Thursday, December 30, 2010


Wishing you and your family, the best year ever, full of blessings.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bon Bons anyone?

I rescues these spools of thread and thimble and decided to dress them up, with these beautiful bon bons made up of vintage buttons and antique earrings.

Take a look at these precious vintage porcelain tea cups, notice the faded gilded edge, I love that. I'm planning on turning them into pin cushions, what do you think?

I've decided to start a new collection, vintage collar, my new love.

My latest ATC.

I'm in so many swaps that I hate to be late for any of them. These are my Valentine ATC over at YPP come joine us, is a lot of fun.

Tag and lace swap.

These are the tags and laces that I came up with for a swap that my Friend MARTICA is hosting over at I hope the ladies that get these like them, this is my first tag and lace swap.

These extra ones I made for some RAKS that I'm getting ready to mail out. Surprise!

New a acquisitions.

Can you believe someone would get rid of all this goodness. Well, my sisters are cleaning house again, that means I get to redecorate . I have to figure out where I'm going to display all my new items. I'm sure I'll think of some great spots.

This is my favorite item, is a beautiful vintage wall reading lamp. I love it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Paris couture anyone?

I would love it if you would join us, I'm hosting a swap at "Your Paper Pantry"
and I just posted the guidelines for the swap.
So think about dress forms, shoes, purses, fabrics, laces, bling and Paris of course. Should I go on???

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I'm so happy, I got the new Olympus camera. All I've done so far is installed the software and downloaded updates. I love it. Can't wait to start playing with it.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Thank you lord for your forginess and all your blessings.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


My sister Dolly's birthday in on Christmas eve, how great is that. Well, I didn't have a birthday sentiment, so this kinda worked out cause she is getting money from me.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Christmas gifts I made for my friends, FUN project!

These are the little bundles of goodies that I'm putting inside the file pockets.

I wrapped the files in vintage pattern paper with twine and a simple tag.

Just beautiful to look at.

I store all my hand dyed ribbons and laces in these glass apothecary jars that sit on a serving table. After all that work, well it does take a bit. I just love looking at them.


I began by clearing a small amount of counter space. All I used was a stainless steel salad bowl for the actual tea dyeing, and a dripping pan to catch the drips and do the oven drying on the tags.

The best coffee for me to use is instant coffee, any brand will do. I followed the directions and I did a few test pieces. I ended up doubling the coffee amount for a deeper darker shade of dye that I love.

First I dyed the fabric, I let the fabric soak for 5 to 7 minutes. I had a mix of all kinds of cotton and synthetic blends of fabric, so all the pieces turned out in different shades, some were creamier than other.

Now with my tags, I guess the soaking time depends on how dark you want them to be. I found that paper soaked in the dye faster than the fabric did. It's important to remember to move the tags around the soak, so as not to let them stick together.

I chose to dry my tags in the oven, I place them on a cookie sheet, not touching each other for 10 minutes in a 290 degree temp.

These are already dried.

I love how they turned out, so imperfect in color and in texture too, just lovely.

For most of my ribbons and laces I just used the dryer.

I used rayon seam binding. For a wrinkle look, I crunched all the binding in a ball and put 3 rubber band around it and place the ball in full sun. Every hour or so I would undo the ball and re-wrap it again. The sun makes the edges of the binding look darker as it dries and it's beautiful.

For my cheese cloth, I just dried it over my garden furniture and that turned out very nicely too.