Monday, December 31, 2012

Oink Lang Syne

Start planning for this just in case you get a last minute invitation to a New Year's Eve costume party.


Bacon - it's trendy, it's tasty, it's sure to win you a prize. 
And if made with Thinsulate - takes the place of an overcoat.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Say it Ain't So Santa

The most puzzling and disturbing piece of Christmas ephemera in our inherited collection.

Despite its Sinister Santa theme it amuses us every year when we open our box of vintage Christmas seals and stickers and try to imagine the twisted mind of the artist who created it. And that is why we still have it  even though we know several gift recipients who would appreciate it almost as much as we do. 
Almost is not good enough.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Getting Scrappy Across the Channel

English scrap.

M.P. -  Mamelok Press, 1940s England 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Santa and His Helpers

German Scrap.

EAS - E. A. Schwerdtfeger, Berlin 1880-1980.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Busy Santa

Can we squeeze in one more collection between Christmas and New Year's day? Yes we can.

Here is scrap.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Let 'Er Rip!

Today's the day.

And remember...


Friday, December 14, 2012

The Art of Waiting - 11 More Days

When recently accused of collecting pretty much everything a person can collect,
it was difficult to mount a defense against the charge.

May we present "Do Not Open 'til Christmas" package labels?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Filling Time Filling Stockings

If you find yourself all caught up and with a little time left for making stocking-stuffers or hostess gifts or those gifts you should have in the stash in case  you realize someone was left off the list...try these. 

From Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

That's More Like It

We went seeking relief from our bleak, brown very un-winter-like landscape and found, not a white Christmas scene, but a dazzling poinsettia-hued one at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

This year's holiday flower show features poinsettia cultivars Sparkling Punch, Tikal Red, Monet Early, and Premiere Red set among waves of Coral Sunrise Coleus with beautiful, fragrant green rosemary plants tucked between.

   Not only did we enjoy a warm and colorful interlude on a chill winter weekend, but we overcame our PTS from having our car broken into 18 years ago at the very same site (hadn't returned since), traveled there and back on dry roads, and arrived safely home hours before our first nice, white snowfall arrived.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Washing MOP

If you need to clean your mother of  pearl buttons...don't use soap, it will make them cloudy.

If you decide to try to photograph buttons underwater because they look so lovely down there...
it would be good to have a better camera and/or photography skills than we do.

If you need a Plan B, try the wet look.