Friday, August 27, 2010

Amazing Bees

I received these amazing vintage bee pendants in the mail today.


They are quite large - almost 2 inches across - and they are very sturdy and well made. They have glass rhinestones set into the body and the eyes. I'm really excited about them. I only received two of them, but I am going to see if I can get more. They have just been added to my eBay store, along with some other beautiful vintage supplies, some of which have already sold. Have a look!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crafty Afternoon - Petite Chandeliers


Yesterday, my sister and I spent the afternoon making these petite non-electrical chandeliers. Above is mine, and below is hers.


To make them, we followed the tutorial created by Pretty Petals here:

 
It was surprisingly easy, and there was no soldering involved. The supplies were easily found at the hardware store and the craft store, and the instructions were very clear, with photos of each step. Upon completion, we kept thinking of different sizes and variations we could make, and have plans to make several more. So, head on over to Pretty Petals and get the tutorial for yourself. You'll be surprised at what you can create in one afternoon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fortune Cards - Installment #1


I have a beautiful old set of Mlle. Lenormand fortune telling cards from the early 1900's, and I'd like to share the images with you.

There are 36 cards in the deck, and I will post them in 4 installments of 9. You can click on the images to make them larger.


 

Because they are so old, I do not believe they have any copyright, but it's probably best to save them for personal use only.

 

I'm not sure why they are in German, when Mlle. Lenormand was French. I suppose they were made in a number of different languages.

 


 
 
 

Aren't they pretty? I hope you can think of a way to use them. And if you do, I'd love to see the results!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Glass Flowers

I have an embarrassingly large collection of little glass flowers on wires that I have been amassing for years. I have never used a single one in a project. So, I've decided it's time for me to sell them. I spent the afternoon bundling them all up into bouquets of sixes, and I will be listing them in my eBay store over the next few days.
These are the styles I have (I have multiple quantities of each style):

 Fluted transparent flowers in three colors,

 
 Vintage violets, pansies, and some red twisty petal flowers,

Some that I'm calling "cotton candy" flowers,

 Some fancy cherry blossoms,

 Blue Czech tulips,

Vintage Japanese parasol flowers in two colors,

Vintage Japanese five-petal flowers in three colors,

 More vintage Japanese flowers,

 And some assorted styles of vintage petals.

I told you I had a lot! I hope they will all find new homes where they are appreciated and used in some wonderful projects. And I'd like to see some photos of those projects!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Featured Collection - Snails

Today I thought I'd show you some favorites from my snail collection.

These are some old brass snails that I purchased on eBay. They were all from the same seller.

This is a vintage rhinestone snail brooch, with my favorite color stones - aqua.

This is a vintage glass snail perfume bottle made by Avon. The perfume inside smells atrocious.

This is a snail clock I purchased from the Wisteria catalog a few years ago. It keeps good time.

That's it for today. Maybe I will post a "Featured Collection" every Friday. I have all sorts of small collections of things that I could photograph. I could keep the series going for quite awhile.

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Seed Catalog Art

Today I am sharing with you another wonderful online image source that I have found.

 It is the Smithsonian Institution's collection of antique seed catalogs.

 There are approximately 500 beautiful images available for download.

 The images are for personal use only. If you have plans for commercial use, please check out their licensing information.


They are so lovely, aren't they? I hope they inspire you to create something special!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Vintage Clipart

I have been having fun making some collages for my Vintage Gluebook class, but I don't have any that I want to show here yet. In the meantime, I would like to tell you about a fantastic resource that I found for free vintage illustration clipart.

It is called Clipart ETC, an online service of Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. They have nearly 60,000 different images in a searchable database.

The images are for personal use only, so please read their license if you have any plans to use the images commercially.

Aren't the images beautiful? If you're taking the Vintage Gluebook class, or if you just like to make collages or scrapbooks, you'll find this to be a really useful source.
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
I have another great image resource that I will share with you tomorrow!
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