Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you've been enjoying your Mother's Day weekend...whether you're a mom or not, and whether your mom is still walking the earth, or not.  I'm a mom without a mom myself.  I've had a lovely weekend and day.  My son's home from college for a few weeks, which makes it extra wonderful for me!
Recently I was going through my embroidery bag and I found this small snippet roll that I remember piecing together long ago -- probably more than a year back.  I had gotten as far as designing it and pinning on the elements and then got busy elsewhere and never finished it.
It was really delightful to pick up where I'd left off -- with most of the project planned.  I sat down and sewed it one evening.
I love this netted and silk ribbon embroidered embellishment; it was a gift from a blog friend overseas.  I had three pieces, and this is the last one.  Isn't it funny how sometimes you can tell stories about bits of ribbon or lace -- or buttons?

This adorable spun cotton gift decoration is very vintage and I'd saved it for a special project.  The painted cotton head has an old pipe cleaner "body" to twist around. I love the embroidered ribbon on the very bottom.
Do you notice how the colors of this snippet roll are "baby" shades?  That's why I thought it would be fun to show you on Mother's Day. I hope you enjoy it -- and I wish you a great start to your week!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thrifty finds

I have been finding stuff that I love in thrift shops lately.  I don't go very often at all anymore -- but when I do, I always seem to find something that has made the trip worthwhile!  I guess when that stops happening, I'll stop going.
This came from an estate sale: a very kitschy music box topped with glitter and a plastic nativity!
This huge bag of someone's de-stashed fancy yarn/ribbon stuff was so much fun to go through.
I found this needle-pointed panel irresistible!
What a sweet kitty!
Another estate sale had some hand-crocheted doilies -- and the pink was perfect for a page in the Jane Austen fabric book I am making.
And this silk handkerchief, found at a thrift store, had such interesting fabric I had to bring it home!
I thought this tiny framed picture was such a treasure!  When I showed it to my husband, he said it had probably been in a bomber over Europe during WWII.  It's made of glass, reverse painted, and then edged in chrome.
 I hit the jackpot on vintage Vera scarves -- some I'd never seen before!
 Hankies too sweet to pass up!
I fell in love with these two "essay" medals that I found at another estate sale!  I jut adore the quill and pen motif!
Have you ever gone thrift shopping and ended up with a few items that all seem to match the same color scheme?  This happens to me often, and it did at a Denver thrift store where I found this greet Berggren tile, and three more Vera scarves!
Including this one that was "new" with tags!
 And these two lovelies:
this one is a Vera Sheer; it reminds me of looking through a grated, stained glass window.
These are the simple, very inexpensive things that give me such hunting/gathering pleasure; thrift shopping really relaxes me.  And boy, do I need to relax these days!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

All things seem possible in May

I want to believe that all things are possible in May, how about you?

My husband is beginning his fourth month of joblessness -- and not for lack of trying to find a job.  He's had several interviews that have come to nothing.  I feel so bad for him.  Heck, I feel bad for myself, if you want to know the truth.  I have had four job interviews in the past five months and didn't get any offers.  It's enough to make a girl want to give up, truly.  My current temporary assignment ends next Friday; so far, I have nothing lined up for after that.

I recently went to a sign painting class that was offered at a local restaurant.   It was a lot of fun!
This is the quote I chose and painted -- I have it hanging on my family room wall now:
I'm telling you: I read it with hungry eyes, every day.  I wish this season of our lives was already behind us!!

</end pity party>


Do you remember when my blogging friend Claudia sent me these wonderful vintage Hallmark cards, Dolls of the Nations?
They were so colorful, and in perfect condition, and because they were so beautiful on the backs, too, I knew right away I was going to have to make them into a banner!
Each card was decorated with a feather on the doll's hat -- so all I had to do was replace some of them and then punch holes in each of them before stringing them together.

This one is my favorite -- as near as I can tell, it's the only boy!  Unless, in Australia, Monty is also a girl's name (?)
The banner is displayed on my china cabinet just so I could get a few good photographs; in reality, it's hanging in between my living and dining rooms, so you can see the cards from both sides!
We've been having our usual unseasonable Spring snow and cold lately, and I spent much of April sick with the head cold that wouldn't go away (but am better now.)  I am ready for SUNSHINE!
Ben's finishing his 2nd year of college and will be coming home soon, for a few weeks.  We've already been up to see him and brought back a carload of stuff from his dorm for him!  How time flies, right?

I'm excited to have signed up for Karla Nathan's Birdsong 6 event: Snowbird, in November!  It was a real leap of faith to do so, but not only do I need something to look forward to, I also need to believe that by that time all will be settled with jobs, etc.  You should check and see if there is still space available, and join me there!

I've been adding some fun new stuff in my Etsy shop; if you haven't been there in a while, please take a look -- or even if you have, please click the link anyway to keep the shop fresh and hopping!  Here's a peek:
I hope you are having a lovely start to your month of May!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Easter Banner - Free Download!

I had so much fun putting together an Easter banner; I made it almost exclusively from vintage Easter greeting cards I found in a thrift store grab bag.
The other day I put together the panels of the banner...
and then I didn't do anything else with it, because I have had a cold and when I get home from work I just have to rest -- no time for creating, darn it!
But today I took a day off and stayed home sick.  Doing so *really* hurts when you are a temporary employee and have no sick time, but sometimes you just have to take care of YOU.
After resting all morning, I got up the energy to finish the banner!  Didn't it turn out so sweet?
I had posted a couple of photos of the pieces on Facebook when I started it, and a lot of my creative friends asked to see it finished.  So I decided to scan each panel and post them here.  That way, you can have a banner of your own: just right click on the photo to open it to full size, save it to your computer, and print each panel out onto cardstock paper.  (You can get cardstock at Wal-Mart in the office supply section, with the regular printer paper.)  Cut out each panel, punch the holes (which you can see if you look closely at the top of each panel) and string on ribbon.  I used some satin cording, and tied it in simple knots.
This first one is a kitten greeting card from around 1930; there are "new" flowers as well as a vintage bunch of violets sticker, and a vintage pink crocheted flower.
This egg uses a very old doily in the background, and the middle of another card of the same era, with little bunnies cut out from inside the card placed around it.  There's a green egg that I made from craft supplies from a friend -- with rickrack and that daisy! -- and part of a card of pink buttons.
 Another vintage Easter card, this time in brights, with some ribbon insert lace and a new purple flower with a vintage knotted satin rose in the middle.
Sweet card, vintage doilies, buttons and a handmade felt flower embellishment gifted from a crafty friend!
I love this little prancing lamb!  Beneath him are vintage occasional stickers, and a large paper flower I've decorated with piece of a vintage doily.
This chick among the tulips hardly needed any embellishment -- but I did put a doily beneath her, another vintage ribbon rose, and some newer flowers on the side.

I hope you love it as much as I loved making it!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vera Neumann in Spring

Continuing my love affair with Vera Neumann...I can never leave a thrift store or estate sale without checking through the scarves for a vintage Vera.  Sometimes I can spot one from across the room!  Here are my newest textile treasures:
Cobalt blue and brown swirls...
with the iconic ladybug signature
funky floral
 from the same era
I love it when I find one like this that I already have; that way, I can sell it and still keep one to wear and enjoy!

A mod, abstract Vera I've never seen before!  It almost looks like a stylized bunch of grapes.
Spring is playing hide and seek with us here in Colorado -- as usual.  How about in your neck of the woods?