Saturday, September 22, 2007

When there were no blogs

Found this old photograph at a garage sale yesterday. Can you imagine the set-up for this? (Be sure to click on it for a closer view.) The woman wants to display all of her needlework pillows, the girl wants her dolly and buggy in the picture, oh, and put down the rug and the new table, pick some phlox from the garden, put it in a vase and hold a sprig of it, and get the dog in, too!

This is like her blog -- a way show friends and family her projects, her house, her life. That's what we're doing, isn't it? Look, see, I want you to know what I'm doing, where I am. I want you to know that I'm smiling.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

. . . and I'm back!

It's been a while since I've posted; all awkward and tongue-tied again, writing for whomever to see. I'll just jump right back in and show you a couple of thrifted finds. This woman is a salt shaker -- her head removes and is the shaker part. The vintage French textbook is from Salvation Army -- I had two days of wonderful book finds.

Salt-shaker woman is holding vintage spools, found at my favorite Evanston shop.

And this old iron wheelbarrow (from a flea market years ago) is holding my first yo-yos. Aren't they cute?

These are cards I made. In a resale shop, I found a set of tally cards, each with a hand-crafted Sunbonnet Sue cover. Can you see the details? Felt bonnet with tiny flowers; real fabric calico dress; lace pantaloons; hand-inked hair, feet; a wash of watercolor grass.

I glued paper gingham or calico onto a ready-made card, glued the tally cover atop, and added a vintage button to cover the hole at the top of the tally cover. And there -- handcrafted cards! All the detail work not done by me.

I've been selling them individually, occasionally, at our historical society's consignment shop. These are the last ones, perfect for fall.

Now I feel better; a new blog post completed. Thanks for visiting.