Saturday, June 30, 2012

Latest Antiquing Finds

I did a little antiquing the past few days and here are some things that I found.

Hematite and glass beaded necklaces for re-purposing, a stone pendant of some kind, and some great filigree brass leaf earrings. I will take the leaves off the earrings and oxidize them for use in other projects.

Some good quality vintage "filler Bracelets". I might put these up for sale in my Etsy Teapots & Telephones shop. I'm not sure yet.

This is a very old and very small book (only 4 inches tall) called "The Russian Boy". It has the cutest illustrations throughout. I'd rather not take it apart for ephemera packs. What I think I'll do is scan the illustrations at high resolution and post them here for you all to use as clip art.

Here is an old letter I found locally. Plus some random doodads from an online purchase that just came in the mail.

An old guide to seashells with pretty illustrations and some strung real seashells. I buy seashells that are already drilled when I find them, because, did you know that it is very dangerous to drill shells yourself? It produces some kind of toxic dust that you can die from. If you ever have to drill holes in shells, do it using a wet drill bit and a mask.

Here are some little treasures that were inside an unsuspecting baggie full of mixed buttons I purchased for $12. I think I got my money's worth with these. The long faceted glass ones will make nice toggle closures for necklaces or bracelets.

And this is the "piece de resistance". Hundreds of vintage, never used cigar band labels that say Perfection on them. I love these so much. I'm going to sell them in lots of 12 in my Etsy Teapots & Telephones shop. Soon. When I decide I am ready to part with them.

I am working on some jewelry designs that I hope to be able to show you very soon. Right now I am having some setbacks. I am trying a new technique of painting brass findings with enamel paints and it's not working the way I planned. Either I will find a solution, or I will scrap the idea and make some other things. Either way you'll be seeing some pieces from me soon, so stay tuned!

Monday, June 25, 2012


So, I recently found out about this new live auction site called Tophatter. They have categories like "handmade" and "supplies", so I was intrigued. I decided I was going to find something to bid on, just to see how the site works.

It took me a couple days of looking before I found something I liked, because there really isn't that much stuff to choose from. I finally settled on a lot of antique handwritten journal pages from the 1850's. I waited until the auction was about to begin, and entered the room.

In the auction room, all the participants are represented by cartoon avatars. Everyone can chat amongst themselves, and when they do, talk bubbles appear above the participants who are talking. While I was waiting for my lot to come up, a lively conversation started between two women about a lot that had just ended. My lot came up, and the ladies were still talking. Their talk bubbles were distracting me, and obscuring bids from other participants on my lot. It was a bit nerve wracking. It all went so quickly, but it turns out I won the lot for just a few dollars more than I had originally intended.

My lot of journal pages arrived today. They are much smaller than I thought - only about 4 x 6 inches each. I now realize that there was no size mentioned in the description of the lot. They're kind of cool anyway though, but not really worth what I paid. I found out that the seller also has a store on Etsy, as do many of the other Tophatter sellers. I think I'd rather stick to buying on Etsy (and eBay) for now. It's much easier and less trouble than trying to bid on the same types of things in a fast-paced live auction full of cartoon people.

I am wondering if any of you have tried Tophatter? What do you think? Is it too new to judge yet? I'd like to know.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fantastic Sugar

I have posted about this Etsy shop's edible sugar buttons before, but they keep outdoing themselves with more and more amazing products. Today I came across these:

Edible sugar doilies from andiesspecialtysweets. Then I decided to peruse their shop to see what else is new, and I found these:

Chocolate candy "brass" buttons...

Chocolate candy gears...

Hard candy Mr. Darcy and Ms. Lizzie lollipops...

Chocolate cocoa bean candy acorns...

Edible sugar ferns...

and these beautiful chocolate filled candy seashells and coral.

All items pictured in this post are from andiesspecialtysweets on Etsy.

I have great admiration for people who do things so well, and with such attention to detail, and who keep consistently putting out better and better products. I can only dream of what they are going to do next!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hearts 'n Crafts

Yes, it has been forever since I last posted, but there is a reason for that. I had heart valve repair surgery and I am still recovering, and haven't felt like doing anything worth posting about. One thing I have noticed recently, since I have hearts on my mind, is the prevalence of anatomical hearts appearing in crafts of all mediums. Here are some favorite ones I have found:

This one has been on my Pinterest "Stitchery" board for awhile. Judging by the number of repins, a lot of people seem to like it. Embroidered heart by Carla Madrigal from here.
She has an Etsy shop here.

Felted wool hearts by OnceAgainSam on Etsy here. The one on the right is supposed to be human scale.

Heart shrine by calaverasycorazones on Etsy here. "Te lo entrego" means "I give it to you".

Anatomical heart note card and tag set by CrimsonHollow on Etsy here.

Hand carved rubber stamp by skullandcrossbuns on Etsy here.

Beadwork heart by Jan Huling here. I used to do sewn beadwork like this (well, not THAT good...) but lately I haven't had the patience or the eyesight for it. Maybe I'll get some strong magnifying glasses and pick it up again at some point.

Fancy heart necklace by TheLysineContingency on Etsy here. I like this. I might buy it. It would be a nice little memento of my surgery, I think.

Here is something everyone needs - some anatomical heart cabinet hardware by billyblue22 on Etsy here.

And lastly, is this flowering heart print on a vintage dictionary page by BIZZIBEEZ on Etsy here.

I hope you have enjoyed my little anatomical hearts 'n crafts tour.
Stay healthy and be creative!
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