Thursday, September 20, 2012

September Finds

There have been lots of estate sales this month, but I haven't found much to buy.  I actually left one sale without buying one thing - a first!  We got a later-than-our-usual-late start one Saturday earlier this month, causing us to almost skip one sale, but I'm so glad we decided to go.  It was actually a garage sale, but in their Craigslist ad I spotted some old photos.  Not only were the photos still there - at almost 3pm - but there was a bag of very old lace and a beautiful but tattered hanky. I bought a few other things, too, but have already sold some of them in my Etsy shop.  The lace will probably be staying with me.

Click on any of the photos to see larger versions with more detail.

There are quite a few more photos but these are some of my favorites. The lace behind the first photos was found at a Purcell antique store last weekend.

On the way to Purcell we stopped at a shop in Noble where I found this lamp.  It needs to be disassembled, the wood sanded and painted, and all the electrical parts replaced.  It was only $5, though, so it will be well worth it.  I would have paid that for the globes alone. I love the beaded, quilted pattern of the milk glass.  
That's it for now. I hope to have more finds to show after this weekend.  My next swap isn't due until the end of October, but I'll be sure to share when it's done.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Highly Prized Ribbon

Well, I've made you wait long enough. It's time to unveil the Prize Ribbon that Tabitha made for me.  Isn't it beautiful? I love the fabric-covered center with the crown, the millinery flowers, the pearly earring, the lace and buttons - love it all! If you haven't already jumped over to Tabitha's blog to see her photos of the ribbons, you can click here to see.  She's also swapping ribbons with several others, so you might want to check her blog again later to see more.
After I received it I told her that I was hooked as soon as I opened the package and saw a waxed kraft bag with lace and flowers sewn along the edge!  I love that little bag, and it was filled with lots of pretties.

The #10 on the flash card was appropriate, as I'd rate this swap a 10 for sure!  Thanks so much, Tabitha!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Under the Big Top

The last installment of the Paper Cowgirl Summer Travel Postcard Swap was circus-themed. I'm not a big fan of the circus, particularly clowns, but when we received the assignment I immediately knew the artwork I wanted to use. The image is from a Chesterfield cigarette ad on the back cover of a 1931 Literary Digest magazine. The painting is by William Meade Prince and as far as I've been able to determine, it was created specifically for the ad.  I then found some great circus graphics from GalleryCat on Etsy, added a little foof, and here's my postcard!

I made three cards and switched out the "posters" on the back.  The little "Laugh" tag contains all the pertinent credits on the artwork since I didn't have room for that on the card when I was finished.

I'll be sure to share when I receive my card from my swap partner, and I'll be sharing my prize ribbon from Tabitha in the next day or two - as soon as I take photos. It's lovely!