Monday, September 28, 2009


Lately I haven't felt much like crafting (my store can attest to that)...I've been spending all my free time junking and re-decorating the house. Every Saturday morning for the past few weekends we've gotten up at the crack of dawn to treasure hunt at various estate sales and the occasional garage sale that boasts antiques. This Saturday I hit the jackpot (at least in my opinion I hit the jackpot)...first we drove over to Wisconsin to an estate sale in an old farmhouse that was supposed to be busting at the seams with loot. We got lost (a few times) trying to find it...but when we finally arrived we were delighted to find everything was already half off the marked price. Here is what we (ok...I) found:
A tattered old lampshade for $.50, I've already got plans for it...a whole bag of old wooden and plastic clothespins, valentines, playing cards, an old tattered pincushion, an old curtain panel for $.50, an old box of puzzles, an old photo holder and two old metal compacts.
(I really need work on my photography skills!). The boys had plans to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs so I headed to the second estate sale alone. I saw a vintage Christmas angel and immediately fell in love with her...she was marked $12 but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much. I left without purchasing anything although there were dozens of things I really wanted. I thought about that angel all day kicking myself for not buying her...I knew If I went back on Sunday she'd be gone but since everything would be half off I decided to go back. I got there right when they opened (along with about 20 other people) and the angel was right where I left her, I had planned on spending the $6 but found that the price had changed $12 to $2 (or did I misread it the day before?) so she was only $1. What a bargain...and her candle still lights up! Do you think it would be wrong to display her all year round?
Here's the other loot I bought for half off as well...I seem to have a Christmas theme going...
(again, my photography is crappy at best)
To top off my lucky weekend I headed to Goodwill to see what they had for the half off Sunday/Monday tag sale and found this absolutely ADORABLE vintage writing desk...I sat there staring at it, opening the top drawer, opening the bottom drawer, opening the little screened doors, back and forth, back and forth, trying to decide if I wanted to spend the money on it (although it was dirt cheap but hey, I didn't even want to spend $12 on that vintage angel), called Tom to get his opinion (he was no help)...I knew I had to make a quick decision because two other vultures were circling waiting for me to walk away so they could swoop I grabbed the price tag off and ran to the check-out. I'm so glad I decided to get it! I'm not quite sure what else I'm going to add to it but everytime I walk past it I do a little happy dance.

Unfortunately I won't be doing any treasure hunting next Saturday, I'll be running the Boston Scientific 5K. Maybe I'll have time to check out some sales after the race???

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Giveaway Winners!

Well, since I only received two comments both Scraps and Emma will receive the halloween embellishments. Thanks for your comments!

Emma, please email me with your address and I'll get your freebies sent right away.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Smell of Fall

These new wallflower scents from Bath and Body Works are absolutely delicious! I have two wallflowers positioned not-so-far from each other so I put the Ginger Vanilla in one and the Leaves in the other so the scents mingle...mmm, mmm good!
Makes my favorite time of the year a little more enjoyable!

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Halloween Embellishment Giveaway!

Tom and I went to a few estate sales last weekend...Tom didn't find any treasures but I sure did. One sale had a stash of vintage hats, the hats were in terrible shape but lucky for me I learned the trick to reviving vintage millinery from a cute little old lady selling vintage hats (just steam them and reshape before they cool)...they look much better now than they did on the hats!
I also found all sorts of paper treasures but some of them smell a little musty. I think I heard that storing them in kitty litter for a bit takes the smell away. Does anyone know if that's true?
I also found these adorable picks and couldn't resist...I think I'll make up some little Christmas kits for my shop with these little cuties, the vintage millinery and the little metal jello molds shown in the pic above.
Now for the giveaway: Leave me a comment sometime before Midnight (central time) Friday, September 18th telling me what your favorite item is from my Etsy shop (it could be something currently listed or something that has already sold) and one lucky winner will get a set of the Halloween Felt Rounds AND a set of the Happy Haunting Journaling Spots.

Please check my shop for new Halloween items and kits and watch for my "clearance" sale starting soon.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Photo Card Album

I treasure all the old black and white photos passed down from my ancestors. Months ago I made a very feminine album full of all my grandmother's family photos and stories. I wanted to do something a little more masculine for my grandfather's family...this is how it turned out...
I used one of those old photo envelope cards, cut staggered pages from Cosmo Cricket papers and sewed them all down the fold of the photo card. I'm still trying to decide if I want a title on the front.

Turns out that the old photo card wasn't strong enough to hold up under the stress of the stitching (and the weight of the pages) and everything started falling apart. To reinforce the seams I glued paper, fabric and ribbons as sort of "seam bindings" to hold the pages in the book.

I think my next project is going to be an album using the materials from a vintage pattern/ephemera kit I have for sale in my etsy shop. I'll certainly post pictures if this idea comes to fruition!

Monday, September 7, 2009


It's been awhile since my last post and so many life changes have taken place. Early Tuesday morning (September 1, 2009) my wonderful grandmother Elsie passed away peacefully in her sleep. We all knew it was coming and since she lived to a ripe old age of 97 (with good health right up until about 30 hours prior to death) we couldn't be too sad, of course we'll miss her dearly but she was ready to go and now she's with my grandfather again. The funeral was Friday and, although it was a somewhat solemn event, it was nice to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins (there are 129 of us).

Then on Sunday I lost my oldest child and only daughter Shelby...ok, I might be exaggerating a little but she did leave us to head off to college. I cried a hard, ugly cry Saturday night after eveyone went to bed, this time wasn't because I was worried about her being ready and able to be on her own, it was because I'm really REALLY going to miss her. The University had the entire 'Move-In' process down to a all ran like a well-oiled machine and if you've never seen it, you should, it's really quite something. I actually laughed and had fun even though a few hours later I had to drive away knowing I would not see her again until Thanksgiving. I'm doing surprisingly well considering...but I find myself constantly wondering what she's doing now.

The rest of the weekend, in between funerals and college move-ins, Tom and I painted our fence. What a chore! So far we've gone through 8 gallons of tinted stain and still have the entire back of the fence to paint. That will have to wait until next weekend though...we both have to nurse our right hands back to health, they're somewhat crippled right now!