Friday, April 24, 2015

My 500th Post and a Giveaway Today Only!!

What an exciting ride this has been.  I can hardly believe that this is my 500th post.  When I started I really did not know what I was getting into but I would not trade it for anything.  I have made so many friendships with people I will probably never meet but feel like they are my bestest buddies.

So, go on this journey looking back with me.

I got to share my fantastic trip to Alaska with you,

and meeting one of my real live blogging buddies up there in that beautiful country.

You got to share my Saturday Treasures with me.

We went from season

to season sharing our decor.

You've seen my precious preemie great grandbabies grow into little girls...

And Laynee being the best big sister ever.

She is growing up so fast - will be four in June.

You've helped me remember our precious Landen who I know is showing John all the things to do in Heaven.

You've learned that 20 North Ora was my parent's homeplace and thus the name of my blog and Etsy.

You've learned alot about me - my love of old lace and vintage linens...

of Coca Cola...

my love of wreaths and

and more wreaths.

How I love old tarnished silver....

and clocks of all shapes and sizes.

That I have a constant companion in Bella...

and my precious granddaughter Tiffany, of whom I probably would not have made it thru the last year without.  God bless her and her giving heart.

You helped me celebrate my 46th wedding anniversary last August and the last one here on earth with my love.

I could never express to you all what your prayers and love have meant to me the last year and a half.  Losing John was probably the hardest day of my life but I do rejoice in the fact that he is healthy and in Heaven with his Heavenly Father and Landen also!

Thank you for what you all mean to me.

"Grief never ends...But it changes.  It's a passage, not a place to stay.  Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of is the price of LOVE."
Author Unknown

Now that we've gone on this sentimental journey, let's get to the giveaway.

I have made a mini Miss Begonia that I am going to giveaway on Saturday.  All you have to do is comment. This giveaway is for today only comments - Friday, 4/24/2015.

She stands approximately 18" tall and is covered in vintage trim just like Miss Begonia.  Although, she does not have as tiny a waist as Miss B.  

Thank you again for being so wonderful!



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 2 of My Fun Trip

OK, here is the second part of my excursion last week in Missouri.

The plastic shoe box is full of old buttons!!  Several beautiful doilies and embroidered pieces.

Love this sweet little basket marked Japan.

This gorgeous little box with lid has a compartmental inside.  Isn't that cute?

A cute little Japanese pitcher.

Don't know what this is but it is so pretty.  It has a cork in the bottom so my first thought was s&p shaker but the holes are on the side and are huge.

Any ideas??

Some silver pieces and beautiful blue ones.

Love this little box with lid and the windmill on top.

So, there is still more to come in the next few days.  When the rain moved in Neosha, we went to Joplin to one of my all-time favorite places to shop - Rangeline Antique Mall.  Those people are the sweetest and most accomodating clerks I have ever met.  I have never gotten home with anything broken.  They take such care to make sure everything is wrapped properly.  So, if you are ever in the area, be sure and stop by.

They are located at 3421 Range Line Road in Joplin.

Tomorrow will be my 500th post.  I am so thrilled that so many of you have become such treasured friends.  I can never repay your friendship and prayers during the last few years.  Just know that your friendship is highly treasured.

To celebrate, tomorrow ONLY all comments will be entered into a giveaway for a surprise. 

If you loved my Miss Begonia, you will love the giveaway tomorrow.  I promise!!

See ya tomorrow!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What A Fun Week I Have Had!!

I have been in Missouri visiting my sister Jeannie.  My other sister Rita and I go up for the annual CityWide Garage Sale each year and have our "Sisters' Weekend".  We always have such a good time.

But first, before we get to that - I have been making Mother's Day Memory pillows.  Check them out on my Etsy.

So, here they are:

#1 - SOLD

#2 - SOLD




and #6

They are 8" x 10" and are covered in vintage lace - all hand sewn on.  The doilies form a pocket in which I have put a reproduction of a Mother's Day card and a Mother and child photo.  You can insert personal items if you desire. 

Now, on to the garage sales -

You see several McCoy pieces - SCORE!!  The two round pieces that are identical - one is marked McCoy and the other is USA but they are identical.

I especially love these turned knives and butter knives.

Lots of pretty plates, vintage linens and of course, S&P Shakers.

Isn't this aqua and red vintage tablecloth precious?  It will certainly make some adorable pillows.  And the aqua dog is protecting it.

Look at the beautiful and delicate embroidery on this piece.

More dishes and a framed Counted Cross Stitch piece.

This was at one house we shopped at.  The lady said it was a Wisteria.  Isn't it gorgeous?  The only bad thing was that it was completely covered in big yellow and black bumble bees.

I also got this concrete piece for my flowerbeds.  And speaking of flowerbeds....

this is my new Columbine.  And can you believe that my Hosta has gone from this

to this in one week?

God does amazing work, doesn't He?

This is only about one third of my haul.  So, stay tuned for more and also a special announcement of a great giveaway in the next few days.



Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Mason Jar Banner Project

Would you like to make a new banner/bunting?  With the popularity of the Mason Jars, I made one which is very simple and quick to finish.
First, find an image of the jar and trace onto a fusible interfacing.  I use this one (below) because it is very heavy and stable.
I traced six jars onto the fusible interfacing and then bonded them to six pieces of fabric in the pink and green families.
Now, this sounds crazy, but it was the only way I could get the corrugated look I wanted.  Take a piece of cardboard and tear off one of the outer layers to reveal the corrugated cardboard.  It's not hard and you can scrape all of the little bits and pieces off.
Then, cut out your jars that are bonded and cut the corrugated cardboard into lids for the jars.
Hot glue the lids to the jars and the jars to a twill tape which is what I used.  You could use ribbon, yard, baker's twine, etc.
And there you have your garland.
I tried to use fabrics that kind of looked like something you would see in a canning jar.  Don't you think the green looks like pickles - maybe???


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