Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesdays With My Mom AND a Pumpkin Experiment

Below, on a Road Trip, in front of the Motel. The first three kiddos are getting bigger!
Couldn't resist putting this one of my Daddy in too. I'm diggin' those sandals, Andy. : )
On this day last week, we really just laid back and relaxed. Here, Sara is showing Grandmother her 'Happy Book'.

Cute cover, below.
The first page is so clever.
See below:
One more cute page out of her 'Happy Book'. You make me happy, Sara! : )
My mom always goes ga-ga over the Fall Coldwater Creek catalogs. My sister and I always save them for her.
We had my Mom's favorite soup that day while we watched 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. She got such a kick out of it. It had been a VERY long time since she'd seen it.
Okay, onto the experiment. Last year, I saw these little beauties in a couple of Shops around town. The only problem was...they were $30 EACH! (for the regular sized ones) Ummm...I didn't end up with any. : (

So this year, I just had to try my hand at them. I used silky fabrics instead of velvet, but I still think they turned out kind of cute. Their sizes (including stems): Tall-9.5", Med-7", Sm: 5.5".
I'm selling them as a set, because I can't stand to separate them. I'm charging $28.00 for the set... (got to thinking, there should be a discount for ordering in multiples). But if they just sit in my Shop for a week or two, I'll consider separating them (I know...I'm goofy)!

And as promised, here's a few more $10.00 ones. Last week, I had guessed on the shipping...I guessed wrong! So, I'm sorry if the shipping seems a little steep, but it accurately reflects the cost. And combined shipping is offered.

Happy Wednesday


My name is PJ. said...

I was going to mention this when you last posted vintage shots...your dad reminds me of a young Ronald Reagan.

I absolutely adore the motel shot - how 50's-60's is that????? Awesome.

It's official (and genetic): there exists a Martha MacGyver Junior. She's got the vision and the touch!

Anonymous said...

Your pumpkins are lovely. I am happy your mom enjoyed the books, movie and lunch. I love the car in that motel photo - it is Sooooo long!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

those polka dot stems are SO cute!

GrandmaBev said...

Your pumpkins are so cute.
I love the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers too. It's been awhile since I've seen it. It's so great you can do things with your Mom.

Diva Kreszl said...

What a great tresure trove of family photos you have! I simply love the movie 'Seven Bride's for Seven Brothers'...they don't make movies like they used to! Sarah has a real creative gift I her book!

Brenda said...

I love your pumpkins! I agree with keeping your pumpkins as a set, they are so pretty together!

Cheers to PUMPKINS!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Hi there. I have been a little MIA lately. I have just been so darn busy. I love the pumpkins and of course as always I love Wednesdays with Mom.

Darlene said...

Sara's Happy Notebook is just too darn CUTE! She is very creative, just like you!

Great picture of the road trip. Your pictures are always so neat.

LOVE all of your pumpkins. They are all fabulous!! I'm debating whether I "need" more so I may be back!!! Hope you have a great day!♥

Chris said...

I am in love. I'm in love with the pumpkins, the notebook (great cover), the pictures of family! Oh to be as talented as you... ;)

LillySue said...

Love your pumpkins....I actually feel like I want to skip the fall decor and jump right in to Christmas!! I just went back thru your Christmas decor posts....LOVELY!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Beautiful, Mary Lou! Everything you touch turns to gold.:) Lori

WOnderful old pictures! I wish I had more of them...

marie said...

Great post!!
You always share such fun photos! I love the sandals and the sweet little dresses!
The Happy Book is wonderful - I'm sure it means so much to your mom. I share her enthusiasm for Coldwater Creek catalogs - I've never ordered from them but a co-worker does. They come to the office regularly and I love browsing through them.

Your experiment was a huge success! I'm tempted to repaint a room so the set of pumpkins would work in my home. I can't believe the others are sold out already! Will you be making more?

PS. 7Brides/Brothers...sounds like a good idea for Friday night!

Small House said...

As always, I LOVE Wednesdays with mom.

And not only did the pumpkins turn out cute, they turned out CUTER than the $30.00 a piece pumpkins. Makes me wish I could go home and fiddle on my sewing machine. Shhhh....I'm at work.

Have a great day.

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Well who doesn't go gaga over the Coldwater Creek fall catalog? ;)

I LOVE that happy book - it's beautiful and so creative that it made ME quite happy as well.

Heehee, I've been house-sitting this week and their cat is named Frank(incense)...because he smelled so sweet. They love 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.

I love those darling striped pumpkins!

jenjen said...

I love these posts. It is so sweet how much you love your mom!

And I just looked at your etsy shop - it is amazing! I love those pumpkins - the striped on is my fav!


MiMi said...

These are my favorite posts too!
I love the Happy book! How creative! : )

Amy said...

Love the sandals, too!
I love Sara's book. Awesome.
And the pumpkins are totally cute!

Suzanne said...

I just love reading your stories and basking in the love you radiate for all of them. Making jounals about feeling good and happiness are powerful ways to create -- Sara's journal is really lovely.

When I saw your satin pumpkins I just kept flashing on Christmas colors. That would be so elegant! The stems wouldn't work though, but I just kept thinking of Christmas.

Rachel said...

Love your pumpkins! :) We must be on the same channel, I was just thinking yesterday that I need to put some pumpkins in my etsy shop!


Anonymous said...

It's great that you can spend this time with your Mom. I like the new pumpkins. I hate shipping it is terrible that sometimes it can be more than what you buy sometimes.


PatQ said...

Those pumpkins are sooo cute. I've been going back and forth on getting one but just can't decide. And you mother seems to be adjusting to her new living situation well.

Mimi Sue said...

That happy book is adorable. I know where she gets her creativity from. One of my favorite movies is 7 brides for 7 brothers. Love all the old musicals. Mimi

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi ML! I've been away for a while and have to catch up!
Your fabric pumpkins are beautiful-your choice of fabrics is perfect! Loved the family pictures. I just went to say that I love your Dad's crewcut! I've always liked that has come back a bit and always makes me smile. (Reminds me of Ozzie Nelson! so you know I'm of THAT generation!)
Sara's notebook is great. Has anyone made a simple book for your Mom with pictures of the family and some familiar places or treasured things? She might enjoy having something to look through whenever she wants to.
I love the old musicals, too. And tomato soup! It's my favorite comfort food!
I also loved the look of your antiqued pumpkin from 9/19 post. That was good advice from your daughter. Did you just wipe something on like walnut ink?

Life is good! said...

very cute stuff. creative, that's what everyone in the world is but me!

RACHELLE said...

those are so adorable! if i had a home anymore i would be totally buying them! you are amazing! i always see things i love in a boutique and then see the price tag which leads me to deciding to make my own...........

but i never do... you are so
amazing following through on stuff!

your daughter has your talent! her happy book has inspired me to make one of my own! i cant decorate a house right now (living in a hotel) but i could totally decorate a notebook to keep doin what i love! thanks ! and by the way ..i hope i am half of the daughter to my mother, as you are to yours! love your blog!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a great book. Love your pumpkins. Sounds like you had an enjoyable day with your Mother.
Thanks for stopping by and kind words re: my Brother.

Trish said...

I just found your blog and I love it! Your mantle with all the pumpkins, etc., is beautiful. Do you have more pumpkins or only the 3 right now?

You are very talented!

creative breathing said...

Your squishy pumpkins are wonderful, your dead tree lively, and your daughter's Happy Book so sweet. Motor court and sandals a treasure! Elizabeth

Christina said...

Love your pumpkins. Especially the little stripped ones. Very adorable.

I've never seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Wonder if I should since since my hubby is one of seven brothers. : )I really have no idea if it is relevant to that or not.

The Berry's Patch said...

Beautiful the fabric.

I love looking through Coldwater Creek magazines. I never buy anything but they have the cutest clothing and jewelry.

Jacqueline said...

Love the kid shots...great post and awesome pumpkins. October is here!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Your mom is so cute! Love the pumpkins...I remember last year when "Sunshine in my soul" started that with her pattern. She also saw them in a boutique and did not want to pay those prices. We have Hunter in a crew cut too...we have a little barbershop that still does them...not everyone knows how. cherry

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Trish,
Thanks for your note. Just wanted to let you know that I'm planning on making more pumpkins next week. Thanks for your interest. : )

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

M.L. thanks for sending that link along to me I loved it! With my fondness for using the recyle bin contents for craft supplies I sometimes think I should change my blog name to the "destitute desperate crafter" but seeing something so cute like that makes me think it's quite acceptable after all. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary lou!! I hope you are doing well and love the old pictures too...Your mom looks great as always. I love your pumpkins! how cute. I like yours better than the ones in the store for 30$ your so talented. I just wanted to stop in and say hi and see what you have been up to...Have a beautiful Sunday! hugs, Jennifer