Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Seasons, change

I'm settling into my new job nicely; this week I began working full time hours.  I had one day off while transitioning to the new schedule, and it was a sunny Saturday.  Dennis and I ran away for a few hours, into the countryside.
The leaves are past their prime and falling, falling, falling now...
We were having unseasonably warm weather, but we're getting overnight frosts these last couple of nights.
Of course, we had to do a little of this while were out -- such a joy to find country stores open on a lazy Saturday!
I always find really great ephemera at this particular store -- and Saturday was no exception.  And a real bargain -- each photo just 50 cents.  I particularly loved the one of the baby on the left -- because it was taken out of doors, which I don't see too often.
I thought the lady in the above photo would make a convincing Halloween witch -- the way she is holding her hat in her hands, and the obvious staged background.  So I bought it and scanned as a gift for you.  If you use her in your art, please be sure to send me a link!
I was attracted to this Literary Digest from 1936 for it's bright red cover -- and also the cover motif, which I thought was very mixed media, and charming.
And I can never pass up a bad Santa, like this one smoking on the back cover!
It is full of interesting articles and ads from the era.



I also found this 1944 Christmas postcard; it depicts wartime France, the invasion, and appears to be hand colored.  There are a couple of signatures in pen at the bottom.  I think it should be framed.
Meanwhile, back at the house...here is the Jackalope Jack O'Lantern Ben carved for Halloween.  I've been having to bring it indoors each night to save it from that frost.
And this is how that little pumpkin with the wine cork for a stem turned out -- I love it most of all.  But that might be because the wine -- Trapiche Broquel Malbec from Argentina -- is my elixir these days...it is so soothing to my poor tummy!
Here is a sneak peek at the beginnings of my own White Christmas Button Book swap that we are doing over at Button Floozies.  Sign ups continue through Friday, October 31 with a great group of ladies participating!  If you know of someone who loves creating with buttons, please feel free to share the invitation.  Mine are fabric but you can also do paper if you would prefer; all are welcome.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beauties from Betsy

Are you a beach person?  I am, through and through.
I'm a California girl, and miss everything about living near the beach.
But, take a look at my happy face in this photo:
Besides my happy smile, did you notice the necklace?
It was a gift that I won from Betsy, author of one of my favorite blogs, My Salvaged Treasures, and junque queen extraordinaire!  She also has an Etsy shop by the same name.
It's a beautiful necklace she made by filling a small box with gifts from the sea.
This very necklace was featured in the latest issue of the exquisite magazine, Jewelry Affaire, and then she had a blog giveaway for it which I won!
  You can read about it here on Betsy's blog.  And please do, because her photos are so much better than mine, and you can appreciate the true beauty of the necklace!
When the gift arrived, it came with all this beauty, too; a Scrabble tile charm...
  and BUTTONS!  Really special, exquisite buttons.
 The kind of beautiful buttons you don't see everyday; the hard-to-part-with kind of buttons.  Look at that little shoe on the left!
 The silver-toned one on the top right, above, is shell set in metal, one of my favorite varieties.
Black glass, blue glass, and lots of fancy metal.
Betsy is so generous and thoughtful!
I am thrilled with my necklace and the special extras she sent.
I must get my own copy of that issue of the magazine that features it; it's by Stampington and you know how gorgeous those magazines are.  Betsy's work is inspiring people the world over -- but then, that is nothing new!
Thank you so much, Betsy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn around the house

The trees are colorful and Fall is in the air.
Cora and Ben on their way to Homecoming a few weeks ago; aren't they adorable?
I put my Fall door hanging outside...
and all the rest inside, too!
Here's that mid-century two-tiered plate -- I filled it with two kinds of Fall potpourri, and a candle that is on its last legs.
 I found this mustard yellow tray/basket at Tuesday Morning the other day.
 I filled it with autumn colors, to include white (the little owl and some pumpkins!)
In one corner of the living room.
 How much do you love this vintage Puss n' Boots?  I bought him a couple of years ago in Kansas City.


In another corner...
 creepy Halloween dolls!  The smaller one is a matchbox I received in a Halloween swap made by/from JoAnne.
and the taller one is one I made myself a while back.
 I took photos in the early morning light; I like the shadows that showed up.
I'm amassing quite a collection of beautiful tags!  These are all Fall-themed.
I got out the Gypsy Songbook I made at Karla's Romantic Gothic Ghosts event; I love it as much as ever (maybe more!)
 And there are some other little hints of Halloween, here and there.



 Banner time, too!  The orange crepe jack o'lanterns came from Kirkland's; when I popped in the other day, they were marked down to 99 cents each!
One of my first altered paper projects -- the autumn banner.
 And, I have been making more fabric pumpkins -- just like last year!  As you can see, the one on the right is in progress.  I am thinking of using a cork from my favorite wine as a stem for that one -- what do you think?
 If you remember the pretty barkcloth-y fabric I bought the other day and blogged about, this is my first project with it:
 a pumpkin in non-traditional colors.
Behind it is one I made last year; I think they go nicely together.
The little pumpkins are so easy to hand-stitch up -- I am once more addicted!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An invitation to swap

Please visit me on my other blog, Button Floozies, for details on our Christmas swap.  Button lovers everywhere are welcome to join in the fun!