Friday, January 29, 2010

Filling the Shelves

I've been busy this week paying some much-needed attention to my two Etsy shops; for the new followers to my blog (Welcome!!), let me explain that I have an Etsy shop Indulge Your Shelf where I sell vintage finds, and another one Twice Shy Restored where I sell my handmade creations.

I'm s-l-o-w-l-y listing new items for both stores this week and in the coming days. Here are some of my favorites:

I call these "Vintage Rescued Linens" because they were damaged in other areas so I framed the intact, pretty part to repurpose them!

I love, love, love these Scouring Scotties!

...And the colors on this one, part of a set of three, are just so soft and lovely, don't you think?

They can all be found in Twice Shy Restored.

I just adore the images of clocks on this red tray!

Here's a find: an artist's proof of a Gibson drawing, "The Hero Endeavors to Decide Upon the Object of His Affections"! Perfect for Valentine's Day, methinks!

I've had this beautiful handmade mat forever and never used it...time to part with it!

Valentines, from my era (late '60s - early '70's) of making paper bag "mailboxes" to hang from my desk at school!

This is just a little taste of what is new in Indulge Your Shelf!

I've also been busily making gifts that I'll share with you in the near future, once the recipients have them -- so as not to spoil anyone's surprise!

What's new in your shop?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Etsy Street Team Blogger of the Month: NICO Designs

Each month as a member of the Etsy Bloggers Street Team, I get to highlight another blogger. This month, it's NICO Designs. NICO is the mother of two beautiful little kiddos whose textile business was born out of people asking her where she got her diaper bag; the answer being, of course, she made it!

Visit her blog, and be sure to stop by her Etsy shop, Nico Designs, where she sells handmade dolls, pin cushions, home decor and, of course, bags!

Here's my favorite nifty from her shop:

Psst...she's also having a One World, One Heart giveaway! Go see!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Valentine Banner

Using Julia's (aka The Spotted Sparrow) Valentines, which combine two of my favorite things -- antique images and 1980's music! -- I created this fun banner to enjoy for the whole hearts and flowers season!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Enter to Win My Two (2) Giveaways for One World, One Heart!


Welcome to my blog, and thank you for visiting! I hope you will enjoy your visit, and save my web address so that you can come back again, often! New followers are always welcome here at Indulge Your Shelf!

*****This giveaway will end on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time! Winner will be announced on February 15, 2010!*****

All over the world wide web, something special happened as the clock struck midnight. It was January 25, and the air was filled with a kind of energy...tangible to those of us who had been watching, and waiting for this day.

I myself awoke to remember a vivid and colorful dream, in which I had been transported by a magic carpet, taken to a lovely home, high on a hill...a kind of castle...

Presiding over the beautiful home was a lovely lady...

She was a kind and attentive hostess, inviting me to take tea with her, and serving it in a wonderfully appointed room, using the finest china so that I felt like a Queen...

We spoke of beauty, and beautiful things, as we sipped our tea: fine papers, lovely home furnishings, and the importance of maintaining the personal touch in all we do...

We discovered we both loved textiles, ribbon, and fine papers.
We also shared an enjoyment of literature, music, and creating art.

The time passed far too quickly, and soon the tea had cooled and the time came to bid each other Adieu. I awoke from this pleasant dream with a feeling of joy at having met a gracious new friend. I knew I would return to visit her, again.
My dream, full of the spirit of One World, One Heart, inspired the giveaways I'm offering. There are two (2) gifts you may win; one gift will be sent to each of two winners I choose randomly! Yes, that means you may enter once and have two chances to win a gift!

Gift 1: "Marie" Fabric Covered Box and Antique Aynsley Tea Cup

The box is my own creation, hand made by me. I covered a small round box with pretty papers, including the antique print on the top of the lovely lady. I lined the inside box bottom with exquisite printed fabric.

On the inside lid is a beautiful antique floral silk ribbon embellishment.

Fine ribbons, fabric-covered button, vintage seam binding and a tassel adorn the box lid.

You will also receive this Antique Teacup and Saucer by Aynsley England!

A beautiful Aynsley bone china cup and saucer, made in England, with a unique and beautiful hand painted scene and gold trim. It is a version of their pattern, "Bluebell Time."

Gift 2: Three Fancy Decorated Tags and an Ephemera Pack

A second winner will receive these tags, handmade by me, using a variety of antique inspired images, vintage ephemera, vintage and antique ribbon, lace, and trims; and vintage jewelry!

This one features a vintage glass bird bauble hanging from a ribbon...

While this one cards antique earrings and a flower basket brooch...

Antique papers, antique crochet lace, and seam binding ribbon complete it.

The final tag, a collage of old papers and linen transfer art, is intentionally left "plain" so that you may add your own creative touches to it!

You will also receive this Antique Ephemera Package!

I've dipped into my personal collection of the antique ephemera that I use for my art, and compiled this assortment.

Included are: handmade lace doilies, vintage wallpaper, sheet music, antique book pages, antique greeting cards, train tickets, paper heart doily, "new" antique liquor label, linen transfer, and more. (I will probably throw in a few additional surprises as I come across them!)

Everything in this collection is original and authentic -- not a scan or print.

(Included is a German book page that mentions Marie Antoinette.)

The only "new" items in the collection are a kitty sticker by Victorian Papers and a set of blue sticky "jewels"...everything else is OLD. I hope you will be inspired by the collection!

Be sure to follow these directions to enter to win
one of my two giveaways:

These giveaways are open to anyone by leaving a comment on this (and only this) post; however, if you do not have a blog with an email address that your comment refers back to, please be sure to include your email address in your comment, using this format: youremailaddress (at) your ISP (dot) com

I will choose two winners randomly on February 15, 2010, either by a drawing of names from the comments, or by using the random number generator. I will contact the winners by commenting on their blogs, or by emailing them. (Please note: winners must respond to my comment or email within 3 days, or I will have to choose an alternate winner.)

If there is no way to contact the winner by commenting on their blog, and/or no email was included in the comment, I will have to choose an alternate winner -- so please be sure to follow directions!

Remember, please post your comment on this post only!

Thank you so much for visiting me at
Indulge Your Shelf!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentines and Stepping Out

Yesterday I went to the antique show and sale that's held a few times a year downtown. It's a favorite show of mine because it's small yet always full of seasoned vendors. You can do the whole show at a leisurely pace in about 2 hours. This time, I couldn't say away from the paper...and so of course I came home with Valentines!

This guy on the log was the star of my show. If you pull on the head of the turtle, or the duck, or both, you can make him sway back and forth on his log!

He's my close second -- with the huge smile, the non-traditional yellow color, and his honeycomb pail!

And this little gal was so shabbily sweet, hanging her hearts on the clothesline with her ironing board nearby. Look at those mary janes on her feet! It reminded me so much of my own childhood!

There was a lady with tons of buttons, all beautifully displayed. This one was impossible to resist:

It's glass!

Then, I met a man with a couple of box tops full of old stamps. I took my time, carefully choosing two that I loved, and then when I paid he winked at me and told me to go pick out one more! I tried them out this morning:

The show was so much fun -- I made it through in about 90 minutes, and had it in mind to stop by a downtown antique store on the way home. But my feet had another idea. After a full month of twice weekly physical therapy, it's still a challenge to do anything that involves walking around for more than a couple of hours. Some days are better than others. Yesterday wasn't one of those days. I've returned to the gym, doing careful, slow workouts, and my mistake yesterday was apparently trying to go to they gym and be on my feet shopping in the same day. It's very frustrating. (Okay. I've whined. Thanks for listening.)

I'm getting verra* excited about the beginning of One World, One Heart tomorrow. How about you?

*Can you tell I've been reading the Outlander series, Lori? I'm on Drums of Autumn now.

Friday, January 22, 2010

When Washington's Birthday Was All His Own

Are you old enough to remember when we marked Washington and Lincoln's birthdays separately, instead of together as President's Day? I am!

I found this antique image among my purchases from my trip this past summer to St. Louis. Please feel free to click on it and then download as full size!

If you end up using it in your art, I'd love to see how you used it! Please send me a photo and I'll post it here, or link to it!