Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Library Night

Guess what was waiting for me at the library tonight?!?! Tim Holtz’s DVD An Altered Journey!!


I can’t even write my post fast enough so I can watch it!  Oops, I’m checking out the cover… 127+ minutes…on a work night…I can watch some of it, right?!

A great score tonight at my local thrift store, too!


Metal bobbins, a Coro necklace, another milk glass shoe (I now have a pair thanks to my bestest Aunt Patricia), shelf lining paper, emery boards and two more curtain panels of Waverly Garden Room pattern. I’ve been collecting this particular fabric now for over a year. I put in my hope bin. You know, I HOPE to make something out of all of it someday! 

Hope you had some wonderful things happen today too!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Embellish Your Home

I had good intentions on Friday. Really I did! My crafting room is a MESS! I  can’t find a thing, sewing table and desk are trashed, stacks of books all over the floor. Every horizontal surface has a stack of something on it. Did I clean like I promised?? Nooooo, I putzy’d…


I saw this clever idea in Embellish Your Home by Dena Fishbein, called Twigs and Parasol Bouquet. I made it for my aunt who’s recuperating from surgery. Isn’t it adorable?

And today I decoupaged book pages to my cardboard magazine holders. At least I’m thinking about getting organized…tomorrow…

Hope you had a happy weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Charm Bracelet Collaborative

Finally! The bracelets are on the way!! The participants…


Your bracelet pouches…


And a sneak peek inside…


Let the magic begin!!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Baby Couture

This has got to be one of the sweetest book I have ever set eyes on.


The little ones they used as models are absolutely adorable!


The projects have complete easy-to-follow instructions and full-size patterns included in the book.


The author tells you which model is wearing which size so you can gauge your projects accordingly.


This book features all the basic items for a complete wardrobe and shows that you can use large scale prints for baby clothes. They actually look more trendy and upscale than using small prints and pastels. Now all you have to do is find your own adorable little model and start sewing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Library Night

Didn’t think I’d have a library post tonight, but lucky for you all, books were waiting for me this evening.


And even though it’s March, I wanted to share this Christmas book with you.


I guess I read the description of this book somewhere. This is the author’s collection of Christmas imagery from postcards, books and magazines.


The author categorized the collection by subject (i.e., snowmen, angels, santas) and whether the cards were postally used and the year.


I was surprised the majority of cards were printed in Germany and most were used between 1910 and 1920.


If you enjoy vintage paper ephemera, this book has vintage eye candy galore!

Hope you had a great day!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Vintage Paper Crafts

A book from one of my favorite artists…


Simple and elegant paper tags…


Candy dishes from martini glasses. Took me 2 weeks to find real glass ones.


Yesterday I scored 4 martini glasses at Goodwill. Notice there’s only 3...broke one somewhere along the way.


Remember those crocheted coat hangers I bought yesterday that needed “revived”?? Project in work…


Lots of paper projects and vintage paper inspiration in this book! How does one find time to do all these lovely projects?? Where does my weekend go??

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hurray for Rummage Sales

Today was my Bestest church sale in the valley. Thank you BFF Sharon for the “alert”! My super find there…


Mirrors are REALLY hard to photograph and this was my third attempt! $7.00 – and definitely NOT plastic!


Lots of books, that no longer look like this. I’ve been busy crafting this evening…


More books, 5” high stencils, crocheted hangers and buttons. Hangers are being “revived”…


In the .25 cent bin - rusty locks and keys, wooden tape measure, milk bottle caps, etc.


Bag of junk jewelry $3.


And a vintage ‘70’s jumbo card (8 x 10). The whole box was .99 cents.

What Saturday fun!! My BFF Jodie http://www.jodielejeune.blogspot.com called to say she and her friends found me goodies too! How exciting!! And I KNOW they made out like bandits…

Hope you had a FUN Saturday too!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Shower

I haven’t been to a baby shower in…maybe 10 years, so I’m really excited to be going to one next month! Trip to Joann Fabrics last night and today’s project…


Right out of the washer & dryer. A reversible baby quilt and matching bib (no snap on that bib, yet!) I LOVE that sage green color!

Both projects came from this book…


Lots of quick, easy and fun projects with easy to read instructions and patterns.


And all her bibs have snaps! Mine will too…tomorrow. I have two more projects earmarked from this book but it may be awhile before I get to them.

Hope everyone had a wonderful first day of spring!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Library Night

We all know what Tuesday means…


And the wonderful librarians at Moon Library didn’t charge me a thing for shelf space!! 12 books at once…

I guess I get carried away when I start ordering online, but in my defense, 4 of these I’ve been waiting weeks for. They just all show up at the same time!

On my way home, my weekly jaunt to the local thrift store…


Trust me, if the matching teapot was in that store, I’d of found it and called it a week!


Half price on yellow tags this week… which every doily had!


2 purple embroidered napkins $1.00 (half off .99 cents each) and 3 silver plated spoons (actually bought 4). 2 vintage aprons, a piano music book and wooden cigar box, I think that’s everything…

The luck of the Irish today! Hope the leprechauns filled your pots with gold too!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ancestry Photo Fun

For all us loving collage…we always need to have vintage photos and papers. Thanks to one of my favorite aunts, I got some real vintage photos of my ancestors.


Now I know why I also look good in hats!



I have spent the last two days just scanning away a whole box of vintage ephemera. There’s at least 6-8 more hours of scanning yet to be done, but it’s so much fun! And speaking of fun…


My grandmother and great aunt are in this picture (hint… both with their eyes closed!) Just check out those fancy hats!!

Where does the weekend go?!?!

Have a happy Monday!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Flag Friday

Hope everyone had an uneventful Friday the 13th! I decided I was going to try flag making today.


These little flags will find themselves to my little bellas in Phoenix, AZ as soon as they’re finished. I made the letters out of dark purple glitter felt. I was just going to town with these little flag banners!  I’d seen them in quite a few library books but Alicia Paulson’s (www.rosylittlethings.typepad.com) new book Stitched In Time had the idea for putting letters on your banner. She, however, has lots more patience than I do as she painted her letters on to make a Happy Birthday banner and her Peppermint Heart Garland. Sorry I don’t have the book to show you pretty pictures.


This one is for my little cousin in FL who loves everything army. As soon as I finish your sister’s I’ll get it in the mail, promise!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tissue paper flowers

I wanted to share some blossoms with you that I made in January…

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Believe it or not, we all learned to make these flowers in grade school from Kleenex!! You remember – stack some Kleenex together then along the short side, make accordion pleats about 1/2 inch wide, folding the Kleenex from the bottom to the top, put a twist tie in the center and then gently undo all the layers. I believe we called them carnations and they adorned everything from wedding party cars and bridal shower wishing wells to Valentine boxes you made in school.

Keep in mind the picture frame on the wall is an 8 x 10 photo in an 11 x 14 frame. So these are large scale blossoms made from sewing pattern tissue.

Whether you make them on this larger scale or just grab a few Kleenex from the nearest box, I promise you a genuine blast from the past! Fun, easy and anyone can make them! Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Library Night!

It’s Tuesday and you all know where I’ve been!


Only 5 arrived out of 23. Hopefully 18 won’t show up at the same time. I have to read Fabric Scrapping first, due back in 1 week. Talk about pressure! And Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing got a little publicity in Country Living this month. I was browsing the magazine rack while waiting at the store and there was her book. I thought WOW I have that book in my car!! And treasures found at the thrift store afterwards…


100% natural linen table cloth $2 bucks. I’m sitting here taking the red trim off… 4 Currier & Ives tins .39 cents each…. a plaque .79 cents.


A plastic compartment storage bin filled with pins, needles, grommets, old cloth tape measure and thimble (Yeah!). Plastic novelty buttons; pink bears, yellow owls, white mice and red vintage cars .39 cents a card and a ziploc bag full of snaps and hook & eyes.

Hope you all had a productive evening too!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Timeless Treasures

Remember last week we previewed the book, Tattered Treasures for Your Garden? Well Timeless Treasure is by the same author, Lauren Powell.

Page 17

Of course, you remember that I love wrought iron. Doesn’t necessarily have to be made from wrought iron, just imitate the scrolls and patterns.

Page 56

Dreamy florals and creamy whites, crystal chandeliers and leggy furniture…LOVE!

Page 69

How about this breakfast nook with a floral wing chair?! A little Parisian cafe…

Page 37

A piece of lace at a window.

Page 115 

I’ve been collecting metal framed vanity mirrors in all sizes and shapes. Now I can display them!

Love the way she pulls together vintage pieces for both inside and outside the home! Love her decorating style…

Hope you’ve enjoyed her books so far. We have one more to order from the library…

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Designing with Words

Today’s inspiration is this library book. I thought by the title this would be a quote book for scrapbooking but was I pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t. This book is a combined effort of eight, very talented artists and fifth in a series published by www.autumnleaves.com .


I’ve been enjoying tags lately. They’re small enough to finish quickly and I like their versatility. Put them in a journal, use as a bookmark, hang ‘em on a bulletin board…


With this as my inspiration, I created these from old family photos…


I found some glass ice cubes that I bought last year and experimented with cut words and liquid laminate. Cute, huh?


I really love this idea from the book! The background is from a scrabble game and I know I have two scrabble game backgrounds that I peeled off the card board backing.


This book is packed with original, inspiring projects! You want to start creating immediately and the best part…no scrapbook required!

Why is it that I always run out of weekend before I finish all the projects I want to get done?? Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It’s back to “real” work tomorrow…