Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bouquet of Spring French love letters

She was told there is nothing like being in Paris in the Spring.
How true this came to be. She fell in love that spring,
he would leave her little post cards of love in her hotel mailbox.
Soon it was time to leave,
but she kept the memory of that spring fresh in her mind.
All the post cards tied up with ribbon
and the hotel room key inscribed with the numbers
that she would never forget

{copied from Vintage Market Place}

After reading the above description on an Etsy listing how
could I not purchase these neat remade book covers over
I scooped them up for a mere $5.
Six of them came tied together like this with the key and
vintage carved earring attached.

I stole the old bracelet on my travels this past week for
1.99. I really did purchase it, but it kinda felt like I stole it.:)

I was also thrilled to find a baggie full of old keys when
we were in Shipshewana...another $5.

I haven't even taken this stack apart, but I did peek in
enough to see that they all appear to be stamped alike.
Wouldn't they be great for displays?

I am constantly amazed at the items that my heart is
drawn to these days.
I used to be a *pink* gal through and through.
I still do like a touch of pink every now and then, but I
am definitely leaning more towards creams and neutrals. Who would have ever thought?? Blessings~


hope (hōp) noun 1. a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen;
desire accompanied by expectation 2.the thing that one has a hope for

Just sharing my pretty tulips again today. It gives me
hope that Spring is forthcoming. These beauties were in
the clearance section and the flowers are still just fine.
The stems are a little yellow, but I thought they
needed a nice home.

One of my favorite scripture verses:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:11


Friday, February 25, 2011

Comfort Food

Penne with Tomato Herb Cream Sauce

2 tablespoons oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes or 4 medium tomatoes, diced 1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups Penne pasta (I think you could actually use 4 cups) 1/2 cup whipping cream Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta. Stir cream into sauce and heat through.

I realize this isn't the best picture ever , but wanted to
share it anyways. We love this and I hope you will too.
Add some french bread and a salad and you are good
to go.

I just might make some more comfort food today of
some sort. I think we barely missed getting dumped on
with inches of snow thank God! {or else I need to put my
glasses on before I look out the window} This county has
enough to deal with as many are still out of power and
have been since early Monday morning.

I got some grandbaby lovin' in last night and will
have to share photos soon. What sweeties they
are! Annika is the best big sister ever and Ainsley
is growing like a little weed! Blessings~

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shipshewana Part 2 and another storm brewing!

Oh my...we are in for yet another storm tonight.
6-10 inches of snow again.
There are over 7,500 people in our county
still without power from the ice storm that
hit on Sunday evening.{including my brother's
family} Please old man winter...go away!!

Continuing on with our adventures in Shipshewana,
Indiana on Tuesday , this post is mostly inside the antique
mall called Trading Place.

I fell in love with this adorable pink airplane. price: over $1,100.
It is a vintage barber chair for kids to set in! Who knew!
I have never seen one of these cuties before. I am
betting that they didn't have to beg kids to get their
hair cut at whatever barber shop this was in.

buttons, laces , everything a gal could possibly want.

beautiful linens

goodies galore

love the wire baskets

pick a hat, any hat will do.

need some old kitchen utensils?

neat display of old bottles and boxes

loving this little laundry cart on wheels

wouldn't this horn be a neat display piece in the
right place

amazing huge cupola
taller than I am and such great chippiness.
I kept backing up to take the picture and ran right
into the wall. lol.

wonderful old doorknobs

on the way down we saw several of these beautiful
lights at a gas station that is now closed.
In fact you can see that this one is leaning
against the electrical wire.
I would love just one of them. :)

this is an interesting piece @ $65.
If it was mine the flowers would have had to go.

I think I need this sign and then I can change Buckeye Road
to Madison road. Suppose anyone would notice?

I purchased three of these white spindles for a
future project. why didn't I purchase the fourth
one you ask (and so did the clerk) ? I haven't a clue.
I told hubby I would leave it for someone else.

This place had two or three different gorgeous white
victorian stands and I loved them all, however at over
$300 each they did not come home with me. lol.

Beautiful old tin ceiling tiles in a chippy trunk.

Lots of pictures in this post, but I wanted you to get
a glimpse of the antique store.
I also picked up a bunch of old keys and some neat tags
that I will share later.

I really didn't purchase much, but I sure had fun taking
photos. I think I enjoyed that more than anything.
Especially all the horses and buggies.

Hubby went back to work yesterday. They had initially
called it off for yet another day, but they called back
Tuesday night after 9 pm and said the power is back on
and that he should come to work. They are way behind and
Saturday is mandatory. Oh the repercussions from these
amazing ice storms. :) Isn't it interesting that
the same storm that cancels work for many brings tons
of work for others? Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A thankful heart

I am very thankful today that even though...

our poor evergreen trees...

still look like this...

that we were able to get away for a day.

Can you guess where we went?

It is only about an hour and a half away from us.

and the horse and buggies are plentiful here.

Shipshewana, Indiana!

{home of the world renouned flea market
although they don't have it in the winter}

On our drive the sun was shining bright...

and the ice on the trees just glistened.

Yoders department store is a must see if you have
never been. They have everything you can imagine.

Love this urn...could have packed it up
and brought it along home with me...
but then that would have been stealing
and that is not nice. :)

I am thankful for the beautiful snow on the trees
that made a gorgeous spite of the fact
that I am so tired of snow.

Can you see the *buggy rides* sign way over to the
right? I didn't even notice it until I was looking at
my photos.

I am also very thankful also that this photo and the next
one turned out so pretty in spite of the fact that I took
them outside of the car window while traveling
55 mph. (and absolutely no editing)

Aren't they gorgeous?

This is one of the shops that has neat architectural ideas.

Love this walkway and the arbor above it.

We usually eat here at the Blue Gate Restaurant, but
since it was a quick trip we ended up eating fast food
on the way down. I know, I know...

This was why I really wanted to go and I was very
thankful that they were open today.

Look at the snow on the roof. I am very thankful that
it didn't come down on my head! lol.

We had a wonderful day away today and I will show
my purchases and other photos next time.
Hubby's shop has been shut down this week due to
power outages from the ice storm and he may end
up having the whole week off. Michigan has called
in many electric trucks from Ohio and Indiana
to try and get all the power restored, but it is going
to take a long time.

We usually lose power in these instances, but I am
very thankful that we didn't this time. My brother
who lives about 10 miles northwest of us has not
had power since before 3 am Monday morning
and may not have it until the end of the week. Factories are closed, schools are closed, businesses
are closed , but we are thankful to be doing fine.

I will be linking up to White Wednesday over at
Faded Charm. Have a wonderful day! Blessings~