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She’s small, she’s hungry and not giving it up without a fight!

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But before we announce a brief side trip.  Did you know that Amy Butler had a paper crafts site?  Or that she provided .pdf tutorials for some crafts?  I decided to try my hand at making the paper irises I found here

They were pretty easy to make.  I didn’t have the brads they mentioned so I used fabric buttons.  I then looped floral wire through the shank, crimped it tight and then wrapped it with floral tape.  It made some lovely blooms.

Paper Irises

Here is one a bit closer.

Paper Iris

Now on to the drawing.  I placed all the names in a cup.

cup

And then I picked out the lucky winner.

Heidi

Heidi of Everyday Cookies!  She will be winging her way to see you soon.  Please send me your address so I can mail it to you. 

Thanks to Vicki W of Field Trips in Fiber, Lara from Thornberry, Zizzybob at Just a Little Zizzy, and Sassy Priscilla for leaving comments, too.  Go check out all of their blogs as they are masters at what they do. 

I overheard a question in a thrift shop yesterday and it got me thinking.  What is the difference between vintage and antique?  Are they one and the same?  I was trying not to “obviously” eavesdrop on their discussion, but wanted to hear the resolution to the question.  Well, they never resolved it. 

 an·tique      [an-teek]

1. of or belonging to the past; not modern.
2. dating from a period long ago: antique furniture.
3. noting or pertaining to automobiles approximately 25 years old or more.
4. in the tradition, fashion, or style of an earlier period; old-fashioned; antiquated.
5. of or belonging to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
6. (of paper) neither calendered nor coated and having a rough surface.

–noun

8. any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.

Then vintage is anything that has been previously owned?  It could be from any period and could also be an antique?

vin·tage    (vĭn’tĭj)  n.  

    1. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
    2. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
    3. Length of existence; age.
  1. Informal
    1. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
    2. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
    3. Length of existence; age.
      adj.  
  2. Of or relating to a vintage.
  3. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
  4. Old or outmoded.

So then what are these?  Vintage? Antique? 

Teacup Pincushions

Teacup Pincushion

These are pincushions I create using thrifted teacups and felted wool sweaters which I thrift also.  Some of the teacups may be over 100 years old, but the felted sweaters are not that old.  Vintage insert in an antique cup?

Embroidered Picture

Isn’t this a lovely picture?  I found it yesterday for $7.25.  It was worked by Emilie LaPlade in 1978.  That makes it 29 years old.  I believe it is in the original stretcher.  The work on it is phenomenal.  It indicates that it was a kit and was made in 1975.  The number above the door is 944 and I wondered if that was her house number?  I pushed the thread back a bit to see if the number was in the pattern and it was not, so it must be her number.  Emilie, if you are out there I love this vintage or antique picture.  Whichever the case may be.

Have a great day!

P.S. Remember the drawing for this is tomorrow.  Remember to leave a comment if you want to be in the drawing to receive the postcard.  Good luck!


Watch this video and see if you think the answer might be yes. It is a bit long, but we can all identify.

Swap Receipts and B-day Package

Yesterday (9-24) was my friend Angela’s birthday, but when I got home and went to my mailbox I thought maybe it was mine.  Above (in the blue) is the package I wrapped for Angela.  I picked up a couple of rolls of blue banner paper at the Goodwill that I thought would come in handy.  It certainly did as it matched the tote I gave her for her birthday perfectly.  Tied with a grosgrain ribbon and with a pretty tag using the date stamp I thrifted to record the date and you have one pretty package.  I added a couple of my bird stamps since the tote had a bird on it (the picture is like the one with the orange handles, but I got her the larger size like the green). 

Also in the picture above is the necklace that Sabrina made me for my optical crafters swap.  She, Myra and I met on an optical board and decided to swap among ourselves.  It is a lovely necklace.  I can hardly wait to wear it.  It is the kind of elegant necklace that can dress up jeans and a crisp white shirt or a really dressy outfit.  I LOVE IT! 

I also received the handmade Halloween cards from Ingrid in Ontario.  We participated in a Swap-bot Halloween card swap.  The tree card is my favorite.  I think I may frame it as it is too lovely to send.  I am trying to figure out how she made the tree on it, but will probably ask her.  She also made me the bookmark from a recycled card.  Too cute and a great way to recycle.  It would be a great gift for treat bags at school, too.

The last 2 pictures are 2 more totes I embellished.  I have been on such a bird kick lately, haven’t I?  I really like the word fabric that I used on the one on the left.  I found it at a quilt shop here in Chester, The Busy Bee.  I have seen it many times, but only recently went in.  It is a trove of fabric and fun.  They are very helpful and often have FQ’s and fabric bundles for $1 and 50% off respectively.  It is in the Village Green section of Chester down from the gas station on the corner.   

And, I tried the new chai combination that the Starbucks person told me and it is thisclose to what I am used to drinking.  1/4 chai liquid, 1/4 water and the remainder milk for a full cup, bless you Starbucks barrista!  I thought for a bit I might have to toss the liquid.   

You can click on the flickr link on the left to see any of the pics close up.  Have a great rest of your week everyone!

Sweet Sister Swap

I am participating in the Sweet Goodness Holiday Sister Swap.  The last Sweet Goodness swap brought me my new crafty buddy, Kirsten from the Preppy Pink Crocodile.  I am looking forward to getting to know Christy from Mama Said Sew.  This time we will have 3 small swaps over the next 3 holidays-Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you have never swapped before I highly encourage it.  Nothing beats it! 

Now to my swap homework assignment: 20 Questions to Get to Know Cindy.

1. Favorite Color: Yellow
2. Chocolate Lover? Milk, Dark, White, or none of the above? Milk, but white chocolate only in cookies with macadamia nuts

3. What is your favorite craft hobby? Little bit of everything, sewing, paper craft (cards, origami, journaling), knitting/crocheting, embroidery, and jewelry making

4. What is a craft/art hobby that you would like to start? Drawing, I bought myself some colored pencils but have yet to start drawing with them. 

5. What craft do you NOT have an interest in or just not great in (so your partner doesn’t send something you wouldn’t use)? Making softies
 6. Do you have any allergies? (we don’t want to send anything with peanuts if it’ll make you blow up like a balloon!) Allergic to nothing
7.What’s your favorite part of Halloween? Decorating, candy eating, costumes, or something else? Definitely the candy eating, but enjoy seeing the costume contest winners especially on the Today 
show.  8. Do you decorate for Thanksgiving/Fall? Only my cubical at work and then minimally.  I live alone and go to a family’s house for Thanksgiving.  All I need is the bird and the stuffing and I drive to it!
9. December Holidays–what holiday do you celebrate? What type of decorations do you like to put up in your house for that holiday? Christmas, white icicle lights in my windows, my Christmas tree is done in all Santas and I pick them up as I travel or whenever I see a cute one.  I try to find area specific ones as I travel, not with the city on it, but with a life preserver at the beach, snowshoes in the mountains, etc.  I don’t like tinsel, garland or multi-color lights. I do love to drive to see the tacky light houses  at the holidays. 

10. Do you have any children, if so what are their ages, boys/girls? No children of my own, but I am an Aunt to 11 and Great Aunt to 4.  I am part of a large family (7) and we range in age from the late 50’s to 43.  I am next to the youngest.

11. Do you have any pets, if so what kind? Only the dust bunnies that live under my bed and,   at times, they flourish!
12. Are you a reader? If so, what type of books do you like? I used to like only biographies and true crime stories, now I read some fiction.  I am funny in that if I am not there by the end of the first chapter, I will not finish the book.  I read the news on-line and craft books mostly now.

13. Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary in October, November, or December? If so, what day and what is the occasion? I am hoping to start a new job in October.  I was downsized recently and am trying to find another job. 

14. Do you collect anything? If so what type of things do you collect? Caro Nan wicker basket purses.  I also collect jewelry, clothing, and tote bags…LOL!
15. What type of things do you like to cook? Are you an appetizer person, cookie maker, dessert freak or a take out type of person?? I like to make soups and frequently try new combinations, desserts, new recipes, and love any Paula Dean recipe, but I eat those in moderation.  I have been on a chickpea and black bean recipe kick lately.

16. What is your favorite scent? Is there one that you can’t stand? I cannot tolerate most scents.  I wear a lightly scented white tea and ginger lotion from a friend’s shop.  They make it.  As a rule I like musk scents.  Floral scents I cannot tolerate.

17. What’s your favorite song? No clear favorite, but I like anything by Josh Groban, Bette Midler, Tony Bennett, Chris Isaac and my new fav is Bianca Ryan.
  This is the song that won it for her in my mind.  She won 2006’s America’s Got Talent, the 11 year old (yes, I said 11!)little girl with the 40-year old’s voice).
18. What’s the last movie you went to see at the movie theater? The Break-up.  I don’t normally go to the theatre, but watch a lot of DVDs and own a lot of DVDs.  I love comedies, romance, dramas, etc.   My fav Christmas movies that I watch yearly as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the original Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood. 

19. What’s your favorite Candy? Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!  I HATE liver, but if you placed it inside a Reese’s peanut butter cup, I would EAT liver! 

20. Tea or Coffee or other? Definitely, tea.  I like raspberry and chai tea lattes.  I recently refused to buy the pre-made mix as it is now over $5 a can and makes about 8 servings.  I bought the Tazo chai liquid (like they use at Starbucks, and the milk to mix my own and followed the label directions and did not like it.  I guess I have to tweak it.  I am going to ask the Starbucks person what is the mix percentage they use.  The package says 50/50, but YUCK!!! 

P.S. I asked at Starbuck’s and that is not the proportions they use.  It is more like 1/4 of the cup for the concentrate, 1/4 for water and the other half milk.  I am going to try that tomorrow morning.    

So there you have 20 more things that you know about me! 

Remember these witches?  Well lookee what they became…

Swap-bot Halloween Postcards Completed

I added some pumpkin background fabric, embroidered a couple of spiderwebs, sewed on spiders from my Halloween confetti, added glitter glue and verigated thread that the colors reminded me of candy corn.  Since the embroidery was done with black thread I had to place a heavy(ish) muslin on the back and then fuse the background fabric to that so you wouldn’t see the black through it.  Pair the front with this swirly fallish background fabric and you have one sweet postcard for my swap partners.  (Stay tuned to see how you can partner without the reciprocal swap!)

I also finished two other projects to consign.  Start with a thrifted messenger bag in either tan, green or khaki, wash them, iron them and then embellish them with fabric, a bit of embroidery, buttons, lace, some fancy stitching, threads, etc.     I find the templates mainly using children’s coloring pages which I locate using Google’s image search function.  The coloring pages are usually the outline of the objects and are normally large images, too.  If you are specific in your search terms (template OR coloring AND tree OR teacup OR your image here) you can normally locate what you are seeking quickly.  If you play around with the image in Word or your photo printing program you can size it as you need it.  I find that resizing it in Word gives me the most specific sizes I need.  I use my photo editor program to crop out the parts I don’t want to print as much as possible and then print the image on heavy paper so I can save it for another use as needed. 

Tree EmbellishmentTeacup Embellishment

I fuse the image to the fabric with Wonder Under and then embroider around the image if the fabric permits it.  The tree was placed on a leather tote bag that I found nearly impossible to hand embroider.  I decided to use my machine and stitch around the image (don’t shudder, it was a very soft and thin leather or I would not have thought about it).  After the sewing I then took my fingers and roughed up the edges of the fabric to cause it to fray a bit.  I like them to look rustic.  After that it seemed to be a bit on the plain side so I located four buttons that matched various parts of the leaves  and sewed them on with yellow embroidery thread to make them pop a bit. 

With the teacup, I outlined the image with a blanket stitch and added some outlining at the bottom of the cup to separate it from the saucer.  You are probably wondering why I placed that piece of fabric in the middle of the grommets on the strap?  It was because I was missing that grommet.  The fabric is on both sides and I outlined the patch with a zig zag (2 times around) and then a X (2 times also, with the zig zags placed bottom to bottom so it looked like a design) in the middle to reinforce it more as it will get a bit of weight on it.  On the inside of the bag by one of the pockets there were several short red ink lines…enter big wooden vintage asian inspired button and it was never there.  It happens to have been on the flap right on top of the velcro closure ideal place for a button, right! 

The messenger bags are easy to find at the thrift shops and don’t we all like them better after they are broken in?  Someone did the breaking in for us.  I sold this one  to see how much “action” it got before I invested in making more.  There were several people that made comments about how much they liked it, wanted it, needed to get the money to buy it, asked if I had other designs, etc.  I decided to go ahead and make more of them.  I get the bags for a song, the fabric is mostly my scraps from other projects.  It is a very inexpensive, but sometimes time intensive and visually appealing item.  You never know what people will like??

Now the part where you can partner, too.    If you leave a comment about any of the projects, questions or thoughts to tweak any of them, I will put your name in a hat and pick one on Friday.  I will send you a Halloween fabric postcard (I made an extra one), too.  Complete with a personalized greeting from me and sent via mail to you!  Boo-tiful, no?  Bewitchingly greatScary cool?  Wicked easy?  (Please stop me!  I could go on forever!)

Enjoy the last bits of the weekend!

Urinetown…weird name, great play!  I highly recommend if it comes to your area that you check it out.  It is campy, irreverent, and a ball of fun.  Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!  That is unless you don’t appreciate “potty humor” (pun intended). 

Printer’s Alley Fabric Haul

 Printer’s Alley is having its twice yearly sale!  PRINTER’S ALLEY IS HAVING ITS TWICE YEARLY SALE!  Most of the fabric is 50-70% off.  It is all upholstery and drapery fabrics and look at my haul!  I got the 7 yards of drapery fabric above for $4.50 per yard and the cording for $1 per yard.  It only happens twice a year and when I was last there they told me it was a great sale.  They didn’t lie!  They also have a lot of accessory items, etc on sale for 70% off, too.  If you are close, check it out.  At the least sign up for their e-mail list and be notified when it happens again. 

Then I headed to my other fav a bit down Broad Street, the Goodwill.  Look what I found there!

Goodwill Haul

I have been searching everywhere for that elephant fabric.  This is a drapery panel.  I also got 11 fabric samples that I will use for some brooches and the cute pencil cup.  All for $6! 

I also received my partners for my Swap-bot Halloween postcard swap.  One of the people sending to me this time is an artist living in Hungary.  Pretty cool!  I cannot wait to see the goodies.  I also entered a swap to trade Dotee Dolls.  They were so cute I could not resist. 

Have a great weekend. 

Urinetown

My friend Brenda and I are off this evening to see Urinetown at the Swift Creek Mill Theatre.  According to the reviews I have read it is really funny.  Can’t wait to update you on it tomorrow. 

Have a great rest of your day!

Hydrangea Bench

I love benches.  Taking time to sit and breathe a bit, watching the world go by or just being there in the moment.  I love to take pictures of benches.  The bench above was taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. 

 I liked how the bench is almost overtaken by the Hydrangea and the weathered appearance of the bench.  Kind of like you need to squeeze into the seat between a couple of friends. 

Let’s all remember to take time to sit, watch, and smell the hydrangeas. 

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is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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