Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog & Giveaway

Welcome to this year's Grow Your Blog (GYB) party, hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full! I am Patty Antle and this is my third year participating in this fun party where we meet bloggers from all over the world! When Vicki held her first GYB party, I had just started my blog so it was an instrumental event that helped me learn more about the blogging world. If you are a new blogger, I hope this will help you too!

I like to blog about pretty things of all kinds, quite often things with a vintage flair. Pretty things is a very broad category and I like it that way because it can have so many different meanings. I've blogged about creative things I have made, places that I have traveled, my home, and just about anything that compels me to blog. Recently, I started selling my things at an antique shop called Logan Village Mall in the town of Noblesville, Indiana.

I also opened an Etsy shop in October so I now can use my blog to also talk about things I have for sale.

I like to make greeting cards,

gift tags,

and journals.

On my blog I have written about these wreaths I made,

decorations I made for our grandson's baby shower,

and many repurposed items.

I like to share my daughter's charcoal drawings.

I like working with vintage buttons,


and wooden spools.

I am looking forward to Valentine's Day

but since green is my favorite color, I am especially excited about St. Patty's Day coming up soon!

Die cuts just listed in my shop.

Oh, and I like to crochet, sew, and make birds nest pendants.

As you can see, I like to do it all! By sharing these things, I have met many wonderful people around the world!

Since I am just completing my 3rd year of blogging, this is a great opportunity to host a giveaway! In celebration of this party and my 3rd year blogiversary, I would like to invite you to join in on a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to use at my Etsy Shop. Just leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing! The winner, from anywhere in the world, will be announced on February 15th!

Many thanks to Vicki for hosting this lovely event again this year.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the party!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vintage Girl On Chair Card

It amazes me how my creativity comes together. A few weeks ago, I had designed this card from several vintage kids' photos that I love. But I knew it wasn't complete, so I set it aside.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Happy List: Creativity

1. My 2015 Etsy banners were put to good use as photo ops to bring in the new year. We took one banner with us for a party at French Lick and another adorned the mantle of my friend, Anita.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Florida Horse Show

This seems to be my year of animal appreciation. I've blogged before about the traumatic dog bite I received on my face when I was five years old. After that I didn't have much use for animals in my life. But recently, opportunities have come my way that have allowed me to take a closer look at animals and learn about the joy they bring to people.

First of all, last May my friend Anita invited me to drive with her to her former home to attend her daughter's baby shower. Her two dogs, Bogo and Lenny, were very well behaved while they rode in the back seat of the truck 12 hours each way. I learned about their personalities and observed how important they were to Anita.

Then, my daughter Ashleigh purchased a rescue dog and named her Tangerine. I must admit it didn't take long to fall in love with Tangy because she is adorable, loveable, and makes Ashleigh shine. Besides that, she is my granddog.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year?

Shutterfly offered me a free 2015 calendar so I treated myself. I used images from my blog from the last few months of 2014. It was fun to decide which photo would win for the cover and this one was chosen. It's really lovely, but do you see that I put the wrong year on the cover? Ugh...I must have had 2014 on my mind because that is where the images came from. So...will I relive 2014 or go on to 2015? LOL

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 in Review

I think that now is a good time to reflect on the past year before starting a new one. Sometimes it helps me to remember and appreciate all of the great things I accomplished in 365 days.

One of my 2014 goals was to visit as many shops as I could in the Indiana Antique Guide. Dan joined me quite often with this adventure and we discovered many quaint towns not far from where we live. We visited shops in Avon, Bargersville, Bloomington, Cambridge City, Carmel, Covington, Edinburgh, Fountain Square, Frankfort, Franklin, Greenfield, Indianapolis, Irvington, Kirklin, Kokomo, Lafayette, Markle, Martinsville, McCordsville, Mitchell, Morgantown, Mooresville, Muncie, Nineveh, Noblesville, Orleans, Plainfield, Rushville, Shelbyville, Speedway, Westfield and Zionsville.

I imagine your state has a book like this too!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holiday List

My Adventures in December:

1. Last week, we spent a couple of nights at The Drake Hotel in Chicago. This is a holiday tradition for us and we enjoyed it very much as usual!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Crafts

I've had fun making holiday crafts lately. First of all, I made these little yarn hat ornaments that came across my Facebook page. They are made with a toilet paper roll and leftover yarn. I got my directions from this YouTube video here. Aren't they adorable!?

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Happy List: Acquisitions

1. Here are Ashleigh's latest commissioned pieces. They are portraits of one of my dearest friend's two sons. We're so glad they got completed in time for the holidays. We love how she captured Brad's beard. And Ashleigh remarked that Beau must be a really cool guy since he has Bill Murray on his shirt. Ha!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Simple Holiday Home Touches and the Memories They Bring

I haven't put out many holiday decorations this year so far, although I keep going through our Christmas stash and bringing out more little things here and there. 

I get sappy when I think about the things I've made, received or purchased over the years that make our holiday home. For example, I blogged here about how I painted this Goodwill angel (several times - ha - and she has remained this color for some time now) and just love seeing her at this time of year. She is placed with other items I have salvaged: the $3 vintage brass wall hanging and the painted globes and dog.