Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall colors

My sunflowers have finally shown their beautiful faces!

The butterflies like them, too!

And, my colorful new Moo business cards have arrived.

I love them even more than I thought I would.  The colors are so vivid and bright!

The other day, just for fun, I did a quick re-styling of my favorite bird needlepoint pillow in fall purples.  I love it!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thrifty vintage sewing finds!

This tiny chick patch was so cheerful, he had to come home with me, and cost just pennies.  (That fun old "sale" tag came with him!)

You can never have enough old seam binding, in my opinion, especially in this fun lime color!

Found at an estate sale: a little manicure case, a huge roll of vintage seam binding in a pleasing neutral color, an old box of thread, and a little metal tape measure from Germany.

This little embroidered "case" hides...

lots of old safety pins on crochet-edged felt!

A cute set of samplers.

Finally: something I saw at a thrift store this weekend, but didn't buy:

It's one of those exercise things that "shakes" away the pounds!  What a conversation piece that would be!

I can't wait to see what everyone else has found on their thrift store forays; I'm linking up with:


Click on the links for more thrifted treasures!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Little Red Hen vs. Henny Penny

Well, imagine my surprise in finding that the story that I remembered so fondly from my preschool days was not Henny Penny but The Little Red Hen, instead!  Luckily, I found it on Project Gutenberg so I may read it online, and you can, too!  Along with amazing original sketches, to boot!

Even better, you can download it to your Kindle!  I had a birthday this past weekend, and my wonderful husband and son surprised me with my current heart's desire: an Ipod Touch!  Of course, the first thing I downloaded wasn't music, but this Jane Austen application, instead -- all of her books!  Now I'm going to download The Little Red Hen, as it's free from Project Gutenberg!   I also took some time to burn 80 or so songs from my CDs to listen to on it.  I love my new little toy!

Every year on my birthday weekend we have a local festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site; this year, as always, I attended with my friend Cathy.  We had such fun!  There were more antiques there than ever, and I bought:

a little grab bag of some fun old trim, including all this tatted lace!  Wow!

This sweet little globe pin cushion!  Look at that green jadeite colored spindle holding it to its base!  Also, it had this cute little medal pinned to it:

There were so many crafts and lots of good food, there, too.  I bought this delicious candle, which seemed to combine the two:

I also bought those wonderful "writer" cards at the end of my previous post.  And drooled over the antique button jewelry and bracelets made from typewriter keys.  We stayed about 4 hours, just enjoying the day!

The local quilting guild held a silent auction, so we admired all their handiwork on the way out.

The next day, we went swimming and also watched the Sooners vs. Air Force Academy game on TV.  I think our Air Force guys put up a really good fight!  Then we went out to dinner at our favorite little Italian restaurant with some pals, who are like family.  I know Ben would love to be a part of their family!  Here he is mugging it up with the kids.

Then, Dennis surprised me by telling me he had taken my birthday, Sunday, off of work!  He never does that!  He made me breakfast that morning, which, if you knew how much he HATES to cook, you would know is very special indeed!

His pancakes turned out so fluffy, and we had a chance to try out the special Oklahoma syrup (sugar free) that Jenni brought us this summer (warmed up in the little pitcher.)

Later that day, I had a Button Club meeting.  This time we discussed colored and clear glass, and I learned so much, as usual!  I also got to show off my completed button cards, though I did learn that I shouldn't have put my china buttons on there -- they have their own, separate category.  Oops!  I also had a chance to meet another Colorado gal (one of only four of us) who is going to Silver Bella -- she'd never even heard of a button club and wanted to come; now she's hooked!

It was a lovely weekend.  I hope yours was, too!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Beautiful old paper finds

I have had a real run on thrifting beautiful old papers lately!

This is an "April Showers" perfume box

I was delighted to find a little story book of Henny Penny for 50 cents; it was always my favorite story when I was very young!

Beautiful old postcards...

I needed these because I used up so much of my supply in the paper crafting I did for Silver Bella swaps!

In the background, those purple and blue flowers are part of the design of paper party place mats by Hallmark.  The sheet music is from WWI and was just a quarter at an estate sale liquidation store I finally ventured into!

At the same store, I found these great, unused apothecary labels!

Such cool art nouveau images...

Why did it take me so long to visit this store?

I just can't seem to get enough of red ephemera lately; here, some Scottie dog pinochle cards, an old ledger (full!), and some theater ads from 1960 on heavy card stock.

Some notebooks, which I can't seem to resist nowadays.  The green book in back, marked Diary 1964, has every day written in, in true diary form!  I bought it because it's my birth year.

I'll leave you with the exhortation on these "new" note cards I bought at a craft fair!  Thank you for including me by looking at my thrifty finds!  See more at these linky parties:


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fall is in the air...

Even though it's been unseasonably warm around these parts lately, I can still feel fall in the air, can you?

It's time to restock my handmade store with winter items, including this fun, completely-ephemera album:

Just looking at it makes me crave pumpkins and spice!

I'm running away from the change of seasons, though.  I just don't want to let go of summer.

If you want to see the album and all its pages -- or even make it your own! -- here it is.

My favorite crafting spot (the dining room table) is full once more, but now with a different assortment of crafty mess.  I've moved on to making the 12 "three inchy" embellishments for another of my Silver Bella swaps.  I so wish I could show you what I've worked up!  It will have to wait until November, though.

I've also been mounting buttons on "trays" as they're called; this because at last month's meeting, my club challenged me to get started doing so.  This entails fastening them to acid free board with coated wire.

Apparently, this is the safest way to store your buttons.  (Unlike the way I've always done it -- in pretty jars, and compartments in a container.)

It's certainly a good way to admire them!

I've enjoyed doing these few trays, not just because I get to go back and say, "See!  I did it!"

-- but also because it makes me feel ultra organized and I just love that feeling!

Don't you?

I'm almost finished with these black and colored glass button trays.  Then, I'll start on my clear button trays.  The other good thing about doing this?  I get to see how many duplicates I have, and then set those aside to share, use in crafts, or sell!

Speaking of selling: I put together a "shop sign" for Indulge Your Shelf!  Even though it's a virtual, not bricks and mortar, shop, I thought it would be fun to have one.  As you can see, I made it from letters cut from state license plates, and mounted them onto the perfect-sized piece of salvaged wood.  I bought the piece of wonderful, scrappy wood in Kansas last fall!

What have you been working on?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wreck this journal!

I have a confession to make: I love office products.  Paper.  Folders.  Binders.  The delicious feeling of organizing things.  Making them look pretty and in their place.  I have a pile of empty notebooks and journals -- some I've made, and others that I've purchased because they looked like the perfect vessels for my thoughts and lists and notes.

They pile up because I just can't bring myself to open them and write in them, sometimes.  I keep saving them for that "perfect" subject.

When I heard a couple of years ago about Keri Smith's book, Wreck this Journal, I knew it was going to be right up my alley.  She produced this blank journal, with different instructions on ways to fill it for each day, to get people like me to break out of this holding pattern of hesitation and just start creating.

As I said, I've known for a long time I wanted to do this project -- but imagine my surprise this summer when my 13 year old son Ben saw me holding a copy at the bookstore and grabbed it out of my hands.  "Oh!  Wreck This Journal!  Can I buy this?"

I asked him if he knew what it was, and he told me he did, as he fingered through it excitedly and said, "I've always wanted to do this!"

Well, that was just the icing on the cake.  I could hesitate no longer.  So, we have been doing it together for the last couple of weeks.  Ben keeps me accountable -- grabbing my copy and handing it to me as he grabs his.  He is so enthusiastic about it, and his excitement is contagious.

Get this: Ben and I were both queasy at the thought of one of the first instructions: break the spine.  It killed us, but we both did it!

Forget saving it for just the perfect time or subject: Smith's prompts are simple, designed for you to be able to carry the journal with you everywhere you go, and use anything available to make your mark in the journal for that day.

Can you guess what my rubbings were?

This has been my favorite prompt, so far: drawing circles.  I thought it would be tedious, but I found so much relaxation in the rhythm of drawing all those circles.  Listening to the scratch of the pencil on the page.  It was almost mesmerizing.  And then, I began to see things in my circle pattern. I began to imagine not just pattern, but tactile impressions as well.  Suddenly, I understood how this could be the jumping off point of creating something new.  I think Smith would be nodding and saying, "Uh huh, get it?"

I really love doing this journal, and I know it's a project I'll finish because Ben will keep me going!  Unlike me, he keeps reading ahead and giggling to himself as he anticipates pages like this:

And, once we're done, everyone will know, as we end with a flourish:

Ben and I: two peas in a pod.  Neither of us can stand the thought of putting our journals in the mail -- what a statement on letting go of your creations!  But I know we'll do it.