Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving with a side of thrift shopping

Life is pretty busy these days, and I want for NOTHING I can find in an antique shop, thrift store or vintage fair, but -- I still have to treat myself to a shopping trip now and then.
Thrifting is good for my soul.  I found these great alphabet tiles at my friend Kathy's booth a couple of weeks ago.
From another vendor -- a tiny box of Shiny Brite ornament hangers.  This little box just makes me happy!
Yet another vendor had this sunny, out-of-season but still spectacular Vera butterfly sheet in her $2 fabric bin.  Yes, please.
On my last thrift shopping trip a few days ago, I found this more-season-appropriate Vera scarf -- isn't it fun?
Also, a never-used little ornament kit that I will be using to make something like this one I bought recently:
Well, it's a little more kitschy, if that is even possible, but I just couldn't leave it behind!
Getting back to my passion for all-things-Vera Neumann: this year our Thanksgiving table featured the linens I'd thrifted last year in Kansas City:
I loved this set and paid full price for it -- but it's vintage Vera and it came in a setting for 3 which is perfect for when my little family is at home alone for the holidays!
I set in on top of this non-Vera but also thrifted tablecloth -- isn't it pretty?
It made a sweet vignette for our holiday meal.
I enjoyed a stress-less day of cooking; above, my favorite side dish before it bakes -- I love the look of the sugared fruit!
Dennis took care of the turkey, as usual.
Everything was delicious.  I hope yours was, too!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for all of you,
for friends that have moved on in their journey,
for my loving family,
for my sweet, loyal fur family,
for having a job,
and for The Graphics Fairy for this lovely image.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas in resin

Rebecca and I tried our hand at using resin the other day to make a couple of Christmas charms.  I just finished mounting two of them.
For the Christmas tree one, I had to kind of wing it; I really wanted to use this multi strand pearl necklace I'd thrifted last year, so I rigged up a clasp to make it work.  I can't wait to wear it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Winter white

We awoke this morning to "sugar dipped trees."
We've had snowy weather for a few days now.  Here's what my commute to work has been looking like:
Frosty.  This is heading west towards Pikes Peak Mountain.
Here's a sneak peek at my latest (and final) tag swap project; this time I made 13 White Christmas tags and I'm so looking forward to receiving the swap!
Are you doing any holiday swaps?
How much do you love this little vignette?
I bought it from Simply Stated Crafts at a craft fair in Colorado Springs a couple of weeks ago.
You can see our snowy yard in the background.
More from Simply Stated: a book page wreath.
A little book tree -- with sparkles, and bells.
It's a good day for snow white crafting in Colorado today!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2 down, 48 to go

There is power in accountability: after my blogging confession last week that I haven't made any progress on my goal to write 50 works before next year, I got busy and did numbers 1 and 2! Neither is available for sharing, unfortunately, but let me tell you -- they were heartfelt!
'Read any good books lately?  I decided last month to re-read Stephen King's The Shining, in anticipation of the sequel being released.  When I finished that I began Dr. Sleep.  It's classic Stephen King.  And I have learned that I've outgrown Stephen King's writing.  Still -- when I lie in bed and open Dr. Sleep, it brings back happy memories of teen age summer days and books that are predictable in a good way, so I am satisfied.
I've been doing a lot of paper art lately but I can't really share because they are swaps and I don't want to spoil the surprise.  Here's just a sneak peek of a swap I sent off last week to England.
Working on these sure has put me in the mood for Christmas creating!
Yeah, yeah...I know...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A salute to all the writers in November!

November is National Novel Writing Month, and all over the world published and unpublished-writers are typing away.  The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month, and it's not easy to do but it is an AWESOME experience.  I've done it a few times in the past bu I'm not doing it this year, are you?
I happened to be wearing a NaNoWriMo T-shirt to work today and got to talking about it with a coworker.  I remembered that one year our local Colorado Springs group was featured on a radio show called The Next Big Thing, which airs on NPR.  I Googled it this morning and was surprised to discover the link to the interview is here but it you can't listen to it online...which makes no sense! (But I do have CDs; there were actually two interviews.)  Then I realized it feels like yesterday but was actually 10 YEARS AGO this month.
It also made me remember the goal I set a couple of months ago to write 50 works this year.  
Ask me how far I've gotten with that.
But I am NOT giving up!
If you're doing NaNoWriMo 2014, I salute you!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank you for the love

Thank you, everyone, for the love; I'm so glad you are all here in my little corner of blogland!
is the one chosen to receive my giveaway gift!
How fun -- Kelli, please send me an email
and let me know what you would like me to make for you!
And I'll need your address, too.
Meanwhile...
 I'm at it again with the pumpkins.
 I showed you this one in progress in the last post so I wanted you to see it finished.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My 1*0*0*0th post and a giveaway!

This is it -- the 1,000th post I mentioned was coming up!
Time flies; I started this blog on December 11, 2008.
It wasn't my first blog, but it has been my favorite.
I started out here just talking about some of the fun stuff I made, and picked, for my Etsy shop, Indulge Your Shelf.
Thus the blog's name.
But it became so much more --
a place to find meet friends who visit, stay a while, and come back.
So first let me say, Thank you for visiting...and for coming back...over these past almost-five years!  I have so enjoyed meeting you online, and, when I'm lucky, in real life, too!
When I started writing this blog my son was just 11 years old...
we're all a bit older now!
If you've been around for these five years and 1,000 posts, then you know some of my creative and art-related dreams have come true:
In 2009 I finished a long journey to finally graduate from college, with a BA in Creative Writing.
Along the way I started doing more online writing, including my column on examiner.com;
I took over the blog Button Floozies
I got to attend the last Silver Bella;
and, visit one of my blogging/art world heroes, Karla,
along with so many other beautiful people!
Along the way, I also contributed to some books;
and had the thrill of having a fabric book project published in Somerset Studio Gallery.
It's been a hoot!
Just lately, I've begun working full time again -- which is most decidedly not one of my creative dreams come true...
me as the Fractured Fairy Tales Fairy at work last week (for Halloween!)
although I do get to have fun sifting through vintage stuff and listing it online...
it's not my dream job.
And leaves little time for creating...
but I'm not giving up!
In fact: I'm going to create something special
just for you -- if you are the winner of my 1000th post giveaway!
To celebrate 1,000 posts and all the wonderful friends who have read them,
I'm giving away a piece of art -- either paper...

or fabric...

you get to choose which!
It can even be a combination of both.
I'll choose a winner from among the commenters between now and November 11;
the winner will decide what kind of custom art piece they'd like -- paper, fabric, or a combo!
You can even pick a "theme" -- just let me know what you love!
Prize details:
It can be up to ~5x5" -- the size of a quilt square (if fabric)
or a page in a small journal (if paper.)
You can frame it, or use it to create something altogether new...
like a pillow, or a journal cover.
That way, we can create together.
And I can't think of a better way to celebrate 1,000 posts, can you?
I will commit to getting the piece to you by December 31, 2013 -- or within 30 days of when you tell me what you'd like, whichever comes first -- via mail.
HOW TO ENTER:
Comment on this post only and tell me how you read my blog -- Bloglovin', Facebook, via email subscription...or?
To make this easy -- only one entry per person.
Feel free to share with all your friends -- on Facebook, on Pinterest, or on your own blog.
It won't get you more entries, but it will make me happy.
And who knows...if I'm happy I might give away more than one gift!
I'm just sayin'.
Thank you for 1,000 chances to love you!