Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy February

I love it when I find something so simple and common, but old, that it makes my heart sing!  Here's another photo of that vintage candy box that I bought at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.
I got a wonderful surprise in the mail this week from a creative blog world friend, Claudia!  She asked me if I wanted some vintage cards she was parting with, and when they arrived they were so truly amazing!
The cards are by Hallmark, and were created on very heavy paper; each one is die cut and in their original lives, they each had a feather decorating their tops.  Inside each "little women" doll is sweet prose about the woman and the land she comes from.
I am so inspired to create a BANNER out of them!  Especially since the backs are as pretty as the fronts!
Stay tuned for that project.  I'm so grateful for friends who think of me when they come across these treasures!
Talented Claudia included a beautiful Valentine fabric bookmark, which I love!
I did some more therapeutic thrift shopping last week, and bought a very few things I wanted to show you.  Above, this was an unopened package of letter pressed baby shower announcements; I bought them because the paper border was so beautiful in pink and the paper of such high quality, and I plan to use them as a base for other pretty paper art.  The polka dotted envelopes were a bonus!
Then I found this opened package of vintage shamrock doilies, with a metallic sheen.  I had never seen anything like them!  I'm looking forward to using them and some of the wonderful things I got in a swap last year for some St. Patrick's Day crafting this year!
Then, I found this monogrammed handkerchief and I had to bring it home because the initials reminded me so poignantly of my dear friend Margaret, lost last year.  Being in contact with her ex-husband recently caused a fresh wave of grief in me, and the hankie comforted me just a tiny bit.
On to cheerier subjects: while I was making my husband a Valentine's Day Wish List on Etsy, I bought myself a couple of things, including this batch of printed fabric swatches, all Jane Austen-themed.  I would like to make myself a new fabric book using them, and am excited to get started on that.
I've also taken a lot of time to list stuff in my Etsy shop -- am up to 71 items available!  Above, a sweet vintage Easter decoration, quite rare.  I had a big success a couple of weeks ago when a man in Austria bought my vintage Austrian print and I happily sent it back "home".  (This tells me that I should be willing to open my shop to international buyers, but it is so expensive to ship to them I just can hardly bear to do it.  Such a dilemma.  If you sell online, do you ship internationally?)
I also listed this wonderful Betty Boop quilt pattern, with transfers!  I'm not a Betty Boop fan myself, but I couldn't pass it up because I know there are many people out there who love her and would be thrilled to have this!
Then, I decided to finally part with one of my vintage sewing boxes with the sweet kitten motif:
It's in such great condition and the others like it on Etsy are not, so it will probably make someone very happy!
I also discovered that this beautiful card-table/luncheon-sized tablecloth I found was actually by Wilendure, which are collected.
The roses on the cloth are just too beautiful!  I really love so much of the things I have in my shop right now and it makes me happy to offer them to the vintage-loving community!
I have just lately been swept off my feet by the series, The Crown.  If you haven't watched it, put it on your list.  Wonderful acting, incredible sets -- it will transport you!

Thank you for visiting and commenting -- it means the world to me!


Maggie said...

Hi old friend!

I have been soooo removed from blogland for such a long time...I don't even know why; I just gradually got a little disconnected. I finally posted in my blog yesterday for the first time in nearly a year and a half. So bad. I need to page through lots of your posts to see what you've been up to!

The vintage Hallmark girls of the world are FABULOUS!! Omg, YES, a banner would be perfect! All of your vintage goodies are wonderful. And, yes, so is "The Crown"!!

I joined in on Kim's pink swap--so glad she's back to hosting those. Maybe I'll get one of yours! I had to miss the first one, but hope to stay involved in future swaps.

Take care, Laurie!

Claudia said...

Hi Laurie,

I'm so glad you like the cards and the bookmark. I love your latest purchases and I can't wait to see your new fabric book.

Hugs from Kansas,

The Junque Seeker said...

You always find such interesting things!
And yes to international shipping! Since Etsy shoppers know the cost of shipping up front, it's their choice to purchase or not. I feel they must want the item badly if they're willing to pay the sometimes exorbitant shipping costs.
I'm anxiously awaiting season two of The Crown. Love it! What about the fabulous details on the costumes???

Linda said...

Hi Laurie, still digging out from the snow deluge we got up here on Vancouver Island :( Still snowing as I write this post :( Will it ever stop and where is Spring?

The monogrammed hankie caught my eye. I try to imagine all the patience and work that went into the needlework.

Also, those vintage green shamrock doilies are gorgeous.

Take care, I do believe Spring is around the corner.

Cheers, Linda