Your Weekend Chuckle πŸ€‘

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I thought it was time to bring back the “Weekend Chuckle” 😁

I always have so much fun putting this together – I hope you enjoy!

First – put your drink down! Okay now…carry on πŸ˜‰

βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸ

This should be interesting πŸ˜…

βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸβœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆ

I can’t help it 😝

βš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„βš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„βš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„βš‘οΈπŸ

Awkward πŸ˜‰

βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβš‘οΈπŸŒˆπŸ„βœ¨πŸ„πŸŒˆβš‘οΈπŸβœ¨πŸβš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„βš‘οΈπŸβœ¨πŸβš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸ¦„

πŸ˜‚ We’ve all done it (or at least thought about it) 🦁

βœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„πŸβš‘οΈπŸπŸŒˆπŸ„πŸβœ¨πŸπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„βš‘οΈπŸβœ¨πŸβš‘οΈπŸ„πŸŒˆβœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ„πŸβš‘οΈπŸπŸ„πŸŒˆ

This one had me doubled over πŸ˜… I don’t know why…

Have a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly weekend!

See you next time πŸ’•

Booktalk ~ Vintage- and Antique Books (and Some Fun Facts) πŸ“š

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Welcome to today’s Booktalk πŸ€“
Last time I told you about my new obsession – collecting vintage- and antique books.
In my hunt for journaling stuff I come across a lot of them, and most of the beauties land on my bookshelf, not on the ‘chopping block’

 

You may notice that all of them are ‘naked’. There is a reason for that.

If you’re a serious bookcollector and/or bookseller, you might want to skip this paragraph – it’s not gonna be pretty! 😬

I don’t like dustjackets. There, I said it!
I collect and show off my vintage and antique books because I love the way they look under the jackets. The woven cover, the lettering is just so beautiful. Much prettier than some shiny, plastic-y wrap. So I take them off. But I don’t stop there…hold on to your hat…some I even cut up to use in my book-themed journal. πŸ™ˆ
I recently found out, that that’s a big no-no in the bookworld. Apparently the dustjacket plays a big part in the resale value. A torn one diminishes the value considerably, a missing one…well, forget it!
Good thing I didn’t find a truly valuable book yet. Or I’d feel like those poor souls at the ‘Antique Roadshow’ that are being told “If you hadn’t cleaned it it’ll be worth $100.000, but you did so it isn’t“. Never fails! πŸ˜‹

So, in conclusion – if you wanna make money with the lovely books you find, keep the dustjacket! 

Here are some of the jackets waiting to be repurposed 😊

 Okay, booksellers, you can come back now! πŸ˜Ž It’s safe!

In the title I promised you some fun facts…here’s one:

In Ankara, Turkey, the sanitation workers opened a library fully stocked with books they found on their routes.
How wonderful is that?
It started when the workers pulled books out of the landfill, and brought them to the depot. At first it was only a small book collection for workers and their families only. Then word got out and people started donating books, instead of throwing them in the bin.
Now the books (about 6.000 of them) have their own building, and everybody gets to use the library.
I just love this story!

Reading and eating chocolate? We’re starting a new tradition this year πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸŽ„

 

Also…definitely happening this year πŸ˜ƒ

Speaking of reading to the kids…

That’s all the time we have today 😊 I hope you join me again next time!

Until then πŸ’•

The (first) Finished Journal πŸ€“πŸ““

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. 😊

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy πŸ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling 😍

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover 😁 What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ πŸ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! πŸ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! πŸ€—

A Collage For A New Mom πŸ˜

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you’re doing well, and have a happy spring in your step on this lovely Monday!

Today I wanna show you the collage I made for my daughter, a new Mom 😊

You may remember…in January we welcomed little Georgia Mae to the world. I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy, smiley baby πŸ₯°

Here she is with her beautiful Mommy

So, since January I’ve been collecting little Mom/Baby related snippets, with the idea of somehow combining it all into a memento. It was just an idea in the back of my mind…until last Thursday. That’s when I came across a canvas hiding in a closet in my craft room. 😁

That, my hodgepodge of calendar pages, pictures, poems, doilies, a vintage music sheet,tissue paper, and some ModPodge* came together beautifully for this collage.

Here’s a detail – I love these little poems πŸ’–

I started by covering the canvas with one sheet of tissue paper, arranged and glued down the pictures, then secured and coated everything with ModPodge*. Done! Easy Peasy πŸ˜…

Did this inspire you to make your own memento-collage? Please let me know…I’d love to hear/read about it! πŸ’•

Have a fabulous day! 😎🌻🌞

*no affiliation with PLAID

Behind The Scenes πŸ˜ŽπŸ§Άβ˜ƒοΈ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How have you been? I hope all is well in your neck of the woods 😊

All is good here…except we’re all getting a bit cabin-feverish. It’s so, so cold πŸ₯Ά β˜ƒοΈ

The recent snow brought us some beautiful scenery

But we’re ready for Spring-flowers – so today I turned my ‘ Jim Shore’ pillow over. From ‘Winter’ to ‘ Summer’! I hope Mother Nature will get the hint, and we’ll get at least the average temperatures for this time of year! 🌞🌷🌷

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I’ve suffered from a touch of ‘bloggers block’ lately πŸ˜• I’m not sure it’s over, but I won’t know until I try. Right? Maybe some pictures with comments to get back into the groove of things? Okay…here we go 😁

While the Laptop got a bit dusty, the crochet hooks were quite busy.

I made another vest

The new cardigan ‘Opposites attract’ πŸ˜ƒ

I like the idea of two different-color halves…so there may be quite a few of them in the future πŸ˜‰

The second one is already in the works…

And I have an idea for a third one…

The sun came around the corner just as I snapped the picture, so it’s hard to tell that the right side is a deep black. I’m not complaining though…just saying she could’ve waited another second 😎

It’s not the best picture, but you get the idea of the colorway 😊

The big fail for last month was this coat…

I loved it while I made it, kinda liked it when I tried it on (it’s heavy!), and started to get an uneasy feeling about it when I put it on the mannequin and started taking pictures πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

It stayed on the mannequin for a few days…then the decision was made – it has to come apart. And I wasn’t even upset – I guess that’s a sign that it was the right choice! πŸ™ƒ

Notes to self:

1. Bulky yarn is not the perfect yarn for long coats (it gets reeaally heavy)

2. Do not use the Double-crochet stitch, especially when placed between stitches, when

working with bulky yarn (the stitches pull apart)

3. Don’t weave in ends until you’re 100% sure that the piece is perfect! It’s much, much easier to take something apart when the ends are still dangling

And last but not least…Georgia Mae’s blanket is finished πŸ₯° Big yawn…I guess it’s quite cozy…

Now it’s back to one of the WIPs 🀩

I hope you have a wonderful week! πŸ’•

Welcome To The World, Baby Girl πŸŒ·πŸ’œπŸŒ·

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I have the best news πŸ₯°

Georgia Mae joined us in this beautiful world on Friday, January 25th at 9:20 pm 😊

She is 22″ long, and weighed in at 9.10 pounds.

She is a gorgeous bundle of joy! I know what you’re thinking…of course she would say that, she’s the Nana 😁

So see for yourself…

That day brought back a lot of memories of the day the new Mom was that small 😍

These two pictures are 30 years apart…

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Update:

Now is probably a good time to finish ‘ Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ blanket CAL

To those of you who started to crochet along…I’m so, so sorry that it took so long to bring you the next step. I really dropped the ball on this one πŸ™ˆ

I’ve learned to never, ever start hosting a Crochet Along without finishing the project first! I did…I really did! ☺️

If you remember…this is where we left off

I’m working on the continuation as you read this, and will bring it to you very soon! 😊
If you have started the blanket, and are eager to continue with/finish it please message me or leave a comment – I will get the next steps to you asap!
Thank you for your patience.

This just in…

Georgia Mae is on her way home 😍

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! πŸ’•

❄️A ❄️ Picture ❄️ Perfect ❄️ Morning β„️

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

For days now the weather guy has warned us of the ‘Winter storm’ headed this way.

Well, when I took the dogs out last night, there wasn’t much of anything…even the grass still peeked through a light dusting. But when I went outside this morning, everything had changed. I was greeted by this view…

The owl is wearing a hat…

…and our ‘Welcome’ bear a mask – I wonder what he’s up to πŸ˜‹

The neighborhood kids got busy πŸ˜ƒ

For me there are not many things more beautiful than a snow-covered Pine Tree

I don’t think Pearl, the cat, cares 😁

The Wisteria branches are a work of art 😍

Now I shut up, and let you enjoy the scenery 😊

(There’s nothing wrong with your eyes – it was early, and still somewhat dark-ish πŸ™‚)

I hope you enjoyed the stroll through our Winter Wonderland πŸ’œ

I wish you a wonderful weekend! πŸ’•

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