Monday, January 24, 2011

Love Banner

This is a first for me.  I am posting this on both my blogs.  Here and on Stampin' Garden.

I have been wanting to make a banner for a few years now.  I made it my mission to get one done this weekend....and that's what it took, the better part of a weekend.  I will say I am happy with the results, though.

I contemplated every detail, over and over.  I pulled out all the tricks in my bag.  I used my Cricut, vintage trims and lots of Stampin' Up! paper.  I tried a few new things along the way.

The red tulle on the "L" that came out of an auction box lot. 

Using lots of pearls and scrunchy tissue flowers on the "O."

The glitter heart on the "V" that I topped with Crystal Effects so that no glitter flakes off.

The vintage seam binding on the "E" that I crinkled and made my bow.

Here's my mantel with my favorite vintage valentine's.

I'm in love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yep, It's Rednesday and Life Has Been Good.

Hello everyone!  Can you believe this is my second post of the new year?  Not that 2010 was bad, but something unexpected came over me at the beginning of 2011.  A sense of contentment and calm.  I didn't make a resolution.  It wasn't a conscience decision.  It just happened.  So, instead of trying to figure it out.  Maybe over-think it, like I tend to do, I am going with it. 

Thrifting has been good.  Gas prices have kept me from venturing out too much, but those few times really paid off.  This is only about half of my haul.  The other half, when I post it, will be less colorful.  I had to group all these together for Rednesday!  Yeah!   Sue @ Sue Loves Cherries is our wonderful hostess!

Of course I was hoping to find Valentine's to add to my collection.  I collect mostly birds, baseball and anthropomorphic foods.  I only found two, but two is better than none, right?

I love, love, love the Constitution book.  It's from 1936. I totally forgot it would be missing a few amendments...six to be exact!  It will be a great addition to my patriotic items.  As will the cupcake picks.  I found the ones on the right first.  They are 48 star flags.  They were sold be the piece and I resisted buying them all and went with 6.  Then I ran across the bag of 50 star picks for less than the price of my original 6!  Now to use them!

The fabric, I hope to use recovering my kitchen chairs as soon as I can find a suitable tablecloth to cut up.  I thought this fabric might make a good skirt on those chairs.  I guess we'll see.

The price was right on the glasses, so hopefully I will find a few more somewhere in my travels.

The felt covered heart beads are new.  I actually have a few projects in mind, but in typical fashion, I'm a little behind.  Of course I will share anything I complete!

Now I need to run.  I heading to Mom and Dad's today.  They bought a new computer and yours truly setting it up for them.  I am hoping to hit a few thrift store along the way.....

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Good Start To The New Year

Although it's been quiet on the old blog, I've been quite busy.  The very first day of the New Year came the first auction of 2011.  The beginning of the year can be a dangerous time.  I'm always anxious to buy.  I know this about myself and yet I did it again.  I think a lackluster December at the thrift shops might have been contributing factor.  When I saw this I knew, I had to have it!

Even the auction regulars were surprised with my bidding.  One of my auction friends was across the room.  He said when they shouted, "Sold!"  I had a grin from ear to ear.  I guess I don't have much of a poker face!  So this is my Christmas present from my in-laws.  This year in lieu of presents they gave us some money to spend.  Mine didn't last long!  Many times when I spend over my self-imposed limit I have a little buyers remorse, but not this time!  I love this little guy!

He looks right at home above my ribbon cabinet.  His needle is broke, otherwise it's functional.  Someday I'll have to get a needle and give him a spin!