Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cheerful Holiday Mini Kits

Here's another project that has been in the works for some time, now finally completed and on sale...

It's a 4 x 2-3/4 inch box stuffed full of all kinds of fun crafty materials. The contents are as shown here:

My sister Lauren and I have been working very hard these last two days getting them all assembled and ready. I owe her a big thanks.

Below is a photo of Lauren hard at work cutting ribbon for the kits. You may recognize her from the Followers Box on the right hand sidebar.

Forgive me if that photo is kind of silly. After assembling kits all day, I am a little punchy. Anyway, the kits are in my Etsy shop available for purchase at only $15 apiece. Pick one up now before they sell out!


This is one of the things that has been causing me to procrastinate on getting those bracelets finished. As you can see, it's a big mitten. It is sewn from polar fleece with lace trim that I unearthed awhile back, and decorated with vintage glass sew-ons and pearl beads. I made it for a mitten swap. There are twelve of us in the swap, and each one is making one mitten and 12 little gifts for inside. We will each be given someone else's mitten, filled with an assortment of 12 little gifts from all the participants. I can't wait to see the results!

These are some of the little packages for inside the mitten. They are filled with an assortment of vintage buttons. I hope everyone will like them.

Now, back to all my other holiday projects, and those bracelets!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New in Shop - Holiday Trims

Here is a quick little post to tell you that I just added some fun holiday trim assortments to my Etsy shop. Yes, I said Etsy! (They're on eBay too, so you can get them either place.)

I am working on a million little projects behind the scenes here, and will be updating frequently over the next week. There might even be a GIVEAWAY, so stay tuned!

(The bracelets I was working on will probably be added to the shop tomorrow - sorry for the delay.)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I'm Making Bracelets!

Hello, just popping in with a little update, because I haven't been here in awhile.

I'm making bracelets today!

I got a late start this morning, and won't be able to photograph them all tonight, so I thought I'd at least give you a peek at a finished one before it gets too dark out to photograph.

Imagine this times twelve, and then imagine them all for sale in my Etsy shop! Maybe tomorrow...

Fanciful Packaging

I just wanted to show you how my Cervantes necklace that I ordered from Fanciful Devices last week came wrapped.

Isn't it lovely? And she gave me all those Uruguay stamps and chandelier drops too, as well as a big pile of ephemera for my collages. Yay!

And the necklace? It is absolutely perfect!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Owl Pincushion Giveaway at Heirlooms by Ashton House

Look at this fantastic handmade owl pincushion. Don't you just love it? Well, you could win it!

Kimber at Heirlooms by Ashton House is hosting a giveaway for it, to celebrate one of her similar owls being published in Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting" magazine.

The owl is named Allie, and stands 8 inches high (big!). It features a pocket in the front where you can keep a pair of small sewing scissors.

Enter to win here. And, if you become a follower of her blog, and I recommend that you do, you can be entered twice! So, please, head on over there now!

Recent Purchase

I have been a fan of Fanciful Devices for quite sometime, but I have never purchased one of her pieces ... until now!

The piece is called "Cervantes", because of the medallion that hangs in the front.

When I saw it on her blog last night, I knew I had to grab it quickly before somebody else did. It was meant to be mine! I love everything about it, from the old crescent shaped piece in the front, to the single red bead on the side, to the little rhinestone bit on the other side, to the beautiful rosary chain, to the dangly pearls ... I just love it, and can't wait to receive it so I can put it on.

To see what else she has for sale, go here!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

11 Pipers Piping

SPOILER ALERT: If you are one of the participants in the 12 Days of Christmas matchbox swap, you might not want to read further!

I know it's a little early for Christmas things, but I recently shipped Penny from The Linen Shelf my contributions to her 12 Days of Christmas matchbox swap. I was responsible for "11 Pipers Piping". As you can see, I chose to use an image of a bagpiper, rather than a regular piper, whatever that may be.. a flute player? I don't know.

Inside each box is a little kit to make a mini garland.

And here is what the garland looks like assembled. There were a few flaws in my plan - the eyelets are so tiny it's hard to thread the ribbon through, and the garland hangs a little more stiffly than I'd like. But, overall, I think the project turned out really well. Now that I've worked out all the kinks, I have a similar project in the works that you'll be seeing here very soon. I can't wait until it's ready to show you!

Monday, November 8, 2010

ABC Swap

This summer I participated in a Vintage Style ABC Book Swap. Previously I posted about the letter "O" that was my contribution. The other day I received my long-awaited copy of the entire book.

Our swap hostess Marian bound our books for us in embellished vintage Bobbsey Twins book covers. We each got a prize ribbon attached to the front (I think we all got a First Prize ribbon...) I'm not going to show you every page here, but I'll pick a few favorites.

The book starts off beautifully with the letter A, featuring King Arthur in Avalon with apple blossoms, done by Alisa of www.lifeisabeautifulplacetobe.blogspot.com.

Here we have Letter D, with a pretty doll holding a dog, and a connect the dots, among other things. This page was done by Judi of www.pinkpersimmon.com.

Here is Letter E, with an elephant, an English rose, and the Eiffel tower. The envelope contains eggplant seeds, and behind the little door with the emerald knob is a picture of an egg. This page was done by Kim of www.craftytriathlete.blogspot.com.

Here we have the Letter G, which, I will admit, is my favorite page in the book. It features a gnome and some goldfish on a vintage grocery list. It was done by Gina of www.embraceyourbliss.blogspot.com.

Here is Letter L, with a sweet lamb and some lilacs. It was done by Terri of www.thegypsymagpie.blogspot.com.

This is Letter N, with nude nerdy Nancy in a nest. This page was done by Natalea from www.kandeland.typepad.com. She has some photos from her copy of the book on her blog.

This is Letter T, with Tina and her pink typewriter. It was done by Grace from www.graceinthepinkcity.blogspot.com.

The Letter U page was done in a USA theme by our hostess Marian. She doesn't have a blog, but if you would like to get in touch with her you can email me. Marian worked so hard on putting this whole swap together. It was a lot of fun, and everyone really put forth a great amount of effort and creativity on their pages. I am happy to have been a part of it!

**PLEASE NOTE: All images are copyright. Please do not use without permission from the creators. Thank you.**

Friday, November 5, 2010


Boy did I find some goodies today when I went through one of my "mystery boxes".

Some pretty costume jewelry, religious medals, and a strange little bouquet. The bouquet appears to be made out of tiny shells that are individually wrapped in cellophane and twisted together. I've never seen anything like it before. The religious medals will be made into jewelry at some point. The necklace and brooches may be sold on Etsy eventually, or I may keep them - I haven't decided.

Next are some jewelry supplies. Most of them will be up for sale in my eBay store very soon. I'm keeping the big pearly drops though - they are pretty special. The big porcelain flowers are also pretty special, but I can't figure out anything to do with them, so I'll probably add them to the store. I don't know why I feel the need to hold onto such things.

Finally, I found these Atzompa clay crosses - 10 of them in total! I can't believe I didn't list these for sale as soon as I received them. They've been hiding from me for at least a year. I will have them up in the store very soon.

I'll be busy listing these things plus a bunch of new holiday stuff all weekend, and then I'll be back with some exciting swap reveals. I can't wait to show you the long awaited swap that came in the mail today. Incredible!

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fortune Cards - Installment #4

Here is the 4th and final installment of the Mlle Lenormand fortune cards.

I am sorry for the lack of updates lately - I have been busy working on a lot of projects for the upcoming holiday season. You'll see what I've been up to very soon...

You can click on the images to make them larger and save them.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new episode of "Unearthed". There's a box sitting here that I'm itching to go through that I'm sure is full of forgotten treasures and interesting little doodads. However, the light is not cooperating with me today for photos...
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