Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Old Singer Pedal Sewing Machine and Some Other Retro Goodies

Hey Ya'll!
I hope everyone's weekend is shaping up nicely.

I thought I'd throw a quick post out on this beautiful Saturday evening.
I 'll be heading on to the work place in a little while but I thought I'd share some of my vintage loves 
that's become part of my home lately.

My Singer Pedal Sewing Machine is my new most favorite!
Like so much I won't to look at it and run my hand down it's worn grain.

I have a special love for them because I watched my Grandma Hylton sew on hers so often. All her quilt's were pieced on one so very similar.
Grandma's is still remains in the home it that it called home but now I have finally found one of my own.

I've found them before but opportunity didn't meet many before but all the stars aligned this time and I assume it was all meant to be.

Here it is as we unloaded it off the Ole Man's truck.
I came across it at a local sale that's put on in the community during Labor Day weekend.

It's was quite a find for me.

The cabinet is in a little better shape than Grandma's and the gold labeling is all in tact but much more worn than.
It's found it's home in the front room along with Priscilla, my dressform.

This little straight back chair isn't mine but I couldn't resist sharing what Mama had been up to.
The chairs were Grandma Hylton's as well but the seats had completely seen there better days 
Mama put her hand too them with these new jute seats.
I think they are adorable!

Here's my ugly little lamp I picked up.

I couldn't resist because of the map shade.
LOL..the rest of it was ugly though.

This isn't much of a picture but here the lamp sets 
beside the wing back chair 
after a shot of the cheapest flat black spray paint 
that can be purchased.

Well..think..think..think..I can't remember anything else vintage-y 
to share at the moment.
I thank you for stopping by.

Be Blessed!

Friday, September 30, 2016

DIY Vintage Fabric Pumpkins

Hey Ya'll 
Happy Fall to ya!
I hope that all is well with everyone and that the fall crafting bug has bit you too. I don't know why it has taken me so long to get this project done. I been wanting to do it for so long but I just never seemed to get around to it.
Well.. I finally did it and it's one of my favorites and it was so..sooo.easy!
It all started by saving last years pumpkins stems for the one we carved.
These pretty awesome fabric scraps I found in the scrap bin at work.
I have seen pumpkins done in all kind of wonderful fabric like velvet, ticking, burlap..and so on but I didn't have any that just screamed pumpkins to me.
Lol..I don't know why these did...
I really just thought the fabric had such a vintage feel. Especially, the green one, it reminded me of the drapes that hung in our babysitter Mrs. Hall's home.
I think that's one of the most important parts to doing true DIY's with vintage feel. It's finding fabrics in maybe unsuspecting placing and saying that would look great as..whatever your fancying. I suggest keeping an eye out at Goodwill and consignment type stores. Most the time there is some real funky kind of fabrics there that just need to be recreated.
As you know with me the main thing is to do it on the cheap! 

Yes..I'm sure I'm cheap!
The subject of me being cheap leads me to show you what I used as stuffing for these pumpkins.
I used my scrap fabric. 
You know it's got places or been cut to giblets to the point there's nothing to save. I find that it's the perfect stuffing for alot of the vintage-y crafts. It will be pretty heavy and lumpy.
I don't know why I find that to be about perfect for imperfect craft.
If it was something done way back in the day that's what they would have done.
Don't ya think?? 
Basically, lay your fabric out.
Then find something big and round for your pattern. I used my Rada Pizza Stone for the big green pumpkin.

I also got my thread and a pretty big needle and scissors.
You'll need to do some basting.

Baste stitch all the way around your circle edge.
Then gather. 
This is where it went a little wrong. When I started gathering. My thread broke. I could tell this was not going to be my option.
I needed something stronger that would hold.

So I pulled out the good ole dental floss.
It's very strong and it will work fine.

Gather and Stuff
After you stuff, Stick your stem in and pull the fabric tight around it.
I also tide some raffia around the stem. It sort of hides the gathers and just adds to the look.

That's about all there is to it.
I hope you'll give this DIY Fabric Pumpkin Project a try.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Family Reunion and a Potluck Meal

Happy , Happy Friday to you!
I'm not as excited about the fact that it's Friday as I am about the family get-together tomorrow with the my family on my Mama's side. We don't call it a reunion but I suppose that's what it really is. It's really just Mama's brother's and the children and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so on!
My mother was the youngest of eleven. All the sisters and quite a few of the brothers have passed away. 
I think the reason we don't call it a reunion is because it is something that we have always done!

Our family is somewhat unique and close! 
When my Grandma was alive it was an every Saturday thing;
everyone showed up. 
I guess you could say we communed as a family as it had always been.

There was absolutely nothing fancy but beautiful it was.
It still is for us now. 
My Mama and Daddy live at the homeplace now and that's where we all continue to gather once or twice a year. It's kinda of amazing there's always a bitter sweetness for the ones that have gone and the looks on the faces of the ones that are left but oh man...has one family grown. 

Now use to Grandma did the cooking every Saturday!
I mean a electric and a wood cook stove and two tables full of prepared food.
Lol..even if it was 80 degrees outside that wood cook stove was cranking!
Grandma was amazing and there was nothing like her.
It takes all of us these days. Mama cooks up a mess of stuff and everyone brings a dish or two but if you don't have the time or just don't cook don't worry there is always plenty.

Now that leads me to figuring out what I'm bringing. That can get hard because we all know certain things get claimed quickly. Don't even think about deviled eggs or chicken. 
I'm thinking I'm going to dumpling up.

I think I'll take my Turkey Dumpling Casserole.

The dessert I've chosen will be Apple Dumplings. They are dumplings but completely different than the casserole. Lol..I don't think I even have a picture. I will try to get some pictures and a recipe for those. they are very good.
I also think I'm going to try this new little dish I had pinned on Pinterest. 

I think I had a version of it at a dinner at work one time
it was very, very good.
This is a recipe from Manila Spoon.
Check her site out. It's pretty awesome.

I'll definitely try to take some pics of what I come up with.
I am the worse to tweek and change a recipe so it's always a little different.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Be Blessed!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well, It's time to announce the winner for the Dragnonfly brooch.
The winner is ..Nobody....Lol..I never imagined that absolutely no one would enter.
I guess I'll leave it there. Nothing more to say.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lingerings of Spring and Looking Towards Autumn

Hey Ya'll!
Are you feeling it like I am?
You know...the last days of summer fading fast 
as the reminders that the new approaching school year will soon be here.
For Us, it's only a week away. 
What becomes of the kids of summer?
I start feeling a bit melancholy. 
I know that apple cider's and fall festivities are just around the bend.

Summer ends
and school begins
Good-bye dirty feet and dirty faces,
Autumn arrives,leafy drives,
Hello apple cider and candy corn.
On to the new season!