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The stuff of September
This week I had another birthday. My husband got me Whole Food's yummy Chantilly cake -- have you ever had it? It's a favorite!
We went out for a nice dinner and had fresh seafood which is a real treat as it is kind of scarce in landlocked Colorado.
Summer's fading away and the air has a bit of a chill in it, especially in the evenings. I love autumn, but am always sad to see the end of summer.
I have been spending time the last couple of months on a decluttering project in my studio/craft room. I try to work on it at least once every weekend, and lately more than that, because I'm finally beginning to see the end in sight. The photo above shows my son's old toy sorting bin which I have put to good use holding shoe-box sized plastic containers full of ephemera and other craft supplies.
This is the inside of one of my newly straightened out drawers full of lace and ribbon. I store them carded inside of old sewing machine drawers, which are so wonderfully narrow!
More sorted goodies -- this time laces and doilies and other small embellishments.
Would you believe this is just part of my thinned-out supply of vintage fabrics? It's sorted by type and color as well as age...
As you can see, it still needs more sorting. Most of this is the fabric I actually use for projects -- the stuff I'm willing to cut -- not to be confused with the stuff I hoard and love and won't cut up!
I made great progress today -- this is the top of a table that, before today, was completely stacked with unsorted stuff! I was happily surprised to see all the pretty vintage containers I've collected over the last few years. Everything looks so pretty in glass.
At this point, I only have a few big bundles of craft supplies that I need to go through and figure out a good way to store -- like the pile of uncarded ribbon, above...
and this whole box of "smalls" -- pretty little things I want to use as embellishments for art projects. I haven't been able to figure out a solution for storing this particular pile of things, to make them easily accessible and to keep them sorted. Ideas welcome!
It has been good for my soul to be up to my elbows in all of the beautiful things I've collected. But it will be even better as soon as all the organizing is finished I will be able to sit down in my craft room and USE it for its intended purpose! So excited!
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
For several weeks now, one of my friends has been bugging me (poke, poke) about...needlebooks. She has a hankering to make some, and wants me to have a swap. I've been more of a pincushion person myself...but I'm willing to change. The pretty pincushion above is special because it is how I met my wonderful blog buddy, Angela . She and I were in an international pincushion swap, and she was partnered with me! You know I'm a sucker for any kind of vintage sewing notion, like the pretty little flat (above) into which you stash pins, and the little bejeweled walnut... that opens up to hold a thimble and some pins on velvet. I love this little holder for safety pins...I guess it could be used for needles, too, though. It's seen a lot of use, which makes it that much more fun. Speaking of safety pins, this little ring of pins is a treasure, to me. This tattered needle book is from 1914... and looks it! When all is said and done, I discovered that I only really ow