Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dolly's Designs - Beautiful Aprons


I know that many of you are familiar with my dear friend Dolly from over at Dolly's Designs because I did a blog post on her back in April.  Well Dolly is working fast and furious on her line of one of a kind aprons and listing them in her Etsy shop.



Whenever I go to estate sales I always look through any boxes of old patterns to see if I can find a vintage apron pattern for her.  Last month I actually found one....


I sent it off to Dolly and as a thank you she told me she'd make me the apron of my choice.  I picked pattern G and Dolly was true to her word and made me my apron.  I think she improved upon the original design with her own special twist......


 The apron is a pale yellow with sweet little blue flowers and the material is as soft as can be....



It has a large front pocket, which I love, because I always stuff my cell phone and a pen and paper in there.  Check out the adorable little embroidered Dutch girl she added.  It is the sweetest thing!

Plus a couple of finishing touches....






And if that wasn't enough, Dolly also included this beautiful half apron.  It's a lovely shade of burnt orange with dandelions and bees on it.  Dolly even names each of her aprons - this one is Honeybee Haven. 


Look at the frilly ruffles and the bow ties on each side - it's almost too pretty to wear, isn't it?


Every one of Dolly's aprons are made with great attention to detail.  They are well crafted and stitched for years of use.  On top of that, each apron is a one of a kind.  She never uses the same fabric twice so each one is truly a treasure.  Thank you so much for my lovely gifts Dolly.  I love them and I thank you for your kindness.

Be sure to visit her blog at Dolly's Designs.

Here's a direct link to her shop because I know you want to check out her aprons for yourself.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Make a Memory Box

A couple of months ago I purchased a wooden box at an estate sale.  I thought it might be a large recipe box because it was 9" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".   I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I bought it, tossed it on a shelf and kept running ideas through my mind.




Last week I finally had an idea and thought I'd try making a Memory Box out of it.  You know, to hold concert tickets, movie stubs, flower petals....that sort of thing.  First I cleaned it up and gave it a light sanding....




And then I gave it a quick coat of white acrylic paint inside and out....


And then I painted the entire thing with 2 coats of lavender and distressed it afterwards.   I took a couple of sheets of rose paper and used polycyclic to adhere them to the inside of the box...


I also printed out a saying about making memories onto a piece of rainbow paper and lightly burned the edges.  I then used polycyclic to attach it to the top of the box and applied polycyclic to the entire outside of the box as well.



Then I went to work on the outside of the box with various pieces of vintage lace from my stash, lacy flowers, buttons and pearls....





And remember that ring I bought last weekend at a garage sale?  The one with the stretchy band that I cut off?  I used it here.....


All finished, except I may go back and add a lock and key to the front of it.  This Memory Box was easy to make and it's going to be a Christmas present for someone special in my family.  I hope she likes it.



Monday, September 15, 2014

Garage Sale Finds 9-15-14

There wasn't a whole lot of garage sales this weekend, and no estate sales to be found.  But I did still manage to pick up a few things at the 2 or 3 garage sales we found....

2 Tin measuring cups from Swans Down Cake Flour that Chablis grabbed.   I found the 2 metal shoe horns and both have shoe store advertisement from Chicago area stores.


A mini candy jar - this one is going to the lake house to sit next to a larger matching one.


Believe it or not, this is a ring with one of those stretchy ring bands.  I wanted it for a project I'm working on so I snipped off the ring band and it's going to be perfect for what I need it for.  Post on that will be coming tomorrow.


Ok, who has heard of Huberd's Shoe Grease?  I never have but I liked the old fashioned looking tin so I parted with a dollar for it.  When I got it home and opened it up, it was a never used jar of shoe polish.  I looked the company up on line and apparently they are a well known company.   I decided to give the polish a try on my new cowboy boots, so I'll be posting on that later this week as well.


A whole box of used, vintage hot & cold porcelain faucets - score!    I'll be selling some of the pairs in my Etsy shop and some are slated for projects.  I took the entire box that the guy had.  I'm passing them on at a pretty good price so if you need them for a project, I have 4 sets listed right now.



It's hard to tell from this photo, but this is a vintage Zig Zag sewing accessory tin.  I took it home and cleaned it up....


..... Plus all the accessories.  Isn't this great?  I'll be listing this in my Etsy shop as well.


A vintage Mr. Pibb Bottle and A Mothers Friend Bradfield Regulator Bottle.  The regulator bottle was a woman specific product and I thought it was a pretty cool find.  It's also listed in my shop.


A couple of cool items to be used for future craft projects....


I can never turn down brand new yarn in good colors....


A nice belt sander.  I like this size because I have small hands. I can't wait to try it out.


And that was it.  What did you find this weekend?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Geocaching In Racine, Wisconsin

In July we took a day trip up to Racine, Wisconsin to do a little geocaching.  I don't remember ever really driving through Racine before, other than stopping at their rest area on the highway, and I have to say - beautiful little town.  It was so clean, quaint and charming that I definitely will be going back there again.  Really a lovely place.

We started off the day with a cute geocache - it was a movie can inside a paint can.  Very creative and fun.  I like geocaches that show a little imagination....



The next geocache was hidden someplace near this look out point by the marina...


While we were on top of the look-out, we scoped out the rocky breakwater wall across the channel.  The next geocache was hidden someplace out at the end of that wall and we had to figure out a way to get over there....


It was a gorgeous day to be on Lake Michigan - crystal clear, sunny and warm with a gentle breeze.  We had a good time wandering up and down the seawall, just enjoying the day.


You can't beat views like this.  I am always drawn to harbors.


I seriously wanted to take this emergency ring home.  Isn't it awesome?


This marina really knows how to cater to the local fisherman.  They have a nice set of hooks for hanging your catch of the day....


And a super nice set up for cleaning and washing your fish.  I think this was the nicest cleaning table I've ever seen...



Once we figured out how to get out to the breakwater wall, we started the long walk out there....


Along the way we found a survey marker.  I always like finding these - I have no idea why, but I do.


See the lighthouse way out there?   We have to go beyond that....


 Here we are at the lighthouse and that's where we left Louie.  He had no desire to climb out on the rocks with us.

See the flag way out there?  We had to slowly pick and choose our way past that point....


And then use a flashlight to climb down into the rocks to find the geocache.  The name of this cache was Match Head in case you're interested in doing it.


Afterwards Chablis and I sat on the rocks and cooled off.  The water was ice cold - even in July, but it was very refreshing.


Since it took us so long to do the Match Head cache, we ended up only doing 5 caches total before we had to head back home.  But not before first stopping at Mars Cheese Castle to pick up some goodies....

Mars Cheese is a popular spot to stop along the highway and I practically refuse to drive by without stopping to get something.


The store is huge and stocked with more varieties of cheese than you can imagine, as well as sausages, honeys, jams, bakery goods and soda's. 






As you can see, Louie came out of the store loaded down with several kinds of cheese, some sausage, a soda and of course a coffee cake.  Any day that starts with geocaching and ends with cheese is a good day!

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