I have been slacking on posting. I really did mean to be better about it, but well, old habits die hard. I have been working like a crafting fiend trying to create items for my Etsy shop, for Candid Gifts, and for my first ever craft show coming way too quick in April. I am in a panic!
I have a ton of pictures of things to share but honnestly have barely had enough time to get them in my shop, let alone post them here. Somedays I swear that my life is stuck in fast forward mode.
The first project up that I want to share is one of my Fairy's Love Notes, which are heart shaped sachets with an attached mini tag book.
This paticular one has blue roses that are made from vintage blanket binding. The large shabby beige bow is also vintage blanket binding.
The tag book has a reprint of a vintage image (From Fairy Davis Paper Goods) on muslin which has been embellished with petitie seed beads. The pull cord on the tag book has a blue cobalt vintage glass button.
I took this one to Candid Gifts and it sold right away. I have heard from the purchaser that she gave it to her ailing grandmother who absolutely loved it!
Here is another of the heart shaped sachets with ribbon flowers that I am offering in my Etsy and Lollishops. I should have this one and a few others listed by the end of the weekend.
"Heart shaped lavender filled sachet with attached mini scrapbook. Sachet is embellished with ribbon flowers and leaves, vintage buttons, vintage lace, and vintage fabric."
I took a quick stroll through my garden this morning and was so excited to see a few of my favorite signs of spring.
First up, my Lenten Rose. This lovely is always the first thing to emerge in my garden every year. My sweet friend Beth gave it to me a couple of years ago. She was moving and gave me a truck load of things from her garden. I think of her every time I see this beauty in bloom. Once I see it emerging from the leaves and rubble that winter has left in my garden, I know that spring is on its way.
The second sign was seeing the Cardinal family that lives in one of our Dogwood tees back and chirping away. I know that they aren't really "back" since I am pretty sure they live here year round, but I just don't see much of them in the cold months. Maybe that is because I am not out much during the cold months! I wonder if maybe they were looking at me and thinking I was a sign of spring?
The iris are coming up too, everywhere. When we bought our house the lady who lived here had a large iris bed behind the garage. It needed thinning badly and seemed to be a waste hidden behind the garage. Since I had added several new beds that needed filler, I dug them all up and moved them and spread them out. It took days to replant them all. It was like that magician's trick with the never ending hanky, the more I dug up, the more starts there were underneath. There were seriously iris growing on iris.
They appreciated the move and showed me so by multiplying, again and again, and again. Every year since I have thinned them out and transplanted the dug up pieces. For some reason it felt wrong to throw them away. So I transplanted and moved iris multiple times each season. Again they rewarded me by multiplying. I now have iris coming out of every nook and cranny of my garden.
I have given away what seems like hundreds of starts off of them until no one else will take anymore. Finally last year I started pulling them up and composting them. Of course I was rewarded with iris in my compost pile. To say the least, in my garden they have become invasive. By the end of the season, I started pulling some and throwing them in the trash. It felt wrong, but I felt like I was at the end of my iris rope! I have to say though, when they are in bloom, the sea of purple iris is a lovely show. People comment on it as they walk past. The stop and the sidewalk to take it in. I offer them starts, please take some home!
So while I appreciated the signs of spring I was also struck by the large amount of clean up I have to do to be ready for spring and garden season. It is almost overwhelming. . . I need to remove all of the leaves and trash that have blown in, the iris control, and the clipping back of all the things that grew crazy out of control by the end of summer and didn't get trimmed in the fall like they should have (like that crazy climbing rose bush on my porch pillar), the dust and dirt caked to the rockers and railings on the porch making them grey and not white, and by the the crazy amount of mulch I need to bring in. When that moment hits me, I always wonder why I felt the need to have such crazy huge flower beds in my yard. I stand there and wonder what I was thinking, that I went too far and added way too many beds. . . that I don't have time for all of this clean up and maintenance, that the war with the weeds will once again beat me when the heat of summer comes.
Just about that time when my mind is reeling with all of the thoughts of "work", I get distracted by a bare corner in my backyard and start dreaming of a new bed. I feel a sweet soft wave of spring air, and I hear our Cardinal family chirping happily above. I forget about the "work" and wonder where I left my gloves and rake. If you need me later, I will be in my garden. Welcome spring, I love you.
I was supposed to be crafting today. . . instead I snuck out for a little bit and went to two antique shops and Hobby Lobby. It was a very good day!
I have wanted a vintage baby scale forever. I just could never find one at a price I wanted to pay, until today. I found this super cute scale at a new to me shop in downtown Belleville for only $12! Not only do I think the graphics are adorable, the price was amazing.
I also scored a bag full of vintage lace collars:
I love vintage lace. I like to use it in my ribbon projects. I don't know if that will be the case with these since they are too perfect to cut up, but they were must haves.
I have been wanting some train cases to use as displays at craft shows but was striking out finding any I liked. I actually have some in the decor of my house, but I didn't really want to undecorate my house for shows. I was bummed about not finding any train cases until I spotted this beauty for half price:
It is a vintage salesman's case. It has a handle like a suitcase and turns into this display when opened. I can see it now filled with Fairy's Love Notes in pretty little rows in the three sections.
I also picked up at fun creamy yellow chippy wooden kitchen chair. I will be taking it the shows as part of my booth set up. I scored it for half price too, making it cheaper than the boring folding chair I was going to buy. I forgot to take a picture of it.
I also got some new images for the free image shop at Fairy Davis. Since they are Easter images I need to get on editing those pronto!
My third stop was Hobby Lobby. Oh my. If you read my blog often you know that one thing I am kind of known for in papercrafting is home decor stuff and altering. You may also know that my secret weapon is Hobby Lobby's home decor clearance where they sell really beat up pieces cheap. Since I recover everything with paper, it doesn't matter if it is scratched and dinged. Today the clearance was a whopping 80% off! I picked up a few things. . .
That is 18 pieces of stuff, some of it originally very pricey stuff for only $50. This stuff was all in pretty good shape too so I was really thrilled at the bargains! I got shadowbox frames, memo boards, jewelry boxes, regular frames, and a cool wall shelf thing that is magnetic and a chalk board.
Not that I needed any of these things, because honnestly, I have a few things on hand to alter already-
The bad part is, as if my obvious hoarding isn't enough, that isn't all of it, you can only see four shelves packed with stuff. . . there is more.
Here is a little sample of something I have been working on for my Fairy Davis Fancy Goods Etsy shop and my Fairy Davis Fancy Goods Lollishop as well as Candid Gifts and a handful of local events I will be participating in this year.
I calling these Fairy's Love Notes. They are lavender filled sachets that are embellished with ribbon flowers, bits of vintage treasures, and a tag book with mulberry paper pages. They are perfect for gift giving enabling you to write a special message to the recipient while giving them something lovely to treasure. I think they would make lovely gifts for bridesmaids, mothers (Mother's day will be here before you know it!), birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Each one is unique and won't be duplicated exactly.
If I get some good sunny days to take more photos, I should begin adding these to my shops by the weekend.