Saturday, January 20, 2018

Please be kind, January

I wished for a quiet and productive beginning to the year, and it would've been just that -- except for losing my job last week.
It was a day like any other until my boss told me that my job had been eliminated and sent me home, with no severance.  I'm so sad.  Most of all, I'm not up for another year of ups and downs, employment-wise. 

I spent the last week trying to ignore the situation as best I can, and crafted, got projects done around the house, and shopped for buried treasure.
I had my friend Karen over to craft on Martin Luther King Day and we made vintage fabric hearts.  Above was the spread on my dining room table -- lots of fabric and fun things to choose from!

Mine started with a layer of felted wool, then velvet, then some lovely brown netted lace, then some novelty painted fabric, more velvet, and, finally, a lovely antique millinery rose.  I added charms, buttons, and lots of trim and hand-stitching.  I'm happy with the result!
My favorite thing about it is that it hangs from a vintage sweater clip.  If you have a chance to go and "favorite" it in my Etsy shop, that would be much appreciated!
I was on a roll, so I created a second one (above.)  A third one is also in the works!

As you know if you've been a blog reader of mine for a while, I love the valentine motif for making art.  I'm participating in one fabric heart swap next month with a Facebook group, and plan to keep all my supplies out there on my dining room table so I can spontaneously pick up and keep creating as often as possible!

As far as my Etsy shop, I'm keeping it as full as I can, at about 100 items available, and there is a 40% off purchases over $25 sale going on, still!
While out thrifting and junking, I've been finding fun vintage "picks" and plan to make many valentines with them and other vintage items in my stash.  Just today I sold some 1950s era valentines and I scanned them before sending them off.  Here are a few that you are welcome to download and use in your art:



And I'm just beginning to list some vintage Easter items!
I'm happy for the company of kitties while I'm bouncing around the house on these wintry, cold January days.
Art likes to lay on top of the highest cabinet while I sit at the desk and type...
while Paul usually prefers to camouflage himself downstairs.  While the rest of the country's been experiencing unusually cold weather, we have not.  But, tonight we're bracing for a big change in weather and SNOW, so we've stocked up on necessities.  I have a couple of books to read, and all of the above-mentioned art projects planned, too, so it can snow all it wants!

Will you be making valentines this year?  I'd love to swap some hand made paper cards or tags with friends; let me know if you're interested in doing that -- comment below and be sure I have a way to reach you if your Google account is set to no-reply!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Good News, Great Joy

I had the most wonderful Christmas, and I hope you did, too.
First, just before my husband's birthday he was offered a permanent, full time job as a technician with a successful and busy company.  They asked him to begin immediately, and so within days he was on a plane to attend a two-week training in Los Angeles, California.  Mind you: my husband has not had a permanent, full time job in more than 3 years.  It's a huge victory, and I couldn't be happier for him.
I hatched a plan to fly to LA for the weekend, since Dennis couldn't travel home in between his training weeks; it was a way to punctuate this awful year we've had, and celebrate his new job!  I was very pleasantly surprised to find extremely inexpensive flights for me and my son at the last minute!  And so, the weekend before last, Ben and I hopped on a plane and spent a wonderful, joyous couple of days basking in the sunshine of California's beaches, and my husband's happiness!  It was the best Christmas present ever!
California beaches make me happy.



It's a Christmas I'll never forget!
On the night before Dennis got home from his two weeks of training, my son's girlfriend Cora joined us for dinner and a night of Christmas crafting.  The three of us "refurbished" some damaged vintage putz houses, repainting and decorating them with some of my vintage Christmas supplies!  When we each finished at least one of those, we went to to create Christmas ornaments from vintage tins and materials.  We crafted long into the night!










Dennis came back home on on Saturday; by then, Ben and I had decorated the house (as much as possible in light of the kittens and their continuing enthusiasm for decorations), and done the shopping for the Christmas weekend festivities.  We had our closest friends over on Christmas Eve for my family's red enchiladas -- quite a non-traditional, but delicious, holiday feast!








For the first time all year at my house, all is calm, and all is bright.  I wish the same for you!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Vintage Christmas Ephemera Book

I love vintage ephemera, but especially vintage HOLIDAY ephemera.  This Thanksgiving, in quiet moments, I took the time to make this little book.  What can I say?  It was so very satisfying, and peaceful -- blissful, really!  I took a photo of every page, and, at the end of this post I've included a link to my Facebook page, which has a video that Ben helped me shoot and edit, showing the whole book, too!

























Did you have a favorite page? Here's that video link: https://www.facebook.com/laurie.jackson2

I hope you had a lovely holiday!  We did.