Sunday, January 15, 2017

Valentine's Day madness

I think Valentine's Day may be my favorite theme to create around, and it's coming up!  The other day I went with a friend to an antique store and they had a big box of valentines from the 1950s.  I almost didn't buy it, but at the last minute I couldn't resist.
They were obviously from the collection of a teacher back in the day, so most were "teacher" valentines.
Still with the wonderful graphics that make you smile!

There were also some more "formal" greeting cards that were valentines to teachers:

 I kep a few for myself, especially the ones I had many duplicates of, but otherwise I have listed all of the above teacher valentines in my Etsy shop already, in two different listings here and here.
 These were the ones I kept to use for crafts and just plain enjoyment!

I think this Hallmark one, very traditional, is my very favorite.  There was also a felt heart in the lot that was attached to a hair clip.
As a bonus, these hand made valentines were among the treasures!  Look at that cute depiction of lovers and cupid on the left -- complete with hand-torn edge!

Then, a glitter edged heart with a feather decorating it and a sentiment, Be mine please; but when you turn it over...
 you can see that the front tab was made from the cut out of a face, and underneath, the purely childish expression!  I love it so much!
 Here are the rest of the ones I kept to delight myself (non-teacher cards):

I especially like that last one -- the space age kid.  What is a space sled, anyway?
I wish I had gotten in on some valentine swaps or activities -- anyone doing any that you know of?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy Creative Year 2017!

I, like so many others, am so  happy that a new year has begun.  But maybe for different reasons than most; I don't blame 2016 for the "bad" things that have happened during it, but I did experience a lot of personal loss during it and am thankful it is behind us.
Our Christmas was lovely!  We had a yummy dinner with family and close friends, and relaxed and enjoyed the day.  Look at our tree -- it has ONLY lights this year, because of the kittens.  (They still climbed it!)

I love this Santa T-shirt I bought for Ben -- it makes me laugh!  We binge-watched TV together and chilled (literally!) during the whole Christmas week.  It was lovely!
New Year's Eve was all about comfort food...
and games...
 and cuddling with the kittens!
Rebecca and I made New Year's Day a craft day; which is becoming somewhat of a tradition.  I think it's a good one!
I worked on a couple of things that I will use to decorate my new work space -- if I get the permanent job that I've been working at as a temporary since the end of November.  Wish me luck -- the panel interview for it is this Thursday!
I chose "living the dream" as a phrase to motivate me this year.  I decoupaged an antique French ledger page and a bit of text from my favorite novel; these things make me happy!
I decoupaged this tray using a variety of vintage papers; it is lined with the art work that I created at a class in October.  In the center: a name tag made by a talented friend a few years ago that I have been saving because I think it's so pretty!  I wish I knew how to do lettering like that!

I love this tray...I think it would be so cheery on my desk!

On the bottom, a really great vintage page from a business book; it shows how to correctly address envelopes back in the day.  Isn't that fun?
I was able to resist most of the after-Christmas sales this year -- except for the ones at thrift stores!  I found some very fun stuff -- like these Holt Howard candle holders!  Aren't they sweet?
Most of all, I enjoyed spending time with Ben.  Dennis and I continue to adjust to the empty nest as well as can be expected -- but I can't tell you how much happiness he brought us by spending the holiday season at home!
I hope your holidays were peaceful and happy, too!  I'm looking forward to having a creative new year, all year.  I hope you do, too, and that you keep visiting me on my little blog during it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

My vintage Christmas addiction

Hi, my name is Laurie, and I'm a vintage-Christmas-aholic.
 Front and back of  this pair of Santa candle holders!
 They were in such great condition that I couldn't leave them behind!
 Vintage Christmas wrap...
 A runner I almost passed up because I thought, at $4, it was too expensive.  That's how I get when I'm out thrifting!
 I just love all the reindeer!
I bought all of these at the antique store in Boulder: 
 This very delicate glass ornament is by Resl Lenz; it was made in Germany, and is the first in their 12 Days of Christmas Series...
 a partridge in a pear tree!
 I love this little boot by Holt Howard!
 I picked up this little grouping of ornaments at a thrift shop called St. Paws, where sales go to support animal rescue charities.
 These little red deer ar flocked, then decorated to the hilt, including with sequins pinned on.
 This "old lady who lived in a shoe" ornament is so kitschy -- look at that tiny plastic deer on the toe!
 I love this little sparkly snowman, and the angel...
 that still has its "made in Japan" tag on it!
 These are glass ornaments with molded plastic angels attached to them!
 This is the back of the box they came in.
 I thought this macrame Christmas tree wall hanging was just charming!
 You just don't see something like this every day!
 Or like this: a chunky candle holder, shaped like a wrapped gift!  You slip a votive inside on the bottom.
Now these Christmas bulbs were so delicate and unique.  I have no idea what their use was...anyone?
I do my best to stay away from the thrift shops, but as you can see I'm not always successful!  There is just so much Christmas junk to see at this time of the year.
It's a sickness.