Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Saturday!

Have a great weekend everyone! Sorry I've been a bit MIA recently - there's a lot going on at Cartolina at the moment - we're going through a bit of a growth spurt that leaves me rather exhausted at the end of the day! Not to worry - I've got a vacation coming up next week ;-)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Next year's project

How about this brilliant idea? Crocheting edges on vintage floral pillow cases. What a simple and sweet idea. I'm going to collect a few vintage pillow cases over the next few months and do this for next summer's outdoor pillows. I love taking a blanket and a pile of pillows down to the bottom of our property and lying in the long grass with a book and the cat in the shade. These pillows would be perfect!


Love the stitching on this vintage mexican dress. From Bumblee Buck. I'm sure I had something like this that my aunt in San Diego sent to me in Scotland when I was about 10. I loved it, it was on indigo cotton - I remember it well. I'm sure I was the only kid in Scotland that had one!

Random flowers

Three random flower photos from Pinterest. Love the colour palettes in all of these . . .

Spool table?

I can hardly believe that I am posting this here - whoever thought I would post a cable spool coffee table at The Cafe - but here it is. I think it would be great fun at a cabin - and filled with vintage books it's super cute. You can see more about it here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Window stencils

I absolutely love this idea - stencilling on windows. Especially if you have a cottage or a cabin where you would like some privacy but don't want to hang curtains up. The design is perfect. Now I need to get myself a cottage specifically so that I can do this to the windows ;-) The stencils are from the Stencil Library.

Ric rac roses

Ha! One more DIY!
Vintage ric rac roses. So cute! Instructions are here and it came to me via here! Find yourself some soft, faded, jumbo ric rac and get rolling!

Power cable art

Did you see these here yesterday? Such a fun idea to embrace the miles of power cables that we surround ourselves with these days, and create something pretty! When I first set up the studio I was so obsessed with hiding all the computer cables - I hated seeing them under the tables. These days I have other things to think about - cables are not the first thing I think of when I get to the studio - but I do like the idea of doing something fun with them along the wall under the work tables. maybe the red loopy style would work for us . . .

Monday, August 8, 2011

I thought you might like this tutorial - get yourselves ready for fall (sorry!) A felted blanket made from colourful old sweaters. This one looks brilliant - I'm afraid that the one I would make might look like a dog's blanket but still dog's need blankets too! Instructions are at Better Homes and Garden - who really do have a great website.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


I've been away this weekend at the Quilchena Hotel on The Guichon Ranch near Nicola Lake in southern BC. We had a Jones family reunion and a memorial for Doug's dad who passed away a few months ago. It was a beautiful weekend (I'm not actually home yet - just thought I would post a couple of pictures as we stopped for a bite to eat on the way home.) The historic Quilchena Hotel is located on the cattle ranch that Doug's dad worked at when when was a young cowboy (that's him on the left. His brother on the right.) It's a great place to stay - everything is pretty much as it would have been 100 years ago - if you ever get the chance to stay there I thoroughly recommend it. More tomorrow, see you then :-)

Doug's dad started working at the ranch in the 1950's - the hotel wouldn't look quite like this then but still, it's a great old shot!
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