Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I've Got the Button

I've been indulging my button love the last couple of days, all over the kitchen table!

I'm going through my vintage and antique buttons that have already been sorted by color and choosing lots and lots to use for my art, and to sell, too!

It sounds tedious, but for me it's like sifting through gems -- very tactile-ly pleasing!

I especially love the black ones!

Even though some of them can be grungy and dirty, it doesn't bother me! (That's true love, right?!)
Here's what I ended up with -- and now I'm just itching to start creating!

We're counting down to the first day of school, and I've been having some intermittent computer woes...both of these things are responsible for my posting less than normal right now! Please be patient and things will get back to normal soon!

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Little White Table

You may recall when I blogged about this little table, asking advice on what to do with it:

The number one most popular response was to paint it white.

So, I did:

I love it! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me to do this!

As for my other projects: I am behind in creating more pillows for my handmade Etsy shop (I sold one today!) so I am going to get onto that in the coming days.

Realistically, though, pillow-making may have to wait until after Ben's first week of school, which begins already on AUGUST 5th! I know, I know: it's excruciatingly early.

For the last several days I've been helping a friend's sister with their mother's estate; we had a sale at her home two days this past weekend. I noticed among the items for sale some really wonderful square dancing pins the mother had earned. "You can't sell these!" I cried. "No one wants them" she said.

When I spied a ruffly square dancing outfit also on the sale rack, an idea was born. Now I have the outfit, a coordinating old tablecloth, and the pins in my possession; I aim to make four pillows -- one for each sibling -- out of these keepsakes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Feel Good!

I snagged this Feel Good wedding video from Leigh Ann at Freckled Nest: watch it and I guarantee you'll smile, maybe even cry happy tears!

I wish them a lifetime of being as happy as they and all their friends were on that day!

I scheduled this post, then saw on the evening news Saturday night that this video has become "an Internet sensation" with over 5 million views on YouTube and that song, Forever by Chris Brown, which is over a year old, has shot up to the no. 7 most popular Itunes download!

I'm also feeling good that my pretty blue tablecloth was featured in a Treasury. Woo hoo!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Have Suitcase, Will Create

I am selling a pair of my Aunt Delores' antique Samsonite suitcases right now in my vintage Etsy shop.

What makes mine special is that they're very old, in very good condition, and come with the hard-to-find extras of the original keys as well as the original metal and plastic hangers. All of the clasps are intact. The interiors are the prettiest old rosy beige color -- reminds me of rose gold! One of the suitcases even has a metal medallion listing only two locations for the luggage company: Denver and Detroit!

Check out The Naughty Secretary Club's "Suitcase Conversions" post for some great uses and reuses for old suitcases.

(Me, I always think of the ending scenes of the movie White Oleander when I think of making art from old suitcases!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I've Got Nothing

In the midst of summer activities I've been thinking, "I've got nothing" compared to the cool finds, projects, destinations, ETC. that you all are blogging about!

Such as:

I applaud you all for your energy and ingenuity, and most of all thank you for blogging about it all so I can live vicariously!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Summer Whirl

The last few days have been a whirl. They included:

  • The second weekend in a row of holding a garage sale; the first weekend, we were helping out our friends who are moving, at their sale. This past weekend, we brought their unsold stuff over to our house and sold some of our own along with it. Both sales were a big success!

  • Shopping for various gifts; after one outing, I noticed a yard sale sign and followed the arrows until I happened upon a neighborhood I'd never even seen before. I've since decided that if we ever move into the city, that's where I'd like to live. While at that garage sale, I found my next project:
It was $3 and I couldn't resist. How much fun can I have with this?

Look at those wheels! One, unfortunately, is broken. Should I replace them?

This little metal sculpture piece was in the "free" box. I know I can make it pretty again
-- though it is already the nicest rusty blue color! Those little clusters are musty old wooden beads.
  • Attending a surprise birthday party for a friend; I parked around the corner so she wouldn't recognize my car and had to walk back to her house. That's when she arrived home early. Her husband heard her coming and said, "Oh no, hide behind that tree!" I froze and looked frantically around for the tree he was talking about it. It was halfway across the yard, and I knew I'd never make it at the speed her car was coming towards the house. So I tried anyway, running across the green lawn wearing bright colors, and hoping she wouldn't see me and ruin the surprise! Amazingly, she didn't.
  • Volunteering with my son packing homecoming gift bags for a unit that's returning to a local army base this week after being deployed in the Middle East. They were duffel bags stuffed with toiletries, snacks, and a handwritten thank you card, and were specifically for the single soldiers who would arrive in Colorado Springs but not be going home to families.
Ben writes a thank you card

We stuffed 275 bags!

The commanders told us that those single troops who return to empty barracks/homes are the ones at highest risk for depression and suicide. It can be a lonely time of transition for them, when the full brunt of what they've been through while deployed can "hit" them. The last time the church did this they received several comments from the gift recipients that it had really made a difference to know that someone had thought about them and cared enough to send the bag.So, that's what's been keeping me away from the computer this weekend. I hope you had a great, mid-summer weekend yourself, and that I get to hear about it!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Moving and Shaking

I was pleased that these super fun draperies I blogged about sold in my Etsy shop today. I think they're actually going overseas, because they buyer mentioning sending them "to the US address." It's always so fun to imagine where your hand-picked/handmade treasures will end up in the world!

In other news: Whee! I made it into a Treasury! That's my salt and pepper shakers, one of three sets in that listing, in the lower right hand corner.

(I've posted about this before, but it bears repeating that if you're an Etsy seller, here's a useful tool to use to find if any of your items appears in a treasury.)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Attention All Quilters!

I found a bag of completed quilt squares at a thrift store and bought it for the huge assortment of colorful pieces -- one can never have too much fabric, that's what I always say!

When I finally got around to going through the bag, I found:

Eight sections of four sewn together like this...

Two sections of four sewn together like this...

And two extra pieces!

The photos don't do the wonderful fabrics justice...and all the pieces are all sewn by hand with tiny, tiny stitches!

Can anyone tell me what kind of quilt can be made with these sections? And if I have all the pieces? And where I can get a pattern for it? Thanks so much if you can help point me in the right direction!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lace is Always Lovely

For anyone who loves lace as much as I do, I wanted to delight you with this piece of lace that is made up of many smaller pieces of lace -- a lace collage, if you will -- by another lace lover!

Each piece was carefully planned and executed...

Combining the antique with the merely vintage...

Salvaging the prettiest details...

Arranged to please both the geometric and the aesthetic eye...

It is the perfect size to cover my cedar chest, under the window in the master bedroom.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Indulge Your Shelf Was Featured In an Etsy Gift Guide!

Wow! I just learned, via Etsy Beagles Blog, that my vintage vignette was featured in an Etsy Gift Guide called "Entertaining, Vintage Style"!

I missed it, but I'm glad to know it happened!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen

Those who know me well know that I am a huge Jane Austen fan and have been for 30 years. I first read Pride and Prejudice in my freshman year of high school, grudgingly. From the title, I expected it to be something dry and preachy, and distinctly remember my relief and joy when I entered the world of Elizabeth Bennett!

I know of some who re-read her books annually; I don't, but I confess to have read P&P at least five times that I can recall, and Sense & Sensibility three times, and all the others once or twice. I enjoy all of the movie versions as well, and multiple times. In fact, whenever I'm feeling depressed, a surefire comfort is to plunk in an Austen adaptation and get lost in her world.

For our anniversary last month, my husband took the hint and bought me something I've been longing for: The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen!

Here, via Amazon, is the official description: This beautiful set provides the definitive text of Austen's six great comic masterpieces and her minor works. All six volumes feature splendid early 19th-century illustrations as well as R.W. Chapman's detailed explanatory notes. Chapman has collated all the editions published in the author's lifetime and previously unpublished manuscripts, establishing an authoritative text that retains the punctuation, the spelling, and division into volumes of the originals. In addition, at the end of each work he supplies notes on textual matters and appendixes on such matters as the modes of address, or characters, or carriages and travel, as these seem warranted by the text.

Here's my description: It's to die for!

All six volumes are beautifully bound, and the text is complete, and even in a font that is thought to be very close to the original typesetting when it was published. The books are sweetly sized and wonderfully illustrated. They just feel somehow to be a celebration of my favorite author!

The first one I've decided to read from the set is Mansfield Park.

There is a note in the appendix of the volume that Austen referenced a play that was very well known at the time of the writing called "Lovers' Vows," and that the reader would better understand these references by reading the short play; the play is included in the appendix and I am reading it, and enjoying it immensely, before I begin the novel.

What book is on your nightstand?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Button Floozie Fun!

One of my favorite blogs to read, Button Floozies, has an incredibly awesome link to a blog post by Capturing the Moment that shows some of the most fun uses for buttons on cards (or for scrapbooking) that I've seen in a long, long time. Button lovers and paper artists must check it out!
If you decide you just MUST begin making some of those adorable button cards, don't forget that I sell collections of buttons by color in packs of 50 for $4 in my Etsy shop!

While you're there, you might notice that in the Button Floozie post just before that one is about my button collage (posted by my friend Marilyn)! It's a real treat for me, since I've been trying to join Buttons Floozies forever but they just don't have room for more members (sigh.)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Meet Miesmama!

This month's EtsyBloggers Team member spotlight is on Becky of the Etsy shop Miesmama! I visited her shop and found a burst of creativity and color!

I especially love her "Purple Cornflower Circle Art" - it's simple! And doesn't she take great shop photos?

Then, she has this "Strawberries and Cream" bag that can take you through the whole summer!

Plus, lots of other things, including little ponie and felted hair accessories! Be sure to stop by her blog, miesmama, to get to know Becky better!