Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vintage Sewing Basket

You know what I love?  I love finding vintage sewing baskets at sales.  Especially when the price is so low!  


Like this one!  There it was sitting in a room with odds and ends on the floor.  All the furniture had already been bought and removed.   I guessed this must of been on a shelf and the movers didn't know what to make of it so they just set it on the floor next to the extra curtains and bedding.  I snatched it up and continued on my search through the rest of the sale.   I couldn't wait to bring it home and open it up!   I have to maintain my excitement at these sales.  I don't want people to "up" the price because they think I've found gold or something!  


 How beautifully made this one is.  It is covered with a quilted oil cloth like fabric.  The color is still bright and not faded like most things this age.   It must of been kept in a closet or cabinet out of the sun rays.  


How excited I was to open it.  I knew something was in it the moment I picked it up and that just adds to the  "treasure hunt".   Just look at the old wooden spools and other spools of thread.  The buttons, oh I love old buttons! Some of them never used and some came from garments with the threads still attached.  There are needles in their original packaging and various other sewing notions.   


Tucked away in a side pocket I found this old drug store prescription box.  What fun.  The date on it is 7/3/47!  It is nearly 70 years old!  I just love finding this stuff.  


Inside it was safely housing some old upholstery tacks.   And the note on the inside cover - priceless. Can you enlarge it to read?  If not, here is what it says:  "We have these boxes hinged so that covers of different Boxes cannot become interchanged and the wrong directions applied.  Every possibility of error is guarded against in our Prescription Department."   The "hinge" is still intact.   Thank God for modern medicines and the bottles we now have that are even child proofed.   


Love these old buttons.  I don't know yet what I'm going to do with them, or with the wooden spools.  It seemed this sewing basket was carefully taken care of and I almost don't want to separate any of it.


I don't know a whole lot about this sweet little sewing basket, but the bottom has this label that says Kerk Guild inc., Artists in Accessories.   I've looked (googled) it and found very few similar.  I think it is from somewhere in the 40's to 60's, based on the prescription box inside, the other contents and the similars that I've found online.  Doesn't matter though, because for now it sits on a shelf in my room, looking pretty, waiting for me to decide what to do with it, before it gets sold again in my own Estate Sale!   


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Letters to My Girls


I know, I talk to you all the time, but I wanted to put some things in writing so you would always have it.   And who knows, maybe someday you’ll share these “words of wisdom” with your own girls.  Hah! I think I’ve got it don’t I?   All of this “wisdom.”   I don’t really think I’ve got it,  I just know this, God gives all wisdom if you ask for it.  Sometimes even if you don’t, he gives it.  Like He thinks “poor thing, she needs some wisdom”   So He gives it freely and without ever taking it back.   So Ask Him – before you stumble along in life – ask Him.  He’ll give it.   And then ask for understanding.   Because you can have all kinds of Wisdom, Smarts, Education, Know How’s, whatever you want to call it, but if you don’t understand how to apply it, then what good is it?  Read it in your Bible – Proverbs 2:1 – 15 


I hope you’ll indulge me, and read my words, and comment if you want.  You know how I love to read comments.    There is so much I want to tell you.  Things that I’ve just had learn.  And when you read some of it you’ll be like – uh, that’s just common sense.  There’s no “wisdom” in that.  Which may be true, it’s just that sometimes we need to be reminded.    Like with this simple thing: Taking Care of Yourself.   Seriously.  We get so caught up in the lives of our children, husband, moms & dads, siblings, friends, and others that we forget.  We seriously forget, or put off, taking care of ourselves.  How do I know?  In the words of yesterday – been there, done that! 
 
What I want to say is TAKE CARE of you.  It’s like putting on your oxygen mask first, and then you can take care of others.  How you ask?  Simple:  Take showers.  Wash your hair.  Wash your face.  Floss and brush your teeth.   Wear makeup and do your hair.   Do it for you.   Use the “special” lotion.  Put away your sweat pants – unless you are planning on exercising – and you should! (I’ll talk about that later – in another post)  Take down your “messy bun” and get it together.   You will be so pleased when you look in the mirror instead of being frightened!  Your kids will be all like “where are you going mom?”  Your honey will be happy to see his beautiful wife, and he’ll up his own game too!  Watch him! 

And hey, when you have to go the supermarket for something you’ll look good, classy even.  Nice.  Hot – dare I say?   It isn’t about what other people think though.  It’s about how it makes you feel.  Have you ever seen Wonder Woman without makeup?  If you look good, you feel good and it shows.    I remember a time when I was running into work at the last minute, without makeup, wearing a blouse that I didn’t have time to iron and I just had the worst day!   My productivity was low, my mood was somber, and I hoped that all of my appointments would just not show up.   But they all did.  And they were teens with disabilities and every one of them asked me if I was feeling okay.   After that I kept a makeup bag in my desk – just in case.   It’s that important.   Fast forward to being home and wanting my home based business to grow, God had to remind me of the “extra makeup bag” in my drawer.   While I didn’t have those kind of appointments, I did have a schedule to keep and places to go.  I was only accountable to myself so it was easy to not get dressed and work at the computer in PJ’s all day.  But I didn’t feel my best so I couldn’t give my best.  Does it make sense?  No matter if its appointments to keep, people to see, places to go, Give your best to yourself.   You deserve it.   It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy,  just clean and neat and together.   Look in the mirror – you’ll be glad you did.    

~ Until next time

Monday, January 30, 2017

Garland Tutorial




Welcome to my first Tutorial!  I hope you find this project as fun and easy as it is!


I picked up the wood Valentine heart cutouts and the bakers twine at Hobby Lobby.  The Scrap book paper I had in my "stash" (truth be told I probably got it from Hobby Lobby too)


I used one of each size heart as a template.   On plain paper you could just trace your hearts on the back and get cutting.  I cut out 6 of each. 


On printed paper, like this beautiful toile, you should could "fussy" cut so each heart has a good picture. 


I used a gray fleur de lis for the larger hearts. 


Next I used regular ol' Elmers glue on the heart.  Not too much because you don't want it to wrinkle your paper heart, but enough so it sticks all the way around. 


After placing the heart down on the glue I gently rubbed across the heart with a popsicle stick to get the glue all the way to the edges.  


Here are some hearts that are dried and ready to be attached. 


Next take your twine, or ribbon, (I changed my mind and used ribbon for this because I thought it matched the paper better) and cut about 72 inches.  You could make yours longer or shorter depending on you preference.  This length allowed for two inches between hearts and about 18 inches on either side for hanging.  

I started 18 inches in with the first heart.   I marked my heart 
with a small pencil mark and then laid the ribbon on top.   I then put a generous amount of glue and placed the small heart on top.


Using small clamps, I clamped the two hearts together so they could dry in place.   I roughly measured 2 inches from the large heart and glued the next one in place.  I placed 6 sets of hearts on my garland. 


I'm so glad a did a "fussy" cut with this Toile scrapbook paper.  It's perfect for Valentine's Day!



I hope you enjoyed this simple garland tutorial. 
Post a picture if you make one - I'd love to see it!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Have you ever walked into someone’s house and didn’t know how to act because it was spotless?   A house that was perfectly decorated and everything had a place.  And if you had kids with you, forget it.  The nervousness of the whole thing just made you so uncomfortable you couldn’t enjoy yourself.   You look over at your kids with an "evil eye" and mouth the words Don’T.  Touch. AnythinG.  


 I prefer to visit with people whose homes are a little “lived in.”  A little dust here and there, a few things out of order, you know.  Some place that feels like home.  (Except the kitchen.  I like very clean kitchens and bathrooms.  Those two areas can be spotless, I’m good with that. ) 


Have you ever spent hours in awe of all those posts on Pinterest, or Instagram, or blogs, or magazines and felt like your life just wasn’t “picture” perfect?   After re-pinning everything that you would love to have in your Pinterest inspired life, you turned from your screen with blood shot eyes and ended up horrified at the reality around you?   Nothing physically close to you was “Pinterest worthy”  
That’s was me.  Both accounts.  There are people in our life’s who have these kinds of “Pinterest worthy” homes.   We used to call them Better Homes and Gardens.   Nothing wrong with it, but for most of us, it just isn’t real.   We are real.  We have lives, we have kids, grandkids, pets, jobs, errands to run and no, we don’t have a cleaning crew (At least not a paid, professional one anyway!)



We spend way too much time on Pinterest, pinning everything down onto our very own dream board.   All the decorating ideas, the recipes, the crafts, the exercises, the DIY’s and tutorials.  We see the possibility of peace and tranquility “if only ours could look like that.”   The trouble is we don’t have the time, the energy or the money to accomplish all of these wishes.   So what do we do?  We search for ways on Pinterest to manage our time only to end up creating new boards… time management board, how to make more money board and how to have more energy board. 



It all has to stop.   We just get into this endless cycle of ohhing and awing and pinning and wanting but not doing.   Because every pin is a picture of the perfect outcome and perfection scares us a little.   We can’t even try because we know it won’t look like the picture.   It was this realization that made me decide that I was going to stop looking at Pinterest, and stop looking at my fave magazines , Tea Time and Romantic Homes because I was just setting myself up.   In all reality that lasted just a couple of hours, well maybe a day. 




It dawned on me that what I’m not seeing is the trial and error before the perfect outcome.   The “what was happening before” the Pinterest worthy picture.   That I needed to “widen the lens” on my camera and realize that there was so much going on behind the scenes of those pictures.    Please realize that most of the pictures are staged.  I know, I’ve done it for this blog.  Ya, I’ve moved furniture and set up tea for the sake of the blog photos.   I bet you have too, maybe not “set up tea” but you know what I mean.  
This is a set up Tea party - complete with family in the background - waiting to partake of the goodies!

 Really knowing these things has given me a little peace and helped me let go of some of my own thoughts of perfectionism.   That it’s okay to have a dream board…dreams are what we turn into goals.   And the next time I’m invited to That Friend’s house, I will warn the kids ahead of time and when I go in I will compliment her and ask her how she does it?  How she keeps it all together?   I will relax and enjoy the fact that she thought enough of me to want me and my motley crew to come over and spend some time.  And I will imagine that she has a couple of OMG closets and that everything was staged for our benefit and enjoyment.  
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Antique Mall


Yes, It's been a little while since I shared pictures of my rented space at American Classics Marketplace here in Colorado Springs. I'm so glad you asked me to share! Hehe. Here are pictures of some of the "smalls" that I sell.    


This summer I tried something new (to me) by adding fresh lavender.  I've provided pre-labelled bags and customers are invited to fill up a bag.   Once they start scooping it up the fragrance is released and it is so yummy!   And yes, they are doing it!  I've already had to bring in more bags.  


I've also been selling off my collection of Romantic Homes, Tea Time and Victoria Magazines!  I didn't think they would sell but they do!   


What you would usually find at Mon Petite Chou Chou are tea cups, tea pots, china and all other manner of tea party accessories!  



Plus other vintage wares - including kitchen scales, red handled tools, soup tureens (I've sold a lot of soup tureens this past year.) 


I am attracted to all things romantic, shabby, lacy, white and feminine.  Can you tell?   I sell what I like, (because if it doesn't sell I'd eventually have to bring it home!) but luckily for me there are buyers out there that share in my passions!  


This past week I was tickled while watching a local television station and this ad for the American Classics Marketplace came across the screen.  There are over 350 rented spaces in this store and mine was used in the commercial!  How cool is that?   If you are ever here in this beautiful city please do stop by.  There is something for every taste in this huge warehouse.  I'm near the front and if you asked for Jo T's booth they will point you in the right direction!  

I am joining these lovely parties this week:   




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

3 ways to stop flying by the seat of your pants - Part 3



This is a 3 part series.   If you are so inclined you can read the rest of this article here and here.  I hope you do, because these are just little tips that helped me along life’s way.   See I’m a wife and a mom to 4 daughters, 3 son-in-loves, 2 nieces, and 9 grands.   I’ve also held a full time job, along with a side business and volunteer work!  I KNOW what it is like to FLY by the SEAT of my Pants!   Is everything perfect now?  Nope.  No way.  I’m still working at it.   So if you feel overwhelmed, come along with me…let’s see if we can fix this together my friend. 

We left off with “getting” to do something for our family.   It’s all about changing your mindset.  You don’t “have” to make them a meal, you “get” to.   There was once a day when you were so happy to do this sort of thing.  It blessed your kids and your husband and you.  Then life happened.  You got busy and in over your head with laundry and chores and kids and pets.   Sometimes it just took a couple of weeks of everyone passing around a bug to wipe out all of your hard work.   It’s okay.  We just pick up and start again.  They’re your family, such as they are, they are yours. (Once when I was having a fit I called my dear husband a Slob.  He said to me “but I’m your Slob” Lol! Yes he is, and I love him!) 
So back to the planning thing, what is it that you GET to do to bless your family?  Laundry?  Dinner?  (Both right?!)  Don’t put laundry and groceries on the same day.  You don’t have to be a martyr.    Write it on your piece of paper and then do it.   Do you have to clean the kitchen before you cook?  It’s possible to clean and cook simultaneously.  You can put the water on to boil and empty/load the dishwasher while you’re waiting.  And then learn to clean up as you go.   It can happen.  I know. 
At the end of the day, you can look back and say I accomplished something.  If you followed along with these posts then you have 1)gotten groceries into the house 2) spent 30 minutes on yourself  and 3) blessed your family by making dinner!   Now pull out that piece of paper and write the day of the week on it.  Turn it over and write down the one thing you have to do tomorrow.  Do you have to do the laundry? At least some of it?  (You know what I used to do, I used to check my husbands clean clothes to make sure he had enough clean socks, underwear, shirts, etc., if he was getting low I made sure I did his first because I have tons of underwear and socks, I could go a whole month probably!)  Does your kitchen need a good scrubbing?  How about the bathroom?  You get the drift.  You are the one who knows what needs your attention! 
Write it down.  After that write down something you want to do and then another thing you get to do.   At the end of the day, do the same thing.  Keep your papers together and do this for a whole week. Next week you’ll already have a planning system to go by.  You can add and change it up as you get comfortable with having a routine.  Once you’ve gotten it down, it’s okay to pick up a cool planner if you want.  I love mine.  It’s an Erin Condren (a little shameless plug here.)  You can get one through this link and save $10.00!   Warning though:  you could go down the black hole of planner accessories here… self control!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

3 ways to stop flying by the seat of your pants - Part 2

This is a 3 part series.   If you are so inclined you can read the first part of this article here (Part 1).  I hope you do, because these are just little tips that helped me along life’s way.   See I’m a wife and a mom to 4 daughters, 3 son-in-loves, 2 nieces, and 9 grands.   I’ve also held a full time job, along with a side business and volunteer work!  I KNOW what it is like to FLY by the SEAT of my Pants!   Is everything perfect now?  No.  No way.  I’m still working at it.   So if you feel overwhelmed, come along with me…let’s see if we can fix this together my friend. 

Part 2:  

Last time we talked about doing one thing that was absolutely a must!  What was it for you?  Did you go to the grocery store?  Did you clean your kitchen?  Take a shower?   Whatever it was, after you've done that one thing, check it off and write down something you want to do.  Did you want to paint your nails?  Do you want to get lost on Pinterest?  Okay write that down, and set your timer.   Give yourself 30 minutes.  I know, you have kids.  They are not going to let you have 30 minutes.  They'll start fighting, or throwing up or someone will let the dog out of the yard.  I know this.  Here's what you're going to do:  put them in a safe place (crib, playpen, neighbors house) or if they are old enough to play in the back yard or watch tv without constant supervision let them do that.   Tell them when my timer goes off we will have a treat (a little bribing goes along way). Maybe it's a Popsicle or you'll play Legos with them (not after you just did your nails...for obvious reasons).   Now set your timer and do your thing.  It's just 30 minutes, but it's your thirty minutes.  Maybe position yourself so you can have one eye on the kids if that makes you feel better.   

After you've done that check it off!  Yes you did.  At this point you've taken care of one thing that had to happen, and one thing you wanted to do.  Now write down that one thing that you get to do to take care of your family.  Wait...why did I have me time before I took care of my family?  Doesn't that make me selfish?  Doesn't that go against everything we've been taught?... No. No, it doesn't.  Trust me.  It will make you a better mama, a better wife, a better person to be around.  We need a little bit of me time and if we always put ourselves last then it won't happen.  I know.  Back to the family thing...we get to take care of them, it's a blessing for us.  We fight it sometimes because we've not taken the time to take care of the have to's and want to's.   We get to fill their bellies with yummy food.  You know what they like.  We get to give them a clean bed to sleep in and clean clothes to wear.  We get to teach them how to take care of themselves.   We get to relax and have fun with them.  (Like play Legos for a little while.  Or Barbies, is that still a thing?  How about build Lego furniture for Barbies.  Your kids will think you're the coolest)!   
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