Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Weekend Stories

One of my favorite parts of yard sales is hearing the stories and history behind the items that I buy. Many of the stories are quite simple ~ a fond memory of a loved one or of one's own past.

The man who I purchased these jewels from said they were part of a huge collection that his grandmother gave him. He said she was a flapper and had more jewelry than he could ever imagine a woman needing in a lifetime. (Typical guy...)

Above are some keys that I purchased from a small antique store that was going out of business. The owner said that he kept this jar of old keys, just in case a trunk or cabinet came in that was locked. He would get very excited when he could open one of these things with a key from his collection.

These doll parts and adorable doll slippers came from a woman who was selling many of her mother's supplies. Her mother enjoyed making dolls until she passed away. The daughter saved the finished dolls, but was selling the parts in hopes that someone else would enjoy her mother's favorite hobby.

Buttons from a jar that a Grandma had saved for years, just in case she needed to do some mending.

Simple, sweet stories.

{P.S. The Nesting Box filled with goodies that I donated to Haiti by Hand is now available for purchase HERE.}

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stopping to smell the roses...

Busy, busy here with all sorts of Spring and end-of-the-year school activities.
It's a bittersweet time.
My girls are growing up so quickly.
I wish I could freeze them right now, just the way they are.
I know that's impossible, and a little selfish too.
They have great dreams of becoming teachers and ballerinas and artists and fashion designers and mommies and veterinarians... all at the same time!
I'm certain that their futures hold great and exciting things, whatever they may be.
Lots to look forward to.
But, I'm enjoying right now.
This very minute.

I put together this little planter for our ballet teacher.
The roses are the perfect shade of ballerina pink.
I hope she likes it ~ because I'm having a difficult time parting with it! :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

So much junk, so little time!

Yesterday, I ventured to Brimfield with these sweet ladies. A lovely group of Heidi's friends joined us as well. I seriously could not ask for a better day ~ perfect weather, wonderful company, and TONS of junk!!! The Brimfield Antique Market is an absolute treasure trove. You can find literally anything that your heart desires. There is just SO much stuff, that it is almost overwhelming. Here are some photos...

Chippiness galore. I'll take one of each, please!

This whole booth was pink stuff! Including the creepy pink dolls!!!

This tent was AMAZING. All imported European furniture. I wanted everything.... sigh....

The last several photos show millinery and trim from Tinsel Trading. We probably spent an hour in their tent. Heidi bought the adorable hat that she is modeling. I was definitely a little starstruck to meet Rosemary Warren, Marcia Ceppos, and Wendy Addison! Eeeeek!

We were treated to a beautiful picnic lunch by Heidi's friend Lisa. Real china, crystal, and hand sewn silverware holders. She totally spoiled us!

Thank you girls for a wonderful day ~ can't wait until next time!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Day & A Giveaway!

I was so happy to participate in Jenny's wonderful May Basket Swap. And even happier when I learned that Jessica was assigned to be my partner!!!

This is the GORGEOUS basket that she made for me!!!

It pained me to take it apart, but I just had to show you all of the treasures that she sent me!!! Jessica has a wonderful sense of style and color. She always makes the most amazing things.

Here is the basket that I mailed her, very similar to the ones that I made last month. I was on a roll.. heehee.

And the goodies inside.

Last year I told you about the sweet May Baskets that the local senior center makes each year. This year I picked up an extra one for a giveaway! I filled it with all kinds of artsy treats from my shop. My plan was to post this on May Day, but it just didn't happen. So I guess this could really be considered a Mother's Day giveaway instead!

Here's a peek of the goodies inside. Velvet leaves, forget me nots, a lace blossom, glitter, tinsel, ribbons, vintage charms and bits, spun cotton mushrooms ~ all in shades of pink, cream, and gold.

If you would like to be entered, just leave a comment on this post. (Be sure to include your email address if you don't have a blog, so I can contact you if you win.) I'll randomly draw a winner on Sunday evening.

Edit: The winner of the May Day Giveaway is
#43 Kris Pare
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Birdie Boxes

I absolutely love hosting these Petite Inspiration Box Swaps.
I'll be announcing the next one on June 1st, so stay tuned!

These are the AMAZING boxes that I received for the swap.
I had three wonderful partners, and also did a few one-on-one swaps.
Everyone was so generous with their beautiful work and sharing their artsy treasures.
My photos really don't do these justice ~ these are just tiny peeks.
Each one is exquisite and packed to the brim with goodies.
Thank you all so much!





If you would like to see more photos of this fun swap, you can visit our Flickr group, right HERE.