Sunday, October 24, 2010

Odds & Ends

Here are some photos of random things I've gotten lately.

These are vintage Japanese kashigata (sweetcake) molds. I got them for a steal on eBay because they were labeled incorrectly.

Some tiny little treasures. The sparkly thing in the upper right is a giant button. Wow.

Some things to use for collaging. One of these days I'll get up enough courage to actually show you some of the collages I've made. Not yet though.

That's all - just a few photos to brighten your day...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crafty Afternoon - Autumn Wreath

Thanks to the fact that I unearthed the acorns yesterday, I decided this afternoon to make an Autumn wreath for my front door.

Nothing too complicated, just acorns, pinecones, a few oak leaves, and a squirrel on a grapevine base.

Happy Autumn!

Monday, October 18, 2010


Today I was digging through a bag in my craft room for some pompom trim, and I unearthed these items.

Piles of old lace trims from pillowcases that I bought on eBay, some acorns and a faux beetle from Tinsel Trading, and a package of cute little old balls of darning thread in their original packaging.

Another faux bug, and in the background some lametta tinsel garland from D. Blumchen.

If you've seen my craft room, you would know that I could make "Unearthed" a regular feature here on the blog. I might just do that - open a box or a bag every now and then and photograph whatever I find inside. It could make for some interesting posts.

I never did find the pompom trim...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fortune Cards - Installment #3

It's time for installment #3 of the Mlle Lenormand fortune cards. Enjoy!

You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

Number 24 above is one of my favorites. So pretty.

If you use any of these images in one of your creative projects, email me and I'll post your photos. I'd love to see what you've done!

And, stay tuned for the final installment coming in a few days.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Customer Gallery - Love Beads by Janet Planet

Janet of "Love Beads by Janet Planet" has been a customer of my eBay store for a long time. She has bought many a Czech glass bead from me over the past few years. I thought I'd feature some of her wonderful necklace designs today.

 Janet makes these great versatile long necklaces that can be worn long, doubled, or tripled around. The combination of beads she uses is so clever and unexpected.

I love the colors in the piece above - so pretty. I see some of my beige scarab beads in there... (I'll be getting some more of those in soon.)

Aren't her designs fun? You just want to pile on a bunch of them, don't you?

You can see more of Janet's work in her Facebook Gallery, and contact her there as well. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of her pieces!

If you have made something with supplies from my shop that you want the world to see, please contact me by clicking on the Email Me button on the left side of this page.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Black & White Edition - Part 2

Here are the boxes I received in the Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Black & White Edition.
The one on the left is from Mary of The Gingham Girl, and the one on the right is from Connie of Constantly Vintage. Both of them did such an outstanding job.

Above are the contents of Mary's box. I wish I had taken pictures before I opened everything up, because she had carefully wrapped everything in sweet little packages. She has a better picture posted to the Flickr Group here.

I love the photo of the man - I think it's a tintype? And the little vintage test tubes are so cool. We were amused by the fact that we had both included each others initial with the same type of black game piece in our boxes, as well as some other similar items. Great minds think alike!

Above are the contents of Connie's box. She cheated a little bit and included some extras that didn't fit in the box, like the jellybeans, and a large shredded tissue garland that I didn't photograph. (I'm not complaining!)

I love the "Spirit of Washington Dinner Train" ticket - that will go nicely in a future collage. The big test tube full of buttons is fantastic. I also love the mini striped garland, the felt bats, and all of the pretty tags that she made herself.

Overall, it was another great swap experience, as all of Heather from Speckled Egg's swaps tend to be. I can't wait for the next one!

NOTE: My extra swap box that I made is now listed on Etsy here.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Black & White Edition - Part 1

These are the swap boxes I created for my partners in Heather at Speckled Egg's Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Black & White Edition.

I went with layered ruffles on the outside of the boxes. I'm not sure what possessed me to do that - it's really not my style, but that's what I came up with.

I actually used all black and cream colors, rather than black and white. I thought it looked more vintagey that way.

99% of the contents are vintage.

I have created an extra box to be sold in my Etsy shop. I will put up a direct link once it has been listed.

Here is the link.

Also, in Part 2 of this post, I will show the boxes I received. So, please check back!
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