Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Shopping for Happiness


 Normally I wouldn't say that I shop for Happiness at Kroger
but when I walked in this morning and saw 
Violets
I got all warm and fuzzy on the inside
which is saying something because it is sooo
FREEZING COLD
here in Northwest Ohio!


Warm and fuzzy....because it was like
SPRING
was here already...ya know?

Warm and fuzzy....because Grandma would
ALWAYS
have violets in her kitchen window...
so... 


I immediately grabbed one and stuck it in my cart...
Protected it from the Bananas, Bread & Eggs

and do you know what?
When I got home
{before I put away any groceries}
I put that Violet right in my pretty yellow McCoy planter...


It was like it was meant to be :)

Happiness, Memories
and especially some Warm Fuzzies!!

Hope you are having a fantastic week!!
Karla & Karrie


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Nip & Tuck

We aren't going to lie...
it is
NIPPY
in our parts!

Record Breaking
they say....
so we've decided to turn it around and give old man winter something
SPRINGY to look at!


We're TUCKING spring
right into our everyday decor...
no bunnies....no chicks...
not yet!

Just some honest to goodness touches of spring!


What are you doing today?

Join us over at Ivy & Elephants for

Stay warm!
Karla & Karrie


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Treasure Box

Treasures!
We all have them...but they are usually
tucked away in a box in the attic!

Have you ever thought of displaying them?


Yesterday we were up in mom's sewing room
and saw this shadow box that our cousin made several years ago
with all sorts of vintage sewing treasures!


We had completely forgot about this box...
and that it inspired us to do
a Shadow Box Class at the store


Sweet treasures lovingly tucked inside a 
Shadow Box
so that they can be seen by not only you...
but by whoever walks into the room


We bet right now your mind is swimming with ideas....isn't it?


First put fabric or paper on the front of the board of the shadow box...
then lay out your treasures
 to see how you would like them to look in your box


We used a combination of glue, glue dots and pins
 to get everything to stay in place.


Then you can hang up your creation
 for everyone to see!

If you'd like to see some of the other ideas 
from of our class attendees ~ visit the post here.

Thanks for stopping by today...hope you were inspired!
Join us as we party with Patti and Paula
@ Ivy & Elephants for What's it Wednesday!







Monday, February 09, 2015

A Fool for You....

Yesterday we had our
Valentine Progressive Tea Party
and for dessert we served
Raspberry Fools....


Sweet little cups with a perfect name for
Valentines...don't you think?

It's a super easy recipe..
and we thought we'd share it with you
because you might want to serve it to 
someone you are plumb crazy about :)


Raspberry Fool

2 cups raspberries
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
Put raspberries and sugar in a bowl and smash.  
You may also put into a food processor to puree
 ~ depends on how you like your fruit!

2 cups whipping cream 
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
(we've also used almond!)
In a bowl add the cream, sugar and vanilla extract and mix
 with an electric beater until stiff peaks form.  
Gently fold in the raspberry mixture, being careful not to over mix.

Put into serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
(This is a great make-ahead dessert you can do the night before as well!)

Top with additional raspberries

Makes 6 servings.



Enjoy!!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Sweet Vintage Linen Pillows

It all starts with a snowy day....

You're a bit board
{and don't want to do housework...which is what you should be doing...}
So you decide to 
start a project!



You know...those projects in your project room you haven't started yet ;)

So...you grab those nifty vintage linen napkins you've been saving...
and that old chenille bedspread and you cut
and cut
and cut


Then you sew those two together
and sew
and sew
and sew


and stuff....
{you get the point...we're making a LOT of pillows here!}


 A little slip stitch at the bottom....


and put them in the
FINISHED
pile

{did you hear that...FINISHED!}


 Well...
finished with this project at least!


Join us this week over at Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday!
{where there's always something fun & creative going on there!!}

You guys got any fun projects you are starting or finishing today?

~Karla & Karrie




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Desk Set

One of the first things that you see when you walk into our store this week 
is this little display....


Many times people come in wanting a desk...
and LOVE the tables that we have
but want more storage....


so we found a solution to the problem...
added two smaller nightstands on either side....


For plenty of storage
AND an adorable...one of a kind
Desk Set!

Join us over for What's it Wednesday 
for more great vintage decorating ideas!!


The Desk Set

Talking about this desk set makes us think of
Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy...
Have you ever seen it?
The computer against good old humans...
only as Hepburn and Tracy could do it :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Smiles from Heaven

This weekend I walked into my dining room
 and THERE it was!



My grandma's Christmas Cactus was blooming!

Now....don't think that this happens a lot...
Maybe once every 3 years!


Before she moved into a nursing home
was put in charge of the cactus...
clearly I was not the one to keep it...

This cactus was 
GINORMOUS

and my kids were little...and let's just say that it lost about half of it's size...
but I did remember to water it
sometimes...

ahhhhh! The Pressure!


So today I'm smiling because there it is...
PROOF
that it is still living....
and even though Grandma isn't with us anymore

She's sending me a smile back from Heaven!!!
{I think she knew I had it in me ~ lol!}

What is making you smile today?
:)

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