Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy mail and surprises at The Bins

I think I  have mentioned that we have a new thrift store in town -- one of those weigh and buy stores, a Goodwill Outlet, aka The Bins. They are fun to shop at since everything is sold by weight; therefore it's a challenge finding things you'd like to buy that are also lightweight so you get the best deal.
You know how much I love buttons, as well as bargains, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to come across these at the bottom of a bin!  More photos of those are on my other blog, Button Floozies.
I bought the prettiest card/tag book from my friend Terri's shop.  It's going to be the perfect graduation card for my friend's daughter!
I'm planning to put photos, quotes and maybe some gift cards in each of the little pockets or on the tags.  She will love it -- who wouldn't?
Is there anything more fun than ordering from your friends?  I think not -- and I call it happy mail!  The box above and the pretty little linen next to it were "extras" Linda Sue sent when I ordered from her Etsy shop!
I ordered these flower frogs for my collection...
 and they came in that tin with this fabulous hand made card and note from Linda, plus:
 all this!
I am completely in love with these silk flower pins -- all different, and some made with those fabulous soldered centers -- the nun and the man and his son!
 And these Marie-like tally cards -- look at the inserted lace!
I think this religious hanging is remarkable -- so creative!  It is a picture of Mary stitched onto a pile of book pages; the top ones have been gilded/painted gold and then fringed.  Then it is glittered, and accented with...
a shell set in metal button!  My friends are so generous -- and they love me as much as I love them!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring crafting

I've been feeling the urge to do some Spring crafting, how about you?
 I white washed this fence I bought at an estate sale last year, and added my rag wreath to it and hung it over the computer desk!  Pardon the messy desktop...
I'm not a big Easter decorator but I have a few pieces I like to get out...
 like this tag I made last year.
and this sweet Peter Rabbit statuette; here he's holding a Peter Rabbit baby fork.
 I just made these decorated eggs the other day!
 On the small one, I glued some crepe paper in a kind of ruffle around the egg...
 and added a sheet music medallion and lots of glitter.
 At the same time, I covered a peat pot with this wonderful vintage wallpaper.
 And added a frothy pink ruffle to the top for trim.
 On the far left, behind Peter, is a beautiful little egg from Karla's shop.
Beneath it all is a gorgeous table topper that was a gift from Linda when I ordered from her shop!
More on that later.
 Remember the crazy quilt square I said I was going to make into a journal cover?
 I did it -- simply tied four signatures of parchment paper into it.
I love how it turned out!

 I had to treat myself to some of this beautiful Heather from Trader Joe's the other day!
...Two of them!
They just say SPRING, don't they?


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scenes from my morning walks

I really appreciate living in Colorado, and I remember that more whenever the weather is nice and I'm out walking in my neighborhood.
I've been in a kind of a fitness funk ever since my Curves gym closed almost a year ago.  I have access to other work out rooms, but they require a level of self-discipline and lack the "community" feeling I used to get at Curves.  Do you know what I mean? I try to keep on top of exercising by swimming, walking, and taking the occasional Zumba or other dance type fitness class. 
Lately since Spring has made its appearance, I've been doing more walking.  It helps me a lot to be out of doors in the mornings since my full time job, which I start at noon, keeps me inside all the rest of the day.
I like having my phone with me on walks so I can take photos of whatever strikes me along the way.
The day I was taking these we had ice melting and I noticed this cool formation on the surface of the water that was draining from a pipe (above.)  Those squiggly white lines are ripples in the ice.
I'm interested to see what the Spring holds for us, weather-wise.  For now, the snow tires are staying put on my car!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Inspirations

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my post about being inspired!  Here are some of the things that have been inspiring me lately:
Have you seen this lovely paper tableware that looks like burlap covered with lace?  It's in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby and I was drooling over it the other day.  I would almost have a party just to use this tableware!
 I was at Ikea the other day and they had this line of ephemera style wrapping paper, notes, and tags.
How much fun are they?  I had to buy one of each!
Many moons ago I admired this exact cross stitched sampler framed on a friend's wall.  I wanted to copy it and make my own but I have NEVER seen one in an antique or junk shop.  Then Terri posted one on her blog and when I gushed, she sent it to me!  How lucky am I?  I love it like crazy and can't decide if it's going to be a pillow or be framed.
Terri also sent these great kitschy Christmas tags and decorations.  I am so lucky to know someone who loves the same stuff I do and who likes to share!
I've been to a few estate sales lately and even managed to meet friends at various ones, which is an extra added treat.  Jeanelle found and purchased the Old Glory (our favorite local antiques market) bag for me at one sale last week!
All I found at that sale was this Moda fabric from way back when -- yards and yards of it in a nice neutral shade.  I am trying out cross stitching on one of the sampler panels, just for fun.
I couldn't resist this silk scarf with a map of France at another sale...
And at yet another sale, Rebecca found the Sears catalogue in a great small proportion -- perfect for tags.  I also got half a box of vintage parchment paper.  They sure don't make it like that anymore. I will be using it for journal signatures.
Speaking of tags...I found all these for 75 cents and didn't even mind the bright colors because I tend to cover them up completely anyway.
This button bag was a dud but did contain some interesting needles...
and I loved the happy colors of this grab bag of seam binding!
Because it was half price day I grabbed these Walker transfers for the graphics...
and this HUGE pile of cards; because most of the cards are written on I won't mind cutting them up!
My favorite find was this silver toned napkin ring with engraved bird motif.  I just thought it was so charming and I think I have picked up another somewhere; now I will just have to find it.
Then just today I stopped at one small sale on my way home and was rewarded with these goodies -- an unopened box of paint brushes for just $2, and this plastic tablecloth with a fabric lining in the SWEETEST pink print!  It will be the star of my next craft day!
I had to go to the dentist this morning (never pleasant and it usually gives me a headache), so I treated myself to a pedicure and some frozen yogurt afterwards.  Ahhh...it inspired me to RELAX!
I hope you, too, are finding inspiration on this first day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Corned beef and cabbage is in the crock pot for my family, and frosted bakery shamrock cookies await them, too...the best I can do on a day that I work!

Here are a few images from St. Patrick's Days past for you.




And some links to St. Patrick's Day crafts in my past:







I hope you remember to wear a little green and enjoy your day!