Some Very Special Gifts!

This weekend has been a glorious one! Lovely weather and lots of fun. The yard sale was a complete success, and I managed to sell quite a lot of my old treasures. I was able to spend practically the whole weekend with my best friend (and sweetheart)!

This weekend was also my birthday, and my best friend gave me a complete surprise! We have been out antiquing together several times and I had seen a couple nice sets of vintage spice jars… so guess what he gave me as one of my presents?


My very own lovely set of spice containers.
With red lids
and a red shelf!

So, part of my day was spent cleaning out the spice jars, all the while making sure I don’t get them wet on the outside and have the paper labels fall off. Aren’t they just lovely? Oh, the grand kitchen messes I will make using these treasures…

My best friend’s parents also gave me a delightful (and FUN) surprise! I got an adorable vintage toaster that actually works! I tried it out almost as soon as I got it! ๐Ÿ˜€ You have to flip the toast over half-way through the toasting process, though. Otherwise it will only brown on one side! It has a little bell on the underside, that “dings” as it heats up. I have discovered that three “dings” per side makes the perfect piece of toast.


Toast, anyone?

And for fun…

“There was an Old Man of the Coast,
Who placidly sat on a post;
But when it was cold,
he reliquished his hold,
And called for some hot buttered toast.

~Edward Lear~


September 7, 2009. Birthdays, Cooking, Hopechesting, Quotage. 1 comment.

Yard Sale preparation and a party!

Hello friends!

Yesterday should be called “The Great Clearing Out Day,” because of all I got done! Many thanks to my Mom and Nana, because they were very helpful in the clearing out process.

You see, my Nana scheduled a yard sale for this weekend! Amusingly enough, on the day of my birthday! Now personally, I can’t think of a much cooler birthday party than a yard sale! A whole mess of people are coming and setting up, and I’m going to be selling all kinds of stuff I’ve had stored up for years.

After going through 5 or 6 BIG plastic tubs, a trunk, a cupboard, and some closets, here is the finished product!


Two-plus tubs of STUFF!

Well, there are things to be done today… so I will head out for now. God Bless!

” One of the advantages of being disorderly is that
one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
~A.A. Milne~

September 3, 2009. Cleaning, Hopechesting, Life, Organizing, Weekend, Yard Sale. Leave a comment.


Hello friends!

This has been a delightful weekend, spending it with my best friend, and getting to do lots of relaxing, movie-watching, talking, laughing, and lots of goofing off! And now it’s Monday. To me, Mondays are days to get back into the routine of the week, to relax, get some work done, and just generally start the new week off on the right foot. ๐Ÿ™‚ (I actually don’t dislike Mondays!)

I thought I would share with you a few treasures I’ve found over the past couple of weeks… a few new goodies to add to my rather large hopechest collection! ๐Ÿ™‚


This was actually found a few months ago for $3,
while out yard-saling with my best friend!


This comfy treasure was found just the other day for $35.
It will eventually have a slip-cover on it,
I’m not too crazy about the blue flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

And last, but most certainly not least…


I have a new iron! Or rather, a new old iron. I currently use my great-
grandmother’sย travel iron from the 1940’s, and it’s the best iron
I’ve ever used! I just found the exactย same iron for $8 at an antique store,
and I am absolutely thrilled to have another.
At last, Mom and I no longer have to fight over the iron… ๐Ÿ™‚

August 31, 2009. Fun Finds, Hopechesting, Ironing, Life, Monday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

The beginning of The End.

It has been quite a busy couple of weeks, and I’ve been much too busy to be on the internet a whole lot. I’m all done piecing the top of my lovely new quilt, and am now moving into the quilting stage.


Thimbles and Needles and Thread, OH MY!


This will be my “battle station” for the next few weeks… or months, depending on how fancy I get with quilting.

August 17, 2009. Fun, Happiness, Hopechesting, Life, Projects, Sewing. 3 comments.

At it again…

Hello everyone!

I must confess, I have completely enjoyed being away from the computer for the past week or so! However, I’ve come out of hiding to show you the beginnings of yet another project! I have always wanted to make a vintage style double wedding ring album quilt, and I finally found a pattern that works! After trying three different patterns in the past 6 years, and getting frustrated every time, this foundation piecing pattern works!!!!! <–link


The beginning of the pile of arcs.


Foundation piecing… I like to do 10 arcs at a time!

I added an extra row on the top and side, to make it a queen size, and in four days (yes, 4 days!) I have come this far!!!!! Now I just have to sew the top together… all those curved seams….. oh my. This is just the pieces laid out on the floor, on top of a blanket so I can easily roll them up and out of the way without messing up the layout.

And last, but not least…

Scroll down….

Here is my LOVELY quilt! ๐Ÿ™‚


This is going to turn out SOO pretty!

I really have to say that this has gone much quicker than I expected. The hard part now is all these curved seams. Piecing the quilt together has always been my least favorite part. I’d much rather quilt it! However, once this top is pieced I’m really going to go all-out with the quilting. Does anyone have any ideas for the design in the large white areas? ๐Ÿ™‚ I would appreciate ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 30, 2009. Fun, Hopechesting, Life, Projects, Sewing, Tuesday. 1 comment.


I’ve been MIA for a short while, but it’s not because the creative juices aren’t flowing! In fact, quite the opposite… I ended up taking photos of most of the projects I’ve managed to complete in the last few weeks, and it was neat to put them together in my first-ever mosaic. Some of the photos are repeats for you, but bear with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ After taking these photos I got an idea for one dress, and almost completely cut out another. Three cheers for having time to do fun sewing projects!





1. Dress., 2. Quick Fix, 3. Apron-y, 4. Red Dress…, 5. Sundress!, 6. Different.,
7. Contemplative…, 8. The last one., 9. Criss-cross,
10. GREEN., 11. Laughing at myself…, 12. Helping., 13. Linens

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

My next project… a reproduction 1930’s outfit… I hope it turns out, because I finally got the nerve to cut up my all-time favorite feedbag! ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless, and have a wonderful day!


Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
~Danny Kaye~ย 

June 16, 2009. Clothing, Fun, Happiness, Hopechesting, Knitting, Life, Photography, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Tuesday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

Vintage find at a yard sale…

Hello everyone! I thought I’d share my latest “find,” uncovered this morning at a yard sale by my Nana’s expert eye. I’ve been looking for a vintage cake saver for a while now, and I finally got one, for muchย less than what I would have payed for at an antique store! Hooray!ย 



With a little cleaning, it will be as good as new. Only $4!

I love yard sales.ย 


In other news, this little website may be going under a complete make-over soon. I know, I keep doing that, but I’m still trying to decide what I need on here! I have a new project up my sleeve that may take a while to complete, but it’s on my “to-do” list, so hopefully it will get done sooner, rather than later.ย 

It will, however, involve taste-testing some favorite recipes. Any takers? ๐Ÿ˜‰

May 30, 2009. Cooking, Fun, Fun Finds, Hopechesting, Life, Saturday, Weekend, Yard Sale. Leave a comment.

A Long Day (Or, our weekend, part 3)

Here’s the 3rd installment of last weekend’s events! This one is a bit short, due to tired-ness after the ย long day, so I’ll be posting some other things as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click on the links below for the first two parts.

Part 1
Part 2ย 

A long day today. Fun, though! I cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even got to play hammered dulcimer with the musicians! The violinist/cellist let me play her cello… I would like one of those someday! Finally packed up and headed out to dinner, and enjoyed a nice meal out. Hooray for day 1!!ย 


Yes, as you can obviously tell, I was pretty tired… that was short! ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, there’s lots of other things going on now that I’m home, and I’d like to show you a few!

Yesterday we girls snuck out of the house to go antiquing, and I came home with a few more treasures! (What else is new?) A nice white linen tablecloth with a few stains that I plan on cutting up into something (more on that when I get around to that project), and a whole basket of linens to do something with! My two favorite treasures of the afternoon were a yellow and white linen tablecloth, and a tomato slicer from the 40’s or 50’s that’s never been used. Not a spot of rust! When I get in an antique shop, no matter how much I tell myself I don’t need anything… my “hopechesting” tendencies come out, and I inevitably come home with a treasure I know I must save for the future.ย 



My newfound treasures.

In other news, while helping with dinner, I came up with a quick, and more energy-efficient way of melting butter! We were making spaghetti, and needed to make a butter sauce for some garlic bread. Instead of microwaving the butter, I put it in a dish and rested it on top of the spaghetti pot, right were the steam comes out. No need to turn on the microwave, and the butter melted just fine. Hooray!


Well, I need to go and do other things… busy day ahead! God Bless, and have a wonderful day.

May 21, 2009. Family, Fun, Fun Finds, Hopechesting, Knitting, Life, Projects, Saturday, Thursday, Tightwadding, Weekend. 1 comment.

A joyous day!

Hello everyone!ย 

It has been a glorious day here, spent mostly out-of-doors, on my part at least! I was left in charge of the home this morning, and completed all the chores in record time, at which point I just had to get outside! I hung out two loads of laundry, dug up some daffodil bulbs, and just enjoyed the glorious weather! Next I ran errands, picked up lunch, and then ran to drop off the daffodil bulbs at my grandparent’s house.



A lovely flower in our front yard. I didn’t mess with the colors, I promise! Isn’t it stunning?


Our crab apple tree is beginning to show off her lovely spring flowers. When I went under the tree to take pictures, the whole tree was humming, there were so many bees eating their breakfast!

On the way back home, I spotted a yard sale, and promptly whipped off the road to see if there was anything I couldn’t live without. (NOTE: I already splurged when I found a citrus squeezer yesterday at a thrift store) At the yard sale I found two vintage mixing bowls to add to my hopechest collection, and a pretty plate and a few plain feedbags for a really cheap price! Hooray! Isn’t yard saling and thrifting the most fun ever? ๐Ÿ™‚ When I came home I told Mom of all my adventures, and she laughed and said I was taking after my great-grandmother, Nana Anne. What a compliment! ๐Ÿ˜€

So now I need to head off and help make dinner. I hope you all have a marvelous weekend, I’m looking foward to a fun one! ๐Ÿ™‚

April 17, 2009. Friday, Fun, Garden, Happiness, Hopechesting, Life, Spring. 2 comments.

Happy Camper! (And Freebie Friday)

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve been working… and crafting in between times! I had a post all planned about one of my recent (personal) projects, but that will have to wait, as I am SO excited about my latest find at two separate antique stores! Would you ever believe it?


Isn’t this set just adorable??

The funniest thing is that it wasn’t sold as a set! I found the cups at an antique store for 10 bucks, and then I came across the coffee pot at a totally different store for $24, and it was 15% off of that! Talk about a really happy camper! This set of coffee gear just makes me want to go outside and light a fire… but it will have to wait, as it’s REALLY COLD outside! ๐Ÿ™‚

Some of you know that I have been “Hopechesting” for years… it all started when I was 11, and bought my first antique, an 18th century blanket chest which I wanted to use as a hope chest. Well, my hopechest has since outgrown my blanket chest, my bedroom, my parent’s house, and now my grandmother is letting me store larger items in her old home! :-O It’s been a fun hobby throughout my high school years, and I still love it when I find something that is useful and vintage to add to my collection.

Well, I gotta run for now! Be on the lookout for a new post soon! God Bless!


I have decided to start “Freebie Fridays” which I will try to be consistent about! (I promise!) ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be posting a free vintage embroidery pattern or something similar every Friday! Today’s Freebie Friday is an adorable vintage pattern from those patterns I wrote about in my last post! To print the pattern, you can click the link below the photo and download the image in a printable Word document. Enjoy!



If you have a freebie and you’d like to join in the fun, click on the link below to add the link to your “Freebie” blog post! (Please, add a link to the direct post, and not to your main blogging site.)

January 9, 2009. Embroidery, Freebie Friday, Fun, Fun Finds, Hopechesting. Leave a comment.