Monday, August 14, 2017

A Fit of Creativity

 Roses, roses roses were drying all over my kitchen the last year.  Every time I'd buy the $5 bunch at the grocery, I'd try to remember to hang them to dry before all the petals fell off.    While giving my kitchen the deep clean, I put them all in one place and decided that today was the day.  They go as trash or stay as something pretty. Glad I choose pretty.

These spray roses dry very easily, and are so pretty and shabby chic.
I had everything at home.  I used this fabric since it was in the laundry room and I didn't have to go searching for fabric, upstairs or down in the basement.  Mind you, I have just really cleaned the kitchen...junk drawer, refrigerator top, cabinet filled with candle stubs, you get the picture. ;-)
 I was already tired.
 I wrapped the fabric around the Styrofoam wreath,
 then found this moss in my stash.
 a perfect base for roses. Just glued it on.
 Then it was as easy as hot glue.
 Some of the larger roses were from dear Elizabeth, who will be celebrating a birthday this week.
If I haven't said so before, let me tell you, I am blessed to have this wonderful woman as my SIL and
dearest sister and friend.  She will read this...Happy Birthday Betty.  Love you!
 It was that simple.  A little of the moss shows on the side, which is charming.
 So much better than the fate they might have had on another day.
Thank God for creativity.

Spent the weekend with a small wonder, our baby grand.  
 We brought her along for a concert.  She was so good, clapping and cheering Wooo!
All along she was eyeing a little girl on the next blanket.  All along that little girl was eyeing Penny.
The parents of the little girl named Grace, came over and introduced themselves.
It was a match made in heaven.  Best friends made during a two hour concert.
Penny and Grace played with their toys, shared snacks.  Grace shared a glow bracelet.
By the end of the concert they were running together and we left the field with them hand in hand.
It was a beautiful thing, balm for the terrible events in the news of this weekend.
I smiled watching them, and so did other around us.

Thank you for stopping by.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Monday, August 7, 2017

This and That


If you saw my last post I featured a photo from a shop in Galena of a beautifully simple pillow with a big price tag.  So I made my own, for a few dollars.

  I headed to the thrift and I found this square pillow with a pillow form for $1.99 . I washed and dried the pillowcase and traced the largest heart I could and sewed along the line.

 The coolest part of the pillow in Galena was it's weight and feel.  It was filled with feathers.
 I made a liner of muslin for the inside.  I never worked with feathers before.  This was a learning experience.  I had another pillow, filled with feathers.
also thrifted a while back for $1.99
 I work with stuffing all the time.  How hard could working with feathers be?...
 Well, my deck looked like a chicken exploded.  Feathers were flying everywhere.  The muslin liner is not ticking, so feathers sometimes poke through.  Like I said, a learning experience.
 In the end the pillow looked really good, and has the same heavy feel of the one I saw.
 The back has buttons and looks cool that way too.
So here is my feather heart, smaller but just as sweet.  
With the same shabby edge as the one I saw and for about $5.00.

Check out the fancy legs on this one!
 Here's another bargain I found.  I walked in the door of the Goodwill and this table was there with a $1.99 price tag.  My dearest and I looked it over, and except for a wobbly leg it looked great.  Some of the staff came out and and helped us turn it over.  I knew I could fix it, so we took it home.
 With a bit of Aleene's Tacky Glue and some weight on the top overnight, no more wobble, and I got this great table.  Inside it has a Tommy Bahama, Lexington label.  I could not find anything online about it, but it's a quality piece.
 I've had this lamp for at least 30 years.  It's been in our bedroom forever. I recently moved it to the family room, but the table it was on just wasn't right.

I think this one is perfect.  Can you imagine $1.99?
Happy Dance! 
Do you see where this is going? The honey pine armoire needs a little paint.
I swear it's the cooler temps we've been having...I am starting my fall nesting early!

When one thing leads to another...
I moved the two parsons chairs to the dining room with two black chairs .

Now that I am using the parsons chairs in the dining room, I needed a couple of additional chairs for company.  I found two of these chairs at our parish rummage sale. I am in the process of recovering the seats and will paint and distress the wood. 

We had a great weekend,
 That included a trip to see my future DIL in Roller Derby!  I did not know what to expect.  I remember seeing Roller Derby on TV when we were kids.  It was totally different.  Much more a sport, and not the mayhem we used to see on the banked course.  We had a really good time.  People were friendly and our girl Amanda was amazing.  Amanda's team won the match.  Good sportsmanship is the rule, and strategy is how the game is played.  Amanda just flies on those skates.  It was so cool, so glad we finally saw her in action.
Father and Son.  They take sports seriously.

 Also on Saturday we stopped at the fancy pants mall to hear some Jazz.  A local personality Wayne Messmer sang with the band.  The music was good, and as you can see, the place was packed.

On Sunday in Long Grove, a neighboring community, has a afternoon concert series.  A good bluegrass band from California played.  The weather looked threatening, but it turned out to be a lovely afternoon. 

Another beautiful summer week.  
We have packed every fun thing we can into this summer
 and we still have several weeks to go.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Photographs and Memories

 So many times we drove this road to Galena with our kids.  W'd  spend a few days each summer for at Eagle Ridge in the Galena Territories for many years..  Now it's just us, my dearest and me, on a day trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Galena, is beautiful rolling countryside, a unique topography.  Most of Illinois was scraped by glaciers 10,000 years ago, so our state is mostly flat. The hills and valleys and lush farmland make for amazing vistas along Route 20.

 We walked along main street.  So few of the stores we always visit are still here.
 This was called The Store Next Door... What a great building.
 I love the side streets.
 Lace curtains in the windows makes me swoon.
 Whenever I see a reflection photo, it makes me think of Somewhere in Time...When Richard first sees Elise in a reflection.
 Who doesn't love a screen door?
 Look at that staircase. Wow, what a way to make an entrance.
 Sounds familiar ;-)
 In it's third location, I always have to stop at Ink and Stamp with Sue.  I bought a new die, a romantic filigree design.  I will have many opportunities to use it with Mike and Amanda's wedding a little more than a year away.
 I tried to take some different views, since I've photographed Galena so may times through out the years.
  Featured in one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams...It's where Doc Grahams office was.
 A house, of course.
 This store was amazing.  It sold Joanna Gaines wall paper, Annie Sloan Chalk paint and so many trendy and beautiful things.  Of course I started to take photos and then saw the No Photos Please sign.  Anyway, this pillow was delicious.  Linen, stuffed with feathers and a simple heart shape.  The cost, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS!  I did not catch the name of the store, but worth a visit to main street to check it out.  It was on the left hand side of the street, near a shop that sells  all things Garlic.
 This is the De Soto House.  A famous visitor was Abraham Lincoln.  He actually made a speech from the balcony in 1856.  I thought I saw him up there, but unfortunately didn't show up in the photo.  Though Lincoln was actually born in Kentucky, Illinois is called the Land of Lincoln. We have many historical sights, including his home is Springfield.
This wallpaper was in a hall just off the street.  There was similar wallpaper in the shop with the pricey pillow.  I just love the look.
 I'm going backwards in time since on Sunday we had a barbecue with all our kids, and extended family to belatedly celebrate Independence Day and our anniversary.  My beautiful girls.  Our babygrand had her back to school check up and had a couple of immunizations.  Her little arm swelled, just like mine did when I was young.
 This is Baby Z.  She is shy with Auntie Penny, but I did put her to sleep again, and got to kiss that sleeping beauty.
 Son Jon took a few photos of us for posterity.  We couldn't have a photo without our girl.

 Elizabeth with the" Little Bug", not quit little at 5 years old and now a big sister too.
If you have been following me for a while, I used to babysit my "Little Bird", that's her, the tall one, so grown up.  The cousins are so very sweet together.  Lot's of hugs, running, pretending, hide and seeking.  Penny could not wait for them to arrive and the goodbyes lasted forever.  Notice only one is looking at the camera.  It's like herding butterflies!

...speaking of butterflies, here's one I caught sipping nectar from my zinnias. 

I'll end this with a kiss.
So much more to show and tell you.  Maybe even a second post this week.
Thanks for stopping by.
Enjoy this beautiful day.
Love, Penny