Monday, April 25, 2011

A happy Easter was had by all

I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!  Ours was so nice; in the days leading up to it, I was distracted from the holiday by Birdsong preparations -- swaps and general giddiness -- but I made a point of being in the present on Easter Sunday.  I cooked and set a pretty table, while watching old movies on TV and relaxing until company arrived in the late afternoon.  We had six friends come for dinner and they all brought delicious stuff to eat, so we feasted and visited.
my husband and I on Easter
After dinner we had the most spectacular snow storm -- monstrous snowflakes, big and wet and drippy, falling by the millions from the sky and then melting as soon as they hit the ground!  I wish I'd been able to photograph them!
Here's a surprise that came in the mail on Friday, just in time for Easter, from Michaele!  I love surprises, don't you?  A spring tree and some embellished clothes pins!
Here's the tree, unwrapped and on display.  It is so adorable!
I haven't been doing much thrifting lately, but I have finished a couple more pillows to put in the shop:
These are made from some hand printed, vintage fabric from San Francisco in shades of gray and pink.  I love this fabric and have been hoarding the small piece I have for years!
reverse of pillow
The vintage embroidered sofa doily I added has coordinating pink crocheted edges; I gathered it at the bottom for interest and added some gray vintage buttons.  I really like how they turned out!
sneak peek of a journal swap page
I'm leaving for Birdsong on Wednesday morning, but hope to have some posts scheduled to run while I'm away, so please check back!  Suzanne and I will be antiquing our way across Kansas, and then plan to attend a flea market on Friday; Birdsong is Saturday and Sunday!
I wish you could all come with us!  I just know I'll come home with lots of photos, new friends to write about, and stories to tell you! 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter decoration, redux

This fun Easter centerpiece is something I blogged about back in 2009 -- but I think it's a good one to re-run, don't you?

Instructions are here.

Let me know if you make it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rainy day crafting

We had a dreary, cold, drizzly kind of day today here in Colorado; it was the perfect day to stay home and work on my swaps for Birdsong.
This little lady is part of the Frilly Birds swap; I made eight of them.
Same bird, different outfits from vintage lace, trim, and millinery.
It was a lot of fun!  Thanks to The Graphics Fairy for the pretty bird!
I try not to show too much from swaps so that participants are surprised, but here's a sneak peek at a journal page I made for the Journal Swap.  I made eight of those pages, too; they're decorated on both sides.

I also worked on 30 of a little trinket I'm making for each of the people who will be at Birdsong (that number includes teachers and all.)

It doesn't sound like a lot, does it?  But it kept me busy most of the day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Weekend update

Yesterday my son and I helped out at our Scout troop's annual food drive for our local food pantry.
Our town was so generous this year!
 They collected more than 1,000 lbs. more than we did last year!
2700 vs. 1600 lbs. last year at the same time...
It was a happy time for a bunch of hard workers.
I finished a project I have had planned for so long now: the pillow above.  It is made from a vintage 1991 French designer fabric that I have before now been reluctant to cut; it depicts Minton tea cup patterns.
I love this fabric so much that I'm planning to keep this pillow for myself.  I don't do that often enough; I'm sure that's true of all of us, huh?  I added some very nice black vintage buttons to the front.
On the back is this gorgeous woven fabric that matched perfectly; like I said, I've long planned this pillow and I'm happy to have finally made it into a reality!
Here's another pillow that I think is just really fun!  It's made from two different vintage cotton towels.  The background fabric is a stylized print of fruit and a wheelbarrow, while the focal piece is cut from an embroidered towel with the same motif.
The embroidered piece is just so cheerful!
I used a variegated thread to stitch the embroidered motif on top of the pillow.  This one is going in the shop!

What have you been up to this weekend?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bits and pieces, jibs and jabs

Birdsong at Karla's Cottage is only 2 weeks away!  I wish I could say I am completely prepared, but I am so far from it!  Only yesterday I started working on one of the three swaps I joined for the event.  I don't want to reveal too much, but it has something to do with this pretty picture:
My buddy Suzanne and I don't really have our travel plans set, either!  I am nervously watching the weather for our drive to Kansas; this morning, for example, the main highway we must travel on was closed for blizzard conditions for a while.  But, somehow, I just know it will all work out!
Ever since we met, Suzanne and I have been showering each other with gifties...as I see something I know she'll love, I grab it for her, and she does the same!  So in addition to our craft supplies, swaps, and snacks, I know we'll have the car packed up with bags for each other!
Big news in town: a new antique store and a thrift store have opened!  I've already been twice to the antique store, but haven't had a chance to get to the thrift store, can you believe it?  I wrote an article with lots of photos, like the one above, about the antique store.
My favorite piece there, besides the tea cart I showed you I bought yesterday, is this lamp made from an antique sewing machine.  Funny thing is, I saw two of these sewing-machines-without-their-tables at Goodwill the other day (for $40 each) and wondered how I could display them.  Question answered!

In other news, Silver Bella has been canceled for this Fall.  I feel bad that such a wonderful event couldn't go forward; it was the highlight of my year last year.  Sniffle.

Well, I'm off to have lunch with my husband, then it's back home to try to tackle the reorg of that craft room some more.  The fun never ends around here!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

All kinds of great stuff!

My husband is very pleased with the progress I'm making in the reorganization I'm doing around the house.  Check out my newest brainstorm for a solution to scrapbooking clutter:
It's a tea cart I found at an antique store!  I love that it is on wheels, because I can roll it over to the dining room table when I want to spread out and crop; it's the perfect size for 2 stacks of 12" x 12" papers on the shelves.  If I was really serious about it, this could also be a self contained workstation, since the table leaves fold up and make a pretty large workspace if you pull up a chair!  I am loving the look of it.

The room reorg has sparked all kinds of other projects, too!  For instance, with my newly cleared off dining room table, I had room to unpack that sewing machine I bought last month and set it up.  From there, it was an easy leap to pillow making!
I whipped up this pile of pillows -- eight to be exact -- using a lot of the pretty linens Linda Sue sent me!  They are in various stages of being finished, and when they are they'll land in my poor, neglected handmade Etsy shop!
 Speaking of Linda Sue gifts...
 I arrived home from the Button Show to find...
 a box full of surprises from her!
 "Odds and ends" she called them!
 I call it fun...
 and colorful...
 and perfect for me!

 It sure made my day!
 Look at the sweet, lacy sleeves on this baby dress!
I received a beautiful butterfly necklace in the mail, too, and I can't wait to show you a photo taken of me wearing it!  But I do have to wait for someone to email me the photo.  (Taps foot impatiently.)
Meanwhile, I can show you this cute basket that arrived from Donna Robinson, a new friend I met at Silver Bella.  She colored the eggs using alcohol ink!
They are so pretty!

Can you stand more pretty?  Okay, then I'll show you these goodies I swooped up at the Button Show from a dealer who had brought a few boxes of lace along for a particular customer of hers, who as a no-show.
She had mentioned this to me at lunch on the first day, and I told her I would love to look at it, too!
She knew I was particularly looking for the metallic lace that shatters so beautifully...
but once I saw her embroidered ribbon (above) and the Italian print ribbon in pale blue below it, I had to buy some of that, too!
 I snagged these two homemade vintage hat pins out of a pin cushion...
 and I couldn't resist the vintage wallpaper border, either!  The little pudgy chef is so cute!

Also: I'm watching my blog followers number tiptoe down...has this happened to anyone else?  So far, I've "lost" two followers over the last few weeks.  Was it something I said?

I hope you're having a lovely week!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring chickens

It's baby chick time at the local farm supply store!
They are so cute!
I've wanted a baby chick ever since I was 8 years old.
But I never was able to have one.  Maybe someday.
There were ducklings, too!
I hope your Monday is just ducky!