31 January 2011

Still Busy...

Painting....re-arranging....sewing....and adding some stuff to my etsy.




I wasn't sure about these lady head vases...but I found 5 of them....and really like how they looked...so 50's and colorful.

I have tons....and tons of stuff to add to my etsy. I'm going to try to add new items at least a couple times a week.

Here's a few of the things I'll be adding....

lots of ironstone....

vintage german books....

some silver....

some beautiful lace curtains....

vintage quilts....

pretty floral plates....perfect for spring....

and some gorgeous....vintage euro shams....you know....the ones with beautiful bobbin lace and monograms....oh yeah....I've got loads of those....

so stay tuned.

Oh....and I wanted to thank all those who left sweet comments for my son....he so enjoyed reading them.

27 January 2011

Who Do Voodoo

Hey, this is Justin, Andrea's son. :P I was bored this Monday so I made one little voodoo type doll. I was inspired by Tim Burton's movies, like Nine.

I made one doll, that led to two, and then three. But I'm not very good with the sewing machine though. So, I just practice by making more and more dolls.

I hope to get better with da sewing machine, so I can make more stuff. Then I'll try my luck by selling 'em. So I know if its a good money maker. :P

and that my friends....is my big boy (14 to be exact)....love him!

I have to tell you....I love his dolls.

They're perfectly cute 'n' creepy....cuz I don't know about you guys....but dolls with button eyes and sewn mouths...is just plain creepy.

24 January 2011

Busy Bee

I've been quite the busy bee lately....

sewing lots of custom orders....

painting....

and dreaming....

of spring.....

and color.

Along with all this....

I've also been busy planning some new designs for pillows, napkins and other linens.

And you know what comes with spring.....right....

the urge to re-paint and re-do....

now with that being said....

I'm also busy changin' up the rooms in this old farmhouse....

yep....you heard right....helping Mary with our Urban Plains project has got me itchin' to do some work to to this old gal....

and no I'm not talking about me guys...I'm talking about the house....geesh.

I know...I know....it was less than a year ago that I re-did the house....

well...in decorating years....that's an eternity....

so I'm on a quest....to re-vamp and re-fresh.

20 January 2011

Basket Goodness

This week my sweet friend Sue came over for a visit....and look what she brought me.

This amazing basket filled with vintage goodness. She tucked in all kinds of little treats...like...

this vintage chinese paintbrush...love it....

old clothespins....

vintage seam binding, tatted lace, doilies, beautiful white dishes, vintage sewing needles from england, old wooden spools....not to mention the beauty in the middle...a petite ironstone pitcher.

She put it all together so beautifully.


After gawking at it for some time....I told her she needs to open up an etsy shop and sell these....isn't that a great idea....gift baskets full of vintage goodness to give as a gift...or keep for yourself.


She could customize them by color...theme...hobby....great idea, huh.


What'ya think?


18 January 2011

Did You Hear...

Maria from Dreamy Whites has finally opened her new online shop....Dreamy Whites Online.

it's just gorgeous....

and she has some amazing french finds.

If you don't have a reservation to visit France any time soon...a quick visit to Maria's shop will curb your appetite until you get there.

photos via dreamy whites

12 January 2011

The Growers Daughter

Today I want to introduce you to Maria from The Growers Daughter.

She has a beautiful etsy shop....

filled with gorgeous goods....

like this amazing frame...love it.

If you haven't visited Maria before...I encourage you to go now.


You can visit her lovely etsy here....or her beautiful blog here.


I promise you'll lov'em both.

10 January 2011

The Urban Plains Project

I'm sure you all know the fabulous Mary from Urban Farmgirl....well I've had the pleasure of getting to know her better over the last year....and I've come to the conclusion....that she's my long lost twin sister....or at least if I could have a sister...I'd choose her.

While talking one day....she mentioned she was going to re-do her guest bedroom....and she thought it would be fun if we did it together....never mind the fact the we've never "met" or that we live 422 miles from each other. I was so on board to help....I love me a makeover.

Are you wondering where the title of this post fits in....well I've dubbed our collaboration....The Urban Plains Project...you know....a little bit her...a little bit me.

So....on to some inspiration....

Here are some of Mary's inspirations....

there's gonna be some cool elements in the room....

can you guess....

all photos via, except #1 is unkown

what it is?


So....now that you know what we're doing...how do you want us to do this...


do you guys want to see sneek peeks of our progress....


or wait and build up to one big reveal...what do you think.


I'm so excited to be doing this project with Mary....I so wish I could be there in person...gettin' paint in my hair....and all the other fun that comes with putting a room together....but I'll settle for helping long distance.


This should be great fun....so when do we start....


Now!

07 January 2011

New Goods

I've been doin' some work behind the scenes here...and wanted to show you what's new.

If you've visited my website recently....you'll have noticed something different on my Vintage Goods page.....if you'd like to see...click here.

I've decided to sell my vintage goods on etsy only...with the main reason being it's hard to keep the website's vintage page stocked. I received a not so nice email some time ago saying basically that....why is everything always sold. Now....I know the person was right in what they said...I just didn't think it was nice the way they said it. So to fix the problem, I thought etsy would work perfectly...because what you see is available.

My website is still open and I'm keeping it stocked with pillows, paper goods, farmhouse goods and such....but if your looking for vintage....you can visit my etsy.

Okay....so if you'd like to see some new pillows and bread bags...you can visit here....and if you'd like to see what's new in Vintage....visit here.

Have a wonderful weekend!

04 January 2011

The Marshmallow Recipe

After getting quite a few emails and comments yesterday about my marshmallows....I thought I'd come back today to share the recipe with you.

The recipe is courtesy of Martha Stewart.....and you can find it here....or down below. I hope you'll try it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out....I thought marshmallows would be some complicated....rocket science kinda recipe...but it's far from it.


via

Vanilla Marshmallows

Makes about 16 large marshmallows


Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, plus 1 vanilla bean, scraped
Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for coating

Directions

1. Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.

3. Add vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds; mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula or your hands with cooking spray. Spread gelatin mixture evenly into pan using prepared spatula or your hands. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Let stand for 2 hours.

4. Carefully remove marshmallows from pan. Remove all plastic wrap and discard. Cut marshmallows into 2-inch squares using a sprayed sharp knife. Place confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Working in batches, add marshmallows to bowl and toss to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

03 January 2011

I've Been A Home Cookin' Mama

So....do you remember this post?

Well....since that venting episode I had....

I've been on a home cookin' rampage....so much so....


I've pretty much been making everything from scratch....right down to the marshmallows.

Even the hot cocoa's homemade....yum!


Now....I haven't just been cooking sweets ya know....I've been making pizza dough from scratch....spaghetti and meatballs....chicken piccata....and potato cheese soup....just to name a few.


I've been using lots of fresh ingredients....and changing up the menu quite a bit.....and you know what....my boys have been e.a.t.i.n.g....just a moment while I do the happy dance.


It may have been partially my fault....you know....them not eating....because I was in a cooking rut....


well....not anymore.


I've been trying lots of new recipes from here...here and here....and they've all been really good.


One of my favorites has been Pioneer Woman's pizza dough...it's so easy....inexpensive....and good.


I am now a happier mom....


what mom wouldn't be....


when she hears her kids say..."mom....you got anymore?"....


doing the happy dance....again.

UPDATE: I've written a post with the recipe for these yummy marshmallows....you can find it here.