Sunday, October 5, 2008

Finds, Inspirations and Creations

Has this week gone as fast for you as it did for me? Wowzers! My momma always told me time goes faster as you get older - hold on to my hat is all I can say!

Did a little shopping this past weekend and found some cute things that just had to come home with me. I also picked up some new magazines and books that have some wonderful holiday ideas and decorating ideas. Christmas will be here soon - YIKES!!!!

Any guess why this cute old child's toy dresser made its way into my shopping cart?

Answer: Because of the cute decals!! I just love it!!
This great old blue tole tray jumped out in front of me and begged me to take her home. She is visiting the guest room for now.
For some time I have been wanting this book and finally caved in and bought this one AND the Christmas one. There are pages upon pages of sweet creations to make as well as some wonderful decorating ideas.

I just love the simplicity of this room..
..and the little jar of strawberries below.
The Hobby Room - a cute one I might add.

This book is just amazing. Each page is filled not only with sweet handmade treasures and patterns, but the photography is absolutely stunning. Sure to make your mouth water!

Look at these angel wings. Are they just not the cutest things you have ever seen? The pattern is included in the book.
This little room is filled with precious little details that any child would just love.
Let's many of these can I make for my tree this year?

These little red fabrics are just so cute and fresh. I think they would be perfect for Valentine's day, too.
Now you must go out and get this Better Homes and Gardens Christmas ideas book. It is FULL of ideas and one of our blog friends, Miss Kijsa Housman, is featured on several pages! Way to go Kijsa!!!

How many of you love milk glass? I totally thought of you when I saw this arrangement.
Here is the silhouette that Kari and Kijsa had on their blog last Christmas.
I like the little hang tags on the stockings. It's the little details like this that add such charm and personalization.
This is an adorable centerpiece that Kijsa created. Her tablesetting is full of whimsy from the stockings to hold the silverware down to the jingle bells on the plate.
I love this look of tone on tone with layers of silver, white and sparkly bobbles.

I also ADORE this look with the beachy and campy style Christmas. The colors are so bright and cheerful and sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.

This is another Better Homes and Garden issue that can instantaneously put you in the mood to whip out your glue gun and sewing machine!

So vintagey...

...and cute!
But wait, there's more. Need some cookie recipes? Then you just HAVE to run out and get this fabulous magazine!!!! I kid you not, BHG has really out-done themselves this year on their magazines!

Is your mouth watering and tummy growling?
Great idea here for using a bread tin to give cookies in.
I got around to making a few things this week and whipped up this Halloween tote bag. The vintage inspired Halloween fabric is by Alexander Henry.

This is a little redwork pillow that I finished this morning. I embroidered the centerpiece and used Alex Anderson fabrics in adorable reds and whites. I will be putting it on ETSY soon.
Toodles for now! Off to sew!



Kathleen Grace said...

Gorgeous post Becky! I loved all those beautiful photos, time to go find those books and magazines! You know I am in love with red and white so all those crisp and pretty Christmas things are calling my name, right along with that gorgeous pillow you made! Oh, you make such lovely things:>)

Sentimentally Me said...

Most Scrumptious Eye Candy, Missy! said...

the trees in the compotes are yummy!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I am a softie for those vintage decals too!
Oh, LOVE the blue vintage tray!! If it ever needs to come for a visit; I would be happy to oblige! ;)
I have that same BH&G Christmas Ideas! I bought it on our way out of town last weekend, and it is a great one, full of so many ideas. I just love Christmas ~ I bet I've mentioned that a time or two ~ so loved seeing you excited about it too!

Robin said...

oh my gosh Becky, DROOL! Love all the books and magazines! AND that little childs dresser....SWEET! Your pillow is fabulous too...such detail work...just beautiful!

Brenda said...

What pretty things to look at, Christmas will be here befor we know it.I love simple decorations they are the best.

Anonymous said...

Sew gorgeous! (excuse the pun) I love these books. I can't wait to get Christmas crafting now..cheers...Pam

Andi said...

The time does fly! My Mom used to that that very same thing...about the older you get the faster it goes. I must be getting really old!!!

Oh I wish I could sew! I so admire those of you that do and are so creative. Love your books and magazines. I bought 2 Christmas magazines this weekend too. Thought I'd better...with the time flying by and all!

Jean said...

Becky, I love the little dresser too. It is adorable and I know you will enjoy it. The magazines are wonderful too. Have a wonderful evening.
Jean in Virginia

Anonymous said...

I love the white and silver. Such beautiful perusing a magazine. And your musice is lovely!
Hugs ~

Adrienne said...

Wow! You got some wonderful finds. That little dresser is darling and the tole tray is gorgeous. I loved seeing the things that inspire you. Some of them have been an inspiration to me, too. ~Adrienne~

Betty said...

Becky, You are bad! Now I have to go find those books. You are always encouraging me to spend money! LOL I love your Halloween bag. I think I need to make one for myself!

Debbie said...

This is such an adorable blog. Good Job! Deb

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful post! I must find these magazines! Oh but that pillow is glorious!!

Your new treasures HAD to come home with you...I know how things just JUMP into the cart. Bill never understands how they *speak* to me! *grin*


Debbie said...

Why is it that everyone else finds all the cute stuff? I love that little dresser. Even though I don't collect that sort of stuff, I would have to buy the dresser. And those magazines, I guess I'll have to head over to the local store to get my own. What great ideas. The best thing was last, that cute little redwork pillow. Adorable!
Debbie in Florida

Kristen said...

What wonderful pictures and inspiration! I am trying very hard to stay in holiday spirit for my dear children even though I am wishing they would just wait for my hubby to come home. :)

Simply Shelley said...

Hi Becky, I love your long wonderful post. Everything is so sweet,but that little child's toy dresser is my favorite. You were so right to bring it home. The books look so interesting. Thanks so much for sharing all the pictures.
Have a blessed week.....

Blessings, Shelley

Heidi said...

Wow! You really did do some shopping Becky! The Christmas Ideas looks great. I will have to see if any newsstands carry it here. I just adore your Halloween tote and the redwork pillow you made. They are so well done!

Hugs and kitty kisses ~
Heidi and Dagi

Mary said...

Ooo, love your blue tole tray, Becky! What a wonderful post -- filled with delicious eye candy. :) Love your pillow. Red and white is my absolute favorite!

Unknown said...

OOOOOOH! Cute stuff! I am looking forward to the holidays too!

PamKittyMorning said...

There you are taunting me with that little green chest again. Love all thephotos, the bag is darling.

Pink Slippers said...

Oh how I love the things you just bought.

Donna said...

Wow, wonderful things and great ideas!


Lisa said...

Oh my, I think I MUST have those books, like now! Then again, my life will have to be put on hold to read, create, oh shoot, better hold off and enjoy your photos. Loving the pillow, going to the shop? Well then...

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I haven't picked up any Christmas magazines yet. Still trying to read the Halloween ones! But you got me fired up to run out and get some. Lots of great ideas.

molly said...

dont' you just love christmas magazines?! my favorite evening is curled up reading one and dreaming of how i'll decorate for christmas- such wonderful creative ideas in them! Thanks for sharing - I got to go to the store now!!!!Oh I loved the pillow you made!! too cute

becky up the hill said...

Oh how I love vtg Christmas~thanks for the head's up Becky. I will look for this magazine. How you doing? p.s. today I harvested my French pumpkins. I managed to grow a big old '8'..gave four away already.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

You are so talented. I wish I could create like you. Beautiful!!!...m...

Michele said...

Hi Becky ~ I love those photos from the magazines...guess I'll have to save my pennies and go get them!!!

I love that pillow...too cute!


Eileen said...

Oh man.. I would have so put that little dresser in my cart too!
THANKS for all the great magazine goodies today.. there are some fabulous ideas there. I love those little feather Christmas trees. Must try and get one this year.


Wow so many beautiful things to look at, I love those strawberries! Actually I love all of it! Thanks. I can't wait to decorate for Christmas it's my fav time of year.

Lisa Johnson said...

Such great eye candy in this post, Becky. You had to know I would love that cute little dolly cabinet in the first picture. So that is twice now that you have offered to buy my little green cabinet and I promise you, if I do ever decide to sell it, you will have first dibs.

Love you!


jane and the happy crow said...

Hello I found your blog via Cowboys and Custard. What a lovely blog you have! Adore that little chest of drawers you bought and your doggie is a darling. All those pics are very inspiring. Jane xx

Miss Jean said...

There are certainly not enough hours in the day to make all the beautiful things in those magazines! We should start having a sewing/quilting/craft day at least once a month.

Maggie says hi to big brother Dughall!

Rebecca said...

Hi sweetie. Gosh, I have missed Blogland! I am back after surgery and some time off. So glad to be back. Now, I'm gonna catch up on what's been happening your way, and what Mr. Doogs has been up to!

Hugs and Blessings,

Grandma G said...

Wow! Those Christmas books really get you in the spirit! Thanks for sharing all your fun finds!

Sal said...

I love looking at all of your gorgeous things!! Fantabulistic!!

Maison Douce said...

Wow, so much to take in...!! Thanks for sharing, it is all very inspiring!!

Little Blue Violet said...

Fabulus thrift store score ! Thanks for the inspirational photos...I'm going to work on holiday projects tonight!

Little Blue Violet said...

Fabulous thrift store score ! Thanks for the inspirational photos...I'm going to work on holiday projects tonight!

Little Blue Violet said...

Fabulous thrift store score ! Thanks for the inspirational photos...I'm going to work on holiday projects tonight!

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

Such a lot of loveliness here Becky..
I am beginning to feel all Christmassy already and had to stop myself buying mince pies today!!! Whatever next !?
My father used to say to me that time flies as you get older and I thought at the time.. oh yeah.. really! Well how right he was.. If I could have one gift it would be more hours in the day..
How are you my friend..
I promise I haven't forgotten you.. just getting distracted by.. life.. these days.
Henny Penny is fluent in the English Language of Shakespeare now.. He has been Anglophiled!
Love and big hugs to you.
Michele xx

Rue said...

Hi Becky :)

Those pictures are so inspiring! I can't sew, but I can glue up a storm (lol), so I'll have to try some of those crafts. I can't wait for Christmas :)


Anonymous said...

I love both those books. You made me what to revisit them and get crafty. Your blog is adorable!

Anonymous said...

That was "want" to revisit not what. I shouldn't let the cat on my lap when typing!

Donna said...

Wow, wonderful things! I love the Halloween tote back you made.


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I loved the blue tole tray! Great color. Those books and magazine look terrific too. And of course since it is RED your pillow just made my heart beat faster!

Unknown said...

Thanks alot, LOL - now your making me want to go out and add to my already huge magazine collection and I've got the first book you showed and now I NEED that Christmas book, LOL.

Hugs - Karen

Dena said...

Talk about some eye candy! Goodness Becky that was yummy :) I can't hardly believe Christmas is just around the corner...I'm so not ready yet! Have a great day sweetie :)

Dena said...

Love that little dresser! Sooo cute. I would have had to bring it home with me too. I have the sew pretty book and you are right it is full of fun fabulous idea! I really enjoy your blog, it is very pretty.
Debra of

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the add. Your blog is on my list of things to do. I'm adding you today. It's one of my favorites. No cat on lap today, lol. Yes, blog your feelings, because they matter too! I had to put that clip on, because it's just so important to be in the know of what really goes on!

kari and kijsa said...

you are the best!! we bopped by, but were so excited, we forgot to leave a message, so came back to say thank you so much for the mention!! love that you brought up holiday Crafts (Kijsa has a pumpkin platter in that one too!!) Always love your site!!
Happy Saturday blessings
kari & kijsa

Jennie Bender said...

Love your new dresser--so sweet and all the vintage touches.

I am adding you to my blog roll=)

at (My Spot). I think we are kindred spirits! lol!

I am voting today, by the way! YEA!!!