Oct 31, 2010

Happy Halloween


My boys have been busy carving pumpkins and getting ready to go. These are our pumpkins, that I've had to hide from the chickens (see the hole?).

Jason is going as Darth Vader, and Adam will be a skeleton.

Enjoy the evening!

Oct 22, 2010

Time To Purge

OK gals, I'm cleaning out the studio.... yes, I should have done this before I moved the goodies up here, but... you know how that goes.

Anyway, I have a few ledgers, some receipt books from 1918, and some other cool ephemera. If you're interested, email me an offer and we'll talk! Everything is negotiable.

Receipt Book for Oleo Margerine,
Tower City, PA July 1913-Sept. 1914
$5  SOLD
 Appr. 5. 25 x 11 3/8, binding intact, bluish-green cover, pages are nicely browned, written in pencil.

Standard Order Book
Prospect Park, PA
Mostly Blank, Few Missing pages
 Bluish-gray in color, binding intact, approx. 3 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.

Vintage Standard Receipt Books
Amazing Graphics
$3 for the pair SOLD

 Approx. 6 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. Binding intact, pages are clean!
 A little bit of soiling on the back pages of one of them, which you can see of a few of the reecipts.
One has only two pages missing!
The other is half full.

1918 Marbled Cover Receipt Book
Amazing Condition!! Pages are edged in red.
$4  SOLD

1936-1938 Red Goose Shoes
Personal Spending Record
 11 pages, half of one page is missing. The first page, shown below, is loose.
 Approx. 2 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. Binding intact. Great graphics.
The Palmer Method
of Business Writing
Early 1900s

 Approx. 5 1/2 x 8 3/4. Binding intact, about 10 pages missing. Great graphics!

Ok, so help a girl out, K?


Oct 19, 2010

A Banner Kind of Day

We have two 6 x 6 porches on our house, one on the front and one on the side. Like many of you out there, we don't use our front door too often. The side door has the enclosed porch- enclosed by the old windows from the house! Cool, huh?

I saw this on Tracey's blog, and LOVED it.

I set out to spiff up the porch. I painted the ceiling haint blue. I bought red paint to do the floors- and match the barn trim. I never got around the painting the floor after I realized it was in such poor shape- like please-hold-up-for-another-year shape.

But, it is a really cool spot for dressing up. So, I finally got around to making some banners for the windows:

I recycled cardboard from various boxes. I covered both side with wallpaper from a sample book and some leftover drop cloth fabric. I embellished with burlap, lace, paper and buttons- whatever I had laying around in the studio that fit the color scheme. I stamped one piece with each of our initials and added some black glitter Stickles. Then I punched holes and strung it up with some pretty yarn. Easy peasy. I think I'll leave this up, and add holiday decorations around it. Which means I'd better head back to the studio and get started!

Happy Fall!

Oct 17, 2010

Before and After

We recently spend a bucket load of money on two new windows for our kitchen. They were old, single paned, and big heat wasters! We had the big orange store come out and do it, because they could custom order them, and we did the pay-it-off in a year with no interest plan (now, if we can just DO it!!).

It was a bit of a fiasco. The first time they were supposed to come, we diligently cleared everything out of the kitchen and dining area, only to receive a call that the window order had been mixed up. One window is very long as was to be three double hung windows, and the smaller window over the sink was to be a big pane with two smaller double hungs on the side. They switched them! Ugh. So, they had to be re-ordered.

Three weeks go by. Nothng. I call. Miraculously we get a call back in two days that they are ready. We schedule the date. We clean everything out- and they call again to cancel because the installer is sick. Great. Normally I am very understanding about this kind of stuff, but in this case, I was just ticked off. Mostly because it's already getting cold here, and I wanted to ge them in before we had to have gaping holes in the walls for a few hours during installation. Making it worse, Chris is scheduled to be out of town a lot over the next 2 months, and there was  no way I was having it done without him here. So, I called and gave them the ultimatum- have it done by this day or cancel the contract. Well, that got results! So, Before:

And after:

 We're not crazy about the new ones over the sink. The casings are too wide. We both think they look cheap- which they weren't! We have three other windows like this in the house- 2 in the laundry and one in the boys room. However, when we do replace them, they will three double hungs, just like the other new ones in the kitchen.
 This hole was open for a few hours, I was freezing!
 We eliminated the bow, because we want the outside of the hosue to be a little more uniform. It was the only bowed window.
Oh, and here's the kicker... The windows above are STILL incorrect. These are called 6 over 1- see the mullions? They are supposed to be 2 over 1 to match the rest of the house. They've been re-ordered- but seriously...?? LOL.

Happy fall.

Oct 2, 2010

Fall/Winter Twigs & Feathers Zine is Here!

Our second issue is now available. It spans from Halloween:

to Thanksgiving:

to Christmas:

It's full of fun articles, projects for kids and adults, recipes, and creative holiday pages.

I would love to show you more, really I would, but then I'd give all of our lovely secrets away.  Please head on over to Lollishops or Etsy and and purchase yours today! Then slow down.  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy our efforts.

Hugs- Lee