Welcome to our first Make it Monday Link Party! I know it's Sunday evening, but most link parties allow you to enter your goodies the night before, and we're no different. In this post you'll find our link party rules (pretty basic stuff) and instructions how to enter our giveaway.
Over the years I've bought and sold vintage yoyos by the thousands, but I'll admit right now I've never made a yoyo from scratch. I sell loose yoyos for crafting in my Etsy shop in bags of 100. For those of you that want to learn how to sew a yoyo, there's an easy tutorial HERE.
I'm starting a link party with two of my blogging friends! For a long time, I've been a participant in link parties when I create something and share it on my blog. Link parties are a great way to share craft projects and see what other creative folks are doing around the web. My friend Tamara at Etcetorize has asked my friend Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home and me to join her in hosting a weekly Monday link party beginning September 8th! Tamara is a link party veteran, so you might recognize her.
To generate excitement for our first party, we are offering some prizes. If you enter our first party on September 8th, you will be eligible to win one of six prizes, including gift certificates to our Etsy shops,
Today I have a special treat: I'm sharing the most charming illustrations from two of my favorite vintage books. I own two titles by author Elizabeth Gordon, writer of The Flower Children and Mother Earth's Children. They are special because of the illustrations by M.T. Ross, who created little anthropomorphic characters from various fruits, vegetables and flowers. These books were published over 100 years ago, so they are out-of-copyright and the images are in the public domain and can be shared without worry.
Today I'm web-hopping to share some interesting sites I've found with you. I've shared a list of my favorite online discoveries before, so check out my post HERE.
A wonderful website for pure Victorian style eye candy is French Lace Rose Tea Shop. It's a Japanese shop/online catalog that you can have translated by clicking a button in the upper right corner. I like perusing the site for crafting ideas and inspiration. If you have a pile of ribbons, velvet, lace and other embellishments with no idea what to do with them, head to French Lace and Rose Tea and you will get all excited, I guarantee!
At the beginning of August, I had a huge burst of inspiration and creative energy and produced a grouping of candy-colored necklaces. These are up-cycled from old costume jewelry, like most of the jewelry I make.
I love making jewelry from unexpected materials, and, if you haven't noticed by now, I'm a little obsessed with vintage wallpaper. This project combines vintage wallpaper and chandelier crystals which makes it right up my alley!
You are going to need chandelier crystals that are somewhat flat on one side. Most of them are. You are also going to need some vintage wallpaper, although pretty scrapbook paper or wrapping paper would also work for this project. Other alternatives include laser jet copies of pretty postcard images, trade card images, or other pendant-worthy images you would like to use.
One of my goals this summer was to get out all of my unframed prints and frame them with the large stash of vintage frames I've collected. I've also purchased vintage glass that fit most of the frames so they have authentic old wavy glass. Before I framed some of the prints, I took pictures of the prints to share with you.
I bought a series of great looking prints that were early 1900's menswear advertising. The figures have a distinctive bold black outline that's often associated with the Arts and Crafts style:
Just a couple days ago I was complaining about the lack of good estate sales in my area, then suddenly things made a drastic turnaround! I just returned from an awesome sale, one that I actually got in line for a number at 7:00 a.m. ( I haven't done that in a long, long time). What made this particular sale so great? It was packed to the gills with advertising tins, something that sells well in each of the three antique malls where I sell antiques as well as my Etsy shop.
Besides tins, I bought framed sheet music that had lovely ladies as the topic. As I unloaded my items, I set up little vignettes to show you my haul. Here are several talc and face powder tins:
Compared to other years, this summer hasn't been all that great for finding antiques. The estate sales have been mediocre and there haven't been many great auctions. I hope this situation changes soon, and it certainly might. But I have found a few treasures here and there, and so has my brother, who gets to some auctions I don't attend. He picked up the cast iron Southern belle doorstop for me recently, as a matter of fact. I love old doorstops.....