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Friday, May 18, 2012

Vintage Inspiration # 88 Mammabellarte

Today, I want to spotlight a sweet friend and
 Renaissance Woman Extraordinaire,

Rita lives in Southern California with her husband and family, but originally comes from Sicily. She is talented in so many areas; below is a chair swing she made to salvage a piece that might have been destined for the trash.







Rita is a woodworker, crafting the most beautiful and detailed birdhouses
a venue she co founded and sponsors.







She's also an amazing jewelry creator, designer and teacher.

Her pieces are so detailed, unique, and amazing!












But this is how I met her...
Meet Rita, the chicken wrangler!

Believe it or not, almost three years ago I saw this photo on Google Images  and tracked her down. Since then, I've been a huge fan of all her creativity and her wonderful blog. Are these kids not the cutest? She's been featured many times in magazines; this photo was featured in the March issue of Country Living several years ago.




So take a minute when you can and run by and say Hello to Rita. Go with her to the shows, and then enjoy all the beauty and charm from one of the sweetest gals on Earth!



And here is some other great talent from last week's party!


Nancy from Nancy's Daily Dish has a great post on one of the hottest decor collectibles out there; artillery baskets. Nancy always has the interesting facts, so be sure and check out her post.







Rita from May Days used this great old Pepsi crate
 as a centerpiece for her gorgeous tablescape.



love those dishes!



Nicole from Doodles and Stitches found this wonderful 
bench made from an old bed...love that patina!





and Irma from Cosas Bellas shared such an inspirational post
 about her faith, entitled "White as Snow"


 Thankyou Irma.


Thank you each and every one of you
 who takes the time to come by and link up here at 
Vintage Inspiration
You are truly a blessing to know!





After you link here,
 be sure you join in on these other great Friday parties!





Time to link up "anything vintage or vintage inspired".
Please have a link to this party within your blog post.

xoxo,


54 comments:

Trisha said...

Oh wow! I love her birdhouses-too cute!

~Trisha

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Adorable bird houses! Thank you for hosting lovely lady. I trust you had a great MD! Hugs,
FABBY

Amanda said...

Hello dear Debra! Thank you for hosting your lovely party each week! I always look forward to joining in on the fun! And thank you for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments for me! It is a treat to hear from you! What a lovely feature today! I just adore Rita's style! I am off to go visit her blog!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Super features. I love that bench. Too cute. Thanks for hosting.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

hello Debra, Love your feature this week - she is truly an artist! Your post features are fantastic too - I was deeply moved by Irma's post - beautifully written. I do appreciate you being a gracious hostess,
Kathy

Sherry said...

Great features. I love that bench too. Thank you for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely creations from Rita...and great features, too! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great features, Debra. Thanks for hosting.

Brenda said...

I LOVE all the beautiful vintage inspirations!! What an amazing blog. It makes me glad I'm a follower. I wish I had something vintage to link...
Thanks for sharing all these beautiful ideas.
Brenda

Rita said...

Debra, thank you so much! What a beautiful surprise my friend. I have grown so much because of Ladies like you that have been following me since I started blogging. You are so Dear to me and the chickens thank you too.!!!! Ciao for now Rita

Irma@CosasBellas said...

Wow! I am truly honored to be featured on your beautiful blog, it was such a joyful surprise!

Rita, my beautiful Sicilian friend, is she not amazing? I'm so looking forward to attending another show! She actually picked up the shaker pictured above from my space at CR, I love what she did with it!

Thank you for hosting this wonderful party Debra!!

Blessings to you,
Irma

Angie said...

Thanks for hosting again this week, Debra and for sharing the great features!

Blessings,
Angie

Rita said...

That is right Irma!!! The shaker is from your booth. Miss you and I hope you come to the show. Irma you are so talented!. Thank you again Debra for sharing your Friday with us. Ciao

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Rita is as kind as she is talented
Grateful that you showcased Rita's beautiful creations
Blessings
Pam

Julie Marie said...

Hello Debra... I too adore Rita and all of her fabulous creations!... thanks for last weeks features too... I TRY to visit everyone but it is not always possible!... just linked up, xoxo Julie Marie PS Thanks for your visit this morning, I always love it when you get a chance to stop by!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

oh the lovely features
never disappoint

all linked up
and thanks for hosting Debra!

alison

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Fabulous features - thanks for hosting!!

Country Gal said...

All such fantastic creations ! Have a good day !

At The Picket Fence said...

Thanks so much for hosting us Debra! :-)
Vanessa

Curtains in My Tree said...

The chicken wrangler lady is pretty creative

thanks for introducing her to us all . your feature pictures are wonderful

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I didn't know about Rita or her blog. Thanks for introducing us to her. I love all of her photos that you posted and will now follow her blog! Thanks, too, for hosting.

Debbiedoo's said...

Thanks for hosting Debra! Have a fabulous weekend.

Cozy Little House said...

I've often wished I could make bird houses. Afraid of power tools though.
Brenda

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Rita sounds like a fun and talented lady...Thanks for introducing her. And thanks for hosting the party...Great features!!!

Good Time Charlie said...

I cannot wait to go check out that bench made from a bed. That has my name written all over it!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

oh yes, I love Rita's blog! she is so talented, and I love her style. Wonderful feature on her today :) Thanks for hosting!

Laurel Stephens said...

Rita certainly is a woman of many talents. I love chickens, too! Thank you for sharing your interesting features and thanks for hosting today's party.

Ozma of odds said...

...so many lovely features to see!
happy VIF!
xo, Rosemary

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Rita's stuff is gorgeous. Love all the Pics.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love the features Debra! Thanks!

AshTreeCottage said...

Thank you for hosting Debra!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Thanks for hosting Debra! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! XO, Aimee

andrea@townandprairie said...

Hi Debra! I just linked up, but I'm going to have to check out the party posts later tonight. I'll be back! Thanks for hosting!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Posting on the run - but wanted to share the vintage airstream. Will be back to check out all those sharing this week. Thanks for hosting - You are appreciated.

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage ~ Cabin Creek said...

I'm on my way to check out Rita's blog. Thanks for hosting!
Faye

Jann Olson said...

Hi Debra, Rita sounds like an amazing lady. I love all of her creations and the chickens are too cute! Some other great features as well. Thanks for hosting this fun party.
Hugs,
Jann

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I agree she sounds amazing!! What a fun party. Glad I stopped by.

Little Bit said...

Thank you for hosting a wonderful party, your friend has amazing creations for sure! Little Bit

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Debra! Thanks for hosting this fun party ~ I've just linked up. You've featured some of my favs from last week, too! I'll have to search out Rita ~ all her images are beautiful. BTW, I'm gearing up for my annual WEDDING BLOG PARTY on June 8th and hope you can join us! Come read all about it!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie

A Cottage Muse said...

I am a big fan of Rita's and was lucky enough to win one of her beautiful creations in a giveaway! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Thanks for introducing Rita! I have not 'met' her but am heading over right now to see her beautiful work -- great features (and that chair swing she made -- oh my! Pinned!)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Rita is certainly a very talented lady!...and those chickens are just amazing!!...thanks for hosting..the features were all so beautiful..

About Vintage French Hen said...

I just love Rita's blog, and yours too of course! Thank you for hosting every week, Marcia

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Hi Debra, another gorgeous eye candy party. I linked up my slipcover, and I'm enjoying the other links right now.

Ms. Redo said...

Hi, I haven't been partying in quite a while, and I'm thrilled to be here with all the great links today! I linked my "pin cushion craze" - thanks for hostessing! Hugs ~ Mary

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hello Debra! We are loving miss Rita...and the fact that she'd from Sicily makes it all the more exciting (my husband's grandparents came from Sicily!) Thanks for introducing us to her :)
Karla & Karrie

Creations By Cindy said...

Ooh, love it all! With just a little imagination one can do so much! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Rita May said...

Hi Debra,
Thank you so much for the feature on my Pepsi crate.
Such a nice surprise to see it on you blog. I've added your button to my post (now that I know how...easy)
as well as my sidebar. Love your blog and never miss a visit!
Cheers, Rita

Kay Ellen said...

I had to pop by and say I love Rita! She is a dear friend...such a sweet post you did:))

I will have to join in your blog party soon!! Looks like a lot of fun:)

So nice to meet you!

Kay Ellen

Donna said...

I am loving this series you are doing Debra!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Maybe enjoy the gorgeous weather?
hugs from here my friend
Donna

Jenn Gray said...

Thanks for hosting the party! Happy Weekend. Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

suzyq said...

Thanks so much for hosting - and have a wonderful ( rest of the ) weekend!
Hugs,
Suzan

Jo said...

The "chair" planter is so cute!

Amy said...

Thanks for hosting. It's my first time linking up with you and I could just get lost in your blog...it's beautiful here.

Amy {aprons & ambition}

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