Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Word Search: Ceramic Tile

Credit has to be given to VintageStation for this post idea. VintageStation loves to create treasuries based on a search of one word, and in a recent treasury she had the most beautiful and unusual tile photo.

So off I went in search of more. Looking for the largest variety I could find. I found some very interesting creations which I believe came from some very interesting minds. At least one of those minds I know personally, and yep, this one is definitely interesting.

What the Hell  humorous Coasters
I hope you enjoy the variety I found on Etsy and Artfire, and maybe you'll even find something you just have to have. That would be nice.....
Micro Tile Succulent
Russet and Peach Wall Pillow 3-D ceramic hanging tile
3 handcrafted ceramic mosaic cabochons - lovely
MAGAZINE. Coasters. Set of 4.
Set of Four Ceramic Tiles with Seashell Motif
Set of 4 Bible Verses, Crosses and Quotes on Tumbled Tiles
Mosaic Word  Tiles... Mosaic Tiles...MosaicMercantile
Thank you for checking out my blog post, and have a wonderful day.
Pepper, Pep, Helmet Head

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank You!

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country. I tear at the sound of “Taps” played at ceremonies on Memorial Day. “We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them.” –Francis A. Walker.

"Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The alternative name of “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included Washington’s Birthday, now celebrated as Presidents’ Day; Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971."

Today I would like to thank those who gave their lives,  all who have served in the past and those who currently serve plus a huge thank you to all their families and loved ones!

Click on each of the items in the treasury below to be taken to the shop of a military person or a family member of someone who has served in the military.

                                                   Thank You


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Let's Promote!

I thought I'd share my newest treasury today!
What do you have to share?

Have a great holiday weekend!

Happy Memorial Weekend
I'd like to promote my new little matchbooks found in DoodleVintagePlus.  A fun way to promote your business, whether you have a store front location, a website or online shop, I customize them just for you. 
Custom Matchbooks
 (want to thank my blog buddies for letting me promote them)
Thanks for stopping by our blog!
~~~ Duuude ~~~

Happy Memorial Weekend

I'd like to promote my latest gift bag. I know, I know, I'm really hung up on these gift bags. But they really are so much fun to make and I enjoy making each one a little different.  This one is a medium size and I like it.

Kraft Paper Gift Bag with Pink Fabric Roses and Handpainted Stems and Leaves, Medium Size

Friday, May 27, 2011

My Name is Julie and I'm A Wood-aholic!!!

I believe it was the end of last year or maybe the beginning of this year that I shared about some woodworking projects that my Dad had done.  I have been looking at so many sites and shops that have “wood” items that I now have a major fascination with wood.  (okay, I did before, but it’s more obvious now) Doesn’t matter the type, the age or the appearance, I found I really love wood. 

Whether old, new, recycled, upcycled, vintage items or wood fresh from the lumber yard ready to be made into something new.  I dream of having my own little workshop, just like my Dad did, so I could create, recreate and just plain have some fun with wood creations.  Since I can’t do that, I wanted to share some cool items that I’ve found on line.  Hope you enjoy my selections!




(click on their names to go to the items and see their shops)

I’ll take one of each!  Haha
Thanks for taking a journey with me to “woodland”.  Maybe someday, I’ll be sharing things that I’ve made myself.

It’s Memorial Day weekend so spend some time with family and friends, and remember the sacrifices made by others so we can have the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.  Thank a soldier, thank their families and thank God!  Be safe and see ya next time.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Last week, I showed some of the types of hotels we used to stay when I was a kid visiting the Jersey shore. This week, I want to show you an amusement park I visited well into young adulthood, whether it was with family or friends. Take a look back at Dorney Park when it was a smaller family oriented amusement park.

My favorite rides were Journey to the Center of Earth and the great wooden carousel! I remember the swan boats and so many of the old rides and the fun house. Take a look at the link above and you'll even see that a famous movie was made at this park!

Here is a video of the carousel:

On Saturday nights, I'd go just to watch car races as they used to have a racetrack that has long since been forgotten.

Take a look at the park now! http://www.ridezone.com/parks/pa/dorney/dorney02.htm
 It's no longer an amusement park but a theme park.

Wow, this brought back some great memories!  Thanks for taking a stroll with me.  Do you have memories of your childhood you'd like to share with us?

Have a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Got garlic?


Last year we started a little vegetable garden, this year we expanded. We also moved it to a completely different spot.
We moved it into the back yard….the kids don’t play in the yard anymore, they are more interested in going to work or hanging out with friends and boyfriends…..soooo, we reclaimed a small part of the yard to try our hands at gardening. We’ll see how it goes. 

The garden ended up being a little bigger than we first planned, but now that we have everything planted, it’s not big enough.
One thing I wanted to plant is garlic, but after reading about it I have to wait until the fall to plant it for next summer.
Did you know that most of the garlic you buy in supermarkets is treated to last longer, and that it does not have nearly as much taste as untreated garlic?  There are two main types of garlic which is then broken down into several different names, with different tastes. So I figure now I have all summer to decide which kinds I want to grow and to see if I can find them. It is pretty easy to grow and does not need much care. You do have to cure it for 2 to 3 weeks once it is harvested. That could be the tricky part if we continue to have this kind of damp rainy weather we’ve been having lately.

Since I can’t plant any garlic now, I did a little searching (out of curiosity) to see what would show up.


there was a lot that came up and all the pictures here are some of what I found. From vintage to handmade, useful to decorative.  Hope you enjoy looking at these fun items.


Besides all the health benefits of garlic, there is always the fact that it does keep vampires away…. (just something to keep in mind)



Tuesday, May 24, 2011


My family has always enjoyed National Parks and over my life I've been able to visit many of them. They are all beautiful and each one has something unique and special about it. However, my favorite is Yellowstone National Park.

                                                               Old Faithful 

It is our very favorite and stands out as the best vacation ever. Although I have enough pictures to put together my own book, I'm using those taken by a professional photographer to show you the variety of unique charms this particular park has to offer.

From the famous "Old Faithful" geyser to an incredible variety of animals, Yellowstone has it all.

Heart Spring

Morning Glory Pool

Chinese Spring

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Firehole River

Grand Prismatic Spring

Doublet Pool

Gibbon River

Yellowstone Lake

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs




Here are two links if you would like more information.

 This link has a history of Yellowstone National Park:  http://www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/index.htm

This link is where I found these photos and there is a lot more here:

I hope you enjoyed your mini vacation through the park.

Pepper, Pep, Helmet Head