Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Give Thanks - Altered Matchbox & Canvas Art

Autumn reminds me life constantly changes
and to always Give Thanks.  

My friend Lynn and I wanted to exchange altered matchboxes with an Autumn theme.
Here is the altered matchbox I created for Lynn
 I used nine small matchboxes and created them into a chest.

Each drawer opens to reveal small trinkets inside.

Give Thanks

Autumn canvas art I created for our home 

"In all things, give thanks"
1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

You Are Invited - Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by, you are invited to scroll down and share in our Halloween fun.

Karla's Cottage Romantic Gothic Ghost event was held in early October.  Click on the link to view Karla's posting of her beautifully SPOOKY house and our days events.  
 (photo courtesy of Karla's Cottage)

  (photo courtesy of Karla's Cottage)

  (photo courtesy of Karla's Cottage)
  Karla was telling me it was OK to rip & tear silk & lace from a vintage wedding gown
for our projects.

 Karla stirring up a mossy & glitter concoction

Our class projects -
My Gothic Ghost Jar

My not so Spooky Witch Banner

 Thanks Karla for another GREAT day filled with fun classes, incredible food
and amazing friendships!

Everyone, be safe and enjoy a fun and Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Our Autumn Home

When the trees their summer splendor
Change to raiment red and gold,
When the summer moon turns mellow,
And the nights are getting cold;
When the squirrels hide their acorns,
And the woodchucks disappear;
Then we know that it is autumn,
Loveliest season of the year.
 Charlotte L. Riser 

Sharing a bit of our Autumn home

It's a brisk morning, gentle wind, Autumn leaves are falling and dancing to the ground...they are calling me to come work in the yard...what a beautiful morning to trim up the gardens for their forthcoming winter sleep.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn Road Trips

Along with the cool, crisp temperatures comes Autumn road trips!

Julie & I recently hit one of our favs, the 

It runs about 400 miles from the border of Missouri , across Kansas to the Colorado border.  We've done sections of the flea market run over the years, but have yet to complete its entirety.   

Sometimes we've treasure hunted in group caravans, but mostly it's just Julie & me doing a Girls Road Trip!  

I no longer hunt for resale, so my purchases are usually for my personal collections or smaller pieces for creating artwork.

Here's our recent 36 Treasure Hunt road trip
 Some sales were up driveways directly on Highway 36

While other sales were a bit off the beaten path in farm country.  
We saw several rural homes that had awesome backyard entertaining areas; however, today they were filled with treasures.

 And some sales were back in the cornfields

Most small towns along Highway 36 offered city-wide sales like this city building full of treasures.

While prices have increased over the years, good deals
can still be found.
My treasure hunt prices ranged .10 - $5.00 each. 

Here are my treasures for the day

 Awesome Lucite & Bakelite butterfly pin!

 Fun, vintage Sarah Coventry owl mesh bracelet

I'm hoping this is a Mandarin Hat button!!
I need to do more research as I have never seen one that is only brass filigree with no gemstone.  

These pieces should make great frames for some artsy project.

This sky indicated it was time to cut our hunt short and head home
By the time Julie dropped me off and she headed home, she drove home during a tornado.  
Yikes, what we'll do for a good treasure hunt!