Friday, December 31, 2010

Pretty antique Happy New Year postcards

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An article I wrote on Happy New Year wishes of yesteryear; I included some lovely antique postcard photos!

Happy New Year!

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This morning, I finished up a project I've been working on for six years total, but one year in earnest: scanning, printing, and cropping my entire family's photographic history.  I blogged about it a bit here and here.

Two volumes worth: all of my parent's photos from their own history and childhoods, and all of my childhood through age 18.  I'm so happy to be finished!  What a great way to end the year.

A safe, happy, fun new year to you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Almost at an end...

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It's amazing to think that the year is ending within two days; I do look forward to 2011 -- during this year I will celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary, my son will begin high school...and who knows what other wonderful things will come?

We went grocery shopping and ran errands yesterday, so we're prepared for an oncoming storm which I am hoping will dump a lot of snow on the ground!  It sounds so cozy to be holed up inside with my husband and son, to ring out the old year and welcome the new one.  Believe me I have plenty of projects to work on if that happens!
Here's the latest of my sponsored articles: Great TV for antique and vintage treasure hunters.  Feel free to comment on the articles, even if you're not local.  I would love to hear what TV shows you've seen and liked on the subject matter!

The sun is shining now, but who knows for how long?  I'm going to take advantage of it by photographing some of my thrifty finds so I can start the new year out with lots of fun stuff to share!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Show us your Best Handmade 2010

Welcome to Show us your Best Handmade of 2010 -- a look back on your creative year.  I hope you will blog about what you've created that you loved the best, and link back here to share the beauty!

It really is hard to choose just one thing, isn't it?  But I think that this is what I made that I like best:

I found this bird "plaque" at a thrift store, where it looked like this:

I just really liked the shape and size of it, and decided it had potential if painted.  So I painted it all white.  But then it looked too "flat" to me.  So then I added color on the flowers.

I used some of my Silver Bella skills to paint, shade, and "antique" the piece.

It still needed I added the collar and the crown, and glittered and embellished it with something like abandon (another Silver Bella-learned skill!)

I was doing all this during the week after Thanksgiving, and it enjoyed working on it more than I can say.  I guess that's why it's my favorite handmade piece of 2010!  Today, I was happy to give it as a gift to my Silver Bella buddy, Suzanne.  I'm thrilled to report that she loved it, too!

Okay: your turn!  Upload a link to your Best Handmade of 2010 using the linky tool below, between now and January 2!  and don't forget to leave me a comment on this post, too! I can't wait to see yours!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Still no snow

Incredibly, as I watch the news reports of monster storms and rare white Christmases around the globe, this California girl is envious.  There's plenty of snow in them thar hills (ski country) but not a flake to be seen around here, and none on the horizon, either.  Hmphf!

Normally, it's plenty deep by now!

Post your swirling white photos on your blog so I can have a look, okay?

And, please visit my second article on Hidden Treasures: Vintage Christmas treasures at thrift stores now

Only two more days until Show us your Best Handmade 2010!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The day after Christmas

We had such a lovely holiday this year -- mellow!  Friends came over for a wonderful meal on Christmas Eve, and it was so nice to see them before they flew off to be with family the next day.  I can't believe how big the kids are getting!
On Christmas morning our teenager let us sleep until 8 am; then we awoke to coffee and opening gifts.  We all got some wonderful things, including my new camera!  It's an upgrade to my Sony Cybershot, and I'm excited to begin using it!  Ben's excited, too, because it means he gets to use my 3-year old one.  I'll never tire of watching the surprise and excitement on my kid's face when he opens a box to find his heart's desire, will you?

We lazed around the rest of the day, watching TV, talking on the phone with family, and snacking on some of the fantastic treats we have in abundance.

In the late afternoon I roused myself to do some scrapbooking.  It was my kind of day!

I'm up early, so I think I'll be heading out to see if I can find an after-Christmas deal on a sweater or pajamas.  Are you braving the crowds this morning?  If you're staying home to cyber-shop, check out the great after Christmas sales on Etsy!  (Just search All Items for after Christmas.)

Here's the first of my sponsored articles that I hope you'll take a moment to read:  Hidden treasure at the Colorado Springs Flea Market

Also: don't forget to join me on December 29 (that's this Wednesday):

Show us your favorite handmade item of the year (that you made) -- was it a gift you made for someone special, for your shop, or for yourself?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

After Christmas sales in both my Etsy shops!

I just had to get into the post-Christmas shopping spirit of things and offer sales in both of my Etsy shops!

In Indulge Your Shelf, items in the SALE Vintage Christmas category are 50% off with coupon code AC2010.

Vintage Angel Picks

 In Twice Shy ReStored, ALL ITEMS -- even the newest journals -- are 25% off with coupon code 25IN2010.

Handmade Vintage and Antique Journal

Both sales run now through January 2!  Who's going after-Christmas shopping?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Merry Christmas!

I can't wait to hear about your holiday!
and, don't forget to take photos of your favorite
handmade creations of 2010 to post and share next week!

Right here beginning December 29!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sugar-dipped trees

This morning I awoke to a frosty world...

On mornings like this, it's foggy, and cold.   And slick.   The trees look as if they'd been dipped in sugar!

I'm much happier about these "sugar-dipped" trees:

If you've never had the pleasure of receiving a package from Karla's Cottage, put it on your list!  She wraps everything so delightfully...
 and has been known to send along something extra, and beautiful!

I always feel spoiled when I order from her shop.

Karla's trees added to my collection
And, after the day I had yesterday, I needed a little spoiling for sure.  To give you the end of the story I posted yesterday, we spent most of the day handling my speeding ticket.  First, driving out to middle-of-nowhere, Colorado, locating the courthouse, then waiting, waiting, waiting.  I was sick to my stomach the entire time, and not unaware that it was also a full moon, Winter Solstice, and the morning after a lunar eclipse!  You see, I get a little crazy-feeling around a full moon.

Finally it was my turn to speak with the Chief Deputy Court Officer.  He told me my 25-mph-over-the-speed-limit ticket carries a hefty fine, 6 points, and 3 months prison sentence.  I had the chance to plead guilty (even though I didn't think I was...) and then the judge would reduce it to a 10-19 mph over the speed limit ticket.  That came with a still-hefty fine, a reduction from 6 to 4 points, and no prison sentence on the table.  Guess what I did?  Yeah.  The latter. 

I paid the ticket and walked away on shaky legs.  Guilty of driving 80 mph on a highway with a posted speed of 75 mph -- except for the short stretch where the speed limit drops and the cops hang out.

We did a little shopping and stopped for an early dinner on the way home.

The Cheesecake Factory has the best food!  And drinks.

And, of course...

Another reminder of the day when I saw this sign in the mall...

which was otherwise very pretty, and had some great stores that we don't have down where I live...

including Anthropologie!   I love looking around there.  I resisted buying this book:

because I'd (ahem) already spent quite a bit of money that day, and also because it wasn't on sale!  But it's on my wish list!

Thanks to everyone for your supportive comments yesterday: I sure needed it!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Good news, bad news, and hidden treasures

I got some really good news yesterday from the website I write for,  As you may know, I write about antique and thrift shopping in Colorado Springs, the city nearest me.  It's a lot of fun but also a challenge, because they have rules like, for the max pay, you need to write about local stuff; you must also write like a journalist -- they specifically ask that your writing not sound like blogging -- and refrain from writing in the first person.  It's always interesting to try to make my articles fit their guidelines and still be me.

Photo of a junk store I profiled in Simla, CO, for

So, I got an email from yesterday saying that my page is going to be sponsored for three weeks beginning December 26 by HGTV!  Specifically, for their upcoming new series on estate sale and flea market finds, Cash & Cari.  This means they'll put their ads on my page and will promote it as well for that 3 week time period.  They are interested in articles about finding hidden treasures.  And you know that is is subject I can write about!

As you may know, pays me based on hits, and even though my page is consistently in the top 5 among Colorado Springs Examiners, my pay is literally still only pennies.  We examiners write for the experience, the exposure and the sheer love of our topics!  Still, sponsorship for 3 weeks means I'll be paid double for each article I write!  I had already been formulating a plan for re-energizing my articles in the new year so this is just gravy -- I'm very excited! 

You can bet I'm going to be posting links to my articles here on my blog from December 26 through January 15, and I hope you'll read along when I do!  (Interested in writing for yourself?  When you sign up, be sure to mention that I told you about them/referred you and I'll get a bonus!)

The bad news?  Today's the day I have to appear in court for my speeding ticket.  The court is more than a 2 hour drive away.  It's a day I've been dreading and yet I'll be so happy when it's over.  My husband took the day off work to go with me, and we're bringing my son so he can learn from my experience.  Afterward, we plan to try to enjoy ourselves a bit in Denver -- at least a nice meal, maybe some shopping.

My BFF, Jenni, commented, "Something good will probably come of the experience; it always does."  So, here's hoping that even during this nightmare arraignment, I'll find some hidden treasure.

Monday, December 20, 2010

When the dogs are away...

This past Friday I took my wonderful dogs to "the spa", aka the groomer, for a much-needed bath and freshening up.  The groomer's in town, so instead of driving back home while they were away, I decided to stay in town and shop -- including visiting some thrift stores!

Maggie says, "You know what's coming, don't you?"

Snoopy says, "She's going to try to blame it on us!"

I will admit it: I am obsessed.  Obsessed with vintage Christmas stuff!  I can't stay away from the Christmas tables at the thrift stores, and then I come away with stuff like this:

I bought these little elves with their "Japan" stickers intact to sell, but when I got them home they worked their mischief on me so now they live on top of my electric fireplace.

I love and collect vintage Vera, so even though I only found one of these sweet Christmas napkins -- I'll cherish it!

These long ones are a bit younger than most I buy, yet are made by Larisa, which, the box notes, is a Shiny Brite company.

People keep asking me where I find the vintage ornaments.  I've found that they are often overlooked and/or undervalued at estate sales, which is where I've found about half of my collection.  The rest I've found mixed among the typical, newer ornaments at thrift stores.

Sometimes, I'll have to buy a big bag of plain ornaments like the one above...

just to get these two little treasures hiding among them.

It's close enough to Christmas now that the bag was marked 50% off, so I paid $1.49 for all the ornaments in that bag; this antique glass creation was well worth that to me!

Here's another example of a "grab bag" full of vintage Christmas picks,which make fun fodder for vintage decor!
This time, I also grabbed up this bag of flower-making picks; someone was trying to create poinsettias and the like from scratch.  I know I'll have some fun with all of this, much more than I deserve for the 99 cents it cost!

Want to see what others are thrifting?  Click on these links on Monday and Tuesday!