Thursday, April 17, 2014

Something "old" and something new

"Old" project: finished!
 I know I've already shown you this many times...
 so please don't feel you need to comment on it again!
 It just feels great to be "finally finished"!
 Many buttons were added.
The night I finished I started on something new, too:
 Some fabric book pages; Beth will recognize her pinnie, above

 I made this page to be transparent over the page under it:
a heart with dotted swiss fabric that reminded me of a childhood dress, and then beneath it...
 a small photo transfer on fabric of a photo of me, in that dress.
This is not me, but one of my favorite this-reminds-me-of-Jane-Austen pictures.
The pages are just in the beginning stages but they make me very happy.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday shopping

It was sunny and beautiful yesterday -- my first day out in flip flops this year!
I went shopping for a bit...
and was dreaming about summer!
Look at this cool locker at a local antique store!
Another vendor had these interesting pieces of metal hanging on the wall of her booth...
I think they might have been leftovers from some sort of metal punching.
I bought a few craft supplies, like these lamp shade frames, and this TALL bottle.
And this $1 bag of metal buttons that I will probably enjoy sorting through later today.
Because although it's been in the 70's the last few days -- it is sleeting this morning
And we are expecting 4-6 inches of snow by tomorrow!
Last but not least, here's a recent really cool purchase in the vintage vein:
They are Mardi Gras metals from Karneval in Cologne, Germany that someone collected and framed!
If you've been reading my blog for a long time then you know I spent a great year there in the '80s
and scored one that is very similar at my one and only Karneval in Cologne.
They are special -- at least, they used to be.  When I lived there you needed to attend and receive one from a sponsor, or the court.
Mine was a gift; I tried to find it to show you but it's not where I thought it would be.
Which never happens to me.  Not.
These smaller ones are from the 1950s.
It's fun to see the difference in their style from the newer ones!
Sorry the photos are a bit "fuzzy" -- it was hard to get a good close up of the medals because they're framed under glass.
Even my husband loves them, which is really saying something --
he's not normally the biggest fan of my vintage purchases!

Friday, April 11, 2014

At it again...

So, you remember my heart creation, right?  I thought I'd finished but apparently I hadn't!  
I had this beautiful rosette that was a gift from my friend Linda.  As I was going through my office/craft room last weekend I happened upon it and realized it needed its own place on the assemblage.
So I added another row at the bottom!
I stitched all this on in record time because I was so excited to be finished.
I added the two incheys I made for the swap, which I hadn't found a place for in the last go around.
Underneath it some layers of fabrics and doilies; in the corner, a lace embellishment.
I used some of my favorite French ribbon at the bottom, and some pale green velvet rick rack to balance out the greens elsewhere on the piece.
(sorry for the shadows...)
More buttons, and some fancy stitches to complete it.
The last thing I need to do is figure out how I want to hang/bind it at the top.
I'm excited to finish that step and photograph it in the sunshine for you.
It's the never-ending project!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Indulging my love of textiles

What's not to love?  The other day I stopped at a thrift store and all I brought home was a little bag of linens.
There was an 8 foot long strip of quilted pieces that someone put together, long ago...
by hand.  I don't know what it is but I find these works so endearing.
I wonder what the person had in mind for the final product; I wonder about their fabric choices...
and I get a kick out of their little stitches.  This probably would have made a lovely quilt; the person who made it was doing it the old-fashioned way, by sewing each piece onto a plain backing.
I do love the flowers on this fabric, and the green/green and pink/pink succession.
My friend Kathy gave me a few feet of this pink poodle vintage fabric.
It is so 1960s kitsch!  I think it's so much fun!
Then, back at that same thrift shop, I also found a  vertical Vera place mat...
and this soft, frothy Vera scarf that makes me dream about Spring some more.
Finally, there was this irresistible clock-themed silk scarf, The Happy Hours.
I'm planning to spend some happy hours in my junk room office/craft space today, digging out.
I'll leave you with some blurry images -- and wisdom -- from work:
When life hands you a rolling cart of dummies...
make a friend!
(these are all for sale here and here.)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heart creation

I promised some photos of my progress on the Valentine Heart Swap inchey, so here goes!
This is what it looked like when I began to pin it; I used two kitchen linens.  One is a double damask white towel, and the other is a beautiful vintage napkin with red roses on it that I have been hoarding saving for something special.
And here is how it's looking today, after many hours of sewing!  All of the incheys are attached, and I added a layer of vintage doily/runner at the bottom, over the napkin.

I added a few bits of colorful stitching here and there.
Suzanne's little signature was so cute I wanted to feature it alongside her inchey, which is pale blue.
I also sewed on some stray bits of lace and a few sweet embellishments that Mercedes gifted me with her inchey, like the soft white flower with the pearl center.
I'm planning yet more stitching, especially in this bottom corner.
You can be sure I'll show you when it's finished.
This is the only inchey that didn't make it on to the sampler I'm sewing -- the one made by Hope.
I have something special in mind for it, so stay tuned. husband asked what I was going to DO with this creation.
Cheeky of him, no?
At this point, I'm thinking it will either be a wall hanging or an actual table runner/centerpiece.