Saturday, February 28, 2009

My First Estate Sale and a little egg............

I have wanted to go to an estate sale and after
inspiration from Beth, I went today. Armed with
my newspaper and directions, I marched on. Since
I was short on time, I decided to go to two sales
that were about 1/2 mile apart. I did not have any
luck at the first sale, but I did at the second house.
My prize purchase today was this beautiful, old Singer
sewing machine. I started sewing about 22 years ago
and have desired an old machine to have out for display.
I have passed on several that I have seen at the antique
stores as the price tag was too high. So, today was my
day and the price tag was $5. The gentleman who sold
it to me said that it was his mom's machine and she was
born in 1920. I will cherish it!

I also mailed out my Easter Egghunt swap to Vivian.
We each made 2 eggs,Vivian will swap them out
and in April, we will post photos of the eggs we
received and the eggs we made and the hunt begins
to find the identity of the creators. I made this
pink egg for Vivian as a small thank you for hosting.

Have a lovely last day of February! Kana

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A glittered mess

I'm working on a few Easter swap projects and
just can't help but break out the glitter. I love
the pretty colors of, green, yellow,
blue, lilac and ahhhhh the beautiful teal!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

This apron has me thinking of............

SPRING! This is my oh so cute apron from the Amy Butler apron swap I participated in with Mommy Holly. My secret partner Suzie made this adorable halter style apron and the green and yellow Amy Butler fabric is so perfect for spring. The pink flower adds a nice accent and is removable.

Now only if the weather would just warm up to give us some green grass and yellow buttercups!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Weekend Road Trip......

I'm off for a quick adventure in Missouri to watch
my daughter dazzle at an indoor track meet.

She flies through the air pole vaulting and jumps
hurdles like a gazelle. No crafting for me this time,
but my eyes will be amazed with a different kind
of beauty! Have a great weekend. Kana

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One World One Heart.....I won this

beautiful bracelet from Maija, as part of the
One World One Heart giveaway. It arrived
in this pretty tin.

She made it in a class with Kristen Robinson and
it is even more pretty in person. My favorite
part is the felted "joy" heart. I rarely win anything,
so this is a treat. THANKS Maija!! I love it!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

I just love the pinks and reds of Valentine's
Day. All of this Valentine goodness is from
Sherry, in NY. She crocheted the hearts for this
pretty hanger. The altered candy box is just
how I like it, covered in glitter! She filled it with
laces and ribbons. The collage is beautiful and
reads "The Game of Love". Thank you Sherry
for everything!

This is the decorated candy box I made for
Sherry and filled it with Valentine goodies,
including a pretty rosy hankie.

I included a calendar, Valentine paper pad, altered
small journal, altered red heart, flowers, chipboard
and a chocolate bar.

I hope everyone is enjoying Valentine's Day. My husband
and I actually enjoyed Valentine's dinner last night at our
favorite Italian restuarant, Caesars. It was a lovely dinner
and we even got to hear the Dean Martin song "Thats Amore".
Just perfect!

Have a great day,


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Puppy Love arrives.......

Here's my puppy love tag book from Karla. She has done a fine job of hostessing! My book is just precious and notice the little pewter heart and yellow doggie on the ribbon. A big thanks to Christina Norvell, Stephanie Oyler, Brenda Romine, Tiffany, and Kathy Lowe. (the tag with the boy kissing the girl is mine). I love all of my tags and will treasure this for many Valentines to come! Thanks again to Karla.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

a little shopping...

It has been awhile since I have been to the antique district in Franklin, Tn.
I have been trying to be "good" in this "bad" economy, so I only picked up
a few small items. Vintage valentine cards are always so pretty and I wanted
to share the message in one of them. I also found a vintage metal shoe with a
pincushion in it. I may have to change out the pincushion, but the shoe is great.
I finally purchased a roll of vintage wallpaper trim to create with and a small
book to alter. Now that the fun is over, I am off to start dinner. Kana

Saturday, February 7, 2009 favorite color

I have been enjoying Kari's, A Year of Color. However, I don't think this is the proper use of the color purple and it is not too inspiring. My son caught a fingernail to his eyelid while playing basketball. Luckily, he was not seriously injured, just a little "beat up" looking. Here's hoping to a safe ending to his season.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Amy Butler apron

I just finished this apron for the Amy Butler
apron swap hosted by Holly. This apron is
headed to my secret partner in California.
She likes pink and green, so I hope she
will like this mixture of pretty Amy Butler fabrics.
I will share my apron when it arrives.

Now that I have finished all of my swaps and mailed is time to clean up a great big mess!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Puppy Love Tags

I am really getting in the Valentine mood with all of these
wonderful swaps. This one is Puppy Love hosted by Karla.
Her dog recently gave birth to 6 cute puppies.... so shall we
say that she was inspired by all of that puppy cuteness!
We were to design 6 tags which could have a puppy love
theme or any Valentine design. Karla will swap them out,
make a tag book with them and she has designed the cover
tag (she had ~ 60 participants). I can hardly wait to see mine!
Decorating the back of the tags was optional, but I was having so much fun that I decided to decorate both sides. Stay tuned here, as I plan to share my lovely tag book with all of you when it arrives.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Swapping with Irene

This is my box of goodies that Irene sent, all the way
from Australia. Each gift is indivually wrapped and with
a small note and ribbon on each one!

Look at all of my Valentine vintage
linens, vintage molds, a vintage inspired magnet,
ribbon, cookie cutter, notebook, chocolate, flowers,
and my favorite: the heart garland. Irene made
this garland and I love the fabric and mother of
pearl buttons on each heart. Just beautiful!

Please note this cheap box of candy and read
the box!! "The Key to Enduring Love: Keep
your mouth shut and bring home chocolate".
Not very exciting, huh? So, I took this box and
transformed it into........

.....this! Irene's favorite color is yellow, so I tried
to transform this box into a Valentine keepsake
that she will enjoy. Irene likes vintage goodies,
especially crocheted items. I sent her some
vintage buttons/trim, and also made her a
refrigerator magnet. I altered an old button pat
dish with paper and bling (inspired by Jenni
Bowlin) and it turned out really cute.

I enjoyed altering the bingo card as well. Swapping
really is fun....from the gathering and hunting stage,
to the creating and mailing. It is all fun, but the
best part is making a new friend! Thanks for
everything Irene.

Signing off and good night. Kana

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine aprons

This beauty is the apron that I received from Carrie. I love the Valentine fabric and the heart trim is so cute. I will definately use this for years to come. Thanks Carrie for such a wonderful job! Check out her blog at

This is the apron that I made for my
secret partner Donna. She likes pink,
so I selected two Valentine fabrics and two
coordinating fabrics for the different
The apron reverses to a pretty pink
floral on the other side.

Here is a close up of the different fabric panels and the pink side.
I hope that she will enjoy it! Thanks Macy for modeling the apron.

Happy February 1st!


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I am a wife, mother of 2 and a part-time physical therapist. I love scrapping, stamping, sewing, antiquing and all things vintage.