Sunday, January 29, 2012

Petite Valentine Kits

I made some petite Valentine inspiration kits today.

Some of them are in vintage plastic heart boxes,

and some are in little vintage metal tart tins.

Don't be fooled by their small size. They are stuffed with trims, flowers, buttons, sequins, and all kinds of Valentine themed supplies.

Each one is different.

I will be listing them in my Etsy fancylinda store a little bit later tonight. And there will be even more of them listed tomorrow, when I have daylight to take photos of them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Surprise Haul

Recently, my cousin Suze sent me a surprise box of stuff she had been accumulating for me. There was some costume jewelry from her grandmother who passed away, and some vintage notions from The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC.

I didn't photograph all of it. These are just my favorites from the lot. It's so nice when someone "gets" the kinds of things that you like, isn't it?

My absolute favorite item of it all are these little vintage ribbon things with safety pins on the back.

I think they're lingerie pins. I have seen some really elaborate ones before on Etsy going for a lot of money, but these are just simple little embellishments.

Here's another closeup of some pretty lace, brooches, and buttons.

So... The Scrap Exchange, where a lot of this stuff is from... It is a "nonprofit creative reuse center". Maybe you have something similar to this in your town? I don't, but I wish I did. Their website is interesting, and has links to some items they sell on eBay and Etsy.

Right now on Etsy they have this:

It's a 40 piece lot of upholstery trim samples that could be useful to somebody, somewhere...

And this...

It's a 12 pound box full of wallpaper samples! I'm pretty sure the majority of it would be a lot more "modern" than I would like, but I don't know... it might be worth the gamble? Hmm...

So, THANK YOU to Cousin Suze for the box of stuff, and for opening my eyes to the Scrap Exchange!

And, while I'm on this post about my crafting haul - did you know that there are videos of people on Youtube who just show their scrapbooking and crafting hauls? It's a weird little genre of people who videotape things they buy on sale at Michael's and whatnot. I find it a bit odd. I was introduced to this phenomenon by one of my eBay customers who did a video of her eBay haul from me. WARNING: poor quality video and person with the sniffles talking *LOL*.

And if you don't find that entertaining, then go here for some REAL entertainment. It is a blog I discovered last night that will prove to be a real bounty of material for future "fancy dancing" posts. You've been warned...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I did. I apologize for the long gap between posts. I've been doing a lot of things behind the scenes that I hope to be able to show you throughout this new year. One thing I can show you now is a bracelet I made on New Year's day.

It's a memory wire wrap bracelet made from mostly vintage beads. Everything I used was all stuff that I already had. That's not saying much, because I have a room full of stuff to choose from...

I am going to sell it, but not yet, because I want to make more of them in other colors first.

Here is another view:

It is displayed on a large salt shaker, because I do not have an appropriate mannequin hand to put it on. Actually I have a rather embarrassingly large collection of hands for some reason - cast iron ones, porcelain ones, a wooden one - but none of them have the right sized wrist for displaying bracelets. I am currently keeping my eye on eBay and Etsy for a nice vintage one I can use.

I love the look of this pair of santos hands on Etsy:
But they're actually quite tiny. Also they are $545.00.  Never mind! I know the right hand is out there somewhere. If you know where it is, please let me know!
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