Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

This definitely qualifies for an October type Wacky Pack. Did you know Wish Bone dressing is based on a dressing served at a 1940s Kansas City, MO restaurant called... You guessed it: Wish Bone. The things you don't know!

Have a good Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One More Pink

I was making a few Christmas cards for my Etsy shop when another pink card evolved. I had no intentions of making another one, but as long as it happened that way, I'm linking to Jingle Belles and their pink theme once more before the deadline. If you haven't taken a peek, take a few minutes and view some wonderful cards.

Have a nice night!

Fallish Color

Here in northern IL, autumn color hasn't taken hold yet. In my exact neck of the woods it's never too stunning-- dull trees, I guess, but here is a sampling from my yard and beyond.

There is still a lot of green which is fine with me.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday's Muster #39

Monday's Muster will be in the Halloween spirit for the next few weeks. Up first is a small collection of vintage Halloweenie type children's books. Most of these were published by Scholastic.

I was glad to finally acquire 13 Ghostly Tales earlier this year. I remember that very cool cover from my grade school days. The Haunted House has been mine since the 70s-- love that cover too.

These have also been mine since the 70s. If I remember rightly, both of these were handed down from some older neighbors of mine.

Spook was a garage sale find you might recall, and Nine Witch Tales was purchased new by me at the school bookmobile.

More spooky fun.

These two are newer purchases from Etsy and Ebay this year. The book on the left is where we got the idea for our haunted dollhouse. See the next photo.

Includes one frightened family... ha, ha...
Hope your day isn't too spooky!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I made some new tags recently which I have not done in quite a while. I have been busy with other projects, but I also haven't sold many in months which leads me to a question...

If you're in to paper crafts, what do you think about tag making? Still doing it? Never did it? Think it's passe?

If you're not in to paper crafts, have you ever bought one or received one? Like them? Never gave them much thought?

Just wondering...

Have a nice day out there!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Few Thrifts and One Estate Sale

We had crummy garage sale weather the weekend before last and none in my area at all this past weekend. The thrift stores didn't offer anything too exciting either. I did find some more old greeting cards.

This one looks rather dull...

Until you open it!

An old donkey and cart planter. There is an mark on the bottom, but it's worn too much to read. The beer stein is the real deal from Germany-- and it's heavy too. I researched the mark on that, and it was made between 1960 and 1990.

I went to one estate sale, on half price day.  Ya gotta love that; I guess a lot of people love that as it was the most crowded sale I've been to all year. There wasn't much of interest really, but I found some pretty old items.

These books are from the early part of the last century. And please notice I finally painted that outdoor table.

The two children's books on the right have some wonderful illustrations.

The rest of the haul consists of a a small Mason jar, a small wooden picture frame, and the contents of one box: a U.S. map puzzle, the lid to the puzzle, a few Bingo cards and wooden markers (there were quite a lot of markers, but I didn't show them all), and a few itty bitty print blocks-- see the next photo.

I didn't think the puzzle was that old!

And were all the pieces there? Would you believe one is missing?! Apologies to Georgia.

The garage and estate sales are definitely winding down for the year. The thrift stores will have to keep me entertained over the winter once again.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Praying Mantises

In a sort of wild section of my dad's backyard we spotted five praying mantises. We have seen one or two over the last 25 years or so but very seldom and never five at once. Cool!

Can you see three in there?

That's my husband trying to get one to walk on his hand. No thanks. That also gives you an idea of their size. They were all about the same.

Interesting world we live in. Enjoy!