Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Blue skies over a pale prairie

While sorting through different fabric stacks, I came across a vintage piece of pale blue linen.
It is the perfect base for a project I have wanted to experiment with for a while.
~ a vintage inspired pocket pillow
I chose a gorgeous piece of spider web-like crochet for the pocket and added a cotton rosette with a mother of pearl button for the center.
A little drizzle of lace, ribbon and a pearl stick pin . . .

A pocket should hold some treasures right?
How about a nicely aged page from a vintage french book and a wedding cabinet card?

Or, you could tuck other meaningful treasures inside.
For a bride and groom, maybe their wedding invitation.
For a sweet newborn, maybe a birth announcement.

So pretty, like blue skies over a prairie field.
This darling is listed in my etsy shop here.

Wishing you blue skies today ~ prairie or not  ;)
xo's ~ Heidi

Monday, November 12, 2012

Love letters from the home front

The Patriot Girl, Rosalyn-Sue Smith had asked me to help her put together an art gathering to raise donations for Operation Stars and Stripes, a nonprofit organization supporting our troops overseas and their families here at home.
I have many family members and friends who have served or are currently serving in the military.  For Operation Stars and Stripes and the generous people of our great country to support the the men and women who put their lives in harm's way for our freedom is deeply appreciated.  In addition, Rosalyn-Sue is a very dear friend of mine.  I love her to the moon and back.
This year, the theme of Love Letters from The Homefront blossomed.
It is very important for people to feel connected with their families and home when they are in unfamiliar places doing extraordinary things. 
A simple letter is an incredibly meaningful token - for the hero overseas and for the loved ones here at home.
Rosalyn-Sue talked about the dying art of letter writing.
The handwritten notes, cards and letters are some of the simple things I treasure - I really am a nostalgic girl.
For the event, we had a champagne bar with various fruit juices and delicious fruit to add to your bubbly.
A few savory treats for our crafty guests.  Thank you to Jon and Walter at the Atlanta Marriott for your outstanding support with this event!
Our guests were surprised with some "souvenirs from the homefront".
Little nut cups filled with fortune charms, art supply goody packs, and more sweet treats, just to name a few. 
Our project for the evening was an heirloom quality love letter keeper made from dupioni silk.
We taught the ladies how to make various kinds of roses to adorn their keepers with.
In addition, there were gorgeous silk ribbons, beads, baubles and pre-made flowers to let fuel their imaginations.
It was such a fun night with new and old friends - lots of laughing and sharing memories.
To pause time, ever so briefly, and have these moments with girlfriends is a cherished thing.
More importantly, we collected generous donations to fill stockings for the men and women serving overseas so that they may have a piece of home this holiday season.
We will be hosting another art gathering next year to coincide with the Country Living fair.
If you are interested in attending, let us know!
Of course we will post details as the event draws near.
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day ~ xo's Heidi

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A day at the fair

I know.  It has been a while since I have blogged.
{hmm, crickets?}
It is not that I have forgotten all of you.  I have missed all of my sweet bloggy friends.
.  .  . just the varying seasons of life, you know.
I am not going to bore you with the details and junk - that would be like telling you my grocery list and sorting my laundry with you.  Not quite as fun.
There are so many good things percolating that I am excited to share with you.
Let's go to the good stuff.  :-)
Last month, I had the wonderful opportunity to help my friend, Rosalyn-Sue Smith of The Patriot Girl Files, with an artful fundraiser to help Operation Stars and Stripes support our troops serving overseas.
The day portion of the art event was taking everyone to shop at the Country Living Fair held in Stone Mountain Park.
All of these pics are from my camera phone so please pardon the quality, hehe.
Aren't these prize ribbons gorgeous?
The horse ribbon was bestowed in the 1950's.  I love the crisp black graphic on the time worn ivory button.
The pink McMaster and Storm one was from the $1 bin.
Yes, you heard me correctly. $1!!
Could we have dollar bins like that everyday?!
Both were purchased from Kara Garber of McMaster and Storm.
Kara has such a sweet spirit.  Her booth was filled with ephemera and vintage treasures.
I could have spent hours exploring the bins and nooks of fantastic finds.
There was plenty of holiday sparkle to be found.
What more could a girl ask for?
How about some yummy crochet lace too?!
I could have bought the whole box - every one more beautiful than the next.
Crates of vintage bottles - perfect for holding simple blooms or altering.
I loved these mannis with wings and crowns.
And, for my soul sisters who love shabby whites . . .
Could we cut and paste the whole display into our homes?
One of my favorite finds was this mother of pearl cross.
See that darling little toy phone?
For size comparison - the soap was a normal bar size and the ironstone behind it was a creamer.
Isn't it the cutest?
It almost went home with me - one of those pieces you still think about after the event.
Beautiful pillows of every sort.
It was a beautiful day spent with a wonderful group of ladies I adore.
Well sweets, that is all of the pics for now.
I will post more about the art event next!
xo's ~ Heidi