Sunday, December 26, 2010

Duck, Duck, GOOSE EGGS!

Sunday mornings, for me, mean expectation! I begin thinking about it late Saturday night and into the few hours. What will I find at the flea market that will be new and different?

Voila! A basket of seven blown-out goose eggs! Eye candy! The largest is almost 4 inches long.

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Joy To The World

I have fallen in love with "paper" -- it's so much fun to work with! And glitter, of course. There is a velvet button at the center with a fan fold circle on a textured paper. I made the brown textured paper look like it was blanket stitched around the edge....and that's it! Happy Holidays to all!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Button, Button...Whose got the button?

The Crescent Button Club of Holyoke met yesterday at Piccadilly Pub in West Springfield for their annual Christmas Luncheon. It was wonderful and full of surprises. One button lover brought a box of wonderful buttons and we were free to pick from the box. I was lucky to get three buttons on a little card featuring a waistcoat image with the buttons attached. oh, so cute. Jan from Maine was a pleasure to meet. She's a quilter -- and we all know that quilters are the best people to know. And she came all the way from Maine to be present at the luncheon. I brought two crafted things and they were won by a couple of lucky ladies. We all brought 24 cards, one for each member. So we all went home with 24 or so cards to open at home. What fun. And I can use those cards in my craft projects which really was great. There were homemade cookie presents, homemade salty snacks, a package that contained a package of Kleenex, a pencil, just what you need when you are out at the flea market on Sunday mornings and the temperature is close to freezing and your nose starts running. They thought of everything. A tin of candy -- I won't be eating that but I know several friends who will enjoy it. Lunch was delicious and the service was great. I highly recommend this restaurant. Stop in during the holidays and say hello.

I can't wait until next year. Thank you, Button Club for a wonderful time.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Okay, are you like me? Are you talking to yourself and saying, "I've made way too much food for Thanksgiving." Yikes....what was I thinking. I'm feeding 4 adults and 2 children ages 12 and 9. Here's my menu...let me know if you think I've gone a little crazy...a 9 pound roasted turkey breast, oyster dressing, cranberry and cherry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, yams, ambrosia, green salad, green bean casserole with French fried onion rings, and carmelized onions, oh my. Rolls and butter. Then I made a small cheesecake, a big spice cake and oh, I forgot about the huge apple pie that I put in the freezer for Thanksgiving. Got to have vanilla ice cream with the pie, right?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jessie and Jacob came for a visit!

Jessie and Jacob were at our house for two days...and it was fun-filled. Jessie learned to sew on my Janome sewing machine. This is her first sewing project and I couldn't be more proud of her. She cut the squares, selected the ones she thought looked good together and then sewed them on the sewing machine. The best part about my Janome is you can regulate the speed. I had it on the slowest, which was a very good place for a beginner. Jessie is 9 and was in total control of this project.
Jacob, our grandson, is 12 and he was delighted with himself as he learned to play the piano with two hands. It isn't easy but he did a wonderful job. I can't wait for him to return so he can bang out this duet with his sister, Jessie. It was a blast.

The only bad thing that happened -- a large shopping bag of halloween candy was on the floor and our dog Boomer had himself several lollipops, two bags of malted milk balls, a Hershey bar and more! And yes, he threw the "paper" and the "chocolate" up two days later. Lovely!

And then today, Boomer had himself a salami on rye with potato chips, when we weren't looking! He has been a very bad boy! But we still love him.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday Evening is Craft Night in Northampton!

I signed up, along with my friend Kathleen, to take a 6-week, 2-hours each week, class at an adorable shop called "Sticks & Bricks". Check them out at Two young lawyers, Jen and Laurie, who just love to make something out of nothing, got together and started this craft night in this shop. They did a great job. Very well organized with lots of crafting material to choose from. Jen's little one showed up at the side door last night to say "Hi" along with her hubby, of course. And Laurie is going to have twins in March. Wow! Crafting for her will no doubt be put on hold! But back to the evening of crafting. There were 6 of us. We created one-of-a-kind glass trays made from our own original paper designs and/or fabric. I loved the Maritime Nautical maps that were fabulous looking. They worked great on the tiles (coasters) as well. Next week we finish up these projects and move on to something else! Can't wait. Fun...with very nice people. Did I say there was wine and donuts? My two favorite things! Next week I'll take some pictures.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

May I recommend this Have you ever thought about taking one of your designs and having it made into a yard of fabric? Plus they have contests and they give terrific prizes like free fat quarters!! Visit them. You won't be sorry!!!!!

This is one design that is available. Isn't it the cutest?

Friday, September 3, 2010

August Brings Grandchildren! What a treat!!!

Jessie (left), age 9, Nikki (center), age 23, and Jacob (right), age 12. Our grandchildren came to visit us a few weeks ago and what fun we had.

We went to an amazing exhibit at the Springfield Quadrangle Museum featuring LEGOS. Take a look at this...

So creative and life-size Lego sculptures -- amazing!
I can't look at Legos without thinking about these! Nathan Sawaya is a genius. If you are in the Springfield, Mass area, you must check him out.

And of course, while you are there, sit with Dr. Suess and the Cat in the Hat!

Jacob was having a great time!
What is August without a day at "Six Flags"...we had a blast!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Love to make these!

I've finally found a way to use all my finds at the flea market...crystals, ephemera, German scraps, vintage netting, vintage flowers, maps! Even a dentist mirror. You'll never guess what they are made out of...toilet paper roll. By sewing the bottom of the roll you end up with a pocket of sorts, ready to be decorated with antique and vintage stuff. Gluing and painting and rubber name it...I've done it. There's only one problem....when you run out of TP rolls, you have to wait until another comes along before you can create! I'm at that point, right now.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bummed out all day until now!

I've been bummed out all day! Couldn't focus on work! Then it rained! Then it poured! I closed all the windows but not before everything got wet. Then I said to myself..."you have to get that job done" so I came up to my office. Then the door opened. Burt had a box that came in the mail. Before I even saw who it was from...I knew! I knew because yesterday I bought something for my friend Sheila's mother, Lorna. I was thinking about both of them. Well, I just opened it and I'm so happy. Such clever women! They made the cutest flowers out of old muffin tins that I sent them some months ago. And they are displayed in a flower "box"...which I absolutely love. I'm so happy. Thank you Sheila. Thank you Lorna....and one of these days we will be sitting together doing a "happy craft" together. The antique bottle of glitter sitting in front of your flower box has ribbons that you sent me wrapped around the neck.

Okay, now I really have to get back to work. But now I feel like it! Thanks again. You are the best!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

1903 Farmer's Almanac with Dolly Head

Would you believe that the little pocket that my antique doll is in is a toilet paper roll? Well it is! I stitched up the bottom of the roll; painted it, glued antique Farmer's Almanac graphics, added some mother of pearl buttons, set my sweet little "found in the earth" doll head (but first I dressed her in an antique lace sleeve from my stash of lace), added a vintage chenille pipe cleaner to hang and voila.....that's all she wrote!

Hope you like her! I do!!!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Three Generations

You can discover the most wonderful information on the back of your family photos. My grandmother, pictured above center, always wrote on her photographs. They meant a lot to her. She wrote, Lois Faunneal, 2 years old, on the back of this photo. Lois Faunneal was my mother. I thought her middle name was spelled with one L and only recently discovered the correct spelling. The ghost-like image to the right is my grandmother's mother when she was young.
My mother was born on May 15, 1922. My grandmother never talked about Cates, Indiana where she lived as a child. This, too, I just discovered. Collage is a great way to preserve family memories. 4" x 6" on masonite board. judy kahooti 2010

Estate Sale - 10-5 Saturday & Sunday. Burt said, "Did you see the sign?" I said, "Of Course!" There were several other tag sales in my neighborhood that began a little earlier so I stopped at those first. I managed to get to the estate sale about 9:50. It was odd that there wasn't a string of parked cars waiting for the house to open. But instead, there were some items on the driveway and no one in sight. I decided to stop. After looking around for a few minutes an older woman, dressed in a fourth of July outfit came out and said "Hello" in a big voice. She looked like my grandmother did in the 60's. Her name was Donna.She was from Asheville, NC; a real estate broker, had a charter fishing boat in the virgin islands for 9 years and she loved to spend her days making homemade preserves. My grandmother spent a lot of her time making preserves! Her name was Bernice. Donna also loves to make jewelry and of course I told her I had owned a bead store in Chicago in the early 70's. I noticed some mercury glass bead garland on the blanket. How much are these? I said. "Make me an offer!" Well, how about $1.00. She said fine. Then I noticed two more on another display that she had. "I'll take these, too" I couldn't take my eyes off the peach preserves that she had just made. They were still warm. "I don't suppose you make your preserves without sugar!" "I can and I will make you some!" After a short discussion we are going to trade preserves for beads. As I was walking to my car she yelled, "Do you like Tomato Jam?" I nearly flipped did she know that was my all-time favorite and you can't find it in any supermarket. My grandmother made it in the summer back in Indiana.

We said our goodby's and decided we were kindred spirits and no doubt will be seeing each other again very soon.
July 3, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sundays are my favorite days

I pulled into the parking lot at 7am. Checking out the outside vendors first. Where's Gino? There he is. I'm happy. He always has neat, interesting and weird things for sale. Hidden behind something, I found an old Atlas with great old maps USA and World. "$1.00 please," he said. Then inside because Ed found me outside and said he had some new antique linens I should look at. Sure enough, he had some dandies. My favorite was a tablecloth and napkins with the tinest cross stitch designs in multi colors. It's beautiful and in perfect condition. It will go on ebay this week. But then, hallelujah. There was two boxes of antique lace that has been sitting in a booth (closed - no one knew where the guy was!) And I've been admiring this lace, from a distance for at least 3 months. Well, today I was in a booth and off to the side was .... two boxes of antique lace. It looked like the same 2 boxes that I've been looking lusting over. IT WAS! I bought them. I spent all day yesterday soaking, washing by hand, ironing and admiring all the pieces of lace. Mid 1800's I would guess. Outstanding. pure heaven.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lunch with a Friend in Paradise

Yesterday I was invited to Mina's home in North Amherst. When I pulled into her driveway I knew that it was going to be a special day. Gardens everywhere. Flowers, vegetables, bird feeders, fountains. The view was spectacular. The weather was perfect. 68 degrees with a cool breeze. We drank some wine, enjoyed crab cakes, sliced tomatoes with fresh basil, shrimp, and olives. Chips and dip from Whole Foods. Yummy! We talked. Laughed. The afternoon flew by. Thank you for a wonderful afternoon. The photo was inspired by the white glass vase and fresh flowers from her garden. I added my antique MOP buttons, a red bird, some bird eggs, music and a hand-written envelope. It was my thank you card to Mina.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Another exciting collage project!

Sometimes my flea market finds end up on my drawing table in my studio. They lay among the paint, rubber stamps, sheet music, old photos and other stuff. This beautiful mother of pearl cake server was one of those finds. It kept popping up. I didn't know why it was there among my art stuff. But then, a light bulb moment....I'll collage it! And now it's hanging on my kitchen wall. Hope you like it!

Monday, May 31, 2010

A little lost girl

It all began with a piece of watercolor paper and a small photograph of a little girl. She looked lost to me. So many layers later...using inks, acrylic paint, zig zag on my sewing machine and rubber stamps....she's not lost anymore. She found a place next to me.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Saturday Afternoons - Craft Time!

Taking a small 6" x 6" x 1" book and gluing all the pages together - then cutting a rectangle on the top page so I could insert an antique brass frame with an old photo...once the inside was completed, it sat in my studio for days. The ideas just weren't coming. It usually takes a graphic paper that gets me started and that's what happened this afternoon. Then a ripped piece of music, a French page from an old book and I was ready to do the cover. When I found a card that my friend Sheila sent me, I knew "this was it!" The roses and the Eiffel Tower became my focal point. Then a little ink from several ink pads; some calico checks. The inside is very simple.

Daisy Bell was born.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Looking to get charmed???

My friend Angela has the most unbelievable collection of enamel charms from every country! And she sells them on ebay and on her own website,

Check it out! Make yourself a travel bracelet. Mine would have St. Thomas, Italy, England, Spain, Haiti, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, New Yoek, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and Arizona charms on it. Gees, I better get started!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Found on an outdoor table at the Flea Market!

Here's a sweet little felted wool - handmade - pin cushion. For me, finding two pin cushions on one Sunday morning is lucky. And that's what happened. The other was purchased by pickers in New Hampshire. They knock on people's doors - ask them if they have anything they would like to sell -- and that's how I got the antique strawberry pin cushion below. It's fantastic.Drop by the Pioneer Valley Flea Market, Route 5 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Every Sunday from 7am-4pm. You're sure to find some goodies!

Flea Market Fun!

Good Shopping Day Today! Silk Toile in black and white. French silk and very graphic. Love this design. It's on Ebay!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

1800's antique quilt -- oh my!

Sunday mornings don't get much better than this. Up at 6am and walking through the rows of dealers at the Route 47 Flea Market in Hadley, MA -- and there it was all folded up just waiting for me. This fabulous graphic handmade antique quilt probably dates to 1830's-1840's. The fabrics are so unique. Oh sure, it isn't perfect but at this age what is. I may do the repairs myself or just sell it on ebay as is. Someone is sure to love it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Great find at the flea market! Vintage flowers!!!

I only had an hour to shop at the local flea market yesterday. It's amazing how many wonderful things one can find in just an hour. The box of vintage corsages and silk flowers was the best. I love the box that they came in (it was just a great box with a transparent lid) but the flowers looked intriguing through that cellophane. Go to my ebay and check it out. Also, a fabulous pair of antique eye glasses, an antique folding ruler, a gorgeous Italian runner and three packages of papier mache mix. You never know when you are going to need papier mache mix, right?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's been a while...

Traveled to Chicago March 5-9. Lily Novak (center front) and her proud parents, Joe and Marylou (far left, far right) threw the most fabulous party with family and friends. Lily celebrated her bat mitzvah and she was the toast of the town. And it was her Dad's 50th birthday as well. Margie (center back) came from Savannah. We stayed with Lawry (wearing his White Sox jacket) and Carole (not pictured) -- in their new fabulous condo in downtown Highland Park, north of the city. What fun! Caryn Burstein (second from left) had some wonderful news. More on that later. Then on Sunday I dropped Margie off at O'Hare and drove to Plainfield, Illinois to see my brother Doug and his wonderful family. Had a great time at a nearby authentic Mexican restaurant and Monday night is mariachi band night -- they were great!

So what's with the Henderson's roses you ask? My friend Kathleen, my flea market buddy, let me borrow the collection of vintage flower prints she found and I scanned every last one of them into my computer. Hoping to use them in some digital artwork. They are all so beautiful. Stay tuned!!!