Thursday, October 15, 2009

Posh Tots!

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday October 16, 2009 as we present "Posh Tots"

sweet hummingbird 10-16

Childhood is a time for make believe and today's tots are growing up in affordable elegance that makes everyone believe that with a little creativity, our little ones dreams really can come true. Children of all ages are being dressed in style and nurseries and bedrooms are decorated in luxury thanks to incorporating vintage treasures from yesteryear. At baby showers, we welcome beloved little ones with fashionable outfits and one-of-a kind treasures, like a vintage silver rattle or heirloom dresses and designer clothing made from vintage textiles. Nurseries and children's rooms are decorated with vintage and repurposed items that once considered ordinary, now add a touch of luxury that inspire imagination. You might catch a glimpse of a vintage chenille blanket draped across the crib or a delicate needlepoint pillows set on a chair. Whimsical and chic bootie planters grace a nursery shelf. Vintage hand stitched coverlets, often hung on the wall for display.
marys cottage treasures 10-16For our posh tots, every first is cause for celebration. There's the first birthday, first step, a first tooth. Parents capture all these firsts in photographs and store treasures in keepsake boxes just the right shape for a child's first coat, her first birthday dress or his first birthday suit.
Every child needs a fairy to watch over them at night and keep their dreams sweet. A fairy house night light, magical and enchanting, lets the fairies know they are welcome in this child's special place.. What girl doesn't dream of a fairy tale tea party? Perhaps a tea pot night light adds a Victorian touch to a little girl's room and whisks her off to dreamland.
roseblossom cottage 10-16Do you need something special for a little girl made of sugar and spice? An engraved silver charm for her first piece of jewelry, or paper dolls that are just like the ones you had when you were a child. For little boys made of puppy dogs' tails, lights in superhero colors to string over a headboard or around a window frame. Quilts with dinosaurs, trains, lions, and planes to add adventure to a little boy's room.With the right accessories and a sprinkling of imagination, your special child won't need pixie dust to transform into a posh tot.
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink
Photo Contribution 1: Sweet Hummingbird Lane | Photo Contribution 2: Mary's Cottage Treasures Photo Contribution 3: Roseblossom Cottage

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pink October Shop Hop

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You Found ItMMP Shop Hops are a type of contest where you try to find as many MMP “shopping bags” as you can. Each of our participating boutiques (see the list below) has hidden a shopping bag image on its website that says, “You Found It!” on the tag (see image to the left). Click that image to return to Make Mine Pink and get credit for finding it. The more bags you find, the better your chances of winning great prizes. See the prize list below to see what you can win!

Anyone (exluding MMP members and employees) can register to play. There is no cost and no obligation to purchase anything. However, if you do happen to find some products you might be interested in, don't forget to bookmark those pages so that you can come back later! Good luck!

Please join us for our annual Make Mine Pink October Shop Hop Monday October 5th. Pink October is always an exciting time for all of us at Make Mine Pink. It's the month that we try to give back even a little more than usual, while at the same time honoring our friends, family and   customers that have had their lives touched by breast cancer.  Please come and have some fun and take a chance at winning some fabulous prizes. Also check out the participating boutiques to see what they are doing in honor of Breast cancer awareness and PINK OCTOBER.

There is no purchase necessary to participate in the Make Mine Pink - Pink October Shop Hop. Just find the shopping bags on the participating MMP Boutique sites, and enter into a drawing to win the associated prize. The Shop Hop begins on October 5th and ends on October 11th. All winners will be chosen the week of October 11th and the names will be posted next to the corresponding prize.

At the close of the Shop Hop, If you see your name as one of the prize winners, you have one week to send an email to claim your prize. Please email: - if prizes are not claimed within 7 days - we will draw a second name.
Make Mine Pink Marketing Tote - Find 5 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

Make Mine Pink Marketing Tote

Have fun shopping with your Make Mine Pink marketing tote. Lightweight cotton, folds up easily to tuck away while not in use.

5 Bags will be awarded.

Halloween Black Cat Soldered Charm - Find 7 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

Halloween Black Cat Soldered Charm

This Halloween Cat with a Pumpkin Soldered Charm measures 1.5 x 1 inch and has been embellished with German Glass Glitter ~

Somerset Life 2010 Calender - Find 10 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

Stunning art from your favorite issues of Somerset Life to create this limited edition calendar, sure to keep you inspired all year long. This beautiful, full-color calendar includes submission deadlines and release dates, along with information about each featured artist.

Antique Copper Cameo Filigree Bracelet and 3 Casual Cameo Purity Soap - Find 15  Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

This antique reproduction filigree cameo bracelet features exquisitely detailed cameo and Swarovski Austrian crystal accents. The one size fits all stretch bracelet has no clasp. Antique copper plated with puple hued cameos.

These elegant full-sized Cameo Purity Soaps are hand-made for us at The Casual Cameo using only the finest quality ingredients and comes in a variety of colors. Individually wrapped.

"Believe in Me Journal" Find 17 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

A lovely vintage inspired journal accented with hints of gold and creamy lace. It measures 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 and includes a coordinating bookmark.

"Hand Made Felt Cupcake Pin Cushion" Find 20 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

This little cupcake will make a most wonderful gift for a collector friend... or yourself! Itsy, bitsy stitches hold the body together and just as small handwork keeps the individual pink decorative crystal beads in place. Sprinkles on the frosting you know! Nancy has made a precious pink rose with green leaves, all out of felt, to top the pastry. Almost good enough to eat! This treat measures approximately 3 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter across the top.

2 Citrouille de Creme Moyenne -  Find 25 Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this Prize. Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

These delightful cream-coloured pumpkins are a  truly exquisite creation using hand-coloured velvet (not dyed) with slight variations and texture. These scruptious pieces features a beautiful quality soft velvet with a lovely textured chenille stem and wool felt leaves.

Each pumpkin is a one-of-kind work of art. Extremely limited availability.

Eres Wonderful - Find All The  Bags and be entered into a drawing to win this GRAND prize.Each participating site has one bag hidden - see list below.

A beautiful old needlepoint ~ one of C'est Chouette's all time favorite rescues~ the needlepoint was cut out the frame (or something) and cut at odd angles~ terribly close to the rose~ luckily Sharon was able to save it to create this awesome pillow.

Another fabulous rescue!  Gorgeous@ 17"square

* In the event that one of the products is not available at the end of this contest, Make Mine Pink reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

** Prizes will be shipped out directly from supplier upon return of confirmation of winner.

*** In the event of an international winner, MMP reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value that is purchased and shipped from winner's country of residence.

Make Mine Pink Employees, boutique owners, and their immediate family members are not eligible to win any of the drawings/prizes.

Where to Look

Here is a list of all of the participating websites. See how many shopping bags you can find. Good luck!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Please join Sisters Gift Company & the Participating Boutiques for shopping with a twist on Friday October 2, 2009 as we present "SIMPLY PINK"

Shades of pink are popping up everywhere. Pink,  once reserved for women's boudoirs and little girl's dresses is now being incorporated into the décor of homes everywhere. Sometimes in hues of summer sunsets, and sometimes bold and bright, pink makes a statement that is impossible to ignore.
Many decorators are "all things pink" fans and put pink in every corner and space - pink furniture, pink curtains, pink accessories. Others' craving for pink is satisfied with just a bit of a favorite shade here and there. You may find a pink pale mirror hanging in the cream colored powder room, an antique pink teapot for tea parties with the girls, or an accent wall painted in a vibrant pink.
Mixing shades of pink makes a room feminine, but the single pink accent in a black and white room can command just as much attention. Towels with pink tatting in a white basket, a miniature pink accent placed on a shelf, or a pink cushion on a contrasting sofa. Even when subtle, pink catches the eye wherever it's used.
Over the past few years, pink has been proclaimed the new black. It's the color that fits in with any theme - from girly to chic, from romantic to modern. Store windows are filled with eye popping pink accessories and furnishings. Designers are using extravagant pink fabrics for whole pieces or to create just a few pink touches. Websites are celebrating pink by selling pink products and giving us ideas for decorating in pink.
What is it about pink that makes us love it so? It's the color of play and delight, yet feminine and strong. It can be whimsical on vintage doll tutus and pink fairy cake pillows. It reflects a bold zest for life when used on larger pieces. It's a reminder of the past on keepsake boxes, and feminine on a ribbon or a rose.
Make Mine Pink represents so much more than just the color pink. It symbolizes women, femininity, strength and calm. Whether you surround yourself with pink or just keep a special pink reminder nearby, pink celebrates life - everything you already are and all your hope for the future.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: Sew Victorian| Photo Contribution 2: Pei Li's Dollhouse Miniatures|

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday September 25, 2009 as we present "TIMELESS TEXTILES"

grandma G's 9-25There are some fabrics that never go out of fashion. As the years pass, they grow more beautiful by adding the threads of history to their own. The original colors might fade, but these timeless textiles stay bright with the memory of the hands that created and cared for them.  The stories they know are never truly forgotten when we make room for them in our lives and in our homes.  
A beautiful damask tablecloth used by your grandmother might grace your own dinner table, completing it with memories of the past and those you love. Linen napkins, slightly worn with use over the years, are now a tradition at every family gathering. Somehow, the table never looks complete until one is placed by each setting. Embroidered hankies handed down from your mother add elegance and sentiment to your bedside stand.
Raspbery Rab 9-25These timeless textiles - hand stitched or hand created - can be worked into almost any décor. Monogrammed pillow cases edged with a bit of tatting - perhaps bearing your own initials or a great-grandmother's - grace your beds. A vintage quilt is draped across the back of your sofa. It seemed magical when you found it, and you lovingly mended and washed it, and adopted it as your own. c'est Chouette 9-25A long lost needlepoint, now rescued and restored, sits elegantly on a boudoir chair, in its rightful glory.
Some textiles are not so old, but they give a feel of yesteryear with a crisp new look. Kitchen curtains crafted from new vintage inspired fabrics hang on a sunny window. Crochet doilies draped over lamps or chair backs add a little extra warmth to a cozy room. A new mini quilt combining delicate hand and machine stitchery is destined to be a future heirloom.
Whether hand crafted, hand created, or stitched by modern machines, timeless textiles mix our stories with those they already know, and will pass them down to generations to come.  
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink
Photo Contribution 1: Grandma G's | Photo Contribution 2: The Raspberry Rabbits | Photo Contribution 3: C'est Chouette |

Monday, September 21, 2009

This afternoon I cut, fused and sewed 6 pairs of Kids Slippers for the Pink Slipper Project. I will ship off the Slippers tomorrow together with the 6 pairs Woman Slippers I already made, yeah!

About The Pink Slipper Project

The Pink Slipper Project - From Soul to Sole, Women Everywhere Stitching to Make a Difference
Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are forced to leave their homes and seek safety and healing in shelters across the country. This year, you can make a difference in the lives of a few of those women and children and remind them that their sisters are thinking of them. They are not alone.
Make Mine Pink and Quilt 'n' Stitch Marketplace are joining together to launch our much-anticipated Pink Slipper Project, and we hope you will join us.
What Is the Pink Slipper Project?
Inspired by Tery Grahl of
Enchanted, The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and the toes of those who will spend this winter living in women's and children's shelters.  We are going to provide hand-crafted slippers to as many of these women and children as possible.
Our goal is to work closely with with Enchanted Makeover’s shelter projects, providing warm slippers to the residents of each makeover project, along with as many other women’s and children’s shelters we can provide for.
Not only will these slippers help keep the recipients warm, they will be a daily reminder that someone cared enough about them to make something special just for them, which goes a long way in the healing process.
The slippers don't need to be pink, but they do need to be warm and, of course, new.
How You Can Help with the Pink Slipper Project
To get this project started, we are looking for pattern designers to create simple patterns for the slippers that will be given away. We would love to be able to offer a variety of patterns so there is something for every skill level and stitch preference...quilted, felted, knitted or crocheted.
All slipper patterns that the Pink Slipper Project provides to the public must be original and have clear instructions. If your design is selected for the Pink Slipper Project, you will get full credit for your pattern design at all times.
If you have your own slipper pattern and want to donate, that would be great too!
Please join the Pink Slipper Project today by writing and telling us how you can help.  From your soul to the soles of women and children in need, you'll be helping women everywhere make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Ways that you can help...
Create simple slipper patterns for The Pink Slipper Project
Create slippers using your own patterns
Get your sewing and quilting groups involved
Donate materials - fabrics, yarns etc.

Spread the word.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
The Pink Slipper Project


Wednesday, September 9, 2009



Wow, that is the only thing I can say, wow!!! Me and the

hubster went to the Honda Center yesterday for a concert

with AC/DC, it is was GREAT!! We had some awesome seats

with the stage just below us, could not have been any better!!!


What a concert, the whole center rocked!!



Sorry about the bad picture quality but I think you get the idea ;0)


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ventura Primer Nats Sept 5 2009


Saturday was my husbands birthday so we decided to do something fun for the day, we decided on Ventura Primer Nationals about 2 hrs drive from the house, just jump on the freeway and we will be there…….Wrong, I guess everyone else decided to get of town too!! It took us 3 hrs and some but well worth it!!  


It was lots of people and ton of neat cars and bikes at the show. The Fairground is just next to the ocean, so the temp was just perfect in the low 70s much, much better then the 90-100s we have had lately at the house.


Cool Gaser!!


The Music was great!


Sweet Panhead! (minus the front fender)


Nothing wrong here…….


or here!!!


No show without some Corndogs ;0) 


Several very talented Pin Stripers showed off their stuff…….


Been there done that!!!


Would not mind at all to have this one!


Nice view!!!


Talk about loooow!!!


Took at nice walk on the beach before it was time to go……..


Could not believe the speed the surfer got up…….


After all that we had worked up a hunger and went to this whole in the wall restaurant we always go to while in Ventura, the service is slow and the place is not fancy in any way but their hamburgers are to die for!! I went for the “healthier” cob salad, I tell you its nothing healthy about it but it taste delicious!!!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!!

;0) Helene

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Please join Sisters Gift Company & the Participating Boutiques for shopping with a twist on Friday September 4, 2009 as we present "Working Round the House"

With the arrival of September, our nesting instincts return. With the kids back in school, there is more time for yourself and to care for your living spaces. It's time to create a cozy fall home in preparation for cooler days and more time spent indoors.
Living spaces that were moved outdoors over the summer will now come back into the house. Afternoon teas in the garden return to the kitchen or dining room.  A favorite vintage tablecloth spattered with hints of autumn flowers pulled from the linen closet and ironed to get ready for the first guests. Your reading nook on the patio will be returned to the living room or den. Favorite pillows ad cushions stitched in deeper shades of autumn, are fluffed to make the corner cozy again.
This is traditionally the time of year we start fall cleaning, tucking away summer accents and decorations until next year.  Summer curtains are put away and replaced with warm fabrics in vibrant shades.
The fragrances of fall fill your home now too, coming in through the windows and wafting from the fall bouquet you placed in a vintage metal bucket on the table in the hall. The scents of a fresh apple pie in the oven, and apple cinnamon scented potpourri that fills bowls throughout your home and simmers on the stove. The familiar scents inspire feelings of comfort and home.
Fall is also a perfect time to begin a few of the projects you’ve been putting off.  The small pieces of furniture you picked up at summer flea markets now hold the promise of becoming your next painted projects. The vintage fabrics you found at neighborhood estate sales will likely become your next stitched masterpiece. The possibilities are endless as we happily work around our homes. Somehow, we never seem to mind. Instead, we settle back into our routines and enjoy the first hints of excitement of upcoming family gatherings and holidays not far off.
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: C'est Chouette | Photo Contribution 2: Patricia Rose | Photo Contribution 3: Grandma G's

Monday, August 31, 2009

Have you had a Fika lately?


Fika in swedish means having a break with friends, family, coworkers etc. The Fika is almost holy in Sweden and usually happens at least twice a day sometimes more……











You can have your Fika at home, at work or at a Café. The typical Fika usually consists of strong Coffee, Tea or Soda and Cinnamon Roll, a Cookie or two and sometime an open-faced Sandwich, Scrimp & Eggs are one of my favorite sandwiches, yum!!











I miss a good Fika place here in the L.A. area and would love to be able to open my own place, maybe one day! Now to my question, what would be your favorite Fika and Fikabröd (fika bread)?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Getting Organized!Please join Sisters Gift Company & the Participating Boutiques at Make Mine Pink for shopping with a twist on Friday August 28, 2009 as we present "Getting Organized"

Business in the Bag 8-28Getting Organized has taken on a new look! From being strictly functional to being functional and stylish has become the latest and greatest way of getting and staying organized. Pretty and stylish organization means that you no longer have to hide everything away in back room closets and filing cabinets. Instead, old locker baskets painted pink and stylishly chic organizers help you get organized in creative ways.

By using decorative boxes, vintage baskets and embellished magazine organizers, you can carry your decorating themeCozy Cottage 8-28 throughout your home, office, and even your laundry room.

Storage boxes filled with odds and ends,  office supplies or ribbons and trims can fit into the décor in any room.  A repurposed basket or box can beautifully organize your odds and ends while keeping them out of the way.  A vintage metal file box hand painted with pink roses keeps your papers safe while adding romantic charm. Pale Pink and Roses 8-28Elegant wooden boxes painted with flowers store photos, CDs and letters in plain view.A vintage china plate might hold a stack of favorite napkins on a table or open shelf. A pretty pink basket can store clean dishtowels by the kitchen sink. A white wicker basket keeps guest towels or magazines, or perhaps organizes your craft space.  Vintage nursery jars can hold cotton balls and other necessities while a refinished side table can keep your address book and notepaper handy.

When you need to organize, forget about boring boxes and folders that will keep everything out of sight. Instead, look around you for creative ways to accent your décor and store everything you need within arm's reach.

Joyce Lucas, Founder

Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1:Business in the Bag | Photo Contribution 2: Cozy Cottage Gifts and Decor| Photo Contribution 3: Pale Pink and Roses


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cozy Seaside Cottage!

Please join Sisters Gift Company & the Participating Boutiques at Make Mine Pink for Shopping with a Twist Friday August 14, 2009 as we present "Cozy Seaside Cottage"

cottage-flairCozy seaside cottage decor provides an opportunity to repurpose discarded furniture and decor that no longer fits in your home or day to day lifestyle. Items that have been well-loved because of the special memories they hold or just because of the way they catch your eye will fit in perfectly in your home away from home.
Cozy seaside cottage style conjures up visions of pure white with accents of blues, greens and painted white furniture. A French blue metal flower vase in the center of a painted white dining table or a side table, painted a sea glass blue is placed beside a bed to hold your favorite books or magazines. If you look around, you'll see a scattering of casual pillows in shades blue and white, tossed onto a white slip covered couch or accent chair. If you look closer you might see a pillow tucked in with with pale pink roses, bringing a new look to the seaside cottage.
Well loved quilts and vintage chenille spreads grace the beds, none matching yet, in the cottage, all seeming to fit in together beautifully. The bedrooms are serene, without much clutter. A simple rose print against a white wall seems as if it's always been there.Casual dining is on the daily menu at the seaside cottage. Mismatched china left over from sets over the years fills the white china cupboard and is brought out for the daily meals. Vintage white ironstone or mismatched china grace a weathered sideboard. A quilt often used as a makeshift tablecloth or for an ocean side picnic.
victoria rose cottageEach corner of a seaside cottage is filled with the beauty of the sea and favorite memories. Clear glass vases filled with seas shells. Sand dollars sparkle like the sea fill a treasured Rose Covered bowl and add seaside romance. Jeweled sea glass, polished smooth with time, and other decorated treasures that you might find when walking on the beach, sit upon the shelves and mantel, their quiet song of the sea filling in the empty spaces of the seaside cottage.
Photo Contribution 1: Cottage Flair |  Photo Contribution 2: Victoria Rose Cottage