Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sweet Vintage Babies - free scanned images

Here are some free scanned images for you to use in your projects. I came across an old scrapbook at a flea market and most photos were identified. A lover of genealogy, if the photo has the name on it, I always try to include it.  Old unidentified photos are a sad thing.... after I'm gone from this world, I don't want to be an unidentified person in a photograph do you?

Lillian Cross

Dorothy Bopp

Henry Cross, Jr.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween

I don't believe in zombies, but I like to have a little Halloween fun.  This lady looks like a zombie ancestor doesn't she? Happy Halloween to all.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

More Romantic Tags

I got another special order for tags - she wanted white roses, angels and crosses.  Here is what I came up with...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

I love vintage bark cloth

I found these at a community sale this past weekend - vintage bark cloth drapes. A young man was selling some of his grandmother's belongings. I spied them from the sidewalk and made a mad dash for them. Isn't the pattern lovely?  I love the coral pink flowers with touches of aqua.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Free scans for you....

I found a wonderful old scrapbook at the flea market this past weekend. It is loaded with great old photographs. Here are a few for you to use in your artwork.....

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Romantic Vintage Inspired Tags

I made these as a special order for a customer. Haven't done any of these in awhile, and I have missed creating!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Strevens prints

I love prints by Frederick John Lloyd Strevens. I was lucky enough to find this pair of framed prints recently, and they are in my Etsy shop. You can enjoy some of his work streamed on YouTube here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Framed Cottage Chic Collage

I just finished this little project. I purchased a vintage easel-back frame from one of my favorite shops, Rose Petals and Rust. It didn't have a glass insert, and there was plenty of space between the back and the frame - perfect for creating this collage and giving it a shadowbox effect.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Jeweled Frames for Wedding Reception

I did a custom order of upcycled vintage frames for a client to use for table numbers at her wedding reception. She was kind enough to send pictures of them in use. Thanks Caroline! Frames were painted silver and distressed, then vintage rhinestone pieces bonded to the frames.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Published in Somerset Life!

Yay! - I made a lampshade from hand dyed strips torn from a flour sack towel, and it was selected for a feature in the July issue of Somerset Life!  I got a complimentary copy too - its filled with creative goodies.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Children's Photography Prop

I love to find child size chairs for upcycling. I usually market them as child photography props. Here are some I just finished.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Recent Upcycle Projects

I have been in a very productive mood lately and got several of my inventoried items finished. I love finding old wooden jewelry boxes or storage cabinets at tag sales. Here is a photo of a few of those, plus a trio of wooden frames with butterflies, and a glass paperweight. The tall tower of shelves has sold already, and the rest I should list for sale very soon.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Ever have a project that you start and then put away halfway finished? I did that with this vintage platter collage - I started it a couple of months ago, then put it away during the holidays. Finally, inspiration hit me again, so I finished it yesterday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Of Butterflies and Birds

Some recently completed projects;
First, I found this neat old peely frame, removed the back along with an old photo, leaving the old glass and rusty nails. I used a gel medium to apply the vintage butterfly image and text that says "The Life of a Butterfly".
Next is an upcycle of a pair of old wooden plaques. I gave them a new coat of creamy white paint, added the background paper and then vintage bird images that corresponded with the colors. Images are from The Graphics Fairy.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Etsy find

Oh. My. Word. Look what I found on Etsy....

Saturday, January 7, 2012

some things I love...

Just a few things I love - ironstone pitchers, old lace in clear jars, vintage jewelry pieces, pearls and rhinestones, pearl collars, rosaries.... Vintage brandy snifters are great to display pretty lace. The giant one in the first two photos I found in a thrift shop.  The three small ones in the last photo I just finished (French labels are via The Graphics Fairy).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hatpins and hair pins

Today I am sharing my pretty hatpin collection- all are old except the pretty pink one, which I bought on etsy from a wonderful seller (GardenofWeedinGirl) who makes the most exquisite hat pins, hair sticks or shawl pins.I found the vintage white china hatpin holder on one of my treasure hunts.