The Midwest- Simply Wonderful
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Wishing many blessings for you and your family.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Back To Greenwood
I headed back over to Greenwood this morning.
That place is overflowing with wonderful Christmas goodies.
See anything you would have brought home?
(I'll have to show you what I purchased in another post.)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
By George, I Think She's Got It!
By George, I think she's got it!
Ripple crochet, that is.
I've been working with some leftover yarn to try to learn how to zig and zag.
After messing up and pulling it back out three times
I think I may finally have the hills and valleys figured out.
So, I'll be starting on another baby afghan this weekend.
Now, to figure out how many sets of 14 chains I'll need....
I like having a cozy project to work on when the weather is cool.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Invite A Fairy To Come For Tea
Invite a tiny fairy to come for tea.
Then sit back and wait for the fairydust and magic to happen.
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Teacups: Royal Albert- Wild Rose and American Beauty
Tiny Teacup- Occupied Japan (Thank you, Tami!)
Tea Cup Tuesday with
Tea Time Tuesday with
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Yesterday I drove to Greenwood, a little town that has several antique/vintage shops
as well as a pretty tea room. (With delicious food, I should add.)
Some cute little bits and pieces did come home with me.
But the best part of the day was getting to meet a blogging friend:
Two Crazy Crafters
Twyla, you are such a sweetheart.
Thank you for the soft slippers, inspirational book and tea towel and other goodies!
How glad I was to have this opportunity to meet you in real life!
Let's get together again soon!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Little Red Riding Hood
Jessica Zemsky, Whitman 1961
Another favorite fairytale from my childhood was Little Red Riding Hood.
Boy, did we ever learn not to stop and talk to strangers, after reading this one.
And if it has ears like a wolf and teeth like a wolf, it probably is a wolf.
There are so many beautifully illustrated versions of this Grimm story.
Do you recognize any of these?
Elizabeth Orton Jones, Golden Press 1948
Illustrator identified only as AH, Brimax Books, 1962
(If anyone has any information about this artist, please contact me.)
June Goldsborough, Whitman 1964
Frank Aloise, Abingdon Press 1969
This version is retold by The Gant Sisters and includes several of their songs.
Anne Sellers Leaf, Rand McNally Elf Book, 1963
Wooden puzzles from Sifo and Playskool
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to see my Little Red Riding Hood tea set.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Paperdolls from Tami
I want to show you the paperdolls that Tami (
) gave to me.
Each time we've met in real life, she has arrived with the sweetest gifts in hand.
Baby Grows Up- Whitman 1955
Aren't these darling?
The cutest little baby paperdolls!
I'm old enough to remember wearing clothes very similar to these.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles- Tom Tierney, Dover Publications 1985
Any other Princess Diana fans out there besides me?
I remember every single one of the outfits pictured in this book
and can probably even tell you where she was when she wore them.
I still get a lump in my throat when I think of the tragic way her life ended.
Thank you, Tami, for these wonderful additions to my paperdoll collection!
You are too sweet!
And I love them!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Goodies That Came Home With Me
Yesterday was so much fun!
I got to tag along on an adventure with Tami from
We stopped in at several antique/vintage/retro/gift shops, all of them new to me.
One was so huge, we only got through half of it.
(Yes, I do hope to go back and browse through the other half, very soon.)
I tend to gravitate towards retro/vintage rather than antique;
often things that remind me of my childhood.
So these are the little goodies that came home with me:
Pale blue gingham apron with smocking and ric-rac trim.
Long string of vintage mercury glass beads
Two Christmas tree brooches to add to my collection
Aluminum heart molds
Green and red felt/chenille/spun-head ornaments
Cornflower (Corning Ware) loaf pan
Thank you so much for making my Saturday so much fun, Tami!
I can't wait to get together again soon!
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PS- Be sure to check back later this week.
I need to show you the sweet paperdolls that Tami gave to me.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Little Christmas Tree Quilt
I finished one of the Christmas projects I was working on:
A little tree quilt that I will use to display my collection of Christmas tree brooches.
I cut out a muslin triangle and attached strips of green fabric.
Next I added ric-rac and lace trims
and sewed on the angled side pieces and trunk.
I cut out a bunch of squares to create the rest of the quilt top,
made my quilt "sandwich",
top stitched to hold it all in place
and sewed on a binding.
Beads, sequins and rhinestone buttons added sparkle and shine.
I searched through the Christmas decorations in the basement
and found my tree brooches.
There are plenty of empty squares, so my collection has room to grow.
(Santa always puts one in my stocking.)
I can't wait to hang this in the hallway come December!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Autumn's brilliance on display.
Greens melt to persimmon, crimson, copper,
maroon, rust, citrine, bronze, amber and russet,
while each puff of wind drops hints about the season finale.