Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favorite Projects 2010

Thought I had done my last post for 2010 - then I started poking around the "land of blogs" and found where Kathleen @ Charm Bracelet Diva is having a "Your Favorite 2010 Project Party". Soooo....I dug around for pictures of some necklaces I made in 2010.
I am also linking up with Laurie @ "Some of of My Favorite Things Saturday"
Focal point made from vintage earring.

Focal point is a vintage earring.

Large piece on right is a vintage earring.

Aqua beads are vintage.

Combination of vintage and new.

Be sure and pay Kathleen and Laurie a visit to see what they and the other participants have to share this week.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Just to Say

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Hope you are enjoying this wonderful Holiday Season ! !

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just Another Dab of This and That

Woke up Saturday morning to a dusting of snow (first snow of the season). It looked like someone sifted powder sugar on everything! :-D It was pretty on my outdoor wreath, but by the time I had my coffee, etc., it had melted so did not get a picture.
Photographing a Christmas tree can be a real challenge to those of us who have no clue about all of the do and don'ts in photography me,me,me,, never took the time to learn the settings on their camera me,me,me, and needs to upgrade and get a "big girl" camera me, me, me..
Several days ago I spent a little time playing around with different settings, and with different lighting in the room, and came up with quiet a few different pictures of my Christmas tree. Sad thing is - I don't remember what settings match the picture !!! :(

Yes - I did cut back on decorating this year. Pretend you don't see the urn of shells still on the coffee table. Ooops!

I did not put near the amount of ornaments on my tree this year as I normally do and it really made a difference - sorta looked skimpy in places - there is always next year.

Hit the streets this morning with list in hand, and actually got a lot accomplished. One of my stops was Aldi's. I had never been there before, but went looking for some shell shaped chocolates that Pat @ Back Porch Musings mentioned in her post of 11/25/10 (sorry Pat but could not get it to link, but will try again later) . Did not find any at the store I went to, but did end up spending a bit on some other things to use on snack trays for upcoming get togethers. I have to admit, I was hesitant to buy some of the items since I was not familiar with the brands, etc. If you have shopped at Aldi's, would like to hear your info. about products and what is good and what is not.
I have learned over the years - Many of those beautiful decorated little treats are not all that tasty!
Another few stops, then on to do a major grocery shopping trip - Oh Yeah!! Think my bank account went into shock !!!!
Still have a necklace to make for a gift, a bit of wrapping left to do, and some special gifts to take care of and then will be done. How about you - Are you finished with the preparations?

I hope everyone out there in "Blogland" is enjoying the wonderful holiday season! Enjoying the company of family and friends, and all the wonderful tastes of the holidays that we indulge in only during this time of the year. And hopefully don't have to have cholesterol and/or blood sugar tests done in the next few months!!! :-D
Most importantly - Remember the reason for the season!
Have a wonderful week!!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Decor in a Mosaic

Hard to believe Christmas (my favorite holiday of the year) is only a few more days away. As stated in a previous post, I did not decorate as much again this year - This is pretty much it in a nutshell.
Click to enlarge the picture.

I am linking up with Cindy @ "Show and Tell Friday"
Laurie @ "Some of My Favorite Things Saturday"
Sandi and Bill @ "Friday Favorites"
Mary @ "Mosaic Monday"
Hope you are enjoying this wonderful Holiday Season ! !

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dab of This and That

I had not planned to participate in "Table Top Tuesday" hosted by Marty, but then thought this might qualify, even tho is is not a table.
Be sure and visit Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life to see what she and the other participants have to share this week. Thanks Marty for hosting again this week.

Click to enlarge picture.
I am tired of Winter already! :( So....What did I do today because I had no desire to get out in below freezing temps? Would love to write that I wrapped gifts, did laundry, cleaned out freezer and all kinds of constructive things like that. However, I played on the computer and important things like that. :-D
Update: An update on the missing channels on my cable service. It turned out to be what I thought. When I turned on the TV Sunday morning, I did not check to see if I had the correct channels since I was told a tech would be out that morning to check the equipment, and remedy the problem. THEN - turned on my computer, walked away to make coffee and came back to check email, etc.., and guess what - No internet service !!! Loosing part of my cable package that I pay for is one thing. However, don't mess with my internet service !! Drank my coffee (figured I better get some caffeine in me to deal with the issue), called cable company. Well "Hallelujah" - I was connected to someone that could help! Long story short - The "person" that made the "digital migration" change on my account, changed my package in error. Then when the correction was made (sometime after I shut the computer down Saturday night), the modem was deactivated in error !!! The technician on the phone saw what had happened and reset the modem, and said the error was made when "they" corrected my account. Was that the end? Nope - A tech still showed up shortly afterward getting off the phone, as "they" did not notify him that the problem had been taken care of. When I told him step by step what happened, he said the same thing. Somebody messed up!

THANKS: Thanks for all the nice comments on my cloches. I still have not changed out my 2 large ones - they may not get done by Christmas. Oh well! They will be ready for Spring and Summer months.
WELCOME: Also, welcome to the new readers who have joined in. I saw this morning that there are 200 people reading along now - Wow !! I feel honored! When I started this blog a smidgen over 2 years ago, I had no idea anyone would be interested in anything I had to say or do. I plan to have a "giveaway" to celebrate in the near future - already have something in mind.

Off to check the mailbox - I need to be able to say I did something constructive today. :-D
Have a great week and stay warm!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cloche Party

It is time for Marty's "Christmas Cloche Party".
I have to admit, I have really slacked in decorating for Christmas this year. Yes, the tree is up and decorated (trying to get a decent picture), and decorated a few other areas around, but not as much as I use to do. Last year I really cut back as I was dealing with a leg and back issue, and when it came time to decorate this year I decided to not do as much again.
I already had the cross hanging on this cloche, so decided to leave it as is during the holidays.
My wire cloche with a bird on top got a bit of holiday cheer. I love this cloche - I won it in a giveaway from Laurie this last Summer. Thank you again Laurie. :)

Not a cloche, but is my centerpiece for now - red light bulbs in a candy dish.
I took this picture when I still had my Fall decor out, but decided to use it anyway. I was going thru/sorting some of my minis when I ran across this one. Yep! A miniature cloche/cheese dome.

Compared to a quarter.
My 2 large cloches still have Spring/Summer decor in them. Maybe after seeing everyone's beautiful creations, I will get motivated and change them out for the Winter months.
Thanks Marty @ .
Thanks Laurie @ "A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday"

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season and staying warm !

Monday, December 6, 2010

It is Cold Out There!

 It is NOT warm here !! "They" said the high today was 39 - felt colder, and low tonight 22 !?!?! :(
The thought of getting out in the cold to shop for Christmas makes me cringe ! So What did I do instead? Stayed in, made a pot of soup, played on the computer, and other important things like that. :D

Cards have been addressed and mailed - Yay! I really like the cards I sent out this year . They had a nice greeting inside, then I added my own note/message. Yes - That is GLITTER on the front and I now have glitter all over my table, place mats, etc., etc.. Is it not amazing how a "Little Glitter Goes a Long Way" ! ! ! I bet the post office workers sparkle this time of the year !!!!
Not only do I like the cards, but I got them last year at an after holiday sale - half price $4.50 a box. Makes me happy !
I am linking up with Linda @ "Nifty Thrifty Tuesday"
Leigh @ "Thrifty Thursday"
Linda @ "Junkin Finds Friday"
Hope the weather is a little more friendly in your spot of the world, but from what I have seen on the news many are already dealing with snow and ice.
Stay warm!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mosaic Monday

I have not participated in "Mosaic Monday" in a while, so went thru my pictures to see what I could come up with. Some of you may remember, last year I posted pictures I took of some gingerbread houses made by the culinary staff where I attended a holiday event. Took some of the photos and ................
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If you have not already, be sure and visit Mary @ "Mosaic Monday", to see what she and the other participants have to share this week.

Have a great week, and stay warm!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

After Holiday Bargain From Last Year

When getting out the Christmas decorations, I ran across these little goodies that I bought for 90% off at HL after Christmas last year.
Don't you love it when you buy something, tuck it away, forget about it and then find it later? Almost like finding a gift. Well - maybe not.
Anyway....All my clear glass containers were either to large or to small for the red light bulbs, except this candy dish. They don't show up real well in it, but will do for now.

The tree is decorated, along with a few other places around the house. I tried taking more pictures today, but is a very gray, dreary day and I ended up deleting just about all of them.

I am linking to "Nifty Thrifty Tuesday" hosted by Linda @ Coastal Charm.
"Thrifty Thursday" hosted by Leigh @ Tales From Bloggeritaville
"Junkin Finds Friday" hosted by Linda @ A LA CARTE
"Show and Tell Friday" hosted by Cindy @ My Romantic Home
"Christmas Vignette" hosted by Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dab of This and That Weekend

Made a trip to HD over the weekend, and they had some very pretty poinsettias for $3.99 ea., so 3 came home with me (sorry for bad picture). I suspect 2 of them will be going home with family this next weekend. I thought that was a good price, considering Kroger is asking $7.99 for the same size. One lost a branch, but put in a vase with water and it still looks good today.

Went to an estate sale on Saturday and bought this cross, angel pin and some eye pins to go in my jewelry supplies. Woman at the sale said the cross was made from the metal of a very old horse bridle. I was going to ask if she had more information about it, but when I got ready to check out, there was some kind of "drama" going on between her and someone else working the sale, and I was not interested in being around with that going on, so paid and left.
After a stop for lunch, went to the flea market and that is where I got the mercury dime from a coin dealer (above picture) that was made the year I was born, and it had been gold plated for $3. Will be working that into a piece of jewelry.
The aluminum religious medals (below), I bought from a vendor that had a lot of silver charms, lockets,vintage jewelry, but was pretty pricey. Also, the vendors (husband and wife), acted like they were mad at each other. (?) Won't waste my time typing out that story.
The vendors that I bought the "grab bags" from in September were there, but did not have any this time. Also, they seemed to have gone up on their prices since September.
The vendor I bought the tiny salt spoon and demitasse spoon from in September here , was there , and I had hoped to buy more of the salt spoons but she had sold all of them. :( She said it was getting harder to find them, especially at a reasonable price.
My Experience at the Flea market: Did a lot of looking, bought very little, listened to conversations between sellers and buyers, then watching the buyers walk away without buying.
More vendors than when I went in September, but just more with the imported "stuff", yet they appeared to be the ones selling. Very sad. :(

Linking up with "Nifty Thrifty Tuesday"

Have a great week!
ETA: Did a little research on the cross - It is made out of horseshoe nails, not part of a bridle.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dab of This and That

This really has been one of those "Dab of This and That" days. I had good intentions of getting certain things accomplished today - none of which got done. Instead, I sat here for a while and played. Actually for more than just a while.
Remember this pendant that did not work out, as the rabbit's nose was covered up?
Replaced it with a butterfly. Thought all was well until I closed the latch and something shifted! :( Since I am the one wearing it, it may just stay that way - or maybe not. I am one of those people that when I know something is "out of whack", it bugs me until I make it right (or at least try). That is one of the reasons I rarely sew anymore. If I make a mistake, even tho no one else may be able to see it, I know it is there and it drives me "buggie"! :-D Anybody else like that?
Remember this? I have not been real happy with the vintage buttons and beads on the left - to stiff, and the buttons flop to the side.
So replaced them with this. This is with one button and a couple of black metal charms. Either way, the button still "flops" to the side ! Any suggestions?

In my effort to "declutter" I ran across a container of buttons that I had forgotten about. Some of these would be considered vintage according to their age, but since I know what some of the clothes they came off of, there is NO way they can be vintage (or can they) !!!!! The term "Vintage" sounds old until you read what is considered "vintage" (that is just wrong!!!!!) - I am NOT VINTAGE !!!!!

Remember this? Well - I got some of it cleaned out - then more fell.
Grounds crew was here today, and I had left my gate open (in and out most of the day). Looked out, and one of the workers had come up in my courtyard and was blowing leaves out of my gate (property owners are responsible for their own courtyards). Don't know what prompted him to do so (will ask management), but when I went out to give him a tip, I could tell he was VERY happy even tho he did not speak English !!!

Soooooooo! Did I get the guest room ready for house guests? Nope!
Did I get the main bathroom cleaned? Nope!
What about vacuuming inside car? Nope!
Finish decluttering? NO! NO ! NO!
How about a trip to WM? Nope! Nope!
What is that famous movie line ? "Tomorrow is another day" - Sounds good to me! :-D
Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Bit of Bling

Weekend before last, I stopped by an estate sale. When I stop now days, I usually go straight to the area where the jewelry and/or small trinkets, etc., that can be repurposed is displayed. Not a lot to choose from, but did get these pieces. I got the red bead necklace to take apart and repurpose the beads. Got it home and found the little Monet metal tag and did a little research. They are considered vintage and on ebay from buy it now $4.95 and up - the highest I saw was $24.50 - I paid $1.50. May leave it intact and add something with it. Got the other necklace (no markings) for parts for $3.
Locket - $1.50.
Linking up with "Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays"
"Thrifty Thursday"
"Junkin Finds Friday"
Not sure where I am going with this just yet - I have a heavy chain it may be going on. May add more trinkets/charms, etc..
Playing around with photobucket.
80% chance of rain and high of only 52 tomorrow, so sounds like a good day to address Christmas cards, work on a piece of jewelry and any other hard job like that. :D
Someone else has an opinion about the up coming weather forecast. :-D Wonder which one of her older siblings taught her to stick her tongue out!?!? :D
ETA: Photo removed.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Just a Dab of This and That

The above picture (mosaic) really has nothing to do with this post other than the fact that I could not get it sized right to use it as my header. After getting tired of fooling with it, I just stuck it here. :-D
ETA: Ignore the above paragraph - I finally got the mosaic sized. :-D
Today was a beautiful Fall day, 77 degrees, low humidity, blue sky and sun shine. Would love for the weather to stay this way, but according to "them" it is not going to happen. I need to check and see if I have the ingredients to make a pot of soup tomorrow as "soup weather" is moving in. Did not walk today, as got my exercise cleaning leaves out of the courtyard. In a few more days - repeat chore.
An Observation: Don't know what it is about this time of the year, but I am more prone to buying and eating chocolate. Ooops!
Another Observation: Yard work plays havoc on your fingernails - Time for a manicure!!
Taking Inventory: Not for gifts, Christmas cards and such, as that is another list. But It is that time of the year that I stock up on things like personal items, household products, paper products, etc., etc.. Make out the list, take a deep breath and make that dreaded trip to WM. I know - Don't like to go there and all that, but I do save quiet a bit on certain items like that. Anyone else stock up on certain things before the "cold" months settle in?

Another necklace I finished - No vintage elements in this one.
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Just another Dab of This and That!
Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Table Top

I haven't done any rearranging/changing things out in a while. Hard to believe in a couple of weeks I will be putting up a Christmas tree and decorations . I feel like I just put all the holiday decorations away.
This is a trunk that sits behind a chair by the door, and is a spot that rarely ever gets changed, except for what is in the urn and that varies by season. Right now there are some very large faux acorns and fruit with a crackled finish.
The lamp is sitting on a reproduction set of the first set of encyclopedia britannicas ever published. - even the foxing, water marks, etc., was left on the pages when copied.
I would like to replace the trunk with a small table that won't take up as much floor space, but have not put a lot of effort into looking for one.
A book box I bought a couple of years ago in a shop in Franklin, TN.
I am linking up with Marty @ "Table Top Tuesday"
Be sure and visit her to see what she and the other participants have to share this week.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A Little Bling

Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend. It has been a quiet one under my roof (thank you). Attended an art show and reception Friday evening which was very nice - some great art work , company and food. Did manage to get some of the leaves cleaned up on Saturday, but that will be an on going job for a while. Also went to an estate sale Saturday and bought 3 pieces of jewelry to work with, one of which turned out to be worth a lot more than I paid :-D - more on that on another post.
On the cool side again today and my allergies are having a "hay day", so stayed inside and worked on another necklace.
Some of you may remember, in mid October I posted here about these vintage earrings
and these vintage rhinestone buttons that I bought at an estate sale.
Welllll - I got out my trusty tools
and a few supplies
and after a bit of time
I came up with this .................

Actually, I am not through with it, as I did not have a black clasp to use. Depends on what type of clasp I get, I may add another element on the back. I think it looks better than the pictures - When I grow up I am going to get me a "big girl" camera. :-D
That is my little contribution to "Metamorphosis Monday" hosted by Susan @
"Before and After" hosted by Kim @
"Vintage Inspiration friday" hosted by Debra @ Be sure and visit Susan, Kim and Debra to see what they and the other participants have to share with us this week.
Have a great weekend!