Thursday, March 31, 2011

Northern finds of the thrifty kind

There are slim pickings for antiques and thrift shops in the Glenwood Springs area, but when I was there over last weekend I found some in nearby Carbondale and here are some of my fun finds:
A pink enamel mini candelabra!  It is decorated as if it were part of long-ago wedding decor.  I love it!  I also picked up some buttons at that thrift store I blogged about earlier.
A vintage hat, which I freely admit I intend to pull apart for its flowers!  I love the lime green!
Who can resist a puppy with a big bow peeking over a fence?  This runner, with its sweet pink edging, has the puppy embroidered on both sides.
Here's an old, strip-quilted piece of fabric; it's about big enough to make into a pillow.  Below, a view of the back.
This kitty is the creme-de-la-creme; it's a piece of antique crochet lace from Spain that was originally marked $60!  I found it at the one antique store I went to.
Now, if you know me, you know I didn't pay that for it.
In fact, I thought it was out of my price range at 50% off, or $30.
But, the nice lady at the shop made me a deal, so it came home with me.
It was a splurge!
 Okay...I'm a bit off topic here...I know I'm supposed to be talking about thrifty finds!
(She also gave me that big piece of rose fabric behind it...for free!  You can't beat that for thrifty!)
The above books came from a Habitat for Humanity thrift store -- $2 each!
 They are full...
 of beautiful...
and fun old pictures -- especially the pirate-themed book!

If you're reading this on Friday, I'm working as a clerk during the Colorado State Button Society's Annual Show Competition!  I will come home full of new button knowledge!

I'm joining a new Friday Finds link party with Diann!

Go visit to see more fun thrifty finds!  Tell Diann I sent ya!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Easter swap with lovely LuLu

I swapped with LuLu Kellogg for an Easter Ornament, lucky me!  LuLu and I had a class together at Silver Bella, so I was thrilled to be chosen as her partner!
She sent me this GORGEOUS cone-shaped beauty!  It's wrapped in textured wallpaper and embellished with minty green, frothy crepe paper trim and a rose; I love the velvet rick rack around the bottom -- and the glass bauble!
And Marie!
She also gave me this cupcake with a bunny pick, set on a lavender crepe paper plate!
And then, she spoiled me by including this beautiful cuff bracelet!
I love it so much!  (It's my first cuff!)
Here's what I sent to LuLu:
I made the little chick in her favorite color, pink.  She pulls an "egg cart", which is actually a vintage salt and pepper shaker/toothpick holder -- here's how it looked "before".
I painted and glittered two plastic eggs, and then created a tiny bouquet out of vintage millinery flowers to go in the cart; the cart's wheels and hardware got a coat of silver paint, too.
The little chickie even has pink wire legs and feet!  I gave her a paper collar, wallpaper and ephemera wings, and a vintage lace and millinery crown.
I sent along a little matchbook full of trinkets, too.
I hope LuLu has a lot of fun with her swap gifts!
Thank you for swapping, dear LuLu!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring break fun

We took a trip to Glenwood Springs with our friends and some of their family, who make us feel welcome as if we are related, too.
For the first day or so, it felt like all we did was EAT!
And drive!
But eventually we got on to the important stuff: skiing!
 Except for me - I don't ski.  I shopped! 
One store had a binder full...
of buttons!  How funny is that?
I haven't had a chance to photograph what I bought, yet.
We also went to the Hot Springs!  I didn't take photos there, but others did so I'll try to get a hold of some to show you.
I came home sick with a rotten cold.
But I don't want to dwell on that...I'd rather remember the beautiful scenery.
Sunlight mountain
and the fun
and the friendship!
I hope you're having a great Spring Break!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thrifty Finds on a Friday

Some pretty things I found at the thrift store, finally!
incredibly sweet quilted and embroidered table topper
this tiny (about 3" x 2") print on silk in a pretty metal frame;
I'm planning to use it on a journal cover
 a gorgeous old soup bowl...
I just love the wild roses on this one!
there is nothing in this box besides what you see through the window in the front,
but I love it! I will display it exactly as it is!
what a pretty plate honoring Kentucky, made by one of my favorite makers
Thanks for peeking at my fun finds! I'm linking up with Linda's party:


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I don't get it, and I do get it

For a while now, I've been hearing about some Etsians being very dissatisfied with the site, and changes that have been made to it...but I have only recently begun to actually see complaints on the site, in the forums.  As someone who has sold a lot on eBay, and in brick and mortar craft venues, and in shows, I have to say I just don't get how anyone can find fault with Etsy!
It's a wonderful community of sellers to belong to; yeah, of course in any community you're going to have the cheaters and the liars and the people who don't work as hard as others do.  But I have found them to be the exception.  I think it's a great and supportive bunch of buyers and sellers.
Especially after we had our taxes done -- I did all the math in preparation, and saw that my sales as a very small eBay seller had a chunk equal to 10% taken from them with all those eBay fees by the time it was all said and done.  Not Etsy, though!  They only charge 20 cents for a 3 month listing, and then 3.5% of any sale.  I think they just make it so easy to sell and be successful.
They are proactive about giving you all kinds of tools, and advice, and making resources available.  I have learned so much this way in the two years I've been selling there.
I recently had a "bad experience" myself on Etsy: I got my first ever, non-positive feedback.  It was neutral, so it didn't affect my feedback "score", but it really bugged me having that neutral there.  The woman who gave it to me, had purchased 2 items and she gave me a "positive" for one, and a "neutral" for the other.  So, I contacted her to find out why she was displeased.

It turns out the item she bought, a set of snack bowls, she said were "unusable" because they didn't come with lids.  Now, the listing clearly showed all the pieces she was going to get, and I never claimed they had lids.  Furthermore, I didn't sell them as storage containers, but as bowls.  It's completely stupid that I got less than positive feedback for delivering to her exactly what I advertised, just because she didn't read the listing carefully and was unhappy with what she bought!  But, what are you going to do?

I guess I have a very hard time complaining that things on Etsy aren't perfect...because I know how hard it is to be perfect, and to please everyone.  I'm happy with Etsy: they provide a friendly, easy-to-use website that helps me reach customers worldwide!

I just felt like I wanted to express my support for the people that work at Etsy, so that they would feel appreciated right now, while they're under fire.
And speaking of getting it, or not, do you "get" the above?  It's a vintage gutter spout cover, stuffed with shredded ephemera and topped with moss...and as soon as I saw it in this shop I just had to have it!  The shop's owner said she was so happy someone else "got it"!
I love it among my springtime decor in the kitchen!

Oh, and you can click on the other photos in this post to see their listings -- new in my vintage Etsy shop!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Easter inspiration!

Happy Spring!  It's officially Spring, and we're on Spring break here, so feast your eyes!
If you're a fan of InspireCo., Amy Power's zine, as I am, you will have seen the adorable watercolor paint box thread holder/kit project that Lynn Lesback contributed.  Well, I was thrilled because I had the above, great little flat tin that would be just perfect for the project!
I filled mine up with this awesome thrifted rick rack and trim in Easter colors...
and wrapped it all up in great ruffled purple seam binding for an Easter treat!
This was another project in the Easter wall hanging, in the shape of an egg, which I made with a variety of my favorite vintage wallpapers, surrounded by vintage crepe paper!

I made a few of these.  It was so much fun!!
In the "nest", a tiny bird holding a vintage flower.  I used the phrase, "Take Flight" for mine.
Here's a little vintage, plastic flower pot holder I decorated with buttons; it holds a vintage crocheted egg!
And, some souffle (or "nut") cups I glued together to create...
a little basket, embellished with vintage millinery flowers!
Couldn't you just look at this stuff all day?  I could!  I hope you're having a lovely first day of Spring!