Friday, June 6, 2014

Pink Saturday Surprise in the Mail

Today’s mail arrived with an extra special package! A beautiful little hand made book that our group calls Itty Bitty Books. The first one was made around 2008 and was the creative vision of Mary Ann McKeating. She has been the driving force of our IBB projects for all these years. Together the group has made about twenty of these little treasures.  I’ve shared them in several Pink Saturday posts over the years. The latest IBB was created to cheer Mary Ann as she battled cancer.  The chosen theme was LOVE.

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I could hardly wait to open it.

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We all used creamy tones with touches of Pink. Most

of the  artistic contributors also included lace.

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This was a small group. Some books have 20+ participants.

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We make a page for each person who is participating. We had eight contributors and we made two gift books so each person created 10 copies of their pages.

My Love page celebrated Pink and Paris…

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LOVE is stamped on creamy muslin. Watercolored Pink clouds float behind the Eiffel tower. The page is embellished with old pearls and snippets of vintage lace. We sign our pages on the back;

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Another page is Sarah’s Home is where the heart is…with lots of Pink details and lace.

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She did a second page that is so rich with details…

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I can’t even count the layers and shades of Pink!

One of our fellow Pink Saturday ladies, Nancy of My Crafty Little page created this beauty. She stamped Dream on twill tape.

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She stamped and stitched on antique and vintage envelopes so each page is very different. Even the back is a beautiful creation.

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Another page with beautiful Pink details…

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This book will always be special because it was created with love. Isn’t that so very Pink? be sure to stop by to visit with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see who all is sharing this Saturday.


My Crafty Little Page said...

This was such a neat book - I love all the soft muted tones and colors. Really loved the pagoda page. Great idea that you had for a book and I love your Pink Paris cloud!!!! xo Nancy

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Just beautiful, you are all so very talented. A very sweet memory for your friend.

Patty Antle said...

This is a very sweet idea. Thank you for sharing!

Rostrose said...

This book ist really wonderful artwork - and I love the vintage-photo!!!
Hugs from Austria, Traude

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi LaVerne! LOVE THIS!! I do so want to make one Nancy suggested we do. Will see what develops.

Meanwhile, I'm thoroughly enjoying the banner we did last summer and finally featuring it on Pink Saturday for the 4th of July! Loved participating - thanks for being a part!


Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.