Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Catching up!

I'm busy as always.  I'm going to post pictures of what's been happenin'!

Yes, it is November 25th and my tree is up.  I had not intended on putting it up so early, but I needed to test the new rotating stand I found at the thrift store.

I told my husband I can no longer pack and unpack boxes and boxes and boxes of holiday decorations into the coming decades.  It's just too much work.  I told him I would divide his library into two spaces (since he took a bunch of books to work and there is more shelf space).  This is his new compact library.  Took me a day to get this space about 85% completed.

I've had some customer jewelry requests.  This earring pendant set is made with shards from a Pyrex Family Flair platter that was received broken by the collector. It is wired with 14/20 gold filled wire and embellished with yellow jade and pearl beads.

One of those pretty little vintage corsages hubby found in a bag of junk at the thrift.

Custom box I made for one of the Pyrex ornaments I sold through my shop.  I had some scrap vintage paper and the ribbon I found recently at a thrift.

A couple winter themed items I found at the thrifts--JAJ Pyrex Gaiety covered casserole and a single small glass with a great design.

Made a big batch of blue cabbage in the vintage cookware I love and June Rose JAJ holds a tortilla Espanol.

 Some Christmas goodies, I'm trying to be very picky about what I pick up these days.

I finally bit the bullet and purchased the cream and sugar set for my Grant Crest Tempo dinnerware.  It's just not the type of thing I am likely to ever run across locally.

Some thrift store finds.  The Temporama coffee mugs were a great find.  I picked them up for one of my traders who picked up a Franciscan Starburst creamer for me.  I try not to pick up Pyrex unless it's something hard to find or highly desirable, but I still have a problem leaving refrigerator dishes behind.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Crafts - Felted Wool Bag and Pyrex Christmas Diorama

This time of year I start getting the desire to sip tea and do some type of needle work in the evenings.  I started looking for wool yarn for felting at the thrift stores again as I haven't been looking for a while. Making a black shoulder bag has been on my list for some time--well, years actually. I knew I would have to find a yarn with white fibers in it because there was no point in trying to fight my corgi's fairy saddle from ending up as part of the design! haha! Dug in my collection of vintage buttons for just the right one.

I was prompted to make a Pyrex 501 Diorama for someone. Here is my naughty snowball throwing Santa.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Thrift Store Yarn - Felted Wool Bag, Vintage Button

I am so not into clothes, jewelry, purses etc.  My favorite bag that I carry when I'm in my jeans is a felted bag I make from wool yarn I find at the thrift stores. My summer bag looks like it is at its end and so I needed to make a new one.  I made time to whip this one up.

One of the reasons I love making these bags is that I can make just the right size and shape that works for me.  I'm petite and prefer smaller bags.  This one is made from 6 different colors of wool yarn. It is sturdy and stands up on its own.

Bag before felting aka fulling.

I've been collecting vintage buttons over the years. I look for oversized colorful ones just for a handful of special projects like this.