Saturday, January 26, 2019

“A Magical Visit"

I recently visited the bay area for a special visit.  I’ll share more of that special visit with you in a later post.  I couldn’t wait to share my first visit to Wendy Addison’s magical shop “Theatre of Dreams" in Port Costa, California.  Even with all the rain the bay area received that weekend, it was so worth the visit, made it even better.  I’ve been a fan of Wendy Addison for a long time.  She inspires me always with her creations.  To actually meet her in person was a special treat.

I’ve officially retired and now its about enjoying my life and doing a little bit more creating and some traveling too, not like I don’t do enough now.  Visiting Wendy’s shop was a nice way to start.  Getting inspired again always feels right.

 Port Costa is a tiny vintage town, it was a “over the hill and through the woods” feeling driving there. When you come upon this little town, it’s a total surprise.  The weather was cloudy and cool, but so pretty too out that way.

Walking up to her shop was so exciting, I couldn’t wait to see it and buy some goodies.

Once I got inside, oh my gosh, how magical her shop is.  So many unique creations to look at too.   

Cassandra, my daughter enjoyed it as well.  I was happy she was there to share this visit with me.

How fun this visit was, so memorable too!  Blessings! xo

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Taking a look back at Christmas 2018

 Thats the one, thats my trademark piece, one year I created a ornament that would represent who I really was as an artist.  I will forever love this piece.  Always happy to display her.

 Our ornaments can become so cherished over the years, they’re only out for a very short time once a year, but I can tell you a story about each one of them.

Lets not forget about Santa, this year I added a toy stove I found at a vintage swap meet here in Mission Viejo.  Always fun to put this display out.  These Santa’s are actually candy containers.  I like to surprise my kids aka adult kids with candy in them LOL!

Is this post all about ornaments or what?  Sorry, I love to share, the tree looked so pretty this year.  

 This one is a special ornament, my middle son, Brian got engaged this past October in Maine.  I thought it would be appropriate to create an ornament honoring him and his future bride Cassi.  Too sweet I might say!

This little cutie was made for my very dear friend, Jennifer.  I create a Christmas ornament every year for her, been doing it for awhile now.  This one reminds of her little one, “DJ”, he truly is a little doll.

 I see a little Sam Elliott in this one  . . . who doesn't like Father Time? LOL!

Lets not forget about the wrapped presents, one of my favorite things to do doing the holiday.  Its always fun to get creative.

This year, we did not have our traditional Christmas dinner with all my kids, Cassandra enjoyed her Christmas dinner with her boyfriend’s family.  She was missed, but instead we had a Christmas morning breakfast all together.

The Flamingo ornament honors my Dad who passed away last year.  He used to make and sell them.
The weather was gorgeous and so cold too, but the view was just too pretty. 

I ended the year with my oldest son Davey, having dinner at one of his favorite restaurants.  I actually had my very first lettuce wrapped burger, delicious.  Hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year!

p.s.  As you all know Rexy spent Christmas up north with his parents in Paradise, Ca. Unfortunately, they lost their home in the Paradise Camp Fire, please continue to keep them in your prayers.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Santa’s Back In Town!

Christmas is going to be in full swing before you know it  . . . the kids are coming back home and as you all know that makes me very happy :O)  As always, I’ve got the homestead decorated already.  Still adding some some touches here and there, but loving it.  As much as I try to be simple, it never turns out that way. There’s just something about Christmas that’s so exciting.  Cozy is always good, isn’t it?

A vintage look is what I love . . . I never seem to get tired of it.  It just screams “warm”.

I’ve had this bird house like forever, since my kids were small.  I put this one in the kitchen this season. 

My new angel this year, I just love her, around her waist is a tag that reads, “Oh come let us adore him!” I think I might hold on to this one.

Rexy and I found this log cabin style quilt in Julian earlier this year on one of our day trips, good memory for sure.

Thats all for now  . . . I’ll add some more pics soon again.  Enjoy this beautiful season and remember it all about Christ . . . there is something a whole lot bigger going on in this world!  I have some exciting news to share with you all in my next post.  Blessings, xo

Proverbs 30:4  

Who has ascended to heaven and come down?  Who has gathered the wind in his fist?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name, and what is his son’s name?  Surely you know!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Spooky Times Around The Homestead

We love Halloween .  . don’t we?  Always fun too.  I love “scary cute” always.  Never wanted to scare my kids when they were little.  My middle son was just here for a visit and always enjoys the decorations around the holidays.    

I really don’t buy much anymore, but I did add a couple of pumpkins this year.

 Didn’t really have time this year to add to my cross stitch collection for Halloween . . . bummed!

 That bucket pumpkin on the left above is Rexy’s favorite . . . the smiley one LOL! These two are sitting on the mantle in the living room.

 This old tool box in the below pic, I’ve had for years now, I always used it for my pumpkin display.

 Always have to have one of my dolls in the decorations . . . been making them for years now, loving my skeleton paper pinwheel.

 I added these honeycomb balls and pumpkins lantern to my collection this year, liking them for sure.

Hope you all have a “Spooktacular” Halloween  . . . don’t eat too much candy LOL!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Vintage Market treasures found . . . Oh Boy!

Loving this time of the year  . . . just can’t wait as usual.  Since moving here to Mission Viejo.  I have found some wonderful places to shop.  One of them is the monthly vintage market at Saddleback College.  I have a nice collection of vintage holiday decorations.  Using vintage toys and worn vintage tin containers make the cutest displays for collections.  I found this adorable children’s stove from Empire toys with the electric plug still attached and in fair condition.  Check out the plug, cutest part of the stove.

 I might be wrong, but I believe this is a lunch box.  Loving the red color.  Weathered just the way I like it.  The older the better.

Also, found this blue oriental candy tin, Rex was able to remove the white paint that was splatter on it, still able to use it.  Hard to see, gold crane birds are part of the design against the blue color.

The pic below shows the birds a little bit more clearly. This shade of blue is really pretty and deep in color still.