Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Peek at My Week...New Camera Edition!

Well, hello there! I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit. I have been getting some much needed rest this week (my first week of summer break) and I have been pretty productive too! I have been working on a Professional Development ESE course online for work and that has been taking about three hours of my day each evening. I am over half finished with it though so that's good news. I have been sewing, playing with my new camera, piddling around the house, counting calories, and walking in the evenings. I am determined to have a fun, healthy, and productive summer!

Today I had to go buy groceries, so of course, I ran by the Hospice Attic thrift while I was out. I am getting much better about not buying too much junk when I go which is a good thing. I was so tempted by this mid century piece though. It would be awesome in my craft room but I didn't room to haul it home. It was an absolute steal at $7! I was so tempted to pay for it and ask them to hold it, but I didn't. I don't need another project right now. We are about to start building our porch and it's going to be a BIG project....36 X 10 feet and screened in. I can't wait!

All I bought was a couple little shelves for my classroom which I didn't photograph. I will later this summer after I give them a makeover. I also bought these adorable little containers to use for Skittles or some other treat in my classroom. They were still sealed in plastic and $0.49 per pack so I got all four for under $1. :) I bought one thing for home which you will see in a bit.

Earlier this week my new camera was delivered. I am loving it! I have a LOT to learn but I have faith in myself and I can do it. It came with two lenses, a camera bag, spider tripod, and about a dozen other odds and ends, including an SD card. 

I bought some bias tape and fabric at Wal Mart while I was out and this became my subject to shoot earlier. I am using up lots of scraps and small pieces of fabric and am sewing up some buntings. I love them and am making several to change out on my new porch for the seasons.

I fell in love with the fabric on top and found two others to coordinate with it to make a fall bunting.

I had to have these the cherries and the birds. The one in the center has plates all over it. So pretty!

Here is the one thing I bought for home at the thrift. A pedestal milk glass dish. It is different than any others I have. It was $1.98. It is kind of a dreary day today and the sun has been playing hide and seek since our rain this morning but I like this picture and think it turned out really pretty.

Again, just playing with the new camera.

It takes such clear photos.

I have been wanting a DSLR camera so I could get the blurry background that I love.

Bashful is not a willing subject...he kept looking away.

Surprisingly though, Sadie looked right at the camera and I got several shots of her. She probably doesn't realize what it is...yet! 

Yesterday I was in the mood to create, so that's when I decided to raid my scrap basket and fabric stash to cut some triangles for buntings. 

My desk is covered in various fabrics I pulled out for a couple of upcoming projects. A quilt for my daughter, Miranda to take to Prague with her, and something for my classroom.

Here are dozens of triangles waiting for me to sew them.

And here are a few I stitched up yesterday. I am hoping to get back in the craft room in a bit to sew some more. I can't wait to get one completed. This one will be in pinks and blues. 

I would like to share a link to my friend Teresa's blog, Magazine Your Home. Some of you may already know her and know about the cancer her dear husband, Toby is battling. This is a plea for help for this sweet, fellow blogger. They can really use it right now. Please go visit her and if possible, make a donation. Even small donations add up and will help. I'll let you go read for yourself and if you click on the GoFundMe link, you can learn more about the terrible cancer that Toby is battling. Prayers for Toby and Teresa and for each of you. As always thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...


  1. Dear friend, I want to thank you so very much for sharing about my husband on your blog. You are a dear and kind person and I will never forget that you have always been there for me. May God bless you Vicky.

  2. Oh Vicky, I swooned when I saw all of your sweet fabric! Wouldn't it be grand if we could get together and have a crafting day? :)

    I LOVE your new camera! You are going to have so much fun with it and the photos you shared are stunning. Enjoy your weekend, my friend! Happy hugs to you!

  3. You passed on a $7 piece of MCM furniture!?! I am going to take your thrifting license away. I would have had to drag someone off the street and make them buy it. Love your banners. I still have the 2014 banner you made for me. I use parts of it in different ways.

  4. I also can't believe you passed on that MCM china cabinet! Swoon! I would love one like that. I do understand though. Lots of pretty fabrics and I love the buntings you will make. How fun. So sorry about your friend, I will visit her blog for sure.


  5. Unreal that any thrift would even sell that for $7. It won't be there long, very cool and retro. How great you sew and can make buntings in lots of themes and color schemes. Sweet fabric. Enjoy your new camera. Sorry about your friend's hubby, so difficult.

  6. Looks like you're enjoying yourself already! Love those fabrics-really like the one with the little birds on it. $7? Did I read that right? What was wrong with it? LOL.

    I, too, read Teresa's blog. Just heart wrenching. I've been praying for them...need to go check out the latest and see what else I can do to help.

  7. Good girl for resisting a great buy at the thrift! I have to control myself constantly. I wasn't as successful yesterday! I am motivated lately to buy things to craft with and your whole post has given me inspiration. Love all the cute fabrics you found. How exciting too to have such a nice new camera to play with!

  8. Aww man, I can't believe that hutch thing was only $7... I want to get something like that for my dining room and I really love mid-century design these days! Good luck with your camera, the pictures you're taking look awesome, I would be very intimidated!


  9. Lots of great things going on! I think that your pictures with your new camera are really good! Hope you keep enjoying getting to know it! xx

  10. Do my eyes deceive me? Is it true? VICKY IS FINALLY SEWING AGAIN!!!!!!!! LOL

    You have some really pretty fabric for your bunting, what a great idea. Can't wait to see it on your new porch.

    Prayers for Teresa and her husband.

  11. Lovely pics and great new camera! Sending prayers Teresa's way. Have an awesome summer.

  12. I am excited for you on getting a DSLR.. I am still working on figuring out mine.
    You take such neat pictures already, you will be a pro in no time!
    Beautiful fabrics and looking forward to all your projects.. a screened in porch, that is awesome.

    Sorry about your friends, prayers sent out.

    Have a wonderful and blessed weekend my friend.

  13. The fabrics are so pretty, can't wait to see what you create with them. ENJOY your summer! My daughter was born in the summer of '69 I feel old. Happy Birthday!!!

  14. Enjoyed all the photos! I am trying to practice more restraint myself! LOL!



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