Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bottle Brush Tree Banners

Baby pic courtesy of a local ad (junk mail)

  WHOA!  Hold on there a minute.  Don't put up those bleached bottle brush trees just yet.  (See how to bleach trees here.)

I was sitting staring at my beauties sitting in a box ready to make the journey to the attic when I thought,  "Hey, some of those could be V-Day trees with a little help."

First I punched out some glitter hearts and strung them on baker's twine.  Just tied it around the tree. 

Voila! V-Day tree.

Well, I could do better than that!  Something banner-y.  I have pinned enough banners in the last several months.

So into the horror show of a craft stash to find washi tape and more baker's twine and mini pink jute and a Sharpie ...

You can use your imagination.

The first one was difficult to maneuver.

I quickly got the hang of these teensy banners.

Fold over the washi tape and cut it like a banner.

I did not even bring out the stamps - just wrote with a Sharpie.

 I think they are just the right touch for an anti-Valentine girl like me.

I can yanked the teensy-tiny banners off in less than a second.

Azalee, the cat, can do it faster. I know this from experience.

Willie and Scout (the dogs) ate a roll of washi tape each.  

Luckily it was the cheap, er, inexpensive kind from Target.

The sheep were the lucky ones who received the surviving trees.

Molly, the other cat, is sitting right behind the trees - guarding them  from attack.

Nobody messes with Molly -including Chucks and me.

It's her way or no way!


Look - the barn was decorated with a banner, too.

Enough silliness. It is very late - way, way past my bedtime.   At some point I need some great weather and some free hours to get back to painting furniture.  Maybe I will be normal then.  One can only hope.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Bits of Vintage

 Yes, I am patting myself on the back again.  I went to several thrift shops over last weekend, but I just brought home little bits of vintage items.  Chucks and I went to an estate service store (they buy a household and bring it back to their building).  I did look very hard at several things and Chucks got nervous.  BUT  I did not buy a thing there.

At the Habitat store where it was Senior day (20% off),  I had to buy these few things.

 First these two black wire baskets.  They are not really vintage.  Probably from the twentieth century :>)

 After I get through with them, they will look ancient.  I promise to show and tell later!

 I do a lot of paper art, but when the books are in good condition I cannot bring myself to destroy them.  After scanning them into the computer for future use, I will probably sell these song books.

Songs had a beautiful bookplate with an inscription.  Someone had glued in an extra song to the front cover.

You can see what happens when you do not use archival glue on paper items.  "Foxing":  those little brown spots found on books and prints.

I never pass up a book written in French (the small red one) or reading textbooks (copyright 1958).  The French book is in good condition with just a little foxing.  

The reading book is a cutter (like a damaged quilt).  It has pages missing and a torn binding.  Plus it has been rebound sometimes in its life.  It will be used for tags and art pieces.

 Buffalo China used in restaurants is something I will buy.  When I get a set of four matching pieces, I will sell them.  This small bowl is a recent one.  Usually I pass these by, but I am finding it harder to find the tan ones lately.

They are marked on the bottom and made of a heavy ironstone.  


Chucks is so glad there is not any heavy items to unload and no furniture being painted in the front yard.  Of course, he has not look in the back of my truck!

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