13 January 2009

Finds, friendships and awards!

I wanted to share with you a couple of vintage finds I was excited to get!! Lately I have been attracted to vintage religious figurines, and when I saw this one with these gorgeous colors I just had to have it!!

I think this probably started off as a stool but I loved it on top of my dresser. I will fill it up with lovely things!

This gorgeous embroidery was almost given to me and will become a pillow with the addition of some vintage fabric.

Also, I feel very honored to have received this award from Timi ~ A Girl Named Timi!! I am especially thrilled that this award is written in my native portuguese language!!!

It's the "Proximidade" award. This award focuses not on the glory and fanfare of blogging, but in the PROXIMITY to one another through this on-line world (kind of a Six Degrees of Separation sort of thing)."Blogs who receive this award are 'exceedingly charming' say its authors. This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

Thank you so much Timi!! I always agonize over who to give awards to, as I love and follow so many wonderful blogs... I have decided to award 8 (10) awesome men and women who started their blog last year, just like me, and always inspire me and brighten my day!!! In no particular order, they are:

Teri and Serena at The Farm Chicks

Monica at The White Bench

Zita at Mlle Magpie

Lisa at Antiques and More Blog

Carrell at Country Charisma

Joe and Jermonne at Barn House

Make sure to pay them a visit so you can see for yourselves how awesome they are!!

Last Monday Joy, Diane and I went over to Martha for a "scanning party". Actually we just make up any excuses to get together... I wanted to use Martha's scanner (mine is not hooked up properly...), so she told us to come over and made us some delicious lunch!!

As we sat at the table, this is what was awaiting us!

Isn't that the sweetest gift??!! On top of that, she has just bestowed on me this sweet Lemonade Stand Award for great attitude/gratitude!! Thank you so much, sweet friend!!

I thought I would share a few of the pieces I scanned, feel free to copy and use!!!


  1. your get together sounds like fun...thanks for the scans...what a gorgeous madonna you found, her colors are lovely!!!

  2. Hi Isaabel, thanks so much for the award - you are utterly too sweet and kind. The feelings are absolutely mutual! And I love your latest finds, especially the Mary statue because believe me, they're not all as nice as yours.

  3. WOW Isabel! A BIG thank you!!! Please forgive me if I won't pass it on... but it was soo sweet you thought of me!
    And... I am enjoying A LOT your precious gifts (Hubby liked the postcards, too, and I'm going to organize them!)!!! As for postcards, It's incredible that I OWN the very first one you have scanned, too!!!! Isnt it gorgeous!?

  4. What a surprise!!! Thank you so much Isabel, for including me in your awards. I value your friendship as well, and so appreciate your caring comments and awesome tutorials and postings on your site. I truly feel I have made a new friend! Thanks for sharing your photo with your friends and the great postcards. Blessings to you!!! Carrell

  5. Congratulations on your award-you are very deserving! Such lovely finds especially the Madonna. Looks like a good time was had by all. Thanks for sharing. Debbie

  6. I nabbed all of them! Wow..thanks!
    Cute party :) Now you should have a shredding party...but not with any of these cuties!
    There are also reasons NOT to get together...a friend and I once were trying to avoid someone who was sure to call on the phone with a suggestion for a trip somewhere...we had decided to tell her we had to clean out our purses that day. LOL. I'm not really that mean!

  7. Love your style, thanks for the visit to my blog, I think I am going to try my hand at making some doll hats,I can use several of the old smashed ones I got last week end.

  8. Oh Isabel,
    What an honor! Thanks so much for including us in your list!

  9. Isabel, So glad we could get together. I really enjoyed having all of you here. We will have to make up another reason to spend an afternoon together! Congrats on the award. How nice! M.

  10. I love your Madonna - what a wonderful find! Congratulations on your blog awards.

  11. Isabel, You are so sweet! Thanks so much, you have made my day.

  12. I love your Madonna...I recently started collecting nativities...I'll have to do a post about that!

  13. Your Madonna is fabulous.Thank you for sharing the pics.I love them.Especially the doves.And the peacock is awesome.And congrats on the awards...Ann

  14. I love the Madonna figure....the colors are perfect! Thank you so much for the vintage images.....those are gorgeous. I will definitely be downloading them to use.


    Chloe Rose
    Kindred Roses

  15. It was great to see you on Monday, I love the Mary statue! My daughter Cara collects the religous statues also so let me know if you score any more you're willing to part with! Thanks for the info on the crackle kit, I love the canvas you did, very sweet....

  16. Thank you sooo much Isabel! We are very honored that you selected us for this award!! It has been great getting to know you this year and we definitely look forward to getting to know you even better in 2009.

    J & J

  17. So many possibilities you can do with that stool. I'm sure you'll have it looking great in no time.

  18. Congrats to you! And thank you so much for this recognition. I was hoping maybe you were going to give me the Madonna as my prize. *wink* ~Mindy

  19. Thank You, Thank You, for sharing these beautiful images!!!

  20. Your finds are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your images with us...I can see why you won the wonderful award.

  21. Isaabel,
    Thank you so much for the vintage postcard/cards. I just LOVE the old greeting card post card. Such great art.
    Thank you again.


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