Sunday, January 22, 2017


Thank goodness for art, and vintage treasure hunting; what would I do without them, to take my mind off of life?
January has been like this (my front yard); even when there's no snow on the ground, it's so cold, there should be.
Here's a larger version of my Living the Dream collage
I used some of the really good stuff -- like this photo of women on the porch that shows their big butts, er, bustles.

I love the look on this ladys face.
And, of course, I had to add some Barbies.
I painted over the smaller Living the Dream collage, and I like it better this way.
I spent an inordinate amount of time shopping at the Goodwill Outlet yesterday; above, my two favorite finds of the day.  More on those later!
At another thrift store, I found this lovely, valentine-y hankie!
And these postcards were thrifty finds at an antique store, for 25 cents each.

They were especially fun because they were written on; above, she asks if there "are any easy speaks in your neighborhood"
And this guy..."Best like to have got stuck in the mud coming home and near blew away after."
Take a good look at the photo above -- click on it to make it larger -- this is the car I parked across from when I was at the Goodwill Outlet yesterday.  It's the first time I ever looked at a car in a thrift store parking lot and thought, Here is someone who does not need to be here!  (Which is what my husband thinks every time I go near one...!)
Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful, creative week!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Valentine's Day madness

I think Valentine's Day may be my favorite theme to create around, and it's coming up!  The other day I went with a friend to an antique store and they had a big box of valentines from the 1950s.  I almost didn't buy it, but at the last minute I couldn't resist.
They were obviously from the collection of a teacher back in the day, so most were "teacher" valentines.
Still with the wonderful graphics that make you smile!

There were also some more "formal" greeting cards that were valentines to teachers:

 I kep a few for myself, especially the ones I had many duplicates of, but otherwise I have listed all of the above teacher valentines in my Etsy shop already, in two different listings here and here.
 These were the ones I kept to use for crafts and just plain enjoyment!

I think this Hallmark one, very traditional, is my very favorite.  There was also a felt heart in the lot that was attached to a hair clip.
As a bonus, these hand made valentines were among the treasures!  Look at that cute depiction of lovers and cupid on the left -- complete with hand-torn edge!

Then, a glitter edged heart with a feather decorating it and a sentiment, Be mine please; but when you turn it over...
 you can see that the front tab was made from the cut out of a face, and underneath, the purely childish expression!  I love it so much!
 Here are the rest of the ones I kept to delight myself (non-teacher cards):

I especially like that last one -- the space age kid.  What is a space sled, anyway?
I wish I had gotten in on some valentine swaps or activities -- anyone doing any that you know of?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Creative Year 2017!

I, like so many others, am so  happy that a new year has begun.  But maybe for different reasons than most; I don't blame 2016 for the "bad" things that have happened during it, but I did experience a lot of personal loss during it and am thankful it is behind us.
Our Christmas was lovely!  We had a yummy dinner with family and close friends, and relaxed and enjoyed the day.  Look at our tree -- it has ONLY lights this year, because of the kittens.  (They still climbed it!)

I love this Santa T-shirt I bought for Ben -- it makes me laugh!  We binge-watched TV together and chilled (literally!) during the whole Christmas week.  It was lovely!
New Year's Eve was all about comfort food...
and games...
 and cuddling with the kittens!
Rebecca and I made New Year's Day a craft day; which is becoming somewhat of a tradition.  I think it's a good one!
I worked on a couple of things that I will use to decorate my new work space -- if I get the permanent job that I've been working at as a temporary since the end of November.  Wish me luck -- the panel interview for it is this Thursday!
I chose "living the dream" as a phrase to motivate me this year.  I decoupaged an antique French ledger page and a bit of text from my favorite novel; these things make me happy!
I decoupaged this tray using a variety of vintage papers; it is lined with the art work that I created at a class in October.  In the center: a name tag made by a talented friend a few years ago that I have been saving because I think it's so pretty!  I wish I knew how to do lettering like that!

I love this tray...I think it would be so cheery on my desk!

On the bottom, a really great vintage page from a business book; it shows how to correctly address envelopes back in the day.  Isn't that fun?
I was able to resist most of the after-Christmas sales this year -- except for the ones at thrift stores!  I found some very fun stuff -- like these Holt Howard candle holders!  Aren't they sweet?
Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with Ben.  Dennis and I continue to adjust to the empty nest as well as can be expected -- but I can't tell you how much happiness he brought us by spending the holiday season at home!
I hope your holidays were peaceful and happy, too!  I'm looking forward to having a creative new year, all year.  I hope you do, too, and that you keep visiting me on my little blog during it!