Friday, May 27, 2011

Three LONG Years!



Along with a host of other Pink Bloggers I'm astounded to realize that we've been doing Pink Saturday for three years.  



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we'd all like to send a huge Thank You to Beverly of How Sweet The Sound for faithfully hosting a weekly event that we all enjoy so very much. 


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes

I've been wanting to share this and just today got some good pictures.  My husband made this shrine from all vintage elements.  This beautiful old chalkware statue of Our Lady of Lourdes stands atop a silver bowl.  The gold cabinet is a clock cabinet.


He did such a wonderful job on this with the intention of listing it on Etsy but as you can see it's not there or in our antique store – The Roost.


I'm really attached to it and love the candles around it.  There is lightly tinted rose colored French water glass behind the statue and it casts a pink glow on the wall.


He used an antique perfume bottle with tiny dried roses.  I keep adding little things, too.  The tree made of pearls and wire.


The little white crosses and gold angels are from my collection of vintage religious articles. 


She's a comforting presence in our living room and welcome to stay forever.

I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

xoxo Nancy – remembering those affected by the deadly tornados in our Heartland.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mother's Day Hydrangea

My husband gave me this gorgeous pink hydrangea for Mother's Day…I killed the first one.  Hydrangea  silly…not my husband!


Luckily the pink one has survived over two weeks so I was able to get a good picture of it posing with a few new pink things.  The curvy candelabra found at a tag sale and


This cute little vintage Scotty dog that I found on ebay.  Isn't he adorable???


He's joining the girls and me for Beverly's Pink Saturday!  Here they are….Iris and Lillie…

The Real Princesses

The Real Princesses!!!!

Happy Pink Saturday from Nancy and her Royal Shelties!!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dream Big

Something I made this week…
to wish  someone special 
the happiest of birthdays.
An altered cigar box with bits of vintage laces and ribbons from family weddings, Purple for memories, Pink for  happiness and Turquoise for adventure.
xoxo Nancy
Today I'm joining:
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday &
Beverly's Pink Saturday

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Diaz de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo
For our Happy Homemaker TagAlong I'm celebrating Cinco de Mayo.  Cinco has come and gone and here it is diaz and I just did my tag this morning – I still need to make my second tag for Scrap For Joy.  Soooo – since I'm half done and today is overcast making it really hard to get a good picture I'll just post some hazy pictures and maybe do a little tutorial later this week.  Es bueno??? Okey dokee!
Even though the tag elements are brighter than the pics I see a lot of thing that need improvement:
1. Ink the edges of the blue glitter banner  2. Add some yellow streamers

3. Put a little confetti on  the M A and Y
This is the one thing I really like about this tag…the tiny ruffle on the bottom. It's a Mary Engelbreit cupcake liner trimmed to fit – I like the way it picks up the dark "May" header at the top of the tag.
The dancers are little tag type things I picked up at a garage sale – I got a bunch of them for 50 cents.
I wish I had some music note confetti – I think that would be cute glued all over the tag but alas – our host Elizabeth at Bluebird Papercrafts has challenged us to buy supplies only once so unless I run across some in my craftroom chaos I'm out of luck!
I'm hoping more of the bloggers who signed up for the TagAlong will continue.  I've noticed several people don't have partners so why don't you contact someone who doesn't and pair up?  I am so lucky to have the super talented Joyce at  Scrap For Joy  for my partner.  Elizabeth is still our leader in this year long venture and even though she's not making tags she is busy with some new and exciting craft endeavors that I can't wait to see!
Hasta luego!  Nancy

Saturday, May 7, 2011


Wow - I've been gone awhile! What a week it's been - I don't remember Mother's Day coming so close to Easter before - 2 weeks? Plus our anniversary was last week and right in the middle of it my husband had chest pains! After a night in the hospital he checked out fine. According to him he knew he didn't need to go or stay there - just worthless. Really, now...what does make it worth it? Another heart attack??? And I have no idea why Mother's Day sneaking up on me made me panic as I no longer have a mother, mother-in-law or sister to send a gift to. So I'm just going to relax and remember the years we did have together.

Earlier this week Jeff brought me the most beautiful blue hydrangea.  A few hours later I discovered it had completely wilted.


So he went back to the store and came home with the prettiest giant purple one I'd ever seen.  After following the store instructions it seemed to be okay until I noticed it was beginning to wilt.  So I did what I should have done in the first place – I googled "why is my cut hydrangea wilting?"  Should you get cut hydrangeas for Mother's Day make sure the entire stem is covered with cold water.  Take a push pin and puncture the stem several places and put some ice cubes in the water!  It perked right up and has been perfect since then.


And it's the perfect backdrop for one of these beautiful vintage statues I've been collecting.  Mary is pretty in pink and I just love her. 


Like bluebirds – once I started looking at all the lovely '50s Japanese ceramics they become irresistible.  So which one to put out?


It's Mother's Day and I decided that they all should be out.  Aren't they lovely?


Even though I'm late I'm still going to join my Pink Saturday sisters and wish all of you a wonderful Mother's Day.

And finally from a few years ago a link to favorite post because it's just full of pictures of all the ones I love so much!  To all the Mother's in my life – blessings. xoxo Nancy