Friday, March 15, 2013

Spoolie Swap

Good Friday Morning!!!  It is still crisp and cold in SW Virginia even though Spring begins next week.  Isn't that so exciting? I love Spring!

A shout out to Sandy for hosting an Easter spoolie swap!  I had never made a spoolie before and now I am hooked!  By the way..if you can't find an old wooden spool you can buy them at Joann Fabrics in a pack of 5 or 6 for $2.99.  If you have a half price coupon, you are in luck!

I was very lucky to have been paired up with Michelle at Nook and Cranny for this swap!  Just look at the beautiful things she made and sent to me

My spoolie and decorated box... look at the loveliness of both of them!

Here is a close up of the box.

And this is the spoolie she made..There is a spool under there!  Look at all the different mediums she used.  Yarn, silk flowers, moss, paper, wood,... just amazing.

And when I opened the box I was blown away by the surprises it held.

How did she know I collect vintage Easter postcards??

It just went on and on..I kept going back and looking at everything again and again..

I love these crystals.  I already had one just like them and I have put them on a chain with a crystal Princess House bead (remember those from the 80's?) in between them and it's so pretty!

Now I can show you what I made. 

This is the spoolie.  The bottom is an old jello mold and I put the spool on top along with a paper cut out and little vintage duck.  I had now made 5 of these..I will get photos soon.  I am giving them to friends and family for Christmas.

This is my decorated box.  I love the vintage bunny on top.  He was one of the vintage picks I bought last year and I am loving crafting with them this year.

I also made this little tote bag.  I transfered an old greeting card image onto it.

A bunny is guarding the bird house...

I also threw in one of my crocheted peeps, (I have made 10 of them!) some candy, lip gloss, and other assorted an sundry items..

A little Easter peg doll that I made.

And an Easter card.

What a fun swap!

Estate sale season is finally gearing up around here and I am headed to one at lunch today that looks promising!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.



Wednesday, March 06, 2013

House of Rust

Good Snowy Wednesday!   Did y'all get a blizzard??  They were calling for 8-12" of snow last night in our area.. Guess how much we got?  Less than 1"!!!  I am perfectly happy about that.  I do not like snow in March, I am ready for flowers and sunshine and warm weather!

My dear husband has been cleaning out our old barn because he is fixing it up for a sort of "man cave" for his cars and boats and decided that he would fix the loft of the barn up with some chairs, TV, drink machine, etc.. for the guys when they come over.  So he came across my old doll house.  I got this when I was about 4 or 5 and brought it with me when I got married in 1980 and stuck it up in the barn and it had been there ever since. 

I guess it's not in too bad of condition for having been stored in a barn for 33 years!

I am missing a couple of interior walls.  They aren't in the barn so they must have been lost somewhere through time. 

I went to a home once that had the bathroom in the bedroom with no walls separating them, but I don't think I would like that!  So, I am going to try and make some walls.  My furniture is slim pickings.  This is a little toilet that I bought at an estate sale.  It advertises Natural Bridge.

I only have a high chair for the nursery.  One of my Lalaloopsy dolls is watching over the baby.

The two Loopsies are having an indoor picnic or tea.  The table and chairs were a gift from Kim with a giveaway that I won.  I could just buy furniture from Ebay but I want to be able to find it "in the wild" as my niece says.  I hope to get to the antique store this weekend and see what I can find.

In other news, the crafting bug is back thanks for the spoolie swap that Sandy is hosting.  I have been having a ball putting together my swap!  I can't show what I have made but here are a few snippet's that may or may not be involved...

Hope everyone has a Happy Hump Day!!!!