Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Winner of my 800 Posts & 4 Years Etsy Shop Anniversary Giveaway

As you know, I've been having a giveaway for this decoupaged canvas that I made:
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

And still more thrifty fun!

When I post about this crazy stuff I pick up, I always try to explain just what was special about it that made me buy it.
There was just one of these shiny old aluminum canisters, not a whole set, but, I have sold so many of these sets and am always sad to see them go out the door.  So I'm keeping this one--and I might even use it to store coffee, imagine that!
I keep picking up these kinds of hanging holders when they are inexpensive (under $1); they are one of those things that I just know I can use to make something fun -- or, at dangle stuff from them.  The black one in particular is just the right size to hang tags from.
Very, very cute box of unused paper napkings, made in England, and look at those colors!  I love it when the box is as cute as its contents.  Ephemera heaven!
A planter (left) and a piggy bank in the shape of an elephant (right); the reason I liked the the pink planter is that, on the reverse...
there is the romantic inscription "W (heart) K".  I thought it was fun that those are the initials of the current couple of the century, William and Kate.
Some new, wired ribbon (left) that I picked up for my fall tag swap; a silver chain to repurpose; and a sweet English tin with irresistible colors, shape and design -- plus a pleasing, small size.
Two pretty transferware plates -- lovely rose toile and striking black toile.  Next to them: a little glass I had to have for its inscription, Writers' Manor.  That's what I want my home to be: a writers' manor!
And some recent purchases that I've finally gotten around to listing, like the ostrich fan...
Hazel's scrapbook...
the original travel sized chess game...
and this cute photo of a girl and her dog.
You still have a few more days -- until midnight Mountain time on August 28 -- to enter my giveaway!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

My blue heaven

I am hostessing a small swap with a few friends; we are each making fabric pages based upon one of my favorite films, Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Above, a sneak peek of some of the elements I'm using for the book's cover.
To add to my inspiration, pal Linda sent me bags full of beautiful vintage trims, buttons, and flowers via Karla's Cottage!
Wasn't that sweet?  I am in vintage heaven -- Tiffany blue heaven!
The other day, I went with Connie to a wonderful ribbon store in far off Niwot, CO.
It was the cutest little store and we were so lucky to have visited during their Store Closing sale -- the owner is retiring.
She had ribbons, trims, buttons, charms, beads, findings, and even some buttons, for sale.
 Most of what I picked up is for the aforementioned Breakfast at Tiffany's swap pages...
but I also had to splurge on some beautiful hand dyed silk ribbon and ruffled trim...sigh!
While in Niwot we had a lovely lunch al fresco...and then, on the way home, we stopped at a craft store in Denver that had vintage supplies.  It was a family-owned store that specialized in doll furniture, miniatures, and what looked to be original store stock from the 1970s!  It was like walking into the past!  So. Much. Fun.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pretty old paper

It's no secret that I really appreciate old paper -- nothing feels quite like it, and you just can't duplicate its texture when you use it in your art.  I found some stacks of great old paper at the flea market this past weekend.  'Wanna see?
Some of it was in really rough shape, but I don't mind that!  Part of it was from an old Colorado mining concern around the turn of the century...
and some of it was those great old music magazines called Etude, from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Etude always has pretty print and fun old ads, so I grab them whenever I can!
We have ladies on cycles, chickens...
and all kinds of odd stuff such as the results of bird racing...
and families having bad hair days!
I love this stuff!
"You cannot begin too early!"
And: is this not the cheeriest chick you've ever seen?
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mile high junking

I had *so much fun* yesterday when I convinced my family to take a drive to Denver with me, with only junking on the agenda!
Honestly -- the planets must have been lined up perfectly for them to agree to come with me!  That almost never happens.  It was a beautiful day and we just had so much fun.
First stop, the Mile High flea market in Henderson, just east of Denver.  It was our first time there.  Now, the reason I didn't go before is that I've never heard anything good about the market, and I must say that overall it wasn't much to write home about...
there were a couple of cavernous "permanent" shops on what they call Antique Alley, like this one, A Paris Apartment -- which sounded a LOT better than it was!
I saw a few noteworthy things in a vintage shop...but they were not at "flea market" prices (the pretty blue lamp above was $140!)  Still, I did manage to find some of the cheap, fun stuff that I get excited about!
For instance: the buttons sorted in the divided dish above were all from a little button jar that a lady was selling for $1.  We had a pleasant conversation about the uniqueness of buttons, so, between that and the joy of sorting them, I really enjoyed my little purchase!
A different vendor sold me the button bracelet shown above, sitting on top of a fun old piece of fabric with a texture that I just love.  The buttons are all sewn onto a crocheted band, and I could look at all the different realistic shapes and patterns all day -- couldn't you?
Some more of my favorite finds: an old SF postcard, a little round box full of fountain pen nibs, and two beautiful old books -- one of them is Cranford, and it seems I will be amassing a collection of that title as it's the second, ornately-bound copy I've found!
Those books and the lace, above, came from a vendor who was liquidating her mother's estate.  Her mother liked a lot of the same things I do...
like old lace...
and quirky sewing notions.  The little wooden lady above has a head that lifts off to reveal...
a needle case!
I was more delighted to find old glass ornaments, instead of pecans, in this candy box!
And I scooped up this pretty old hat with its velvet-y millinery for $1 at another stall.
So as not to annoy my men, we made it a quick flea-ing trip, and then drove back towards home to Littleton, which was celebrating Western Welcome Week with a street fair!
After an awesome lunch, we did a little bit more shopping for nifty things.
Check out the ephemera from the 1940s, above: it came from a bride's book, which her friends signed with their lips and their John Hancocks!
I splurged on a roll of wallpaper -- the heavy, linen kind from the 1950s, from my friend Amy's store, Pink Attic Cat.
I just LOVE the colors, and the leafy motif!
It was such a beautiful day...
the first Saturday in several weeks that my son has had "free"...
I'm so glad we spent it together!  Next, I'll show you some fun paper ephemera I picked up at the flea market, too!