Monday, January 31, 2011

One World, One Heart 2011

Hello, world!  Welcome to my blog!
My name is Laurie, and I call my blog "Indulge Your Shelf" because I often post about the pretty things that catch my eye at antique stores, thrift shops, estate sales, street fairs, flea markets and the like -- and end up on my shelf at home, or in my Etsy shop by the same name!  My maternal grandmother had a great love for pretty old things, and it was she who taught me to rummage for treasures in thrift shops, to collect what I love, to sew, and to embroider.  And, that's another thing I write about often on my blog: creating!

I love to sew and re-purpose vintage and antique linens into pillows and sachets, plus, I do a little bit of crazy quilting (and sane quilting, too); and, lately I'm big into paper crafting with ephemera.  In fact, I probably do paper art more than sewing these days.  I also do some regular, special event scrap booking.

I love paper -- the older the better!  I collect many small antique items, but mainly I'm passionate about buttons, lace, fabric, and china.

I also like to write about my travels, what I'm reading, my fitness efforts, and anything else that's going on in my life -- or yours!  I love to link to my friend's blogs and what they're doing that's inspiring me.

When I'm not antiquing or crafting, I'm writing about antiquing in my column on; someday, I hope to make writing my full-time career.  I do all this from my home in Colorado, USA, where I live with my husband, teenage son, and two dogs.

My son and I -- he's a Boy Scout

Snoopy and Maggie on one of our walks in the neighborhood
My son and husband, with ski boots

This is the third year I've participated in One World, One Heart, and I love the event because it celebrates the blogging community the world over, and promotes friendships!  I have met so many wonderful, artistic, friendly people through OWOH over the past two years!

It's my sincere wish that you enjoy your visit here, and that you bookmark my blog or become a new follower, and come back often!  I will do the same!  Last year, I  managed to return the visit to everyone who stopped by and commented on my OWOH post!
Me, at 23, in Paris
Enough about me: let's get to the giveaway!  In the past, my blog giveaways for OWOH have been gifts handmade by me, but this year I decided to offer items that everyone, even those who don't necessarily love handmade stuff, might enjoy.  So, since this is a worldwide event, I have decided on a theme of Paris -- one of my favorite cities in this world of ours -- for my gifts!

Have you ever been there? I've been there twice, and love the feeling of being in the City of Lights.  It's one of those cities that feels alive, like my own hometown of San Francisco, CA.  I would really love to return to Paris someday; until then, here's my little tribute to a beautiful city.

I'm giving away two gifts packages that are nearly identical, so when you comment on this post only you will have two chances to win this package:

It's all the stuff I love and would love to win myself, from some of my favorite lines, and also from my stash of antique and vintage ephemera!
First, from K & Company, two new packages of supplies; one is Rub-on Magic, sticky embellishments that you sprinkle glitter on to create sparkly embellishments, and, a package of colorful, inspirational words in 3D stickers.
Second, from Punch Studio, whose over-the-top designs I adore, this new package of paper hand towels with a Parisian theme, and...
from the same line, this beautiful set of three heavily embellished, 3D note cards -- the perfect way to welcome Spring!

Next, I'll be sending you a package of ephemera, hand picked from my own stash, with many French pieces to inspire you to create a journal, or tags, or collage, or to use in your mixed media or altered art!
The kit includes pages from old books, an antique postcard, music sheet, shorthand scribblings...
French text, a page from a 1858 ledger...
antique doily, antique greeting card, bits of vintage wallpaper, and other scraps.
I'm also including bits of antique Dresden foil, millinery, lace and trim, Dennison labels...
 antique and vintage buttons...
vintage seam binding in a few different colors, and two pieces of French-themed charms!
It's my hope that this whole collection of new and antique gifts -- all around the Parisian theme -- will be an inspiration to you, and will remind you of the rhyme and reason for the One World, One Heart event!

Remember: to enter, please leave a comment on this post only, between now and 11:59 PM MST (UTC-7) on February 16, 2011, and be sure that I can contact you either by having your email address enabled on your Blogger profile, or having an easy-to-find "email me" link on your blog; otherwise, you must include your email address in your comment so I can reach you!  Remember, according to the organizer of OWOH, this is a blogging event so you must be an active blogger to participate!  ALSO: if you are reading this on Facebook, you must visit my actual blog and comment to be entered!

On February 17, I will choose two winners via a Random Number Generator tool, and contact you via email if you are a winner!  You will need to email me your mailing address so I can send your prize to you.  If you are chosen to win the giveaway but don't respond with 48 hours of my notifying you on February 17,  then I will have to choose an alternate winner! 

To learn more about One World, One Heart, visit Lisa's site.

Thank you again for visiting!  I truly appreciate
each and every one of you!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A little confusion and a lot of Valentine love!

In case you're wondering where my One World, One Heart post is: there was a little confusion over the start date.  I was all ready to go this morning when I saw Lisa's blog post which says the event begins AFTER midnight PST on tonight, Sunday -- i.e., 12:01 a.m. on 1/31/11.  So, stay tuned for my OWOH giveaway to post here technically tomorrow morning!  I can hardly wait -- it's a favorite time of the year for me and blogging!

Don't worry -- it will be worth the wait!
That wonderful antique postcard was part of the fun and gorgeous Valentine surprise I received from Linda Sue that I was telling you about the other day:
Isn't she spectacular?!
I love her birdie banner that spells out "Love"!

And, Linda Sue made her with brads so she can kick up her heels!  And she does, often, because it makes me smile!
I adore how she created her with paper and pure genius!
But then, Linda Sue is like that!
She added paper ephemera, and this absolutely wonderful-smelling lavender purse sachet!
Which is now hanging in my purple downstairs powder room!  Isn't she wonderful?!

I'm off to breakfast with a friend and then an antiques show -- woo hoo!  Happy Sunday morning to you and please remember to come back bright and early tomorrow for my OWOH surprises!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Things are looking up

I'm doing better now!  I just received a surprise in the mail which I will photograph and show you as soon as possible; and, my son is back at school after being home ill for a couple of days!  I have spent the morning doing what I love: going to an estate sale, and then an antique store.  I took lots of photos of the antique store's Valentine's Day displays for an upcoming article, too, which is always fun! 

This morning I hung up my Valentine banner that I made last year from cards I bought from Julia at The Spotted Sparrow.  It's red and purple, because my dining room is painted aubergine.  Here are some photos from when I blogged about it before.  Have you been decorating for hearts and flowers day?

Angela made the cutest snowman quilt recently, and gave away her leftover material, including a quilt block, on her blog.  Guess who won it?  I just saw on her blog that she's doing it again, too, with different scraps, so go visit and enter!
I got a chance to "meet" (only online, though) a jewelry artist named Stephanie who creates jewelry using repurposed items; she calls her shop Another Use.  I wrote an article about her unique approach for  You can read it here!

I'm off to work on sorting my ephemera -- a task that is more play than work!  I hope you're having a wonderful day, too!

Monday, January 24, 2011

I've got a notion

Hey, isn't it about time for some thrifty finds?
This is a very fun apron, isn't it?  I love the party and cocktail theme, and the green binding!
Here's something I rarely find in thrift shops: vintage wallpaper!
And then, at the same time, I found this vintage textured wallpaper, too!

I like to use it in my ephemera journals, so I was pretty pleased.

At a recent estate sale, I bought this Little Red Riding Hood full card of MOP buttons that was sitting in the drawer of a sewing machine table; also, this huge box...
full of snaps and hooks, most of them on cards.  I love adding the cards in my journals, as well -- there's just something about that sewing theme with old paper!  Also a bunch of American made steel pins were in the box.
This particular color of red and the print and graphics on these old notions are just so lovely!

I love the cover and the illustrations in this childrens song book!
And then I was intrigued by the scribblings made by "Donald" on the inside cover -- obviously, he was a little schoolboy intrigued by what he saw going on around him after 1938 when the book was first published.

Finally, I also picked up a very pretty book on Marie:

"A historical novel!"  I hope it's a fun read...

but I really bought it for the lovely illustrations, and it was just a couple of dollars so I couldn't resist.

There are lots more thrifty finds to see:

Bonus!  Be sure to visit Her Library Adventures for her sweet brooch giveaway!  Details here.