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!
video

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!