Sunday, April 27, 2014

This was the most interesting thing I've had to list on where I work, lately:
It's an 18th century French clock.
It's full of mystery.
It also might be the oldest thing I've ever listed at work.
There are so many people listing so much stuff lately that I miss a lot of it -- like this fashion illustration.  I didn't even see it go up online. Luckily, I found it when I was checking inventory on the site and was able to bid on it -- and won it!
I don't think I've ever seen one written in German.
 It's framed under glass and has a tag on the back from an antique shop in Iowa.

Then it also came with four other, unframed prints:

I love how bright the colors are.

I especially liked the views of children in the prints:

As much as I love all the ruffles and silk -- I'm happy we don't dress that way anymore, aren't you?
That's not to say I'm not a sucker for the stuff -- like this wonderful vintage lace and trim Rebecca brought home for me from Texas!

It makes me want to get out my sewing machine right now!
I still have swaps for Birdsong 4 to start on, in fact.
This is probably the latest I've ever gotten started!
I hope you found some time to create this weekend, too!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Do you pin?  If so, you are always welcome to follow any of my boards.
You'll find some cheerful Easter fun on my board Easter Inspiration!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Something "old" and something new

"Old" project: finished!
 I know I've already shown you this many times...
 so please don't feel you need to comment on it again!
 It just feels great to be "finally finished"!
 Many buttons were added.
The night I finished I started on something new, too:
 Some fabric book pages; Beth will recognize her pinnie, above

 I made this page to be transparent over the page under it:
a heart with dotted swiss fabric that reminded me of a childhood dress, and then beneath it...
 a small photo transfer on fabric of a photo of me, in that dress.
This is not me, but one of my favorite this-reminds-me-of-Jane-Austen pictures.
The pages are just in the beginning stages but they make me very happy.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday shopping

It was sunny and beautiful yesterday -- my first day out in flip flops this year!
I went shopping for a bit...
and was dreaming about summer!
Look at this cool locker at a local antique store!
Another vendor had these interesting pieces of metal hanging on the wall of her booth...
I think they might have been leftovers from some sort of metal punching.
I bought a few craft supplies, like these lamp shade frames, and this TALL bottle.
And this $1 bag of metal buttons that I will probably enjoy sorting through later today.
Because although it's been in the 70's the last few days -- it is sleeting this morning
And we are expecting 4-6 inches of snow by tomorrow!
Last but not least, here's a recent really cool purchase in the vintage vein:
They are Mardi Gras metals from Karneval in Cologne, Germany that someone collected and framed!
If you've been reading my blog for a long time then you know I spent a great year there in the '80s
and scored one that is very similar at my one and only Karneval in Cologne.
They are special -- at least, they used to be.  When I lived there you needed to attend and receive one from a sponsor, or the court.
Mine was a gift; I tried to find it to show you but it's not where I thought it would be.
Which never happens to me.  Not.
These smaller ones are from the 1950s.
It's fun to see the difference in their style from the newer ones!
Sorry the photos are a bit "fuzzy" -- it was hard to get a good close up of the medals because they're framed under glass.
Even my husband loves them, which is really saying something --
he's not normally the biggest fan of my vintage purchases!

Friday, April 11, 2014

At it again...

So, you remember my heart creation, right?  I thought I'd finished but apparently I hadn't!  
I had this beautiful rosette that was a gift from my friend Linda.  As I was going through my office/craft room last weekend I happened upon it and realized it needed its own place on the assemblage.
So I added another row at the bottom!
I stitched all this on in record time because I was so excited to be finished.
I added the two incheys I made for the swap, which I hadn't found a place for in the last go around.
Underneath it some layers of fabrics and doilies; in the corner, a lace embellishment.
I used some of my favorite French ribbon at the bottom, and some pale green velvet rick rack to balance out the greens elsewhere on the piece.
(sorry for the shadows...)
More buttons, and some fancy stitches to complete it.
The last thing I need to do is figure out how I want to hang/bind it at the top.
I'm excited to finish that step and photograph it in the sunshine for you.
It's the never-ending project!