Monday, June 27, 2016

Donna's Shabby Treasure Nest...

Another beautiful treasure nest
                   has flown away to a new home...

 This nest was created for Donna,
using her own vintage 
and treasured items...


 Donna sent me a lovely note,
explaining the story behind the pieces
that she choose for her nest...

 with her permission,
I will share this note and her beautiful
stories...

 Hi Vicki,
When I look at my treasure nest I see my 2 loves,
 the love I have for my daughter and my love for all things vintage.
 To begin I will start with the love for my daughter. 
A year ago she was married and had a beautiful vintage wedding 
at the oldest wedding venue in the country Plimoth Plantation.
 I created a vintage wedding lace journal 
that contained a lot of the elements
 I sent you to use in
 my nest. 
~


 The vintage silver filigree pieces, 
clear and silver beaded trim and my parents wedding picture
 were all used in her lace wedding journal.
 It was such a labor of love. 
 There were so many hours spent on that journal,
 it came out beautiful and I loved 
every minute of it. 
 
 The other elements used in the nest 
were from my love of vintage and vintage inspired pieces. 
To see some of the vintage inspired pieces that I made
 incorporated into the nest, 
warms my heart. 
~
 I can look at this nest in years to come 
and see some of my most favorite vintage pieces I collected,
 especially the little beaded handbag.
 I knew that this was the perfect canvas to display such a wonderful trinket.
~
 I find great joy admiring the many beautiful pieces 
I have acquired over the years and I am delighted 
to say this is one I will "treasure" forever. 
 I have this displayed on a glass cake pedestal under a glass dome. 
 A very special place for a very treasured nest! 
Thank you so much.....
Kindest regards,
Donna

 A note from me...
Have you all been as busy as me this summer.  I waited all winter for these warm summer days to be here, counted every minute until spring, and then summer...and now that it is here... its flying by!! I have not stopped.  I think that because we were gone for so much in May, we have been working overtime to catch up since we have returned back home.  Everyday, I work in my flowers.  The Gardener and I both start our days out playing in the dirt every morning -- he in the yard, me on my back deck.  In my next post I will share some of our summertime photos from our home...
xoxo
Vicki 
ps -- OF COURSE I am behind in returning your gracious and kind comments..... I'm all about that this week! 

And lastly -- please remember to check out my post on the Kindness Quilt Project.  It runs for a full year and I am hosting a lovely giveaway for that project as well.  There are ways for EVERYONE to get involved. Donations are already starting to arrive and It's exciting, even at this early point in the project. I will begin taking photos soon... Please do visit and consider being a part of this great project.




My friend Karen Valentine
is once again hosting her incredible
"Where Blogger's Create" blog party.
This is a wonderful way to make new friends
and share your own blogging and crafting talents with others.
I'll be there to share my crafty place,
my "Sacred Yarn Room"...
I hope you will consider joining me there!
It's gonna be great fun!
xoxo



Monday, June 6, 2016

Virginia's Shabby Treasure Nest...

Treasured keepsakes...
tiny fragments of our past that we keep because they are connected to precious memories...


 so often,
we tuck these keepsakes
into a special place, thinking all the while,
that one day we will
"do something" 
with that tiny treasure...
but---
more often, than not..
we forget...

 

this beautiful treasure nest 
was created for
 Virginia...
using her own personal and treasured
 keepsakes.
She has graciously allowed me to share
with you the story behind the pieces
that she chose for her 
"Shabby Treasure nest"...
~
Virginia's story..
"I have had a love affair with vintage jewelry
since I was about 14 years old.  
I  still have the first piece of vintage jewelry
that my grandfather gave to me.."

 
"Autumn is my favorite season. 
I love to see the leaves change their colors. 
I also love it in the spring when the leaves are just starting to grow.
 So I was really happy that you used the beautiful leaf brooch in the nest."
  
 "I have had a love of birds ever since
I can remember.
I was so happy to see that you were able to use
the vintage bird piece, it goes so well with the nest. 
I have bird nests, bird houses, bird baths, and feeders
throughout my whole yard.
I was so happy that you used the nest charm too..." 
 
 "I love flowers and all that goes with them.
I like to take long walks and look at people's
yards and flower gardens. 
The vintage pink flower brooch is one of my favorites...


"I love fibers and ribbons, laces and trims. 
So many different colors, textures, styles. 
And you can never have enough...
I was so happy that you used strips of my wedding dress.
 I am making a lace book with it and a few lap quilts for my children
 using pieces of my dress..."
  
 "I love anything that sparkles.
Since I was a child, one of my favorite things to do
when it snowed,
was to wait for the moon to come out
and see the snow glitter and shine in the darkness...
I could watch it forever.."  

"I didn't see the little doily you used behind the bird brooch until later.
 I swear, every time I pick up the nest I find something new that I missed.
I love doilies in every style and shape.
I love to make books and flowers out of them..."
 
 "I choose the word BEAUTY...
because I try to surround myself with beauty every day.
And I knew before you finished my nest....
that it would be a beauty..."

"I also love to collect feathers and use them in my crafts.
 I have birds thru out my home and my craft room.
To me they are so beautiful and soothing.." 

~
I am always so humbled when I have the opportunity
to make a treasure nest for someone.
To create a nest using precious keepsakes that
belong to others,
is truly a special privilege. 
~
Thank you Virginia, 
for allowing me to share the story
of the building of your nest..
~~


We are just back from travels...
the person who cruise travels
 back and forth to the Caribbean at least once
a year...
has just packed up her winter clothes 
and long johns and taken a cruise to
Iceland!

 
 We flew to England and toured the Cotswold region
and the Cornish coast before boarding our cruise ship
for Guernsey, Iceland, and Ireland.
It was incredible. 
I'm going to take you all along
on our travels -- 
you won't even have to leave your favorite chair. 
Stay tuned for photos...
lots of photos...
xoxo
Vicki

ps-- the first of the packages and donations have started to arrive for the Kindness Quilt Project.  If you would like to be involved in this amazing charitable venture -- please see my post here
xoxo


Friday, April 29, 2016

Sharing Kindness -- A Charitable Opportunity and a Giveaway

"Kindness has a beautiful way of reaching down into a weary heart and making it shine like the rising sun..."


 (my contribution to the Kindness Quilt project)

 Can you...
 sew, knit, crochet,
paint, quilt, embroidery,
stitch work?
~~
(if not, don't worry--
I have a special plan for those of you
who don't have any 
of the above skills!!)


 A little story...
One of my friends on Instagram started a project
to bring cheer to a friend who was recovering from surgery.
She created a beautiful quilt from bits and pieces 
that were donated from her friends on Instagram.
I became involved in the project 
and donated a quilt block that I knitted and embellished.
My little quilt block traveled all the way to Australia
to become a part of what my friend called 
"The Kindness Quilt Project".  



 with the exception of the first photo
(my own contribution to the project)
~~
all the photos shown here
belong to my amazingly talented friend, Deb...
who graciously allowed me to use
photos of her wonderful project
for this post.
~~
you can find Deb on Instagram..
her page is
"Raspberry Treats"
~~
to see all the photos of Deb's
amazing project
and meet all the generous ladies who contributed...
search #kindnessquilt
on Instagram 
 
Continuing my story...
...after the quilt was finished and delivered
to Deb's sweet friend...
those of us who were involved in this project
formed our own little group within the Instagram
community...
we call ourselves the 
"Kindness Quilt Group"
~~
those of you who have IG accounts
can search #kindnessquilt
to see an assortment of photos
 from our first project
 


With Deb's quilt now completed,
we have decided to begin
a new project for our group.
~~
You are all invited  
to participate
in the latest
Kindness Quilt Project...




Some details for the project..
1. you may donate a quilt block
of any size--
no larger that a 6 inch square

2.  you may knit, crochet, quilt,sew...
your square using any
yarn or fabric of your choice.

3. your square may be embellished 
in any manner that you wish...
embroidery, beaded accents,
quilted embellishments,
embroidery work,
or painted with washable paints.

4. In fact--
you may make your square
and embellish it in any manner you wish.
~
details continued below...




5. your quilt square donations
may also be totally not embellished..
they may be left plain without
anything on them...

6. you may donate as many squares
as you wish to this project...

details continued...




7.  for those of you who do not wish to make 
a quilt square...
you may donate items
of any sort that can be used
to embellish the squares
that are left plain.

8. you may donate buttons,
floral embellishments,
crochet flowers, granny squares, hearts,
lace, .....
you may donate any item that can be added
to the squares to 
further embellish the quilt.

9.  these donated items
may be purchased or handmade--
this is totally your choice..

details continued...




10. Your generously donated squares
will be sewn onto a backing fabric by me 
and I'll use your donated items
to embellish the squares as needed...

11.  this project will run for
a full year--
until April 1, 2017.
~
you will have ample time
to make generous donations 
to this amazing project.

12.  this project is open 
to anyone and everyone..
wherever you live,
~~
If your heart is generous...
you are invited to share your talents
or to share a bit of embellishment...
~~

 You may mail your donations
as often as you wish...
the donations may be mailed to..
~
The Kindness Quilt Project 
150 Pine Ridge Drive,
Grayson, Ky
41143


Updates will be shared regularly
here on my blog..
I will share your donated squares,
and any embellishments that are also donated.
If your name is included
with your donation,
I will list the names of everyone who
donates to this project...
~~
Photos of the quilt in progress
will also be shared from time to time...
~~
Those of you who have Instagram accounts
may follow me there for updates as well. 
All photos of donated items
will be shared regularly on my IG page
"2BagsFull"
You may search the photos
using the hashtag
#KindnessQuilt


Once the quilt is completed...
the ladies in my 
"Kindness Quilt" group will prayerfully
choose someone who is needful
of a little love and kindness...
~
someone who needs to be surrounded
by the loving arms
of those who so generously donated
to this project...
~
the quilt will be gifted
to someone
in need...




And of course...
I have gifts to share with you!
~
...because I already know
that you are going to be amazing
and will pour your hearts into
this wonderful project...


three beautiful, sparkly,
Vera Bradley totebags will be given away
next April 1, 2017.  
~~
everyone who sends in a donation
will be entered to win 
one of these tote bags.
(the flowers aren't included...)
~~
every quilt square that is donated,
is an entry...
(If you send in 3 quilt squares,
you will be entered 3 times.)  
~~
A small assortment of embellishments
will also count as an entry.
If you send in a large assortment,
you will be entered 
in several times.
~~
(you will just have to trust me to make it fair)
I promise that I will!


I'm thinking that the quilts will be lap size..
about 50x50 inches...
~~
should there be enough donations
to make more than one quilt...
I will reach out to you all
and ask for your suggestions
as to the recipient of the second quilt...
~~
I hope that you will set about this prayerfully,
knowing that your efforts
will bring comfort and joy to
someone who is desperately
in need...




If you have any questions about
this project,
you may email me at any time...
Vboster1@windstream.net 

~~
So many of you have written
to me asking about a future
charitable project...
~
my prayers are that this opportunity will
touch your hearts
and that each of you will want
to give a little bit of yourself so that
someone... a stranger in need...
 can be touched by 
kindness....

Love,love,love,
Vicki 

ps--
I'm going to take a little blog break -- I will be back in early to mid June.  I wanted to use this time to leave this post up so that it will have a chance to be seen by more of you.  While I am always available by email, there may be some lag time the first 3 weeks in May regarding my availability to return your emails.  So please be patient if I have not responded in my usual manner-- it may take a few days or so...xoxo

Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Welcome to April...

April...
 that blustery month that brings beautiful days, whispery warm breezes, sunshine and SNOW, gale force winds that blow the tops out of trees, beautiful blooms, and busy bees...

 Already in the few short
days that April has been upon us,
we have had every kind of
weather imaginable...

one day
 I am out in the sunshine
picking flowers from our yard,
and the next day 
I am watching the tree tops
blow across the field in front of our house...

our yard and gardens
are filled with the most beautiful
daffodils,
some bloom early, while others bloom late...
with over a dozen varieties,
they are always in a state
of blooming... 
 
 I've been posting 
some of my photos on my
2 BagsFull
Instagram page...
this is one of my
 favorites,
taken a few days ago at the
historic Lexington Arboretum and Cemetery

 the Lexington Cemetery
is a spectacular showcase of
blooms in early Spring...

this is one of my favorite places
to visit in the Spring,
I could spend hours driving and walking
around taking photos of the trees
there...

the blooms from the 
Weeping Cherry trees
fall all the way to the water's edge
at the ponds there...

the beautiful colors
only last a few days though,
so I rush to get there right after the trees
begin to bloom..

this photo,
(also posted on my Instagram page,)
was taken last week at the 
Museum of Appalachia
in Clinton, TN

we love this beautiful place...
while traveling south 
a few days ago,
we stopped here for lunch
and I snapped a few photos...
Isn't this just the most perfect
little "fixer upper" ever!!

my newest friend
at the Museum of Appalachia...
(also edited and posted on my Instagram account)
(If you have an IG account-- I would love
for you to join me there...)
 
 
 and of course...
the most sure sign of Spring--
 
 there is already lots of nest building
going on outside in our yard... 
(and inside my craft room too!)
 
Notes from me...
I was so in hopes that Spring was finally here!  Have organized my shoes making my cutesy little sandals front and center, put away my winter coats,and then.... this morning I drove to work in an ALL out snowstorm!! My 30 minute commute took over an hour. Then-- about 3 hours later, the sun came out and melted off all of the snow. Geez!! I'm telling myself that this was the last little bit of winter blowing it's way out!
 
I'm taking a few weeks to create my next blog post -- I will be back then with a wonderful charitable opportunity for you all and... of course a giveaway to coincide with this amazing new way for you to share your love...
xoxo,
Vicki 
 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Celebrating Easter week--(my Woodland Tabletop nest)

Easter is one of my most special times to display my Woodland Tabletop nest.  Of all the nests that I have created (and I have made a few!) this nest is one of my all time favorites...




we have a large group of naturalized daffodils
in the wooded section 
of our back yard... 

I'm always looking for opportunities
to photograph
in the woods...

 this has been the longest winter...
for so many reasons.
I don't think I have ever longed for 
spring as I have this year.. 

 every year,
 usually in December...
I pack my car with overnight supplies
in case bad weather forces me to
be stranded at work. 

usually,
 it takes me about 40 minutes
to drive to the hospital where I work...
I'm terrified of driving on slick roads in winter,
so if it snows or the roads get icy while I am at work,
I just plan to stay at a hotel close by..

just yesterday...
I unpacked my car and put away
my winter supplies!

 for me--
it is now officially SPRING!


I'm wishing you all
a wonderful and blessed
 Easter with your 
families..

some info about my
Woodland Table top nest...
the nest is 4 1/2 inches tall
the circumference around the nest
is 47 inches

while I do occasionally
have one of these nests listed in my ETSY shop--
you should consider that they are
mostly 
available by
special order only...

my Woodland Table top nest
on display in my home...
(my curio cabinet is filled with
found nests and eggs
that I have collected over the years..)


for those of you who might not know~
I'm hosting a little 
Spring giveaway of these pretty mugs..
you can go here to enter
before March 31.

Wherever you are, I hope that you are enjoying the days and the change of seasons.  Whether you are approaching Spring (like us) or Fall (to my lovely friends who live down under).... everyday is a blessing. 
xoxo
Vicki