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!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stephanie's Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Reveal

Another tea cup/mug swap has concluded and today is the day of the big reveal!  Be sure to visit Stephanie's blog the Enchanting Rose HERE  to see all the treasures that have been exchanged during this most recent swap.

I must thank Stephanie once again for her dedication of time and effort in putting this wonderful swap together. After participating quite a few times in past swaps, it has become an event that I truly look forward to each and every time. It is such a joyful event! Thank you very much Stephanie!

My package arrived one late afternoon/early evening and I didn't even know it! It was well into the evening when my husband happened to go out onto the front porch to lock the doors for the night. He happened to notice the package sitting on the porch floor! So I was very surprised when he announced that my package had arrived!

My lovely package was sent by Laura who blogs at Decor to Adore.  I read her little hand stamped note card before I tore into my box of treasures. I always enjoy the notes that accompany each package. It's a nice way to learn a little about your exchange partner.

Inside was this pretty tea cup! Isn't she lovely? Lots of pretty pink flowers, dainty and delicate! It is a beautiful addition to my collection!

Look at all the goodies that came with it! There are marcaroons, lemon tea, some pretty floral napkins, flower seeds, washi tape, painted wooden clips and some glitter.....sweet!

I have had lemon herbal tea before but never this lemon tea. It is delicious! It is not at all tangy as I expected it would be. It is lightly lemon, very soothing and oh so good! I had two cups the first night....

and maybe even just one macaroon.....YUM!

Thank you very much Laura for this beautiful package! It was a delightful surprise when it arrived and it was a perfect way to end the day! (A very high note indeed!)


The recipient of my package is Janice who blogs at Curtains in my Tree. She collects lots of blue and white so I went on a hunt for a blue and white teacup. I see them often in my you think I could find a blue and white teacup just because I happened to be looking for one? You know the answer! 

Finally, the next day I visited an antique shop just a few miles out of town. There was one blue and white teacup with a matching dessert plate.  I really liked it too!  

I packaged it all up and sent it on its way........

Here's what I included in Janice's package.... this tea cup, saucer and dessert plate. I found the embroidered set of 4 napkins at another antique shop in my hometown. They coordinated so well.

I included some decaf tea, clover honey spoons, some vintage lace....

.......a salted caramel chocolate bar and some Godiva chocolate covered biscuits. You can read more about Janice's package here.

Thank you Laura for your lovely package. My new tea cup looked so pretty on my Easter dinner table. I used all mismatched cups!

Thank you also to Janice for your kinds words on your blog and for being such a gracious recipient!!!

Thank you again Stephanie. This swap puts a big smile on my face every time I participate and this swap was no exception. In fact, I've already got a big smile on my face just thinking about the next one in the fall! I imagine there were nearly a couple hundred other smiling faces too! New friends and new tea can never have too many of either!!! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Three Little Angels

Good morning friends! We are once again in the midst of a snowstorm....just got the piles from the last nor'easter to finally melt away and lo and behold.....another snowstorm....though when I woke up this morning, we were on the lesser end of the expected snowfall amounts. For that I am grateful!  I kept myself busy yesterday afternoon and evening completing a trio of angels using some new laces I purchased recently.  Each angel is unique. All are embellished differently but all are in neutral tones and shabby sweet.

It's been a while since I crafted any angels and sometimes I get such an urge to create them.... so I decided that as long as I was going to be stuck inside, I was going to do something fun. I had a great time working on my triplet angels and coming up with ways to make them unique in their own way.

The angel (shown above) was the first one of the batch....she has horizontal stripes (which I would never wear btw, lol!) and two layers of doilies for her wings.

Angel number two wears her stripes vertically,  has wings made from a double layer of ivory twill zig-zag stitched together with a doily on top. The flower in her hair is stained with coffee.

It's very hard to see in this photo but she has a layer of vintage eyelet in addition to the narrow lace on her hemline.

This is angel number three. Her wings are made from two layers of the brown ticking with a doily on top. Her halo flower is lightly stained. She has a stained ivory, wide eyelet collar. I love her collar!!

Nestled in a basket....

Taking turns on their best sides....

Lace edge tag with "moms are angels" has been added....

These were so much fun to make!! I have not decided on their hangers yet...trying to decide if I should use curled wire hangers with a shabby bow, (as I often do) or a simple lace hanger, or some ivory silk sari ribbon that I have in my stash...totally undecided at the moment....but the most time consuming work has been done. (and it does take quite a bit of time to make one of these little darlings)

Hoping I get some spring inspiration soon. I think I need to order some pretty new fabrics in some cheerful spring colors.....right now my world is pretty white.....and the white stuff it is still coming down out there!!! I am going to have to do some blog hopping over the weekend to get some springtime inspiration from my friends in warmer parts of the country.

Gotta run! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Bye friends!