Saturday, March 30, 2019

Let's Welcome Spring & Easter Crafty Goodness

This grouping of Vintage Easter sits on my Dining Room Table
I love the old wax cottage cheese containers...
They were rinsed and saved by our mothers and used for Easter Baskets
Opps... looks like I've just dated myself!

The sweet Bunny Party Toppers I bought from a favorite seller on Etsy TinselandTrinkets
a few years back... originally to craft with but as you can see
I just haven't been able to remove them from their original packaging

Most of the Easter Treasures I have are ones that really make me feel good
you know they make me smile when I un-wrap them..
So if a certain item just doesn't do that for me then it's time to go!
I have two tubs of Easter Decor and this year I'm limiting it down to one!

Now of course that doesn't count the tub I have overflowing with
crafty stuff... 

I'm gonna thin it down a bit.. and of course use some of the goodies
to create Easter Items for my Etsy Shop and gifts for
Family and friends...

This Banner was fun to make I have such a large Collection of
Vintage greeting Cards for all Occasions and I just love
incorporating them in my Creations!

And then another favorite thing I like to do is take
the lost and forgotten Storybook Dolls that are a bit 
muddled and unkept..

And clean them up & add a bit of SUGARINESS

And offer them for Sale in My Etsy Shop
 one by one they find a "NEW" home.

Its' Saturday and I have plans to visit a couple of new to me Antique Stores
and maybe just maybe stop into Michaels Crafts.
Hope your having a wonderful beginning of Spring!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Behind the Scenes in the Studio Birthday Crafting

I thought I would share a bit of the behind
the scenes... How I actually get started
working on a theme

This theme is 
"Happy Birthday"

So I start by gathering all the goodies related to
Birthdays and the pastel colors I'll be using!

I absolutely love vintage Birthday Cake candle holders
and find so many creative ways to use 
them in my dioramas

I found some charming Birthday Vintage decals..
problem I have found is they are not always easy to find
and if and when I do they can be a bit pricy....

So I have scanned and made copies of some of my favorites

One of my favorite flowers that I try to keep a good 
collection on hand is the little for-get-me-nots
they always add a bit of whimsy to any creations!

The banners "Happy Birthday" I make myself I pick
some fun fonts and print a sheet of various sizes

See how charming it is by adding a bouquet of
the for-get-me-nots...

And the ballerina Cake Decorations again
another one of my favorites!

When I work on my Banners then I can get
a lot more creative using more elements
and even personalizing if a customer 
makes a request.

I hope you enjoyed a little info
about how I get my creative juices going...

And now that Valentines Day is behind us 
I'm ready for Bunnies and pastels..
How about you?

Thanks for Visiting!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Vintage Shopping on Marketplace

I had a really fun week... doing some Vintage
Shopping and the good thing about it...
the goodies were purchased 
minutes from my home from local people.

I have sold some stuff on Craigslist and next-door neighbor
and also Facebooks Market Place...
But I never bought from Facebook Market Place 
thats until this week...
And WOW I'm thrilled with my purchases

The Vintage Wedding Cake Topper a bit
Shabby but oh so perfectly "Chic"

And the price $3 well now how could a 
"Vintage Treasure Hunter" like myself resist that? 

The seller gave me her address and told me 
she would place it out on her porch 
and I was to leave the money under her porch mat. 

I was very surprised the glass tube was included!

And the sweet Nancy Ann Storybook Doll
well she was originally advertised with 2 other Dolls 
and had been listed for a week 
I asked the seller if I could just purchase 
the doll on my right?

And we agreed to $5.... the instructions were 
 ... she was to leave her out on the porch
in the morning double bagged because of the rain!
And I in turn would tuck the $5
in a ziplock under her door mat..
And off I went!

The third purchase these assorted Vintage Easter-
Spring miniatures.. just perfect for my creations
These were priced 2 for $1

So I must say my experience was good and yes
I will keep on looking and who knows what will be my next

Monday, January 28, 2019

Vintage Dolls Up-cycled for Valentines Day

Well I did manage to Up-cycle a few
Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls for 
Valentines day this Year...

I really enjoy taking a Doll that still has a bit of life to her
and adding a bit of whimsy..
and a teaspoon of charm ...
Once again a keepsake a girls treasure...
Worth displaying!

Knowing they aren't perfect but then again perfect
isn't really what we would expect from a Vintage Doll

The Shabby Chic... gently played with... just a wee tattered
because of age... look

You can find these Sweet Treasures
in my Etsy Shop

And I'm already working on a few for Spring!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Valentine Crafting

The Valentine Crafting is Going on !

I have pulled out all the wonderful Bits and Bobs 
with Valentine Colors in mind...

Kitschy Kittens ready to be transformed...

Sweet Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls being Up-cycled

Plans to get these added two my Easy Shop very soon!
It's crazy how life can get in the way...

I have a couple more Storybook Dolls to get ready for
adding to my shop for Valentines Day...
I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Re-purpose Tattered Children's Books

It all kinda starts with my passion for
frequenting some of my 
favorite local Thrift Shops....

I have to confess I have a real hard time passing up
and leaving behind tattered and worn Children's Books
What do you think it is? The Graphics?
The memories of my first Dick & Jane Books? 
Whatever it is I have a problem....

Recently I've been trying to purge...
either use it or lose it!
So I thought how fun to do a little
cut and paste project...

Just starting out with some regular manila tags..
and believe me when I say "I HAVE PLENTY"

I remove the string and add some coordinating ribbon
use a glue stick to paste the images and type to the tag
 then I take my brown stamp pad and
give the edges a little finishing touch!

Pretty simple and you get great results!
So next time your ready to pass on that vintage
book that is falling apart at the spine..
Hey bring it hope and get creative!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Vintage Goodwill Finds with a Theme

The month of October brought a lot of
very similar items in my Thrift Shop visits...

I walked int our local Goodwill and these two 
wood cut-outs were standing on the top shelf..
I didn't know much about them but they looked 
interesting enough to buy ... upon getting them home
I realize they are signed by the artist "Bonnie Barrett"

Did a little research and discovered they are hand-painted
she uses a technique to give them an old look.
"Boardwalk Originals"

Great for the Farmhouse Designers out there!

And then at another local Goodwill these 
Salt & Pepper Shakers Made in Japan 
with cork plugs were sitting on a shelf
just waiting to be snatched!

They aren't in perfect condition but heck
for their age they aren't bad! 

And the same time on another shelf sat these!
Poppytrail Rooster Calif. Pottery  hand painted
Dishes in excellent good condition

And then this! A Vintage McCoy
Pottery Basket Weave Cookie Jar in Great Condition!!
And yes all in one swoop!

Now on an earlier visit to a Goodwill Thrift Shop I found
this Wonderful Large 70" x 90" Farmhouse Rooster Tablecloth
Not Vintage but does have a vintage look its a 
William Sonoma Cloth gently used condition!

Same Shop I found this Lovely Lazy Susan
Maurice of California USA!

It's kinda crazy when I group these all together they speak 
Don't you agree?