Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas Came Early!

There were several vintage Christmas swaps the last few years and I somehow missed out on all of them. I wanted to host one myself but, really, I'm not organized enough for that! sweet friend Laurie Jackson contacted me and offered to do a one-on-one swap and of course I took her up on her offer immediately. I'm so glad I did, because a) I LOVE vintage Christmas goodies, and b) what she sent is beyond wonderful. It was packaged perfectly and such fun to open!

The first package I opened had vintage napkins, unusual crocheted lace, a hankie, ribbon, bell appliques, precious beaded poinsettia blossoms and more.

There were fabrics and trims - I especially love that quilt piece and the 1950s print.

A sweet Rudolph jello mold, cute decorated match boxes, shiny embellishments, and buttons. Also a bit of angel hair and lots of wonderful striped crepe paper. Laurie sent me a bit of the crepe paper on a package last year and I've been looking for some ever since.

There are cards and some unusual paper items. Don't you love that little finger tip towel and the bit of Victorian scrap? There are some little greetings printed on vellum, too, that were probably intended for Christmas cards, pretty metallic and white doilies, vintage photos and postcards.

More fun paper items - a honeycomb bell, old book pages, vintage cups with snowmen (that I somehow cut out of the photo!), a little bell and oh, I love that Kordite Freze Box!

And of course there were stickers! We both love vintage stickers, and each had lots that the other didn't. I'm crazy for that set in the upper left corner. I love those little multicolor bits of metallic scrap, too. Laurie also included one of her handmade crepe paper roses - beautiful!

I'm not sure how she could give up this flocked apron, but I'm so happy to have it! It just makes me smile.

I love these pastel items, too. That little putz house is adorable. Do you see the two tiny deer just above the snowman sticker on the left?  The lace samples are so pretty, and there are more on the other side.

I saved this for last. The ornament tray was wrapped in a cute bag from a shop in Laurie's area and tied with red tulle. She lined each opening with cupcake liners and filled them with tiny Christmas treasures. I love each and every little thing, but this guy...

may be my favorite. He's a sweetie.

Laurie also sent me a Christmas snippet roll that I'll share in my next post. You'll want to see it, I promise!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the vintage Christmas and that it puts you in the mood for the holidays - it won't be long now!

I didn't get great photos of what I sent Laurie, but she has some on her blog here. You can also see her pics of the things she sent me here (spoiler alert - her post includes the snippet roll.)

Also, Laurie is hosting a White Christmas Button Book swap on the Button Floozies blog. You can read about it here to get all the details including sign-up instructions. I'm signed up! Hope you'll join in!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vintage Darlings Snippet Roll Swap Part Two - My Snippet Roll From Tabitha

Oh, yes - finally you get to see what Tabitha made for me for the Vintage Darlings snippet roll swap! Her work was exquisite as always, and the packaging was so sweet. I opened the box to find these little packets.

I had requested creams and neutrals for my snippet roll, and she found so many lovely things to include. She even made a tiny hanger for the spool!

Look at this little sweetheart! I love all the laces and the little beads.

And, oh, this velvet ribbon! It's such a lovely shade, and there's a wonderful button.

Another cutie - don't you love that little pouty face surrounded by vintage millinery flowers?

At the bottom Tabitha included some beaded floral bits. She didn't know that I had a few of those I used in swaps and had been hoarding my very last one to use on something for myself. I love them! Plus more velvet ribbon, beautiful lace and bugle beads.

She backed the roll with some vintage pieced satin. I thought at first it was just quilted, but every little square is a separate piece.

She sent lots of pretties along with the snippet roll - a bingo card, crocheted lace, velvet ribbon and beaded trim - and I especially love the little crocheted bit and the "coquette" label.

Also, a fun necklace from Good JuJu (my favorite shop in KC's West Bottoms,) a pretty napkin, a cabinet card. pretty mocha lace, a tiny ball of crochet thread and a little frozen Charlotte.

I feel totally spoiled. Thank you, Tabitha! And a big thank you to Heidi for organizing the swap!

For your viewing pleasure, here are links to blog posts by some of the other participants showing their snippet rolls. They're all wonderful!

Heidi and Jodie
Patty and Gypsy Rose
Laurie and Cerri

Monday, September 22, 2014

Vintage Darlings Snippet Roll Swap

Heidi Meyer who blogs at Sugah Beez hosted a snippet roll swap and I was so happy to join in. The theme of the swap was Vintage Darlings and the rolls were to include vintage photos of children. My photos were all found on Pinterest.

My partner was Tabitha and, as we've swapped before, I knew I'd be receiving something special and wanted to be sure to make something she'd love. Her color choice was white with touches of pink, aqua and mint.

I started with a strip of vintage dobby linen from a table runner and embellished away. I used bits of lace fabric, crocheted trim, tiny faux pearls, buttons, a MOP buckle and ribbon. It's impossible to get a good photo of the entire roll as it hangs, so I'll show the photos of each section in the order they appear on the roll, from top to bottom.
A wide strip of lace was added to the back to keep it looking neat.

And here's it is hanging on the wall before I rolled it up to send to Tabitha along with a few goodies for her future projects.

This was the first snippet roll I've made, but I can tell it's going to be a bit addictive. If you'd like to see more, you can visit Sugah Beez post here for links to the other participants.

My next post will showcase the beautiful snippet roll I received from Tabitha.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink Themed Fabric Book No. 2

Earlier this year I finished a pink-themed fabric book for my friend Laurie (see it here) who had made me a fabric book a couple of years ago. This second pink book is for my friend Terry, who gifted me last year with with a beautiful satin glove box full of lovely pink vintage trim, buttons, and other pink pretties. I wanted to share something I created with the trims Terry gave me, but she isn't really a pink kind of girl. She loves all things black with some white and cream thrown in, so I added a few touches of black to the mix to make it more appealing for her. She got it last week and didn't go into shock over all the pink, so maybe that worked!

Here's the cover with a bit of black and cream striped ribbon, some black tapestry ribbon and a black and gold filigree buckle. The base is a embroidered pink organdy dresser scarf with net ruffles attached.

The inside front cover has a pretty flourish I found at a fabric store in the clearance bin years ago. I knew I'd find a place for it someday!

This page is probably my favorite.  I think the image came from The Graphics Fairy, but it's been so long since I started the book that I'm not really sure.

I wanted to use the crocheted flower, and like it with this stripe and the bit of old pink quilt.

The base of this page is a beautiful lace hankie with an embroidered center. I added trim, buttons and ribbon. 

I added this page after we both attended Birdsong in June.

The base of this page is fabric I purchased at French General when Terry and I met for the first time. The image was given to me as part of a swap. I copied it to fabric for the book.

This was an old pillowcase. I added some of the pink trim at the top of the page and on the dress.

This page is a mix of old linens and a bit of organza trim, a vintage millinery flower and pretty black glass buttons.

One more bird, with a friendship quote printed on a bit of old glove leather.

This page is made with a vintage embroidered silk scarf. I included the "Top Hit Fashion by Baar & Beards" tag as part of the page. I used several trims on this page and a bit of hankie across the top.

Somehow I managed to not get individual photos for the last page and inside back cover. Here they are together. More lovely French General fabric for the last page with some of the pretty pink trim from Terry, and a organza pocket on the inside back cover, accented with more of the pink and black trim used on the inside front cover. I included a note to Terry in the pocket.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this. I have one more pink book I'm working on - one for me. I might finish it in the next year or two!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nature's Blessings Journal Swap Pages

Advance notice - LOTS of photos in this post! Click on any of them for a slightly larger view.

Karla Nathan is hosting a Nature's Blessings journal swap. The fact that there are 78 participants in this swap is testament to how wonderful Karla and her projects are. She drew the artwork for the front and is individually creating a cover for each of the 78 books, plus additional blank books that were available for purchase. She's also making some journal pages. I don't know how she does it all! You can see her post about the swap here.

Anyway, participants are to make six journal "pages" with four sides each (each is a folded 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.) We send our pages to Karla and she'll send each of us a book with pages from six others, three blank pages, and a pretty doodled sheet she's created.  She's also done a tutorial for those who want to make their own journals (does she ever sleep???) You can get more information on the tutorial here.

My pages are, as always, not what I intended to create but I do like them. Since we have no idea whose pages we'll end up with, I'll share mine now. Here are the fronts of my six pages.

We were supposed to leave at least fifty percent of the space for the recipients to fill in with words or photos or whatever. I'm afraid I fudged a bit on that, although most of my "open" space is on the insides and backs. There are a couple of notecards, too, that open up for space to write.

Here are the inside layouts.

I did all the backs the same except one, which actually turned out to be my favorite. This page was on "Beauty" paper from Authentique's Harmony collection. Of course I only had one sheet, but if I'd had the patience to wait until I could get to Paper Crown I'd have made all my pages on this paper. I'm hoping they have more when I go Thursday (fun class, more on that in a later post.)
The others were very similar to the page below.
I found some really lovely washi tape on Etsy from WashiTapeManiac. I got the nature-themed tape in the photo above and also the pretty blue rose print with the background wording and the metallic gold dot shown in some of the earlier photos. WashiTapeManiac has die cut tapes, cute labels and lots more. I'm only passing this along because I feel they have a great selection and thought some of you might be interested (no benefit to me.)

So there you have it. I can hardly wait to get my book back from Karla and see the pages created by six others - I'll share when I do - but I have a feeling it may be a bit before she gets all those 78 books together and mailed. Gotta love her!