Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quilt Show

This past weekend we went to a quilt show at Sawmill Creek. Catered more for the long arm quilters. 
And for those of you who aren't familiar with a long arm.
Check out the size of this machine. 
It does the quilting for you.  I am very intimidated by it. 
But I would love someday to own one.  
But with the cost of these, don't see it in my future.

 I took quite a few pictures of the the quilts.  The lighting wasn't the best. But the quilts were quite impressive.
 Some of them were more like pieces of art work than anything else.

 This was one piece of fabric with just quilting 

 Sea Glass

 I think this was my favorite.  Not because I'm into livestock, but the use of the different fabrics on the birds, that made them look like feathers.  I truly appreciate the time and thought that went into this piece.


Buttons were a big part of this quilt, that's what made it.


At least you can tell they are jelly fish!

And for the Rod Stewart fans.
They kept all the concert t-shirts and used them here.

This was another one of my favorites.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Well we got the desk for Hazel. 
Ethel is going to do a little something to it, we'll post the before and after.

This was my big purchase.  
I received the one on the right from my daughter, so when I saw the one on the left, I had to have it.
I couldn't believe when I got it home they were identical.

  The railroad sign went for $375.00.  I passed.  
Yes, I came to my senses.  
They had a lot of railroad lanterns.  From B&O railroad, PA. felt like we were in a life size Monopoly game.

Ethel has already sent me pictures of items in the up coming auctions.
We're sick!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Tomorrow Ethel and I are going to the auction and this is what we are going for.

As you know Ethel has been looking for a dressing table for Hazel.  All the ones we have found in the past were nice enough, but they went for to much. 
And we would of had to paint it.  
Well we waited long enough, and lo and behold here it is. 
 All painted and it has 
Ethel's name written all over it.
I think it shall be hers tomorrow. I hope no one bids her up, because when she gets that look in her eyes, 
I start to worry.

And here is the pump she wants. 
 She said this auction was meant to be.. 
I'll have to agree

Now this is something I'm interested in.


I don't have a clue, but I like it for some reason. Here is a close up of the letters
We have a cabin out back of our house, and if my husband can hang the score board he got from his high school field, I can hang a railroad sign. 
You have to admit it is pretty neat.
Even if the letters could come off and be 
used for something else.
I think it's going to be mine, unless I come to my senses before now and then.

Something else that caught my eye.
 Ruby Epergne.

Ok, so I had to look that up,
I knew it was a word for some kind of vase,
 and sure enough : 
e·pergne  (-pûrn-pârn)
A large table centerpiece consisting of a frame with extended arms or branches supporting holders, as for flowers, fruit, or sweetmeats  
I love it.
Not a place for it.
But I don't care!

Think I'll put sweetmeats in it.
What ever the heck that is!!!

Remember the sweet little vintage chenille jackets I posted a couple of days ago..
Did I tell you I have a collection of chenille blanket?  
Here's one to add to it.

Some day I'll attempt to make a jacket myself!

Mabel's Dead ~ Not Really!

Well of all of our auction purchases I must admit I think this one is the strangest.  
A few auctions ago I busted out laughing when I came across a headstone...yes I said a headstone 
with what name on it, non other than...........MABEL.
  Who'd of believed it.  So naturally I had to buy it for her.  I didn't care what it cost, but as lucky as we are I purchased it for a whole $5.00!  Since it is illegal to buy and sell used headstones we were assured by the auctioneer that this was never in a cemetery, it was just a sample. 
 So here it is placed lovingly into Mabel's landscaping at home (much to her husband's dismay!).

Thank goodness it isn't a real person's headstone because it is for a little girl born in 1905.  It even says Mabel on the top of the headstone but it is kind of hard to see in this photo.

So since Mabel is planning on donating her body to science when she dies (that's a story for another day!), this may be the only headstone I have someday to place flowers at for Mabel.  So I'm so pleased we won it.

Like we've always said, you can find anything at an auction.  Now we just have to be on the lookout
 for one that says Ethel!
  I know we have a sick sense of humor!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Trip to the Container Store

While in Columbus for the Country Living Fair Mabel and I also stopped at The Container Store.  Oh if only we had an unlimited supply of money I can see how one would be able to get themselves organized.

My big purchase however was the clear over the door shoe rack I had been looking for.  I am running out of storage in my sewing studio so I have to start getting creative.  So instead of using the over the door hooks for the organizer, I used Velcro Command Strips.  I hope the ones I got will hold everything, Mabel wanted me to go to the bigger size, but being anal like I am I liked that the small ones fit on the header of the holder better.

So here it is behind the door.
 And here it is with me starting to fill it up with goodies.  So far so good.  I have four Command Strips on the top and I put three regular adhesive velcro squares on the bottom to keep it from flapping.  Hopefully I won't hear it come crashing down some night.
So now I must get busy searching my studio for more items I can store behind the door.  Oh and the wooden curtain rod is leaning back there because I have yet to sew the curtains for the room.  Right now the yardage of fabric I bought for the curtains is hanging at the window by clothes pins.  Doesn't look that bad so I haven't started that project yet.  But when I do get them done I'll let you know.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Country Living Fair

Ethel, Hazel, and I 
went to the Country Living Fair 
in Columbus Ohio.
Held every year by Country Living Magazine.
If you've never been, add it to your bucket list.
Well maybe not a bucket list item, but it's fun.
We have a great time every year.
And we've been blessed with perfect weather for the last 4 years we've gone.
I posted quite a few pictures from this years trip.
Hope you enjoy them!

Sorry a little blurry, these are old school charts.
The spiders below were my favorite!
Creepy but cool!

You were only allowed out so far 
beyond your designated space, 
so what else is there to do but go up!

I can make one of these

Everything for the fall decorating enthusiast!
Being there does get you in the mood for the changing of the leaves.

I was surprised
there were only 2 booths that had nativities. 
I purchased the larger of the two.
Big purchase of the day.

They sell just about anything there.
I think if you had an old barn full of stuff, you could bring it here and make a mint

This dress form is covered with buttons 
made to look like a dress. 
Very expensive, but
 very pretty.

Now this one was made with old dress labels.
They were Mod Podged on. 
The skirt has to go though!
Looks like flag football, gone crazy!

Claw tub furniture
Not sure about this!

These are what I go back for every year.
The most precious little jackets. 
Vintage jackets made from old chenille blankets, 
and pillow cases.
I purchased one for my granddaughter the second year I went.  My daughter looked at it and wasn't sure if she liked it.  I told her, just put it on her and she would be surprised at the attention it got.

Yes mother was right! 

Here's the website 

Pin cushions


Broke Back Mountain Chair!

I think I like the chenille on the jacket MUCH better!
And the other two need to find their spot next to a velvet Elvis painting.

Punch Point 
Ethel's new hobby.
She ran to Joann Fabrics Sunday,
 to start a DMC collection.

Think I'm kidding. 
Here's the beginning of it!

Broken dishes on watering cans.

Sorry about the reflection.  
This was all cut out of one piece of paper..

And last but not least 
Ethel and Mabel!

We want this car, it doesn't even need paint. 
Perfect the way it is.

Ethel has added
 having a booth of our own to her bucket list.

That will pass, remember we have A.D.D.

Hope you enjoyed walking through the fair with us.
This is just a fraction of what is there.