Sunday, November 6, 2016

Annual October Girls Road Trip & Found Treasures


October brings on my favorite season, Autumn, and
one of my favorite road trips. 

Julie and I have enjoyed this trip since 2011.
Mostly staying at Big Cedar Lodge
  
Enjoying the beauty of The Ozarks and of course shopping!
Boomshakalaka!
Boomland is one of our favorite home decor stores and offers amazing selections for seasonal decor.
It's a must for us to visit when were in the area!

Another of our favorite haunt is the Spring Creek Tea Room in Ozark, MO.
Not only can you get a nice lunch and home-made desserts, but it's attached to an antique store!

Here are some of my treasures from this trip
 Beautiful Celluloid dress trim

Mini canvas print

Deer plate (inspiration for a Christmas vignette)

Isn't this fox figurine the cutest fox ever?  

Vintage Red Glass Art Decor and Cut Steel buckle

1950s aluminum starburst molds 

Deer platter
(more inspiration for a Christmas vignette) 

Vintage tatting trim

1958 Turkey platter

Vintage Milk Glass vase and vintage porcelain/Bone China lids

 Vintage lace & trims

Like any vacation, we anticipated our trip, enjoyed every second sharing it together
and sad when it was over.

Awe, but another road trip is in our plans...Junk Jubilee here we come!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Girlfriends Gathering - Our Autumn Art & Craft Day

When Girlfriends Gather it is always a wonderful day! 
Here's a peek of our recent day together - 
friendship, good food, arts & crafts.


My young friend Corinne worked on painting her sugar skull before
she was off to a birthday party.
 
 Marj worked on her crocheted baby blanket gift.
 
While Gail, Lee, Nora and I created other projects.


 
We started on Autumn/Halloween canvas art although no one finished theirs in class.
I completed mine later that evening.

My elegant witch canvas art
 Sparkly poofs of silver tulle enhanced her sleeves while strands
of black lace, pumpkin seam binding and black mesh became her skirt.
A bit of silver rick-rack along with a black bat for her belt. 



Most of our day was spent on creating our necklaces from vintage coin purses.
Who knows how long I have been accumulating these sweet purses, but I had acquired about 20 of them.  Along with bits & pieces of vintage beads, jewelry and trims,
we created our beautiful necklaces. 

    Gail's stunning Victorian-style necklace



  Lee's lovely button-trimmed necklace - very fitting as Lee is a button collector


Nora's first necklace - a real beauty in teal, silver & pearls
(work in progress)  
(finished beauty)
 
Nora's second necklace - another real beauty in muted tones.

 And finally, my necklace also done in muted tones including
mother of pearl beads, pearls and of course some rhinestone bling


It was a beautiful day!

 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vintage Connections Halloween Altered Matchbox Swap

In August I hosted a swap for Halloween Altered Matchboxes.

Now that we've all received our matchboxes, here's a peek at them...

Five names, Five swappers

The first name drawn was Kim,  Kim a very talented first-time swapper created for Lynnette



Way to go Kim on your first swap, such a great job!


 The second name drawn was Lynnette creating for Gail

 


 Lynette, what a cute, retro matchbox!
Gail hates real spiders, but loves your turquoise spider!

The third name drawn was Gail creating for Tami (me)
 


 
 What a beautiful Gothic creation...love it Gail, thanks!

The fourth name drawn was Tami (me) creating for Terri  



And the fifth name drawn was Terri creating for Kim

What a great nostalgic, glam matchbox!
 
Five unique and amazing designs!

Our matchboxes were filled to the brim with creative goodies for our assigned swapper.

Thank you Kim, Lynnette, Gail and Terri for sharing in this swap with me!