Archives for October 2014

Blogging as a Business – Dream Job or Pipe Dream?

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 24 years, and a homeschooling mom for 18 years, so any income I earn HAS to be home-based, since I still have 1 child that hasn’t yet graduated, and since I have no desire to be employed outside the home anyway.  It’s been exciting to see that my options aren’t limited to doing home childcare, or stuffing envelopes, in order to earn an income from home.  I actually did do childcare for quite a few {Read More}

A Mop Wringer, a Baby Cradle, and other Vintage Finds

 There are some vintage finds I bring home that I know exactly what I’ll do with, and others that have me completely stumped.  I’ve had this old mop bucket ringer so long, I can’t even remember where I got it, and it’s practically become a fixture in my workshop.  I’ve gotten so used to seeing it in there, I almost stopped noticing I even had it.  Then a few days ago, I went out to get a piece of wood from {Read More}

Antique Business Letterhead Printable

Here’s a really wonderful image from an antique business document from the late 1800’s.   It was the top of a letterhead.  It would make a really nice antique-style sign or image transfer. I cleaned it up, did a little editing, and cropped just the top of the letterhead.  The original letter was actually written in response to a complaint from a customer about a chandelier they had purchased. Many more antique documents and free vintage images are here.

Visiting the Land of Enchantment

As much as I love traveling and visiting family, it’s always so nice to get back home.  You may recall my parents came to visit, and I decided to ride back with them to New Mexico, specifically so my youngest son could experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  He was only 5 years old, when we moved from New Mexico to Missouri (and later to Illinois), so I knew he had no recollection of this incredible yearly event.  If you {Read More}

Vintage Inspiration Party – #159

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party!  We’re glad you joined us!

Antique Alphabet Wall Art and Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway Winner

 Before I talk about the project I am sharing today, I need to make a huge apology.  Almost a month ago, I hosted a giveaway for Cutting Edge Stencils, and I completely forgot to announce a winner.  I’m so sorry!  The giveaway was open for 1 week, and I had a lot on my mind while I was preparing for my parents visit, and it just totally slipped my mind.  The winner is announced at the bottom of this post. {Read More}

Blogging with the Pros – Using Social Media Effectively

When my oldest son graduated from our homeschool over 4 years ago, I started having thoughts about what I would do when my remaining 3 children graduated as well.  I’ve been a homeschool mom since 1996, and it’s been my “job” all those years, and I worried about what I could do once I no longer had that purpose.  I decided to start my Etsy shop, as a way to supplement our family’s income, then a year later, I began blogging. {Read More}

Abandoned Cabin – Photography Print

I’m still on vacation, enjoying time with my family, but last weekend, when my parents were visiting us in Illinois, we attended an apple festival in a small town not too far from our home.  We only stayed about an hour, because although it was a beautiful day, it was chilly and breezy. On the way home, we drove the back roads, rather than taking the highway.  I love this stretch of road, because it is dotted with pretty old farmhouses {Read More}

Photography Friday – How Shutter Speed Affects Your Photos

I wasn’t sure if I would be have a chance to practice my photography lessons while on vacation this week, but while my mom, sister, niece and I were returning from a trip into Albuquerque, the perfect opportunity came up, because I needed a moving object to photograph.  We passed a moving train, and my sister got far enough ahead of it, that we were able to pull over to the side of the road, so I could get set {Read More}

Futon Frame turned Chalkboard Shelf

This chalkboard shelf was another one of those, “it almost ended up in a landfill” projects.  My daughter had a metal futon bed, which she loved, but somehow, the bottom of the frame got bent, and the bent part was miserably uncomfortable on her back.  We had another futon in the back room that my son used over the summer, but since he went back to college, my husband took her futon out, and replaced it with the other one.  He {Read More}