Hello my dear and beautiful blogging friends!!!!
I started the day after Thanksgiving creating and just going wild in my little sewing studio 24/7!
I downloaded beautiful vintage reproductions of advertising themes and the wonderful offerings of Graphic Fairy and many others and made button cards with vintage buttons, trims and charms.
I have found in my own creative process ~ the sweet little carded packages my creative friends have sent me I often keep in a dish to look at and enjoy.
They give me great inspiration until I am ready to snip off the buttons or bows for a project.
That is what I wanted to create for my blogging and etsy friends.
Spring Green and Creme Inspiration Box
I was so excited to post about it the next day. As I was getting ready to post, the news about Sandy Hook started coming in on our local station.
I have lots of friends there so became consumed with the story.
Needless to say ~ it just felt inappropriate to post about anything other than the tragedy.
The blog post I ended up writing on Sandy Hook was in the Sandy Hook Patch and others in Connecticut and I wanted to keep it front and center until it felt right to re post.
So here it is two months later from that sad day in December ~ it feels okay now to share joyful things while still carrying their broken hearts in mine.
Besides the button cards, I have also created Inspiration Boxes containing far more value than the $19.99 I am charging on Etsy.
They each have a color theme and contain a mixture of vintage supplies, hanky's, silkies, new silk ribbon, silk threads, some have tiny pin cushions I made filled with emery to keep your needles nice and sharp.
You will be able to open the box and start a new project!
I am listing all my vintage laces in addition to the silk warp and grosgrain ribbon and velvet that came from my Aunt's millinery shop in Chicago well over 60 years ago.
I have been buying crochet trims, soaking them in lavender baths...
then pressing and carding them by the yard.
I LOVE taking this ~
Many times I tea stain the trims ~ in the photo below you can see an example of the same crochet trim ~ one tea stained and one left white. (center lace)
Hand crocheted by loving hands ~ these are treasure that must be preserved!
I have also started collecting crochet bags from the late 1800's early 1900's.
My budget is under $10.00 a bag but after a good soak, loving care and a little mending...
these bags are the treasures they were always meant to be!
I couldn't understand my sudden obsession with these.
Then I realised my Grama was an amazing crochet artist. Her stitches were tiny and perfect,
She had strict orders to send me all her "mistakes" which I will love and cherish always.
She passed away this past fall ~ then it became clear there is a connection to my determination to "save" vintage crochet pieces!
I also remembered this little bag filled with lavender,
It has been hanging on my guest room door for years. I found it in my basement when I was a little girl and it has stayed with me all these years.
It belonged to my great grandmother who was an expert pattern maker and seamstress.
It's really just in my blood, to care for and then pass on these pieces of art.
It feels in some way as if I am caring for their legacy.
Here is more beautiful antique laces I found at a local shop ~
My dear pal Pat sent me the most beautiful fabric book for Christmas ~ I cherish it so!
As is always the case ~ she inspires me so much that I decided to make one for each of my daughter for their 30th birthday.
My beautiful twin babies ~ I can't believe they are 30!
Here are a few of the pages ~
The front of Cheri's book ~ sorry it is sideways!
The layers of pages from Jaci's book ~ I love all those vintage fabrics!
Someone ~ she knows who she is ~ got me hooked on paper dolls so I tried making one from shrinky dink printer paper.
It looked a little silly but was cute for the book tassel.
more sideways pics ~ so sorry!
The needle book closed ~ the tiny crochet ball at the top is filled with emery to sharpen pins and needles.
A repurposed Ballerina jewelry box for Pat ~
And a bookmark with sweet little Angell's picture.
Speaking of book marks ~ here are some I have on my etsy shop ~
Book Mark Section Etsy Shop
And this little needle cases with layers of chenille and felt inside ~
(the first one is sold)
These are butterfly's from Germany that I have had for many years and just listed ~
their wings flutter in the wind!
German Made Victorian Butterflies with Magnetic Wings
I have so much more to share but have to get to the grocery store!
This will be the 31st year of making Heart Shaped Meatloaf for Valentines Day Dinner!
We were snowed in for four days ~ until Monday so it's quite nice to once again be able to just get in the car and go!
Here are the town trucks coming down our one way road to save us!!!
We had 6 and 7 foot piles in our street from snow drifts and people cleaning snow off their cars.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you ALL!!!!!
How about treating yourself to Pat's latest issue of
Folks ~ it Crazy Beautiful!!!
He knows every hair on your head and every desire in your heart ~ YOU are Never alone!