Friday, July 27, 2012


My Stargazer Lily didn't come up at all last summer so I thought I lost it.  A couple of weeks ago I discovered it peeking out from under the hydrangea and today it opened.  Only one bloom but plenty of heavenly fragrance to make up for it.
I hope you have a blooming weekend!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Few Recent Finds

 That week-long hiatus I took while I blog hopped through Where Bloggers Create was not entirely junkless.  I did gather just a few treasures from estates,VOA and The Bins. 
 Instead of taking a picture of the pig-pile, I took the time for some close-ups this time.  A new aluminum "basket" for my collection plus buttons - yay!
 I will try to limit the comments so I don't inflict another overly long post on you so soon!
 More buttons and a sweet little crochet pincushion.  I should have taken a picture of that box the buttons are in.  It has the sweetest little pictures of babies floating on the clouds.

 If only that little bank book could talk.  Bess started out with $1 on December 19,1925 then slowly amassed her forture of $7.23 which she emptied out in it's entirety on February 3, 1932.  I wonder if she bought a bicycle, or maybe a prom dress...
 This apron looks unused and LOVE that color!
 A stack of older maps that are all counties in Oregon.  These would be great covering a wall!
 A couple yards of amazingly colorful vintage fabric.  This would make a great tote bag.
 I really should re-name my blog "wash, rinse and repeat"!

 Two vintage drapery panels.  Everything old is new again.
Yes, I know this little doe is missing her antlers but who could resist an avocado green Christmas deer, let me ask you.  Apparently not me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

You Meet The Nicest People In Blogland!

 I arrived home from work tonight to find a beautiful package from sweet Renee at My Vintage Mending.  If you have not visited her blog, you must.  Her personality sparkles through it in every way!
 This is one of the hankie bags she sells in her Etsy shop of the same name - My Vintage Mending.  She creates her own designs and her sewing is flawless.  She makes these as well as fabric "nesting bins", pillows and aprons.  She has even been published in Somerset's Apronology.  The bag is made from a beautiful vintage hankie, it is lined and just feels "cozy", you know what I mean.
 Renee, being the sweetie she is, included a bundle of some of my favorite things, lace and buttons!
The packaging was so creative.  I was too impatient to look inside and didn't get a photo before I opened them up but you can see the packaging in the background.  Love, love, love every single thing.  Thank you Renee, you made my day!
On a different note....  I am behind on everything.  That project I told you about before Where Bloggers Create is still sitting, untouched, on my desk.  My Etsy is sadly neglected as the number of sales go up and the listings go down.  Not a bad thing but I'm sure people would like something new to look at and goodness knows I've got piles waiting to be photographed.  In the meantime, the purge-o-rama rolls on and I am making great progress.  Striking while the iron is hot!  My son even agreed to build me a special cabinet to hold my vintage hankie and lingerie boxes.  Can't wait!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Another Vintage Beauty

 This time a tiny one.  This little dress measures just 29" from top to bottom. It is too big to be a Christening gown and would fit a 4-5 year old.  It is made of white lawn and looks to be the same era as the gorgeous Victorian dress I showed you a couple of weeks ago in this post.  Maybe I found that lovely lady's daughter's dress.  Well I can imagine that!
What is hard to imagine is WHERE I found it - at The Bins.  Sometimes I am glad one man's trash is one man's trash!  I didn't take a "before" picture this time but, trust me, it did not jump out of the bin and say look how pretty I am.  I should rename my blog Wash, Rinse and Repeat!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Am I The Only One?

 Oh.My.Gosh.  I have to tell you that looking at so many over-the-top-beautiful blogs made me just a tad envious.  Don't get me wrong, my room is great and I am lucky to have this space just for myself.  It is pretty well organized as far as being able to find things, but it isn't "pretty".  I don't think I can ever edit myself enough to have a color scheme but I started thinking about how I could make room for some pretty and inspiring displays.  If I'm going to have room for that then I need to be realistic and edit out things that have found a home {parking space} here and I probably won't ever use them.
 The first thing I decided to tackle was a pretty tin that is filled with neatly wound little bundles of floral ribbon.  Really?  It is pretty but I don't EVER use that kind of ribbon for ANYTHING.  I keep it because I think that as soon as I get rid of it I will think of a use for it, you know?  So I thought, how could I use this so it gets used up and goes away?  So I am low on packing peanuts so I thought I will shred this and it will make pretty packing material.  First I tried feeding it through my paper shredder.  As you can see above, that did NOT work.
 So I went after it with my rotary cutter, probably completely dulling the blade on the acetate.
I am not finished yet but I have managed to take something that fit neatly in a small tin and turn it into something that takes up four times as much space and I don't know where to put it.  And I need to vacuum.  Hmmm. 
I am going to take those two baskets of greeting cards and THROW THEM AWAY and I am NOT going to try to make them all into gift tags.  NO.
I am going to take that tomato juice can I covered with pretty paper and filled with very dusty fake sunflowers about a zillion years ago and THROW IT AWAY.
I am going to donate that cute box made from vintage postcards and donate it because I am NEVER going to get around to deconstructing it to figure out the pattern.  Okay, maybe I will take a picture and see if someone here wants it.
I am going to go through the drawers of metal and plastic junk and THROW AWAY the stuff I will never seriously use.
Okay, I have said it out loud and you can hold me to it!
This week has NOT been without some great junking so stay tuned.  Maybe some of it will even turn up in a sweet display in my new and improved art room.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Bloggers Create v.4 - 2012

Thanks to the hard work of dear Karen Valentine at My Desert Cottage we are all back together for year FOUR of Where Bloggers Create.  I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a blogger, an Etsy shop proprietor and a sometime artist.  Oh, and I have a big-girl job in my spare time.  If you visited last year then welcome back.  If this is your first time then get ready for some conspicuous accumulation.  The photo above is the view from the doorway of my art room.  You can click any of these pictures to get a closer look.
This is a closer shot as you step inside the room.  Hold on to your hat and I will take you around my world in 43 photos.
This is left side of the room.  Most of this wall is taken up with a large closet.  The door on the left is a bulletin board and the one on the right is painted with chalkboard paint and used to keep a quick-reference for my family genealogy hobby.  The ribbon storage below the shelf is new since last year and you can read more about that project here. The shelf above holds collections and jars filled with bits a pieces I accumulate and use in the inspiration kits I sell in my Etsy shop.  This is a small room so I try to utilize every space I can.
Behind the bulletin board is a chest of drawers.  I store millinery flowers and a portion of my Etsy inventory in the drawers.
Behind the chalkboard door there is a bookcase that holds most of my collection of Buxton-style jewelry boxes and other vintage containers that I find interesting. 
I use and sell a lot of vintage lace and trims and I cannot bear to part with the tiny scraps so I save them in this jar.  I think they look pretty and it is amazing how often I dig in and come up with the perfect little piece I need.
Last year I said the jewelry boxes were mostly empty but I now use them to store my vintage bling, sorted by color.
The sweet pink floral canister on the left is filled with ric-rac.
This is the corner next to the big closet.  It is actually another closet that houses our water heater.  The door is hung with cutters and a vintage shoe bag that holds bits and pieces I don't want to forget I have.  Keeping things out where I can see them for inspiration and remember I have them is always a challenge for me.
Moving around to the next wall.  This room has an odd shape because it is a portion of an attached one-car garage.  This is the biggest wall in the room, although I still have to work around keeping the electrical box accessible.  It is behind that curtain and gauzy white blouse on the left.
I like to call my big rolling tool chest "The Husky Girl".  All that red was a little much so I used wallpaper to make her a pretty dress.  She stores my tools as well as, paints, stamps and ink pads.
Among many other things, the bookcase holds my collection of glove, hankie and vanity boxes.
They are a work in progress.  My plan is to use them to sort my ribbon and trinkets by color.
More vintage boxes hold beads, beading supplies, embroidery floss, stickers, ephemera, trinkets, you name it.  I try to keep things sorted by category so I have some hope of finding what I'm looking for.
I accumulate old books in foreign languages and buttons are one of my passions.  I use apothecary jars to store some of the smaller categories like fabric buttons and uniform buttons.
The tops of the bookcase stores a necklace "manikin" I made from a wicker lamp base and a vintage typewriter.
There is that Husky Girl again!
This is the wall and corner above the Husky Girl.
I have recently started collecting some vintage clothing, especially lingerie, both adults and children.
The top of the Husky Girl holds my paint spinner, more buttons in apothecary jars and my favorites - the glass buttons.  The boxes in the bottom of the photo hold vintage buckles.  The little mixed-media painting was in the Somerset Gallery Summer 2012 issue.  You can read more about it here.
Buttons, buttons and more buttons. You can never have too many buttons, that's what I always say!
Now we are in the next corner.  The tower of boxes hold more buttons and next to then, a big glass jar filled with wooden spools.  You can read more about the round assemblage piece on top here.
Above that I have a narrow little shelf of curiosities.  Random things I think are interesting (or creepy)
Now we're on the third wall - my workbench.  It is a big, heavy, vintage, oak buffet and it works perfectly as a workbench.  The veneer on the top drawer fronts was peeling when I bought it so I covered them with cheetah-print paper for a quick fix-up.  It is topped with a large self-healing cutting mat.  It is just the right height, provides a ton of storage and solid as a rock.  Love it!
The shelves above the workbench.  The bottom two shelves keep things I use on a regular basis handy.  The room has 9' ceilings so the top shelf requires a stepping stool and holds seldom-used items and display.  The vintage rose shelf paper edging was new this year.  A little fix-up inspired by last year's Where Bloggers Create.  You can read about that project here.
Tins and books and boxes and a funky yardstick.
Yes, I have a box just for paper scraps.  I do scrapbook and started years ago when everyone was using 8-1/2"x11" paper.  Once the scrapbook companies switched to 12"x12" paper I continued with my original size and just cut the papers down and save the scraps.  Like the lace and ribbon scraps, it's amazing how often I turn to this stash and find just what I need.
The view looking back down the bench toward the second wall.  Somehow it doesn't seem so chaotic in person!
I keep a big jar of plastic buttons on the end of the bench to entertain me while I work.  I did a give-away based on this jar a while back.  There were 1734 buttons in the jar at the time.  A few more added since then!
A lovely tangled mess of vintage seam binding - another thing you can never have too much of!
Moving down the third wall to my sewing machine table.  This is the only window in the room and it faces north so natural light is at a premium, hence the bright yellow color I painted the room.  I also installed daylight bulbs in all of the light fixtures in the room. Anything I can do to make it brighter!
A large apothecary jar holds my collection of vintage pink Christmas ornaments.  They are just too pretty to put away so I keep them here year around.  Not just for Christmas any more!
The jar doesn't have a top so I keep a pretty metal dish on top and this is where I deposit odd bits of nature and "faux" nature I pick up here and there.  The metal "bug" is made from an old-school bottle opener and two "petals" from a vegetable steamer.
Now we are on the fourth wall which is really a corner.  My son built this custom desk to exactly fit the space and my specifications.  It is one of my favorite things in the room and absolutely the place where I spend the most time.  The book shelves are 8" high so there is a huge amount of storage.  He made the desktop sturdy enough so I can stand on it to reach the top.  Love, Love, Love it!
The tiger-print dresser was my baby dresser 50+ years ago and holds lace, seam binding, ribbon and wrapping paper.  The top holds this display of some of my favorites from my postcard collection.
Milk glass hands hold some of my religious collection and a salt box shrine I made a long time ago.
This is the "nerve center" - probably the place where I send the most time in my art room.
Shelves above my desk hold button collections and things I use on a regular basis.  The book in the back in my never-ending altered book project, something I do to relax.  I have done a LOT of posts about the pages I have made in this book.  Itstores my collection of favorite quotes.  You can read more about it here.
Books and magazines and a sweet little birdie nest - I am glad he made the shelves sturdy!
More storage and things to fill up my eyes.
Jewelry boxes that contain more of my buttons collection.
Books and magazines.  I put a piece of blue painters tape on the spine of the ones I have been published in.
Time to close the lid and click the latches and declare Where Bloggers Create done for another year.  Thank you so much for visiting.  I am off to visit the other blogs and soak up the inspiration!