Monday, September 27, 2010

Brown Challenge #5! (Open Challenge)

Looks like we ended up with an extra week in our
brown challenge! So I think to give a fun twist
on this week lets pick anything
we want to share that has to do with brown.
It can be Whatever! So let your
imaginations go:)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday Dad!

"Surely goodness and mercy will folow me
all the days of my life
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever"
Psalm 23:6

PJ Party

My newest sewing project is a pair of retro pajamas.
I used the vintage pattern above for the top
and a wide leg pj pant pattern for the bottoms.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Brown Challenge #3

The unusual part of this challenge
is that I took a brown crayon
and rubbed it sideways over a piece of paper
placed on top of a sidewalk medallion.
I found this on Officers Row in downtown Vancouver.
I thought this was an unusual way to
have a souvenir of a sight seeing trip.Then I used it on my scrapbook page as
a background along with pictures etc.
This could be used anytime there is lettering
or numbers that is raised or indented on
metal or concrete.
Many older structures will have a building date
engraved somewhere on the property, and
I've also seen stamps in streets and brick,
so there are many ways it could be used:)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Covered Bridges of Linn County Albany #4

The very last stop on my day trip was to find
some covered bridges a few miles from
Albany. Oregon has the largest amount
of them west of the Mississippi.
For some reason I just love a covered bridge!
By the time I drove to this one I was too tired from
my busy day to try to find any more:)
But it was a good ending to a perfect day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened ...Albany #3

The Saturday I spent touring Albany was
the first time I purposely dressed in "vintage".
I'm not sure if I was quite ready for the reaction
I received! I must have had 50 people comment
on one or more parts of my outfit and
many more were watching me everywhere
I went...! For a person who likes to just
"be alone doing my own thing"
it was a bit overwhelming and
a little embarrassing too.
At the end of the day a photographer
from the Visitors Association asked
to take and publish my picture!
This is the photo he took and may use.
I had to laugh, especially as all
the pieces of my "outfit"
were modern, and none were
truly vintage:)
Not sure if I will dare to ever "dress up" again!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Albany #2 Carousel Museum and Workshop

I found a delightful museum in Albany,
that anyone who loves to ride a carousel
will appreciate:)There are actual horses and other pieces from
old carousels in the museum room,
and then a whole workshop all staffed by volunteers
who are drawing, carving, painting
and glazing all the pieces for a new carousel
that will be housed in Albany.
They said at the rate they are moving
it will be done in about 7 years!

Anyone who is interested can be trained
to help with whatever part they are interested in.
There were carvers working on blocks of wood,
creating animals and other parts,
and painters working in the paint workshop,
so you can see all stages of the process!
Absolutely fascinating
to the artist in me!

I would highly recommend a visit there
with children, artistic folk and anyone else
who might be interested.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Albany Antiques in the Streets #1

I spent Saturday down at an event
in Albany, Oregon, the historic town south of Salem.
It is called Antiques in the Streets
and involves vendors setting up their wares down one
of the most historic streets.
They also had an old car rally.
I had such a fun day that I will do several posts on
different aspects:) Not only are there wonderful old buildings and museums, there is also one of the largest
and well displayed antique malls I've been to. There was a whole room of vintage clothing, purses
and shoes. I tried on a dress from the 1940's
that fit me like it was made for me,
but alas it had a large faded spot on the skirt.

The people were so friendly and it has that
nice, small town feel.
Definitely worth a drive down anytime,
if you like history and antiques.

Friday, September 10, 2010


I have been thinking about how comfortable
a wide -leg culotte would be for fall
and when I found this fabric I knew
I had to try to sew a pair.
I modified pattern McCalls 5813
which is a simple, elastic waist,
wide -leg pant.
For this look I wore a Tshirt, wide elastic belt
and small heeled pumps
but I think these will also
be great paired with boots and a sweater
when the weather gets colder.
Again it's all about the comfort:)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Keep Those Color Challenges Coming!

So fun to have fellow bloggers
still joining the color challenges!
just joined in this month...
check out her brown ideas too.

For all of you who have joined in some time
this year and may have not had time over
the summer to get much done,
I'd love to see you back in for
some of the next 4 months challenges:)
and of COURSE I'd love to still have some new
bloggers join in:)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Settling into Fall

Despite the fact that I enjoy changing
my house decor seasonally, I love when
Fall comes and I can go back to the colors
that my house looks "best" in!

Notice my burlap pillow from a
Chronicles of Windy Ridge giveaway!
"Come on in and make yourself comfy!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Brown Challenge #2

Here is the felt hat I made for this weeks challenge.
It is a cloche style with twisted ribbon
and a vintage wooden pin.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vested Interest

I finally used the nubby tweed fabric
I've been planning to use for many
falls in a row! The vest is pattern McCalls 5887
and its paired with my high waisted jeans,
a animal print belt and a ruffled
blouse from JJill.
It ended up a little bulkier than I had
envisioned but it is a perfect
vest for a chilly fall day:)

Friday, September 3, 2010

1940's style Jeans

I have finally finished my pair of jeans
that are made to look like the
high waisted pants of the 1940s era.
The original pattern is Butterick 5250
but I modified it so the front fastens with buttons not a zipper.
The pattern fit me perfectly and they
are so comfy they feel like pajamas!
The length is a little short for the trends
today, but I mostly plan to wear them with
flats or a small heel.
I am so glad not to have to worry
about muffin tops or anything else
hanging out, these cover everything up!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

If You Had a Bad Day...

I read somewhere that if things in your
life are not going well and you're feeling
down or depressed, the best thing
you can do is spend some time with a small child:) This little princess has brought me so much joy
this summer...
and that is what I'm choosing to think about
when I look back over the last 3 months.

Thank you God for my grand daughter!