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I added two more quotes to the altered book this week. I am amazed this thing does not just split open but there are only four empty pages left and I will stop pushing it's limit. I have been working on this project for so long that it feels like an old friend when I open it up. Finishing it is starting to feel a little bittersweet, like reaching the last chapter in an especially good book. You want to know how it ends but you hate for it to be over.
My last minute shopping had nothing to do with Christmas. While everyone else was fighting the crowds at the mall, I was treating myself to some last minute junking. I scored another aluminum tray for my collection at the VOA and the rest is from Nina and Joe's Division Street Antiques.
A big pile of buttons and a sweet little tin sugar bowl. The button pile was the "real" kind so had all sorts of treasures, including a bullet, which I did NOT save. I will show more of the buttons in a separate post.
Creepy doll eyes. Don't judge.
This was a fun find. I live in Portland but this is the first time I have found a City of Portland Fire Department uniform button.
Uniform buttons are a whole button category to themselves. I don't know much about them but I always save them. I Googled these and discovered the POD stands for Post Office Department. Who knew!
A few of you have asked to see our Christmas tree in its entirety so here it is! It is a small tree for a small room but I managed to squeeze on every single one of my vintage ornaments. The husband kept saying he didn't think I could fit one more and I kept saying "watch me" - LOL! I still have not found the perfect top but that leaves me a reason to continue searching, which I don't mind a bit. I hope you are all having fun squeezing in every bit of Christmas you can!
It has been mighty busy at the big-girl job this season so I haven't done a lot of decorating because I realized it is one of those things within my control and I can choose not to, if I want. Who knew! It was a revelation. I did put up the tree in the living room and moved all those pink ornaments I collected last year to the main tree. It is small so it is packed full and I love that busy look! This birdie is new (old) for this year.
A pink reflector clip-on ornament, handmade by Magpie Ethel and extra special!
This birdie is new for this year, too. Hey! There is Mrs. Claus!
Hey, there she is again! She gets around. This is my only clear ornament. Vintage love.
Sorry for this fuzzy one but I couldn't leave it out because I adore that vintage shape. They sure knew how to make an ornament back in the day.
So I stand corrected, that one with the yellow stripe is clear, too.
See, they really knew how to do it.
My favorite ornament and I am more than down with this being the start of a collection. Christmas time is coming and I hope you are doing the things that bring you joy and setting the rest aside! XO
The tree is up and Santa and his sleigh landed below to unload the packages for good boys and girls.
Santa's helpers lined up on the window ledge to assist and who is that I spy in the reflection? It must be Mrs. Claus!
I bought this mistletoe at the thrift at least 25 years ago and it is part of our Christmas tradition. It always hangs in the doorway between the kitchen and living room and quietly waits to pounce on anyone who lingers there a little too long. That mistletoe could tell a few stories!
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.