Friday, October 29, 2010

Pink Saturday October 29th, 2010 Pink Vases and other stuff.

Hello Chickies!!!
I have been busy with life in general. After being off work on LTD for 32 months and having two shoulder surgeries I am finally returning to work as an RN in a busy Cardiac Sciences Unit at a local hospital. I have spent some time tidying the house and getting ready for orientation and getting back into the swing of things. PLUS!!!!! Tomorrow, our 22 year old daughter is flying/fleeing the nest!!! She is sharing an apartment with two friends of hers and will be only a ten minute walk from her work.  (NO more driving her to and from work!!!)  WHOOOT!!! WHOOOTT!!!!
I will be turning her bedroom into a sewing room and guest room. I have spent the last week washing, sanding and painting three pieces of 1960's French Provincial furniture and will post about them and the room transformation later in November.
Now, let's get on with the show!!!
Thank you to sweet Beverly at
for hosting this weekly party.

I have to admit that I feel some-what guilty about not posting for more than 22 days. So this post is going to be picture heavy. I hope you enjoy it, though!
Last summer I picked up this tiny little treasure of a vase at a yard sale up the road from us. I paid a mere dollar for it. It is exquiste porcelain; very thin and delicate and is only about three inches in height. It is not marked. Could it be R.S. Prussia? Or French procelain? Whatever it is I love it. The pink and peachy colours along with the greens makes it look kind of autumny in nature. Next spring I will fill it with a big bunch of Lily-of-the-Valley. Oh...I can't wait!!!!  But...I will have to endure this coming winter.

This next vase I purchased from my friend Wendy, who sells on Ebay. It is Nippon and has a beautiful rose on the front of it. (That's my Aunt Ida in the background)

Can you tell that I love rose vases? Actually, I love just about anything with a rose on it!!!
Do you see the foot dangling in the upper right corner?
It belongs to......
Miss Bear.
 I have a story to tell.
Many years ago my mother picked up an old blonde Persian lamb coat with a mink collar. A friend of hers asked her if she knew anyone who would like it and she exclaimed, "Laura would love it!". And she was so correct!! I held onto it for years. My daughter wore it for Hallowe'en in 1994. It hung in my closet for more years after that. One day in the fall of 2006, I was shopping at Value Village and started talking with a woman about silk scarves. She said that she bought them to spiffy up the bears that she made. I asked her what she made them from and she said, "Sometimes I use mohair and sometimes I use old fur coats". Bazingga!!! I asked her if she would be intersted in a blonde Persian lamb coat and she said, "Yes!" So I got her address and phone number and a few days later I took her the coat.  She made me a coffee and showed me some more of her projects. She was a retired court reporter and had lots of time for crafty things. She said to me, "I'll call you when I get your bear made". I was so excited! I did not expect anything in return for the coat and here she was saying that she was going to make a bear for me!!!!
About six weeks later, Joan called to say that the bear was finished. I invited her over for coffee and she brought "Miss Bear" with her.

Here she is! She is wearing a strand of pearls and a mink collar lined with a silk scarf!!! She is currently sitting on a turquoise dyed fox collar that was attached to a suit my mom wore in 1967. Someday I will think of something to do with it.

I bought this made in Italy basket at my friend, Dee's, store. It is gorgeous!!! Next summer I will fill it with roses from my rose garden.

Now I am justing including some pics of my Teds. I pick up teddies that are fully jointed. I am going to sew some pretty frocks for them. My friend, Lynn, from Teacup Stitches inspired me to collect them. She collects vintage Stieff bears.

I made this stocking in the fall of 2006. It has Mary Rose fabrics, vintage crochet and lace and bits and pieces of vintage jewellry and Swarovski crystals. It will be a family heirloom. Some day I hope to give it to a future grand-girlie!!

Last, but definately not least are two exquisite cushions which I purchased from Lynn of Teacup Stitches. I love them. She is a seamstress extraordinaire!!!! 

I have other blogging friends who make exquisite pillows/cushions and stockings. They are Rebecca at Her shop is

Brenda is another blogging friend. You can find her at

Brenda sells on Etsy and you can get there by visiting her blog.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today.
I am on my way now to pick up my daughter after her shift. Tonight is the last night that I will be doing this, because tomorrow she will be moving into her new "pad"!!!   Whoot!!! Whooot!!!!  We are all excited for her!!!
   Happy Pink  Saturday to everyone. I will be up early Saturday morning to visit as many Pink Saturday participants as possible.
   Take care!!!! Love and warm hugs, Laura


  1. Happy Pink Saturday Laura Sweetie...
    I am so thrilled to hear that you are on the mend and heading back to work. Thank goodness for the successful surgery and the wonderful mend. We are so thrilled to have you back amongst us PINKIES as well. You have been missed.

    Can't wait to see the furniture you have been working on. Congrats on one child fleeing the nest. Your job has been successful and at least she will be with other friends, so you know she is safe.

    All of your pinks are so gorgeous today. I just thank you for sharing. And you know, I would have never guessed that you would love roses or pink. Imagine that? Ha! Ha! Love it.

    Have a gorgeous Saturday sweetie. Happy Halloween as well. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  2. Hi Laura, Boy you are having lots of life changes, busy busy busy!!! All the while you have made some great finds! Lily of the valley is perfect for the first vase:-))) The little bear, beyond sweet!!
    Happy Pink Saturday to You!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi Laura,
    I love anything with roses on it too! Your vases are gorgeous and your teddies, adorable! Happy Pink Saturday weekend.


  4. Hi Laura, Happy PINK Saturday! You have some beautiful vases, they all look so delicate. Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

  5. So glad you are on the mend sweetie!!! Love all your beautiful shares today and the teddy bear story... it is just super sweet!!! My most favorite of all would just have to be your mom's turquoise dyed fox collar "oh my!!!"!!! Hugs sweetie, it is always a pleasure to read your blog!!!!!

  6. Loved your Pink Saturday post. Everything was so cute. My 38 year old son is finishing the last 18 months of RN school...stress city...Take care.

  7. Hi Laura
    I hope you had a good Hallowe'en and the weather was decent for all the Trick or Treaters! I've missed your posts. I'm glad you are feeling better and well enough to get back to work. That was a long stretch of time off work...take it easy now.

    I'm loving your vases...especially the one with the roses...very pretty. I can't wait until spring to see flowers in those vases too...don't want the snow

    I hope your daughter enjoys her new apartment. That will make things easier for you not having to drive her to work and'll miss her... *s*... Hope she's not living too far.

    Hope this has been a good week so far.