Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Autumn Has Fallen

The weather has turned fast here in Illinois. Sunday night they are predicting snow flurries! October is one of the those wonderful cozy months, if you have the heat on, it's still low. So cuddling is a must. Hot, slow cooked comfort foods are on the stove. Gardens are being prepared for winter, and the kiddo's are getting excited for Halloween.

Parties are also a huge part of this wonderful month. Wonderful gatherings of friends and family. Nights outside around the fire pit, soaking up the last of the outdoors before the cocooning of winter.

Here are a few of my picks for the season. From wonderful serving pieces to keeping those little heads warm on those cool fall nights outside.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ooo The 60's.

I just love the fashions of the 1950's and 60's. Very fun, flirty and definitely feminine. I look through the vintage patterns that I have and find some of the most wonderful dresses. I just love the dark blue one in this Vintage Simplicity Pattern from 1969. This little mini-dress, done in a satin would be just stunning.

Then there is the wonderfully sparkly jewelry! It just screams, look here! I'm beautiful! I love the sparkle in this little blue brooch. It's only around 2" big, but definitely attracts attention.

Whats an outfit without the perfect clutch. Nothing. This wonderful shimmery gold clutch would be perfect for an evening out. More sparkle!

Now for something to go in the clutch. A necessity. This beautiful vintage Stratton compact would be perfect. Most of us do not carry loose powder anymore, but we all need a mirror for those quick fix-up's. Why not use a vintage one. So much more fun.

Ok, I have to laugh. I started this post meaning to talk about all the wonderful clothing and accessories from the 50's and 60's and instead I ended up creating an outfit. I think this all would look wonderful together. Can you tell, I love blue and gold. I hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Just a few of my favorite things.

When I began on Etsy, I had no idea that it was more than just a place to sell my wares. It is a whole community! A community of helpful, caring people always willing to answer a question give you an idea or just be there for you. And I am lucky to say, I have made some wonderful new friends. Very talented, imaginative people with shops full of beautiful items. I want to thank them for all the fun and show off some of my favorite items of theirs.

Roger and His Bubble Pipe
by Ericalev on Etsy

Psst! The photos are links to their shops.

Ba-Ruse the Pig
by Fanzythat on Etsy

Button Pins
by AnalogButtons on Etsy

Blushing Bride - Pearl Earrings
By BeadifulbaublesSC on Etsy

Alice in Wonderland Heart Teacup With Spoon Ring
by DestinationDesign on Etsy

Funky Black Half Apron
by AnnabelsAprons on Etsy

Twisted Steel Wire Earrings
by Amongtheruins on Etsy

Blue, Green and White Butterfly Card Set
by Imeondesign on Etsy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The cool day's are on their way!

Today we are having a taste of fall here in the Midwest. 62 Degrees in August is not the norm, but it puts me in mind of all the wonderful times to be had in the fall. As soon as the weather turns cooler, I bust out all my cookbooks, and look for all those wonderful, long cooking, meals that make the house smell so wonderful and cozy. I love the vintage cookbooks, the recipes inside are always comforting. Old fashioned roasts and stews that are fragrent, delicious and warm you up all over. Here is a wonderful book I found from a church in Iowa. Complete with notes and handwritten recipe cards inside. The perfect book to warm up a cold house in fall.

"A Book of Favorite Recipes Compiled by Woman's Society of Christian Service of First Methodist Church, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1961". (Flourisheshome on etsy)

Here is one of the loose recipe's that have been stashed between the pages for safe keeping. I have not tried this one yet, but it sounds delish! Let me know.

Swedish Honey Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream butter, sugar, and honey; beat in egg. Stir flour with remaining ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture, working to make a soft dough. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Chill. On a well-floured surface, roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; bake at 375 degrees till golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Just Beautiful.

My False Indigo plants have bloomed, and WOW! I have giant spikes of blue flowers all over my yard. They are one of my favorite perennials. They even last well as a cut flower. I just thought I would share this with you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vintage Patterns!!!

I found a huge treasure trove of wonderful vintage patterns this weekend. They range in date from the late 60s all the way thru the 80s. It's going to take me a long time to get them all listed, but I did list 4 of them today and hope to do the same everyday till they are all up. It should take at least a month! I have so many of them! They are making me want to dig out my sewing machine and make a few. The styles are very wearable with todays style.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I love old cookbooks!

Look at these wonderful cookbooks!!! I learned to cook by using a Campbells soup cookbook. They are very instructional and have tasty recipes. This book is from 1976. I also found these fund raiser cookbooks from the First Methodist Church, in Fort Madison, Iowa in 1961. This is a super cool book. It has everything in it! Of course it has recipes but it also has a health section, a gardening section and many others that you don't normally see in a cookbook. I really enjoyed reading it.

My poor flowers!

All of my flowers were blown off the tree I was so impressed with! But I guess thats the way it goes! The ground under the tree sure was purdy. Pink everywhere!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I just had to post my tree. It's soo beautiful.

I have a new nephew!!!

I have a wonderful new little nephew! Leeland, 9lbs 14oz, big little boy. I'm going to see him later, and hope to get a picture up later. Yea, I'm happy.

OK. I saw him. He's sooo cute and squishable! Mommy and daddy look so happy, and a little unsure of what just happened. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

WoW! I love this!

I have found the coolest vintage glasses and then I found this tray. They go so well together I put them together in a set. I love it! I would so like to keep these, but I guess I can't keep everything. The glasses are vintage Libbey with California destinations on them and the tray is a vintage souvenir from Oakland California.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1st attempt

This is scraps the octi. It is my first attempt at amigurumi, what do you think? I made it for my niece's baby who is about to arrive. Very soon. I can't wait! At her baby shower they had a game to guess how big her belly was and they happened to use the same cotton yarn that I make my hats out of, so I took the rest to make her a hat for the baby. Well, I still had some left , so I started on scraps here. I finished him off with all the (you guessed it) scraps from my hats.
I think he's really cute, for a first attempt.

Hello All!

This is my first post to my new blog. I hope that with this blog we all can become friends thru sharing of our interests and activities. Feel free to write about your day and add comments. I will post all new items made or found from my two shops, Monkey and Me and Flourishes. I have so many ideas for items to make and have so many wonderful finds to photograph and share. I hope you enjoy! See you soon.