Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring & Easter Cloche Display

One of my many collections consists of vintage textile spools. I was determined to make something out of the extra large spool – that alone stands 15 1/2"! I have used shorter spools to make a stand for a glass cloche and vintage pie pan, and thought the larger spool wood be perfect for the large chicken wire cloche.

The pie pan is lovingly warn with little bits of rust and patina. The wire cloche is light green with wood knob on top. A vintage skeleton key and a Victorian advertising card hang from the knob. Three light blue turquoise colored speckled eggs are nestled in the bird nest lined with moss. A square piece of vintage burlap rests under the nest.

A unique Spring centerpiece!

Available in my Etsy shop ~ cattales.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Crafting With Putka Pods

I am hooked on putka pods – miniature dried pumpkin shaped seed pods grown on trees in India.

These are great for decorating – add around a pillar candle, use in potpourri or create decorative wreaths and topiaries.

Though it is time consuming hot gluing each individual pod to the floral foam, it is well worth it once completed!

For the miniature wreath, moss was glued on top of a small grapevine wreath, then finished with the pods. A piece of jute was added so it can easily hang from a peg or knob.

For the large natural color wreath, a round green floral foam was used. Once I had two rows along the outer edge and two rows on the inside edge complete, it was easier to fill in the center.

The topiary was a little easier to make. I started on the bottom of the floral foam cone and worked my way up to the tip. Having various sizes of pods helped in filling in the gaps. Adding an old patina clay pot and moss makes this a wonderful holiday centerpiece.

If you would like to purchase putka pods for your own projects, please visit my Etsy shop, Cat Tales.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Two years ago we planted a few hydrangeas bushes, and this fall, the color on the flowers are fantastic with tones of pink and green.

I may make a wreath as there are a lot of stems, but in the meantime, I am displaying them in a vintage owl vase and an old wood crate.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Do you remember when your mom would buy special outfits for Easter? We all looked like little grownups! My mother would love to dress us up in a new coat, bonnet, purse, white gloves and patten leather shoes.

I came across this photo recently and had to share. The little man is my brother, and my sister is in the light blue and I am in the yellow coat – yes the one with the big head and large gloves!

Wishing you a wonderful Easter and hope it brings you many fond memories throughout the years.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vintage Cluster Earring Magnets

Over the years my collection of vintage earrings has grown – the cluster type design are fabulous. I show them off by transforming them into pretty magnets. Currently they are displayed on a vintage iron trivet.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Schoharie Antique Show

I went to my first Springs Antiques in Schoharie show yesterday. Turned out to be a gorgeous day for a drive. There were so many vendors and so much to look through.

I did score some wonderful finds, including linens at $1 each and about 3 lbs of buttons for $15. The pint jar was a must have for only $5, and the egg basket will be filled with moss and faux eggs – a perfect decoration for Easter.

The vintage wood spools have already been transformed into organizers. Vintage tart mold were attached to the tops – perfect size to hold small supplies. They will be listed in my Etsy shop very soon.

Monday, July 8, 2013


As I was outside picking a few weeds, I noticed how gorgeous the flowers and perennials were and decided to photograph their beauty.