Saturday, July 31, 2010

~PINK SATURDAY...Sweet Pink Rose Postcards For You~

Happy Pink Saturday!

 (First...check out my previous POST for a fun Christmas in July Giveaway!)

Now...if I'm counting right this is my 11th time to join in with Beverly of How Sweet The Sound and her PINK SATURDAY Celebration!!!  I hope you'll stop in and check out not only Miss B's Blog but check out the other peeps taking part in Pink Saturday fun!  
Now...normally I show you sweet pink things I either have in my home or maybe even things I make.  I've had a super-duper-busy-week finishing up special orders for Christmas in July and I'm due for a weekend of rest.
So...hope you don't mind if I lazy-out a bit and just show you some of the VINTAGE PINK ROSE POSTCARDS I have in my collection.  Most were scanned in many moons ago so the DPI might not be too high...but feel free to use these on this post if you'd like.
 Just LEFT CLICK and they will enlarge and then you can RIGHT CLICK and copy them!
I've collected pink rose postcards for as long as I can remember!  I especially love the ones that showcase the artwork of Cathrine Klein.  She is my favorite PINK ROSE ARTIST ever and all the ones I'm showing you today are copies of her original artwork!
Have you ever seen such lovely blooms?  I think not!  Every rose she painted is divine and I absolutely adore her work.  Hands gifted by the Most High I'd say!
I've never come across a single pink rose (or any other color!)image of hers that I didn't flip out over! 
Thank you for stopping by today!  I'll try next week to get back to my regular pink-lovin' pictures!  In the meantime I hope you can use some of the images I've shared!

Have a lovely PINK SATURDAY...and don't forget to check out my GIVEAWAY that started yesterday!  Here are some pics and the LINK to enter!
Love to you~

Friday, July 30, 2010


Christmas Cottage Pillow

Happy Friday, Peeps!

I'm excited to share with you today what will be my tenth giveaway since I started my blog back in January '09!  

See the Pillow above?  Someone is going to WIN IT!  The Pillow was made using a vintage reproduced postcard image originally painted by non other than Miss Frances Brundage.  Fashioned using several pink rose cottons, vintage lace and buttons and even some aging ribbon.  It's sweet and very similar to ones I will be offering up closer to Christmas on my A Gathering Place Website.
Pinky Snowmen

In addition to the Pillow the winner will also receive a set of hand painted Snowman Ornaments!  This charming little trio are made of metal and come sugar-coated in real ground glass glitter!

Like I's easy to enter!  Here's what you do:

1.  Leave a comment on THIS POST for one chance to enter.

2.  If you are a FOLLOWER of my A Gathering of Thoughts Blog you are automatically entered once. 

3.  Do a blog post about my GIVEAWAY for a third chance to win (don't forget to let me know you've done this!).

4.  Grab my Pillow or Ornaments Picture and display either of them on your sidebar for a 4th chance to win (don't forget to let me know you've done this as well!)

And...that's it!!!!  You have FOUR chances to enter your name for these freebies!

The drawing will run from the time of this post and end on August 12th at 11:59PM and a winner announced the next day.  

Have fun and happy entering!

Love to you~

Thursday, July 29, 2010


~A Sweet New GiveAway Starts This Friday~

I'm excited to share with you that I will begin my Christmas in July Giveaway on Friday the 30th of July!  I'm barely getting it in before the end of the month because I've had a hoppin'-busy last 30 days!  I hope you'll come back and enter your sweet little self into the drawing!

Over the past month I've been busy working on new designs using some fabulous vintage graphics.  I'm always on the prowl for better, clearer versions of the images I've collected over the years as they are NOT all created equal.  I've come to understand that many of the old prints that today continue to peek our interest were sometimes reproduced using sub-standard versions of the original artwork.  

Take these graphics for instance...
Both of these Frances Brundage prints are versions of her original artwork.  The one on the bottom came from an old trade card and what I believe is closer to her original painting.  The cleaned-up version just above it is marketed a lot.  The babes face appears to me to be widened an/or shortened and her eyelashes look like spider legs.  I can see where both might be very desirable but there is a huge difference between the two.

Now...look at these...
Above are two more examples of the artwork of Miss Frances.  I actually think both of these versions are great but the one on the top I believe is closer to the coloring of her original work.
 The last example I'll show you are actually copies of one of my most favorites of all of Brundage's work.  The postcard on the top, although very, very old, was made using a copy of her work that came with several generations (copies) of the original print.  The image isn't clear and her eyes look incredibly dark and sad to me.  The one below it is fabulous as you can actually see her tiny eyelashes and detail in the beads around her neck.
I've made several sweet little pillows using the image from the postcard.  I finished a pillow earlier this week using the one with more clarity and I love how she came out.  She was nestled into a pretty pink rose frame...

Here's a peek...
I'll be back sometime tomorrow with details about the Giveaway!  Hope you have an awesome day!

Love to you~

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


(Left Click The Pictures To Enlarge)

July 27th is always a day of remembrance and celebration for my Mr. AGPMan and I for it was 18 years ago today we purchased our home, the one I lovingly call my La Chaumière de Briarwood.  Some of the photos I'm going to show you will be a repeat as it's been a while since I've snapped new ones.  Hope you don't mind!  I'm going to try and give you a few before and after shots of just what our home looked like in 1992 and what it looks like today.  It's easy to forget about ALL the work that has been done to make what was once just a shell of a house a real home.  
In July of 1992 I was 33 year old.  My children were still very young, my beautiful son Brandon was ten and my sweet Adrienne was only seven.  The years flew by...  During those years we found ourselves planting and painting, cooking, cleaning, repairing, decorating, teaching, loving and learning...and while we were all busy living life my two babies were growing up.  Today they are both happily married and making wonderful lives for themselves.  Life on Briarwood was always bustling with activity and quite honestly~since the day they both said goodbye it's never been the same.  I miss the two of them more than I can say.
~Hideous Wallpaper~
(It Stopped Half Way Up)

The day we moved into the house we still call home it was a total and complete mess (no wonder we got it for a song)!  There wasn't one thing updated in it since it was built in 1970. The wallpaper, flooring, cabinets and baseboard all looked as if they'd been beaten to a pulp.

And I hated most everything inside the house but I LOVED her bones!!!
~Our Stairway Today~

Noooo Nooooo Noooooo wallpaper for me...not anytime soon anyway!  After working so hard to get what was once on our walls OFF I have no desire to EVER hang anymore back up!

Now...if my guy sees that I've posted this picture of him in his bright red shorts he'll kill me (sniff...he's sooooo young!)! wouldn't be right to show you pics without showing you WHO has done MOST of the major work in this house...
~Removing The Hideous Wallpaper~

When we moved in the original wooden double doors were really torn up and the leaded glass diamonds were about to fall out.  After pricing new doors (they had to be custom-made) we ended up repairing the old ones and used them for eight more years. the right of my guy you'll see the opening to another room (it use to be our formal living room).  This room was flanked with very dated turned poles and the space was a catch-all. We really disliked them so we took them out about 12 years ago and sealed up the gap... 
 ~Installing French Doors~

Last Christmas the opening was widened AGAIN and new (vintage) French Doors were installed.  We turned the room from a formal living room into a formal dining room.  As our brood has grown we've needed more room for big family dinners...  I love it when everyone comes over!  It's wild and crazy!
 ~My Favorite Room~

My guy does truly beautiful work!

The picture below is really terrible but it is the only one I have taken of our family room when it was still dark.  The entire den was paneled when we bought the house.  It was that thick expensive stuff and it took me about 6 months of begging before my Mr. He-Can-Do-Anything-Man would let me paint it.  I mean I BEGGED!!!!  Then...once I started painting I never stopped.  I wonder if he thinks he helped create the monster that now lives inside me! :):)
 ~Dark and Drab~

It's hard to tell in this photo but the ceiling had large beams across the top and there was this horrible gold and avocado wallpaper on it as well.  notice we had no mantle either.  Where would we hang our Christmas Stockings...?  The beams eventually came down and after unsuccessfully trying to steam off the wallpaper we opted to lightly texture over it!  It's stayed in place all these years!

I'm sorry I don't have a recent picture of our den to show you!  My chairs are now at the upholstery shop (gee...wonder what that fabric from yesterday is going to be used for!) and things are fairly torn up right now. can see the lovely mantle my guy made for me...another one of my most favorite things he's ever transformed!  The fireplace is fairly wide but not very deep so he really had to get creative to get the look I wanted.  I'm happy to say he nailed it!  He also re-trimmed the bookshelves with new moldings...the original wood trim was that scallopy kind and again was very dated.
~Brandon and His Momma~
August 1992

Now...before you start cracking up over this picture and me with my BIGGOLA hair and Bran's pink shirt...let me tell you we had a shadow behind us and my hair (and his hair!) just wasn't that poofy.  It WAS poofy...just not THAT POOFY!  And...bright pink shirts for little boys were popular in 1992!!! :) this shot you can see WHY I painted my fireplace brick.  We also removed all the bricks that were below the bookshelves.  This not only created more of a hearth but it also gave us about eighteen more inches of usable floor space.
~Adrienne and Her Momma~
Easter 1993

Now...see that red and hunter green peeking out?  EEEK!  The biggest mistake I've ever made in decorating was putting dark, dark, DARK blackish green carpet in this house.  I had to live with it for a LONG LONG LOOOOOOOOONG time, too!

My Adrie-Girl was about eight here...just a little older than my Miss K is right now!  She was such a little doll at this age and I miss her so much...I also miss my very YOUNG and THIN FACE!  BAH!

In the photo we are standing in the corner of what is still our breakfast room (where the three vertical plates are hanging on the wall below).  My guy pushed the wall back about a foot to give us more space in that room as well!
~Cottage White & Lovin' It~

Once we begin our total kitchen makeover (after the master bath makeover that we are currently in the middle of!) I'll show more of the original kitchen, downstairs baths, etc.  Right now we still have the tile we put in in 1992 but won't be changing it out until several other things are scratched off the list.

Lots and lots of work has gone into making our La Chaumière de Briarwood all we dreamed she would be on the day we first walked through her doors.  How thankful I am for answered prayer... 

(Thank you, God, for 18 years of beauty and bliss...)

I hope you enjoyed the mini-tour of the home we love.

Love to you this summer day~

Monday, July 26, 2010



Well...this beautiful Monday morning finds me a bit out of sorts and I'm hoping one of you peeps can help me!


See the gorgeous cottage rose fabric above?  Well...I've looked in vain for a solid week trying to find the name of the fabric and I have absolutely STRUCK OUT!

The fabric is a JAY YANG DESIGN but I don't have any other information on it!  The ground color is cottage white and the flowers and roses are a combination of pinks (not orangey like they are coming up!) and very, very pale creams.  The leaves a muted...sort of a soft sage color.


Well now...wouldn't you know that Miss Julie Marie from Idyllhours came up with the name of the fabric and where I could buy some of it!  Julie found it at!  I actually looked at that very website yesterday so I either missed it OR it was just recently listed!  Anyway...THANK YOU, Julie Marie!  I'm jumping up and down doing the happy dance!  Because of you I just snagged 3.5 more yards and then another 7.5!!!  I now have MORE than enough fabric for my project!!!

Thanks to all of you who commented and were willing to LOOK for me!  You are wonderful! xoxoRebecca

(Original Post Below)
I found the fabric at our local Hancock's in the Flat-Fold section and I'm needing a bit more of it!  I would be over-the-moon HAPPY if one of you can possibly tell me the name of it


If you just HAPPEN to be at your local Hancock's Fabric Store and find any of it I would soooo pay you for your time, shipping, costs, etc.  I'm hoping to land 10-12 yards of it but I'll take anything you can find!

OK Girlies (and my handful of guy followers)...can you help me out???  SOMEBODY OUT THERE has got to know the name of the print and maybe even where I can find more of it! 

I'll take pieces, remnants, etc.!

I've looked for hours on-line via Google searches using tons of keyword combinations and came up empty!

Thank you sooo much! 

You Rock!

Love to you...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

~SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN and He's Faithful Again~

 ~A Gathering of Sunday Thoughts~

I've always loved Sunday Mornings.  They represent not only a day of gathered worship for me but also bring back to my mind the best (and the worst) of my childhood memories.  Whether I was watching my beloved Father buff his well-worn shoes to a brilliant shine or indulging in a single frosted coconut donut (a real treat on a preacher-man's salary), you could count on the day ushering in more than it's fair share of love, drama and sometimes even things that tested our faith.

Someone in my family was always fighting to get into our home's one tiny bathroom...

Someone(usually ME!)was continually (and frantically)looking for a lost shoe or a missing white sock (gee...some things never change!).

My brother and I were constantly arguing over just WHERE we would sit on the drive to church (neither of us wanted to sit in the back seat on the middle 'hump').

And then there were days...

When we found ourselves thankful for the found pennies to purchase gasoline for our broken down, barely running car and for the food-pounding from our local church...
(I will always be grateful for those who generously gave the 'good stuff' from their pantry and chose to gift us with something OTHER than canned Okra or Spinach.)

  When times got really tough (and they always did), when the cake donuts were gone, spare pennies couldn't be found, the cupboards were empty and when only outgrown shoes and clothing filled our closets...

Our faith stood strong.  For this I owe my parents a wealth of gratitude.  My father's faith was unshakable and he believed God would keep His promise and supply all our needs.  And He did.

Today I'd like to remind those of you who might be facing days of loss, discouragement and life altering experiences that God never changes.  He loves you and wants to bless you.  He's the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Below are the lyrics to one of my favorite newer inspirational songs.  I've had it on my eBay About Me Page for several years and I hope it will be a blessing and encourage you this very day.

Note to my sweet sister:
No one sings this song more beautifully than you!  Remember what you told me in 2003 when I was in my darkest hour..."What may seem really big for you isn't for God" ~I love you most~Beck

"He's Been Faithful"

by Cathy Goddard

In my moments of fear,
Through every pain every tear
There's a God who's been faithful to me
When my strength was all gone,
When my heart had no song
Still my God has been faithful to me

Every word He promised is true
What I thought was impossible
I've seen my God do

He's been faithful, faithful to me
Just looking back His love and mercy I see
When in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He's been faithful, faithful to me

When my heart looked away,
The many times I could not pray
Even then He's been faithful to me
The days I've spent so selfishly,
Reaching out for what pleased me
Still in love He's been faithful to me

And every time I come back to Him
I see Him waiting
With His open arms 
And I know once again

He's been faithful, faithful to me
Just looking back His love and mercy I see
When in my heart I have questioned
And failed to believe
He's been faithful, faithful to me

Love to all my visitors this beautiful Sunday~

Saturday, July 24, 2010

~PINK SATURDAY...A Fun Pink Me Up~


Hello my sweet pink lovin' peeps!  I hope this lovely ***PINK SATURDAY*** finds you happy and well!  I've been layin' low for the past couple of days trying to make myself feel good about a REALLY TOUGH decision I had to make earlier in the month!  It's good to get back to thinking clearly again!  Thank you Miss Beverly of HOW SWEET THE SOUND for hosting our weekly party!  I hope each of you visiting with me today will mosey on over and check out some of the other parteeee goers!  It's always fun and more pink than you can imagine!
(I hope you'll go visit Miss Wanda at Victorian Home 1885 to see her pink pretties!)

My first offering at the top is of a sweet vintage shelf I purchased earlier in the week at one of my favorite antique shops in OKCity!  I filled her up with some of my past PINK OFFERINGS!
Aren't these roses wonderful?  A little Tussy Mussy was fashioned out of three of them!  Sweet!

Isn't this the neatest thing?  It's an old coin saver!  Not sure how old it is but my guess would be that it hails from the 1950's!

I love this old print.  It hangs in my studio!
~Vintage Pink Candlesticks~

I found these darling old candles, brand new-old stock, at a local estate sale about a year ago.  I burned them once (I hate unburned candles) and now I just look at them!  New tapers can't compare.  Yummo!

I showed this charming pink Curio Cabinet sometime last year.  It is filled up with some of my most favorite pink finds!  
~Vintage Pink Rose Hat~

I bought this darling old hat at a Flea Market two Saturdays ago.  It's petite and a little funky and sweet~  But...
~Vintage Pink Rose Hat~

This one steals my breath away!  I purchased this one at an estate sale in June for $15.  EEK!  SCORE!
~Vintage Pink Rose Ensemble~

I have a real weakness for vintage rose dishes.  This little trio is a real keeper!
~Vintage Sewing Machine Cover~

Sometime last year I purchased this old sewing machine case/cover in Guthrie, OK.  It was a grayish black and was filthy dirty.  I brought her home and repainted her with several coats of cottage white paint!  Of all the things I've ever painted pink roses on this one little beauty remains my favorite.  I kept her, too!

Last week the little cottage pillow above sold on my A Gathering Place Website.  One of my longtime buyers bought it and then sent me the picture below to show me how it was displayed.

I've never seen a Mannequin and/or Dress Form made with a little Shelf and thought it was the coolest thing!  My friend bought the pillow especially to display inside it!  Haven't found such a thing in Oklahoma! (Thanks Miss M for allowing me to use the photo!).

And...that wraps up my PINK PRETTIES for this week friends!  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Blessings for an awesome weekend!

Love to you~

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