Friday, July 29

Cool things on a hot day

Things are a little crazy here after 100 days of 3 digit weather.
Okay, maybe not 100 days, but it seems like it!  
I'm not sure how many days because I'm too weak to find the remote & turn to the news.
So what can we do inside on a hot day?

 Design & build a spaceship to catapult us somewhere cool
- of course!
I think you could build a spaceship with duct tape!
(my kids do wear shirts, I promise.)
 While the kids were busy exploring the galaxy, I unwrapped some great gifts~
Boxes from Dawn are incredible.
Every item packed so carefully.

There is some history behind wonderfully tattered wedding shoes.
Let's just say that I've admired them from afar for ages,
& now they're mine!

I will leave this pile here on my desk for weeks I think. I will just sit & stare at it.
 The little elf shoes are the cutest things I've ever seen!
They are so teeny. I just love them.
Dawn has a tutorial on her blog if you want to make little shoes.
So many little bits of nature, lace & vintage goodies, all in perfect 'low color'.
Speaking of 'low color'.....
 Beth, Miss Low Color herself, sent this amazing Autumn colored collage. 
Can't believe she used this beautiful book cover.
Sewing, inking so many elements layered on. We are about to begin work on a special sewing themed project. This collage will certainly inspire me along the way.

Yesterday something totally unexpected arrived on my door step. Overseas postage hum............
It was from Tina!
This idea is so clever, Tina flipped a tiny lampshade upside down & turned it into a basket.
Trimmed in laces, handle wrapped in ribbon & a prism dangling from the bottom.
She also packed the basket with these lovely trims.
Thank you friends, I love it all!
A couple of packages left the house too.
 A couple belated birthdays.
Spoiler alert*
On a trip to the mall I found & bought up all these
velvet frame backs. 
Perfectly faded from years in a window sill.
Can you tell I'm ready for fall?
The fern in back is encased in wax.
 It sat in my car for days waiting on me to bring it to the post office. Gosh I hope it doesn't look like a melted birthday candle by the time she receives it!
I'm linking up with Debra & all the other's for
Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Wishing you all a nice cool, breezy weekend!


Rochelle said...

Lisa - send us some of your warm weather! We have been having rain non-stop ALL SUMMER long and summer's almost over!
I love love love your fall collage you made for someone's birthday - it is so adorable and a clever use of many elements - i love the fern!
Well, I hope you don't melt away in your heat....

Dawnll said...

Oh the sensory
I want it all the items you shared are spectacular..can't wait to see what you create and decorate with.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hey Lisa, you always have the best ideas! I know you are having fun with your kiddos and that's the best. Happy Friday, T

Claudia said...

The kids look ready for their trip into space! Love all the gifts you received. Tina's lampshade is inspired!


Laurie said...

Oh my gosh, it's gorgeous! Both the gifts you received but also the one you have made! Swoon. Check my blog for a post about a cuff I made the other day using your weaving method!

Dorthe said...

I totally love the packet from sweet Dawn, the shoes are gorgeus- both pair of them - and all that fantastic lace- what a bunddle of lovelyness.
Also Beth`s collage is beautiful, love the cissors there- and Tina`s sweet basket.
And then sweetie- your collage-oh my goodness I can`t believe how beautiful it is-, and so filled with fantastic nature pieces ,the waxed fern is gorgeus, and everything you added is so special.Oh Lisa,-if this is what I should maybe not have seen, as you wrote me--- I can`t wait to see it in real-but maybe it is for the someone else....UHHHH I just have to wait and see, lol.
Sending you many hugs- and if I could, some of all the rain we got here, the last many dayes...

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Oh my - what a bundle of prettiness!

June said...

So many awesome packages and gifts have come your way Lisa. Wow, Dawn is the coolest girl on the planet, don't you think??? What a haul!!!

The collages are beautiful, and I think that little upside down lampshade is darling.

...speaking of darling...shirts or no shirts, those kids of your are sooo cute. Hey, if I thought I could run around with no shirt I would, but someone might call the cops :)
sending hugs...

Tina @ TinyBear said...

The package from Dawn is just awesome Lisa - so packed with wonderful goodies, love it all, and Beth´s collage is awesome too.

LOVE your autumn collage - it´s SO beautiful. All the details and the incorporation of natures pieces. Awesome.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend sweetie.
xo Tina

trash talk said...

You truly do have the best radar for hidden jewels. I would have walked past those frame backs without a second thought, but seeing 'em thru your eyes...I "see" what you see.
P.S. Do you think anyone would notice if I ran around without my shirt looks so much cooler.

Anonymous said...

Well, pretty packages wrapped up with string...these are a few of your favorite things...and wow! Lovelies, Lisa!

And if your kiddies make it to the moon in those squished!

Oh, to be a child again!

Hugs! Keep cool! Hope you get some gentle rain soon!

Love and kisses,

Donna said...

Loved this post, all those wonderful goodies you got!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Lisa,
what a wonderful idea with the space ship:)Looks like they had a
lot of fun! Oh, love all your beautiful gifts - swoon.Your nature collage is gorgeous and I'm sure your friend will be over the moon.Stay cool and have a lovely Sunday.

Cheryl De Beer said...

Love that the kids get to play such inventive games and not just plopped in front of the TV! The book collage is beautiuful and all I can say is lucky you - all that 'stuff' boggles the mind. Lookign forward to seeing what you make with it!

Storybook Woods said...

Well you are well loved and rightly soo. What goodies and I love your piece you made!! I am sorry it is soo hot. NOT an issue at my house xoxo Clarice

A Cottage Muse said...

Glad the heat hasn't melted your creativity! Loving your new treasures too!

Cindy said...

Oh did get some fine goodies! And each time I see that (photo backing) art piece, I love it even more! You always make the coolest (no pun intended) stuff. And love the kids rocket ship! Looks like fun! :)


Miss Sandy said...


Can I please, pretty please, ride in your cardboard rocket ship to some place cool? We are supposed to hit 108 this week!

Love all the goodies you were gifted with and the collage you made, beautiful!

Shabby Friends said...

Thanks for all the fun ideas on what to do in this brutal heat. My car thermometer read 110 today. I really love all the little fabric pics. Don't you just love old handmade crochet?

LizlovesVintage said...

Lisa, those shoes are to die for!! I would just stare at those goodies too. What are you planning to do with them? I'm sure your brainstorming at this very moment before the kids blast off to outer space. Ha, Ha!!
xxx Liz

Erica said...

Can't wait to see what you create and decorate with.

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Cottage and Broome said...

Loved......... the box with the shoes, I think I'd leave them out for a very long time too. Beautiful!!!

Linda said...

This post is pure eye candy, Lisa! LOVE your collage...everything about it! What fabulous gifts you received...I'd just want to stare at them, too! And the spaceship building time with your sweeties will stay with them forever...XO

Shopgirl said...

Love all your goodies, and do stay cool. Hugs, Mary

vicki said...

Lisa - I LOVE the spaceship picture - too cute - and those babes~~ they are so precious!

Its been HOT here too my friend - too hot to even sit by the pool! Just stinkin miserable!

Your gifts are a treasure trove of lovliness - yes, I would just want to play with them for days too!

(when you get a chance - stop by and see my latest project - I am donating the profits to our NICU~~)


The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Lisa....I'm so glad you loved your very late b'day gifts!!!! I'm a loser but maybe next year I'll be better??? I'm in LOVE with Beth's collage!!! The colors are so gorgeous to me and the precious basket from Tina is just beautiful, what a great idea too! And you KNOW I love your piece...some one's gonna be awfully happy when they get it!!
It's so good the babies are having a "blast" with good old cardboard boxes, I used to love them too...making houses and such. It's just too blame hot outside!!! hugs and love, Dawn

suziqu's thread works said...

Such gorgeous gifts from Dawn, Beth and Tina - the shoes filled with laces look as if that is the perfect place for them!
Your nature based collage with the fern is beautiful. I am sure it will be a very long time before you might run out of laces (LOL!).
I do hope the weather is starting to cool down a bit for you all!
Suzy xox

Shari Replogle said...

What a beautiful fall collage piece! And all of the beautiful lace, and wedding shoes are true eye candy.
And, love those little elf shoes!!!