Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Easter Banner - Free Download!

I had so much fun putting together an Easter banner; I made it almost exclusively from vintage Easter greeting cards I found in a thrift store grab bag.
The other day I put together the panels of the banner...
and then I didn't do anything else with it, because I have had a cold and when I get home from work I just have to rest -- no time for creating, darn it!
But today I took a day off and stayed home sick.  Doing so *really* hurts when you are a temporary employee and have no sick time, but sometimes you just have to take care of YOU.
After resting all morning, I got up the energy to finish the banner!  Didn't it turn out so sweet?
I had posted a couple of photos of the pieces on Facebook when I started it, and a lot of my creative friends asked to see it finished.  So I decided to scan each panel and post them here.  That way, you can have a banner of your own: just right click on the photo to open it to full size, save it to your computer, and print each panel out onto cardstock paper.  (You can get cardstock at Wal-Mart in the office supply section, with the regular printer paper.)  Cut out each panel, punch the holes (which you can see if you look closely at the top of each panel) and string on ribbon.  I used some satin cording, and tied it in simple knots.
This first one is a kitten greeting card from around 1930; there are "new" flowers as well as a vintage bunch of violets sticker, and a vintage pink crocheted flower.
This egg uses a very old doily in the background, and the middle of another card of the same era, with little bunnies cut out from inside the card placed around it.  There's a green egg that I made from craft supplies from a friend -- with rickrack and that daisy! -- and part of a card of pink buttons.
 Another vintage Easter card, this time in brights, with some ribbon insert lace and a new purple flower with a vintage knotted satin rose in the middle.
Sweet card, vintage doilies, buttons and a handmade felt flower embellishment gifted from a crafty friend!
I love this little prancing lamb!  Beneath him are vintage occasional stickers, and a large paper flower I've decorated with piece of a vintage doily.
This chick among the tulips hardly needed any embellishment -- but I did put a doily beneath her, another vintage ribbon rose, and some newer flowers on the side.

I hope you love it as much as I loved making it!

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vera Neumann in Spring

Continuing my love affair with Vera Neumann...I can never leave a thrift store or estate sale without checking through the scarves for a vintage Vera.  Sometimes I can spot one from across the room!  Here are my newest textile treasures:
Cobalt blue and brown swirls...
with the iconic ladybug signature
funky floral
 from the same era
I love it when I find one like this that I already have; that way, I can sell it and still keep one to wear and enjoy!

A mod, abstract Vera I've never seen before!  It almost looks like a stylized bunch of grapes.
Spring is playing hide and seek with us here in Colorado -- as usual.  How about in your neck of the woods?

Friday, March 24, 2017

An Indoor Garage Sale

Last weekend my town had an indoor garage sale.  I had to go check it out; Dennis came with me.
It was pretty chaotic, with lots of vendors all willy-nilly; it took us about 2-1/2 hours to get through it, and that was going really, really fast!
 My pal Kathy was selling there; it was great to see her.  Yes, I know: we look very color coordinated
I think this was perhaps the most interesting thing I saw there; I'd never seen a pet wheel like that before!
There were some "new" things there, too -- like this gal who makes jewelry out of antique buttons!  She was nervous to let me take a photo, until I told her I had a button blog.
I was so happy with my purchases: first, this unusual and very beautiful vintage beaded belt.

I love the detail so much that I could hardly bear to put it up for sale in my Etsy shop.  Alas, I need the money more than I need the feel of weighty beads on velvet in my hands!
It's listed here in my Etsy shop.
This was another of my favorite finds: a gorgeous watercolor painting.  The woman I got it from said it was by a New Mexico artist; I haven't had time to look her up yet, though.  It's not framed but is very large and, I think, very worthy of framing!  I just cannot get over the colors.
This pretty button necklace also ended up in my shop.  It's a real bargain!
I had to get this big grab bag so I had something to look forward to going through...
 It contained lots of buttons,
 and lots of scraps of ribbon and lace...
all very nicely sorted by color!
From the same vendor, I bought all this ephemera: this is gorgeous, heavy weight letter pressed paper.
It will be so wonderful in my paper art!
 It came with these inserts too.
 And this Valentine; it has honeycombs on both sides, so it can be used as a centerpiece.

Then, I bought this chopped up page from a scrapbook; on the back, these fashionable ladies...
 and on the front, some lovely examples of advertising and calling cards.

Finally, I grabbed a few pages of a Life magazine:

You know I will have such fun with these; it was a very satisfying "junking" trip, and I hope you enjoyed seeing all the treasures as much as I liked showing you!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Be well

I have a friend at my temporary job who is on medical leave.  She likes shamrocks and celebrating St. Patrick's Day and as soon as I realized that, I knew I'd have to make something for her.  Especially since Terri had sent me such a wonderful pocket letter last year, full of beautiful green things; it was the perfect chance to use them.
The centerpiece was this pennant; I used a shiny, splashy vintage doily!  I love how it turned out with the Irish girl vintage clip!
The sentiment of the banner was, BE WELL
Here's a look at each of the elements:
Terri made that lovely button brooch; it was hard to part with, but I thought it was perfect on the banner!

I've been hoarding this bird themed scrapbook paper forever!
The little crown is a fabric "brad".
The Irish girl is another piece of scrap from Terri's pocket letter.

 Vintage sewing-notion themed scrapbook paper, to which I added some real buttons!
I inserted some decorated pins into the lace on that page, too.
 Do you see the cute little bird at the upper left?  The rose is a vintage occasional sticker.
I used one of the very last shamrock charms tied to a frame as the finishing touch on the banner.  I get excited whenever I find one, because I had one I treasured as a child that was a gumball prize!
I had lunch with two friends from work today, and was able to give the gift to the one I made it for; she really liked it!  I hope it cheers her.  (She won't be back to work for another month.)
Benjamin came home for Spring Break, so we've enjoyed him all weekend!  He'll be around for another whole week, too; whenever Ben is at home, it's my favorite time of the year.

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day?