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!)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vintage Postcard Swap

Here are some postcards I made for a swap with my Facebook group Vintage Crafter's Cafe.  Scroll down to see all those I received!
Mine all have the same vintage wallpaper base.
Besides the wallpaper, I used vintage ephemera, rub ons, and stamps.
Also, reproductions of vintage images, and some "new" embellishments.

Here are the lovely cards I received in return:
 And, individually:
by Michelle Hill
 by  Edna Nathan
by Cathy Forbes
 by Jeanne Morton
by Ruth Wood

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rag Bag Gals Perky Pins Swap!

This is the last of the three swaps I did in May, which I've finally received!  It was with a Facebook group called Rag Bag Gals, and was a "Perky Pin or Pendant" swap.  Here is the pin I made and sent out -- seven of them!:
I created it with a vintage doily, which I cut the middle out of and inserted a piece of vintage cotton fabric; then, I cut it up into seven sections; here's how it started out:
Here are the wonderful contents of my returned swap package -- a pile of pins!
Here they are individually:
 A happy face by Deborah Piefke
 Sweet doll by Penny
 Dyed, painted apple by Brooke Bock
 Red heart with crochet by Coleen Franks
Angels by Glenda Miles
Vintage style dream by Jean Rubman
A gift from the sea by Catherine Etter
Here's a close up of what's under the netting in this pin -- seashells! 
This swap took a lot of time and energy -- but what a fun return!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Altered Paint Sample Card Swap

I received my wonderful package from Kim for the Altered Paint Sample Card Swap!  It really is a feast for the eyes!
I just adore how Kim put the tags together, and then embellished them with this fabulous paint brush to go along with the theme!
Under that, the beautiful pink tag with the pom pom trim and the birds was made by Kim.  The next tag was mine; I created them using a sassy "vixen" theme with scrapbook cards showing women in lingerie!
Here are the tags I received:
Sweet embossed pink paint card!
I really love how this one was done in "steps" over each of the shades of paint!
Softness and a beautiful button!
 Bountiful flowers and dyed ribbon!
And here they all are again -- drool!  I rarely do, but this time I FORGOT to take photos of all my finished tags before mailing them off for the swap!  So I can't show you the rest of the ones I made, but they were a hoot!  Isn't swapping fun?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

An upcycled globe design

I got this globe at Goodwill -- notice it's missing a stand and that it has separated and been sloppily taped in the middle?
Here it is now, after decoupage, stamping and painting!

I attached it to a candlestick; it's tall and, I think, stately now!
I now have three more abandoned, damaged globes waiting in the wings to become projects.  I am a little bit obsessed.