Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all the mothers out there are having a lovely day.  And, if you're not a mother, that you're also celebrating because we all have had mothers -- even if (like mine) they're not on Earth right now.
Yesterday my husband took me to a great All the Pretty Ladies sale at my favorite antique mall, Sweet William.  There were many sales available, and we were greeted at the door with delicious cookies and champagne punch.  That put a smile on my husband's face right away!  I took some photos:

I love to see how vendors stage their spaces, don't you?  I hope you enjoyed the photos; as for me, I was only tempted to buy a couple of ephemera items.  It's rare, but I do have days where I'm just not in the mood to shop (gasp!)
Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 4, 2018

I Love Estate Sales! and more Textile Art

I went to a very fun estate sale yesterday, and I love every little thing I bought there!  Here's a peek:
 Three antique lithographs of The Flowers of Shakespeare like the one above; these came complete with...
certificates of authenticity from a couple of decades ago, when the previous owners bought them in England.
I'm not exactly sure what the use was originally for these letters and numbers; they are yellow metal and come in columns of 3.  Does anyone know?
 Of course I couldn't pass this little guy up...
 or this one: it's a tiny stork scissor pin!  It will look so cute in a fabric journal, someday!
 I tend not to buy antique photos, because I always want 25 or so and it gets expensive.  But, I loved all of these ladies so they came home with me.
 Four place mats; they were marked "baroque linen" and they smell divine (if, like me, you love the scent of old linen!)
 You know I have a thing for hydrangeas!  This is a small tablecloth and it's immaculate.

  This silk ribbon with the faint rose print took my breath away.  It's shattered in many places, but there are a few yards of it and plenty is usable!

 Here's a sampler I just finished.  After posting it on one of the Facebook pages I belong to for vintage/textile artists, a sweet new friend private-messaged me and told me she had to have it.  So, I backed it with some beautiful fabric and mailed it away!

It really is a joy to sell your creations -- even if they are hard to part with!
That's why I always take a lot of photos - to remember them and to be inspired!
Here's one I'm working on now; I want to embellish it more, especially on the sides of the center, and then it, too, will be finished.
The center embroidery was a pattern by Charlotte Lyons that I did a few years ago and was keeping for just the perfect project!
I hope you have a creative weekend!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Vintage Crafters Cafe Tussie Mussie Swap

Our Facebook page Vintage Crafters Cafe had a tussie mussie swap!  I was paired with a new friend, Robin, who said she loved nature, rusty metal, moss, chandeliers, wooden spools, birds, primitive but not country -- and no pastels, pearls or lace.  At first I was kind of stumped, but eventually I had a plan.  Here's the tussie mussie I came up with for her:
 I glued moss, grapevine and burlap ribbon roses around the edge.  The scrapbook paper was thick and double-sided.

 I also made her a little coordinating matchbook to hold some treasures, and a tag.  The top of the matchbook was a really lovely molded belt buckle, and I tied on a china underwear button.
I created it so that the tussie mussie could stand up in a rusty bed spring I also sent along!
I filled it with lots of fun little trinkets that I hoped she would love!
 It was hard to part with the stitched Robin square -- but I knew it had to be!
I also gave my last little blue tag that was one of the things I bought from Etsy and have hoarded for something like 8 years!  And that beautiful Bakelite buckle, plus that little sewing kit.  Happily, she adored it!
 Like I told her, there aren't a lot of people in the world that would like to find something like that in their tussie mussie!

I just received her tussie mussie in return; who would ever have guessed that Robin would also send me a rusty spring as a stand?!
In my perfect colors of purple and green, she created this beauty.
If you look closely, you can see that she included fairy lights in it so that it can light up!
That was so clever!
It came with linens, a doily, and some extra ribbon and trim in case, she said, I want to punch holes and hang it up.
I love it just as it is, don't you?
Fun swap!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Mistress of Junk, Friends, and What All I Brought Home from Texas

On our last day of fun in Texas, we drove to Keller to the Mistress of Junk show; our friend, Kristi Day, had a booth of vintage goodies there, and we met up with another friend, Linda Postma for lunch and some more shopping!
Here we all are -- Rebecca, Linda, Kristi and me!
The beautiful weather we'd been enjoying suddenly turned freezing cold that day -- that's why we are all wearing jackets!
I wish I'd taken more photos there -- this was part of Kristi's booth that I loved so much!
After we'd seen all there was to see at Mistress of Junk, we drove to nearby Grapevine and had lunch in an antique store with a cafe!
 Then we spent some time looking around the store...

On a different day, we went to another Waco vintage shop that I just loved, called Junque in the Trunk!

 I loved this faux "spring cotton"
 Clever standing lamp

And I got myself this T-shirt that I really, really love and can't wait to wear!
here's the stuff I brought home with me from all the places we visited:
 This is my favorite thing I brought home from Roundtop.  It's an antique print of Jesus talking with the Chief Priests when he was 12 years old.
 It was a gift for my husband.
 I finally got a bicycle wheel!  I will hang that up and clip fun stuff to it!
I loved those two wooden drawers -- the nail on them shows they are quite old.
The front of one is scrawled all over in pencil.

 I wanted more ephemera than I ended up finding -- luckily Kristi had some in her booth!

 Did you notice that vintage salesman sample button book?  That was a gift from Kristi -- she is so sweet!  The buttons are common but I love how they are assembled!
 I went a little nuts on findings...

 I bought a few things to re-sell, too, like a bag stuffed with Christmas hankies!
 I'm keeping this one, though -- my favorite!
 I love this lap-sized quilt; all of the pieces are silk and there is some shattering, but it just adds to the charm, I think!
 I'm not usually attracted to blankets like this red one, but I was charmed by all the cross-stitched designs over the gingham:

 Especially the motif with two cats!  As you can see, it's also hand quilted.
If you're thinking it doesn't look like I bought much -- you're probably right.  But, remember: I have been unemployed since January so my budget for delicious, fun antiques is tiny right now.  But there was no limit on how much I could enjoy the hunt!  It was fabulous!