Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PC Hell

Just a quick post to say that I'm in PC hell! My new (April 2014) PC keeps crashing and HP won't replace it so I've spent hours and hours on the phone with them trying to restore it. Fortunately I had backed up my business files a few weeks ago to disks along with some of my photos as it appears everything on our hard drive AND our external hard drive has disappeared.

The PC is now headed back to HP for repair. I hope to have this issue resolved and be posting with lots of lovely photos again soon. Hope you'll stop by!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Birdsong Projects

On to the Birdsong projects! Lori Oles got us started on Saturday morning. We were each provided a granola bar/nutrition bar box and lots of vintage paper, lace, twigs and trinkets to transform our humble cardboard containers into beautiful shadow boxes. As always, the finished pieces were each unique and lovely.
I kept mine fairly simple. Hope Wallace Karney of Besottment by Paper Relics was there and gave us all a wonderful bird-themed collage sheet. I used the "fly" letters from that sheet. My tiny bird came from a piece of paper my friend Laurie had in her stash, and the lace and ribbon rosebud on the front were from my personal cache of best bits. I love the mossy wood-look paper Lori had for us to wrap around the outside, and the little twig-and-roses collage on top.



Lori provided enough items in her kit to complete at least one more shadow box, so I need to do that.

Class two on Saturday afternoon was Karla's Peat Pot Fairies. Most of our table opted for feline or canine fairies, as Karla had sheets of Dresden animal faces as well as pretty fairy and angel girls. Here's my little hound.
I love her ruffled crepe paper pantaloons and her glittery fairy dress.
Isn't this flower lovely? The perfect shade of aqua.

Sunday morning's project was Andrea Singarella's bracelet. I LOVE this bracelet! The blue beads, bling and bird charm are all lovely. Andrea and Karla had additional supplies for us to make earrings if we had time - and I did. Love those, too!

We had one more project with Karla - a lace and vintage paper mobile - which I didn't complete. I'm still working on it and hope to have it ready for viewing soon, but I'll be sharing swap photos in my next post.

For more Birdsong photos, check Karla's recent posts here, here and here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pre-Birdsong Shopping

On the Friday prior to Birdsong, many of us shopped in Kansas City's West Bottoms district. This area of old warehouses comes alive one weekend a month with vintage and antique shops and thousands of happy shoppers. Bad blogger that I am, I didn't carry my camera and my usually reliable iPhone produced some blurry shots (nothing to do with the photographer, I'm sure!)

Our favorite shop was the first one we visited, Good JuJu. Lots of fun things here. 























Blurry, but you get the idea. This was the display just inside the door. 
Laurie wanted a pic with the sign. Loved the name. Loved the shop.

I was really drawn to the color of this buffet. We saw it in the building behind Laurie in the photo above. I have my grandmother's buffet and have wanted to paint it for years, but have never been able to commit to a color. I'll have to think about this one.

























Most people took photos of the shop signs. I took photos of a few buildings. These aren't overly special, but I love the look of old architecture. Someone said this one serves as a haunted warehouse for Halloween.


Almost forgot to include my purchases! I didn't get a lot - a music theory book, receipt book, vintage trim, a metal number 2, seals, a Victorian scrapbook page, and a jar of vintage stickers. Just a few of the stickers are shown here.


I'll be posting about Birdsong 4 Day One projects next. Hope you'll check back!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gearing Up for Birdsong IV

I'll be heading to Lawrence, Kansas later this week to shop and attend Birdsong IV in the amazing studio of Karla Nathan. If you've been reading my blog for at least a year you may remember all the fun of Birdsong III. You can see photos here, here and here.

Birdsong IV includes two classes with Karla, one with Lori Oles, and one with Andrea Singarella. Karla and Lori taught wonderful projects last year and will again this year. I've always admired Andrea's work and look forward to making a beautiful bracelet as her project.

I'm in two swaps this year. The first is a one-on-one banner swap so I'll be showing photos of my creation and the banner I receive after I return. The other is a altered bottle swap. We aren't partnered for this one, so I can show you what I created.

When I found two small metal trays (probably ashtrays) earlier this year I knew I wanted to use them as frames. My altered bottle design began with this vintage postage stamp and one of the trays. I used Glossy Accents to set the stamp and the rhinestones.

I added a knob backing plate at the top, backed it with lace, velvet ribbon and feathers from my neighbor's guinea hens. I added a silvered knob at the top and tied seam binding, lace and ribbon around that. An embellished key and a bird charm were the final elements.

The back has a lace applique. If the recipient doesn't like the over-the-top look of the front, they can display the back.
This was my first altered bottle and I rather like how it turned out. I hope whoever receives it feels the same!
I'll have more on Birdsong next week. Hope you'll check back then!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Bag and Some Tags

The last couple of weekends have been busy for us with errands and visiting, but we managed to squeeze in a few estate sales. I found more paper dolls that will be going into my Etsy shop, along with this very nice 1960s Etra clutch with an optional chain handle, a Victorian-style brass glove or hankie clasp, and three bell ornaments. The ornaments will probably go into my extensive collection - at least for now.

























The clasp has rhinestones and faux emeralds and did have several baguettes on each side but sadly, all but one of the baguettes were missing when I found it.

























My favorite find was this saleman's sample kit of Dennison tags from the 1950s or early 1960s. 

The envelopes contain various colors and sizes of tags. Most of the tags have printed information regarding sizes, materials and uses, but a few are blank.

There is a twine color chart, and there are envelopes with various weights and colors of twine and wire, as well as various clips, hooks and rings. I had no idea there were so many options.

























My favorites are the size chart tags. There are both blue and black. I'm not sure what I'll do with this set, but I couldn't leave it behind. Because of the weight of the full set, I'll probably break the tags up into small lots and hope to attract some Dennison product lovers who might like them for journals and such. One thing is for sure - I'll be keeping a few myself!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Glitter Market Recap

What can I say about Glitter Market? It was totally enjoyable. The customers and other vendors were all so nice and welcoming, and my sales were much more than I even hoped for. A big thank you to Cindy at Paper Crown for all her work and for inviting me to participate.

A huge thank you to everyone who shopped! And to friends stopped by to shop and visit - thank you!

After I set up my space on Friday afternoon I was too busy looking at the wares from the other ladies and didn't remember to take photos. Thank heaven for Bobbie, who sent me photos without even being asked. Thank you, Bobbie! These are all her photos, with the exception of this first one.



This is my awesome friend Chris, who contacted me a few days before the event to volunteer her assistance. She helped me out for the first few hours and I was so glad to have her there. We got a little visiting in after the initial rush so that was a plus. Thank you, Chris!





My tablecloth could have used an iron. It's unbleached muslin and I didn't finish sewing on the doilies until late evening on the day before set up. Wrangling that much fabric was exhausting so ironing was out of the question. All the lovely frames were already there, courtesy of Paper Crown.
Many of the items sold, but a few will be going into my Etsy shop like that little white vanity box.




Another view of that end of the table.

My favorite things were these inspiration kits and ephemera packs. I had such a good time putting them together. The inspiration kits sold well, as did the smaller ephemera packs.

Be sure to check out Cindy's post on the Paper Crown blog here and Jackie's post on her Good Grief Girdie blog here to see some of the other goodies that were for sale.

This is a twice-yearly event at Paper Crown and something those in the know look forward to. If you'd like to shop the next Glitter Market, follow the Paper Crown blog and watch for the fall dates. You'll also be among the first to know when new items come in, and when new classes are posted.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Glitter Market at Paper Crown

Paper Crown's Glitter Market is in one week, on Saturday, May 3! This will be my first time to participate as a vendor, and I'm so excited but also a bit nervous.

There will be amazing creations. You can see previews on the Paper Crown blog this week. There will also be refreshments and lots of wonderful artists and others to meet. While you're there be sure to shop Paper Crown's extensive inventory of paper crafting goodies. As soon as you walk in the door you'll feel inspired!

I'll try to have some shots this week of some of the vintage items I'll be bringing. If you're local, hope to see you there!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Girly Finds

I've been lucky to score some girly goodies at recent estate sales. These hats are all fun, but I especially love the pink velvet leaves and the sparkly trim and tassel.
 This little net and rose hat, the darling hankies, and the sweet gloves were found on day two of a nearby sale. Hard to believe people passed these by.

























This pink plastic tissue holder and white plastic makeup/jewelry holder make me smile. I also purchased a wastebasket and tumbler to match the pink box.



These metal stencils were from a local antique mall, but all the other items were from estate sales.

























I can't resist little appliques and frog closures. The black beaded frog and the jeweled closure are particularly wonderful.


Some of these items will go into my Etsy shop, but some will be included in my inventory for Paper Crown's Glitter Market the first Saturday in May. If you're local, stop by to see - and purchase - some amazing art creations, jewelry, and vintage goods. There are usually delicious baked goods, too! Glitter Market will be held in Casady Square Shopping Center on the southwest corner of Penn and Britton in Oklahoma City. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Craft Day

A few friends came over for a craft day last month. We try to get together on a fairly regular basis, either with a set project we want to try or to just work on individual projects. It's great to have the motivation and inspiration from the others. Here are Leann, Chris and Jeanne in my craft room in March.











At our last get-together Chris gave us a professional-grade class on gelli plate printing. Sadly, we were having so much fun printing designs that we didn't take any photos.

This time we had planned to create with old spoons, stamping on the metal and adding embellishments. None of us proved strong enough for the metal stamping. It would have been easier if the metal had been heated, but we didn't have a handy heat source. We were a bit discouraged at first, but Leann jumped right in with a great idea for her spoon. She wet paper and shaped it into the spoon bowl, trimmed it and added a few bits and pieces. She left room to add some things when she got home, but it was awesome even unfinished. She can make something lovely out of just about anything.
Chris added a string of beads and a charm to her spoon. I love this effect, too, and still plan to try it the next time I dig out my beads.

I added a some green burlap, paper cutouts and a metal tag to one spoon, then asked Leann if she would mind my making one like hers. She didn't mind, but I tried to make it at least slightly different (just ever so slightly!)

When the DH came home that afternoon, I told him about our difficulties. He used brute strength to stamp one spoon for me, so here are my three completed spoons.


We may have to try this again when we have a torch handy. One of our group couldn't make it that Saturday (missed you, Debbie!) and Jeanne was too busy looking at my craft room and thinking of future projects, so those are great reasons to have a do-over.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Finds and Friends

Mother Nature has given us a few warm sunny days lately between the bouts of frigid temps, so we've tried to venture out to find a treasure or two.

I love this vintage photo and all the bits of bling.  



Most of these bits were in a big baggie along with quite a few loose rhinestones in several sizes and colors. I have a little jar just for loose stones. The blue and silver choker and matching earrings are made from sequins, and the black and yellow piece at the top is bugle beads and seed beads.
The Parker Brothers Touring card game is from the 1950s. I also have a version from the 1940s. The buttons were glued to a raffia slipper but came off easily. The little wallet is red inside and has a snap-open coin purse. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. The happy Basset cards will be staying with me. I'm trying so hard to not accumulate any more Basset Hound goodies, but I just couldn't resist that face!





I love these little felt flower designs from a nearby estate sale. They were hanging on the wall in a dark bedroom and aren't faded at all.







I probably wouldn't have even noticed the felt flowers a few months ago, but I recently became interested in felt work through one of my Etsy customers-turned-friend. After purchasing some lace from me she sent me a photo of her work and I was blown away by the detail! I absolutely loved her heart-shaped creations, but when she sent me a photo of some sweet little bird pins I just had to have one. Everything is so tiny and perfect. Such talent!



Barbara recently opened an Esty shop of her own called GlosterQueen. You really should check it out. The pins make wonderful gifts, and the recipients will be sure to thank you.
Glosters are a type of canary, by the way. I also learned that from Barbara.




Friends are coming over to craft this weekend, so I've been trying to get things put away. I have so much more space now in my new room than I had before, but I still seem to always have various projects and Etsy items spread out all over. I'd better get back to my cleaning!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Heart Themed Three-Inchie Swap

Laurie at Indulge Your Shelf hosted a heart-themed three-inchie swap which I was pleased to join. If you're not familiar with inchies, they're small pieces of fabric or paper that you embellish. In this case, we used three-inch square pieces of fabric embellished in a heart theme. Laurie divided us into two groups, and these are the three-inchies from my group.
Aren't they wonderful?  Here's a closer look.
Upper:  Beth - all handsewn, with felt, fabric, a button, and a tiny "Blessings" tag
Lower:  Laurie - vintage French ribbon and a heart doily with ruffles, tulle and a button

Upper:  Barb - handstitching with fun colors and pretty French knots
Lower:  Suzanne - A sweet bouquet, rhinestones, lace, button and applique

Upper:  Mercedes - knitted base with a velvet heart, doily, ribbon and handmade flower
Lower - Kristi - woven sari ribbon with a wool heart and a tiny key

Mine were made using vintage lace over fabric. The pink hearts are ultrasuede sewn with silver metallic thread from French General. The vintage heart sequins are also from French General, and the gold color embellishments are from French General's line for Jolee's Boutique. The pink ruffle was a find from last year's Birdsong vendor night. I used tiny vintage green velvet leaves on a couple of mine, including the one I kept, but didn't get them in the photo.

To see the pieces from the other group, check out Laurie's post here and for more detail on my group see her post here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pretty in Pink Fabric Book

My first fabric book was made for a Creative Button Swap in 2011. My second was for Laurie's Breakfast at Tiffany's fabric book swap in 2012, where eight of us each created eight pages. Laurie then compiled a page from each of us into books.  I love this medium, and had been wanting to create more books. I can't resist vintage linens and lace but many pieces are too damaged to use in their entirety. These books are a wonderful way to preserve bits and pieces that might not get used otherwise, and a perfect use for buttons and other things in my stash such as the pink tulle corsage on the cover.

I'm not usually a pink person but have really been into it lately. My friend Laurie has been creating in pink recently, too, so this book was made for her. I won't describe each page as there are several. Lot's of photos coming up!





The book was delivered to Laurie just before Valentine's Day along with some pieces for a swap (more on that soon.) Hope you've enjoyed looking. I have a couple of other books in the works and hope to finish them in the next few months.