Baby Silverware

I have shown you treasures in my dining room that bring heart into my home, now I'd like to show you some more!

Baby silverware- 3 generations of forks and spoons that were lovingly used to feed strained squash, carrots, applesauce, peaches (the favorite) and green beans, (NOT a favorite!).

I am a saver, but I TRY not to keep items that are not used or displayed.

Display sweet baby silverware in a shadow box. This shadow box came with a photo mat on which I copied a vintage poem, "a child should always say what's true and speak when he is spoken to; and behave mannerly at table. At least when he is able". Hmmmm?

Craft Tip:
This shadow box is about an inch deep. I used a solid colored mat board, (available at your local framing department), for the back. I attached the silverware to the mat board by using the self stick velcro. Stick one side of the sticky velcro to the mat and the other side of the sticky velcro to the spoon/fork. Secure each utensil to the mat board by lining up the velcro. You could also glue pieces of ribbon to the mat board to secure the utensils.

My shadow box treasure hangs on my wall.

Blessings, Ele

Sweet Tweet Swap Sneak Peek!

Hosting the Sweet Tweet Swap has been a lot of fun! On June 5th, I will have links to all the swapper so that you can ooh and aah at all the great items! For now, a little sneak peek at the items I am mailing my partners! Embellishments include vintage jewelry, music, paper, birds, glass glitter, and millinery flowers.

I hope you are all having a good month of May!

Dining Room Update

Dining room makeover (almost) complete.

If you want to see what the formal dining room looked like before go here. I really did like the room before. I just felt a change was needed, and wanted it to coordinate with my sitting room here, (scroll down).
The items in my home are my treasures. My treasures are vintage, antique, almost new, and may only be beautiful to me, but they each have their own story.
When I redecorate, I incorporate my "treasures" into the design. Do you do this? Do you have things you LOVE and just have to make them part of the design, or do you start totally new? I can't start new. It's not me. Read on, and I'll share.
My seashells...
...fill the base of a very large glass vase. A reminder of wonderful vacations with Mr. Pink Heaven, and my children. Laughter, relaxation, love, and warmth are inside this vase.
The walls have been painted a soothing pale shade of blue and new white flowers top off the seashells. I reupholstered the chair backs in the same fabric as the sitting room couch. I actually haven't recovered the seat cushions yet. Because I like to mix and match, I am looking for a darker blue in the same hue as the walls. What to you think?
The antique chandelier (70 years old) from my husband's grandmother's living room. The stories of his childhood, hang from our dining room's ceiling.
A new mirrored dresser graces the corner, (yes, I said new), and a vintage picture gets a new coat of white paint.
On top of the dresser, I have displayed a Swedish Art Glass heart vase from someone I "heart", my favorite teapot, (picked out by my pink girl), and faux cuppies made by Shannon of Paint Mine Pink. Don't you love the reflection? Isn't the mirror with silver trim a great look against the blue?
More of my treasures include...
...vintage china plates from three grandmothers, a plate from the church where Mr. Pink Heaven and I were married (27 years ago), a few plates from friends, and a plate from the church I attended as a child, with my grandmother.

Remember the inspiration picture?
It received a fresh coat of white paint, (the original pic I took is a little washed out....geez!).

A new table runner with white embroidery brings in a little texture.

Vintage teacups.....
...that once belonged to two of my great aunts. They were Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded on the Midwestern prairie. I'm sure the teacups can tell many stories. Another treasure, a coffee pot painted by my husband's great aunt.
Three generations of vintage plates on my wall. A plate from my mother's first set of plates, a plate from my grandmother's dishes, and another from my great grandmother. Can you hear the families gathering around the table? Children laughing? Families praying? My great grandmother had 13 children. It's a miracle the bottom plate, which is hers, survived.

Now, I said my formal dining room was almost done. Besides the bottom chair cushions, I also need to sew drapes, curtains, and/or valances. I'm not sure what I want. Any suggestions? Take a look at the windows.
I really don't need to cover the windows, as I live out in the country. It doesn't matter to me if the cows look in, ha! The window on the left side of the room looks into the sun room. I'm sure there are many great ideas out there. Help me out!
Happy Mothers Day!
Blessings to all of you,

Sweet Tweet Swap Players

The Sweet Tweet Swap is full and partners have been assigned.
If you are in this swap, (players are listed at the bottom of this post), and did not receive an
e-mail PLEASE let me know.

These are the instructions for the swap players, (at the bottom of the post). I have had several questions from people who are not familiar with swaps, so I decided to post the instructions for all to read.

1. You have been assigned a swap partner. You will mail your partner a box of goodies, (bird, nest, Spring theme), and your partner will mail you a box of goodies! Boxes will be postmarked on or before May 20th.
  • In some swaps, you will not have the same partner. I prefer to pair up people because if you receive a package from someone, you will be more apt to make sure you mail that person a package back!
2. E-mail you partner. If they have a blog, visit. Ask your partner any questions that might help you decide what to send. What is your favorite color? What is your favorite decorating color? Do you have a specific style? The great thing about this theme is that anything with a bird/nest goes with ANY style.
3. This swap has to contain one handmade item, and one "sweet" item. The handmade item does not have to be made by you. The sweet item is your interpretation. It can by candy (ask your partner her favorite candy), or "sweet" as in really special (again, ask what they collect, or if they are an artist/crafter their favorite crafting supply). The swap is to have at least a $20.00 value.
4. This swap has a bird, nest, Spring theme (Sweet Tweet). All items you send your partner need to fit into this category. You need to send your partner at least two items (handmade and sweet), but can send more. It seems that the swap boxes I receive usually have at least 5 items in them. It is fun to get a variety of items even if they are small. As I was browsing a local store, I found many items that would fit this theme; cards, rubber stamps, dish cloths, wall plaques, twig nests, scrapbook paper, magnets, bird nick nacks, picture frames, ribbon (bird's make nests with this!), wrapping paper, robin eggs, stickers, little crafting birds, bird recipe cards, bird houses, and bird feeders . I searched lollishops and etsy and found bird's nest earrings, egg shaped soap, bird tags, felted birds, nest art prints, pennants, bird teacups, bird bookmarks, a sweet memory box with a bird on top, bird notecards, bird/nest banners, and more!
5. Wrap up some or all of your items. They can be wrapped in tissue paper/wrapping paper and ribbons. It's fun to get wrapping supplies you can recycle! Unwrapping your gifts adds to the excitement. Please include a little note with your gifts.
Look at this wonderful bird kit: for someone who is a crafter.
Remember ladies, if you have any questions, or need help, please e-mail me!