Sunday, January 31, 2016

Grandma and Garden LO

How about a leafy, garden themed layout this time of year? I made this months ago but never got around to posting it. This is my grandmother as a teenager or so my mother thought. I guess I would agree with that. How about that bamboo chair? Pretty exotic. I played up the garden, flower theme because this grandmother loved to plant flowers and had a lot of houseplants too. She really had a green thumb. The garden text and older flower photos are from an old, very used BH & G Garden Book I picked up at a garage sale a few years ago for 25 cents. I've certainly got my money's worth out of that!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Kiddie Table

In rearranging some knickknacks after the holidays, I decided my Campbell's soup spoon and my Spaghettios spoon needed some polishing. I keep them on display on a kitchen shelf these days but used them often as a child. They are from the early 70s. One thing lead to another and I thought a post about kids' flatware would be kind of interesting. Since I was polishing, I cleaned up my infant cup too. It was given to me when I was born by a close family friend. You can see it in my blog banner photo on the right.

This child's set was given to me when I was born by an older cousin of mine. Today my daughter uses it.

My grandmother had these Bozo utensils for us kids at her house in the 70s.

Here is a close-up of the Campbell's and Spaghettios spoons. They were premiums back in the day you could send for. Notice the Spaghettios spoon has the three varieties represented: meatball, franks, and plain. These spoons sure saw a lot of use.

Do you keep any kid friendly flatware at your house?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

And Speaking of Smashing...

Just when I thought I was done "smashing" for awhile I came across a few interesting quotes from an old textbook (odd place to find them). So I cut them out and added them to my "quotes" book. They are small which is a nice change.

This first one is certainly appropriate to put on the first page of the book. "START HERE" was preprinted.

The fish on the far left and "HI" were preprinted in the book. I followed along with their fish theme.


The left side below I did quite a long time ago; I showed it on my blog at that time. I thought the quote I added to the right side went along very well. And the photo of the cowgirl statue is original to the book. I was glad to find a way to incorporate her.


This one shows not all Smash books or journals must have fifty pounds of memorabilia or art supplies per page.


Now this one, on the other hand, does teeter into that fifty pounds arena. The quote is a little lost which is okay too.


Not from an old book. This well known phrase is printed on a brand new journal card intended for scrapbooking.

Thanks for viewing. Do you have any favorite quotes to share??

Monday, January 25, 2016

Still Smashing

Yes, I still pull out my Smash books once in awhile and fill a page. Here are the two latest. This first one is in my "Quotes" book as you might have guessed. The quote itself I found in an older magazine-- how handy!

This page is an addition to my "Songs" book. Nice little tune...
Keep on Smashing!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Inchies Today

More inchie goodness today. Most of these elements are from a 1960s craft magazine once again, but there are a few more modern elements thrown in too. The images on the Christmas ones are embroidery projects (in a mail order ad) for hand towels, stockings, etc.




Thanks for viewing!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Yep, It's Cold

This was our temp at about 1 p.m. yesterday. Pretty brisk to say the least, but it was a sunny day.

My clever husband and daughter decorated the family chalkboard.

So what kind of temps will you have today?

Monday, January 18, 2016

ATCs With Stickers

I don't use stickers too much in my work. Not sure why that is, but I did pull some out the other day and made some ATCs. They were fun to make. Maybe I should think about using stickers more often.






And, yes, I do seem to have a lot of cat stickers.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Left Handed Pitcher

My mother was left-handed and owned a pitcher just like this. It sat on a kitchen window sill for 28 years. When she passed, her two daughters let it go because they are both right-handed. Fast-forward 14 years: one of the daughters (namely "me") has a daughter who turns out to be, yes, left-handed. Ebay to the rescue. I bought this several years ago for my lefty daughter. Now if she has all right-handed children, we'll have to start this saga all over again!

Any southpaws out there???

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Hollywood Archive

Let's look at another film star book today. The Hollywood Archive was published in 2000-- 16 years ago already! Another heavy, coffee table type. That is Jane Russell center, Cary Grant on the left, and Ingrid Bergman at the top. Pretty nifty dust jacket.

 And one of my favorite covers. Rather cool.

This book has tons of photos and info on the stars and Hollywood in general. Below is Joan Crawford recording for Our Blushing Brides, 1930.

Loretta Young (no date given)

You don't have to be a film fan to recognize this couple-- Nancy and Ronald Reagan in 1955, years away from Washington.

Judy Garland and Gene Kelly rehearsing a number for the film For Me and My Gal, 1942.

Bob Hope entertaining the troops in 1950.

Are we ready for Mae West? It Ain't No Sin, 1934

The book includes interesting bits of trivia too, such as this shot of Lucille Ball taken in the late 1940s for a fan magazine.

Or how about a Ginger Rogers autographed hat?! An ad from a Sears catalog.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January Weather


I haven't griped about the weather lately because until Saturday, this winter had been very mild for us. We got a blast of fluffy snow on Saturday. Then the bottom fell out of the temperatures.

Then more snow on Monday with still very frigid temps.


Any guess? This is the back of my car.

Yes, definitely blanket weather!

Stay warm wherever you are today!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Flash Card Collages

I've picked up old flash cards here and there over the years but haven't done much with them. I had a thought to use them as bases for collages. I like the size, 5 3/4" x 3 1/2"; not too small, not too big. It's interesting to incorporate, or eliminate, the printed math problems. See the results below.





Kinda neat, I think, and they are fun to make.

Have a nice day out there!