Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Last Friday I didn't find anything much at the antique malls, so instead of showing my finds, I decided to do a little shopping around my own house. I went through a few old boxes, and here is what I unearthed:

Pretty vintage Czech glass beads, a heavy glass buckle, some buttons, and a rhinestone brooch...

I love this wide passementerie ribbon, but I don't have any ideas of how to use it. Vintage glass pearls, another rhinestone brooch, and some neat beaded petals...

Okay, so the wing I just acquired from Etsy, but it is so cool I wanted to photograph it. (It is half of a pair.) Some pretty buttons that I can see using as links in a bracelet or necklace, and a millinery feather doodad... 

And some other miscellaneous things that could be used for jewelry. The silver horse I remember purchasing when I was 18 - wow, that was 26 years ago!

I am really anxious to start making jewelry again, as I keep unearthing all these wonderful things to use. First though, I need to clean off my work space and organize my supplies, otherwise I'll just end up getting frustrated because I can't find what I need. This is a fairly massive undertaking, and I have started and stopped a few times. Maybe if I document my progress here, it will spur me along.

B'Sue Boutiques has been posting on her blog recently photos of people's messy workspaces. It is inspiring to know that everyone's space is not straight out of "Where Women Create". She posted today: "It doesn't MATTER if you have a big fancy space, all organized and perfect.   If you wait til that happens, you might never make a thing!" Point taken. Maybe I will have photos of my own messy workspace soon...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Earrings and Backgrounds

I made these simple kokeshi doll earrings out of some vintage beads today. I photographed them using tips from Sparrow Salvage's backgrounds post. I think they look much better like this than on the solid slate background I would've used prior to reading her post.

I made them in two color options.

Sparrow Salvage posted a follow up to the backgrounds post today, in which she noted that we all don't have to use layers of paper as most of us have done. I realize this, but as of right now, I cannot find any other types of interesting textures to use. It is a work in progress, and I am starting simple. This type of artistic photo is new to me, as I have been photographing products for eBay for such a long time - where the thumbnails are small, and the product has to be featured as simply and clearly as possible. There is obviously much more room for creativity with Etsy photos.

And, if you're interested, you can find the kokeshi doll earrings for sale in my Etsy fancylinda shop now!

Saturday, August 20, 2011


On Friday I bought this vintage fur cat at the antique mall, for no other purpose than it makes me smile. And it was on sale. Yay.

I also purchased this monogram stamp with the letter L. The seller had two of these stamps in their booth - an L and a W. Being that L is my first initial, I thought it was a very lucky find indeed.

And I bought this Ekco muffin tin. I have never seen one with patterns on it like this, but then I am not a muffin pan aficionado. I thought it was pretty, and I also thought it would make a good prop for photographing beads.

Like this, See?

I am trying to make the photos in my Etsy shops a little more interesting, and this might be a good start. And speaking of photos, I read with great interest Sparrow Salvage's recent blog post about backgrounds, and I am going to experiment with her tips in an upcoming post here. I highly recommend reading her post, as she is an extremely talented photographer.

Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vintage Displays

On my latest Friday antiquing trip, I found these great little vintage brass earring displays. They spin!

They are made for clip on earrings, but not many people wear those anymore. So...

How about putting long earrings on this one? (Most of the earrings shown here are from kneehighsnpigtails on Etsy. I have soooo much of her jewelry.) Or...

Use tiny clothespins to attach little bits of paper, etc. I can't decide if I want to sell these or keep them!

Here's what else I got on my trip...
An old book about Anatole France ($1), a booklet about Jello with really pretty illustrations inside, two giant glass salt shakers which I will use for glitter, an enameled Czech butterfly pin (.80c!), a tin with cherries on it, and a ceramic hand. I didn't look at the bottom of the hand until I got home, and what did I find but a Dollar Tree sticker... DOH! I paid $6. Oh well, you win some and you lose some. Moral - always look at the bottom of your items BEFORE purchasing! I think I'm going to decoupage the hand with some Chinese writing paper I have. If it turns out well I'll post photos.

Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Newest Finds

This week I found some incredible giant chandelier prisms.

The main part of each one measures 3 inches in length, and they are very heavy. Too big and heavy to use for jewelry, so I'm not sure what they could be used for. I am going to put them in my Etsy fancylinda shop soon, and let someone else decide what to do with them!
Also purchased were some buttons and glass salt shakers. The book underneath is a nice big Junior Instruction Book, with songs, poems, stories, and pictures. It is not in the best condition, as some of the pages have crayon scribbles and tears. I will take it apart and use the good pages for a future ephemera pack.

Have a nice weekend!

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