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Friday, March 31, 2017

What’s Brightening My Day Vol. 4

Today this happy post is brought to you by the letter “B”.

1. Bowls

I am a big fan of both the regular and mini latte bowls at Anthro. The mini latte bowls are perfect for keeping the size portions of delicious snacks in check. Recently, they introduced pastel luster shades. The pink and green are my favorites but I got the ivory too. You can buy them singly in stores and sets are available online.

2. Blouse

I recently made this blouse for under $10 and it is perfect for spring.

I have begun to be increasingly frustrated by the clothing options we are presented with. They tend to either be cheap manmade fabrics sewn poorly or incredibly expensive. I found a great vintage pattern (McCalls 9458) and 2 yards of this darling vintage cotton fabric at an estate sale.

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3. Bloomers

My dear friend Michelle of The Nest at Finch Rest recently sent me a wonderful vintage hoopskirt and darling pair of bloomers in support of future historical costuming adventures. This was SO welcome as my own hoop skirt was on it’s last legs err hoops. I refuse to pose in undergarments so instead I decided to show you some other bloomers Michelle had. hee hee.

4. Beautiful wee bird houses

My talented sister in law Shirley painted these darling birdhouses. Her accompanying note said “These are for your garden. I painted one in your colors and one in mine so that you would think of me.” #fullheart

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5. To Walk Invisible The Brontë Sisters

Many of you have appreciated when I let you know what I am watching on tv. This past Sunday I enjoyed every minute of this 2 hour PBS Masterpiece about the Brontë family. You can view it online HERE.

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6. Bluebonnets

I’m currently in Round Top, Texas attending antiques week. The drive over was glorious! The fields are full of bluebonnets and baby animals.

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You can follow my antique seeking adventures on Instagram.

I’ll be back on Monday,



Eilis said...

Well I am jealous that you are in Roundtop, but we are enjoying the blue bonnets around here, too. I must watch that PBS show. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanie said...

I'm glad you were able to get away to Roundtop after the trauma of the tornado. Those bluebonnets are just dazzling!

I loved "The Walk Invisible." I knew a bit of their background but not so much as was revealed. Beautifully done.

Linda said...

Enjoy your much-needed weekend away! ♥ I love your positive attitude and the lovely items you featured here. Such a beautiful blouse you created! :)

Love, Linda

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

loved the bloomers! Fun post. thank u. mary in Az

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how fun, enjoy the week and enjoy all the fun finds at Roundtop. Love your pretty new blouse.

Michele said...

What a fun-filled happy post - after your tornado scare this is most enjoyable for you, I hope!

The baby calf and bluebonnets pic and that heavenly blouse = ♥

Happy you liked your bloomers and hoop skirt.

Have a blessed and smile-filled weekend.

Barbara H. said...

I taped the Bronte sisters program but have not seen it yet. I've been thinking I may have to get back to the sewing machine, as I have trouble finding affordable yet quality clothing that I like that fits well.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...


2. Blouse
My sentiments exactly on the status, quality, look and price of garbage garments offered these days by so many retailers.

The fabric reminds me of the peasant dress Mother made me when I was little. I remember putting a gash in it somehow at the thigh, so, at 9 years old, I cut it off and rehemmed it, unknowingly to Mother. That was my very first sewing project and I've been hooked on sewing ever since-- 47 years!


GSGreatEscaper said...

I loved the Bronte program and I hope to watch it again, it was so good! If anyone is interested in a book about the four as children, The Dark Quartet, by Lynne Reid Banks, is well worth the read. (It's a YA book, so it reads quickly.) If you are not familiar with the Brontes, it will illuminate all the references to Gondor and their childhood endeavors that could be mystifying.

Marilyn said...

Round Top! I'm jealous. :-) I hope you are having a wonderful time and finding lots of ideas and (of course) things to bring back to Storybook Cottage.

Love the bluebonnet/longhorn picture. It's been such a great year for bluebonnets.

I'll add another "B" to your list. Baskets!! A personal addiction of mine. All sizes, shapes or colors.

Again, have a wonderful time and a safe drive back.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Sylvia said...

Laura, I enjoyed your post of "B" words. I will check out the Bronte sisters video.
Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Anna Maledon said...

The bowls! I was trying to get them here in Scotland as IKEA actually used to sell them, but when I found out they weren't in stock already, and it looks like they stopped selling them altogether. Lovely blouse and YOUR bird house.