Saturday, July 31, 2010

LolliShops Summer Design Reveal #3 Giveaway

Summer is passing quickly, and it's that time again...time for the LolliShops Summer Design team reveal. As usual, Sadie sent some fabulous vintage ephemera, a cute little cottage made of fabric that she crafted, and other bits and bobs to work with. For this month's theme, I chose tags. I love tags and I love making them. The little cottage and froggies are perfect subjects for whimsy. The vintage little girl seems to echo the lovely sentiment on the birthday tag. I hope you like these. Please leave a comment, and you will be entered in my tag giveaway. For an added chance to win, become a follower of my blog. When you leave your comment, just mention that you've signed up to be a follower and your name will be entered twice. I'll announce the winner on August 8.

Welcome to the Flea Market

It's Flea Market Sunday, and to celebrate this fun LolliShops event I'm giving away this sweet little journal. Just leave a comment and you're entered. If you'd like an added chance to win, sign up and become a follower of my blog. In your comment, please mention that you've signed up as a follower.

Flea Market Sunday on Lollishops

This Sunday, August 1, is Flea Market Sunday on! This event is a blog giveaway with several vendors participating, and is hosted by Sadie Lou Who of LolliShops. com. Participating is easy...for your ticket to win fabulous treasures, handmade creations, inspiration kits, and lots of other goodies, just visit the blog on Sunday morning where you will find a list of participating blogs. Don't Forget!!!!!! Mark your calendars and go to the blog first thing Sunday morning for a tour of the Flea Market without leaving the comfort of your home. I'll be participating in the Flea Market, so be sure to come back and visit for the chance to win my giveaway.

Friday, July 23, 2010

A Little Gem

Today was a hectic day, but as I drove past my favorite thrift store I couldn't resist stopping in to see what I might find. The glass showcase that is near the entry door is always the place I stop to look at first. Unfortunately, there was a lady paying for her "finds" so I couldn't really look in the case without being rude. I hovered close by pretending to aimlessly look at some books when I heard her ask the lady behind the glass counter if she could see the little autograph book in the case. Well, I can tell you that snapped me to attention right away. Without being too obvious, I kept my eye on the little book in her hand and kept hoping that she wouldn't buy it. Well, Hallelujiah, she handed it back to the lady who put it back into the case. It seemed like forever until the customer paid for her purchases and left the store.

Like a spider on a fly, I stepped up to the case and asked the lady behind the counter if I could please see the little autograph book. My heart skipped a beat as I held it in my hand and opened the front cover. On the very first yellowed page, written in pencil, was the name Verna Newell, Kingsburg, Calif., February 18, 1929. I leafed through the autograph book and read some of the entries dating from February 18, 1929 to January 15, 1930. Also on the first page was a price sticker which I looked at with trepidation thinking that this little gem would be expensive...Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the cost of this little darling book was $3.00! Only $3.00! I snapped it up and headed home with my treasure.

Kingsburg, CA? Where's that? I Googled it and found that Kingsburg is located on Freeway 99 in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley near Fresno. Kingsburg supplies the state with lots of tree fruits, raisins, and grapes. In the early 1900s many Swedish settled there giving the town the name of "Little Sweden". A popular event, a two day long Swedish Festival is held during the third weekend in May. I think we actually drove through there once upon a time when we were on our way to visit our son, Greg, who is stationed at Fort Irwin near Barstow. I vaguely remember seeing Swedish flags.

The autograph book was a gift to Verna by an admirer - "With Love Verna, Richie Lee Vaughan". There aren't many autographed pages in the book; in fact the majority of the pages are blank, but the entries are priceless. Verna's classmates, the class of 1933, were the signers. Sadly, a few of the pages that are written in pencil are nearly illegible because they have faded, but the majority are still clear. The entry that I love the best is dated January 14, 1930:
Class of 1933
Dear Verna:
When the roses bloom in winter
And the snowflakes fall in June,
When the sun comes out at midnight
And the moon comes out at noon,
When the waters cease their flowing
And two x two is ten,
When today is tomorrow
Maybe I'll forget you then.

Your friend and classmate
Hatsune Matsuoka (this is a guess, as some of the cursive letters are illegible.)

But, the strangest thing of all, and this is definitely serendipity, is an entry in the book dated January 15, 1930, written by a girl with the first name of random is that?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

And the winner is.....

Congratulations to Cory (Dogwood)! Cory is the winner of my LolliShops giveaway, the Have a Little Fun and Pink cards. Cory is a fabulous artist and I hope that you will visit her beautiful blog Pink Dogwood Blossom. I would like to thank all of you for participating in my giveaway, and leaving very sweet comments. I will be having a giveaway next month, so please don't forget to visit my blog and leave a comment.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

LolliShops Summer Design Challenge #2 and Giveaway

It's time to reveal this month's design team challenge. Sadie sent some absolutely awesome papers, ribbons, laces, buttons, tags, tickets, and darling vintage ephemera to play with. Here are 2 cards that I came up with. This challenge was a fun one, and to celebrate, I'm having a giveaway! Just leave a comment and on July 22, I'll choose a winner.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless America

Happy Birthday America. Live loudly for liberty! Preserve our Republic from those tyrants, both foreign and domestic, who would seek to destroy it and take away our freedoms.