Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope everyone had a fun and festive Valentine's Day! Here's something wonderful that joined my Valentine collection this year. 

A group I craft with (more on that in my next post) made these a few weeks ago. It's the perfect display piece for many of my vintage Valentines.

My posts were few and far between last year and I'm trying to do better. I've been working on a lengthy post showing many of the things I made in classes and with friends last year, and hope to have that in a day or two. Then it will be on to new things!

I've been missing posts from so many bloggers who've switched to Instagram and Facebook, but have also seen a few returning to blogging recently. That makes me happy.

Hope there are still some readers out there for this little blog! 💕

Thursday, November 2, 2017

I'm Still Here...

Just popping in to say I'll be at Paper Crown's Glitter Market this Saturday, November 4.
If you're local, stop by for beautiful handmade items from several new and returning vendors and a bit of vintage from me. There will be lots of unique gift items. You can have fun and cross some names off your holiday shopping list at the same time. Hope to see you there! Check out Paper Crown's blog here for sneak previews.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Finally...some finds!

It's hard to believe it's been almost four months since I've posted here! There have been lots of family things going on - health-related and otherwise - and in early April our sweet Georgia went to the Rainbow Bridge. So it's been a bit of a rough year so far!

Junking and Etsy are my distractions, but good estate sale finds have been few and far between with not many things worthy of sharing. A few weekends ago I did find a good stash of vintage jewelry so was able to add some earrings and necklaces to my stash.

The black sequined pieces are shoe clips - not vintage, but they'll be great for crafting. The brooch is vintage.

There were several rhinestone necklaces so I grabbed them all. The oldest - and largest - has some discoloration but is my favorite and I'll most likely hang onto it. 

This all came from a barn sale. The DH thought he was going to find lots of man things, but instead the barn was full of clothing, jewelry and glassware. Too bad for him but great for me!

We took a short road trip on a recent Saturday for a couple of estate sales. We had a nice day but I didn't find a lot - just some buttons and one vintage hat that yielded some shabby but lovely pink flowers. 

The pink flowers have already been listed on Etsy and sold. I did list a few other millinery lots this week, though, including these.

That's it for now. I hope to have more finds to share in the next few weeks. I've not been to any classes lately and am missing that, so perhaps I'll have a class project to share soon, too. Hope all of you are getting your inspiration on!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day - Pretty and Pink Swap Returns

Hope everyone is having a lovely Valentine's Day. It's cold and rainy here, so we'll be celebrating at home. Oh, wait. We ALWAYS celebrate at home - don't love the crowded restaurants! 

Sharing the three lovely ATCs I received from Kim's ArtJoyStuff Pretty and Pink ATC Swap.  

Kim included the pretty vintage lace wound on a wooden clothespin. Very sweet!

The pretty and dainty ATC above is by Sylvia. She used the tiniest doily I've ever seen, and she also included the cute little round folder seen in the first photo.

This ATC by Jane has pretty silk-covered beads and gold elements. Very elegant and lovely!

This beautiful ATC by Jackie has so many layers and a lot of dimension that you can't see in the photo. 

Thank you, Sylvia, Jane and Jackie. I love your creations! And thanks to Kim for hosting and for the pretty lace! If you'd like to see all of the ATCs from this swap, visit ArtJoyStuff here.

To see the ATCs I made, please visit my last post here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pretty in Pink ATC Swap and Heart Pillow Class

Kim at ArtJoyStuff hosted a Pretty & Pink ATC swap for January. Here are my little creations.

I used hand-dyed velvet for the background with an overlay of vintage dotted tulle. The vintage photos were copied onto fabric. The applique trim was purchased last week from Kathy who has one of my favorite Etsy shops, Strange Notions. I bought them mainly to cut apart and include in inspiration kits, but they were perfect for my ATCs.

The tiny envelopes used on the backs came from the Target Dollar Spot. I included swap and contact info on the little letter tucked inside, and added Dresden wings.

I gathered a few little things for our hostess, Kim, including an ATC to keep, vintage heart sequins from French General, a tiny spray of millinery berries, and a bit of applique trim.

This was a 3-for-3 swap, so I'll have three pretty creations to show you next month. 

Another Valentine-themed opportunity came along when Jackie taught a Valentine pillow class at Paper Crown. Isn't this the cutest thing?

We had such a good time stitching and chatting! As is always the case with Jackie's classes, I loved the class and love the fun piece she designed.

Only a couple of weeks until Valentine's Day! Do you have all your decorations on display? I'll be sharing some past Valentine creations before the holiday.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vintage White Christmas ATC Swap

As mentioned in my last post, I joined Kim Laws' Vintage White Christmas ATC Swap. You can see what I created here

Kim packaged the ATCs (artist trading cards) in kraft paper and lace and created a lovely tag for each of us. She also included another of her unique creations as a special treat. We had a few days with no sunshine, so please excuse the poor photography.

Here are the ATCs I received - all so pretty and created by very talented ladies. Upper left - by Cathee. Lower right - by Lynn.

Lower left - by Karen. Upper right - by Geralyn.

Upper left - by Mary. Lower right - by Becky.

You can see these and other ATCs created for this swap by visiting Kim's blog here. Kim posted the amazing ATCs she created - six different ones - on December 1 through December 6. Go to the home page for her blog and scroll down to see them. It's well worth the effort!

Many thanks to Kim for organizing the swap, and to the six ladies who created the beautiful ATCs that I received.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

A Little Creating - ATC and Tag Holiday Swaps

I've done a bit of creating lately for some swaps. Kim Laws of ArtJoyStuff hosted a Vintage White Christmas ATC swap. The "vintage" part sorted of slipped my mind for my first creations, but I loved them and was able to use them for my other swap. You'll see them later in this post. 

This is the design I sent to Kim.

Each participant sent six ATCs, and will receive six in return. 

I found this image from Ivory Coast on Etsy, and loved that it had hints of aqua and green that I could play up. 

The beaded and sequined lace on the left edge is from an antique wedding gown. The vintage rayon ribbon used for the bow is one of my favorite recent finds. I used more antique lace at the bottom, accented with vintage rhinestones. The gold snowflake sequins are also vintage. This was my first time to use one of the fun stitches on my new machine on a project - love it!

Another thing I love about swaps is finding fun things to send to the hostess. For Kim I included an extra ATC for her to keep, along with vintage paper doilies, ruffed trim made with vintage crepe paper, and some of the vintage rayon ribbon. Hope she likes everything!

My other holiday swap is a tag swap organized by my friend Kerry. Eight of us are participating, and Kerry will be making a holder for the tags. Several of the ladies have already seen my tags, so I'll go ahead and share them. 

This first one incorporates the ATC I originally made for Kim's swap that I later decided didn't fit well with the theme. I attached the ATCs to tags.

It was impossible to get a really good photo of these tags with all the white, silver and pale blue, but they really are lovely. I pulled my Cricut out for its once-a-year use to cut the trees and the glittered words, and used the last of some vintage silver trim and more vintage rhinestones for the lower edge. I used mica snow under and on the tree, and a glittered tulle ruffle.

Since I was in a creative mood, I made a second tag for the swap. 

These were quick and fun to make. I was inspired by this tag seen on Pinterest. I pinned it from someone else's pin, and though I scrolled through the linked blog I could never find it, so can't properly attribute it.

I'll be sure to share the ATCs and tags I receive, so please check back in a week or two.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What I've Been Doing - Sewing, Finds, Glitter Market, and Creating

When people ask what I've been up to I usually say, "Nothing," but that's not really true. I have a very-part-time job, appointments, lunches with family and friends. A lot of my time is filled up with dogs - letting them in, letting them out, in out, in out, in out...and repeat. I read. I spend time putzing in my craft room, and occasionally I'll make something.

My friend Lisa posted on Facebook about a group she joined called Wrapped in Love (WIL.) Members volunteer to make adoption blankets, kennel blankets, pet toys, and other items for animal rescue organizations. 

These are some of the blankets I've made. Each WIL blanket has a heart, and fleece scraps are used to make toys to send with the blankets. I've shipped toys and blankets to rescues in Florida and Texas, and delivered them in person to a rescue in Guthrie, OK. I have several more ready to sew for other rescues in Oklahoma and Florida. I think the group has sent over 8,000 blankets so far.

If you're a animal lover and this sounds interesting to you, check out the group by searching for Wrapped in Love on Facebook.

While good estate sales have been more scarce than usual, the DH and I try to go to at least one or two most weekends.  Here are a few things I've found recently. 

These gorgeous photo albums came from the same sale. It was the estate of a family that had settled on the property during the Oklahoma Land Run in 1889. They first built a very small one-room frame house for their family of five. Later additions included barns, a pump house, a laundry building, and a beautiful two-story home. They were also collectors so there were lots of interesting things to see. Happily, the property will be staying in the same family for the foreseeable future.

A friend held a sale that same day where I found the lace, vintage buttons, and awesome feed sack fabrics. The baby dresses, gloves and tussie mussie doll were found earlier this fall. 

This past Saturday I participated in Paper Crown's Glitter Market. This was my fourth time as a vendor. Here's my preview photo for the sale. 

Friend Chris sold beautiful marbled paper and journals she had made, and friend Kerry had wonderful vintage and crafty things. We shared a space and had a great time selling and visiting. 

Photo by Jackie Peters

Sunday Chris and I took a class at Paper Crown with Jenn McGlon of Noodle and Lou. Jenn is known for her paper clay people and animals, which we hope she'll be teaching next April for Glitter Retreat. In this class she taught us to make her adorable nutcracker ornaments using old thread spools and wood balls. Here are the three I made in class.

Big plans to make more of these before the holidays - they're addicting!

I'm in a White Christmas ATC swap and a Christmas tag swap, so I'd best get busy. Plus - a mountain of fleece is waiting to be sewn!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Halloween Altered Matchbox Swap from Vintage Connections

Tami at Vintage Connections hosted a altered matchbox swap last month. Tami drew my name and created the most amazing matchbox for me!

I love everything about it! There are so many perfect details. 

She filled the matchbox with lots of wonderful goodies, and even sent along an extra pumpkin bag of goodies. Thank you, Tami!

I created a matchbox for Kim. Early in my search I found some vintage Halloween pin up photos online. A photo of Dusty Anderson seemed perfect. (She's still living and is 97, according to Wikipedia! I'll bet she's still beautiful, too. I wasn't able to locate a photo credit.)

The original photo background included paper clouds and a black moon. I cut this moon face from a piece of scrapbook paper and used Stickles on the eyes, mouth, and around the edge. I glittered the clothing, shoes and hat, and added rhinestones for a bracelet and on the shoes. The broomstick was a feathered pick that I'd had for a while. It was a bit big, so I cut it down to fit. The white corrugated paper on the box is glittered, too, although it's hard to tell in the photos.

The box was filled with craft supplies (including some lace added after the photo) and sent off to Kim.

Swaps make me happy! You can see the other creations for this swap on Tami's Vintage Connections blog here.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Vintage Treasures and a Class

The DH's oldest sister (he has four) and her husband are avid garage salers, and most every family member has been the beneficiary of their treasure-seeking talent on at least one or two occasions. They were in town a few weeks ago and brought me some wonderful treats!

This pretty satin bed jacket is the palest shade of blue imaginable, and the sweet little hat is in perfect condition. 

They also brought me this early 1900s Ladies' Home Journal fashion spread. I absolutely love it! 

In a class at Paper Crown last month - taught by the talented Jackie Peters - we used vintage wallpaper, other vintage papers and ephemera, and new paper and other items to create a journal. The images from the LHJ fashion spread were perfect additions to my journal. The cover of my journal is shown above. 

This first page still needs something in the center, but I want to find the perfect image.

The images on the left above were in my class kit. The first of the LHJ images is on the right-hand page.

More images from my class kit on the left, and another LHJ image on the right.

LHJ images on the left for this page, with new papers, vintage wallpaper, washi, and bits of Dresden trim. Love this spread!

This was a fun page to put together. I'll add a bit of paint to the center and maybe snippets of lace and ribbon.

This spread still needs a bit of something. That's one thing I like about this type of book. You can keep looking through it and adding bits here and there as inspiration strikes.

This spread may be my favorite. I absolutely love the Chinese-inspired tunic with the lavender trim on the left. I'd buy that!

Hope you enjoyed the treasures and the journal. I'll be working on the book from time to time, but thought I'd best share now as it may be years before it's really finished!

I'll have a few new finds to share in my next post. 

Try to stay cool - fall will be here before we know it!