Thursday, September 18, 2014


chenille spread, vintage finds, stone crop
Remember Orson Welles whispering "Rosebud" in Citizen Kane?

I was whispering "rosebuds" when I spied this Morgan twin-sized pink rosebud chenille spread.

In pretty wonderful condition.

There was an extra-long dresser scarf with


Very nicely cross-stitched and embroidered.

The lady had painted several items to use in the room with the spread and dresser scarf.

She had painted small chests, boxes, and other accessories.


They were for her granddaughter who is now an adult.

I bought the green shelf with rosebuds.

And a small watering can with a rosebud and some other flowers.


Do not let Chucks know I bought more frames.

Luckily they can be hidden quite successfully in the living room behind a small chair.

I promise at some point I will do a frame project.

Bought this fall-looking landscape in a rather pretty frame.

Sorry about the glare.

It has been rainy and there is no light in my house when it is cloudy.

It's a wonder I even get out of bed.

No rosebuds this late in my yard, but feast your eyes on the lavender stone crop.

The easiest plant in the world.

You must really, really love it because you are going to have a really, really big bunch of it.

Pop quiz time:

Who is Orson Welles?

Why was he whispering "Rosebud"?

What was Citizen Kane?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swap & Tell #6

Welcome to the sixth Swap & Tell Link Party

Where shop owners can swap their products for shop exposure and free promotion.
Before we begin the party, I am sad to announce I will no longer serve as co-host at Swap & Tell.

However, I will still participate - I would miss the fun of swapping!

I have this Elson Basic Readers - Book Two available for a swap tonight.
It is in very poor shape - perfect for the paper artist.

The front pages are missing, but it appears to be 1920's.  
Great illustrations in color.

I recently swapped a bobbin of French gimp for this angel wing created by Gigi at  Old World Patina.

You can find my review Gigi's Angel Wing - here.

Here is a link to Gigi's Etsy shop:  Old World Patina

My co-hosts are Ann at Tarnished Royalty and Heather at Woods of Bell Trees. Your link will show on all three blogs simultaneously.

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And finally, have fun and remember, it's all about promoting and helping one another. The value of the swap is in more than the products received, but in the exposure you will receive from reviews. A swap means a review for your product too!

Let the party begin!

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Books By The Yard

vintage books
The SPCA purged the shelves at their thrift stores, loaded up the trucks, and took all eighty boxes to the Center's conference area and set up a book sale.

Aren't those two of the most exciting words?


I bought them by the yard.

I went two days.

Loaded up both times.

Here are some of my finds.

An incomplete child's set with art deco covers.

A book of Christmas songs used by the Von Trapp family with the foreword written by Maria herself.

Yes, I was on first name basis with Maria having seen The Sound of Music at least a hundred times.

I collect hymnals and added several to my group.

A stack of children's books from the 1930's to the 1960's.

One - Follow My Leader about a guide dog - I read at least twenty times in elementary school.

Another book collection - old readers.

I think I have this one in better condition.

It has ripped and written on pages.

I am offering it as a swap item tonight on Swap & Tell.

Great for a paper artist.

I never pass up reference books...

Or guide books.

I bought this German book for two reasons:

It is entirely in German and the pages will make great backdrops for the Frozen Charlottes at Christmas.

AND ...

It has pages of magnificent book plates.

Handsome young men.

Darling young ladies.

A Spanish literature book provided something from the Way Back Machine.

A mimeographed test!

Yes, it still has that wonderful smell.

If you are old like me, you remember the teacher passing out freshly mimeographed papers with the heady scent of mimeograph fluid.

We probably got high or killed a few brain cells.

Some books I buy for the cover art or the intriguing titles.

Both days I stacked my books in front of the checkout table.

You could have measured them by the yard.

Some I will keep.

Others will go over to Riverfront Antique Mall to my booth.

Exciting news at the mall.  There will be a Christmas Extravaganza Show.  If you are in the area and wish to rent a space, I can get you the information.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make It Monday #2

Welcome back to week two of 
Make it Monday.

What wonderful posts you linked last week.

Tamara was the lucky one to choose the first featured links.

Go over to Etcetorize to see the picks from last week's party.

(I have to admit I cheated and looked earlier!)

We want to see your craft projects, your upcycles, repurposes, painted furniture, vintage finds, and everything in between.

Your link will appear on all three blogs.  Each week one host will choose a few feature links from the previous week's party.

PLUS - there is a giveaway!

The giveaway is open until Monday night.

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Gigi's Angel Wing

Old World Patina, swap, angel wing
At a previous Swap & Tell party I was lucky enough to find Gigi from Old World Patina with an angel wing she wished to swap.

I sent her a bobbin of French gimp.

She sent me a tiny piece of heaven.

Gigi and I met long ago over a passion for the type of patina you find in old world buildings in far off places.

Those with layers and layers of paint and plaster built through the centuries.

Gigi has perfected the art of creating this kind of patina on many items.

The plaster angel wing is just one of those.

I was so excited when the package arrived.

I have taken the wing all over the house.

This is my corps of wingless angels.

It may reside here.

It catches the light from the front window.

The angel wing looks quite lovely with lace and a chippy white fence paling.

It rested here for several days.

The angel wing has found a spot with a group of rosaries.

How fitting.

My little piece of heaven.

You must go over and see Gigi's art pieces for yourself.  She also sells them in her Etsy shop found at Old World Patina.

The other angel wing is available here with its sweet verse attached.

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another"

Some of her present projects include:

Applying patina to bottles

Trinket boxes

(Available in her Etsy shop)

This is the beautiful patina Gigi achieves on her pieces.

My review rates Gigi and her shop as excellent.  The angel wing is plaster and was wrapped with care to ensure it arrived safely.  The package was shipped promptly.  The prices are very reasonable for the beautiful items she creates. 

Gigi also has a Saturday's Studio Glimpse link party to show your work space and the projects you are working on.  It is fun to see the unfinished parts of projects.

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