Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dictionary Votives

With a dictionary from the thrift store, Walmart votives, and a little watered down Elmer's glue, these little votives came to life. 

I tired to find pictures for each votive, a lilac, a deer, mushrooms, etc. You can see how they look lit and not lit. The one in the front didn't want to flame very much.

When lit, you get a nice yellowed glow.

The wooden box they are sitting in is something I picked up at a garage sale. It looks like a little drawer, but both ends are finished and no hardware. 

It's so nice to have spring here early and have daffodils to give away.  I gave my daughter and Mom each a big bunch, and there is still lots in the yard. It's the only bulbs the chipmunks won't eat!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Brown Mill Stream and Crochet

This table started with 2 cups and saucers from my Aunt Lizzie. She can't remember where or why she bought just two, but I love this pattern.

It is Johnson Brothers Mill Stream, often mistaken for Friendly Village. It seems to be hard to find, but I have picked up a couple of pieces here and there.

While setting this table, I had to quick run and look up EXACTLY where the cup and saucers go. I needed Carson!

Are you watching Downton Abbey? I LOVE it! Carson, the butler,  has been seen at the table with ruler,  measuring to make sure the placesettings are properly spaced.

SO, teacups go to the right of the dinner plate, tops aligned, 1 inch from the silver, and cup handles at 4 o'clock.

Shall I pour, Madame?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fifteen Questions

Everybody and their dog (a good thing) follows Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. She is the reason I started blogging! She has a fun question answer that she suggested we all try. It's fun to read everybody's answers.

1. Favorite cocktail? Margarita

2. Favorite getaway? Estes Park, CO

3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? My great grandparents

4. Daydream of the moment? a backyard garden redo

5. Your personality in one word? (no clue)

6. Are you more garden or gun? Garden

7. If you were road tripping what is one album you would take with you? any Eagles

8. What are you reading?  Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter by Lisa Patton

9. What do you want to do when you grow up? Work in a floral shop

10. What is your greatest extravagance? buying something full price  Guilty pleasure? chocolate

11. Favorite Southern food? Carolina pulled pork

12. Most treasured possession? photos

13. Favorite Southern name? Wade, it was my daddy's middle name. 

14. What talent would you most like to have? to sing well

15. What's your current state of mind? Hopeful

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Look Back at 68 Years Ago

Looking through a 1944 Woman's Home Companion that I got off Ebay for the cover, I really loved the old ads, and thought I would share.

 This first one really caught my eye, because I have the exact same problem!!!

It was a toothpaste ad. Who knew that is all it takes???

This next article was about how to fix up your home with a few dollars.
"A dash of ingenuity, plus a few dollars wisely spent, will make your rooms as new as autumn 1944."

"Add sparkle to an old sofa with a row of round fat cushions, three at one end, two at the other."

"A dreary carpet will blossom with the addition of a white cotton string scatter rug. Use one, as we have here, to pull a group of furniture together--in front of a mantel or in front of the couch."

"Don't hide your favorite china in the china closet. If you have a pretty tea set, or an old tureen, or group of cups and saucers you're fond of, bring them into the living room and display them proudly with your books."

These next two ads acknowledge WWII, from 1939 to 1945, and how it affects their products. 

Here's the full page ad for silver, and below the closeup of their explanation. 

I want my figure to be ready... but the ad doesn't say ready for what....

Oh Yeah! The Madonna look........

Hope you enjoyed this look back in time.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day 
reminds us
to be kind.
It is a day to reflect
on people who you love
and who love you. 
Love with