Sunday, September 29, 2013

Treasury Thanks

Each week I like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the curators who have featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage during the past week.

Pamela Bates of BatesMercantileCo featured my vintage 75th Anniversary Fenton pitcher in her treasury, It Will Get Better,  This Grow Love print from Pam's shop is an inspiring image full of hope and encouragement.

Edi Royer of memoriesforlifesb featured my Fall leaves oven mitts in her pretty Fall treasury, The Colors of Fall.  These handmade wood stacking rings, new in Edi's shop, would be a fun accessory for Fall.

Sarah Beth of MagnoliaSurprise also featured my Fall leaves oven mitts in her treasury, Hooray for Fall.  These pretty crocheted pumpkin coasters would be a fun way to brighten up your day on a chilly Fall morning.

Desiree Meany of DesDoesVintage featured my grandmother's cameo brooch from my vintage shop, Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in her treasury, Golden Age Debut.  My grandmother (the real Aunt Pheba) loved pretty things.  These lovely Myott Staffordshire dishes would have warranted a special spot in her china closet.

Thanks, again!
Enjoy what's left of the weekend.  It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood here in sunny Nebraska.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday Slim Down Report - Minus Two Bowling Balls

It's Day 82 of the Nature's Sunshine 90-Day Slim Down Challenge, and I am happy to report that I lost 2.4 pounds this week for a total loss of 31.0 pounds -- that's TWO bowling balls!  Good riddance to that extra baggage!

I am on the home stretch now with the Slim Down Challenge - only 8 more days to go.  But I will continue my weight loss efforts after the challenge until I reach a healthy weight.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and today I am featuring Custom Orders. I'm happy to report that I've been doing a LOT of custom work lately.

A couple of weeks ago I completed several sets of custom oven mitts with matching dish towels.
Here's a sample from that batch:

My customer was quite happy.  Here's her feedback note:

The oven mitts came. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO---- this week she's ordered 9 more mitts with 9 more matching towels, all with special order holiday fabrics!   Here's a sampling of some of the pretty fabrics that are on their way to NE:

Holiday Frost 

Vintage Modern - Ribbons on Red

Pippa - Red Damask

It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas in my sewing studio!!  (Check my Christmas Countdown widget at the bottom of this blog to see how many days until Christmas.)  Time to bring out my studio elf!

Meanwhile -- Halloween is just around the corner.  Granddaughter Erin will be coming over Wednesday evening to help me with some bibs and buntings and Halloween treat bags.  And I have two more custom orders pending. . ..    

I am SO grateful to be busy!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Treasury Thanks

I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to each of the curators who featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, over the past week.

Kathy O from Kathy O's Jewelry Design featured my navy chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Mitts, Mittens and Gloves! Oh, My!  

I just love these wire worked earrings from Kathy's shop!

I want to especially thank Ayla of Eyelah for a double feature in her September BBArtisans treasury!  Ayla featured both my aqua chevron oven mitt and a vintage 1930s starburst brooch in her beautiful treasury featuring blues, browns and golds.  This pleated zipper pouch in robins egg blue by Eyelah would feel right at home in Ayla's treasury

Rose of randomcreative featured my gray chevron oven mitt in her treasury, September Is Perfect for Gray and Green.  This pretty button charm bracelet in green would be a perfect accessory for any season.

Natashal of StalkingTheWildSnark featured one of my fabric-covered journals in her treasury, Rainy Days. These seafoam nautical knot earrings would brighten even a rainy day.

Antiquity Travelers featured my red and gold accent pillow in a very colorful treasury, Fall on Fire,  These beautiful ombre earrings in coral would add a little sizzle to a casual Fall outfit.

Deb Baroff of storybeader featured one of my fabric-covered journals in her treasury, Traveling Lite.  This pretty blue and brown journal  by storybeader would be perfect for keeping a travel diary. 

Thanks for stopping by!  


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Slim Down Report

It's Day 75 of the 90-Day Nature's Sunshine Slim-Down Challenge.  Over the past week I lost 1.2 pounds for a total loss of 28.6 pounds -- almost two bowling balls.

In the final 15 days, I hope to step up my exercise efforts and drink more green juice (gag!!) with the hope of losing 30 pounds or more at the end of the 90-day challenge.

My cousin Jeannie, who has been with Nature's Sunshine for many years, has been my patient coach through this ordeal.  She keeps asking if I have adjusted to a "new normal." Uhh--sorry, but NO!  I like my walks, but there are days when I REALLY crave a cheeseburger, or nachos, or ice cream.   I hate green juice, and I'm not convinced the juice without fiber is the way to go long-term.   And the vitamin A in all those dark green veggies I am juicing is fat soluble---so the body can't utilize most of those nutrients unless there is some fat in the diet.  

I do intend to stay on a diet after the 90 days.  I will occasionally drink green juice, and I will use Nature's Sunshine powdered high protein meal replacements as an on-the-go meal to keep me from grabbing fast food.  I will definitely use the Stixated fruit-flavored drink powder as an appetite suppressant between meals. I will stay off the Diet Coke, and avoid fast food and processed carbohydrates and strictly limit sugar intake. I'll eat high protein Greek yogurt instead of the cheaper sweetened kind.  But I will allow myself to eat fish and salads and fruit as "real food" sources of protein and vitamins along with an occasional slice of whole grain bread or pasta...but not for another 15 days!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pouring Over A Pretty Pitcher

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and today I'm featuring a pretty Fenton 75th Anniversary Hand Painted Pitcher, available in my vintage Etsy shop, Aunt Pheba's Vintage.

This beautiful hand painted spruce green pitcher was created especially for the Fenton Art Glass Company's 75th Anniversary in 1980. This exquisite piece has beautifully painted floral designs, autographed by the painter, Linda Enerson.  (I am not sure of the last name, but I am not in a position to criticize anyone for their signature!)  

The base depicts the 75th Anniversary logo, and is signed by Bill Fenton. The original sticker with the Fenton logo is attached near the unique swirled glass handle.


This piece stands approximately 6.75 inches high.

Fenton Art Glass went on to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2005. Fourth-generation Fenton family members worked with skilled glassworkers and decorators to create beautiful, handmade art glass in Williamstown, West Virginia. Sadly, the company ceased traditional glassmaking in 2011, making this piece a true collector's item.

This pitcher would be a lovely accent for shabby chic or cottage chic home décor, or to used as a vase to hold fresh flowers.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Treasury Thanks

In this post, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage during the past week.  This week, thanks to a helpful blog post from Sian of Jane's Apple, I'm including images of the treasuries.  (I apologize for the image overlap for the first treasury  I'm not clever enough to fix that one without some coaching, I'm afraid.)


Amanda from In Stitches Crocheted featured my red and green chevron oven mitt in her Christmas-themed treasury, Christmas.  Yes, Christmas is only 100 days away! Yikes!!  (You can check my Christmas Countdown widget at the bottom of my blog.)


'Christmas' by InStitchesCrocheted

Christmas modern country style.

Personalized Knitted Christmas Stockings Red Green White - eugenie2
Personalized Knitte...
GreatStitch Family Picture Christmas Pajamas Jammies PJs 4 PAIR - GreatStitch
GreatStitch Family ...
Holiday Wreath - Merry Christmas Wishes for Holiday Door, Primitive Berry Wreath Christmas Decoration - laurelsbylaurie
Holiday Wreath - Me...
Red Christmas Tree Topper - MoreThanColors
Red Christmas Tree ...
Holiday Coffee Mugs, Two Christmas Mugs, White with Red and Green Dots, Pair of  Ceramic Cups - NorthernTraders
Holiday Coffee Mugs...
Rustic Barn Wood Christmas Tree Handmade from Reclaimed Wood -  coutnry rustic Christmas decoration for home, barn, or gardening shed - SouvenirFarm
Rustic Barn Wood Ch...
Christmas Kitchen Towel - Applique and Handsewn - Perfect Hostess Gift - littldetails
Christmas Kitchen T...
MERRY CHRISTMAS Garland Holiday Banner, Rustic Kraft Vintage Inspired - LazyCaterpillar
Custom Personalized Yard Sign Christmas Green Circle - Wheredyougetthatflag
Custom Personalized...
6 Personalized hot cocoa stick Belgian chocolate company logo edible unique Christmas holiday stocking stuffer gingerbread man - FeteSetter
6 Personalized hot ...
Mini Christmas Countdown - doubledutydecor
Mini Christmas Coun...
Christmas Serving Platter - BirdEECreations
Christmas Serving P...
Christmas Tree Skirt - Mixed Multi-Panel-Holiday Decor- Trim A Tree-Polka Dots-Home Decor - TheSassyGator
Christmas Tree Skir...
Liquid Hand  Soap-Prim Shutter - CountryBumpkinBottle
Liquid Hand  Soap-P...
Oven Mitt - Red and Green Chevron - Christmas Oven Mitt - pasqueflower
Oven Mitt - Red and...
Womens Christmas Bracelet, Leather Bracelet, With 2 free lobster clasp charms, Womens Jewelry, Christmas Jewelry - UrbanSurvivalGearUSA
Womens Christmas Br...

Recipe Cards Personalized - Set of 12 - PikakePress
Recipe Cards Personaliz...
California Poppy: decor pottery handmade decor oval plate orange white green ON Sale - firecat
California Poppy: decor...
Faded Brick Red Linen Pillow Cover - ThePillowStudioShop
Faded Brick Red Linen P...
Big red heart magnet rustic cottage chic shabby chic poppy red scarlet gold - HandyHappyHearts
Big red heart magnet ru...
Three color Poppies Cheese Board - somewhereranch1
Three color Poppies Che...
Yellow and Gray Home Decor Botanical Prints - Bedroom Art Nursery Art - Poppies Yellow and Gray Silhouette Series - Set of three 8x10s - karimachal
Yellow and Gray Home De...
California Poppies State Flower - Embroidered Decorative Kitchen Linen Towel or Absorbent White Cotton Flour Sack Towel - EmbroideredbySue
California Poppies Stat...
The poppy hen cushion - CreateveDesign
The poppy hen cushion
Bird figurine handmade rustic gray linen sculpture handprinted Love You with red Rose - 5lovebirdsnest
Bird figurine handmade ...
Poppies Cushion Cover, Upcycled Tea Towel - 20ethCenturyGirl
Poppies Cushion Cover, ...
Flowers -Simply poppies paired with a square frame - NothingBudBlooms
Flowers -Simply poppies...
Oven Mitts - Poppies on Teal -  Gift for Foodie - Floral Oven Mitts - pasqueflower
Oven Mitts - Poppies on...
Lumbar Pillow Cover Barkcloth Shabby Floral Bouquet 12 x 20 - theCottageWorkroom
Lumbar Pillow Cover Bar...
Poppy Fall Thanksgiving Wreath - Orange with Berries - marigoldsdesigns
Poppy Fall Thanksgiving...
Van Ghoh 'Field of Poppies' Coaster Set - CassiesCoasterShop
Van Ghoh 'Field of ...
This pretty bouquet of roses box is one of my favorite items from Alena's shop:

Natashalh from StalkingTheWildSnark featured my red, white and blue chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Constitution Day:

     'Constitution Day' by natasha5887

Did you know Constitution Day is September 17?

Adult - Flag Day Vintage American Flag with Declaration of Independence and Constitution - Custom Painted TOMS Shoes - ibleedheART
Adult - Flag Day Vintag...
Oven Mitt - Red White and Blue Chevron - Patriotic Pot Holder - Gift Under 20 - pasqueflower
Oven Mitt - Red White a...
United States Bill Of Rights Ten Ammendments Constitution Patriotic American Art Pendant With Ball Chain Necklace Included - MissingPiecesStudio
United States Bill Of R...
Beaded Bracelet - Red and Blue by randomcreative on Etsy - randomcreative
Beaded Bracelet - Red a...
Ombre Earrings: with Bamboo Coral - AntiquityTravelers
Ombre Earrings: with Ba...
Rustic Hand Forged Copper Constitution Cuff - tinahdee
Rustic Hand Forged Copp...
Vintage American Flag Infinity Scarf Tattered Patriotic  July 4th Scarves Red White and Blue Infinity Flag Scarf Wear - ThreeBirdNest
Vintage American Flag I...
Multi Strand Blue Bead and Silver Heart Necklace - WatchandWares
Multi Strand Blue Bead ...
Premier Navy Anchors pillow cover One 16" x 16" cushion covers navy blue and white throw pillow covers nautical beach decor - ThePillowPeople
Premier Navy Anchors pi...
We the People - Weathered United States Constitution Pendant or Tie Tack made from an Upcycled Scrabble Tile (102C1) - spiffycool
We the People - Weather...
Handmade wire wrapped, stackable bangle with white quartz - WyKnotShoppe
Handmade wire wrapped, ...
Anchor Wooden Cuff Links - memoriesforlifesb
Anchor Wooden Cuff Link...
Caterpillar Bracelet - Turquoise and Red Swarovski Accented Beadwoven No-No Bracelet - Southwest Dreams READY TO SHIP - BeadedTail
Caterpillar Bracelet - ...
Lace scarf cobalt blue scarf shawl triangle scarf - womann
Lace scarf cobalt blue ...
Vintage american flag, 4th of July headband, red white and blue headband, baby headband, toddler headband, infant headband, adult headband. - MyLilSweetieBoutique
Vintage american flag, ...
Red Rhinestone Earrings - antique brass, vintage inspired, estate style, oval, old hollywood glamour - OhNostalgiaDesigns
Red Rhinestone Earrings...
These beautiful blue beach glass earrings from Natasha's shop are right on trend.  One of Pantone's Spring 2014 top colors is Dazzling Blue:

Sharla from Beaded Tail featured my owl fabric covered notebook in her fun treasury, Enjoy Late Summer Flowers and a Sunpuddle with a Kitty or Two!

  'Enjoy Late Summer Flowers and Sunpuddles with a Kitty or Two!' by BeadedTail

Summer is lingering here in the Pacific Northwest so my two kitties are enjoying the sunpuddles!  Hope you do too!

Lovely Kitten Zipper Quilted  Purse (Brown), Small Coin Purse, Zipper Purse - MadeBySiam
Lovely Kitten Zipper Qu...
Shabby Chic Laundry Bag. Lingerie Bag. Large. Roses and Gingham. Picnic - PeriDotbyDuni
Shabby Chic Laundry Bag...
White Blossoms in a Pink Garden Mini Blank Book, doodle - sketch - collage - write - MisterPenQuin
White Blossoms in a Pin...
The Love Cats Folk Art Digital Print - KilkennycatArt
The Love Cats Folk Art ...
Beaded Cuff Bracelet - Orange Yellow Red Pink Summer Vivid Bright by randomcreative on Etsy - randomcreative
Beaded Cuff Bracelet - ...
Sunflower Coasters, Set of Four, Crochet Flower Coasters, Summertime Decor, Gold and Rust, Ready to Ship - MagnoliaSurprise
Sunflower Coasters, Set...
Ceramic Calico Cat Earrings - sosim
Ceramic Calico Cat Earr...
The Season Of Singing -Angels of Faith Doll - ByNanasHands
The Season Of Singing -...
Journal - Fabric Covered Notebook  - Owls - Diary - Back to School - pasqueflower
Journal - Fabric Covere...
Earring: Citrine Briolettes - AntiquityTravelers
Earring: Citrine Briole...
Wood Plant Stakes - heartfeltByRobin
Wood Plant Stakes
Pleated Pouch/ Zipper Pouch/ Peach Pink Pouch/Wallet/Gift for Women/Flowers/Birds/Blue - Eyelah
Pleated Pouch/ Zipper P...
Here comes the sun little kitty art print - ACatLikeCuriosity
Here comes the sun litt...
Persian Kitten Stationary and Cards - Digital Download - Persian Cat Photos - Gifts for Cat Lovers - Printable Cat Stationary - denisebruchman
Persian Kitten Stationa...
Summer Flower Garden Pillow (Cottage Style) - PillowCottage
Summer Flower Garden Pi...
Reversible Fabric Coaster Set - Cats on Black - PruittCreations
Reversible Fabric Coast...
This Eat-Play-Love cat journal is kitty friendly -- and purple!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!