Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Let it snow...

... let it snow! 


Let it snow!!
::: Wishful thinking ... :::

Happy Wednesday!
♥ Vicki

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween in the House!


 Love this antique architectural wood piece salvaged from an old barn in Kentucky!
I placed a small pumpkin in each indentation. 


The vintage cast iron cauldrons hold candy { which I am trying hard to resist! }.
I put candy corn in the antique glass apothecary jars. 
I wanted to use black jelly beans, but couldn't find them anywhere. 
There's always next year ... 


I like to display things under glass. This cloche covers a couple of old poison bottles ... a skeleton ... antique opera glasses ... and a small pumpkin.


Just a window into my home this Halloween season... 
BOO to you!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sit for a SPELL



Meet my new friend, Medora

I love visiting with witches,  
but, unfortunately, I can only sit for a spell ... 
because I have a mile long to-do list today!

Happy Wednesday! 
♥ Vicki

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Happy Fall!


Just put the finishing touches on McCormick ...
and now ~ for some reason ~ I'm in the mood for pumpkin pie!

Have a yummy day!
♥ Vicki

Sunday, September 21, 2014

One flew over...

... my studio.


So I caught him and forced him to wear a party hat!
Mr. Crow is none too happy about it ...
but I'm sure ~ in time ~ he'll change his tune!




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

And so...


...it begins!

Strange how cooler weather causes changes in decor.
I'm in the mood for fall !!


from my laboratory!

Hee, hee!
♥ Vicki

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Monday!


Happy Monday ...
from Renninger and me!!


♥ Vicki

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bonnie and Clyde


Something new ...
from my studio!

Best witches,
♥ Vicki

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Whee...!

The weekend's not over! 


Eat, drink...


...and be merry!


Have a fun tomorrow!!



Friday, August 22, 2014

Today's forecast:

Frosty ... with a chance of snowmen!



 Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat and my attempt to cool things down a bit,
but I've been busy building snow folk!
Hope to have them finished this afternoon.

TGIF!!

Back to the meadow ... ♥ Vicki

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This picture was taken roughly 15 years ago in Rocklin, California, 
when the local newspaper did a feature on me and my business.

Walk down memory lane with me, please, because 
Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses 
is celebrating an anniversary!

I can hardly believe it but I'm proud to announce that 
Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses is 25!
25 years … practically a lifetime.
They say, "Do what you love
and you'll never work a day in your life."
It's true.
I can’t even begin to imagine how many dolls I’ve created over the years.
Wish I’d kept track. 
This business has traveled around the world with me (Tokyo, Japan
... and across the country, too (Delaware, California, and Texas).

I still remember my very first craft show in Lewes, Delaware.
I made rabbits … yep, that's all ... just rabbits.
{ Hey, stop laughing! This was back in the late 80's and rabbits were BIG!! }
I was so excited … my new “career” was going to allow me to make money while staying at home with my 2 little ones. I’ve always been crafty and I loved to sew { I had a degree in Home Economics, for goodness sake! }. It was a win~win situation.
But alas, my hopes were dashed when I didn’t sell the first rabbit!
:::sob::: 
Did I let that stop me? Nope! 
{ And yes, I’ve been called stubborn on more than one occasion! }
I simply added to my repertoire … raggedy dolls and Santas and bears … oh, my!
I’m happy to report that my next craft show was a resounding success!

And so it goes…
25 years later, I’m still at it.
How lucky am I to get to do what I love?

A big thank you to my family, friends, and loyal customers 
for their support over the years. I certainly couldn't have done it without YOU!

Hugs,
♥ Vicki

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wishing you...


... a lovely day!

♥ Vicki

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's black and white...

...and red all over?


I had such fun making Mollie ... 
and her little dog, too!


Smiles,
♥ Vicki

Friday, July 18, 2014

I scream for...


...ice cream! 
I know, I know ... it's July you say!
But I say it's the perfect month for ice cream ...
or, better yet, a sundae topped with hot fudge and a cherry!
Mmmm...!

Happy Weekend!
Smiles,
♥ Vicki

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How about them apples?


We received a yummy surprise this week! 
In honor of our anniversary, a very sweet person sent us a pair of chocolate and caramel covered apples!! I told her they were too pretty to eat ... but ~ you know me ~ I couldn't resist! And trust me, they tasted as good as they looked!!

Thank you, Mary...from the bottom of our ♥♥s!!
Hugs,
♥ Vicki

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Here's to us!

My husband and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next week. 
How did 30 years go by so quickly? 
It must have happened while we were raising two beautiful children ... 
while we were buying and creating homes in four different states ... 
while we were living in a foreign country ... 
while we were busy with our careers, goals, dreams, and life. 
Thirty years sounds like a long time but, trust me, it isn't. 
Would I do it all over again? 
In a heartbeat!

Here's to us!
♥ Vicki

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!



Smiles,
♥ Vicki

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My inner tomboy...


You are probably going to think I'm strange { let's just say quirky ... I like the sound of that  adjective better } but I've been searching for an old toy truck for a very long time. If you've ever priced antique trucks, you'd be amazed at the prices they fetch ... and being the tightwad that I am, I could never fathom spending that many pennies on one! 

While out junking this weekend, however, my darling hubby walked up to me with one in his hand and asked, "Are you interested in this?" Does he not know me?!! { Of course he does ... otherwise he never would have picked up that truck in the first place! } I hissed under my breath, "Yes!" I couldn't believe my good fortune! And then he said, "There are more." I nearly fainted. "Where?" I followed him and snatched up two more trucks lickety~split. We walked over to pay for our treasure trove and the owner of the trucks said, "You're taking my old trucks?" The first words out of my mouth were, "No take-backs!!" ; )  He proceeded to tell us how he played with those old trucks when he was a young boy in the 1950s. I thanked him and told him that I would give them a very good home ...

And I will ... I promise.
 { Pinky swear! }

Serendipitously yours,
♥ Vicki

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Heavens to ...

Betsy!

I finally finished a new doll! 
Yippee!!
Let the parade begin...

Smiles,
♥ Vicki

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hopping down...

 Bluebonnet Trail!
We spent Easter weekend in Houston. 
On the way back home, we ventured off of the highway 
and traveled down a country road in Ennis, Texas,
where the bluebonnets were blooming most recklessly! 








Sometimes it's nice to take the road less traveled...

Enjoy your day!
♥ Vicki

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOVE...



...was in the air this past weekend!

My daughter got married!
:::happy dance:::
Here's to her happily ever after!


Always,
♥ Vicki

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hippity Hoppity...

...spring is on its way! 
I promise!!

Have a beautiful week!!
♥ Vicki

Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy Camper!


Love this vintage camper! 
It's a mobile craft store ... filled with scrapbooking goodness! 


I just spent a delightful weekend at a retreat in Scurry, Texas, with 15 of the sweetest, most talented, and funniest women you'd ever want to meet!


It's a lovely get-away in the country ... 


...filled with the cutest bedrooms!



The smell of freshly baked cookies greets you when you walk through the door! 


We experienced another treat ~ high tea ...


... complete with clotted cream and lemon curd!






Happy times!
Yummy memories!!

Have a lovely week!
♥ Vicki

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Look who I spotted ...

 ... on the bunny trail! 
Spring can't be far behind!
Yippee!


Have a happy week!
♥ Vicki

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Follow the Yellow Brick Road ...

 ... to eBay and you'll find Dorothy ~ created in honor of 
the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz!


Thanks for peeking!
♥ Vicki

Monday, February 10, 2014

Think SPRING!


I'm thinking spring...
I'm thinking spring...
I'm thinking spring!!!



Have a happy week!
♥ Vicki

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Something old...


In case you're wondering where I've been lately ... 
I've been preoccupied ...
with a wedding!
My daughter is getting married in the spring!
:::happy dance!:::

I attended her bridal shower yesterday
and couldn't wait to give her this gift
created by That Old Blue House!
The pendant includes swatches of satin and lace 
snipped from the wedding dresses of 
three generations of brides in our family. 
My daughter will wrap the
pendant around her bouquet 
and walk down the aisle 
carrying a piece of history from my wedding, 
her grandmother's wedding. 
and her great-grandmother's wedding!


I'll try to finish a doll here and there ...
but until she says, " I do! " ...
you'll know what I'm up to.


Smiles,
 Vicki