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.