Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Is There A Funeral in My Near Future?

Yesterday I went to the doctor. I've been having abdominal pain and I decided last Friday at the height of the disturbing ache, it was time to go.

After waiting an hour and twenty minutes to see my doctor, whom I really like, I was intrigued by what he said.

It could be my gallbladder. I was expecting to hear this and felt kind of relieved.

We need to run some tests, he said. For a couple of reasons. Gallbladder disease is common in women starting around the age of 40 and pregnancy can bring on gall stones.

The other is to see if my gallbladder is in fact, dead.

"Dead gallbladder?" I asked.

"Yes" he replied. "Dead. We don't want it to rot inside of you."

Ooooooooooookay. Now this was not good news. And NOT what I expceted.

I had never heard of this before. The gall of that gallbladder.

Let's hope when I go for testing this week and next the results are not of the post mortem kind.

After all, what kind of flowers would I send?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Weekend Review & A Movie

I think this weekend just flew by. It usually does when we pack it with so many things to do.

First, Dear Hubs worked all day at our church's car show & chicken barbecue.

It was HOT. I brought Dear Bebe. It was HOT. We left soon after we arrived!

Then after the car and chicken event ended, we went to a friend's house for dinner (same chicken barbecue) and after our tasty meal (we also indulged on the first corn on the cob of the summer) our little toddler's played in the pool. It was a great, relaxing evening with nothing to do but watch the kids have fun. There is no picture unfortunately because I forgot the camera card for my camera! My friend took pics and I am waiting to get them from her.

When we arrived home, we decided to watch our Netflix movie that had been sitting on the table for a few days. Ever since we had Dear Bebe the movies just do not get viewed as quickly or as often as we used to.

Extraordinary Measures was a really good movie! It is about a family with two children who have Pompe disease. This disease sabotages the muscles and organs and eventually kills the children by the age of nine. The father was determined to do everything he could to keep them alive. So, he finds eccentric doctor (Harrison Ford), Robert Stonehill. Ford did a pretty good job of playing the doctor but it was a little bit of a mixture of Indiana Jones meets cranky Han Solo. Ha! No, really, he was convincing. The movie conflict occurs when the two unlikely characters team up to create a drug no one had ever been able to fathom, all while watching time tick away as the sick children get nearer and nearer to death. This pretty much keeps the viewer interested in the outcome and a little bit on the edge of the seat, so to speak.

Brendan Frasier played the father. This was a good, serious role for him. I have not seen too many good Brendan Frasier movies. Keri Russell plays his wife although she does not get as much of the spotlight.

Now that I am a Mom I could really relate to the desire to DO ANYTING AT ALL POSSIBLE to find a cure for such a debilitating disease affecting children, especially your own. It also made me realize how fortunate we are for our healthy little Bebe. I try not to take for granted how blessed we are to have her and thank God for her everyday!

So without further ado, I'm giving this movie three and a half popcorns!

Then yesterday we had church in the morning and then naptime (thank goodness). After naps Dear Hubs went to fill up his antique case at a local antique mall with some goodies. (I however did NOT get to go antiquing this weekend! Oh no! Oh yes! Must find time this week!)

I made a great summertime dinner (using leftover said chicken from earlier barbecue) and then took Dear Bebe to get ice cream and see some animals at a small zoo.


And now I'm going to try and catch up on my housework.

A weekend of fun=Messy House. The two usually go hand in hand!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I hope you dance

It is hot. It is summer. It is time to celebrate!

I hope you dance this weekend in whatever you do.


PS. Photo credit goes to Pea Pod Photograhpy. That's my little sweetpea!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mini Me

Awhile ago I wrote about creating Bella Rosa Antiques T-Shirts.

I thought about giving one away if it turned out well. My first attempt (above) did not turn out too great. I'm not sure if it was the fabric but the transfer did not come out of the wash in good condition. Kind of wrinkly.

I've learned a few things about mentioning a giveaway before I've come up with the goods. Don't do it! I had high hopes of making this giveaway a Pink Saturday post. I had purchased a few pink shirts just for the occasion. One to give away, one to wear, and one for my favorite little toddler.

The T-Shirt transfers I bought were the wrong kind for a pink t-shirt. Who knew there were white tshirt transfers and color transfers???? (Note to self: read the label!) Duh!

Lesson learned.

But I sure had fun making a teeny tiny one for Dear Bebe.

I'll see how it washes, because this one turned out well. So cute!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sassy Mini Shoe 75% OFF ~ SALE

These little collectible shoes are so cute.

While Dear Bebe is taking a nap I've been working on my website. I saw that I had only five shoes left from the original mini shoe inventory I had purchased.
All of the shoe ornaments have sold.

So I decided to share them with my bloggy pals for 75% off!
That makes them only 3.20 each.
(plus actual shipping)

Kind of sassy don't you think?

They display really well and give a feminine touch to your dresser or vanity.

(Thank you, this one has SOLD!)
A little pink peony heel... to brighten your day!

Leave me a comment, email me, or simply
go to the Bella Rosa website and pick out which one you'd like!

Monday, June 21, 2010


... and the livin' is easy. It is so good to see the bright blue sky and the green green grass.

It's good to see Dear Bebe out and about enjoying everything. We took her to a local Family Farm Days to see the cows, pigs, chicks. She loved it! (There is a photo in my last post of her looking at a little chickie.)
We also bought her a little pool. She was so excited she was running around... checking out the water going in.

And of course taking the water out. So cute.
I will take hot summer days over cold cold winters anytime!
Let's celebrate the first day of summer! Yay!

PS. I have to give credit where credit is due... I was inspired to write a summer post by MJ of Just Sputtering. She's having a giveaway...stop by and see her pretty charm bracelet!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

We Set Aside This Special Day

(Family Farm Days Festival ... Dear Bebe is shown a baby chick)

Happy Father's Day to my sweet Hubby.

Thank you for all that you do!

Love, Mommy and Dear Bebe

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Some (Pink) Days Are Better Than Others

I'm a little late getting my pink post started this morning but I'm not going to let it dampen my pink spirit today... after all some pink days are better than others and I found a lot of things these past few weeks in our favorite color!

Sweet ballet prints... the little ballerina in my house (Dear Bebe, yes she has already started doing some dancing!) almost had these hanging in her room.
It takes much will power to not keep everything.

An ad card for Scott's Emulsion of Cod Liver Oil. Ewwwww!
But the artwork on the front was so lovely...
I loved how patriotic it is with "The Twins" holding the American flag.

Cute little creamer with a great pink floral transfer.

Here I put together a trio of vintage items.
The pink rose postcard of course, is my favorite.

I just know ya'all understand that when I see Burgundy it really
appears as PINK in my head.
The color plates in this copy of Alice are stunning. Again, I had visions of cutting them out and framing them for Dear Bebe's room but I couldn't take scissor to the book.

And speaking of great color... look at this pair of rose paintings. PINK!
What more could I have asked for when I found these?
The canvas is wrapped around a 2" thick wooden frame.

I had just seen these in one of the magazine's recently ...
I remember playing with them when I was a little girl.
These are possibly even older than I am.
Victorian china never loses its appeal with me.
Anything that withstood the test of time while
being breakable finds a soft spot in my heart.
Plus, the little petite pink roses give it the extra..... "awwwwwww!"

Vintage Japanese lanterns.
These are smaller than the others I listed a few weeks ago. They would look cute together, strung every other one, with little twinkle lights for a summer time party.

This pink rose dish has me intriqued this week. It is shaped like a bone dish but it's size tells me it is not exactly a bone dish. Much larger at 9 inches long and 5 inches wide. The back stamp reads "France" and another stamp shows where it was purchased, 5th Ave, New York!

With all of this pink goodness I am certainly tickled this week. I hope you were too!

For more pinks to fill your fancy check out Beverly's blog at How Sweet the Sound.

Thanks so much for stopping by... see how many other pinkies you can visit today.

I'm off to work at our antique booth so I'll try to stop back later

and catch up with you all!
Enjoy the day!

(And yes, these finds are my latest items up for sale if interested)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alice Went Hippity Hop In (My) Wonderland

Yes, yes she did. Right into my shopping basket.

I love looking for old books. Kind of like how the hunter seeks out his prey, I spy for antique books. I guess you could say it is my kind of Wonderland!

And when I find them I clutch them as closely as possible as though I've just found an ancient treasure map. That's what I did when I saw this old Alice in Wonderland book. I'm guessing it is from somewhere between 1910 - 1920's.

So that makes this one is pretty darn old, showing some wear...

But some of the color plates inside are FABULOUS! (Illustrated by John Tenniel) The things a crafter could make with them are just too many to mention. I was tempted to cut them out of the book to frame and place in Dear Bebe's room in a few years.

I just couldn't do it.

So now it is available in the Bella Rosa Shop , just for you!

Hippity hop, hippity hop.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Making a Spectacle

Recently I came across antique glasses while hunting down inventory. The frame is a lovely gold color. ( I'll have to get out my magnifying glass and look for a gold stamp.)

Today I am making a spectacle out of them.

Perfect with a stack of books, a favorite vignette of mine. Not just any book of course. How about any OLD book? Or three!

The glasses and books will be available on my site very soon. Plus a few other finds that didn't quite make the last listing. Last that is, but not least!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Flag Day ~ Three Cheers

It's flag day!
Hold it up high!

Be proud, wave it around!
Our flag is representative of our independence and our unity as a nation, under God, indivisible.
Give Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!

Friday, June 11, 2010

First Car

Remember your first car? Mine was a red Ford Escort. It was better left by the side of the road where it usually ended up!

Here Dear Bebe has her first car. A red Radio Flyer! Dear Hubs loves the vintage look which reminded him of the old time red wagons.

I'm still trying to teach her how to "push with her feet!" Hopefully she won't have to do that to her REAL first car.

And while the car is red, Dear Bebe is wearing pink. (As usual, would I have her wear anything else?)

So stop on over....there's more pink chit-chat (not reds) on Beverly's blog at How Sweet the Sound.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

One Woman's Treasure: How do you know what to buy?

Is it junk? Or is it treasure?

Determining this can be fun or it can be frustrating.

My biggest rule of thumb, which I don't always remember to abide by is, if I'm not happy with keeping it when it doesn't sell, then I shouldn't buy it.

Most of the time I just try to keep it fun. When I saw these old wooden letters they spelled fun to me!

I've discovered Asian themed items are not a hot seller. Then again, I must confess, I did not buy this oriental themed mirror. Dear Hubs brought it home. I do think it is very pretty! I love the ornate design at the top of the handle.

This was another item I thought was really neat (and old) but it has not sold. An old "Laundry Account" pin cushion. I guess it was used to keep track of shirts, pants, etc.

Now this...THIS I wish I had ten more of. A Souvenir of France silk apron from the war era. Gorgeous! It sold so fast I didn't even get to enjoy it for awhile. Maybe I'll come across another in my travels.

Like this little souvenir cutie from Paris. Definitely a treasure. But I didn't have to go all the way to Paris to find it. It was right here in the county we live in. I wonder who originally owned it and what they thought of France. Many items were brought back by soldiers after the war.

Maybe the question shouldn't be.... "how do you know what to buy" but rather "how do you know what to keep?"