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?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

March comes in like a lamb

By all accounts, a mild March is in store for us here in Southern Colorado.  As long as the sun is shining, it's okay by me!  So many Americans have been tested by their weather conditions lately.
My husband ordered me this pillow for Valentine's Day from an Etsy seller.  I just love it!  Other celebrations included a locally-produced play of Enchanted April, one of my favorite movies; it was wonderful, and while at the theater I bought the novel it was based on, and am loving it tremendously!
 We had dinner before the show at a local restaurant called The Blue Star.
It was fun and memorable.  Had we known that March would come and we'd still both be out of a permanent job, we would've been more frugal with our night out. I love to support the local arts and thoughtful cuisine, but it can be expensive!
As part of an effort to remain always grateful, I created this happy memories jar last week.  It's basically just a Ball jar (antique, with a zinc and porcelain lid) with strips of paper to write on whenever something good happens in 2017.  At the end of the year -- especially one that's going like this one -- it's easy to remember what went wrong and forget all the little blessings of daily life.  I hope this one fills up by years' end.
Here's what else I've been working on: a fabric journal with a Jane Austen theme!  I've gotten as far as choosing the fabrics, trimming the quotes, and sewing them on to the page.   Then, I sewed the leaves together at the top with felt in the middle for stiffness.  I can't wait to begin the fun part: adding all the embellishments!
This is a fabric printed with quotes from Austen novels that I bought on Etsy a while back.  I'm excited to be using it.  It seems as though many of the fabrics I chose for this project are new, rather than vintage -- but most of the decorating will be done from my vintage stash, so the book will be quite a mix.
Such a fun project -- and, meaningful for me.  I'm also working on a short story right now.  It's been very hard to get started on it, but I'm determined.
Not much luck at the junk shops lately, but I did come across this faded vintage runner with a hand embroidered patriotic theme.  You just don't see those everyday!
And this beautiful quilt in perfect shape -- King sized -- that is already on our bed making me happy with its cheery bright colors!
If you haven't visited Button Floozies in a while, please hop over and check it out.  I'm working on a plan to revitalize the page, as it has gone so still and quiet -- mostly my fault as I haven't been attending it as much as I might.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to write about buttons (or just post photos of your own pretty collection), let me know!