Monday, 30 June 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Had a great day yesterday and today, but very tired now!!! Back to work tomorrow, counting down the weeks until the holidays!! TFLx
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Today I have to split myself in two! It is my SIL's 50th birthday party and my sisters silver wedding party. Just got back from the hairdressers and going to my SIL this afternoon and my Sisters 'do' tonight! Will be ready for my bed tonight, but, lots of photo opportunities today!!! Made something for my SIL but can't share 'til tomorrow!
Only one piece of Ebay mail today, another pack of 1930's playing cards! No time to craft all weekend so I am frustrated craft wise!
Off to peg out the school uniform washing - bought some old fashioned 'dolly pegs' yesterday, cant wait to use them!!! Lol! Have a nice day!!!
Friday, 27 June 2008
By the way, I still have not decided which add ons!!!!!! Help!!!
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Guess what? I have a cold! How can you get a cold on top of another cold???? I don't know, but I have! My nose is like a tap and I am on the Mucron again!!! My tooth broke when I was driving to the dentist this afternoon and he found another cavity too! Might just fit me in before my summer holiday!! I think today is a day to forget!!! That will be an expensive bill the day before we go away!!!
More vintage purchases! I think it's time I did more manufacturing and less shopping!!! This shop has a negative cash flow at the moment!! Not the intention at all, but I realise this is how you have to start!!! It's like Christmas everyday!! lots of post arriving! But also, spending my time parceling up things I have sold!! I have become recognised in the local post office!!! I think there are millions of people all over the country doing this too! Holding Royal Mail together!!! Recycling goods!!! Raided mums needlework drawer today for old patterns and things. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for vintageadvantage, I may get some stock made again!!! Lol!
Who is my era and remembers, Ivor the engine, Larry the lamb, Hatty town and Hectors house??? I have some vintage card ideas based on these characters, from a book I had as a child! Hoping to do something with the Monopoly cards too! Picked up some great wooden utensil pots and have coated them with gesso, so thinking a little altered art is in the offing tomorrow. Also started an altered canvas with a clock movement!!! Seem to start projects but not get them finished!!! Still need to make myself some business flyers too!
Having reminded everyone about QVC today, I forgot to watch!! TFLx
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Rosemary Merry is on QVC tomorrow I think, at 5pm, so there should be a few scrapbooking goodies to resist!!! I can't believe I was in the Range tonight, with a Cropadile big bite in my hand, and I resisted!!!!! I must be ill! Sue!!! Help!!!!!! Still managed to buy other goodies though!!!! Sssssssssssshhhhhh!)
Here's a little cooks scrap book I made using chipboard covers and book rings to bind it together. The pages are a mix of new and old and I have included a few tags and flaps for storage of magazine cuttings too.
I have even scanned some of my Great Aunt Gadd's recipes from the turn of the century!!! And included pages from vintage recipe books - a 1931 GEC electric cooker recipe book!!! And some adverts from the turn of the century! It's so cute all mixed together!! Very shabby chic! I have a busy day tomorrow. Three parcels to pick up from the post office, work in the morning and dentist in the afternoon. Off to finish another little project!!! TFLx
Monday, 23 June 2008
Originally when I bought this little french book I was going to cut it up, but when it came to it! I couldn't! I loved both sides of the papers!!! So I found a way to combine it with pages from a 1941 needlework book on embroidery instead!
More happy mail today!!! Some gorgeous Anna Griffin vintage french papers, I bought from QVC (waitlist only now I'm afraid!) and another pack of vintage playing cards!! I won two more last night too! This one has cities on it and they will be useful for travel pages. Another great piece of mail was a second hand book I bought on the UKs marketplace! Decorative Journals by Donna Downey! Can't wait to read this!!!
Opened my new copy of Scrapbook Inspirations mag to read in bed last night (makes a change from Practical Motorist 1955!!!!) and there was my fellow teamy from the Musical Memories cybercrop staring at me as a comp winner!! Well done Michelle! I love her style!! Will ask permission to post it on here if she will let me it is fab!!!
Working on a small canvas for my Etsy shop, using some gesso, so off to have a quick play, before prparing for tomorrow's lessons. Ds1 gone off to do some extra driving with his dad and DS2 gone to dance class, so maybe could snatch a quiet few minutes!!!! TFLx
Forgot to mention, my page I did the other day is on Shimelles blog! Along with about 30 others!! Check them out using the link from my new blinkie on the right here!!!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Treasure!!!! Here are some of my ebay finds!!! I promised to show you these yesterday! 39 assorted cards, from the 30s to the 50s. have been sorting these to get some ideas and see what I can use them. I also bought a french embroidery booklet from the old bookshop in town. It is dated 1955 and will be great to use on cards. Lots of brightly coloured cross stitch patterns. The third thing I got yesterday were my 10 vintage french sewing magazines. This one dates from 1919. I really enjoyed sitting down with these last night, I made a cup of coffee and just sat and read them! In french of course!!! Having revitalised my french last year, whilst tutoring my son for his GCSE, it was not too difficile!! (My sister and my dad are both french teachers and I did do A-level, so I should be able to grasp most of it!!!) It made me giggle yesterday when i received two embroidered french cards I bought on ebay, as one was listed as an anniversary card and of course anniversaire is french for birthday!!!!!) That reminds me, forgot to photo those!!! It's all go! Lovin' my craft at the moment, just not enough time to do it!! Off to play! have a good day!!! TFLx
Thursday, 19 June 2008
I included tome making memories journaling pages to keep notes of places and times and prices of things, to write up later. Hope you like it! Somebody very kindly commented on the way I stage my photo's with some of my treasures! I just like to play and it pleases me, but I am not professional at all!!!! Just use my little Sony Cybershot and still cant get my light right!
I got happy mail today, but you will have to wait until tomorrow to see it as i forgot to photograph it!!!! I got some French vintage sewing magazines from the same place as last week and some vintage greeting cards. Got to work out what I am going to make with them!!!! Sold a few clothes today on ebay, so at least I am getting money in as it is going out! I won a couple more auctions today so more happy mail to come!! The postman was laughing at me again today!! I have increased the weight of his mailbag single-handedly!!!! Got excited when the UPS van drew up too, but it was only cooffee pods for my Dolce-Gusto machine!!!! (Hid a delivery of American Crafts albums that came yesterday from QVC!!!! Great value! Still in stock if you're interested, sold out last time around and I missed them!!!! (No connection))
Been out and about today having a look around the charity shops for old books, not much luck. This is the first time I ventured out since my voice went, has appeared now slightly! Finally got the ironing done this afternoon and got two loads of washing dry, it was so windy!!! Got my Shimelle project mounted up yesterday, but forgot to photograph that yet!!! Had a bit of a problem with one photo, all the black ink suddenly began to rub off and smudge everywhere! had to have some subtly place embellishments! Ah well, just call it a happy accident! TFLx
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
four book rings and trimmed with ribbon. The title is using a Chatterbox set of cardstock stickers - I love this font! Each page of the album is blank, ready for the owner to decorate with photo's and postcards of their holiday - keep having to think as in America that means Christmas so I have to say vacation!!!! It's like the spelling of the word colour, I had to spell color and it was hard to do!!!! This book is quite large but you could make one with any size paper bags, just check if you want them to be acid and Lignin free or not. I am not too bothered, but some people are. I don't want my work to last hundreds of years!!!!!
Think I should make one of these for my Venice photo's, which, incidentally, have still not been scrapped!!!! This old world feel would suit them perfectly.
Off to source more materials and hopefully complete a few more projects!!! TFLx
P.S. It is very quiet around here!!!!! It must be me who makes a lot of noise!!!!!!!
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
I used some vintage playing cards and I could not resist the phrase on the side of the packet "tends to sharpen mental faculties!" The cards were of old money in 'd' so I though it fitting to use this for a little handbag book.
I used a sheet of American Crafts A la carte papers to inject a bit of colour into the mini album, then trimmed each page with a flower, button or piece of decorative ribbon.
This is a photo of my gorgeous pudding!!! And this is me! at the very same function!
There is room for my aunt to write on the pages if she wants to add anything. I love these little books and I love these vintage cards!!!! I have used this one as my prototype to show people how they can decorate the empty books I am selling in my Etsy shop! I enjoyed making this and think it makes a fab gift! Watch out for more of these!!! TFLx
Pop over to Brenda Pinnicks blog and see the new kit she launched on QVC in the US yesterday? I wonder if we will get it????? Also heard a rumour that the Cropadile Big bite is arriving at QVC UK shortly!!!
Monday, 16 June 2008
Well what news????? I have opened my shop!!!! Yes, can you believe it! Not a real shop, but a cyber shop over on Etsy, called 'Vintage Advantage' and even more big news - I made my first SALE!!!!!!! I was so excited, I could have screamed - if I had any voice!!! It has been such hard work getting it off the ground, but, nothing ventured, nothing gained!! I am so pleased with myself that I actually did what I said I was going to do! I often have ideas and they don't get any further! Just planning the name and the logo and the headings and then making stock and collecting vintage things, it has been a lot of hard work and probably explains why I have been distinctly lacking in my presence on the craft forums! Many thanks to those few I did tell who gave me support to continue and I hope to continue to increase my stock levels! Keep your fingers crossed! Recognise these? TFLx