Gardening, cooking, crafting and being Nannie

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I won, I won A print from Vanessa

This lovely print from Vanessa

from A Fanciful Twist

She also included some other goodies.

If you have never ordered from here do,

the paper is excellent quality.

I am going to order some other things.

Thank you Vanessa.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I'm taking part in Casey's collections blog tour.

I have several collections but I won't share all of them with you. Too many (maybe we can do this again?) I collect books, books and more books. Today I'll share some of my cookbooks with you.

I scrapbook so I have loads of supplies for that. So to scrapbook you need loads of pictures. I take lots of pictures. I guess I'm the keeper of our family history. I have many of the family photos. I have a lot of books on scrapbooking, photography and many other subjects. I like to sew so have books for that. (I have books for knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, etc.)

I have this thing for ribbon and fibers. I save ribbon from pkgs, too. I use the ribbon on scrapbook pages and cards.

I love stamping, too. And chipboard.

Years ago I started collecting dishware, glasses, etc. My mom gave me my grandfather's silver.

My mother gave me these dishes that were my grandmother's. My mom thinks she got them from a movie theater as a giveaway in the 1940s. I love having things that were my grandparent's.

I collect newer dishes, too. Years ago when I worked at Penney's they had sets of Phaltzgraf on sale so I bought 2 boxes. When we go to Pigeon Forge I try to go to the outlet store and get more pieces for my Yorktowne pattern. The bowl in the background isn't the same pattern but I like to use other bowls and things, too.

This was my mother-in-laws. Everytime we went to her house and I helped her cook I would get this bowl out to serve something in. It's one of the few things I asked my sisters-in-law if I could have after my mil passed.

I collect luncheon plates. I just have a couple sets of these but would love to find more of them.

I love Pyrex. There is just something about these little containers with lids that I love. The other day we were at the flea market and I found the little green dish for $2. I do use some of the Pyrex but found out the hard way it does not like going in the dishwasher. So now I hand wash them.

I keep my Pyrex in a cabinet with glass doors along with bowls I used daily.

A few years ago we remodeled out kitchen and dining room and I wanted some built in cabinets to display dishes and my cookbooks. I keep the dishes I use every day in here as well as things I have collected. This is the same cabinets as we had installed in the kitchen.

I'm addicted to cookbooks, booklets, pamphlets that went with appliances, etc. I even have somethings I got while in home ec in high school so they are vintage now.
I love to find vintage cookbooks. I do use a lot of my cookbooks often. And I like reading cookbooks.

I had to have this booklet since it was published in 1953 (the year I was born).

Had to have this one too because of the retro pictures in it.

I collect some cooking magazines too. My favorites are Taste of the South (I am a southern girl), Taste of Home, Cook's Country, Paula Deen's, and Food Networks. Yes I really do try recipes from them. I got this book of cupcakes from my book club.

and made lemon cupcakes from a recipe included.

I'm making a handwritten cookbook for my granddaughter. I include recipes I've tried that she loves and things that I make without a recipe that are her favorites. I've tried to write out how I made things like the "Good Soup" and the chicken pot pie she loves.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Where I create

I create in three places. First is my garden. We have 10 acres in the country and I have a hubby who is good about making flower beds for me.

I love so many flowers.

Then there is my kitchen. I have to admit I don't always love cooking, but I get in moods where I love to be in the kitchen. My granddaughter and I make gingerbread cookies every year at Christmas. She loves to make cupcakes-just chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

Then there is my craft room. With all my crafting books and magazines, scrapbooking supplies, cross stitch, quilting, mixed media, etc, etc.

Some scrapbook pages.

Memory board and window topper I made.

Some day I want to take down the last of that 70s paneling in our upstairs and put up sheetrock then paint this room. But for now this is what I have. At least I do have a space to call my own. My granddaughter loves to find things for projects in here. Especially for stuffies.

The other place I create is anywhere I can take my camera. I love photography and am always taking pictures.

I have to tell you I used some older pictures of my craft room and the table is not that messy now:). I had been sorting (seems like sorting through what I have is a favorite thing to do).