Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heart creation

I promised some photos of my progress on the Valentine Heart Swap inchey, so here goes!
This is what it looked like when I began to pin it; I used two kitchen linens.  One is a double damask white towel, and the other is a beautiful vintage napkin with red roses on it that I have been hoarding saving for something special.
And here is how it's looking today, after many hours of sewing!  All of the incheys are attached, and I added a layer of vintage doily/runner at the bottom, over the napkin.


I added a few bits of colorful stitching here and there.
Suzanne's little signature was so cute I wanted to feature it alongside her inchey, which is pale blue.
I also sewed on some stray bits of lace and a few sweet embellishments that Mercedes gifted me with her inchey, like the soft white flower with the pearl center.
I'm planning yet more stitching, especially in this bottom corner.
You can be sure I'll show you when it's finished.
This is the only inchey that didn't make it on to the sampler I'm sewing -- the one made by Hope.
I have something special in mind for it, so stay tuned.

So...my husband asked what I was going to DO with this creation.
Cheeky of him, no?
At this point, I'm thinking it will either be a wall hanging or an actual table runner/centerpiece.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hoping for Spring

Spring is coming.  I know it is.  I believe it.
Even though I just drove home from the store in yesterday.
And awoke to this today...again.
The other day, when the sun was actually out, I got together with Jeanelle and we made this Maya Road wreath kit!
 Maya Road is known for their flowers and these were fabulous!
We transformed a straw wreath into this:
Isn't it awesome?
It was SO MUCH FUN!
It's on my wall to remind me that Spring WILL come.
In other news: my crock pot wore out.  Seriously.  I use it a lot.
So here's a new one Dennis and Ben picked up for me; this was taken on St. Patrick's Day when it was full of corned beef and cabbage.  (It was delicious.)
I'm probably the only person you know who could get excited about a crock pot!
Work is about the same. I have had some kind of fun stuff come through lately. I adore the altered child's skates on the left.  They are hand painted with tiny snowflakes, in green and gold.  The blades have been sprinkled with sparkly glitter. Precious.
And I am in love with that McCoy bowl on the right.
 When I was on that quick shopping trip I told you about in my last post, I spotted this McCoy planter; normally, I don't care for the 70's era McCoy too much, but I did like the circle design on this one.
I also liked this little flower pot; it's one I haven't seen before, in a rose color, and I think I need it for my collection.  In fact, I think I need all three of these McCoy pieces!
 
This vase was the most exciting thing I think to come through work in a while; it was listed by one of my coworkers and it sold for more than $1,100 last week.
It was a joy to behold, and hold, and admire -- since I knew I'd never be able to afford it!
I haven't had much time for junking lately...but I did go to a couple of thrift shops yesterday and came home with something old/new to replace the button jar above...
a votive vase, by Mikasa.  I filled the vase with all those mother of pearl buttons.
It makes me happy.
As far as art: besides that wonderful wreath, nothing new lately -- although I did get out my inchey sampler from Silver Bella 2010 and switched it around/added to it (above.)
This was practice and play in anticipation of when I put together the incheys I just got in the Valentine Swap.
Which by the way, Beth blogged beautifully about a few weeks ago -- and showed her finished incheys sampler.
I've actually already begun to sew my version of the incheys sampler.  I can't wait until the sun comes out so I can photograph it and show you a picture of my progress.  It's all hand sewing, and slow going, and that about my speed these days.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A visit with vintage

I made a quick breeze through a local vintage marketplace yesterday; this was necessary since my husband and son were along.  If you asked them, they would not have described it as a quick breeze through but, trust me, it was! I took some photos so you could come along with me.
Seriously -- after all these years of blogging, that's how I feel when I'm in a store and see a pretty sight: that I should photograph it and bring you all along.
There was lots of this pretty blue.
I love these buttons on Bingo cards.
Here's a different mannequin/dress form than I am used to seeing!
A display of license plates on a shelf that I found rather artistic.
How cute is this framed print?  It's one I'd never seen before but was $65 so it stayed behind.
This antique store has an indoor flea market vibe.

I really get a kick out of these displays of collections!
I'll take a pink one!

This lavender chest was EYE-CATCHING!
As was this piggy bank -- it's the size of a cookie jar!
(This buffalo is how you can tell we're in Colorado.)
Lots of scales and industrial-looking stuff, which I love.
This cherub lamp made me laugh -- doesn't the little guy look distraught to be on that gaudy gold lamp?
Pretty pink paisley.
There was plenty of Easter going on in the shop.
Some of the needlepoint I saw:
this pair of needlepoints with a beach cottage scene; I don't think I've ever seen any just like them...
and this wonderful tapestry, still on its frame and unfinished.  What a lot of work!
Spring is coming -- at least in the stores if not out of doors!