Sunday, March 12, 2023

Vintage Paper Dolls


Hi Friends,

Remember these on rainy days ?

My Mom would glue the pieces to cereal boxes 

for my sister and I to cut out on our own.

We spent many happy hours playing with our creations.

I'm sure my Mom enjoyed the momentary peace and quiet!

We knew the rules about scissors-

Rule 1 no running with scissors!!

Rule 2 no cutting cloth or HAIR!

Save and print on card stock.

Here is Emily, getting ready for Easter in her Sunday best!

This page was from Good Housekeeping Magazine 1984

a favorite of mine by Joan Walsh Anglund

Dolly Dingle

 Save Dolly Dingle in a Christmas outfit-


Pass these one to someone you love!

Tuck inside a card or journal.

xo Lisa S

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Pineapple Coconut Pecan Poke Cake-

Hi Friends.

I made this cake for company this week.

It was loved by all and the easiest cake ever!

Sometimes called a 'Do Nothing' or 'Tornado' Cake.

Poke Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

For the Cake:

2 cups Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 cup Sugar

2 Eggs- beaten

1tsp. Vanilla 

1  20 oz. can Crushed Pineapple in Juice- 

Add Juice also!


Mix ingredients in a large bowl.

Pour into a greased 9'' x 13'' pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 28- 35 min.

Until golden, check to see if done with toothpick.

Remove from oven.

Just poke away! 

I  used a bamboo skewer to poke holes into the cake

right out of the oven.

Next prepare the topping:

1/2 cup Butter

                                                                 2/3 cup Evaporated Milk

                                                                        1 cup Sugar

1 cup Sweetened  flaked or shredded Coconut

1 cup chopped Pecans

1/2 tsp. Vanilla 


Melt butter, 

then add the rest of the topping ingredients.

Stir well.

Pour over cake.

Use a fork or spatula to spread evenly.

Just set on table for now to cool- and refrigerate later

Serve warm or straight from the fridge.

 Serves 12

Can be made one day ahead!

It quickly became a family favorite.

xo Lisa S

Friday, February 24, 2023

Got an Old Scrub Brush ?

You could use it to clean something, but that's no fun!

I have one I don't use anymore so I decided to give it a makeover.

I gave it a good sanding to get rid of what was let of the 

old finish on the wood.

I used some dark wood stain on the brush.

I love to stencil-

Any wood surface is not safe at my house!

I used these stencils from

Cathe Holden at Inspired Barn

You will see more of my projects over there ;)

I use painters tape to hold down stencil-

a stencil brush is needed

and a little dab of black acrylic paint!

After the paint dried, I used a clear acrylic spray finish to seal.

Flipped over it can hold pictures!

Thanks for stopping by today-

I hope you have a great week-

xo Lisa S

Note: I made another and the second one sold

 before I got a picture!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Favorite Vintage Finds- Joan Walsh Anglund Books

Hello my friends,

Today I would love to share with you

another one of my favorite finds.

A small collection of books,

by Joan Walsh Anglund

I have saved since my childhood.

My first book was 'A Friend is Someone Who Likes You'

I later found out is was also the first book Joan published in 1964

Even before I could read I feel in love with her


I wanted to be an artist too!

The wind can be your friend too.

It sings soft songs to you at night

when you are sleepy and feeling lonely.

Sometimes it calls you to play.

It pushes you from behind

as you walk and makes 

the leaves dance for you.

It is always with you

wherever you go,

and that's how you know it likes you.

-Joan Walsh Anglund

see the tiny mouse?

Under the jacket is a sweet surprise....

Some came with box cover slips

along with the dust jackets.

These have some color illustrations.

So detailed and precious.

Just the right size for little hands

One thing at a time

and that done well.

Is a very good rule

as many can tell.

-Joan Walsh Anglund

I  hope this brought back some happy memories

or maybe this author is new to you.

If so I hope you can find a copy.

My public library has many-

I also found Joan Walsh Angland official website

When asked why her illustrations had no mouths, she had said

she had only intended to show

 the pure innocence on the face of a child.

And I agree, that is what we see.

I found out that Joan Walsh Anglund  had past away in 2021 at the age of 95.

She has written over 120 poetry books, with thousands of precious drawings.

Her books give a warm hug!

I encourage you look for these precious books to share 

with your friends, children and 


xo Lisa S

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Little bit of Valentine Decor


Hi Friends,

Just thought I would share today one of my favorite

things to collect.

I love old advertising tins!

Here's one you can be on the look-out for when thrifting.

OXO Bouillon Cubes

With great patina and red and black graphics.

It sits on it's side with a hinged lid.

When the tin sits flat,

the lid can be opened.

I added a candle.

Now it's a sweet little VALENTINE

for the kitchen.

Hugs and kisses!

oxo, Lisa S

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Vintage Needle Envelope Valentines

Hi Friend!

I wanted to share with you some Valentines.

I needed some needles the other day.

 I 'm not sure where they go but they do seem to disappear. 

In my sewing stash, I came across some needles in envelopes.

I usually keep them on my magnetic pin holder.

Instead of throwing the envelope out I thought I could do something with it.

The window in front makes a nice pocket frame.

Here is a postcard from my Ellen Clapsaddle collection.

 I would love to share with you! This sweet little boy was my inspiration.

First I scan and save my postcards.

Then you can print your picture to any size.

For my cut-outs I used printer paper.

I removed the needles.

I measured the inside space of envelope.

I used a piece of scrapbook paper folded in half.

Then fussy cut my boy from the background.

Did you know nail polish works just like paint ?

It can give dimensions to your art.

I added a ribbon pull tab.

Then glued same vintage lace scraps to the back.

When you pull the tab, 

your message will be hidden inside.

Another, with a similar insert.

I punched a hole in the top of the valentine 

and added a bit of lace.

The knot of lace stops at the top.

The 'flower' on the top is a 

book page circle crinkled with a button center.

Decorate as much or as little as you like.

The last one was a full size postcard printed on cardstock.

I used the sewing machine to stitch around the sides.

I liked the way it pulled in on the corners!

I saved this stamp off some junk mail I received-

The imperfect stitches make it unique!

Just a simple card,

the back has space to leave a love note!

Well, I just wanted to share these with you-

I hope you enjoyed your time here today.

Thank you!
xo Lisa S

Vintage Paper Dolls

  Hi Friends, Remember these on rainy days ? My Mom would glue the pieces to cereal boxes  for my sister and I to cut out on our own. We spe...