Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vintage Cards for Thanksgiving 2014





I am thankful and grateful for the past year. We are all doing pretty well. Everyone has survived... the accidents, sicknesses, and other medical issues. We will have a simple midday turkey dinner here on High Prairie. The six of us gathered around the table together another year. I understand that all people have struggles and issues, it is just the way life is. I am blessed...and I know it. I am grateful and thankful.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pumpkins and Chickens


This pretty cupboard is an inspiration to me. It is time to get out my boxes of Thanksgiving decor and put it out for the holiday.

I have a card table set up in my studio, with the hanging light fixture on it. I have been taking it apart to see what needs to be done. I have decided that I need a plug to temporarily wire to it, so I can determine exactly what wiring needs to be done. I am hoping that it is in working condition, because that will make my project pretty easy. The major change that I want to make is to turn it over, so that the lights are pointed up toward the ceiling. I read several DIY directions that show how to change it, and the project is within my ability. The light fixture only cost me $3.50 so I don't have to worry about breaking it. Here is a link to Centsational Girl for her chandelier makeover.... Chandelier Makeover

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vintage Surfing Tablecloth


You probably know that I love vintage tablecloths and other textiles. These items are very attractive to me, and much so when they are made in the USA 70 years ago. They do survive, and I find them from time to time in thrift stores. My Sis took me to an out of the way store in a very small town. My eye's are always looking for this kind of thing...they are well trained. This cloth is small, about a 36" square. My friend Debbie has her trailer decorated in a Tiki theme, and this is perfect for her....next time I see her she is going to get this one. I owe her an I'm sorry gift (for something I accidentally broke).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DIY Painting an old Brass Chandelier

via Pinterest

I have seen these old light fixtures repainted and made to look very good at some antique stores recently. I looked through Pinterest and found some good ideas and links to find out how this is done. It is pretty simple...Find a used light in great shape, get it for less than $10....use good quality spray paint....add chandelier crystals....voila! Something wonderful has happened!

OK, this light is going to be used in my small studio, and needs to be a smaller size that hangs above my head...hitting it with my head is not a good idea. I have been watching for a good one at the thrift stores lately, and finally found one for $3.50...with all the parts included. Yes, I can play around with this! Mine is going to be white/cream sort of color, with some vintage chandelier crystals hanging from it. I can't wait to get started...however the weather is too cold for painting right now.

I will have a post about this project sometime when I can get it done.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Nut Bread


This time of year I like to make my homemade Pumpkin Nut Bread. It is pretty easy to make, and it freezes well. The flavor is so good, there is plenty of cinnamon and ground cloves in the recipe, everyone loves it. I had to figure out how to use the fresh puree...it seems that all the recipes use commerically canned puree. I make pie custard with the fresh puree for custard cups or pie. I found that my recipes do not need the water that is usually in the ingredient list.

But....first I have to process the pie pumpkins I grew during the summer. I cut the pumpkins in half, clean out the seeds/strings, bake cut side down on a cookie sheet for about 40 minutes, until tender. I allow the cooked pumpkin to cool, then I scoop out the pumpkin and puree in my food processor. Freeze the puree for baking, or use right away.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Vintage White Pottery







All images are from Pinterest.

I have been collecting the white pottery items from mid-century manufacturer's for about 5 years now.  All my items have come from thrift stores, and I never pay much for them. I focused on this color because it is the easiest to find...I think that there were many more made of this color. I used them at my daughter's wedding 3 years ago, and the variety of styles looked great. All kinds of flowers look good in this color. It is difficult to find out the maker, as many were not marked McCoy but are....they did not mark very much I have found, except that the USA mark on the bottom. I have looked and held enough of these items to tell the real deal. I have my collection (30) stacked all over the living room. It is time to organize them....so that they have the attention they deserve. I am leaning to get a tall, white, distressed bookcase, or a cabinet. Whatever I choose much be very sturdy, because I don't want to have things fall off.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Getting the Sparkle Back



I know a woman that is suffering from lost my sparkle syndrome. (my term)  I am so very sorry for her. I know that she needs to get care, and meds for depression. She doesn't believe that this is needed, and rejects that idea. What to do to help? She is so sad and the winter weather affects her too.  Hum.....the only big suggestion I have is to use Vitamin D, and take it everyday, at a dose of 4000. It is inexpensive and does help a great deal, and no doctor involvement. What do you think? 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Loving Vintage Dishes


I admit that I love.....vintage....dishes. There are so many beautiful floral and hand painted plates and sets I see. I found a few place settings for my daughters wedding three years ago. I love eye candy, and I have so much crammed into my studio room, 26 pretty dishes hanging on the walls. Most are hand painted, and all have pretty floral designs. There are a few of my MIL's teacup and saucer collection on a shelf. The majority of the collection are still packed in a box for her granddaughters to have. Well, it has been 10+ years that the box has been stored, I think that the time has come....