Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Lucky Day!

I wanted to share with you this nice little lucky streak I had!!!  No, not gambling ... Giveaways!!!
I won THE most adorable apron through a generous giveaway from Pam at RetroRenovation.  Pam's blog was the first blog I ever followed - DAILY.  I think I have followed her since Retro Renovation's inception!  
It's a retro apron with a matching Lucy head wrap.  Isn't it adorable??!!

The apron is made by Bella Pamella and I got to choose which style I wanted.  I chose the "Nora" in Ruby Dot.  

This is the Lucy Head Wrap.  Just like Lucy wore!

This is the back - it's just as cute from the back as it is from the front!  Two roomy pockets on each side and  the ties are long enough to make a sweet bow.

I did wear the head wrap one day when I was doing some cleaning and laundry.  I don't have a picture of me wearing it, but I'll tell you, I thought I was pretty cute!!!  LOL!

Here's the tag - you can tell their aprons are quality!

Sending warm hugs to Pam - I'm a happy winner!!

Now this next giveaway I won through FB by The House That Lars Built, a blog written by the lovely Brittany Watson Jepsen in Denmark!

The prize is this beautiful book Issue Sound from Swarovski.

I am going to let these pictures speak for themselves.  The photos in it are gorgeous.  When I get into my "jewelry-making" mode again, I will be attempting something from this book!

A nice card from Brittany.

An interesting necklace ~

Aren't these gorgeous?  I love the photography in this book.

I love a step by step guide.

I actually HAVE a Wig Jig that I've never used.  *Tsk tsk*.  Now I have something to follow so I can finally give it a try!!

I just HAD to show you the postmark!  You know I'll be saving it!!  I have my little collection of  postmarks/stamps from other places and I think these might be used in my paper crafting somehow.

Thank you, Brittany!  I 'm really enjoying it!!

Gee, I just love surprises, don't you?  Both of these wins were total surprises to me.  I guess I just have to say ... I'm a lucky duck!!!!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!
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Monday, October 29, 2012


Tree Down in Warwick RI

Well as most of you may know - today was Hurricane Sandy day!  I thought I would share a few pix taken by fellow Rhode Islander Jim Taylor.  No, I stayed in, warm and DRY!!  But the wind blew pretty hard and the rain poured down.  I hope everyone everywhere is safe tonight!!

Bowen's Wharf, Newport RI

Fall River Massachusetts

Harborside in East Greenwich, RI

Closing the hurricane barrier at Foxpoint, RI

Closing the hurricane barriers under I-195, RI

House at Roy Carpenter's, RI

Narragansett RI 1

Narragansett RI 2

Ocean Mist in Narragansett RI

Rumford RI Post Office-roof ripped off

Watch Hill RI-Usually walk along these shops, now under water

Newport Boat House surrounded by water

Wickford RI

LAST ONE:  HMS Bounty - sunk off the coast of NC.  This is the ship that was in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.  12 People were saved, 2 are missing.

So, it was pretty nasty down by the water.  I think poor New Jersey got hit quite badly, along with Virginia Beach.  Higher elevations in Virginia got a blizzard!!!  Thank goodness we didn't have to deal with anything like that here.  It started out chilly, but the temp has risen.  Lots of folks without power.  So glad I am not one of them.  

Have a good evening and tomorrow I want to show you something really cute!!!!



Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Monday Everyone!

    Wow, I was so busy the end of last week and over the weekend - where the time went I don't know ...  Today found me feeling just a little under the weather, so besides saying hello I think maybe I will do my new little story tomorrow.  Until then, have a pleasant evening - and don't forget to watch "The Voice"!!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Another First!!

Good Morning!!!

This is just a quick little post - I couldn't sleep because all I could think about was html codes and how to get my signature on the bottom of my post!  I know, I know, don't laugh - remember, I'm just a newbie at this!  LOL  I think I've got it ... so let's see ...


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Music

Since I just discovered this myself today, I thought I would mention it.  I decided today would be a good one for starting to clean up and put some crafting supplies away because I FINALLY FINISHED MY CHRISTMAS SWAP SHADOW BOXES!!!!  YAY!!!  Now I just have to get them wrapped and sent off to Elizabeth.  No, no peekies.  LOL

Anyhoo, I decided to put on some music to listen to while I was busy.  I turned the TV on to several of the music channels from my cable company (in RI it's Cox Cable).  Last year I enjoyed listening to Christmas music on the "Holiday" channel.  Yeah, I know...but I thought I'd listen to that.  What a nice surprise I got when I realized it was HALLOWEEN music!!  Wow!  I heard songs that I've never heard before on this channel.  

Me a couple years ago dressed as some kind of Meadow Nymph winning the SEXIEST costume!!  Yeh, me an old dame winning SEXIEST over lots of younger gals.  LOL

It was so cool listening to it while I put things away, cleaned and dusted and polished!!!  Some of the music was country-ish like "Honky Tonk Halloween", and lots of it sounded like from the Fifties.  There was theme music and music from scary movies that I recognized.  Music from TV shows and cartoon shows like "Casper".  Some of it sounds like "kiddy-ish" stuff, but cute.  Some maybe a little heavy metal, but it was so fun to listen to witches cackling, wolves howling, spooky sounds, scary-sounding stuff, even some pretty curdling screams!  

Here is a pic from last year of the rock 'n roll band I follow-FULL CIRCLE.

Don't let me scare you away ... there was also lots of beautiful orchestral music that was background music for movies.  I just thought if anyone is interested, you might check out your cable TV music channels for some very appropriate Halloween sounds.  I can't imagine how they ever found so many songs to play!!

Here is the wreath I made last year for my door.  I will probably use it several seasons until I decide to make something else!

This is me last year dressed as a Pinked Up Witch and that teensy broom I called my "Sky Scooter"!  The witch hat is a little fascinator that I added a lot of glamour to and brought some pink into it.  The tulle sash is a huge bow in the back a la Marilyn.

I have some other pix of me wearing costumes, but I need to find them and scan them.  I love dressing up in costumes.  (Started dancing when I was 4 years old, and our dancing costumes for recitals were gorgeous with ostrich and marabou feathers,jewels, rhinestones, tulle, and glitter  so that's why I grew up loving glitter and glitz!) I still do, that's why I like to play in crafts!!

Tonight I get to watch two of my favorite shows on now - on SYFY - Face Off and Hot Set. I just love to see how things are made and done behind the scenes for TV and Movies.  

Who out there likes to dress up in costume for Halloween??  Please share!!!



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hello again!!

Hello again!!

Had a little fun today - my friend, Cathy, and I went off on a "hunt" to look at a chair she found on CL.  Unfortunately, the chair did not measure up, so we got out of there in a hurry!  On the way back we had seen a rather large Salvation Army store, so we headed there.  I was in heaven because I found some nice "pickies" to pick through!  My grandmother used to say I was "in glory hole" when I was picking through any manner of little goodies.  I sure was!  Plus, I found another retro shadow box to add to my collection!  LOL  Yes, this is becoming the home of the shadowbox!  So, I'll share with you my goody pile.

It's a Turner, from the early 60's-I plan to paint it gold, except for the end panels.

Craft books ...

Some cute crafty books on Chenille animals and seasonal figures-wahoo!

Mary Engelbreit DVD ...

It's from her Mother Goose book-it looks so cute!

The Pickies ...

An old pom pom maker, vintage rickrack, binding, and trim, some little snowflakes, little wooden guys, teensy mouse angel, and candy canes!

One last pickie ...
A little Strawberry Shortcake Doll to be cleaned up and dressed!

Here are shots of my other two shadow boxes ...

This is also a Turner, I painted it gold.  It has vintage glass on it and two Cameo Lady Head vases.

This one is a beauty-all mirrored.  This has my retro glass, 2 vintage Lady Head vases, a vintage Whitehall budvase from England, and a cute vintage elephant.

So, there you have it!  I think it was a good picking day!!!

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!!!


Hello all!  This marks the very beginning of my blog.  I hope you will bear with me through these beginning stages of blogdom.

~An introduction to the girls ...

Johnny Belle Depp

and ...

Frankie Albertina

Have a wonderful weekend!!!