Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I'm Enjoying.....

These days I am enjoying my flowers...

My new wildflower book that Carla found for me...

Remember Judy Blume from our younger days?  She has a new adult book out, I read it in just a couple of days, it's the best book I've read in a while, now I'm binge reading her other three one up is Smart Women.  I probably read it years ago, but I don't remember it...

I might be enjoying this drink outside, if I'm out there's so good...

When we go to the US, we love to see  a sandwich in a restaurant served with potato chips, you just don't see that much here, so sometimes we do that at home.  I found these Red & White Potato Chips at Dollarama, I have never seen these Covered Bridge brand chips there, hey, they're made in New Brunswick, I've been to their factory store in my travels!!  They're perfect for Canada Day or any day at all!!!

I'm still SMASHing but Pocket Letters are catching on.. this is one I made and sent to Washington.  This shows the front, backs are usually always decorated and goodies stuck in between the layers.

Today I received this one from Texas..  I love it!!

And, this I enjoy every user name on there is mackaypj, just in case you want to stop by.  

Anything in particular that you've been enjoying lately?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Package from England

Friends through blogs, friends through Instagram - it's the new way, what a wonderful way to meet people just like you, from all over the world!!   I have numerous blogging pals, now I have Instagram friends that are just as special.  

I met Lynne over a year ago on Instagram, she's a sweetheart!!  She recently began an at home sewing business - she's making bags of all types and using repurposed embroidery and tapestries.   I had only admired her work online, until last week, when a package arrived from her - a totally unexpected package!!  I had sent her a runner that Mom had done, I just expected her to use it up whatever way she wanted - surprise, she made a bag for me!!

She used jute for the front, a vintage 70's fabric for the back.  

The inside is just as lovely!  Click on the picture and you can see all of Lynne's contact information.  There are some truly unique items at Once in a Blue Pig - all so wonderful!

When you love paper and tapes, the outside of a parcel can be pretty exciting too, Lynne has sent me mail before and everything is just so different and fun!  She sent me some postcards too!!  I'll be SMASHing some of this package, for sure!!!

Britain in a Box came to me - how cute is this?  I've been waiting to write this post before the bunting found its home, that's going to happen right now!!

I'm so grateful for our friendship, Lynne - thank you so much!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


I don't think I have seen anything this nice at a thrift store in a year, I have always been taken with this style of casserole, I love the design, I grabbed it quickly at Value Village - have you ever seen one like it?  It's stamped Japan on  the bottom!  I love it!!

Last week I went to a yard sale, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this head vase sitting there, even if she needed some eylelash repair, you can't tell.   She was also made in Japan, she still has the original sticker on the bottom - An Enterprise Original.   I have only ever seen these in antique stores and they're way too expensive for me.  I just want one, no collection is starting!!  

Yesterday I went to two yard sales, one had nothing, the other one I came home with this great assortment of vintage magazines, I just can't leave them behind!   I do cut some of them up though, for SMASHing and now, pocket letters!!   This whole pile cost me $2 - they're full of great old ads..

I thought I'd share a few ads from them, what's the chance I picked two Christmas editions!!  Oh, well...

These first three ads are from Better Homes and Gardens,  December 1950.

These next three are from Family Circle, December 1966

Oh, the good old days when towels came in laundry detergent!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Carrot Muffins - YUM!!

I felt the urge for carrot muffins, I looked through a few cookbooks but found nothing I really cared for, the trusty internet came through once again, I found this great recipe for Carrot Muffins on Joy of Baking - I've used this site before, the recipes are very straight forward and there are also videos to guide you along, if you prefer that kind of thing.  I'm going to include the recipe here for your convenience or you can check out the original.

1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped - I used pecans and did not toast them.

1 1/3 cups grated raw carrot

1 small apple, peeled and grated

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut 

2 large eggs

1/2 cup safflower, corn, vegetable  or canola oil

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat over to 350, place paper liners in 12 muffin cups.

Toast the pecans or walnuts for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant.  Let cool and then chop coarsely.

Peel and finely grate the carrots and apple.  Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Stir in nuts and coconut.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla.  Fold the wet ingredients, along with the grated carrot and apple, into the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.   Divide the batter between the muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

They're delicious - give them a try!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pocket Letters - The Newest Paper Fad!!

I've jumped on the Pocket Letter bandwagon, thanks to my good friend, Sharon, she started me on SMASHing, now this!!    If you like paper and you like an easy enjoyable craft session, you should give it a try.  Here is the link to the gal that originated this fun obsession - check it out and get all the details to make your own Pocket Letter.

I've made five so far and have two more lined up to do.  I joined the Facebook group - Pocket Letter Pals,  that's definitely a place to see lots of great work, there are just so many ideas and so many creative people!!    You can find someone on there to swap with or just swap with people that you already know that enjoy doing the same sort of thing!

My love for these letters began when I received these two in the mail - from Sharon and her very talented granddaughter -  this is the front view, the back is also decorated and little bits and pieces of goodies can be slipped in between the papers.  They both did such a great job, they're perfect!!  As always, click on for a closer view.

Here's the first one I made, it went to England to my IG friend, Lynne.  This is front and back - I did this in April and I feel like I've learned so much already!!   I like the front but the back leaves a little bit to be desired!!

The next one was for Tatum, here's the front and back, I used vintage SNAP cards for the back, they fit in the pockets perfectly, goodies were included in between.

I sent Sharon this one - looks like I took the picture before I had prettied up the side of the pocket!  I used a travel theme - use a theme or just do them any way you want.

My friend, Diane who pens the blog Lydia's Post and I decided to swap Pocket Letters.  We're both novices at this, she did a great job on her first letter - I love how she included the book cover of David Cassidy (my 70's heartthrob) and other things that she knew I liked!  Mine is on the way to her right now, or I would include it, I don't want to ruin the surprise!!  I have one other that is on the way to a Pocket Letter pal too, but can't show that one now either!

Pocket letters are everywhere - Facebook, Instagram, on blogs -  it's not hard to find someone to swap with!!  It's so fun!!  Thanks, Sharon for getting me hooked on something else!!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Forgotten Paper!

How can anyone throw things like this out?  I don't understand!  We went back to a sale that threw open their doors for the second week.  I knew there probably wasn't anything there and I was right, except for some stuff they had marked as garbage.  I spotted a box on the way out of the garage, it was all paper, I thought there might have been something interesting, we asked if we could go through it, no problem, says the son of the lady that owned the home.   

This album had some pictures removed but so many great photos, I don't know these people but I couldn't leave this album there to be thrown out.  Is anyone else interested in things like this, besides me?  

From what I can figure out, the photographer signed up to serve in the Second World War, he was from Toronto, his training was in Nova Scotia - there are many pictures of that time. 

Were these lovely ladies some girlfriends of the soldiers?

Selfies before selfies were cool, in the early 40's.

How many of these brave young men made it back to Canada?

Even a couple of hankies in the album.

I wonder if these happy couples were married before the war or after?  Isn't this a lovely picture?

The wedding shots are beautiful!

Also in the box was this old chocolate box, full of old cards, postcards, papers and this soldier's service book, which is oh, so interesting and I know just who I'm sending this to.

I rescued someones history and paid nothing for it - it has me thinking about the young Canadian man who served his country as an aircraft assembler.  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I Found Some Things!!

I actually have a post of some treasures I've found in the last week!!  The posts and the purchases are few and far between - a house can only hold so much stuff, can't it?  I'm being selective!!

Anyone that has been following my blog for a while, knows that I am always on the lookout for Vera scarves - my collection numbers 288 right now, I hope I can reach 300 by the end of the summer.  Last Friday I saw an unexpected yard sale, lo and behold, I found a Vera there - for 25 cents or was it 50 cents, whatever, it was a steal.  I was away last weekend and found the rest of these at a Salvation Army - always on the lookout!!

I've been looking for a nice jug for a while, spotted this one at Value Village the other day!

I wanted it to replace a Pyrex carafe that I had on this shelf, now I need to find another one to replace the green coffee pot!  It sure is hard to take a good picture when you're standing on a chair!!!

I hardly ever see these magazines at the thrift stores, they're so great to cut up for SMASHing, I bought every one - and got one for free!!

It's raining here today, I didn't go to any yard sales but there was an estate sale advertised, which we never have here, of course, I had to check it out!!!  I came out with a bag of goodies for $5.

It's worn, but we're of Scottish heritage and it'll be great in the game room!

I bought this little alarm clock because I received one for Christmas, in the 70's, as well, mine is beige and has one leg broken off, I knew I was going to get it for cheap, so I took it!  It still works!  And, I love the little note on the bottom, looks like that might have been a Toronto jeweller!

This is a real vintage Cootie game!  My kids had a Cootie game but it sure wasn't like this one, look at those little game pieces!

A mixed bag of game pieces to go in a jar!

There was a box of playing cards, I took them all, some of the illustrations are so cute!!  I can use them for SMASHing, or my newest thing - pocket letters, but that's a post for another day!!!

It was fun to poke around and actually find a few things, hope the fun continues!!