Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vintage Crafter's Cafe Badge Swap

My friend Laurie of IndulgeYourShelf  suggested Vintage Crafter's Cafe as a Facebook group that might interest me. It did, and I joined a few months ago but hadn't been active so far as I haven't been crafting much.

This month they launched a swap based on Amy Hanna's Get Your Badge On on-line course. I had purchased the course months ago and watched the videos but hadn't made anything, so decided to join the swap and create. Here's my badge, and the gift box I made.

My partner, Jenny, likes steampunk. I had some vintage microscope lenses that I'd been saving for something special and decided to use those for goggles. I wrapped the edges in faux leather, printed eyes on fabric, and glued everything to a wool felt base before attaching them to more faux leather and ribbon. The lenses, ring, and chain are vintage. I should have used more vintage items, but couldn't find my vintage gears so used some Tim Holtz pieces.

I wrapped the badge in pattern tissue and tied it with seam binding and another gear. Before packing it into the box, I tucked in a tag with a quick note on the back.

Jenny took my love of old lace, buttons, and neutrals into account, and also added my favorite colors of blue and green to make the perfect badge for me. She also wrapped it so beautifully that I hesitated to open the package!

And here's the badge she made...

It's been a gray week here, so the colorful touches are making me happy. Thank you, Jenny, for creating something so special! 

Friday, March 15, 2019

For the Love of Buttons

Well, I had hoped to blog at least weekly this year, but it's been almost a month since my last post. I've fallen weeks behind on creations for Kim's Art Card Tuesday, and I'm not sure I'm going to catch up.

Instead of creating, I've been digging through boxes, bags, and bins in my craft room. I found a little flower pot full of some of my favorite buttons, and thought I would share those. I have huge jars full of buttons, but try to keep my favs separated since I use the jarred buttons for inspiration kits.

First off, I'm not that knowledgeable about buttons - I just love them. And many of the ones I love the most are white or mother of pearl (MOP.) These are just a few that make me happy. The little "hook and eye" style sets at the bottom are particular favorites, and the two little bow buttons are a close second.

As far as MOP buttons go, odd shapes are what I mostly seek. I'm not sure about the two buttons in the lower left corner. They may be celluloid. They're both a bit worn, but still appeal to me.

The large button is about two inches in diameter. I've had it for years. I love the "French Ivory" buttons, especially the one with square holes. I always grab rhinestone buttons when I see them at estate sales. I only show three here, but have a small jar full.

The larger button is metal with a lucite bar. I'm not certain where the little basket buttons came from - possibly from a friend.

Just a few random cards. The Bluebird button card is one I keep on display in my craft room.

I'm normally not a fan of yellow, but these make me smile. I think the grape buttons are amazing! I'd love to find these in other colors and start a collection.

As you can see, I'm not picky about the quality of button cards or whether there are missing buttons.

Blue is my favorite color. The Supreme Quality buttons are navy and slightly irridescent.

And last but not least... The heart buttons came from another Etsy seller. The rhinestone buttons are tiny - not even a quarter inch.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite buttons! I'll try to have something creative to share soon. Today I played with gellatos, modeling paste, stencils, and paint. The results are not very impressive, but it was a fun break from taxes and other less enjoyable things that have been occupying my time lately.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Love is in the Air

I'm a bit behind on my Valentine-related posts. I intended this one for Valentine's Day, but life intervened. The DH has had a cold and various respiratory issues since late January. He'd seen a doctor and had a round of meds, but around 3am on the 15th he started coughing and couldn't get his breath. Thankfully he had an inhaler handy, but I convinced him to go to the ER. They admitted him for a viral infection and pneumonia. He was released today and is feeling much better, so hopefully life is back to normal.

Earlier this month my friend Bobbie of Rolling Hill Cottage and Studio held a Valentine Soiree, where we made the most adorable Valentine snow couple!

This isn't the best photo, but you can see better photos on her blog here.

All her projects are wonderfully detailed. I love his hat...

and her crown and wand. She even has a tiny Valentine card in her pocket. Here are a few more details, including their ice skates - so cute! My couple is holding hands.

Be sure to follow Bobbie's blog for fun holiday projects, and classes if you're local.

For Kim's Art Card Tuesday this week, the prompt was Cupid. I'm trying to use on-hand supplies for these little pieces, so this week I used a red plastic cupid die cut and another die cut that came with a pad of scrapbook paper, oh, I don't know...maybe TEN years ago???  It looked a little boring so I added some Stickles, which look great on a small scale but a bit random when enlarged for pics.

Kim will have a new prompt tomorrow, and I'll have new things to share soon.

For those still feeling winter's wrath, try to stay warm! We're expecting something tomorrow - maybe cold rain, maybe winter mix, maybe snow. Who knows? Apparently not the meteorologists!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has had a pleasant Valentine's Day! Love is all you need, right?

I'm behind on posting my cards for Kim's Art Card Tuesday challenge. The prompt for Week 6 was LOVE so I'm showing that first.

For Week 5 the prompt was GREY, and I ended up making two cards. I started this one first with the quote but couldn't decide on the rest, so made another before finishing this one.

The card below is my favorite of the two. I stamped and embossed the background and used rub-on flowers and a die cut strip that has been embellished with rhinestones.

I'm still a bit behind because the prompt this past Tuesday - Week 7 - was CUPID - perfect for today but mine hasn't been started. I'll try to get that one done by the weekend. Right now I'm off to gather millinery bundles for a Etsy customer to view.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Winter in Blue and White Swap Returns

In January I joined in on Kim's Winter in Blue and White ATC Swap at ArtJoyStuff. I thought I had already shared what I made for the 3-for-3 swap, but apparently not. This is my creation, surrounded by yarn, and some pom poms I'm making.

And here are the three little works of art I received.

These were created by (top to bottom) Cathee, Kim, and Maggie. Love them all!

Kim usually does monthly ATC swaps, so visit her blog (link above) if you're interested in participating. Swaps for me provide much-needed motivation to create. You can also join in on Kim's weekly Art Card Tuesday prompts. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Artist Trading Coin Swap Returns

In my last post I showed my creations for a Artist Trading Coin Swap. Today I'm sharing the coins I received. The first three were made by Jackie of Good Grief Girdie, who organized the swap.

I've never seen one thing that Jackie made that wasn't adorable, and she makes a lot!

Aren't they all wonderful? My favorite thing about swaps is seeing the creativity of others when given a basic theme. 

I have to share the back of the "adore" and "darling" coins, though.

These little pups were too cute to not share. 

Jackie also sent this precious tag she made to go with the swap returns.

This was such a fun swap! Thank you, Jackie, for organizing!

I'll have "Winter in Blue and White" swap returns to share tomorrow, as well as my creations for one of ArtJoyStuff's recent Art Card Tuesday prompts. I've fallen behind a couple of weeks on those - need to catch up!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Creations for a Artist Trading Coin Valentine Swap

Jackie of Good Grief Girdie organized a Valentine artist trading coin swap. I've swapped ATCs several times but had never seen the coins so decided to give it a try. There was something about creating a circular piece that I really enjoyed. These are 4-inch circles so there was a good amount of space to work with.

It was a good opportunity to use treasured scraps of paper and embellishments. I used washi tape, and rub-ons - something I hadn't used in years. I also did a little embossing. 

Naturally the one with the little dog is my favorite but I like them all. I found a whole Valentine-themed Crate Paper pack in my stash and used the paper for some of the backgrounds. The Kissing Booth tag came from that pack, as did the XOXO banner.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my latest efforts. I'll show the coins I receive when they arrive. Yesterday I attended a fun class and will have that to share soon, as well what I received from a January ATC swap.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Let It Snow

This week's Art Card Tuesday prompt was snowflakes. We had snow recently, but the weather has been fairly mild the last week or so and I was having trouble getting inspired. Last night I was sorting through old Christmas cards I had stashed - an embarrassing number of years' worth - and found a pretty snowflake design on a card which resulted in this.

Glitter and shine make me happy, but they are certainly hard to photograph! I used my Cricut to make the window frame, and scrounged through my case of Christmas craft supplies and found a package of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs for the "let it snow" phrase.

I'm working on artist trading coins - my first - for a Valentine swap, so will have those to show soon. Here's a sneak peak at the not-quite-completed first one. I've finished five so far with five more to go, and am having fun with them.

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ice is Nice

It's week 3 of Kim at ArtJoyStuff's Art Card Tuesday, and her prompt this week was ice.

This is another super simple card. The skater image is from The Graphics Fairy. I searched for quotes related to ice, and the first one up was from a favorite author so I went with it.

I'm really enjoying this opportunity to make a little creation each week using someone else's prompt. You should join in! Your creation can be whatever the prompt leads you to, and you can spend as much or as little time as you're comfortable with. If you blog about it, you can link your post to Kim's Art Card Tuesday post for the week.

In other news, I'm just trying to get some things listed on Etsy, finish reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (loving it, and I have two more great books waiting in the wings) and attend to life and everything it's throwing my way lately.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Art Card Tuesday Follow-Along

I'm following along with Kim at ArtJoyStuff on her weekly Art Card Tuesday. This week's theme is Winter White which fits perfectly with the weather we had a few days ago.

We had ice one night, then snow fell the next night in huge flakes. It was so quiet and peaceful. Lovely.

Of course, it was gone by the time I woke up the next day so my only snow photos are nightime shots.

All the glittery white inspired me to finally use a quote I've been saving from the border strip of a sheet of Authentique paper.

This was a super quick and easy creation - not my best ever but it will make a very nice ornament for next Christmas, or just a little display piece for winter.

If you're wanting some creative inspiration, hop over to ArtJoyStuff and follow Kim's blog to get the weekly Art Card Tuesday prompt.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Welcome 2019!

Welcome 2019 - a new year with new opportunities! I've missed blogging. I only managed four posts last year but hope to do better this year. Even knowing that most people go to Instagram or Facebook now to keep up with others, I want to keep blogging for my own sake. It's nice having these reminders of good times and good vintage finds.

To start the new year with a bit of creativity, I decided to follow along with Kim at ArtJoyStuff and her Art Card Tuesday. She's already posted her second one and I just completed my first, but then she's in a different time zone so it's all good!

Here's my card for this week, using things from my work table.

Kim's prompt last Tuesday was "My Word for 2019." Since I'm not doing a word for the year, I just used a little Happy tag left over from a Christmas project. The background is a leftover strip of paper, there's a tiny bit of vintage metallic wallpaper near the top, and the butterfly, flowers, trim and rhinestones were in a little baggie on my table and left over from another project.

Last year was hard and I do want to try to be happier this year, so this was the perfect start to a year of creating.

Hope your year is off to a good start as well!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Bins

There's been lots of talk lately about "the bins." These are the Goodwill stores that are basically a room full of bins that are filled with miscellaneous items that didn't sell elsewhere, or just ended up there for whatever reason. Some larger cities have two or more of these, but in OKC we have only one. Most things are sold by the pound, so you can get some great bargains. 

I had been once a couple of years ago, but the bins were on racks around the walls and many of them were out of my reach. The DH and I were on a shopping errand yesterday and were in the area so stopped by. I was happy to see that the bins had been moved to tables so they were easily accessible. Here's what I brought home.

These buttons were all loose in a bin underneath other things. Nothing overly exciting, but I was happy to find them.

The American Girl doll patterns are unused and will go to Etsy, along with the darning egg. The tape measure is a Singer and 110 inches long, so that will be useful. Just one piece of ribbon and one piece of lace, but that's better than none, right? And the aqua doily is being added to my newest collection.

This cutie is a Napco piece. Unfortunately his wings had been broken, but someone did a very neat job of gluing them back in place.

These salt and pepper shakers are cute and in great condition. 

I couldn't leave these stitched pieces behind. I'll paint the frames to see how they look but if they don't turn out well, I'll make little pillows or just reframe the pieces. Sadly, there was a larger sampler-style piece that somehow jumped out of my cart before I got to the cashier. I'm not sure if someone took it while I wasn't looking, or if I laid it down somewhere while I was rearranging my purchases. Probably the latter. I'll be more careful the next time!

And lastly, a few craft supplies and a sweet Silvestri cross still in the package.

If you've never visited the bins, you should give it a try. It can be a bit off putting as you never know what you might grab, so bring wipes for afterward. I encountered several battery operated holiday decorations that began making noise as soon as I stuck my hand in to dig around. Eeek! The DH refused to go in on this second visit, but I had a wonderful time digging. As one man said to me, "Sometimes you find a real treasure. Sometimes."

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Popping in to share a few finds...

Here are a few of my favorite estate sale finds from the last couple of weeks.

The tree skirt was a lucky score. I was checking out and saw it on the "sold" table. I said that I was sad that I hadn't seen it first, and was told that the person who placed it there decided against it. They even gave me a discount on the already discounted price! 

This large handmade tablecloth is another lucky find. I'll most likely be keeping it.

The floral needlepoints are so pretty, but I have nowhere to hang them so they'll go to Etsy. 

I think this vase is uranium glass. I love the color, so may keep it around for a bit. There have been lots of estate sale hats lately. I can never resist them, and will be showing more here soon from another "just as I was checking out" instance.

Hope you're enjoying the first day of spring! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It's a Wrap!

This was supposed to be my 2017 year-in-review post, but it's taken me three months and still isn't complete! I'm hoping to do better the rest of this already fast-moving year, but I'm giving up and posting this one as is. 

Last year was a struggle. There was a lot going on and going wrong and life felt like a daily test. Some days I passed, and many days I didn't. To keep above water mentally I junked as often as possible and spent lots of time making things. I just haven't been posting about any of it! So here's a rundown of most of the creative projects and classes from last year. 

Last January Jackie  taught this class at Paper Crown

and I made ATCs for a swap organized by Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff.

I did blog about these two last year. You can get more info here.

Here are the three ATCs I received from the swap. For closer views of each one click here.

In February 2017 I took a pocket/tag class taught by Jackie at Paper Crown, 

and another Paper Crown class on the 26th with Colleen Moody. I had won one of Colleen's online classes a few years ago, and it was a joy to finally take a class with her in person. 

I loved this Paper Crown class taught by Angie in March. She's doing a series of mixed media classes featuring animals. This one, the only one I've been able to take, is based on her dog Lola. This pic is actually Angie's class sample as my Lola is still languishing on my craft table with no collar. Soon.

In April my friend Chris hosted a craft day at her house. No photos, but it was a most enjoyable day! May was pretty much a bust for craftiness.

In June I was invited to join in a every-other-Tuesday art group that provides creative time and lots of camaraderie and laughter. June 13 was the first meeting of the Tuesday Art Group (TAG.) We made this darling wall hanging for the 4th of July...

and on June 27, we made this fabulous centerpiece.

I love this group so much! It's very small, and we chat, craft, eat, and laugh - a LOT - in a sweet and talented friend's beautiful home where she has each project designed and ready for us to make. We take turns providing lunch, play with her two sweet dogs, and generally just have a wonderful time!

More TAG fun in July, and a craft day with another group of friends in Edmond.

On July 26 the TAG group made fabric pumpkins - something I'd always wanted to do but hadn't tried. They were surprisingly easy, fun to embellish, and turned out well.

Later in July Chris asked me to help with a paper marbling class she taught at My Heart's Fancy. Not sure how much help I was, but I enjoyed it!

Stephanie Rubiano taught a Marvelous Mica ATC class at Paper Crown the first weekend in August.

These are my four creations, prior to application of the mica. Only the first one is finished. The others need a bit more work. Think maybe I did a little too much visiting in class??? 

On August 8 the TAG group made fall banners.

In September the TAG gals made Halloween wreaths, spoolies, and two candlestick decorations. Getting pics has been the main slow-down for this post, so I may post these in October. 

Paper Crown's Glitter Corral was October 5-7, with a cowgirl theme. On the 5th we took a chartered bus to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska. We shopped and then had dinner there. This was my first visit, and it certainly didn't disappoint - lots of eye candy (of course I had to photograph everything Basset Hound related) and great food!

On Day Two of Glitter Corral we made very cool cowgirl journals designed by Jackie...

and a beautiful crown designed by Terri Brush. 

Day Three included a cute and colorful boot canvas designed by Angie...

and a fun and unique banner designed by Bobbie.

I was scheduled for eye surgery in September, but postponed it until after Glitter Corral. Priorities, people! I had cataracts removed and replacement lenses inserted. I'm so happy to have been able to do this, even though it strained our budget. I need to go in for a little tweak to one eye to correct a bit of astigmatism that occurred during the healing process, but should be able to see even without reading glasses after that. It's a bit like a miracle!

On December 21, I sold my 1,000th item on Etsy! I opened my shop late in 2010 so no records broken, but it's a good feeling knowing that others like my discoveries.

I've already had a few classes this year and so will be posting soon about those, along with some great vintage finds. 

Happy (almost) Spring!