Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Old Glory Antiques Fair - Littleton, Colorado

Once again this year I was fortunate to help out my friend Sonia in her booth pictured here at the Fair. Sonia is the talented proprietor of the Pine Needle Creek Shop. She is a regular exhibitor at the vintage and antique markets. If you're looking for great home d├ęcor and painted furniture, she's your gal.

In addition to my usual Hanky Dresses, I was pleased to be able to show two new items this year. My new Hanky Dress Bodice Patterns for displaying your own hankies and my new Hanky Cottage Pillow Covers. I use bits and pieces of damaged hankies to make these cottages.  I can't  bring myself to cut up a perfectly good hanky. Each cottage is unique and oh so charming!

Following are some things displayed by the other vendors at the show.

I just loved this vendor's furniture.

More lovely furniture and a simply precious angel.

I'm always a sucker for old linens!
Loved the flowers and loved those colorful rolling pins.

These antique quilts were simply wonderful!!!
Thanks so much Genna for bringing them.

This is what can happen to you if you don't pace yourself at Old Glory!
This lady just got plum tuckered out!

Another great show thanks to Old Glory Antiques
Thanks so much Holly.

Visit:  http://www.oldgloryantiquesinc.com

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bicycle Wheel Garden Art - Steel Magnolias

We recently had to do something with our overgrown fitzers on the corner of our front yard. We hired someone to bonsai them for us...unfortunately, we lost the one in the middle.  What to do now??? Well I love bicycle wheels and the thought came to mind that I could make giant flowers out of them. So I explained my idea to hubby, Ron, who put the mechanics to the idea and this is what we did.

So many people have stopped to take pictures and comment that we decided to make some to sell. They are now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in downtown old Littleton.

It was a neighbor who came by and said, "Hey! I like your steel magnolias!"  So the credit for the names goes to him.

You can get them in many variations and colors.  Red, white and blue ones were available for the Fourth of July and Americana decorators. We also make sunflowers, which have been very popular. If you, don't see what color you have in mind, just tell Vandel's the color and size you want and we can make it special just for you.

My Steel Magnolias

Pink Posies at Vandel Antiques


Now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in old downtown Littleton

Monday, June 3, 2013

Baby Robins on my Front Porch

I want to share with you the robins I have enjoyed this summer that live on my front porch. We watched Mom built the nest in the crook of the gutter under the roof. A honeysuckle vine grows up around them.
 I was lucky enough to catch pictures of their departure. The scenario began at approximately 11:00 am. It took about an hour before the brother got brave enough to jump; unfortunately, I missed the actual jump. I had to run and do something and he was gone when I returned. His sister took until 7:00 pm that evening to take her leap - which wasn't very far. She landed just below the nest in a bush.  You can see her in the last picture where she held on for dear life all night long. I had so hoped she would not jump until the next morning. Both of them had very short stubby tail feathers which were not ready for true flight yet.
The next day we discovered that Mom and Dad had them climb up the trunks of our neighbor's evergreen shrubs and had them hide out there in the upper branches.
Long story short - brother and sister robin grew up and are fine. And - Mom and Dad are currently raising another brood of two in the same place.  We sit on the front porch, just a few feet away and watch them and talk to Mom and Dad.

Brother and sister in the nest.

Brother hops up on the edge.
Sister decides to try it too.

Brother made the leap - sister contemplating it all.

Lonely night in the bush.