Monday, February 8, 2016

Vintage Dragonfly's Valentine Swap

I was excited to get in on this Valentine swap; we were to create a ribbon doll, decorate a box to put her in, add a card/tag/atc, and mail it off with little gifts.  For this swap, I was paired with someone I've never "met" online before, Kathie, which is always interesting and different because you are not quite sure what their style is.  Happily, we both love vintage, and the theme of the swap was "romantic", so I looked for inspiration from among all my romantic supplies, and came up with this:

The ribbon doll -- I used the photo of Winifred Barnes, that beauty from the 1920's who has been my muse lately, and gave her a ribbon skirt.
She dangles a paper heart from a ribbon in front of her with the word, smitten.
Along with ribbons and laces, I used frayed pieces of some of my favorite vintage fabrics, and a few new fabrics, too -- all in neutral tones and various shades of pink.
back view
I sewed the strips of fabric together onto pink tulle and wrapped it around the paper "body" to give it fullness and movement.
My favorite bit is the panel of lace sewn onto sheer pink fabric; it was once a boudoir lampshade and I especially love the little bling on the lace flower!
I made two other ribbon dolls, trying different things, before I figured out just how I wanted this one to look.  You know you've done your best when it hurts a little to give your creation away -- and, even though you know that I'm not a doll lover, I fell in love with this one!

The box -- I bought a new heart-shaped candy box to decorate (my husband helpfully ate all the chocolate for me!)  It took me days to come up with a composition I was happy with for the cover; while I was debating it, I covered the box bottom and insides.
 the bottom -- pink peony paper
 inside bottom -- I lined it with an antique German rice paper napkin and then decorated the sides with washi tape
 the inside of the lid -- more Made in US Zone German paper, this time a place mat, with a red heart doily
and a precious Dresden cupid sticker!
For the cover, I decided on a  collage with a pink and red theme; double doilies over pretty scrapbook paper, an antique valentine on the left...
with paper flowers springing to life from the postcard; and a pretty lady Rose from one of Hope Kearney's collage sheets...
with a sheer plastic Sweet Heart sign, adhered with pretty washi tapes.
All along the edges, a fabulous arrow-patterned grosgrain ribbon.

The card -- I wanted to go with reds for the card, and I used a favorite photo of three women dressed up for gallivanting:
I placed the photo over a print of a map decorated with roses.  A tiny envelope embellishment and some doodles were all I added besides the phrase, Take me out tonight.

The gifts -- 
 I assembled some romantic, valentine-y embellishments and put them in a vintage box I decorated with paper and a shiny heart lock;
nestled in more of that German paper.
I also put together some old linens, and one new flower ribbon...
prettily packaged!
 I included some chocolate -- because it's a Valentine!
 And finally, I wrapped up a journal I'd created weeks ago, with a winter theme:
snow outside was such a factor in my days spent creating this swap that I just had to include this snowball-throwing lady in the package!

Swaps are such fun, aren't they?  I really put my heart into this one -- and I hope Kathie loves it!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine Pocket Letters!

Have you tried your hand at pocket letters yet?  It's kind of addictive!
I made this one for Tammy.  She'd sent me one for Christmas and I was so inspired that I could hardly wait to make one for her!

While I was at it, I had to make one for Terri, too!  I love exchanging supplies and vintage goodness with her, and it's even more fun when I can surprise her!

How much fun are they?  Like I said: addictive! 

We should have a pocket letter swap for Spring.  If I hosted one, would you join in?  Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Got snow?

Well, the snow made its appearance.  I did have to go to work Monday, and the drive home, even though I left early at 3 pm, was a total nightmare!  Here's what my car looked like when I was leaving work:
The snow in front of my car was about 8 inches deep that day.  Normally, we park in a garage, but the hotel was so busy that all employees were scheduled to use the outdoor lot that day.  Murphy's law. On the way home, roads were closing along my route, and I was diverted all over town.  I finally made it home about 4:20 pm.
More cute Snoopy photos!  Here, yesterday afternoon, he was up to his armpits in snow!
Here's what my house looked like 24 hours later -- at about 3:00 this afternoon.  I shoveled the whole driveway.  It took me almost 2 hours.  Even though Dennis and I had shoveled it after dinner the night before!
The snow was over a foot deep.  I am going to be so sore tomorrow!  Don't even ask me about my poor foot.
The fruits of my labor.

But it wasn't all drudgery: I was cozy indoors most of the day, and besides decorating with all my Valentine pretties, I started on this fabric collage, using a fabric photo of my current "muse", Winifred Barnes.  I love it and can't wait to start embellishing!

Stay warm, drive safely, and please don't leave me a comment about how warm your weather is!  (Wink!)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Waiting on the storm

It seems like all weekend I've been just waiting on the huge storm that is forecast to hit us here in Colorado.
It did start to snow overnight last night; here's what my patio looked like early this morning.  I love how the snow bunched up on all the crevasses in the stones!
 Snoopy was playing in the snow this morning; look at his snowy nose!
I hope that, if it does snow, it snows A LOT as is predicted.  Because if it snows a bunch but not enough to keep me home from work -- my commute will be pretty awful tomorrow!
The photo above is me in my Happy Bunny pajama pants, with a heating pad wrapped around my right foot.  Because apparently, I have no shame I spent all weekend inside and off my feet -- not due to the snow, but the fall I took in the parking lot of the gym Thursday night.  That's what I get for exercising, huh?   I sprained my ankle pretty good and couldn't drive, or hardly walk.  Dennis drove me to work Friday and I limped around, so that by the time I came home my foot was a swollen mess. After this weekend of rest, it is beginning to feel better.
So, I spent a lot of time making Valentine art over the last couple of days -- as evidenced by this chaotic mess!
I wish I could show you what I made -- but most of it was for a swap and/or will be going out in the mail soon so I don't want to spoil the surprises.  Here are a couple of pieces that are staying home with me:
I love the photo of this woman, an actress from the early 1900's.  I put her in a little compilation of pretty things; not sure what I'll do with this but it will be a part of my Valentine's Day decor, and it makes me very happy.
In this piece, I used another favorite photo that I purchased from a thrift or antique store a while back; the women look so cute in their warm winter coats and I just love that special purse the gal in the middle is holding!  I framed it in a cardboard photo holder and added a phrase the photo always brings to mind: All dressed up and no place to go.  It's not finished yet; I'm not sure about the washi tape along the edges...
All in all, a restful weekend.  I love Sundays; now I'm looking forward to watching Downton Abbey, and hoping for that big snowfall.  I hope your weekend was lovely, too!