Monday, June 12, 2017

Mechanical Santa

Please pay no attention -- I'm putting this mechanical Santa video on my blog so that I can link to it in my Etsy listing!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June comings and goings

Thank you for all the nice comments and likes on my Jane Austen Fabric Journal!
As you can see, Paul Simon gave me a lot of "help" when I was finishing it up.
Job Update: Dennis flew to NC for a job interview last week and we're waiting for an offer to come from them this week (the job would be in CO.)  It's not a sure thing as he's competing with three others for the job -- so we're holding out breath.
I interviewed for a local firm last Thursday, and should hear "early next week"; it would be a temp to hire job.  The "thanks but no thanks" emails keep flowing in from jobs I've applied to online.  I've been out of work for a month now.
Waiting, waiting, waiting.

But, it is FINALLY summer in Southern Colorado.  We've been enjoying some beautiful days!
 Before, during and after job hunting I am sometimes able to get Dennis to go out to enjoy our lovely area.
Hiking at Bear Creek, above, and a Dairy Queen/therapy run one day last week, below.
While Dennis flew off for his interview, I got treated by Rebecca to a night out of painting!
 I did a landscape with her, her daughter and another friend!
 I couldn't resist the chance to be Yoda.
As you can see, I didn't follow the color scheme -- but I really loved my picture and it looks great at home on the wall opposite a quilt of similar colors!
And we also took a day off to go up to our favorite shops in Castle Rock!
 Where we were inspired.

Before Ben left to go back to Greeley for the summer (and fall, and winter, and spring...not expecting to be living at our house anymore...he's MOVED OUT)
...we had a family project of painting the exterior of the house (it looks great.)
Afterwards, we had another (surprise! $$$) home project when the garage door broke.
Here are the kitties watching Dennis work on that.
Look at my scary Santa collection!  Why am I posting Santa in June, you ask?
This weekend, besides getting together with friends for some laughs and encouragement -- which we are needing lots and lots of these days -- I got out the Christmas things I'm ready to part with and had a marathon photography session for my Etsy shop!
I'm planning a big Vintage Christmas in July shebang for Indulge Your Shelf.
As always, Paul Simon was on hand to help.
And even Art couldn't resist getting in on the fun!
Even though I'm unemployed and have a lot of "free" time, I've been trying very hard to limit my shopping in the junk stores.  When I do go, though, I seem to find Vera out there every time!
 I also found this adorable little original squirrel painting in its cool frame; it's already for sale in my shop.
 And, this scarf is not marked Vera but I had to have it anyway.  I'm so in love with that era of fabric!
 Then -- I couldn't leave behind this Italian silk scarf, with its ballet dancing theme:
 I really love the drawings all around it -- and all different!

I shouldn't spend so much time looking at the 99 cent scarves!
I found a large piece of this pretty, pretty vintage fabric mixed in with the tablecloths.
It just makes me smile.
Thank you for stopping by, faithful friends!  I hope to be able to report back with some good job news very soon.
I hope you have a lovely Sunday, and week!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Jane Austen Fabric Journal

I finished my Jane Austen fabric journal!  I have loved just about every minute of this project -- and am happy with the results.  As you can see, this particular book has the theme of her novel Emma.
So happy, in fact, I made you a video of it!  When he was home last month, Ben encouraged me to begin videotaping my projects, including how-tos, and this was my very first attempt at it!  And, while it's not the most impressive video, as I'm still learning,  I hope you still enjoy it!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sale time at Indulge Your Shelf!

I spent some time yesterday marking down many of the items in my shop!  Here's a sample of what is now at a new, lower price:
Please share with your friends who love vintage!

I also made two "be well" banners for my shop, after people who saw the one I made for my friend who recently had surgery encouraged me to make some to sell!
These are introductory-priced at $19.  

I am planning to post again this week with more updates.
Nothing as yet on our dismal unemployment situation.
Thank you for the well-wishes and prayers; we are trying very hard to keep positive!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Then and Now

Last night Rebecca and I went with our families to see our local minor league baseball team, the Sky Sox, play at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs.
Before they scatter to the winds this summer, we wanted to get our kids together to recreate this favorite photo, taken in 2004:
Here's how the same kids looked last night:
I love them all so much!  What a fun night!

I wish you a memorable Memorial Day weekend.  Take pictures!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you've been enjoying your Mother's Day weekend...whether you're a mom or not, and whether your mom is still walking the earth, or not.  I'm a mom without a mom myself.  I've had a lovely weekend and day.  My son's home from college for a few weeks, which makes it extra wonderful for me!
Recently I was going through my embroidery bag and I found this small snippet roll that I remember piecing together long ago -- probably more than a year back.  I had gotten as far as designing it and pinning on the elements and then got busy elsewhere and never finished it.
It was really delightful to pick up where I'd left off -- with most of the project planned.  I sat down and sewed it one evening.
I love this netted and silk ribbon embroidered embellishment; it was a gift from a blog friend overseas.  I had three pieces, and this is the last one.  Isn't it funny how sometimes you can tell stories about bits of ribbon or lace -- or buttons?

This adorable spun cotton gift decoration is very vintage and I'd saved it for a special project.  The painted cotton head has an old pipe cleaner "body" to twist around. I love the embroidered ribbon on the very bottom.
Do you notice how the colors of this snippet roll are "baby" shades?  That's why I thought it would be fun to show you on Mother's Day. I hope you enjoy it -- and I wish you a great start to your week!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Thrifty finds

I have been finding stuff that I love in thrift shops lately.  I don't go very often at all anymore -- but when I do, I always seem to find something that has made the trip worthwhile!  I guess when that stops happening, I'll stop going.
This came from an estate sale: a very kitschy music box topped with glitter and a plastic nativity!
This huge bag of someone's de-stashed fancy yarn/ribbon stuff was so much fun to go through.
I found this needle-pointed panel irresistible!
What a sweet kitty!
Another estate sale had some hand-crocheted doilies -- and the pink was perfect for a page in the Jane Austen fabric book I am making.
And this silk handkerchief, found at a thrift store, had such interesting fabric I had to bring it home!
I thought this tiny framed picture was such a treasure!  When I showed it to my husband, he said it had probably been in a bomber over Europe during WWII.  It's made of glass, reverse painted, and then edged in chrome.
 I hit the jackpot on vintage Vera scarves -- some I'd never seen before!
 Hankies too sweet to pass up!
I fell in love with these two "essay" medals that I found at another estate sale!  I jut adore the quill and pen motif!
Have you ever gone thrift shopping and ended up with a few items that all seem to match the same color scheme?  This happens to me often, and it did at a Denver thrift store where I found this greet Berggren tile, and three more Vera scarves!
Including this one that was "new" with tags!
 And these two lovelies:
this one is a Vera Sheer; it reminds me of looking through a grated, stained glass window.
These are the simple, very inexpensive things that give me such hunting/gathering pleasure; thrift shopping really relaxes me.  And boy, do I need to relax these days!