Thursday, February 28, 2008

Glittery Goodness, Vintage Birds & A Joke

I was very honored to receive some very sweet awards & a dear gift from some bloggy friends and I am just getting around to posting about it. Sorry girls. Please forgive my tardiness and know that I adore you all to pieces!! And please accept my long overdue thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

First sweet Laura, from Little Orange Kitchen (a wonderful blog filled with so much goodness that you really must find time to visit) honored me with the coveted "Spread the Love Award". Who, little ole me? Well, I'll be! Thank you.
I am passing the torch to Jade of chikaustin and spreading some love her way. Jade & I got to know one another when our babes exchanged valentines in a fun, little swap. That's when I discovered that she is an extra cool "chik". I am very glad to know her. She just moved her blog over to wordpress & it looks fabulous!! Check it out!

And then there's darling Kai of The Party in Kai's Head who rained some glitter my way. What better treat is that? I mean everything gains sparkle and fun. You can't brighten a day better.
Please go visit Kai and see all the wonderful things she has been busy creating!

And last, but not least, the delightful Mary Ann of the truly lovely Follow Your Bliss sent me the gorgeous thank you (shown above & below) for coordinating the Mother Goose Swap. Mary Ann, I am sending you lots of warm hugs your way. You made my day magical. I hung the lovely "Mary Mary Quite Contrary" piece right above my desk so I gaze at it all day, I devoured the chocolates and have already used some of my fun trinkets and supplies. You are a doll!!

I also wanted to share a wonderful book I picked up at our local library book sale, entitled, "Bird Neighbors" - (An Introductory Acquaintance with One Hundred and Fifty of Our Common Birds) by Neltje Blachan.
Don't you love how 150 is s-p-e-l-l-e-d out on the cover? So cute. I am in love with the way the cover looks, but we can't just judge a book by its cover now, can we? And this one doesn't disappoint, for there are riches within. This book was published in 1897! And, it is still in EXCELLENT condition. I picked it up for a mere $1.50. Amazing.

The color plates are really lovely to look at. So very inspirational. I will be scanning them so that I can use them in various mixed media projects. I am planning to possibly use them in my Sweet Little Birds Swap creations, but I don't want to spill the beans and be a spoiler to anyone's surprise so I'll just leave it at that!

And feast your eyes on the other cute surprise within. A vintage H.C. Jacobmeyers Co. notepad page with scrawled pencil notes on it. I love finding little hidden surprises. Especially when they are vintage ephemera!

Oh and my almost two year old Cooper wants to share a joke with you.
Ok. Be sure you are not eating or feeling queasy. Ready?

Do you like seafood? You do? Great!
Scroll down....

SEE Food!!

And yes, we do wear Halloween shirts in February in our household. Especially when they features monsters and skeletons!!


Flea Market Queen said...

So nice to meet you Karen...
Your little Cooper is adorable!
We do love some of the same things, I love that!
Well I will get busy on your basket...

Susan said...

What a beautiful book, Karen. And I've always loved the see-food joke!

chikaustin said...

Awwww! Thanks Karen!!!

I'm feeling loved on a day when I'm a little bit tired from all of the partying from the weekend. Hehehehe!!!

Love that bird book. I have one that was my grandmothers that I adore!

Margerie said...

Karen, what a little treasure. And the bird book is nice too ;)

I am a bird nut and those illustrations are just beautiful!