Very Thrifty Vintage Finds

I had a chance to do some thrift shopping
a few days back and found some GREAT deals!
If you have a Habitat for Humanity store near you
they are definitely worth a visit.
And good old Goodwill usually comes through also! I found these shoes which were marked 1 size too big but luckily I tried them on anyway and
they were perfect. Then the next place I
found the purse and they are a perfect match:)
I also found the clip on earrings that I will
use as shoe decorations or for a collar pin. The two jackets are not vintage exactly but
look like they came from the 4os.
The picnic basket, suitcases and
skates were a real steal.
Now to figure out where to put them!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Give Away Winners!

Congratulations to the winners
of the 1 year birthday giveaway!
#1 Grace Stenersen (via email)
#2 Ramona (Stenersen Life)
#3 Tara (Adventures of the Kulla Klan)
#4 Molly (Whispers of Joy)
Please email me @karenneh8_10
so I can contact you about
getting your item to you!
I hope you all enjoy your wins and
to all the rest who entered,
sorry! Maybe next time!

Pomeroy Farm 100 years of Quilts

I had a chance to go to a special quilt show
at the Pomeroy House (Yacolt WA) last Sat.
The family who owns the living history farm
has preserved quilts from every era of their
heritage and so it adds up to 100 years of quilts!
Many of the quilts have been made by
family members also.
The farm was decked out in quilts on fences,
porches, in the main cabin and barn.
Really amazing and colorful! This picture is of a quilted cover for a VW!
The license plate says "catch the quilting bug"
Absolutely adorable:)
Here are some quilts around the farm...

Civil War era quilts hanging in the garden.
Amazing what history can be found in our own
families if we think to preserve it!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gold Challenge #2

My gold challenge was a simple one.
I simply purchased a gold beret
and added a flower made from
a piece of gold suede ribbon
from my stash.
I just love that hats are coming back
in style! I plan on wearing many
this fall and winter:)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Birthday Give-Away x 4!

In celebration of my Blogs First Birthday
I am offering 4 items in a give-away.
Entering is easy!
Leave a comment on this blog or email
letting me know which items you would
like to win. You can enter once for each item
but can only win one thing, so if you win
your name will be taken out of the other drawings:)
#1 Little girls outfit
size 9/12 months, with sun top, bloomers
and beanie hat with fabric flower. #2 A handmade carry-all shoulder bag
with 2 inner pockets and a card holder on the outside
(I use mine for a library bag) but it could be used for whatever
as it is very large and roomy.

#3 Chipboard flower album
with paper, ribbon, buttons, letters etc. to
complete the look
$25.00 gift certificate to
"See Sissy Sew"
a fabulous fabric, clothing, bag
apron, pattern,
in Battleground, WA
Even if you don't sew I guarantee you will
find something beautiful to purchase
and the store itself is eye candy!
Drawing will take place Friday, August 13th @ 5 pm.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

1st Blog Birthday and Giveaways!

This is my 1st blogging Birthday
and I have to say it's been a great year!
I have been more creative, motivated,
happier, busier and blessed
by this simple little thing
called blogging (which until
last year I had never even heard of:)
than I have been in a long time.

I've learned so much from each fellow blogger
and been challenged to try new ideas
and my horizons have been broadened.

So in appreciation...
I have several giveaways coming up.
Check back later:)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gold Challenge #1

Gold is an interesting color because
it can be a combination
of yellow, brown, etc.
and then the metallic gold we most often
think of.
I don't really like metallic
colors so my projects will be more in the
"golden-rod" hues!
This should be a challenging month:)