Saturday, October 18, 2014

What's kept me busy?

I've decided to play with dolls.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Wreath (Makes me feel fine)

 I am in love with the wreaths made by georgiapeachez. Serious work goes into gathering the vintage ornaments she uses, designing, and GOOD GOD, THE GLUING.

I know from the gluing because I decided to make one myself, since I had all these gold and blue shiny brites sitting around from Too Lazy To Put Things Away Properly.
Her latest showcase seashells for a summery change of holiday! And I happened to have a giant heap of those my daughter gave me when she 'got over' seashells. (Sometimes you just get over things. Yay for me tho!)

I consulted georgia peachez blog for the best way to go about it, since she's The Pro and knows how to make them fabulous yet sturdy enough to withstand shipping. I used a diff wreath form and the totally wrong wire for a hanger, and tho my glue was 'high-melt- or whatever, I feel like this piece is destined for breakage. All the bits are so fragile!! I live in a crazy house!! You can see where I already broke two legs off that little starfish. Oddly, that weekend I found a bag of shells at the thrift with some starfish in, so I'll be fixing that, however temporary it may be.

But I do love it. The golden sunny shiny brites and the oceany swimming pool blue ones. There are a few clear bubbly ones that aren't vintage from my stash. And since I pride myself on using what I have on hand instead of buying stuff, I'm really proud to have found a use for the seashells. And the gold ornies, cuz gold is not my thing. But I am reminded of Yeats - "...pluck till time and times are done, the silver apples of the moon, the golden apples of the sun..."

I took a clear ornie, filled it with sand and tiny shells, and a vintage photo of this little girl in her swimming suit on some lake dock somewhere, from my collection. (We do not have ocean beaches here, ha!)

However ephemeral this wreath might be, it's sure purdy right now.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


So. Many. Smalls.

Crafty stuff, collecty stuff, my kind of stuff.

"Mannequin" pincushion in mod flowers, some Dover Clipart, Kitty mug ("The Poopers"), new old cards for my collection (these SKI cards each have a US ski area trail map), glass owl bottle stopper, scarf for my collection..

More playing cards, a Scrabble charm that says "I LIKE BOYS WHO SPARKLE"...

20 skully charms with red sparkly eyes...

Star Trek coasters, more skellie charms, fourth of July bottlecap embellishments...

Jr. Cap'n pin..from some Princess cruise or another...couldn't find anything like it online. I just lerve nautical stuff (like the sort-of compass design on the scarf), vintage earrings in a fave color...

...a lot of red!! Dig the red thermos carafe! I want to have some hot chocolate out of it! (It snowed here a couple of days ago, I'm still in cold mode.)

Sharing for your vicarious amusement with ColoradoLady'sVintage Thingy Thursday! :OD

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Miss My Happy Mail

I miss swapping! :O(

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

...and so I bought these

       The Children's Hour...16 volumes published early 60's, maybe late 50's, RIFE (yeah I used that word) with incredible perfect delicious vintage illustrations, sat on the top shelf of the children's book section of the thrift for three weeks...maybe four, priced individually (UGH! Keep sets of stuff together!) for just $2 each, which was apparently just too much for anyone (I couldn't justify it for myself altho I wanted them and marveled that nobody bought them every week). Somehow, no unattended children got them off the top shelf and misplaced one, and no one bought JUST volume 11 or some such, destroying the set (I admit I thought about it, for just ONE volume is an ephemeral treasure, just look at the cover of volume 16!! Rocketships!) ..but I couldn't do it either.

Finally after all those weeks of pining and nobody willing even to pay $16 for the set, which had become half price week two, I knew these were One Of Those Things Meant For Me. I am convinced some things are invisible to other people just waiting for me to buy them. Why else would nobody want these incredible books? So they came home with me. :O) I will share some of the fab illustrations next time I have a spurt of energy.

Doesn't this cover remind you of that Twilight zone episode "To Serve Man"?

Here's what was going on above the box: Dean finds the bag of a million cat toys on the table.

So they don't stay there long.

Here's what else I scored that trip:
The long sheets are ATC backgrounds and bits...yes, I found Tim Holtz crap at the thrift!! Also caught another fishy for my shower aquarium.

This little old timey radio had been there a week before, so cute! I have to think the only reason no one bought it was that it's got a music box that doesn't work. 

 But who cares when it does this?

The charming fella on the left chic is he? I promised not to buy any more sweet porcelain lady figurines but he's a GENT. He's marked GERMANY and his age eludes me.
The ski bunny is sporting a trendy red fur, actual suede ski pants, and probably won me over even more because the Olympics were still on during this shopping trip.

Self explanatory.

Last but most elfish, this happy little pixie planter/lamp!! You know I am a sucker for a vintage $2 lamp with a freakin' pixie and a spiderweb on it!! I'm not sure what I should put in the planter but if I wait long enough, a legitimate spider will probably move in. :OP

Friday, February 28, 2014

...and then this happened...

Thrift-related miracle report!

I picked up these purdy lucite starburst canisters last year -$2 for the set :O), but missing one lid. :O(

For $2 I dealt with it, stashing my fiber bars in the big one, tea lights in the lil' one, and using the lidless middle one to hold misc. junk in the laundry area. But still I pined silently that they'd never be "whole".

Months and months later, while putting up Xmas decorations, I had the Big canister sitting on the table when Bitty, who can knock things over that she is not even close to, knocked it over. Thankfully the stuff is virtually unbreakable even by Destructo Cat. But what was this? There were TWO lids on the floor. My lightning fast brain realized the mid-lid must have been STUCK inside the BIG lid THE WHOLE TIME. Maybe the folks who donated it didn't even know it was there. It even had the small piece of tissue paper they put in stacky things so they WON'T stick, still on the lid knob-top. Suddenly I had a set of 3 with lids.

How did I and everyone else miss that lid? If you look at the first pic you can make it out (as I daftly re-created the lidless situation) -my eyes are crap, but I always look at everything I buy in detail just to satisfy my curiosity as to its age and worth. It's just weird. And hence, miraculous. :O)

I want to put something pretty in these now, but I dunno what. Looking for similar on ebay today I found the same set that sold for $54, zoinks! 

Thanks, thrift store mojo!

Linking to Thrifty Things Friday to spread the mojo!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Christmas Leftovers..

 ..of a crafty kind, which to some peeps, who like Xmas to be OVER when it's OVER, may be just as distasteful as almost month old food, but here you go anyway. A few thingys I made but have been too unconscious to share over the season. (Don't ask.)

              Here's my first attempt at an ornament wreath. I gathered up Shiny Brights and Woolworth's glass ornaments at the thrifts for about two months, or until they ran out. I wanted to use authentic vintage balls because I am obsessive and stubborn. I used the 'slide the hanger holder thingy over an unbent wire clothes hanger' method. I didn't glue any of the ornies because I wasn't (and still amn't) sure if I'm done with it. I do looove its shininess! I call it "The Blood & Tears of Xmas". But since the holidays are kaput and I still have it hangin', I suppose it's the blood & tears of Valentine's day. That fits too.

Here it is in 'real light'.

Also left on the Xmas platter is this easy peasy hangy thingy-

It RADIATES in a sunny window! I's just three old 45 records from back in the day when colored vinyl was the cutting edge tech of the music business and a couple of jump rings.

I probably shouldn't tell you to poke a hot pin through the record to make a hole for the jump rings, cuz there's probably some stupid safe gizmo for that, so I won't tell you.
I had these particular red records laying around in my stash for seriously, years, and have no clue where they came from. Score!

I thought about Xmas-ifying the record centers, but I want to leave them up for awhile, and red goes with everything. 

 This is my favorite thingy that I made this season. 

It's a teensy lamppost in snow in a vintage mason jar.

Squee!! Lights work!!!

It's a Christmas village accessory that runs on batteries hidden behind the jar. The very thin cord from the battery box to the lamp fits between the jar lid and glass with no prob! Credit for this goes to Salt Tree, which took me FOREVER to find NO THANKS TO PINTEREST. Anyhoo, thanks for looking!

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