Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dreaming of Paris

Good evening all.....Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We have been having some beautiful summer weather, though yesterday was a bit on the humid side and we did have some rather strong thunderstorms. Today was exceptionally nice with lots of sun, blue skies and low humidity. I could take several months of this kind of weather!

 Yesterday I printed some pretty French floral graphics on to some fabric for use on some decorative hanging pillows. (Graphics purchased from French Paper Moon.) I was anxious to start the first pillow so this morning I cut pieces of lace and arranged it around the pretty pink flowers. Since it was so nice outside, I wanted to get some fresh air but later in the afternoon I returned to my pillow in pieces and began putting it all together. It went together well but took plenty of time to get it just right.

The pillow measures 8" x 6"

In addition to some beautiful laces from my collection, I also used torn strips of sheer curtain panels for the side bows and hanger.  The main fabric is painter's canvas which I love to work with as it adds a perfect soft, rustic touch to vintage projects, especially those with lots of luscious lace.

I am very pleased with the way it turned out. It was a "trial pillow" as I have three more copies of the graphic printed out on fabric. I am anxious to begin another.....

I love the Paris tag. Initially I had stitched "PARIS"  onto a canvas tag. I had cut the word out of some fabric that I had and I stitched it to the tag with some fusible fleece under it because I wanted it to pop. Once done, I did not like the look of the jet black print on the tag. It was just too dark for all the pretty pink and cream on the pillow so I decided to cover the tag with a piece of the sheer fabric to see if it would minimize some darkness in the text. I stitched it on and then restitched around the word "PARIS" to give it that quilted look. It worked just as I had hoped. I love the way it looks on the pillow with exposed stitching and of course the loose threads. I think it adds just the right amount of shabby to the pillow....

It can be hung on the wall, on a door knob, placed on a shelf or as part of a vignette or just about anywhere.....

I even like it right where it is--sitting on my dining room table! 

Tomorrow I will get crackin' on the other pillows. Hopefully they will not take me as long to complete as this one did. I have quite a stash of lace to choose from so I will challenge myself to make them all one-of-a-kind. 

Wishing everyone a great week ahead! 

Friday, June 30, 2017

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Good morning friends and happy Friday! Hope you are all well and enjoying some summer weather and activities! It's a tad dreary here today but after the day I had yesterday complete with a headache from hell, the lack of bright sun is a good thing for me today!

Today's post is titled You win some you lose I'll begin with the win!

You may have noticed my teacup shelf above! ;)  I have been hunting for one of these for over a year. I have found a few that have been refinished in various shops but always in the wrong color. I have added my name to  call lists in shops that told me they would call me if they got one of these shelves in. No calls!

So one morning as I headed out on a junkin' trip with a friend, I told her my main mission was to find a teacup shelf and that was really the only item I was interested in! We arrived at our favorite shop (about an hour's drive) and walked in the front door. As I turned my head to the left, I saw this shelf sitting up quite high on a display and I really could not believe my eyes. We looked at it, the price was right, $40, but it was so large. I wasn't quite sure if it was too wide for the spot I had in mind in my dining room. We both agreed I should grab it so luckily the woman that owned the booth was standing right there and she got it down for me and put it up on the front counter so I wouldn't have to lug it around.

Mission accomplished!!!

Now the only problem was that we can easily spend 3 hours in this particular shop and I found the item I was looking for in the first minute.....hmmm, what to do with the 2 hours and 59 minutes left?????

Well, I found these two little beauties and as you can see, they came home with me. You can even see them sitting on the shelf. These dessert sets were in a locked case marked 40% off so I could not resist!

This set, marked Haviland, Limoges, France, is so pretty. Though it isn't my typical, edged in gold teacup, I fell in love with it and knew I had to add it to my collection.

I love the dainty floral print and scalloped edges. The shape of the teacup is sweet as well.

Then there was this dreamy teacup and dessert plate! I love the aqua color and the pink roses! It's Victorian Bone China, England.

I am going to use these! In fact, I have already used this one!

The last thing I grabbed at this shop was this pretty platter and set of four dessert plates because it was a clearance item and only $5.00 for the 5 pieces. How could I resist?

I don't think I bought anything else that day but I was so very happy with my teacup shelf purchase! I was not sure if I should paint it or leave it as I found it. The stained finish is beautiful and in excellent condition and I do have other dark wood in my dining room. So for now, I will leave it, as I found it in all it's glory!

Now for the lose......

So yesterday I was finishing up some final touches on this bag (made using Janice Pope's 2 hr Purse Pattern) that I had stitched up the night before for my ETSY shop and I decided to do one last ironing job as it had gotten a little wrinkled after sewing the button on.

I should have left well enough alone....truth be told I probably should not have even gotten out of bed yesterday morning. In the middle of the night I felt some familiar twinges of pain in my neck which usually signals me to get out of bed immediately, go downstairs and grab an ice pack and sit on the couch till the pain subsides. But I ignored it because I was too tired to get out of bed. So I woke up with a doozy of a headache that persisted all day and even into the evening.

I was bound and determined to finish this bag before an early afternoon commitment. So I was almost done, not feeling good at all, the phone rang, I answered the phone and it was a call that took way more time than I had, then my dog barked to go out (mind you I had already taken her out twice and all she did was sniff around the yard) and by now I was feeling very rushed, I ironed it and left the iron on the straps a little longer than I should have....I scorched and melted the straps in a few places. The outside fabric is a woven rayon and I still had the iron set on cotton. RUINED!

On top of my headache, I was heartsick! Talk about adding insult to injury....

I guess I didn't really get a great shot of the damage, I was actually able to scratch off some of the damage on the straps.... and I suppose someone unsuspecting might not even notice, but I know it's there. I guess the silver lining is that I now have a new hand bag. It still needs some ironing touch ups in a few places but I am not going there today......

It could have been worse I suppose. I could have rendered it damaged beyond use. So in this case, I guess my loss was really my gain...... at least that is what I am telling myself so that I don't cry! Well, I am off and running, got lots to do today so.......

Have a wonderful holiday weekend friends! Enjoy!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

T-Shirt Tassels Among Other Things

Good morning friends! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day! We had the most beautiful weather yesterday and today is much the same....lots of sun, blue skies and temperatures in the 70's. After a sudden heat wave and rushing to put in the air conditioners earlier in the week, this beautiful weather is a welcomed change.

During the week I spent some time on these zipper bags out of some remnant, irregular (I think) pieces of fabric. I love the fabric and even the irregularities in the weave. It is a home decorating fabric of rayon polyester. I lined it with the prettiest teal silky fabric; the actual fabric content is unknown to me.

After I was finished with the bags, I really wanted to add something of interest  to the bag which seemed a bit plain to me. So while going through some materials I came across a partially cut up tea shirt in the perfect teal color and it sparked an idea! T-shirt tassels!

I have a stash of various skeins of t-shirt yarn that I have made from old t-shirts and it occurred to me that I could probably make neat pom poms and tassels from them. I tried it and I liked it! I also used some crinkled seam binding and embroidery flosses in some colors that were in the fabric, and wrapped it around the tassels to tie it all together. It helps to bring out the lovely shades of green.

The lining fabric was in my stash and it matched perfectly!

So I was very happy with the way these turned out!  I will definitely be adding these neat tassels to some more of my bags.....

I have also used t-shirts for other bags, zipper bags and drawstring pouches. You can actually make a drawstring bag from one sleeve of a t-shirt in a couple of minutes--so that's two bags per t-shirt!!
They are very handy too. I use them for jewelry and when I am traveling, it's a great way to pack a chunky statement necklace for example...

Here is a zipper bag to the left, lined with fabric from a rust colored t shirt. Because the fabric is stretchy, you can stuff these bags to the max! The drawstring bags on the right utilize the sleeves from the t-shirt. The beige bag is stitched inside out to expose the can choose right side or wrong side....

Here is a better view of the exposed seam. I like that look!

Then I used some of my off white t-shirt yard to wind some shabby flowers. It is a cute and easy way to embellish anything!

Well, folks, I have to run but I hope I made you think twice about tossing out those t-shirts that have a way of accumulating over the years. We have so many and sometimes when I am sitting in front of the TV, I take some t-shirts with me, cut off the sleeves and then cut the shirt into one continuous strip. Once I have that step done, I wind it in to a ball--just like yarn. You can use that yarn for a million different things: crafts, wrapping packages, etc.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's June! What Happened to May?

Happy June friends! I can't really believe we have begun another month. I have to say that May flew by so quickly and it just hit me today! I suppose when four weekends are completely booked in any month, it can seem like a short month. We were out of town for three weekends in May. We celebrated my son-in-laws birthday in Boston (what fun) and we spent two weekends back-to-back in Newport, RI for my youngest daughter's college graduation. (so amazing) We also moved her into an apartment. (happy/sad/maybe a few tears)

This week I have been focusing on getting back to normal and replenishing some stock for my ETSY shop. I was nearly out of my bookmarks that use graphics printed on fabric and lots of lace. I had recently found a good selection of vintage laces and edgings and I was dying to put them to use. I worked on this series of bookmarks you see pictured above and it was so enjoyable putting them together. Plus it just felt so darn good jumping back in the saddle. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride!!!

Since I had so many new laces and edgings, I layered them on at the top and bottom.

I especially love the crocheted edgings. I love that someone actually takes the time to remove them from pillows, linens etc and then they sell them all tied up in little bundles. If I see them in antique shops, I grab them!

More lace and edgings at the bottom...

I constructed these bookmarks on my back porch where I have set up my sewing machine since warmer weather has arrived. I have constant "help" and companionship whenever I sew on the back porch because my sweet dog Ellie, loves to join me there.

As you can see she certainly is one huge pile of help! She was out like a light and actually snoring! She loves to sleep on the wicker love seat! I love having her around even when she gets under foot. After all, my nest has become rather empty......sigh.....

Well friends, that's all for today hoping to spend some time catching up with my blogging friends over the next couple of days. Being away for the past month has made me grateful that I can still follow many of you around on social media and not be completely out of the loop. It's been a very busy month for many of us! See you soon! Have a lovely weekend too!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Treasure Hunt

A couple of weeks ago my dear friend and I took a road trip to do some antique/vintage shopping. My friend took the wheel and drove us to a favorite shop of hers about an hour away. She said I would love it! She was right! It was so huge when I walked in I really had no idea where to begin. All I knew was that I was in my happy a kid in a candy store!

This chocolate pot came home with me because they were practically giving it away! I fell in love the moment I set my eyes on it!

I love these roses. So pretty!

These dainty little cups with their gold handles.....aren't they sweet?

So what else did I find?

This gorgeous crocheted tablecloth was sitting on a table just waiting for me to come along and swoop it up...We opened it all the way up to check for stains and there was one tiny stain that I knew would come out and it did. There was no noticeable wear, in fact it looked as though it had never been used.

Can you imagine crocheting one of these? This one is very large. I cannot begin to imagine how one completes a project like this or how many hours go into it.

I also picked up this pretty little Shelley tea cup. It was in a booth marked 65% off! Yes please!!! It's a sweet addition to my growing collection of tea cups!

When I first walked in to the antique shop I saw this trio of  Halls mixing bowls for $90.00.
I really wasn't looking to spend that much so you can imagine my joy when I found the exact same set in another booth for $15.00. That's right, $15.00!

I absolutely love them and I have used them already.

This Halls serving dish was a clearance item marked $5.00. While it isn't the same pattern, it coordinates nicely and is in perfect condition.

Now if you'll take a peek in my silverware chest you will see the item that I absolutely had to have and it was in a booth that was having a 40% off sale! If I could've only taken one item out of that store it would've been this beautiful silver plated tea strainer. It is gorgeous!

I have used this too! It's so pretty and elegant!

I love the floral details and the handle is beautiful too!

Last but not least, I purchased some old laces and edgings. These were lovely!

I found this pile of lace in two different shops. The eyelets were especially pretty!

I've already used some of the lace on my angel ornaments.

Here on her hemline....

and vertical trim....

and here as well....I really went on my treasure hunt in search of some lace. But I found so much more. While we were shopping this very nice gentleman followed us around and kept taking the items up to the counter for us. It was like having our very own personal shopping assistant! :)

After leaving this shop we went to lunch. We were starving! Then we realized we had spent three hours in that antique shop. We couldn't believe it! We lost total track of time.

We drove down the road and had a nice lunch and then headed home, stopping at two other shops along the way. What a fun, fun day! We hope to take another trip this week or next! Can't wait!