Saturday, November 30, 2013

More on Vintage Dishes

A little bit of research led me to some great information regarding my amazing find of vintage dishes at the thrift shop.


Kathie Winkle was a top designer for Broadhurst from the 1950's until 1978 when  hand designed and painted dishes became a thing of the past.  Machine designed techniques came into fashion.  At this time she worked in quality control for the company.  She created over 100 designs in her career.  My pattern "Versailles"  is from 1970.  I knew they were from the 70's!  Yay!

A quick peek at eBay had one person asking $10 for one dinner plate.  Not sure they would get that.  I guess getting eight plates for $1.50 really was a good deal!

After learning more about this awesome collection,  I decided to return to the thrift shop to see if the eight mugs that I left behind where still there.  Happily, they were so I took them home.  The 50% off sale was done so I paid a whole $3.  ;)  Still a deal!


These mugs are what I call "teasers".  Not a huge mug but really great if you had many people to serve and didn't want to empty the coffee pot before filling everyone's mug.  They afford a hostess the chance to fill all of the mugs and get another pot started for the next round.  Now I just need to have a coffee party!  Nah.  What can I say, I'm a solitary kind of girl.

Rob got pretty happy when I told him the history of these dishes and asked hopefully if I was going to try to sell them on eBay.  What?!?  No way!  They're mine!!  ;)

Okay, I promise to stop blogging about dishes.... for a while anyway.  ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Jen


Friday, November 29, 2013

Pretty Little Studio

I was happy to come upon some Pretty Little Studio collections at my local LSS recently.  I had never seen this manufacturer IRL and was so pleased at the quality and graphics!  When I saw a line with some squirrel images I knew just the photo that needed to be scrapped.


I took this photo of this little cutie when we were in Montreal during the fall of 2010.  It felt geat to finally get it scrapped!  I'm still feeling the love of touches of gold.  My Heidi Swapp color shine is my new best friend.  ;)



Here's the sketch I used created by Liz Chidester.



While making this next page I wasn't sure if it would make it to the blog or to the trash can.  Here it is but it is not my favourite.  That's okay.  We can't love them all.  I wanted to take advantage of the printed sunburst on the one sheet of patterned paper.  It is a bit busy, even for my liking.  ;) 



I punched circles and lead a trail to guide the eye to the photo but it is still a little too all over the place.  Oh well.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of our crafty world.

Jen

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vintage Treasure

An impromptu lunch with my sweetie had me a stones throw away from my favourite thrift store, The County's Clothesline.  I hadn't been for quite some time and thought that I would take a quick boo inside.  You never know what you might find on any given day.  This find was pretty sweet!

Here's the story.  I love gold.  I love anything that has a 70's vibe.  But most importantly,  I love dishes! Over the years I have had many sets of everyday dishes.  I think it is my love of pattern that sucks me in.  I stay away from the kitchen stores because I know that I am likely to come home with a new set of dishes that I don't need.  Rob is no help in this addiction of mine as he seems to have a thing for new dishes too.  Needless to say, many sets of dishes have been donated to charity over the years.  After all, a person only needs so many dishes, especially when you hate entertaining and cooking!  ;)  A few years back, I bought a large set of plain white Corelle and decided to keep it forever and stop this silly dish buying.

Well, when I wandered through the crockery section at the thrift store and saw a set that Kitty Forman (That 70's Show) would be proud to serve from,  I really couldn't pass them up!  I tried to keep walking but I just kept coming back to them!



Here's a close up of the pattern.


I love the mix of gold, grey and brown!  They are stoneware made in England and hand painted.  They will also mix nicely with my plain white Corelle.  It is not a full set so a mix will be fine.  I managed to get 8 dinner plates for $1.50 and 6 cereal bowls for $1.50.  I passed on the mugs as they were small and I like to use my collection of Starbuck's mugs.  I bought the sugar bowl with no lid but passed on the creamer as it seemed quite worn.  The sugar bowl cost $0.20.


Then as gold seemed to be in big supply,  I picked up this vase for $3.  I have had my eye on it the last couple of visits. I know I don't need another vase but it is gold!  ;)  And more golden treasure was to be found when I spied two glass sandwich plates for $1.50 and two onion soup bowls that are oven safe and made in Canada for $1.00.

So here is my "golden" treasure all purchased for a total of $8.70!!  Housewares were 50% off so it was an even sweeter deal than usual!


I am one step closer to yet another layer of gold in the embellishments of my home decor.  :)

In other home decor and love of the 70's news,  we are waiting on delivery of two new chairs for the living room.  Sadly, Rob broke his 13 year old Lazy Boy recliner, although it was pretty funny to watch.  ;)  Here's a peek of the fabric I chose for what will be known as, "the loud chair".


I am getting a bit nervous to see this chair in real life.  I hope my love of pattern is not about to bite me back.  LOL  But, I have a vision for the room and I think it will work.  The second chair is in a solid green, the lighter one from the "loud chair". You can see a bit of the green fabric on the left side of the photo, in the back.  On the green chair will sit a "loud pillow".  ;)   I'll keep you posted on my vision and whether it is a success.

And just so I can justify this blog as "scrappy",  look what I found while thrifting for $0.20.  Real wood and made in Canada!  Who says that all embellishments must be found at the LSS?


Bye for now.

Jen

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Great Neighbour

I have been thinking a lot about the whole process of scrapping, lately.  I go through phases where I do this.  I question when this passion will end for me and more importantly, how many albums I will have accumulated when this time comes.  I don't scrap as much as I used to,  so the albums are not filling up quite as quickly.  I tried the less lumpy route in hopes of getting more pages into an album, but that was an epic failure. I like lumpy!  My newest thought is to only scrap photos that have a story to tell.  Maybe an album will be less likely to be tossed by the next generation if it contains stories.

This story idea comes with a problem for me though.  I can tell (or sometimes imagine) a story with almost anything.  It comes from being my mother's daughter.  Susan is the same way too.  We can just see a person out in public doing his thing and come up with this entire imagined life story.  So when it comes to photos, stories come easy.  Most photos have a story for me.  Maybe I have to limit myself to scrapping photos with important stories to tell.  But then who determines what is important?

Alas, this photo got scrapped because it has a story.  So I have taken to photographing random animals I see about.  Crazy? You decide.  ;)  This page features the cat who lives next door to Diane and Eric.


She is the sweetest little thing.  Whenever she sees us she comes trotting over for some love.  She purrs very loud and rubs her head deep into your hand.  She then rubs her entire body along your leg.  Eric loves her and worries if he thinks she has been outside too long.  She loves being out and is a well taken care of cat.  Eric thinks that maybe she would be happier living at their place.  Catnapping has been discussed, after all, she would make a perfect friend for Mo.  Diane, on the other hand,  finds this cat annoying.  This kitty has a habit of jumping out of the bushes, in the dark at late hours of the night.   She also loves to go up onto their balcony and sit and peer into the window looking for Mo.  Yes, she is a friendly little girl.



And so, this "important" story has been documented and put away into Diane's album so that generations down the line can remember Diane and Eric's "cat neighbour" back in 2013.  Who am I fooling?  I just like scrapping the furry creatures in life.  ;)

I used more of AC's "Polka Dot Party".  I am debating if I will add something to the far left corner.  It seems a bit empty but I pushed my journaling over to show those awesome scribbles on that sheet of paper.  Not sure I want to cover that up.  I'll think on it.

Here's the sketch.  From Studio Calico, I think.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jen

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Polka Dot Party

Rob and I spent some time with Diane this past weekend.  We visited, went to one of Diane's favourite diners and I got to see my two fur grandbabies.

Mo is looking as handsome as ever.


Jack is growing so fast!  His puppy fur is pretty much gone, his big teeth are in and he is tall and lean.  Look at those long legs!  He is still totally full of puppy.  His energy is never ending.  It is tough to get a photo of him because he never stops moving.  He is one sweet boy who tires me out and steals my heart at the same time.


I am happy to report that I actually captured a good photo of Diane!  She tends to get a goofy look on her face whenever the camera comes out.  Kind of like Chandler on Friends.  ;)  So it didn't take me long to get this one scrapped for the album.  American Craft's "Polka Dot Party" was the perfect match.





I love the colour palette and graphics in this line, but I do find that the quality of this paper line is lacking.  It kind of surprised me for AC.  Hopefully this is a one time thing.

Here's the sketch from Kristine Davidson.


Thanks for stopping by!

Jen

Monday, November 25, 2013

Knitting Documented

I have two more pages to share using Crate's "Bundled Up" collection.  It has been reduced to a pile of scraps which have been donated to The Boys and Girls Club, along with some other Christmas themed supplies suitable for Christmas crafting.

First up for my winter album, documenting how my knitting increases during the winter months.





Here is the sketch I used.  It was created by Audrey Yeager.


This next page is a special one.  While Susan and I spent hours pouring through my mother's albums and photos, I came across this photo of my mother taken in 2006.  She had just finished knitting hats for children with cancer.  My mother did a lot of knitting for charity through the years.  She looks very proud to be displaying her works.


The pink and red in this line worked so well with the colours of the hats, as well as that cute "hat" card!



And the sketch is by Creative Scrappers.


I am sad to see "Bundled Up" gone.  I loved the retro whimsical graphics in this one.  It was so much fun to create with.

Wishing you all a wonderful day with some crafty time.  :)

Jen

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Trip to the Greenhouse

On a snowy winter's day, what better place to go to, than the greenhouse.


Greenland's is amazing enough during the warm summer months and then in wintertime, it transforms into a truly magical place!  I think it is one of my favourite places to be!  Rob, not so much.  ;)  Sparkly things just don't amaze him, the way they do me.  LOL


There are beautiful displays showcasing different colours and themes .


The trees are gorgeous!


Under each tree are baskets containing the decorations displayed on the tree.  If you can't find the ornament you want in the baskets, you are welcome to shop right off the tree.


There are styles for everyone's taste.  I seem drawn to the owls.



I love these little bird houses too.


Whoever designs the decorations of these trees is so talented!  Can you imagine having a turquoise tree decor?


This is just a happy place to be!


One of the best things to do here is to hang out in the fresh evergreens area.  It smells so good.  I had planned on taking photos of these arrangements as well as the lovely poinsettias but, my camera battery died.  Boo to that!  :(

Thanks for stopping by!

Jen

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Another Nature Page with "Bundled Up"

This Crate line has me back to scrapping!  I love that although it has a wintery theme, the warm colours go so well with nature themed photos.  I do love me some gold!


I punched a circular shape out of the gold journaling card and backed it with a snowflake transparency.


Gold glittery tape works great on winter pages,


and so do wood veneers.  :)


Hoping your days are frosty!

Jen

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Bird Tree

This past weekend marked the second annual decorating of the bird tree!  I love this little gem and it is sure to be a holiday tradition for many years to come.  No, it is not snowing in my living room, although it sure looks like it is.  ;)  Some new wintery edits at PicMonkey just seemed like too much fun to pass up.


There are a few new ornaments this year.


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This little bird is a special one. 


 It came from my parents.  I'm not sure if it was my father's or my mother's as a child.  I'll have to find out if my father knows.  I would guess that it is from the mid 1930's.  It amazes me how the tail feathers are still perfect and the clip still works.  Bird ornaments that I purchased just a few years ago are already losing their glued on clips and their tail feathers are gone.   :(  Things in the past were made to last. 

Hoping that your holiday traditions are taking shape!

Jen

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