Sunday, September 16, 2018

Creating a wedding invitation keepsake, and hiking unexpectedly

Dennis and I attended a beautiful wedding last weekend for one of my new co-workers.  Everything about the day was lovely and we were so glad to be included!
The wedding colors were dark blue and white, and I was so inspired by the pretty invitation that I decided to create a frame for it for them as a keepsake.
Here's how it turned out.  While the images of brides were scans of originals, almost all of the rest of the details including the beaded flowers, millinery and fabrics, were vintage (of course!)  Here are some of my favorite details/close-ups of the decoupaging:

The back, and a little gift card I made to go with it.  I know that decoupaging with vintage paper isn't everyone's style, but I hoped she'd like it, and she did!

This weekend was quieter; after Dennis was out of town for the whole week (and the whole week before, too), he came home Friday and took me to a local pop up vintage market.  It was small, but we had a lot of fun!
Then yesterday we drove up to Greeley to visit Ben.  We had a really nice time on a lovely day with him and Cora; we hiked (accidentally!) at a State Park, among other things.  It was so wonderful to spend time with them.

I had hoped for Fall color, but it was a little bit too early for that; the pretty photo below is someone else's, from another part of Colorado, but I'm adding it for emphasis.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too!

Friday, September 7, 2018

New again

So, here I am at my new job.  I work inside the back area of a library, and it's a really sunny, spacious office.  As you can see, they told me to "make the space my own" so I brought in some of my art and a family photo (behind me.)  I'll probably decorate more later, too.
I think I'm going to be happy there.  I work every morning and get to leave at noon.  At my last job at the call center, I didn't go in to work until mid-afternoon and I really liked that schedule.  The last couple of weeks I find I'm having a hard time adjusting back to early morning wakings.  Especially since just this week, there was snow on Pikes Peak and, after Labor Day, a chill in the air in the mornings which makes me very sad; it also make me want to roll over and hide under the blankets when my alarm goes off.
But --  once I'm at work I do enjoy how quickly the morning goes and then I'm off the rest of the day!  Look at this friendly group of ladies I work with!  The one in the pink to my right is the gal I'm replacing me; she stayed on for a week to train me but then Tuesday was her last day so we took her to lunch.  I'm really going to miss her!  Big shoes to fill.  Everyone at work is so very nice.
I took this photo of pink birds flying between two buildings in downtown Colorado Springs on Labor Day, when Dennis and I went out to lunch and to see a movie.  It reminds me of how there are many forces at work in this city, striving to showcase the arts.  This is never more obvious than at the libraries, where so many community and arts activities are offered!  Just last Friday I attended a two-hour class on songwriting, taught by The Reminders.  It was so inspiring and interesting -- it really got my writing juices flowing.  Since I'm now there at the "makers" library every day, I don't doubt I'll be getting more involved with all of it in the future months.  Happy thought.
Today is an exception: I'm working all afternoon instead of the morning.  It's chilly out again, and I slept in until almost 8 am.  Dennis is right now flying home from Montana, where he's been working since Tuesday.  He's working so much lately.  It will be nice to regroup.  Tomorrow I'm taking my car in to hopefully get rid of that awful noise it's been making, and then we will be celebrating a wedding with some new friends Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  In between all that, I'm hoping to finish up on four globes I've been working on!  Two are normal sized, and two are tiny. 
Then I've got to get working on Christmas tart tin ornaments and some other ideas I have -- and I have a load of vintage Christmas to list in my shop.  I'm contemplating a weekend vintage market in November -- right now I'm wait-listed for a booth.
When we're in between seasons and there's a lot of change going on in my life, my body wants to slow down, relax, maybe even, if I'm honest with myself, hide.  My flip-flopped new schedule has me too fatigued mid afternoon to do much of anything and I find if I sit down to rest, I take a nap.  Then it's easy to lose momentum and get nothing done the rest of the day.  I can feel myself cycling into depression.  I know I'm not the only one fighting this battle!  I also know I have to nip it in the bud before succumbing to it.  I have long planned to join a new gym this fall, which is convenient with my new job and should be a no-brainer -- but I have not been able to get my butt over there to sign up.  I'm not exercising at home either, even though all my bones and muscles seem healed now after physical therapy.  So: the gym is my goal for September.  What is yours?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Rockin' Rod and Girls Having Fun

Well, you guessed it: I had the time of my life at the Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper concert!  First of all, it was great to spend time with my old friend Judy -- who I've known since 7th grade.  She visited Colorado for the first time and enjoyed our wonderful weather and the relaxing (compared to the bay area) feel.
On the night of the concert we had just found our way to our seats in section 306 when we got the surprise of our lives: I asked another fan to take a photo of Judy and I with the stage in the background.  The next thing I knew this fan, who it turns out was part of the backstage team for Cyndi Lauper, was handing us tickets to the sixth row next to the stage!  She told us, Cyndi liked to gift people with seat upgrades!  We moved down to our new seats in a happy daze!
Cyndi Lauper performed first and she was energetic and inspiring.  I re-lived many 1980's moments listening to her songs, which were always both fun and also touching -- like Time After Time, All Through the Night, and True Colors.  Of course the concert hall was a madhouse when she performed Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Then, Rod Stewart wasted no time coming on stage, and it was like a dream.  It was so amazing to be so up close and see his face without having to look at the giant video screen!  I was swooning the entire time and you could not wipe the smile off of my face.
There were moments during the show when I looked skyward and greeted Margaret, who I know was watching from somewhere far away, like Cloud 9.  He really did put on a first class, high quality performance.
I even felt like Sir Rod and I had a little moment together at the end of the concert, where he looked at me with the recognition of how important he's been to me for the last 40 years. He said goodbye with his eyes and told me that it had been quite a ride.  Or, I could have been imagining it.
He did for sure bow elegantly and, I felt so strongly, bid a fond farewell.
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wait, what month is it?

Have you seen this meme on Facebook or elsewhere on the web?
It makes me laugh and at the same time it strikes fear in my heart!  Because I had such grand plans for Christmas crafting this year.  I intended to start in July.  Well, it's mid August and I finally did start preparing last week by sorting through my Christmas thrift store finds from this year.
After sorting, I started grouping.  These are all the special shaped tart tins, molds and cookie cutters that I bought specifically for crafting this year; I grabbed them whenever I found them cheap at thrift shops.
But when I went through the stash I already had, I discovered a great supply (above) that probably would have taken me through this year's crafting!  But no matter, because I have an idea to sell kits for making those wonderful little tart tin/mold ornaments this year -- so, extra is good.  I am so excited about this project and have spent time yesterday and today gathering my favorite images to use for backgrounds, etc.  I have a pile of paper to scan and duplicate for some designs and also for ephemera packs I hope to make.
My first step in all this sorting consisted of bringing a bunch of containers up from the basement and washing away the all the dust and glitter from storage, using the garden hose.  This morning I filled many of these up! The actual crafting, though, will have to wait until after my company is gone next week!
Meanwhile, I'm helping to do another monthly Vintage Auction on our public page, Vintage Supplies Marketplace.  I have listed lots of buttons if you are interested in getting some!  Vintage Supply Marketplace on Facebook.  The sale runs through Sunday, August 19 at 9 pm EST.  The necklace shown above is buy-it-now, but everything else that I'm selling is auction style.
It has been an unusually busy month for me for visitors.  First, I went to pick up my Aunt Delores so I could bring her to her sister-in-law's funeral.  It was a sad occasion but I enjoyed seeing many members of my extended family (most of whom I have never met before!)  Delores spent the weekend with us and it was a treat.
The following week my brother Joe came to Colorado from his home in California.  He was here for just a few days and had a lot to accomplish, but we were able to assemble all of the local family together to see him!  Here he is, above, with my son Ben and his girlfriend, Cora, who traveled from Greeley for dinner with Joe.
And here are all the kids -- including Joe's twins Alex and Spencer, whose birthday we were celebrating!  It was a super fun night.
In a few days from now, one of my oldest friends, Judy, will be coming to Colorado -- her first trip here!  I saw Judy last when I went to Margaret's funeral and stayed with her in SF for a couple of days, two years ago.  That's where the photo above was taken, with both of us trying to smile at the cemetery.  I'm very much looking forward to seeing Judy again, under happier circumstances!
We have lots of fun and relaxing planned; the biggest event though is the Rod Stewart concert we're attending on Wednesday night in Denver!  It will be my 4th time seeing him -- he's an absolute favorite and means a lot to me.  At my age, when I hear one of his old tunes a feeling washes over me like no other; it is the soundtrack of my coming-of-age years.  The photo above was taken in San Francisco when I went to see him with Margaret -- our first concert, in 1979.
Here's what we can expect to see Wednesday -- he's now 73 years old!  But I must be 14 again, because just thinking about being in the same room with him again makes me want to squeal like a teeny bopper!  And, oh, I expect to miss Margaret so much that night.  Her death is still an open wound; I am just telling myself to live in the moment and feel joy, while imagining her watching from heaven!  But I would not be surprised if I burst into tears anyway when I hear the opening strains of Maggie May.
Do you have a favorite Rod Stewart song?

Friday, August 10, 2018

How their garden grows

When I was unemployed for 5 months this year, I began to volunteer at the local library, searching the shelves for books people at other libraries have reserved and sending them on.  I did it twice a week for a while, and then when I started working again in June I dropped one day and just do it once a week.  I just love to be in a library!
There is a gardening club in my town, and they have taken a patch of soil next to the library and created a vegetable garden and a separate flower garden.  Every week I've watched the flowers spring up and always mean to go over and photograph it.  Thursday, I finally did!
I wish you could smell these beautiful flowers!  Their fragrance hits you about 10 feet away from the garden!

These are as delicate as paper!
I love summer!💗

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Share about the auction!

We're having fun at the auction!

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This drawing will take place Sunday at 6pm.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thoughts on a Sizzling Summer Flying By

Like a lot of the country, temperatures in my part of Colorado are soaring!
 Is your summer flying by like mine is?  Don't you wish it wouldn't?  Look at this dandelion in my front yard -- those are full-sized daisies next to it!  I guess that gives me a lot of wishes!
 I love this photo of Art, asleep on the landing with his paws holding one of the banister rails.  I wish I could sleep like that!
 I picked some of our raspberries.  They are tiny but they taste great; I've been putting them in my smoothies.  This may be the only harvest I get from our bushes, as it is the bird party place in the neighborhood!
I finally got some geraniums potted on the porch.  I love them so much and they're so easy!
 I decided to hold off on "Christmas in July" -- for me, it will be "Christmas in September".  But -- get a load of this vintage, kitschmas creation I bought at an estate sale last week!  It has been SO popular on the Merry Kitschmas group page!  I showed it there five days ago and it has, so far, 207 likes.
Some of my most favorite of the comments:
  That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.
Shut up right now with that adorableness!!!!!
I feel like this is the most commented on post on this page. It IS the kitschiest kitsch of all! #winning
Plus -- it's inspired a bunch of group members to create one of their own!  They're busy discussing how to build it, and are promising to post photos on the page when finished.  I am just loving the group enjoyment -- I have DEFINITELY found my tribe over there!
How was your 4th of July?  Our was great -- Ben came home just for the day, and we had a delicious cookout, plus got to craft these "flags" after dinner!

It was so much fun!  Most everything we used was vintage, and we made a big, crafty mess, but it was wonderful!

 I'm trying new stuff in my store; did I already tell you I've written a tutorial on how to make these vintage doily dreamcatchers?  I am planning to make up some kits to sell with it, and may even sell the tutorial separately, too.  They should be hitting my shop any day now!
 And, I just gave my store a new look!
Plus, I re-worked my pricing and decided to ship EVERYthing free; it means my profit is lower, but I hope it will draw traffic to the shop!
If you haven't already -- please tell all your vintage-loving friends!
I have been spending soooo much time on the computer lately; it's the only downfall of this type of selling.  It's hard to stay inside when the weather's so inviting, isn't it?
Art says, Have a great weekend!
(Paul's more of an introvert -- but, he wishes you a great weekend, too!)