Friday, November 10, 2017

My First Tea Cup Exchange

Oh I am soooooo glad I finally got to participate in this Tea Cup Exchange hosted by beautiful Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose blog!   In the past I was always too late.  I would only get to read about it and drool over all the pictures of the exchanges.  Not this time though!  I happened to notice it was coming up and jumped on the opportunity to participate. Even though it came at a very busy time for me.  I was running the kitchen at my church for a week feeding about 400 people everyday.    A lot of prep goes into that...and it all happened the week we were to send out our exchanges!   None the less, I was determined.   I sent my package to Kelly of Homespuns 'n Hayfields blog.    I had such fun looking through her blog and her past teacup exchanges trying to figure out what she would like.  It was so neat learning that her fave color is the same as mine - Yellow!  Not many can say that.  She also likes antiques and  ironstone - so do I!  We are both Grandmom's already...  What a great match!  I sent her a vintage ironstone transferware teacup and saucer in brown, from my collection, along with some other little goodies. Here is picture of what I sent: 

Then,  I received the following from Linda at My Sew What Blog.   I felt so spoiled!  


Just look at all of this beautifulness!  Everything was wrapped and stamped with a teacup stamp and tied with gold ribbon.  Even the wrapping was pretty.   I can't even pick a favorite thing...

This handmade bag...lined, zippered, has lace...I love lace....enough said.

This vintage napkin, wrapped around a crocheted placemat and tied together with silk flower and honey spoon!  It's just so pretty I didn't want to take apart!  I love vintage linens.

These mercury glass votive holders.  Love how they add a little more sparkle to the table! 

Yummy tea in these cute little tins!  

Who doesn't love handmade soaps, and these face scrubbies!  The smell is wonderful.

Maple syrup and honey.  Yum.  I mean I didn't expect all of this goodness!  

And chocolates...Does she know my weaknesses or what?  I was in heaven. 

And I confess, ate the whole box while taking these photos.  Yummmmm.  

And of course, this absolutely beautiful tea cup and saucer!  Just look at her standing all sassy on her gold feet.  I love it.  She has already taken the top spot on my teacup stand and will stay there for awhile I'm sure.  See if you can spot her in upcoming blog posts!  This was such fun and I can't wait for the next exchange.  Thank you Stephanie for pouring your heart into this.  Because of you, we all have received gifts from new friends that I am sure we will treasure!   

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Funny Story ~ The "Bird Bench"

Funny story...I wonder if any of my readers have ever experienced something similar?

In 2011 I found this kidney shaped bench at an Estate Sale run by family where everything was priced too high. (Something about emotional attachments I think)  I was able to talk the owner of this wobbly old bench down to $12.00 from $20.00. I just really wanted it I guess.  I brought it home and made it over.   You can see the original post here

It was so wobbly I wouldn't sit on it.  I took it apart and re-glued the legs and just tightened it up and then went on to refinish it like this.

Brought her to my booth and it sold, rather quickly if I remember right, for $28.00.

This past summer, while out treasure hunting guess what I found!  This little bird bench!  They were only asking $3.00 for it!   LOL!  They told me where they bought it -  at American Classics Marketplace.  I confessed to them that they actually bought it from me and gave her $5 and brought my little bird bench back home.  I cleaned her up, tightened her up again, and yup, put her back for sale in my booth for $30.00 (inflation you know!)   Once again she sold rather quickly!  I wonder if our journey is over or if I'll see her again somewhere?  

There was another table that I painted and stenciled and put up for sale in my booth ~ this one:

Again, while out treasure hunting, I happened upon it at another antique mall here in town, marked up just a little more than I had it.  I did not buy it back!  Just thought it was funny and I was honored that another vendor liked my stuff enough to do that.  Also learned to price my wares accordingly...I was still fairly new to this business!  

My booth, February 2013

Have you ever had this happen to you?  Please share your story in the comments or feel free to link your story so I can read about it. 

 I'm sharing this post at Share Your Cup with Jann Olson.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why I Like Fall best

There are so many reasons why Autumn is my favorite. 
 I'm sure I'm not the only one and definitely not the only one that's posting about it right now!  But I'm sharing anyway because that's what on my mind!  One of my reasons is because the weather gets cooler, although it's been pretty chilly here in the mornings already.  It has rained almost everyday this month and a lot in July.  It's overcast and even foggy this morning.  I see people walking in the park with hoods on, it's chilly! Not complaining, just saying. 
(The leaves on this 40 year old American Elm are getting lighter...)

 My others reasons include the flavors - Apple Pies and Pumpkin everything.  The smells, homemade soup in the crockpot, the already mentioned apple pies and pumpkin spice and new crayons.  You know what I'm talking about.  The beautiful sights of the trees turning.   Are you feeling it yet?

(This is from couple of years ago ... a trail in Vail, Co)
I love all of these things but my number one reason why Fall is my favorite - is the getting back to routines, school schedules and the to do lists that get done.   We are so excited to be freed from most of that for the summer months, and yet we so look forward to settling back into those routines come late summer.  Getting back to business if you will.  If even just for a short time because once the holidays come around it kind of throws us off anyway.

I used to think it was the colors, the weather, the flavors, but as I've gotten older I realize it is the need for stability in my life.  For schedulng, for alarm clocks (dare I say), for days of just getting things done!  It's also reality check time for me.  Getting back to budgeting, to exercise routines, to watching what I'm eating, to working - LOL. 

 It's not all boring and business though, I have a Fall Bucket List, full of fun things (to me anyway.)  You can have a copy of mine or make one for yourself.  I'm also sharing a recipe for Apple Betty that was given to me by a dear friend long ago.  It will fill your kitchen with some wonderful smells and get you right in the mood to change up your decor!     Enjoy the attached and more than ever, enjoy your fall season!

Friday, August 4, 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!   

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

Ready, Set, GO!

Several years ago I got on a roll and was so excited to put together a craft room/office.   

This was my space.  I loved it.  You all know what it's like to have your spot. 

I was busy creating, blogging, tinkering. 

Then life happened and I had to move out of my space to make room for beloved family members.

My "stuff" was boxed up and moved to the garage with a promise that it wouldn't be long.

That was 3 years ago!  

Now, I am standing at the ready to move back in to this spot, set to get back into the grove of creating, blogging and tinkering.

And GO! It's time to open up those boxes and put this space back together!  

Will it look like this again?  Probably not, it'll be new and fun and I can't wait to share the updates with you all.  

I am so excited to be joining, for the first time, 
Karen from My Desert Cottage,  She is hosting
'Where Bloggers Create'  and has been for 8 years now.  I've admired many creative spaces through her party. 
Last fall I had Karen help me with my blog and she invited me to join.  I remember feeling like I couldn't because I didn't have a "where bloggers create" space.  I've been using my dining room table and heaven knows no one wants to see that!  So I hope you don't mind that I shared a what used to be with hopes of what will soon be!  

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:   

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