Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fancy Candy

It's not often that I post about other people's things, but this is right up my alley. Have a look...

Yes, they're vintage buttons. But wait, they're made of edible sugar! Aren't they wonderful? It would be so pretty to have a batch of cupcakes each with a button on top.

You can purchase them right here on Etsy.

And the same seller is also offering these lovely things...

They're made of chocolate. Spectacular!
You can find them here.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Etsy Find from France

I just received the coolest thing from France that I had purchased on Etsy.

It is an icing press, or as it's properly called, "Le Floradecor Rod". It is from the 1950's, and is in the original box, never having been used.

I am going to have to make some fabulous cupcakes or something, and post pictures for you.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Small Post about Rick Rack

I got a package in the mail today of some vintage rick rack and trimmings I purchased on eBay. I wasn't expecting any great packaging in the lot, because rick rack usually has boring packaging. So, imagine my delight when I found these amongst the other items in the box...

Aren't they pretty? I've never seen anything like them before. Now I'm going to have to start looking for more like them!

Friday, February 4, 2011

New in Shop - Valentine Embellishment Sampler

Here is a fun new item I made for my Etsy shop just in time for Valentine's Day. It is an "Embellishment Sampler" of beads, buttons, and doodads packaged in a pink candy box. Most of the items are vintage.

There's only one available, so if you like it, don't hesitate too long!

Walco Bead Catalog

I apologize for taking so long since my last update. I have been unusually busy with my eBay store for the last week or so. All I have been doing lately is shipping, but I can't complain about that!

Anyway, Last time I was here I promised you a look at the Walco Bead Company catalog from 1955 that I received. So here are some pictures (You can click on them to make them larger):

First of all, it came with this great color chart that has actual beads sewn onto it. Many of the colors have darkened with age, but I think that only makes them look better. So, it appears that the boxed set of bead tubes I have that I showed you awhile back is probably from this era. Another page of the catalog shows the packaging for a set of 12 tubes, and it is exactly like my set. And just for your information, the boxed set of 12 cost $1.80 back then. Wow!

Here is a page that shows all the different shapes of sequins you could get. I have quite a few of them in my collection, but I'd love to be able to find them all.

Here are the sew-on jewels. My favorite! I have several of these available in my eBay store right now. Not in the original packaging though.

Walco Beads was known for its many different craft kits for children and adults. Here are a few of them that you can order from the catalog. The Sweetheart kit says that it has "big, bright beads in harmless circus colors". Are there colors that are harmful? Hmm. And the Star Dust kit... It shows that you can make a boy's cap that says "PAL" on it in glitter. I think he might get beat up on the playground in a hat like that. And the Costume Jewelry kit? Well, I'd just love to have one of those. It looks like fun.

And lastly, here is a page showing the fabulous "Cork n Pom Pom Jewelry Kit". Look how glamorous the lady is in her bracelet, ring, and brooch all made from sequins pinned to cork. Remember the rule from Coco Chanel - "Before you leave for the day, take one thing off". I think in this case you might want to take off more than one thing! Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into the world of beads, sequins and crafts in 1955 via Walco Beads.
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