Sunday, October 27, 2013

Good stuff

My friend Kathy got together with two of her buddies and "staged" a 100+ year old house that's for sale on The Old North End in Colorado Springs with antiques for sale!  They were on hand during the open house and sold lots of their great stuff!  They have the best stuff.
I had to have this small child's vintage bathrobe...
made from a quilt.  Sweetness!
I also grabbed this batter bowl; it's milk glass, painted red, and has an iron handle:
I managed to squeeze in a bit of thrifting on my weekend away last week:
Such a pretty little egg cup...
Royal Doulton!  I love that lion backstamp.  And see how crackled it is?  I LOVE crackle.
I picked up this canvas, made of burlap with a painted/stenciled design, for $1.99.  It's from Hobby Lobby or the like, a $30 item.
It's cute enough as it is but I'm planning to repurpose it.
Have you ever seen one of these?  It's a doily that is decorated with little swans all along the edges!
It made me laugh out loud!  I think it would be fun to dye it and make the swans into turkeys!  It reminded me of my friend Angela -- of the crazy turkey hat.
Um, have you noticed how it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there?  I bought this dear little deer at that antique show last week.  It was irresistible with the Colorado connection. I would like to make more...sans the label.
I could NOT pass up this little music box figurine at a Goodwill (not my work, an actual store.)
Squee!  Look at those faces.  I am addicted.
Speaking of addicted: I made a couple more of these little pumpkins.  This one was a housewarming gift for friends and I didn't have time/light to get better photos before wrapping it up for them.  They are the only thing keeping me from throwing myself wholly into Christmas crafting (in my spare time.)  It's the day of my very favorite, twice-yearly craft fair in Monument and I am probably not going to be able to resist at least stopping by there.  On the agenda for later this afternoon: enjoying my newest issue of Somerset while the Broncos play. Happy Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin time!

I've finished a project I started last week:
I turned these scraps into a pumpkin!
I think it turned out so cute!
I wrapped a piece from a grapevine wreath for the stem; the vines are some wire I had leftover from one of Karla's classes!
I just love all the textures and I plan to make some more before the mood passes.
Two posts in one week: I'm on a roll!  Three more until I hit 1,000!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My week in pictures

I did a little bit of Halloween decorating, after all
I listed some FABULOUS stuff at work
We had our first snow in Colorado
I got a few PINK highlights in anticipation of Friday's concert...
and then found out on Wednesday night the concert was POSTPONED
because Pink needs to rest her voice.

And I won't be able to make it to the rescheduled show.
Yes, I will get a refund.
My buddy and I managed to have a fun night out, anyway, though.
Thanks Rebecca!
And we even went antique-ing the next day!
Guess what I bought? (Hint: read about it on Button Floozies.)
How was your week?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Scary Santa

Who needs Halloween when Christmas is coming and you have this scary Santa?
In true auction-spirit, I paid too much for this Rushton Santa from than I EVER would have at a regular Goodwill!  I had to have him.  Does he not just scream vintage Christmas?!
At 99 cents, these Shiny Brites I picked up from a different thrift store Saturday were much more my speed.  Gosh, it was just like the good old days: I was having such a great time finding treasures and filling up my cart.  I lived the dream for a while and then I put most of it back since I'm not selling vintage anymore.  I left behind a pair of FABULOUS Arthur Woods ceramic candle holders from the 1960s, a perfect pink footed Hull planter, and a blue early Pfalzgraff flower pot exactly like this one.  I'm still dying to go back and get those candle holders.  I can't find a photo of them anywhere online to show you so what does that tell you?

Here's what I kept: this sweet bird which I recently learned is actually not a vase but a holder for scrap pieces of kindling near a wood stove.  I have always wondered what those those little skinny "vases" (most made in England) were, did you?
 Monogrammed vintage linens: can't pass them up when they're 50 cents...
especially when they are your own initials!  And edged with tatting!
If you haven't been over to Tag Tuesday lately, take a look.  They've had some fun challenges lately!  Above, my tag for Beads, Buttons and Bows.
I'm trying to work up the gumption to make these scraps of fabric into some Fall decor this afternoon; how did it get to be the middle of October already?  I am dreaming of fall colors festively strewn along the wooden surfaces of my house.  Yes: the enthusiasm is there but the energy is most definitely not.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nearing 1,000

Even though I've been quieter than usual around here lately, I'm full of ideas.  Did you know I've written almost 1,000 posts on this blog?  I'm planning something special for number 1,000.
I wanted to show you these fabulous earrings made by Betsy; I have been wanting to own some of her little bird earrings for a long time!  These are made with grey mother of pearl buttons as the base (swoon!)  Isn't it fun how she used a sea shell as the mount?
She makes some wonderful jewelry from mostly antique pieces (you know how much I love that!)  I have been dying for some of her watch face earrings, too, and so I treated myself:
Isn't her packaging beautiful?  And look at the pretty glass and sparkle BUTTONS she included because she knows me so well!  Can you see the narrow little watch faces on that second pair of earrings?  Love!
I also made a purchase from one of my favorite eBay shops, ipullgardenweeds, run by my buddy Linda.  Above are all the fun goodies she sent me as gifts with my two purchases!
First, I couldn't resist getting this antique table cover -- it's a quilt-like assemblage of laces.
Feast your eyes...
It had some condition challenges so originally I thought I might use it as a cutter...
but now that it's in my hands I find I can't bear the thought!
I also scored some bark cloth from her -- in a Grandma Moses print!  I can't wait to dream up a project for it.
At a favorite antique store the other day, I was unable to resist these dried hydrangea:
How PRETTY does the bundle look on my new table cover?
It's quickly turning to Autumn around here and I am hoping to get out to do some leaf-peeping this coming weekend so I can share some of our pretty Colorado color with you all.  It's all going by so quickly, isn't it?