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Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Fall Intrigues Shabby Tote swap completed.

I recently hosted the Fall Intrigues Shabby Tote swap and ended up with two partners because of an uneven number of players.  So I am the lucky recipient of some great stuff.  Two totes and really cool fall items. First, there are pictures of some stuff which I sent out to my partners.  then I will show you how I got spoiled.
The Shabby tote I made and sent to Kerry James.  I put lots of vintage crochet lace on this crazy quilted bag.
I found these cute ceramic witch's shoe to put chocolate treasures in!
I made each of my partners a smaller slap-happy tote filled with vintage cards, and ephemera
One got a gratitude journal and the other got this Halloween decoration

Each one got a card like this with trims and sequins for fall.
and here is the other bag that went out to Wendy Aspinall.
both totes were filled with goodies like the ones below.

Then I was lucky enough to get this tote from Wendy Aspinall of Bliss Angels
and here are some of the goodies she sent out to me. . . . 
This little mini handmade accordian book!
This is true Wendy Aspinall fashion.  She is so good at this mixed media art!

Don't you just love all this fall goodness, and I have never seen fall leaves done up in paper doilies before.

And Kerry James of Tales of a needle and thread made and sent me this beautiful tote bag.  
Here are some of it's contents.
Kerry truly is good with a needle and thread for sure!  I love pincushions!

These lovely keys and so much more.  She really spoiled me and made such a pretty bag!
I am hooked on blog swapping!  Thanks to both my partners so very much!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Some things that are truly Special!

It isn't very often, that I get out to yard sales in my area that turn out to be the most amazing ones, due to the items which I find.  But yesterday, my daughter-in-law Barbara and I set out to do a little bit of thrifting or antiquing.  When we ventured out we covered those in the paper and those signs we would just see while traveling for yard sales.  The last one however, was an estate sale in which the people there, would buy up storage units and sell the contents.  Sometimes it is very profitable I understand.  But we found some things that tickled us to no end!  Next, Barbara found these little baby shoes. . . .A steal at $8.00
Aren't they just amazing?  We were both so excited about these baby shoes.  Then she was intrigued by this little rock hound's jar, with a description and rocks inside.  (below)
Then I picked up, and decided to buy this adorable Double Breasted Child's dress coat.  (below)
There are some stains on it, but otherwise it is in perfect condition!  Any ideas out there on removing stains like these from antique clothing?
Detail on the sleeves.  This little gem was $5.00
The back view of the garment.  I love the collar.  While taking these pictures I could just imagine the child standing in a pose at the photographers studio wearing the button up shoes and this little coat!
I also found these leather booties.  The leather was pink and the ribbon was so worn and falling off, but for baby shoes they were amazing!  The cost was $5.00
On the tongue of these booties, the soft leather was very pink.  Not faded at all!  I
love them!  They were  $5.00
I also bought this baby's bonnet.  It is practically fragile, and so delicate, it is so very old.  This was $5.00 too!
I was tickled to death to find these vintage beauties.  The garland is several feet long and the glass globes will be great on my vintage bottle brush trees.  They cost $.50 each.  One of the best dollars I ever spent!
My other great finds of the morning.  When we returned we felt like we truly did have a successful Antiquing experience, at major bargain prices! And what fun it was to share it with my daughter-in-law Barbara Askeroth!
Barbara also picked up this camera at the first sale we visited and got it for $15.00  It was a pretty fair price I think!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Shabby tote completed

I finished this shabby tote the other day as I have two partners to swap with in the Fall Intrigues Shabby tote swap.   The other tote is on my sidebar and in an earlier post announcing the Shabby tote swap.
  I made some fabric yo-yos and some ribbon roses, and all of the buttons are vintage as is the crochet lace pieces.  
I will p0st the contents later as I don't want to give away all of the surprise.  

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wedding cake and Baby Blessing

  We had one of our daughters here visiting for an entire week last week with her 16 month old son Maddox and it culminated with myself helping her finish a wedding cake on Saturday.  A little bit stressful, cause we finished just minutes before we had to deliver the cake.  

I love this unusual cake, with it's curved tiers.  The two top layers were white chocolate, with raspberry filling, with light chocolate fondant, and the bottom layer was chocolate with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate fondant.  Very yummy cake because the fondant is made from scratch.   

And I finished this sweet newborn size long dress below, for the blessing dress for little Claire.  She looked so pretty wearing it.  
I can't get over this little girl's eyes.  She looks so much like her daddy, who happens to be my third child.  We love this little Claire Elise so very much!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Fall Button Floozie Altered Altoid Tin Swap

Look what the very artistic Carolyn (CJ) Hyland fashioned for me in the Fall Button Floozie (altered altoid tin) button swap.  Laurie Jackson of Button Floozie Blog hosted this swap, and I love the sweet artsy tin I got filled with buttons. 
and on the bottom she put these sweet little legs from glass marbles for feet.  
I was tickled to get it.  This was the first altered altoid tin I have done.  

And below is the one  that I sent on to CJ.

Then I wrapped it all up in a vintage hankerchief and tied it with ribbon
I made a pretty little card for her and tied it all up with some fallish colored fiber. 
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