Born with a love of old and a passion to rescue and make something out of nothing. Show me your rusted, your broken, your mismatched and orphaned. Where others see nothing, I see something. My glass is half full. No, my glass overflows! XO - Kathy
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I am way behind the rest of you but finally getting a little Christmas decorating done. More to come when I have some daylight to work with. When I was in High School I was a "dresser" one year for a community theater group that put on Auntie Mame for the holidays and that song is forever stuck in my head!
I haven't shown any buttons in a while so thought you might like to see some recent finds. The ones above are all colorful plastic.
These are glass and MOP. I adore that red glass bow!
These are all plastic with rhinestones.
Plus a few cards. Sometimes I save them because the card is complete and other times it is just because I like the card. The red buttons are glass. Click it bigger so you can see the sweet blue flowered ones. I seldom find that kind so was delighted to find a full card.
NOT a Christmas post, for sure, but I did get my tree up yesterday so I have finally started!
These pages were inspired by a project Maureen at Victorian Studio recently posted as a video on her blog. If you haven't seen it, you must go here and watch! This is her first video and she did a remarkable job. I sat there with my mouth hanging open the whole time I watched it. My altered book page is nothing like her steampunk journal and doesn't have any fancy pull-out tags or anything but she inspired me to make a fold-out. A first in my altered book! The image above is the first page.
Flip it open to the left and two more pages and two more quotes are revealed.
Flip the right side to the right and another two pages and two quotes. I kept the pages pretty simple, the backgrounds are mostly papers from Recollections, and chose brief quotes since I was doing five pages at once. The first fold-out in my book and so fun to work from Maureen's inspiration. Thank you, Maureen, and I am looking forward to more videos - you are a natural!
The flurry of art room re-organizing that started here continued with a score from Nina and Joe's last Friday. Not only do I NOT participate in the big-box feeding frenzy, but the small boxes were all about used. Black Friday my way! I spotted this little cabinet of 27 drawers on Wednesday and left it behind because I couldn't think of where to put it. Needless to say, it haunted me all day Thursday and on Friday it had to be mine.
This is "as found", with no knobs. Another shopper in the store was appalled when I said I might paint it but, trust me, this is not a fine antique. It is made mostly from redwood but there are a few drawer bottoms that are old pieces of paneling. I didn't end up painting it. I covered the fronts of the drawers in wallpaper, lined the drawer bottoms with vintage music paper and fitted it with 27 new knobs. Did I mention it has TWENTY SEVEN drawers!! I have emptied many, many glass jars and a few boxes of various trinkets and actually have a few blank spots in the art room. Egads, imagine that!! There are still some empty drawers. By moving a few things around I found a spot where it fits perfectly. It measures 18" x 21" and each drawer is about the size of a cigar box. I am using very vintage labels from 1932 and writing in pencil in case I change my mind, which you know I will!
My girlfriend came over to make the rounds with me while the boys brewed and she brought me the last of the patterns her sister is cleaning out of her MIL's house. The good ones will be listed on Etsy when I get around to checking them and listing. Some from the first batch are still sitting here waiting, too, so lots of work ahead.
I also got a a big bag of upholstery trims at the VOA. A very fun way to spend Back Friday! Did you brave the crowds or choose the road less traveled?
These are a few recent find from the VOA. That lamp waited a week for me so I decided it was meant to be. The colors are a nice fit in my living room and I have been wishing for a taller lamp next to my chair since the one I have there now is a little low for reading. I was happy to find that it works and the wiring looks good so I don't need to re-wire it. I was disappointed that the shade I have isn't a fit since I really like it so now I am on the hunt for one in the right size.
Whimsical is decidedly NOT my style but this little vase is so colorful and unusual that I couldn't resist it. I think I will enjoy it for a while before I send it on to a new home.
These noise-makers were a mistake since I got them home and neither one of them toots. Maybe I will be able to incorporate them into a project sometime, though. Some tiny treasures for shadow-box fodder and embroidery floss that will be headed to Etsy. I am SO behind on listing. I always "find" faster than I list!
This yarn container looks like an alien - LOL!
The firestorm of cleaning and re-arranging that the wallpaper drawers set off goes on and wait until you see the new set of drawers I treated myself too!
Among the blessings I count are the wonderful friendships I have found in blog-land. One of those blessings is Maureen at Victorian Studio. She writes a very fun blog and her creations are amazing. She surprised me with this package of goodies this week.
She included a wonderful handmade steampunk (she knows me!) card with a pocket on the front and a separate tag that slips out. I adore those metal gears and clock faces. I will treasure it always.
Each item she sent is one of the things she has seen me blog about collecting. Love this hankie!
A new needle card for my collection, a pair of adorable velvet Mary Jane baby shoes and a new old tin cookie cutter. Sorry I didn't notice it tipped over. It is a star shape with a metal handle.
Some buttons and she even included two little Wades for my Granddaughter. What a sweet surprise and an even sweeter friend. Thank you Maureen!!
For any of you readers who are also customers in my Etsy shop, I am running a coupon code. Enter WONDERLAND for 20% off on any order over $25.
As promised, The Plucky Maidens Junk Fest loot. Those folks sure have the right stuff! A partial roll of very vintage wallpaper, something I almost never find around here. You will be seeing THAT show up in my projects here and there.
A sweet postcard that you will see heading up a post at a blog near you very soon and a nativity for my collection. I'm having a hard time getting in to the Christmas decorating so far this year so that collection might be it!
A little metal Eiffel Tower, another one of those odd jar sifters and a big pile of glass vials for adding glitter to my Altoid inspiration kits.
A pile of findings, also for the Altoid kits. This gal had a whole table full of this stuff and I could have "poked" all day long. I think I went back three times. It's the pirate in me. 8+)
And WHAT was I thinking?? I adore wallpaper covered boxes and the shallow drawer at the top was love at first sight. Thank you to Melanie at All My Favorite Things for helping it find it's way to me!
I got home and chaos ensued as I moved things this way and that and re-arranged and re-organized and did what I needed to do to make it fit. Oh.My.Gosh, I do love this little set of drawers and the ones I covered just the other day look right at home on the top. Tell me you've never done it...!
Well that isn't a blog title I ever thought I would write, but here it is! YES, I did wear the jacket to Plucky today. I did not borrow my DIL's skinny jeans and boots, even after we played dress-up on Thursday night. I did, however, like the look and I am lusting after a pair of Born boots. Hmm, looking at this picture I am realizing this jacket is not doing my hips any favors.
I got two compliments and my friend said she saw one person do a double-take but nobody pointed and laughed out loud so I think I did okay. Yay me!
Next post I will show you my Plucky loot.
I was just worn out on Sunday night. I know that is pathetic but two days just isn't enough when you're working hard, you know? Anyway, I need something easy-peasy and mindless to relax with. No thinking required. I pulled out some wallpaper that would go with the brown color and pulls these cardboard drawers already had. Since it matched I didn't bother covering around the edges - easy peasy! Since I already had the wallpaper out I pulled out a petite vintage suitcase that had been waiting patiently in the closet for far too long. Wa-La, two easy-peasy projects done! What do you do when you need some creative time but your thinker is worn out?
I only had time for one junking stop this weekend so it was my weekly trek to the VOA. The clerk commented to another customer that I always find the best stuff - and I think she is right! I was very pleased with my finds today.
I haven't decided what I will do with the cardboard drawers yet. I might cover with wallpaper because that is always so pretty, or might just remove the drawers and use the shelves to hold boxes I already have. Don't you hate when you have to un-stack to get to the one you want?
A sweet new birdie for my collection. I have a big collection of vintage canning jars that I have had for years and years. I am thinking it is time to part with some of those so I can make room for my ever-growing bird collection.
I am not sure what the little cards are. They say "Flowers from Bethlehem" along the bottom and each one s decorated with dried flower petals. I am sure someone will have a use for them so they will be headed to Etsy.
These will go to Etsy, too. Maybe. A set of three signed miniature Limoges plates with brass hangers. They would be SO pretty in a gold frame!
A vintage Androck flour sifter that still has the original paper label and five old Schilling spice tins. When I was washing them off I was surprised to discover that one of them was made of cardboard with a metal top and bottom. I didn't realize they ever made them from cardboard. Hopefully it won't dry too wonky and I lose it. All of this will be headed to Etsy, too.
A children's tea party set of Made in Japan Lusterwear dishes. These will probably be saved for a shadowbox.
Two thimbles for my non-collection. I'm still in denial on that one!
And a fun little 1966 book about the history of television programs. Some of us who are of a certain age can recognize these celebrities. Every page is illustrated with stills from the old shows. It distracted me through a whole quarter of the Seahawks game. Whoa! Doh!
I adore the embellished denim jackets that Carol at The Polka Dot Closet creates and was inspired to make one myself. Last weekend I found a jacket that suited me at the VOA so game on. Sorry I neglected to take a "before" picture! The jacket is Chicos with all-over embroidery and it has the boxy shape I like. I am all about comfort and don't like my clothes to touch me too much. My finished jacket is nothing like hers but that is how inspiration works.
I added ruffles that I harvested off some curtains I bought at The Bins...
... and some tapestry trim from my stash. I like how it turned out but, but... I don't know if I will have the nerve to wear it out in public. Sheesh!