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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some Spring Inspiration


Hello lovely friends,

Have I told you all how wonderful you are????  Well, you are.......all of you!  In June, of this year, it will be my 5th year Blog Anniversary.  I have met so many wonderful people through blogging, and I can truly say I haven't had a single bad experience with blogging.  I've learned so much from so many of you, and I hope I've inspired some of you along the way, too.  For the next few months (God willing my husband finds a job and we can keep the Internet account going) I  will be throwing Lot's of freebies your way, showing off some crafts I make.  However, in June, to celebrate my 5th blogaversary, I will be hosting some amazing giveaways and opportunities.  Please pray that I am able to continue blogging and sending out my appreciation for you all with the continued supply of vintage graphics and images, and sculptures created just for you.  So keep an eye out, come back often, tell your friends....... and for now please accept these graphics as my way of saying "U R all special"






























Have fun creating!

Warm loving hugs,
Meri

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I was bored!


Howdy Ya'll,

Well, I'm still here......whoot, whoot!  To add to all the fun stuff goin' on in my life, my somewhat better knee (the right one) went out on me the other night and I couldn't even touch it to the ground without a piercing knife like pain resulting.  Now mind you, anyone who knows my history (it's looooong and tedious) knows that neither of my knees are any good (even after 14 surgeries and two replacements on the left one), but I've been limping along sorta' safe on the right one for a while.  I've been told my right knee needed a replacement over 5 years ago, but not having good insurance and having a nightmare experience with the left one........I just haven't gotten round-tuit!

Anyhoo, I experienced some sort of mis-alignment last Monday evening and ended up staying in bed all Tuesday with ice packs.  I'm doing a little better today and had to take my mom to a doctor appointment, but that's about all I could manage.  However, my creative mojo has been extremely low lately, and I was surprised to find that I actually wanted to do something.  I've had this rabbit lamp in my life for over 24 years, as it lightened my oldest daughters room when she was growing up, and I decided it was time for a lampshade makeover.

Here it is before I started:


And here's what I did to it:




I used some old images out of a 1930's
home magazine for crafts


I think it turned out pretty cute, and lucky for me, if I get tired of it all gussied up I happen to have another plain lampshade just in case.

Now if you noticed the Valentine fabric in the background, I just received it today.  I ordered this 1.5 yards of fabric about 1.5 months ago from England, and it just arrived.  I love when I order something, and it takes so long that you forget you ordered it, and then it's like a surprise in the mail.  Unfortunately, I had planned on doing some Valentine goodies with it and it didn't arrive in time.  Here's some piccy's of it anyway, and who's to say I can't make something for next year..........right?  Click on the piccy for larger image







Aint it just the cutest stuff ever?????

I also thought I'd show you something I made about six months ago.  My friend Sandy of "521 Lakestreet" told me a few times I should post about this little hanger I made to display a sweet little baby outfit.  Sandy couldn't believe that I made this hanger using the top piece of a cigar box, and a decal I got (once again from England) and the metal hook part from a vintage hanger.  I bought the dress from Diane at "Saturday Finds", the under slip I bought at a local antique store last week, and needed a way to display them.  Check it out:

I drew a pattern on a top piece of a cigar box, and cut it
out using a scroll saw.  I then painted, sanded and dis-
stressed the piece and then inked it for age.   I had a set
of decals, in different sizes that I purchased from England,
and applied one to each side of the hanger.  I  then
sprayed it with polyurethane sealer as a finish.

Close up

Finished display

Now, sometime in the future I might make some of these to sell, so if you're interested let me know and I'll try to keep a list of folks to notify when I finally get a-round tuit!

That's it for today folks.  Thanks for stopping by.

Big Hugs,
Meri





Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fun new additions to my collections

Howdy,
Well I haven't been creating much lately, as I'm still recovering from the past 8 months.  I've got a lot more grey hair, more weight, and I'm soooooooo tired.  No my husband hasn't found a job yet, so to cheer myself up I decided to photograph some recent finds (before husband was laid off), and I thought you'd all enjoy them too!
I did get a hair up my A** last night and started a scrap booking project, but I'll probably stop after I finish the front cover, as I tend to take on very ambitious projects and then abandon them.
Anyhoo, I spend a lot of time going to all your blogs and getting terribly jealous of all the goodies you seem to find at estate sales, flea markets and shops.  I've complained for years that we just don't get good stuff here in Arizona, and I realized I might actually have some goodies I think we can all agree are fun to look at.  Now did I get them dirt cheap like most of you do.....NO, and that's why there isn't as much stuff, but I fell in love with them............soooooo here they are:
A nice crochet collar $3

Adorable set of either kittens or squirrels (not sure)
salt and pepper shakers in perfect condition $3

A nice piece of crochet edging, actually there were two
pieces for $3

An old cartoonish advertisement $4

Another adorable set of bluebird shakers, and yes they are
Lefton  and in almost mint condition $4

Vintage clown noisemaker, the bane of all mothers $2
A very sweet gift from Sandy of "521 Lakestreet"

 
A closer look!

A toddler girls slip or nightie in mint condition $6

An adorable tin with the cutest kitty and fishbowl $8

A better look!

More lovely crochet edging with purple trim $2

A wonderful, uncut, paper doll book with 22 paper dolls,
and it seems like millions of outfits $15

Another view.......amazing isn't it?

And still more!!!  Too many pages to photograph.

A lovely, pristine, dresser scarf with this puppy design
on both ends $8
And a shot of all the goodies together.....pretty drool worthy
I think...........and they're MINE!

Okay, that's not too weird is it?  I just get so frustrated sometimes as I've mentioned in the past how a lot of folks move to Arizona as snowbirds or permanently retired and they rid themselves of all their treasures before they move out here.  That's why all you lovely folks back east or in the Midwest can find all these wonderful goodies most of the time, and I can't.

I also find lot's of lovelies on Ebay, but I end up paying an arm and a leg for them, not to mention shipping.

Thank you for letting me show-off my treasures.  Once my husband finds employment, I shall be back at work sculpting and getting in trouble......tee hee!

Lot's of love,
Meri