Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

treasure - a collection of precious things

I'm starting something new! Every Tuesday I am going to feature some new free images or treasures as like to refer to them. We will start off our first series with images from a recent children's book that I bought at the Goodwill titled "Let's Find out About Houses". I just loved the artwork in it.

Enjoy the freebies and please post a comment if you create with them, I'd love to see your creation!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Three days in a row...

I've been on a roll! Three days in a row posting for me is amazing. I took a little time for myself today to give myself a pedicure, apply a yummy sparkly spring green polish and changed up the hair color to dark auburn brown - the sun really catches the red. In between laundry, I was sorting through some craft supplies and getting crafty. I made some more button flowers today. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them all - they are just so fun to make! I believe some of them will become Mother's Day gifts.

When I was sorting through supplies, I found my little peat pots. I've been really feeling the spring fever and have been wanting to work on outdoorsy type projects. I pulled out my collage sheets again from Lisa's Altered Art and found the perfect image. I glued her to a popsicle stick to make her stand up and filled in the pot with shredded sheet music that had been spritzed with glimmer mist and gathered crepe paper. I used Diamond glaze, Stickles and an iridescent sparkly pipe cleaner for some bling. The little girl on the rose, wings, rose and banner on the pot are all printed collage images.

Well, that's all for now! Back to my cave aka my office tomorrow!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Junkin' Finds!

I was on a hunt today for some new junkin' supplies and my local indoor flea market did not let me down. I went to my favorite postcard and photo supplier first and found some great vintage images. Would you believe that all of these were only 50 cents a piece!?! Also, another reason why they are my favorite supplier. I was tickled to find the flapper photo on the right to add to my flapper photo collection. I love looking at the detail or the clothing, jewelry and furniture in these pictures. Look at that baby carriage, can you image having on like that today? I also picked up a couple other vintage wedding images and post cards that are not listed, but they need to remain a supply for my swap partner.

Next I went to tables that benefit the local Humane Society. They always have some interesting items and that are dirt cheap, plus you don't feel bad about splurging on them because they benefit a good cause. I loved the old salt shaker and shaker jar - I paid a quarter for each. I thought hmm....those would be great to use for the button flowers I started to toy with. I think they will cute once I get more made. The vintage gloves were 50 cents, the picture dominoes were $2, the cute little plates were 25 cents each and only 10 cents for the old maid cards.

I got a couple of things at the local Goodwill store also. The cute little Christmas kitty for 49 cents, 2 small pans for crafting 49 cents each, glass plate stand for $1.99 and the vintage steamers for 59 cents each! The two vintage glitters are in glass vile with crackled rubber stoppers - got all of them for 79 cents. I also got this great old children's book about houses around the world. I will post some image from the book at a later time. I also fell in love with the phonics games and there images for 50 cents each.
I did some research on the Horse Show ribbon, dated 1954 from Idora Park. It was a 25 cent flea market find. Idora Park was in Youngstown, OH and was open from 1899 - 1984. The amusement park popularly known as "Youngstown's Million Dollar Playground." The park's first season presented its guests a bandstand, theater, dance pavilion, a roller coaster, a circle swing, and concession stands. The park suffered a devestating fire in 1984 from a welding torch's heat or sparks may have ignited leaves or roofing material. A sad story follows the remains of the park after the fire, the property is currently owned by a church in the area, with plans to redevelop the property.

I always wonder about the history of vintage items that I find or about the lives of the people in them. I had a roommate a few years back that had a total fit when I bought an antique chest into the apartment. They were Jamaican and apparently very superstitious and thought that antiques could carry ghost of past owners with them. I laughed to myself, but honored their fear and took the chest to my parents for storage.

I grew up with a family that loves antiques, vintage, broken down items. I have fond memories of the old 8 foot wooden and leather deacons bench that was in my parent's living room. To this day it still sits in the same location and is as sturdy as ever. The story about it is pretty funny, apparently my dad in the 70's before I was born and he was still a hippie with long wavy hair, brought it home from an antique store across the back of this Ford pick up truck. It was too long to fit in the truck bed so it stratled the bed sticking out of both sides of the truck. How many kids can say that their toy box was an old copper wash tub? It now doubles as my paper recycling bin. Or for a short time their play house was an old panel truck, that kinda looked like this. Yeah probably not the safest in the world, but I was a rough and tumble little tomboy. Okay, I really didn't intend for this post to go off into a walk down memory lane, but it was a nice visit for me any way. I hope you enjoyed the story too!

Friday, April 23, 2010

So long ago....

Once upon a time there was a blogger named Chele...well she's been lost for a while, but now she's back.

I thought I would share some recent projects that I've been able to work on. I wanted to get a jump start on Mother's Day so I made these using vintage bingo cards. It was the first time I used them as a backer and I love them! I made the Believe in You card for my office door. Occasionally, I need that extra little kick to get myself going again. The next one with the cute little kitty is for my Mom and the little girl in the nest is for my Grandma, the B8 bingo marker was perfect - she has eight children, my mom is the oldest. They both have the following quote on them:

Wishing you songbirds to welcome each morning,
Wishing you flowers to brighten each spring,
Wishing you laughter, and sharing, and caring,
And all of the joy that each new day can bring!

The two little girl images came from Lisa's Altered Art collage sheets. They are so fun to work with. And if you go here you might see something that looks familiar and I'm so excited about it!

I also joined this fun swap. Linda's swaps are always so fun!

I promise more crafting projects to come and trying to keep up on my updates.