Probably not the most exciting weekend you'll hear about, but I found it satisfying.
Probably not the most exciting weekend you'll hear about, but I found it satisfying.
I've had some very good luck finding jewelry recently. So lucky that I have several boxes on the bed in the guest room, several in the living room, several in the craft room...I know, not a bad problem to have.
Gathering Dust (books, paper, price tags etc)
SugarPinkMoon (jewelry, trims, sewing etc)
Just use the code 12152012 (you know, like Dec 15, 2012...pretty clever, huh?) and you'll get 20% off your order.
The sale is good through Monday Dec 17. I'll be adding to my shops all weekend.
I've listed a bunch of vintage jewelry in my Etsy shop SugarPinkMoon.
And I've added some fun and/or attractive books to Gathering Dust.
So I'll leave you with links to what appear to be my two most popular how to posts.
Sorry for the repeat posts, but if you talked to me in real life, you'd notice I repeat myself, too.
A couple of weeks ago Karla stopped by and was digging through a box of "treasures" I had packed and priced to take to my booth at the antique mall. She picked out a few things to buy- she's a very good customer; but she was especially excited about these clear beads with wire.
I thought they were marbles that someone had wire wrapped. Karla said they were something her Sissy collects and she thought they were called pools of light. I knew if Sissy collected them, they must be something special, because she has very good taste, but they still just looked like wire wrapped marbles to me. Karla bought a small bag of them from me for about three dollars.
What could I say? If I'm going to give a good deal to someone, it might as well be a friend!
Karla made this necklace for me with one of the stones, and some other beautiful gems and added a numbered luggage tag from the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad.
I LOVE the necklace- perfect combination of sparkle and steampunk for me. I think I got the best end of the deal.
I've added some new "handmades" to my Etsy Shop.
I like to set goals- I don't always meet them, but I if set a goal, and make it "official", either by writing it down or fixing it in my head, I accomplish a lot more than if I just have some vague ideas about doing "stuff". Writing it down makes me accountable to myself.
Ok,you know I'm kidding. I LOVE it when you buy things from me. Even though I've been selling antiques for almost 14 years, I still get a thrill when someone wants to buy something I picked out.
When I got my first booth at the antique mall, my rent was $250 a month, and I had a 6 mos lease. I remember talking it over with my husband, and realizing that I was committing myself to spending $1500.
But I really wanted to try it, so we decided I should risk the $1500. I moved in and went back the next day and realized that I had sold two pieces that I had brought in on the first day - for a total of $18. I was SO THRILLED. I remember thinking "Now, the most I can lose is $1482"- always the accountant with the financial statement running through my head.
So, I haven't quite met my goal yet- but I still have a few hours. In the meantime, here's a look at some of what I have listed so far- including a bunch of funky plastic stuff- buttons, jewelry, even a clothespin.
I'm going to take a listing break and read some of Tina Fey's book BossyPants. Tina is my new hero ever since I started watching 30 Rock a few months ago. I relate to Liz Lemon because she wears clothes with food on them and sometimes has lettuce in her hair, and sometimes, I do too.
In December I posted about Take a Stitch Tueday, a stitch along project that would feature a new embroidery stitch every week. The challenge is to learn the stitch, or if you already know it, take it a step further.
I played catch up this week and did the first three weeks.
My sampler is very simple compared to the work of some stitchers- there are some really incredible pieces of art. You can visit their work by clicking the links in the comments of this post, or see some highlights here and here.
And now, on to the French General necklace. When I posted the first picture of what I had put together, I thought it might be kind of a running joke- every week I'd be showing another set of three beads linked together.
The joke was on me-last Tuesday, Karla showed me an easy way to make the little links. Yesterday, I started playing with my necklace, and I couldn't put it down. I finished, and even wore it to work today- and NOTHING fell off or came apart.
Been doing a little bit of that spring cleaning- not too much, I'm really not much of a housekeeper- but I have done some destashing by adding new items to my Etsy shops. The picture above has some of my favoriet antiques- French books, a transferware butter pat and a cavier spoon- all things no home should be without. You can find them here.
I've had a collection of vintage tin noisemakers for a long time- I used to keep them in a big ironstone bowl on a trunk I used as a coffee table. Kids loved to play with them when they came to visit. Their parents, maybe not so much...
Eventually I moved the bowl to another room....
My favorite is the dancing butterflies in the upper right corner.
The flower pin and earring set is very springy- and I love the simplicity of the bar pin with the cross, anchor and heart.
You can find jewelry and noisemakers here. Thanks for taking the time to look!
Do you keep all your books in one place, or have them scattered through out the house? I have bookshelves or bookcases in every room in the house. Decorating books are in the guest room, craft books are in the craft room, recent fiction is in the living room, the bedroom has overflow books from the living room because I seem to be able to buy books faster than read them...and this cabinet in the front hall has (mostly) my antique reference books.
I've been selling on and off on Ebay for twelve years, and some of these books have been invaluable in telling me just exactly what I have- identifying glassware and flatware patterns or finding the name or maker of tableware.
Antique And Collectible Buttons by Debra Wisniewski has pictures of thousands of buttons. In all my hours of sorting hundreds of pounds of buttons, I don't think I've ever run across a button that isn't in this book.
Another book that I can look through over and over again is Costume Jewelry (DK Collector's Guides) by Judith Miller.
Besides having beautiful pictures and a great index of maker's marks, this book has helped me to have a better "jewelry vocabulary". Instead of describing a pin as "curvy with shiny green things", I can say "C-scroll pin with green lava stones and aurora borealis crystal rhinestones set in silver-plated metal".
It's also helped me identify smaller genres of jewelry collecting like
If you read my blog often, you probably know I have a soft spot for old children's books. Collector's Guide to Children's Books, 1850-1950: Identification & Values, Vol. 2 by Diane McClure Jones has charming pictures.
Along the same lines, another book I can page through and enjoy over and over is a Collector's Encyclopedia of Children's Dishes. an Illustrated Value Guide by Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer.
For me, these books are kind of like the old Sears Christmas catalog that I'd go through over and over, making lists of what I wanted. These are just four of my favorite "browsing" books. I guess with the amount of time I spend looking at antique guides, it's not surprising the bedroom has overflow books that I've not gotten around to reading. I'm just too busy "armchair junking".
And then in the morning, everything gets dunked in the breakfast coffee- AFTER we've had our cups.
Would anyone be interested in a tutorial on how to make these bags? They seem easy to me, but I was reading a blog today about tutorials. It mentioned that projects, techniques and tips that seem obvious to me might be completely new to someone else.
All of these pieces are available in my Etsy shop Gathering Dust.
I've added some new things to my SugarPinkMoon shop, too.
One of my favorites is this Sears Wallpaper sample book.
It has over 80 pages of different wallpaper samples- and a lot of them are the pretty florals.
Today is Christmas craft day at Karla's, and we're doing an ornament exchange. I couldn't decide between the ribbon and tattered lace skirted angel in the first picture or this:
...two girls happily celebrating the chill with fur wraps. I've dipped this wall hanging in tea and coffee so many times at different stages in the process of making it that I think it would work as a tea bag itself in an emergency.
One thing I won't be bringing is sugared pecans. I made them this morning to go on top of a salad- mixed greens, pecans, craisens, feta cheese and a raspberry vinaigrette. Unfortunately, I packed the hot sugared nuts in my box to go to Karla's and found out that dogs really like the smell of nuts- and don't mind eating them out of a Baggie. Our salad is going to have to get its crunch from croutons...
By the way, I've added some estate sale jewelry to my Etsy Shop- SugarPinkMoon.