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Monday, November 21, 2011

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A Turkey Trot...


This week my friend Alison from The Polohouse did a funny post about her Vintage Gobblers...which she thinks are ugly, but they really are great!  She inspired me to share a few of my funny looking birds, too!  I often line them up down the center of the Thanksgiving table...a turkey trot, so to speak! The grandchildren are always amused by them!  This big platter always is on the table, too!  Setting out these pieces always bring wonderful family gatherings to mind...



There are several sets of vintage turkey salt and pepper shakers...


and some colorful planters...




this is a little old chalkware pair...


and even some vintage Gurley candles...



Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays...a special time of counting our blessings, family traditions, and sharing a special meal!  This year, we are blessed that all of our children will be joining us for Thanksgiving dinner!  I hope you all have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!

I am joining Suzanne at Privet and Holly's Monday Moments 

Until next time...             

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Greens for the Front Porch...and a Winner!


Thank you all for your get well wishes...they really brought a smile to my face...I am glad to be feeling much better now!  The weather has turned cold here, so I decided to start setting out greens in the front porch planter, before it is too cold and frozen to do so!  I am in a simple Northwoods frame of mind this year...and just used green, black, and white colors.  Our house is green and the front doors are black and white, so it is a natural looking entry!


Recently, I found these great outdoor custom vinyl numbers from santasgiftshoppe on etsy...under $10, including shipping!  I think they really dress up the door!



An old Rock Spring Beverages crate works well, with its chippy green paint...


It holds some snowshoes and a sign I made several years ago...


I love to decorate with vintage skates, and I love the laces on these...


I mixed greens, many of which I found at the compost site down at the lake.  Its fun to re-use the fresh clippings that others discard...I re-cut and soaked them in water, to make them last longer.  I also mixed in a few that I bought and added some roping around the front door.






 
I think its a great look for winter!  Tomorrow we are going to add some white lights and more greens to the front of the house.  We'll take advantage of the weather, as it will warm up tomorrow~ to 47 degrees~ but Saturday, snow is expected!  We want to finish before the snow flies!

 

And, on another note...thank you to all who entered the My Memories giveaway!  For those of you wanting to purchase this fun software program, I will leave the $10 discount code on my sidebar. The winner is~
the sweet and talented Dorthe of Den Lille Lade !


I am joining Debra at Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday
 

and

At The Picket Fence Doors And Porches Party

Until next time...stay warm!
                       


Friday, November 11, 2011

Don't Miss The Giveaway!


Thanks so much for all of the sweet comments about my fall hutch in my last post!  I am a little under-the-weather and resting right now, but wanted to stop by to remind everyone to enter the great software giveaway I have going on right now!  Its a lot of fun!  Just click on the icon above!  Ends Weds Nov 16th at 10PM CST.  
Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

Until next time...I'll be curled up with some magazines and a warm blanket...
Linda

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Fall Hutch and a Fun Giveaway!!


Fall is rapidly coming to a close and the holidays are quickly approaching!  Thought I would share a few small changes I made to my hutch for late fall, before I switch it out for Christmas!  I mainly did it with the use of color~ browns and golds, with a touch of orange...


I love this little porcelain leaf...



A couple of golden bird figurines add a whimsical touch...



as do some of my dog figurines...

I brought back acorns from the lake...


LOVE this old plate...


 and I added this vintage shaker that I found recently... just a few small changes...


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW ENDED...

Now for the giveaway!  I am sure you have seen the My Memories giveaways on the blogs lately...they are the top rated scrapbooking software...They offered me the opportunity to review the software and another chance for you to win the My Memories Suite for free!


I'm a beginner at this sort of thing, but found it easy to use, and there are tutorials, too.  There are many templates, background papers, embellishments, etc., as well as the ability to work totally from scratch.  I played around with some of the photos from this post.  Using a collage template, I chose a background color, cropped the photos, added shadow, and text.  Something like this could be used as a scrapbook page, printed as an advertising card, there are so many possibilities!


This is a very simple one I created with photos of my pugs...I chose a corrugated paper, adjusted the opacity, added mats, shadows, text, and embellishment.  It is easy to move or rotate items, to move layers behind or in front, and you can even add music or video for use on the web...


And you can do lots more than just digital scrapbooking... here I took a photo of some vintage ballerina cake toppers, added mats and phrase of my choosing...it is designed to print out on a white background and be framed.  

Since you can put things into a JPG format you can print them as photos, or Christmas cards, artwork...whatever you want.  I have only done just a few projects,  so I know there are LOTS more possibilities with this software! There are many free template downloads on their website as well as a large selection of downloadable software add-ons at low cost, so you can constantly get new templates, papers, etc! I am having a lot of fun with this and am looking forward to working on some Christmas gifts with the software, too!

For those of you who can't wait to try this,  MyMemories.com has offered my readers a special discount code for $10 off the purchase of the My Memories Suite v2 software as well as a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store- a $20 value!   Just copy and paste and enter this code at checkout-      
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TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY,  if you aren't a follower, please become one.  Then just visit the MyMemories.com website and let me know what your favorite digital paper pack kit is- I think you will enjoy exploring- there are MANY types, my favorites are the vintage style!   One comment is all you need!  
If you would like to earn extra entries, you can leave a separate comment for any of the following-
  •  a blog or sidebar mention


  • or follow their Blog , where they have fun weekly challenges!


Good luck!  The giveaway ends Weds November 16th- 10 PM CST


Until next time...
Linda

Friday, November 4, 2011

Some Fun Finds...

  
Today I had some fun finds out thrifting!  Look at these wonderful German spice jars!  Very old, certainly not perfect, and oh-so-lovely! 

  
The blue and brown transferware decoration is delicate and pretty...



I love this transferware covered dish!  The aqua decoration color is hard to find and always a keeper...


A stoneware bowl was another find...



The leaf decoration is perfect for the season.


This old china plate is very delicate and beautiful...
 



I always LOVE finding anything vintage Christmas...but Christmas sheet music is not something I find often!
 



anyone have some hand bells?


Its always a great day treasure hunting!

I am joining~ 
Until next time...
Linda