"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Ephemera Give-Away!

"Saying Goodbye to 2011" Ephemera Give-Away! If you like working with paper in any capcacity, this give-away's for you!

I've stuffed a 10.5 x 15 inch envelope with all kinds of new and vintage paper goodies.

Do you like Mary Engelbreit? How about paper dolls? They're in here.

Lots of old and new stickers, including some from Debbie Mumm, vintage sheet music, old blank recipe cards, angel postcards, mini calendar from 1996, victorian images, scrapbook paper, old game cards and images from children's books are included.

There's also bottlecap magnets, photocopies of Cabinet Cards, a huge Get Well card with a picture of a baby holding a Scottie, 1 inch epoxy domes (to create your own bottlecap art), scraps, Bingo game card, old Christmas napkins, tags, and even a vintage "Baby Grows Up" Growing chart!

Fairy tale and little girl images, elves, and fairies....they're here too!

A page taken from an old book describing "The Model Housewife"....that's a FUN read....

Tattered and torn copies of the "Declaration of Independence" and "Proclamation of Emancipation".

If you've ever entered one of my Give-Aways, you know that I don't make anyone jump through hoops. All are welcome! Just leave a comment below, telling me you'd like to try and win. I know some of you have trouble commenting and you're invited too. Just email me at buckscountyfolkart@yahoo.com and I'll be sure to add your name.

This Give-Away will end Saturday, January 7, 2012. Just one week to enter!

Happy New Year filled with Scrumptiousness!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Citizens of Blog Land, Hear Me!

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, if you've never tried freecycling, you're missing out! Look at this huge box of secret treasures I got today - and it was just one of three!

Ironically, I was on the freecycle group to get rid of a few boxes and make more space. Then I saw an ad for vintage Christmas ornaments and well....I caved.

What was I supposed to do?! She'd gotten no takers and said if I didn't come pick them up, they'd be headed for the garbage! I couldn't sit back and let that happen!

I totally underestimated how much was being offered. One box was so big I literally had to drag it to my car...and giggled in spite of myself. Look at this mouse couple!

And these little spun cotton picks!

I bet these candle holders would look spooky painted black for Halloween.

So much sparkle!

There are about a dozen of these silver snowflakes. So pretty!

A handful of pretty gift-wrapped present picks....

And mounds of silver. There's even a jar of old glitter!

I found even more of these glass mercury beads after taking this picture.

I've never seen these before. Large silver tinsel picks. At first, I thought they were part of an old aluminum Christmas tree, but they look like old decorating picks. Very cool!

A huge box of bags....

And tons of wrapping paper. Remember, this was all saved from going into the landfills! And FREE!

This woman liked to entertain! I also found packages of vintage Christmas napkins, plates, and cups. I'm thinking the napkins would make fun additions to art and junk journaling....and ephemera swaps.

I found these paper coasters too, also something I'd never seen before.

A crafter's dream - all different sizes and textures of bows and ribbons.

Check out this extra-wide, velvety ribbon. That color reminds me of the 1980's.

I even found this 1982 Papa Smurf Bow!

Of course, there are lots of stickers!

These are old Eureka Santa stickers. (I don't know why the computer doesn't rotate these next 2 pictures like it's supposed to).

This is a really cute Get Well Elf Book and Desert pack.

And probably my favorite of all - an entire bag overflowing with 1960s-1980s Christmas magazines! And this is only half of them. Mom took a bunch!

What I love about freecycling is everybody makes out on it. The people offering are thrilled to get rid of their unwanted items, while the people receiving are thrilled to get stuff for free. We're also saving perfectly good things from getting thrown into the landfill. If we decide we no longer want it, we can donate it to charity or freecycle it again. Now that's pretty Green!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas To All

Wishing you a Christmas full of surprises!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Yes, I realize Halloween was almost two months ago, just hear me out!

The weekend before last, we planned to visit my friend, Beth, who lives in Jersey City. While visiting, we all head out to NYC to look at the store windows and just get in the Christmas mood. This year, while up in that area, Ted surprised me with a visit to The Sleepy Hollow Cemetary.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "A Christmas Carol" are my two favorite stories. If Ted was willing to bring me to New York for Sleepy Hollow, think he'll take me to England for Scrooge?!

It was the biggest, most beautiful cemetary I've ever seen.

Hills, trees, streams, old walkways and paths, and endless hidden nooks scattered throughout the cemetary.

Once, while visiting a Revolutionary time-period cemetary in Vermont, we met a young woman who studied old cemetaries and traveled searching for them. She told us that headstones originally were made to look like bedposts to resemble a person sleeping. And the person's hands were folded as if he was saying his nightly prayers.

Antique mausoleums dotted the grounds too. By now, most of the copper doors had turned to a green patina. There were also old cave-like dwellings with these cage doors protecting anyone from getting in......or were they trying to keep those from getting out??

I was surprised by some of the famous names who now use this cemetary as their eternal resting space.

The man who brought us here!

Meet the "Strange" family.

John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie are just two more "Big Wigs" buried here. This is Carnegie's gravesite. Rockefeller, no surprise, is farther up the hill in a mausoluem the size of a house.

A "mock" bridge created to help people picture poor Ichabod trying to get across to save himself from the Headless Horseman.

And in the center of town - this amazing piece of art.

While walking through this amazing cemetary, you could almost feel Washington Irving walking along side you, filled with inspiration and ideas for what would become an American Classic.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

My husband's grandmother, and Mary and Nic's great-grandmother passed away Wednesday night after 91 years on this Earth. As sorry as we are for her passing, we're also happy to know she's finally at peace. I can only imagine the amazing home-coming she received in Heaven from all those family and friends who passed long before.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Baking Christmas Cookies

Christmas carols playing on the radio and a warm kitchen filled with the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Eager little hands ready to help.

Oatmeal cookies, mint-chocolate-chip cookies, Ted's favorite peanut-butter cookies topped with candy kisses, gingerbread cookies made with Butterscotch pudding, and Butterfinger bars. That's about enough for today.

Three hours later and a kitchen sink piled high with dishes.

God Bless Us, Everyone.