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The odd stuff I buy at estate sales
They just don't make them like this anymore...
fun graphics on this old box of corsage pins I brought back from an estate sale! Have you priced pins lately? They are so expensive new that I often bring them home from such sales.
One of the sales I attended was a house FULL of these molded plastic all hangings. And I mean, several on the walls in every room. I've never seen such a large collection! I brought these home with me, because I love the swallow motif. They look great painted a matte color.
Not so odd: a couple of books. I loved the photo on the front of Poemcrazy -- plus, it boasts a review on top from one of my favorite writers who writes about writing, Ann Lamott of Bird by Bird fame.
The book on the right is a guide, How To Draw Trees, and I really liked the clever illustrations.
It's from the 1950's and the author, Frederick Garner, really went to town with his drawings.
I liked how he slipped in some amphibians...
I think he might have had the story of Eve and the apple tree on his mind at one point...SQUIRREL!
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
I indulged in some thrift shopping this morning, and was very happy with what I came home with for just under $5: This pretty runner, which I intend to take apart for its tatted middle I don't know why I felt I needed this veil -- but I did. It's new in the package. Just in time for Oktoberfest -- these tiny paper party hats! They originally had feathers attached, which I might replace since these came without. This extra large pad of hangman pages -- I thought it would be the perfect thing for hanging out with my son next week. We used to love to play that when he was little! Even though these transfers are intended for punch needle, I think I can just as easily use them for regular embroidery. Some handwritten letters, a prayer card, and an old postcard. Did you notice this under my pile of ephemera? I had to have it! It desperately needs cleaning... but it's PINK and I think it will be fun to craft with. This party centerpiece is incomplete, but I still like it -- e