Showing posts from November, 2012

Counting down to Christmas

I have been wanting to make a Christmas countdown board forever  and am so happy I finally got around to it -- just in the nick of time! First, I went through my ephemera and looked for numbers.  All the ones I used, shown above, are vintage except for the round black ones; they are new from the scrap book store.  Then I scrounged around my craft supplies for vintage findings for each day. That was as far as I got on the first day, but then this morning I was able to finish up.  It was such a joy to work with so many of my "junk drawer" pieces and Christmas kitsch! I had to run out mid day to buy magnets to finish the job -- but here it is, in all its glory! The "base" is a vintage TV tray which has been painted with chalkboard paint. I think it makes a great background for all the little magnets! Here are some closeups... I'm sure you can tell just by looking... that I had A LOT of fun with this project! At the very end, I add

In which I break two holiday traditions

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends! For Thanksgiving this year, I bucked tradition by having meatloaf for dinner! But... only because I have two recovering from the flu at my house and they don't have an appetite, yet. I plan to cook the turkey with all the trimmings later this weekend. And we enjoyed the other aspects of the holiday -- thankfulness, togetherness, and laziness -- as usual! The other tradition I'm breaking is not going Black Friday shopping. I just have so much great stuff already! Like the wonderful ear bobs that came in the mail the other day from Angela ! Look at those button ones!  She knows me so well! Who needs Tiffany when you've got Angela, I ask you? And I refuse to be in the crowds.  No deal is worth it! I'm going to do all my shopping online from small businesses this year. Now, I'm getting caught up on showing you some of the fun stuff I've picked up thrifting lately. I love the Christmas kitchen t

Little London Market

Something new and exciting happened in Colorado Springs this past year: a new outdoor vintage market sprung up downtown on the second Saturday of the month, called the Little London Market .  My friend Kathy sells there and ever since she told me about it, it's become a favorite . As with other, once a month markets -- you just never know what you'll find when you stop by; vendors vary and there is always something fun to see!  This last market of the year had a holiday theme.   Look at those vintage lace pretties on the mannequins in back ~ swoon! The gal who had the booth above, Beth, also has an Etsy shop called Crown Antiques .  These photos are from my friend Kathy's booth...  She does such a great job arranging her wares!   Another friend who had a booth there, Lani, also has an Etsy shop, called Objects of Affection She is having a BIG SALE in that shop over the next few days!  Here's her ad for that: Cu

Let's hear your Etsy Feedback Horror Stories!

So, yesterday I received my second instance of  non-positive -- in this case, neutral -- feedback in my Etsy shop . The customer purchased this vintage Christmas tablecloth .  For $22.  Tablecloths like this, of this age, are going on Etsy for two or three times the price. This one was priced lower because it has some areas of discoloration that may or may not come out in the wash. I felt that it was still fun and iconic, and had many uses -- either as a tablecloth or to be re-purposed into pillows, etc. This is how my listing description read: This is a wonderful tablecloth that is probably from the 1960s; it is white cotton with a bright red, olive-y green and metallic gold printed design. The design elements are ribbon topped and tied, stylized Christmas trees; and fancy glass decorated Christmas ornaments hanging in holly garlands. I really love it all! It is bright, cheery, and very retro! This tablecloth has been used and bears several areas of discoloration;