Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Few Fun Finds

 The junking last weekend was all in the neighborhood but I still scored some fun finds.  Nina tossed the thimbles and other sewing notions into a baggie and GAVE them to me.  How lucky am I!!  More about the tape measure further down.  The chippy white shelf is turned on its side so it will stand up for the picture.
 When we were on vacation in Cali I saw some boxes similar to this in the Victorian Closet in Amador City.  I loved them and picked one up and turned it over and quickly (and gently) set it back down at $150.  I did NOT pay $150 at Nina and Joe's.  It will be staying with me and is sitting on my dresser.
 A glass rolling pin and a roll of very sweet kitten wallpaper.  The rolling pin is still sitting here waiting for me to make up my mind between filling it with buttons or with lace.  The wallpaper will be heading to Etsy.
 A bundle of beautiful old lace still waiting for it's turn in the kitchen sink.
 Vintage thimbles and a pack of tiny metal pups.
This tape measure is one of my favorite finds because I have never seen one like it.  I hope you can click these pictures bigger so you can read it.  It is wider than most at about 1".  It says Formfit Figure Tape Measure for Brassiere or Girdleiere Sizes and dated 1949.  How it works is a mystery but I am not it the market for a girdleiere so no worries, it will just be added to my collection.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Went Back

That seldom visited thrift store coughed up a pretty good score the other day so I decided to put it back on my radar for a while and see what happens.  Shara at MonkeyBox has named her Super Cheap Thrift (SCT) so I have decided to do the same.  This place is the Super Skanky Thrift - because it is...  SST!
This gorgeous plate is marked Krome-Kraft.  It will be headed to my Etsy when I get around to it.  Please don't mail me a hot pad that says " A Round Toit".  I have tried that and it doesn't help. More on the grease can further down.
Pretty hankies, who can resist those!  Yes there are a bunch of doilies in these pictures and yes, I know I am supposed to be sworn off because nobody but me likes then.  Everything was half price that day and I lost my mind.
Plastic doilies, now that's another story.  Everybody likes those and these ones with a really open design will be great stencils.
I was standing at the checkout when I looked over and noticed a jar of buttons.  How could I miss that with my button radar??   Yes, there were a few treasures hiding in the jar!
I have no idea why blogger decided to turn this photo sideways.  I posted a picture of those vintage hot pads on Instagram after I cleaned them up but I am still learning.  Is there some way I can set it up so I know when someone leaves a comment or do I just have to keep checking back?  That is kind of impractical for me since I work full time but I'm trying.  Advice anyone??  I am buttonsaver, just like on Twitter.
Okay, the grease can...  It is brand new!  My mother always kept an old shortening can on the kitchen counter next to the stove.  When it got full she threw it out. It was mostly bacon grease and she would dip it out and re-use it to brush in her cast iron pans.  Eggs fried in bacon grease - those were the days!!   I love that this one has a strainer in the top for the chunks.  I asked her once, why do you have that??  She said she didn't know, it was just what her mother did.  Years later I did a little research and learned that, beyond being frugal, it was because all types of grease were rationed during WWII.  If you wanted to purchase lard or shortening, you had to turn in an equal amount.
This set includes a matching salt and pepper shaker - I ASSUME.  One of the red lids is missing and they are packed in there so tight that I haven't been able to figure out how to get them out without bending them.  Maybe that is why the set is unused!  I might just pry them out and keep this one for myself.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Long Time Ago aka Last Weekend

 Windows Explorer has categorized these photos as being taken "a long time ago" so I am apparently a little behind.  These treasures are from LAST weekend.    Windows Explorer needs to have a little patience.
Everything except the pile of t-shirts came from Division Street Antiques.  Gosh I love that place.  A leather suitcase for my collection for $7.
 They had a cigar box filled with MOP buttons waiting for me.  In cute little plastic boxes - bonus!
 I took the time to thumb through the stacks of vintage postcards and found some new rose cards for my collection, plus a few of those old sweetheart scenes.
I was delighted finding this set that tell a little story.  They haven't told me the story yet but I'll be ready when they do.
The t-shirts came from the VOA and they are fueling my latest project.  That will be another post, hopefully not from "a long time ago".

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Unscheduled Junk Stop and What I've Been Working On

 A couple of weeks ago I signed up for Karla Nathan's Nature's Blessing book swap.  There is a link over on my side bar, as well.  After her second post of inspiration pages, I couldn't resist!  I didn't have a clue what I would do but the pages aren't due until September 30th so I figured I could think of something by then.
 Inspiration came when I made an unscheduled junk stop last week.  There is a thrift near my office that I seldom go in to.  They have delusions that they are also an antique shop and when they think they've "got" something they price it accordingly and mostly inappropriately.  Anyway, I needed a break from my desk and it was handy.  I managed to score the big yellow Pyrex bowl, a poke sack of old lace, a velvet souvenir pillow cover and a big stack of unused vintage greeting cards.  Most are the glittery kind and all have a garden theme.  Game on!
 You can click the pictures bigger for a closer look.  We were to make 6 folded pages and leave half blank-ish for the recipient to journal or embellish.  I ended up up making 8 so Karla will have one to keep for herself and a spare in case she needs it.  These are the fronts.  The photo at the top of the post is the back sides with the vintage cards.
These are the open pages.  I used vintage ledger paper, postage stamps, scrapbook paper, vintage wrapping paper, buttons, paper flowers, vintage book illustrations, ribbon, stickers, labels and some library pockets that were for a video library.
 Each pocket contains a pull-out tag with vintage ledger paper on the back side.
 The scrapbook paper I used is a Tim Holtz design. Oh, I stamped some birdies, too.  I almost forgot that.
 I covered the sentiments on the cards and added a vintage illustration to the completely unfolded card to encourage journaling and additional embellishment there, as well.
In case you wondering about the poke sack of old lace...  That very wrinkled piece at the bottom of the photo is a vintage collar. So now you know what was in my sink this week, too!

Monday, August 4, 2014

All My Favorite Things

 I took last Monday off from work and treated myself to a long weekend.  I was able to meet up with my sweet friend, Carol, for a long overdue visit.  She gifted me with a belated birthday bag filled with ALL my favorite things!  Do you love that card?  Yes, we were drinking a beer at a local brew pub while I opened the treasures.  It is, after all, Portland.
 A new birdie for my collection.  You can never have too many birdies, nor can you count them because I have tried.  They fly around and I lose track....  I adore my birdies.
 Buttons and sparkly bling.  She knows me well!
She RESCUED everything except the birdie.  A friend of hers is cleaning out her mother's home and just throwing everything away.  JUST SHOOT ME NOW!!  I haven't picked a dump so far but stories like that make me want to!  Thank you so much, Carol, for thinking of me and for saving the treasure.  I love ya, girl!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Heads Up!

 I finished the Styrofoam head project this week.  One side effect of this hot weather is it keeps me in the art room instead of outdoors after work.  I haven't decided if I will list them on Etsy or save them for the imaginary antique mall booth.  They are kind of awkward to ship.  For now they are sitting on a high shelf in the art room watching over my activities.
Last Sunday I did suck it up and work on one BIG garden project.  I should have taken a "before" picture but I think you can get the idea.  The arborvitae next to my pond had grown so wide I was in danger of being pushed in when I tried to get back to the filter.  Consequently I have gotten VERY lazy about cleaning it and my pond is looking pretty yucky this year.  The fish don't seem to mind but I do!  I like the new look but, unfortunately, discovered a wild holly tree back there.  It is in between an arborvitae and the fence so I have no idea how I'm going to get that thing out of there.  I'll think about it some other day...
For today, I'm off to get a haircut and look at some junk!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recent Junk

 I took last Monday off so I had a long weekend but lots of catching up to do around the homestead so just a quick stop at the VOA had to suffice for a junking fix.  The glove box and the hankie under the figurine are  actually from the recent trip to California.  There wasn't much junking there since we were in the tourist-y area and things were priced accordingly.  Fun to look, though!  The shelf in the upper left corner is for my imaginary antique mall booth, as is the SWEET green napkin and place mat set. It is an awkward shape to ship.  Do you other Etsy shop owners run in to that issue and what do you do??  The two candle stands are part of the styrofoam head project that I will show in a future post.
 I think this little stepped shelf thing was for nail polish in it's previous life.  It cleaned right up and is now holding my assortment of glues in the art room.  The BIG bag of drawers pulls just had to come home with me.  Since WBC I have made a few changes on my desk and switched out a vintage Lucite drawer unit that held my pens for a wooden one that used to be on my dresser.  I'm thinking I will change out the wooden knobs for some of these but the screws don't fit so a trip to the hardware store in in order.
 I bet Betsy would know exactly what to do with these!
 This sweet little plastic girlie is marked Hong Kong on the bottom.  I have already have a similar one so...
 I think this is the start of a collection.  I don't know what they are but I call them Hong Kong Hummels.
 It has been HOT here, by Portland standards, and the Clematis put on quite a show this year and lasted longer than normal, go figure!
The purple is so bright it is almost fluorescent!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Keep The Blog Tour Rolling....

Several weeks ago one of my blogging buddies, Betsy at My Salvaged Treasures, invited me to come along on a blog tour.  What a fun opportunity to visit old friends and make some new ones along the way!
Betsy is the Queen of re-purposing!  She has a fort and a magic garage where junk goes in and treasure comes out.  She has so many great ideas I don't even know how she finds time to sleep!  If you are not familiar with her blog I recommend you pop on over and check it out.  You can also learn about her creative process and meet some new friends on her blog tour post.
Now down to the business of the blog tour....I am supposed to answer 4 questions.
#1:  What am I working on?
A Spring junking excursion netted me three Styrofoam wig heads.  I didn't know what I would do with them at the time, which is often the case.  I have learned to pay attention to the little tickle in the back of brain that tells me that if I buy it, the inspiration will come.  They are still a work in progress but I have already found stands for two of them.  Check back in a week or so to see the finished project.
#2:  How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don't really know that it does!  The thing about altered art or mixed media or whatever name you give it, is that no matter where the inspiration starts, it always ends somewhere that is uniquely your own.  By using found objects and vintage treasures, your work is never exactly the same as something made by someone else.
#3:  Why do I write/create what I do?
This one is easy, I have no choice!  A creative co-worker described it perfectly just a few days ago.  Life's obligations have been getting in her way and she said her head is so filled with ideas and she just has to get them OUT before she bursts.  I have no unique talents, just an insatiable need to make things.  If I had nothing to work with except sticks and mud, I would still make something.
#4:  How does your writing/creating process work?
I wish I could tell you I have a magic spell that gets the muse to come out and play any time you want, but I don't.  She is a fickle friend and I find I have to play according to her schedule or she takes her magic and goes home.  When she comes calling I do my best to take the queue from her and follow her lead.

Next, I am pleased to introduce you to a couple of blogging buddies I invited along on the tour.  They each have different and distinctive styles that are equally charming and inspiring to me.
Maureen at Victorian Studio is an aficionado of everything Tim Holtz and shares my love of steampunk. She makes amazing videos about her creations!
I am Maureen from the blog "Victorian Studio" - a Canuck with a penchant for all things old English, Steampunk and rustic. I love to create in my studio (in the company of at least one of my three felines) learning new artistic techniques along the way. I enjoy sharing my creations online and discovering other bloggers from around the world who share similar preoccupations with antiques, vintage and crafting.
Laure at Indulge Your Shelf shares my passion for lace and buttons.  She loves all things Audrey, vintage Vera and robin's egg blue.  I adore her lace books!
Laurie lives on the Colorado plains with her husband of 23 years and her son, who will be a high school Senior this Fall.  She has a full time clerical job but would rather be writing, treasure hunting in thrift shops, and making art.  She makes journals, collages and textile art from her stash of wonderful old stuff, and dabbles in jewelry, painting and anything else that strikes her fancy.
A big thank you to Betsy for inviting me along on the tour PLUS she inspired me to finally dip my toe in PicMonkey and try making photo collages.  I am one lucky girl to have found this inspiring tribe of women!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Mail!

 Back in April I jumped in on a blog swap and was delighted when I received a package in the mail from Cathy at ma vie trouvee today.  This gorgeous collage is an original piece, made by Cathy. I am so honored she would gift me with it and will display it proudly.  She currently lives in Singapore and embraces every culture she encounters.  She was worried I wouldn't like the Asian vibe but I simply adore it!
 She included a handmade card that is also her own artwork, I don't know what the pony is called but the red part is elegant red flocking.  Everything was packaged up in a decorated envelope.  But what is that on the right side...
Well, buttons, of course!  She knows me well.  She purchased them in a city in Indonesia called Yogyakaita (I hope I got that right!).  Before I add them to my collection I plan to string them together with a tag stating where they came from.  They are all different than anything I already have and so fun to have buttons from another country.  Thank you SO much Cathy!
My own swaps are still inside my head but, lucky for me, we have until the end of the year and it might take me that long at the rate I'm going!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Case You Were Wondering...

 ... what I've been up to.  No blog-worthy junk this weekend as I was enjoying the company of a good friend yesterday and today was all about some much-needed catching up in the yard.  The Stargazers are perfume at both the front door and the back door right now and I cut one to bring inside last night.  Some love the fragrance and some hate the fragrance.  I love it!
And what's in my kitchen sink at the moment?  Some pretty soon-to-be-white-again white lace.  Golly I hope I don't have to iron it.