Cherryland: Traverse City Michigan

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The land of plenty.  Cherries on the Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan.

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My Updated Washer and Dryer

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Laundry, one of my least favorite household chores.  So, why does it have to be boring?  My philosophy at our summer cottage is life short and why not have some fun along the way.  My husband just shook his head after the new washer and dryer arrived.  Imagine his surprise when he headed out to put in a load of laundry.  The M?  for Mom of course!

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Framed Bathing Suits

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Long time, no Blog.  I’ve been missing in action on my Blog and in my life.  Unfortunately, my mother passed away last month from lung cancer at age 86.  She always believed it was OK to smoke two cigarettes a day.  It was not OK.   We all miss her greatly and had a lovely celebration of her life.  Our relationship with our mother was complicated.  But then again, sometimes I think everyone’s mother daughter dynamics are.   My favorite place to be is out on the lake.  I grew up skiing on weekends in the summer with my entire family.  We would spend every Saturday and Sunday out on the boat.  My father in the water helping us learn how to ski, my mother driving the boat, while my siblings watched and waited for their turn.  My mother would pack lunch and fun snacks for the day.  I choose to remember the good times with my mother and sometimes that is very hard thing to do.    It was time to try and move out of the funk I’ve been in and do something I enjoy and continue to live the life I love.   So today, I worked on framing cute vintage style bathing suits for the cottage.   I bought them on Etsy and the frames were on sale at Hobby Lobby.   Life moves on.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

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Yes, they really dye the river green!

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Antique Ice Skates

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If you can get past looking at the price tag, the detailing on these antique ice skates is exquisite.  I just wish I had a pair with my name inscribed on them.   They certainly remind me of a Currier and Ives skating pond scene.   Ice skating on Tippy has always been my favorite winter pastime and I miss it every year.  See here.

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Vintage Heart Molds

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It’s time to start the month of Love.

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Vintage: The New Yorker

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I just finished framing three vintage The New Yorker magazine covers for the Michigan summer cottage.  Even though I love the black and red combination, I think I am going to spray paint the frames a vintage white.  The 50% off frame sale ends tomorrow at Hobby Lobby.  I’ll be making one more frame run in the morning.  I’ve had these covers for years.  Who knew I really would end up with a yellow cottage, porch swing and potting shed in real time.

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Pook & Pook Americana Auction

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Pook & Pook is having their Americana auction.  I’ve always wanted to go, however, they are located in Lancaster, PA and it was a little hard to explain to my husband since we live in Chicago.  It has been on my bucket list of things to do for years.  But, now I can go and so can you.  This Monday, the auction is “online only” at Bidsquare.   I’m there.

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The Year of the Quilt

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In keeping with our New Year’s Day tradition, Erin, from Just Grand, and I kick off the year with an antique road trip to one of our favorite antique malls.  It also just happens to be the only mall open in the state of Illinois on New Year’s Day.   On my shopping list?  Vintage quilts for our summer cottage.  I found a very happy yellow Bear Claw quilt which was my buy of the day.  The red Wedding Ring quilt, I picked up from eBay in December.  Obviously, I like color.    To see Erin’s treasures, click here.   Why would anyone stay home and watch football all day?  I just don’t get it.   I love starting the year off spending time with a good friend and reflecting on the past year putting everything in perspective in the grand plan.  Refreshing.

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Wood Burned Spoons

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Okay, these are definitely not as easy to do as they look.  This was my first attempt at wood burning spoons.  I now have great admiration for the wood burner crafters of the world especially those spoons on Etsy.  Whew!  I think you need a lot of practice and patience to do this right.  Patience is not my strong suit so this might just not be my medium.  So much for the “I can do that” mantra.

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Modge Podge Painted Glass

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It’s been a while since I’ve been crafting, but now that Christmas is finally over, I actually have a little time on my hands.  I decided to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon and try some Modge Podge glass painting.  Everyone has been doing Mason Jars and tons of them.  I found the Michigan cherry plate at a local thrift shop today for $4.  I followed the directions that were dummy proof:  add food coloring to Modge Podge, paint it on the glass, and then bake at 200 degrees for about a half an hour.  It worked!  Though, I’m not sure now long it will last.  It definitely does give this little vintage cherry plate a lift.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to my friends and family near and far.  Best wishes for a peaceful day.

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