"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week of Yard Sales, Estate Sales, Flea Marketing, Thrifting, and Antiquing!

It's been 2 years since we've been able
to visit Aunt Candy, but when we do
we pick up just where we left off.
Found lots of vintage goodies this week!
 This is probably my favorite piece, 
although I can't find any information about it.
It's one thin sheet of plastic, including the frame.
  The Santa and his reindeer are puffed out.  
 Remember these?  We had Rudolph 
back in the 70's. 
 Another of my favorite finds.  
$1 a piece!
 Old pink and light blue Avon containers.
 I actually found this exact cat 2 years 
ago and thought it was a Halloween
ornament.  This one is in much
better shape. 
 Old crayons and Ted found this
cute hard-boiled egg slicer.
I'll definitely use it. 
 Scarfed up old Christmas 
whenever I could find it!
 Little People!!
 OOOOO!! Vintage Halloween
and for 25 cents ya can't beat it!
 Found this old blow-mold for just
$2.00.  I have a few of them (sold most)
but he's in better shape than any. His 
colors are still rich, not faded. 
 And for 10 cents I totally scored
on this 1968 Empire blow mold.
 Found this at a 25 cents table.  An old sewing
box in great condition.  Loved that table!  
 Candy suspected this sewing box was from 
the 1940's.  Although it's a unique piece, it's 
too big and heavy to sell online so I plan on 
donating it.  I bought it for just 50 cents from 
a crazy lady who pretty much threw it at me.
It was great storage for the 7 hour trip back home
but I don't have a need for it. 
 Found 2 of these old wreaths for just
50 cents each!  It's large.
 And they came in original boxes.
 At an estate sale for a man who would have
turned 96 that day, I found 2 of these plastic
Santa workshops and lots of old children's 
books.  Ted found old records, including
a Beatles for me!
Found this blow mold with
the Halloween ones. 75 cents and still works. 
 The 25 cents table!!
 Came in original box.
 These are minis.
 And scrumptiousness!
 Old comics.  Oh how I loved Little Dot, 
Little Audrey, Archie, Little Lotta, Richie Rich,
Wendy, and Hot Stuff!  So it's always fun
to find some for Mary.  I think she's outgrown
them, but that won't stop me from getting them.
I still read 'em!
 Some of my favorite finds - 1950's Christmas
books.  I buy them to resell, but never do.  
The artwork of old children's book inspires
me in my own work.  It's very innocent.
 These books also have pop-ups and 
pages that move.
 For $15 an entire box filled with mostly 1950's
magazines.  Mom put in her order when she
knew I was going out hunting.  These usually
go for $4-$10 a piece, but they were selling
for just $1.  I pulled out 13 and the guy told me 
for $15 I could have the whole box, which was 
over 20 more magazines.  Good thing we were
walking towards the car when I spotted them 
because I barely made it back!
 Some of the old books I found.

It's been a LONG time since I did that
kind of hunting!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Time to Get Crackin'!

Time to get those creative juices flowing -
it's been way too long!
Life will do that to us, won't it?

Here's a new idea for your children's 
old artwork.  Mary drew this cat when she
was only 4 1/2 years old back in 2007.  I always wanted
to do something with it, but was afraid of messing
up her original.  Now that I have a scanner, I could
keep the original and still play with it. 


Using copic ink markers, water color pencils,
and paint, this is what I came up with.
It was such a relaxing project and the
best part is that we now have a
connection through art.

This cute little monkey was created by Mary when she was 
5 years old.  Her monkeys were always my favorite!
He now sits in the forest eating
his little banana!

Since getting a job this year, I had
very little time for creating, but I was
able to sneak in some carvings.

My first attempt at a Celtic Cross.

And another.  I'm teaching myself
to work with knots and spirals. 
 My first wooden spoon!
 One of the hardest projects was carving
a triquestra, which represents the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Nic's holding it for me to give you an idea
of how big it was. 
Boy, looks like I've been busier than I 
thought!  I missed blogging and connecting
with other creative people so much. 
I hope to continue on and catch up 
with all your scrimptiousness!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lots of Carving Lately

For the past few months, I've been focusing
on getting back to my true love-
Key to My Heart Snowman:  This 16" snowman
holds a heart in one metal arm and 
a rusted key in the other.  I wood burned
a keyhole into the heart.  He didn't look
complete so I carved a wee hat for him.
I figured snowmen would get chilly -
being made of snow and all!  So why
not a snowman trying to keep warm
in a quilt?  I had Valentine's Day on
my mind when I painted the quilt.
Still with Valentine's Day on my brain,
I carved a clown snowman juggling 
two snowballs and a heart.  I racked my
brain coming up with a base and then I remembered
the old blocks.  And what better way to 
commemorate Valentine's Day than
with XO blocks?!
This was a request from a Santa
collector.  He's probably the most
difficult Santa I've ever carved, but was
happy with the results - the most fun was
adding the details to the gift wrap.
This was a special request for a 
long distance romance. 
 The husband of an old high
school girlfriend asked if I could carve this
for his wife.  I was honored to have
one of my Santas added to her collection!
This was my first Celtic Santa and one
I know I'll try again.  Carving the Celtic
knotwork with both challenging and
rewarding.  Loved making it! 
 This was my newest snowman creation.
He's dressed like a thief and just stole
a heart.  (Mom says he looks like
a French sailor, to which I say, 
I'm trying very hard to refocus my energy
back to wood carving instead of having
dozens of unfinished projects in my head.
The winter time, especially, gets me down 
and sometimes it's very hard for me to 
motivate myself to do anything.  Carving helps me
fight depression and I know once I get started
my mood lifts.  It's like exercising - getting started
is the hardest part!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Santa's New Ride!

My focus lately has been to FINALLY work on
projects I had in mind years ago.  This sleigh
has been waiting for a redo for at least
two years and it was time to do it.
 And this is the result.
 Found lots of vintage goodies in my stash.
 The sleigh's about 11 inches long and
4" wide so I had so room to work.

 See that little porcelain angel tucked
away?  She's actually broken.  Her entire back and
wings broke off.  But, the front of her was so cute
I hated to just throw her away.  I figured maybe I
could put her in a shadow box where her back
would never be noticed.  This was just as good. 
Remember me next time you think something
is totally ruined.  
 And see this old Santa?  His hand was 
originally holding a huge candy cane.  Well,
that broke off.  So I placed his candy cane in the 
back of the wagon (you can see it in the picture
above) and have him holding a dyed 
bottle brush tree now instead.  
Presto!  Chango! 
 Adding miniatures is so much fun!
See the little Christmas package?
It's actually a matchbox.
 The wreaths and  trees are bleach and hand-dyed.
 Felt good to FINALLY work on this.
 This wreath is NOT hand-dyed 
though.  This old red scrumptiousness
is from the 1950's.
More to work on!