Monday, August 31, 2009

Picking fabrics

How does one pick fabrics for making aprons or anything else? It all lies in the eye of the beholder. One persons tastes may not be anothers. That is why there are so many different styles and fashions and choices to be made.

Now somethings I can see visually and other times I need to see things all laid out together. Take yesterday, my husband was talking about putting rod iron fencing with wood posts. Now I could not see how it went together so he took me to Lowe's and showed me pictures and low and behold it can be done. But it was not with white painted posts and black rod iron but with natural wood posts and black rod iron. That is why I could not see putting it on my front porch, since I have white wood posts.

Now fabrics is another thing. I can look at some fabric, raw, in other forms such as curtains, table clothes and clothing and see how it would look cute in an apron. I guess its just what you have an eye for.

Look at this:

This was once a curtain valance and when I saw it I just knew it would look great as an apron.

This apron was an table cloth in its former life.

Picking fabrics is all in a matter of taste and also thinking beyond yourself and your tastes to think of what others might like as well.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

What is organza?

Many times people shop and buy items and not really know what type a fabric is made of and the uniqueness of the fabric. Today I've chosen to tell you about organza since it is what several vintage aprons are made of.

This is from

Originally a lightweight silk fabric, organza is a plain weave that is created using nylon, polyester, and silk or a blend of any of the three which results in a translucent look. Nowadays, though many organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon, the most luxurious organzas are still woven in silk.

Chinese organza is still often made completely from silk filaments. Italian and French organza is generally sturdier and often includes nylon filaments as a blend with the silk. Organza produced in India and the United States often uses a mixture of nylon and polyester to create usable organza that is both cost effective and smooth to the touch.

This is from

Organza has a number of uses around the house. They are great for window treatments, adding a romantic touch to the bedroom by applying as a netting over the bed, draping over lap shades and suspending and draping over the walls. Make sure to use the lamps that have low wattage so that the organza doesn't burn. They also can be used as room dividers too.

This is from my shop:

When it comes to attire, organza is a staple of formal dresses and other feminine wardrobe items. Wraps that are overlaid with organza can produce a sophisticated look that will draw many admiring eyes. One of the main uses of organza is in the creation of wedding dresses that help to make the big day all the more special. Between wedding attire and uptown evening fashions, organza has a secure future in the world of fashion.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

New listings

I just love vintage and especially aprons. Those sheer organza aprons with all the frills just remind me of being a little girl and mom having such pretty aprons to wear. I want to keep each and every one of them but need to share them with others so they can experience the fun of being sexy and hot will serving food to your family or at your next party.

Such lovely embroidery detail in this pocket.

This sheer light blue apron is so cute with lace trim and embroidery pocket. It's a must for those entertaining night at home.

This black floral apron is reversible, didn't even know they made reversible aprons in the 50's but I guess they did.

Both sides of this lovely apron are just adorable!

Low Fat Pita Pizzas Recipe

•8 regular pita bread rounds(not pocket type)
•2c tomato sauce(1 15oz.can) mixed with
•1-2tsp pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
•8-16oz. ground turkey meat mixed with
•2-3tsp pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
•1/4c water
•1/2 small onion,minced(optional
•8 good sized mushrooms,thin sliced (optional
•8-16oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
•1c sliced black olives(optional)
•veg. oil spray

1.Preheat oven to 425 . Lay pitas on a cookie sheet big enough to hold them in a single layer(use 2 if needed). Mix tomato sauce wit pizza seasoning,set aside. Spray a non-stick fry pan with veg oil spray,add ground turkey,breaking it up as you add to pan. Cook over med-high heat until all the pinkness is gone and it is getting a bit brown(ground turkey never gets really brown and crispy). Sprinkle with pizza seasoning,mix well,add water,mix again and let simmer-the turkey meat will absorb the water during about 5 mins of cooking time over med-high heat.
2.Spread each pita with about 1/4c of sauce. Sprinkle with diced raw onion,sliced mushrooms,or black olives as desired. Sprinkle with cooked turkey,top with an even layer of mozzarella cheese.
3.Cook in preheated oven for 20-25 mins until cheese is bubbly and brown. Check after 15 mins as ovens do vary.

These recipe came from Group Recipes

In my recipe I use lean ground beef and instead of tomato sauce I use a jar of spaghetti sauce. Very taste and easy to put together on a lazy night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Where are the jobs?

With todays job market failing and so many people are unemployed I thought it might be important for others to know where to find the best cities for jobs.

According to US News the top 10 cities for finding jobs in 2009:

As the largest city in an isolated, sparsely populated state, Anchorage residents account for almost half of the total personal income in Alaska, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. This is a young city, where the median age is just about 33, and payrolls continue to grow. Last year, in the depths of the recession, Anchorage officials proudly marked their city's 20th consecutive year of job growth.

While the city's crucial tourism and shipping industries have been bruised by the recession, jobs have been added in education and health services, and in government, which represents 20 percent of the city's jobs. Retailers also continue to move into Anchorage: Target, Kohl's, Lowe's, Best Buy, and the Sports Authority have opened new stores.

Arlington, Va.
As neighbor to the nation's capital, it's not particularly surprising that the federal government is Arlington's largest employer. The Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the State Department are among the employers here.

This concentration in government jobs has, not surprisingly, helped cushion Arlington during the downturn. But the county's economy is not wholly dependent on its proximity to Washington. Private companies have a significant place here as well. Among the largest private employers are US Airways, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and Marriott.

Columbus, Ohio
For one thing, Ohio's capital city is smack in the middle of the state--and pretty central for much of the country--and it boasts a strong transportation and distribution industry. Columbus's distribution employment has grown by a third since 2001, while the rest of the nation, on average, is down.

You can, however, thank the city's diverse economy for much of its resilience. Healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and even the tech industry contribute plenty of jobs. Some of the city's major employers include Ohio State University, OhioHealth, Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, Bob Evans, and Limited Brands.

"We're a little bit better off than the U.S.," says Carl Bonham, a University of Hawaii--Manoa economics professor and executive director of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.

Tourism rules Honolulu's economy, and many of its large employers are hotel chains. The jaw-dropping peak oil prices of last year, plus this recession's pullback in consumer spending, caused pain to the tourism industry nationwide, and Bonham doesn't expect Honolulu's tourism revenues will return to their peak for several years. But government is nearly a quarter of the city's employment, which helps bring stability to the larger economy. As well, the Bank of Hawaii and Queen's Medical Center are among the city's top employers. The most in-demand jobs over the next decade are expected to be in retail, higher education, and nursing.

Texas has proved enormously resilient during this recession. Unlike nearly all other metros, IHS is projecting that Texas cities will add jobs within the next year. The job markets in Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Austin have all been steadier than average nationally.

You can also thank the world's dependence on fossil fuels for the state's success, particularly for the economic health in Houston. Houston is home to 27 Fortune 500 companies, including ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil. While commodity prices have been volatile during the downturn, demand is climbing back up in part thanks to stimulus from overseas and the recovering U.S. economy, according to a report by the Dallas Fed. Like other steady cities, healthcare is an important part of Houston's economy. For example, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Medical Center, one of the nation's top hospitals, employs more than 17,000 workers in Houston.

Oklahoma City
The strongest near-term growth will come from the professional and business services sector and the healthcare sector, Tomarelli says. Indeed, the city's economic expansion following the 2001 recession was broadly based. Local government and mining jobs grew the most rapidly. The city's economy has also been helped by the presence of the Tinker Air Force Base and nearby Oklahoma State University.

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City boasts a diversified economy and is another spot rich in natural resources, including the one of the world's largest copper mines. The city's largest employers include Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Utah state government.

Shreveport, La.
Entertainment, such as gaming, is no small industry in this city, which has worked hard to recover from harder times. Leisure and hospitality employment has actually grown in the past 12 months. Shreveport also has a new $100 million convention center, the stabilizing force of Barksdale Air Force Base, and Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

The state will be in the top four for fewest jobs lost, according to IHS. One significant development is Haynesville Shale, a Jurassic-age rock settlement that may be the largest deposit of natural gas in the continental United States.

Tallahassee, Fla.
While the government sector is responsible for nearly a third of the city's employment, the city has also been helped by its universities--Florida State University and Florida A&M are both based in Tallahassee--as well as an economy driven largely by small businesses that may not have contracted as much in the recession, says J. Michael Pate, a program director for the Knight Foundation.

Wichita, Kan.
The Wichita housing market has resisted the wild swings in value that have done so much damage to other U.S. cities. The city even managed to add jobs last year.

Wichita's modern-day economy is still closely aligned with its past, when it earned the title "air capital." From the time local workers labored to build the Cessna Comet in 1917, aviation has been important to the city. Boeing, Cessna, and Hawker Beechcraft maintain a strong presence. While the aviation industry has been affected by the downturn, the local skill sets in Wichita are highly technical and specialized. Wichita's healthcare sector may be the strongest in the state--education and health services employment has risen 4 percent in the past year.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday's feature

My tulip aprons were featured on Linda's blog! I entered the competition and won a slot to be featured!
Linda B's Blog: Linda's Top 5 Friday Features

Thank you Linda for including my aprons in your Friday Feature!

Yesterday's vintage finds

Vintage hunting was very much successful yesterday.

This lovely black reversible apron is too cute.

It has a pocket on both sides.

Light blue sheer vintage apron very dainy.

Zebra linen is fun and playful, I need to create with this one too.

Chef blooming apron

Emroidered linen towel, need to figure out what to make with this.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Healthy Salmon Patties Recipe

I have decided to added a weekly recipe to my blog for those who are looking for healthy foods. My favorite place to look is at I'm always pleased with the results. But I know it can be hard to decide which recipe to try so I will include one recipe a week that I have tried or a friend has tried. If you would like to be featured on my blog submit one of your favorite recipes. It does not have to be healthy or low fat but a favorite.

This Recipe was found on

SERVES 4 -6 , 8 patties

1 (14 ounce) can salmon (red or pink)

1 large egg
1 small onion, diced fine small size (or half a medium sized)
1 celery rib, diced fine
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
6-8 drops Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry dill weed
1/8 cup sherry wine
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

1 Place canned salmon with fluid in a large bowl.
2 Add next 8 ingredients and mix well to break up the salmon.
3 Add last 2 ingredients and mix to evenly moisten the oatmeal and breadcrumbs.
4 Form into patties like burgers (typical yield is 8 patties).
5 Fry in olive oil (or any other favorite healthy oil) at medium-low temperature for 4 minutes per side. Patties should be medium golden brown with a slightly crispy crust when done.
6Place on a paper towel covered plate to drain and serve while still hot.
7Although you could serve with tarter sauce or malt vinegar, you may find everyone enjoys them plain.
8Smaller patties can be used as an appetizer.

By: Chef #450966

Now my own version I omitted these items:
2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
6-8 drops Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry dill weed
1/8 cup sherry wine

I added garlic powder, onion powder, Italian grinder seasoning, and garlic grinder seasoning by McCormick. I used 2 cans of Salmon and 1/2 cup of low fat milk and 2 eggs instead of one and 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs. Very tasty. I served it with a mixed green salad and dressing of choice, mine is 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sharing love through prayers!

I've had a vision for over two years to share love through prayers and tangible objects. I wanted to be able to give away something that would encourage those who are sick and in need of healing. While praying and sorting things out I came up with prayer shawls and lap blankets. Now I don't know how to knit or crochet but I can sew. So with some divine inspiration I came up with fleece blankets and or prayer shawls with embroidered inspirational words.

My first challenge was to buy an embroidery machine. Two years ago I went to a local sewing store and the sales person told me I could not buy a machine for under $7,000. Now that was way out of my budget. So I kept praying and kept searching for a machine under a $1,000. And I found many machines under $1,000 brand new on the Internet. I really think the Internet can be a God send if you don't allow it to control you. LOL

I got my embroidery machine in November of 2008, and just recently learned how to use it. I believe if God gives as a vision for something he will provide a way to attain it. God is so good.

So now my adventure begins. I sell prayer shawls or lap blankets to bring healing and inspiration to those who wear them. I use only one word for positive affirmations so they can be given to non believers and not be offended.

I have chosen to use colors also as inspiration in choosing what positive words to be sown on the blankets. Listed below are the colors and their meanings. You can pick your favorite color and have one of the words listed added to your blanket or you can pick a word and find out what color goes with the word. I take custom orders. I sell these blankets so I can make more to be given to those who are sick, morning or just need a touch. 20% of all blankets sold will go towards making more blankets to be given away. All prayer shawls or lap blankets have been prayed over by my prayer team, Christian Women's Outreach Inc., CWOI.

Red: blood, love, passion, war
Wine: blessings, mercy
Pink: hope, love, passion
Fuchsia (Hot Pink): love, joy, compassion
Orange: fire, harvest, praise
Gold: glory
Yellow: friendship, happiness, joy, celebration
Green: growth, life, prosperity
Aqua/turquoise: healing
Light blue: heaven, heavenly, peace
Medium blue: faith, happiness,healing, life, loyalty, water
Dark blue: loyalty, truth
Navy: warfare, worship
Purple: justice, power, royalty, strength, victory
Lavender: grace
White: faith, hope, purity, perfection
Ivory: beauty
Silver/gray: wisdom

God brought special miracles when prayer covered handkerchiefs, aprons, towels, and wash cloths were placed on the sick then diseases and evil departed.
Acts. 19:12

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What is Etsy?

According to Wikipedia: Etsy is a website that provides the general public with a way to buy and sell handmade items as well as vintage items and craft supplies. Handmade items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, and toys. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee. It has been compared to "a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay", and to "your grandma's basement".

Etsy also encourages a friendly community between buyers and sellers similar to social networking. There is a Forum section for discussion and networking. Members can contact one another thru an internal message system called Conversations. There is also the option to make a shop or item a Favorite or "Heart" them so you can keep track of shops to easily find them later and be updated of their new items. There is also a section for Custom requests called Alchemy where members can request or offer custom handmade goods. Etsy also supports "street teams", groups of Etsy sellers affiliated by location or interest that work together to promote their team members. Members of etsy are sometimes referred to as Etsians.

Be sure and check out my etsy shop when you are searching for new, vintage and handmade items.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Getting ready for a giveaway!

I'm getting ready for my first giveaway. It's coming September 1st-30th. In order to enter into this drawing you will need to leave me a comment and list what your favorite item is in my shop.

I will reveal on September 1 what the item will be. So be on the look out for this new exciting item. The official drawing will be held on Sept. 30 and will be announced on Oct. 1.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recipe Thursday

I have decided to add recipes on Thursdays that I have tried or others have tried for
those of us who would like some new ideas on healthy foods.

I would like to feature different blogs or shops and their favorite recipe. I would like healthy recipes but am interested in anything that you find to be your favorite.

If you would like to be featured then please email me your recipe at

Together we can experience new ideas and new foods and learn from each other.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What is Zumba?

I recently had fans ask me what is Zumba? Zumba is an aerobic work out to cultural music and different dance moves such as Salsa, Hip Hop, Belly Dance, Merengue, etc. I've included a video from youtube so you can see exactly what is Zumba.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bling Bling

Today was Bling Bling Zumba! We had as much dancing as we do dressing up! I'm always up for costumes.

Here I am with one of my Zumba buddies Elaine.

Here's our group. Don't we look cute?

New Vintage Finds on Vacation

I just can resist while on holiday with my husband to at least stop at one thrift shop to look for some aprons and fabrics.

Black and white floral table cloth.

Cute little white apron makes hostessing look fun.

Burgundy scrolls on creme valance, will make a lovely apron.

Teacher themed apron with encouraging sayings, "Sow Seeds of Greatness"

Reminds me think of headless horseman or the God Father with the horse head in the bed scene. It actually is a cute western horse apron.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Apron is Featured on Youtube!

Tonight I was doing a google analytics to see what words are linked the most to my website. In doing so I ended up at YouTube at looking at red aprons. Low and behold is one of my aprons here too. I was so excited to be on this video. It was such a surprise and exciting to be on YouTube with one of my aprons. The apron featured here is my red polka dot retro apron with mini hearts for the dots.

Monday, August 3, 2009

34th Annversary Getaway!

For our 34th anniver- sary, we choose to stay close to home and go to the remodeled Bricktown. Bricktown canal and scenery was modeled after San Antonio's Riverwalk and began the remodel in 1993. Now Bricktown is no way as grand as the Riverwalk but it comes very close. It has gained the tourist that the city hope to gain with the remodel. We've been down to Bricktown before but not alone with out all the family.

Friday night we went out to Olive Garden and had a nice evening there. Saturday we went antiquing at local thrift shops and found some great finds. Now this was not my husband's idea but mine, but after 34 yrs he just does things at times to make me happy. He's such a good sport. Then in the evening we went down to the canal and rode the water taxi at Bricktown.

There are lovely sites to see along the canal including larger than life iron statues of pioneers and 2 mini water falls.

After dinner we went across the street to the 14th annual Reggae Festival. It was so much fun. People of all cultures were there. The funny thing was that the older adults were in the middle of the crowd with chairs. The men sat and watched while most of the women danced. The younger crowd were up at the stage being regular groupies. We were there for only 2 band groups but the ones we heard were singing songs about "Jah", God, and about treating your wife or lady as a queen. It was really awesome, I never thought they would be singing about God at a Reggae Festival.

For the romantic interlude we rode the adult water taxi cruise. Meet a newly wed couple and some service men with dates. It was a fun night. We rode the water taxi 3 times that day.

Sunday we went to Church and ran into my niece who lives in another town but was visiting her friends at the same church. Sometimes its just a small world after all!

Then we were off to check out Bass Pro Shop, that place is totally amazing. It's like the great outdoors only inside.