Saturday, January 22, 2011

Button Love

I'm a button freak. I love vintage porcelain and abalone buttons. They're all over the house.
I have some framed, like these gorgeous calico petticoat treasures.

I have some in jars on the windowsill...

some in a wood bowl...

and some in a ceramic bowl...

and some have found they're way into this pink milk glass pedestal dish along with a string of pearls.
mmmmm pink milk glass ( but more on that another day ).

isn't this a shame? I'm going to have find a prettier home for the rest.

Once while out on a treasure hunt with my young daughter, we came across a display where the vender was asking about 10 cents each for some sweet little pearl buttons. She proudly exclaimed that if we sold all our buttons we'd be millionaires.
"But then we would have them any more!" I said. :-)

Tell me, do you have a special collection that you wouldn't part with, even for a million dollars?  

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I'ts cold and snowy and grey, but there's still beauty in the garden...

 and out on a winter walk at Point Pelee Provincial Park. Past the picnic area,

down a trail,

to the water's edge. Brrr...

And then, Mother Nature surprises with a burst of colour...

Oh, and the Peacock that visited Vintage Gal last week came back to the neighborhood. What a surprise to look out the window expecting the same serene, snow covered scene, to see this rather large creature roamng around.

I love the snow. The way it makes everything clean and bright. The way sound softens. How good a hot cup of tea tastes after a long walk outside. 

What do you like most about Winter?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

chocolate loves peanut butter

My Mike says " I wish cookies were good for you"
That would make him feel better about eating about 24 of them in 3 days. Bless his heart.

The Way to a Man's Heart:

cream together:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter ( my Mike likes chunky )

2 eggs

sift together
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, then stir in
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips 

 I never measure chocolate and don't tell anybody but I really used a bunny left over from last easter. What? chocolate doesn't go bad...

drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 9 or 10 minutes

P.S. what do you call your boyfriend that lives with you when you're 46 years old?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stylish Dress Book - Japanese Sewing

I ordered this pattern book from Pomadour's Craft Cafe.  

It's full of fabulous patterns. 

It's all written in Japanese,

and they come printed all on top of each other like this...

You need to find and trace your pattern peices out on
paper or non-woven pattern tracing material ( my favourite because you can easily see through it and it sticks to your fabric a bit eliminating the need for pins ).

These are the instuctions " how to make" of the blouse I did. Lucky that the patterns are all pretty elementary so construction wasn't difficult to figure out.

I used a cotten voile that I had and some vintage buttons.

I love it.
Even though it short sleeved, I've been wearing it with a grey wool sweater.
It cost about $6.00. Not bad, huh?

Monday, January 3, 2011

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and that your new year is off to a great start! I had hoped to be able to post during the holiday but I got carried away with the hustle and bustle and all the coming and going around here. I was lucky to have my Mom come and stay for the week and the kids were home from school too. 
Look what Santa left for me :-)

Yippee Skippy!
I have a lot to learn.

As much as I love the holidays and being surrounded by family and friends I'm looking forward to quietly settling in to the new year.  January makes me want to nest, cocoon, hibernate. Today I sewed a zippy wallet and a gathered clutch.

there's a credit card holder ( which I modified from the instructions to include 3 pockets holding the cards on end ) and a divider and there's room for the little wallet.

I need a camera case now, so that will be my next project. If you know of a good pattern or tutorial please let me know. 
See you soon, K