Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vintage Darlings Snippet Roll Swap

Here's the snippet roll I sent to Cerri; she's a new friend and her site is The Little Pink Studio.
I packed it in a little tart tin (or Jello mold) -- it fit perfectly!
This time I played with some black accents, and I really like the way it came out.
This is the back, and you can see how I decorated the spool with French paper.
Another view of it all rolled up; now, I'll show you each section:
The top; I really love this little girl with the curly hair and the big sash and I've used her in several projects in the past

A photo of a baby girl, and then some of my favorite beaded wedding gown trim...and a tiny frozen Charlotte
Millinery petals in white, and buttons
A little boy and his baby sibling, some antique brown lace and a wonderfully textured old metal button
Another view of that favorite mother and child from my previous post, a Bingo number and a pink crocheted flower
Another sweet photo of a girl, more millinery (I used the good stuff!) and of course, buttons!
You might have noticed that I put many of the photos I used on the snippet roll under a layer of sheer fabric; they show up so much better in person than they do in these photos.
The fabric with the green and orange is a snippet of a feed sack fabric quilt
 Another sweet baby photo and some beautiful crochet lace and buttons

Finally...I created a charm from a tiny frame and another vintage darling photo and tied it on, along with a fabulous "birdcage" button that I just love!
I think what I love most about these snippet rolls is the tiny scale, and the chance to do so much hand sewn detail.  It's a challenge to get it all sewn on so that it remains compact enough for the spool.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My own, personal snippet roll!

This is not the snippet roll I made for my swap partner; instead, I decided to make one just for me in honor of my big birthday this week:
In case you've never tried, I have to tell you that photographing a snippet roll is almost as difficult as photographing a banner!  Here it is (above), all unfurled.
The inspiration for this roll is my baby photo -- copied onto a piece of fabric paper in miniature.
Here it is all rolled up and tied with tulle.
This is what the spool looks like at the start...
I finally had a chance to use this pretty clothing tag I've been saving...I love that it has two of my favorite cities sewn into it, as well as a name with my initials from my maiden name (LA).
A tiny tatted doily and some French laundry tape with my married initials (LJ), then my photo with a border in red -- because that reminds me a lot of clothes my mom dressed me in when I was small.
The base of the fabric was from Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic line; I almost made the mistake of covering it completely up so I made sure to leave part of it showing, above.  There's a mother of pearl sequin/bead and some crochet lace.
Below the crocheted flower, a label with my special year, and further down, buttons and trim galore.
My sweet (and favorite) antique baby photo, a nest and a tiny millinery bouquet.  The little 21 is another piece of French laundry tape, and I put it on because 21 was the last birthday I remember that felt like such a milestone, before this one.
The final photo is one that you can buy for yourself in my friend Linda's Etsy shop, from her personal collection of antique photos.  The little girl in the photo looks so compliant -- and happy!  The final touch was some red seam binding to catch/balance the red in the rest of the snippet roll.
Stay tuned for more snippet roll fun -- the swap recipient should have it in her hands by tomorrow, so I can then show you how hers came out!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mintons blue china splurge

Despite working at, I rarely bid on items we sell, and even less often do I bid and actually win the auction.  Here's the latest:
You know how I feel about blue and white china patterns, and Minton.  Well, the little bowl above is the best of both! And I felt I deserved a little treat.  And we needed another antique plate in the house.
I did some research on it tonight and learned it's a pattern called Humber, and that is dates from the 1880's.  That's a favorite decade of mine!
Sorry for the blurry photos -- it's evening, and dark, and I didn't want to take a chance and wait to photograph it for you 'lest I not remember to do it!
I almost missed out on the lovely plate because it was paired with this horrifying little mug and that stood out so much more than the Minton bowl in the thumbnail photo on the listing!
Here's a sneak peek at a tag I made to go along with the snippet roll I'm swapping -- I took time to do the sewing on it last Sunday, and finished up a couple of days ago.  I will show you the snippet roll after my partner receives it -- and the whole tag, too!  If you've never seen a snippet roll, here's a link to my pinterest board of some!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A coffee filter flower wreath

I've been wanting to make coffee filter flowers forever.  The other day when I took this photo I decided to make it happen!
It took me a few days, but I bought some coffee filters and spent a quick few minutes dyeing them in my kitchen sink.  I used these four colors of paint and lots of water on plain, bright white coffee filters.
I did all 200 that were in the package.  I did about 40 at a time, and after each pile, I added more paint to darken the next batch.
I set them outside in piles to dry.  That worked for about 30 minutes, until the wind came up and I had to move them inside!  I ended up having to let them dry overnight, but that was fine because I ran out to time to continue working on them the first day, anyway.
The next time I had a chance to work on the wreath, I began making flowers.  Fist I used a thin quilting tape, but I found it really hard to work with (it's old, so maybe it was brittle...) so I switched to regular masking tape.
This is a good thing to do with an adult beverage; I'm just sayin'. Here: the watermelon margaritas we made from fresh watermelon!
There were no wreath forms to be found locally, so I just grabbed a grapevine wreath I had around the house and covered it with burlap strips.
It took a while but I ended up making 3 different sizes of coffee filter flowers.  I used this online tutorial: Jones Design Company coffee filter flower wreath tutorial.
For the largest flowers, I used three filters, for the medium flowers, two, and for the smallest flowers, just one.
Can you see all three sizes here (above) as I "audition" the flower placement on the wreath?
 Some hot glue and it was hanging on the door within the hour!
 I don't know how the coffee filters will fare outdoors, but I really wanted it to be on the front door.
In all, it took about 40 flowers to make this wreath.
I love it -- it was a very satisfying craft.  I could make those flowers all day -- they were fun and easy!  I might have to try that method with other papers, as well.  I could get addicted.
What have you been working on lately?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The lucky, lucky person!

I didn't forget -- here is the lucky one chosen to get the BonnieAngela jewelry giveaway!
Drumroll, please:

Please email me as soon as possible so I can get your details for Bonnie & Angela!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Junking in Fort Collins, Colorado

Happy Labor Day weekend!
It wouldn't feel like a holiday weekend for me at all since I work "retail" and don't have Monday off...except that we planned a trip to visit the campus at Colorado State University Fort Collins on Friday and I took a day off  for that -- so I got a 3 day weekend anyway!  Funny, I didn't even plan it that way, but it's nice when something in life works out, isn't it?
It was a nice way to spend a free Friday, with my family, thinking about the future.
We went up mid morning, though the campus tour wasn't until 2 pm, because I have never been to Fort Collins and wanted to look around a bit.
My friend Suzanne lives nearby and she suggested this antique mall, which was just about the perfect size for the little bit of time I was able to try my husband and son's patience allot to shopping!
It was fun to look around even though I didn't end up buying a single thing!
 It's beginning to look like autumn
 I wish I had room in my house to set out rusty chairs and display china on them
 I was tempted to buy this antique wedding keepsake because it was under priced, but if you know me you know I don't have room on any of my walls for anything!
 Every time I go junking I want a bird cage.
 Really sweet display, under glass.

 This little embroidered linen sewing basket almost came home with me.
Because I need another sewing basket. Not.
 Of course, everywhere you look was burlap.
 It was a burlap-a-looza!

 A woman after my own heart...making pretty things from lovely old linens!
 These were lavender sachets.
 Such a cheery color on this footstool.
 I liked the use of old wood and spoons to hold tea lights.
 I snapped this photo of the drawers-as-cabinets because I had recently listed one of those liquor dispensers at work...and thought it was pretty nifty.
 This made me laugh out loud: what the inside of an accordion looks like.
 Lots  of metal, including that dilapidated pumpkin from a gas can -- clever!
 'Not sure about hanging a red cylinder inside a frame...?
 I liked how this gal foofed up a little trophy.
 Dennis and Ben came to find me after about 45 min., when I has asked for 1 hour and 15 min.  To punish them, I made them go with me to another store!
 A yard full of metal set out to rust.

 I think this pile of windows would have made such a cute photo...if not for that fire extinguisher!
 'LOVE this baby display, in a clear hat box!
 A bowl of buttons to pick through!

This would be so cute in my own front yard -- full of seasonal displays -- right?
Thanks for coming shopping with me!
I hope you are having a lovely Labor Day weekend, too.