Have mercy! Between Barb's over-the-top Rooster Party yesterday and Pink Saturday today, I think I'm going to leave a permanent depression in my desk chair!!! I've been typing my little fingers to the bone. (The rest of me could use a little of that :) I finally got off of my buns and spent fifty minutes on the treadmill. It's amazing how a little exercise can change your whole outlook (either that or it makes you too exhausted to care!). So how are you? I hope your week hasn't been too stressful. If it has, just sit back and relax. I'm prescribing a healthy dose of "pinkness". It's sure to cure whatever ails you, or at least to make you forget about it for awhile :)
For those of you who may not know, I'm sorry for my two week absence from our pink fest. We've been away on a camping trip. If you would like to see where I've been, check out my post, Renewal. Pennsylvania really is a beautiful place. Okay, on to the pink!
When I saw this doily at my local antique shop, The Mill Property, I knew I had to have it. Someone put a lot of time and effort into this one.
I actually shot this photo a few years ago, while hiking in the same place we were this year. We were on a trail in Ricketts Glen State Park and it was June - mountain laurel season. The forest was awash in a sea of pink and white clusters of this amazing flower.
Okay, now that the word on my doll collection (er, obsession) is out, I'll be sharing more of them. I love the American Girls dolls. We didn't have such things when I was a kid (though one may argue that I haven't yet left childhood). This little sweetie is Marisol, a limited edition offered a few years ago. Her beautiful ballet costume was sewn by a dear friend who had a wonderland called Craft Closet. For ten years she delighted children young and old with an emporium of everything an American Girl doll might need. People would come from all over the country to visit her shop. Sadly, Craft Closet fell victim to our floundering economy last year. I know her shop is sadly missed by many.
While camping in the backwoods of Pennsylvania, I was not deterred from stopping at every antique store I could find. My darling hubby was surprisingly patient. The vintage hankerchief was one of about 60 divided between two bags full that I got for a very reasonable price. The miniature shoe was hiding on the bottom shelf of a cabinet and the postcard was found in a mammoth collection of antique postcards and photos. I was in antique heaven!
I found yards and yards of this trim at the Mill Property. I love the way the lace on it is browned with age.
This is one of my favorite yard sale finds - a vintage vase made in Japan. I adore old Japanese pottery and salt and pepper shakers!
Speaking of salt and pepper shakers, here's a little more of my vintage collection. All were made in Japan. Get a load of these guys!
I think the little kissing sweeties are my favorite. I found them in a tiny shop at a flea market called Green Dragon. One plus to having a blog: everything has to be washed before it can be photographed. My camera picks up the tiniest grains of dust imaginable.
Another find from my vacation antiquing adventures. Two little flappers, made in Japan, of course.
Last but not least, the latest from my studio. It's an old coal shovel that definitely needed a cosmetic revival. It would look great by a shabby chic fireplace or in a cottage kitchen.
That's it for today. If you'd like to see more pink, visit Bev at How Sweet the Sound. You'll find many more links to pinks there. While you're there, give her a great big thank you for hosting all the fun. May God bless you and protect you.