A few vintage Halloween greetings...
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I've been making things for the auction that my Guild participates in every year. This year we are having a silent auction at the event, so I made a few things. I make about 40 gift type baskets each year. I help a dear friend. She purchases or collects donations for the baskets and she lets me go. You get pretty good at something you do so often.
For this baking bowl, I collected inexpensive items. I purchased the bowls at Ikea, the cookie cutters and the wooden spoons. I saw that Betty Crocker has been advertising how versatile their cookie mixes are, and can be changed with simple additions. The recipe cards were in Midwest Living. I color copied them, and laminated them and used them as a decoration on the bow. I included the andes mint pieces and mini chocolate chips, and cookie mix needed for the recipes. I added some sprinkles and 2 gingerbread ornaments, silicone spatula and measuring cups.
I did a smaller version for our Guild Christmas auction.
Today my "Sweeney Sister" Laura is coming to lunch and bringing her wonderful Mom. We're celebrating Laura's birthday, and I made them each a lil' basket of autumn goodies. Laura is the person I would most like to live next door to me. She doesn't craft, or cook or bake or decorate or hunt for junk, but she is the best! We've been through everything together, met under the worst circumstances and have managed to stay close for over 20 years. Do you remember the Sweeney Sisters from SNL? They were lounge singers, in sparkly dresses that sang horrible medleys, but always ended the set with the Trolley Song...Clang, clang, clang went the trolley...ring, ring, ring when the bell... We both loved that bit and have been the Sweeney Sisters ever since. (No sparkly dresses, some bad singing) More soon with all the crafts I'm making for the auction. Thanks for stopping by, your comments make my day.
In the 16 years we've lived in our house, I've changed many things in our kitchen, but we've never done a complete remodel. We removed several cabinets, changed the counter top and sink, hung different light fixtures. We even took out the in wall oven and had a carpenter make a custom cabinet to fit the space. I put in the flooring, had the cook top removed, purchased a free standing stove and movable island cart. We had a trash compactor!? Never used it once, got rid of that. This spring we had new windows installed. Nothing matches or lines up. The microwave is not centered over the stove, because then the dishwasher wouldn't open.
In the space where a L shaped cabinet sat, there are now open shelves that I filled with IKEA metal baskets. I've painted the cabinets so many times. Top one green, bottom one cream, black bottoms, green tops, and now all black cabinets. The walls have been this yellow with a ochre wash for a while. Now I have one blue wall by the window, wyeth blue that I have in the rest of the house.
It's a mixed up, mismatched kitchen. Someday we'll gut the whole thing, but today...I LOVE MY KITCHEN.
It works beautifully, and reflects who I am... A little mixed up, mismatched, not quite centered, leaning to the left work in progress. My dear husband says that our quirks make us who we are. This kitchen is filled with quirks, and then, so am I.;-) Enjoy this beautiful weekend.
Thanks to a post by Urban Farmgirl, we found a apple orchard. It's called Edwards and is the coolest place. We went on a Sunday, something we wouldn't do again. There were hundreds of people there, and we went early! We couldn't figure out where to go to pick our own apples, so we bought a few bags at the big barn. There we found the brochure, which suggests a visit during the week. ;-)
They have great vintage signs and displays. This was a display of Aspen brand mulling spices, actually manufactured in Aspen, Colorado, one of the most beautiful places on earth.