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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Writer's Block

For the last several days (10 days! Wow, time goes by fast), I've had writer's block. So I thought it would be fun to show off some wonderful embroidery and crocheted work that I currently have listed on eBay. You can click on any picture to take you to there.

One of my favorite designs are gorgeous Southern Belles with beautiful crocheted skirts. This one is on a pillowcase.

I also love anything with Scottie Dogs! This little guest towel is adorable.

I really need to learn how to take super close ups of the embroidery stitches. Sometimes the work is so expertly done, with tiny little stitches, that is almost look drawn on. You have to touch it to know it was embroidered! Isn't this doily stunning?

Check out all those perfect French knots on this cutie. Next to Scotties, French poodles from the '50s are my fav! (OK, so I have a lot of favorites. Just about any animal or bird that is very well done gets oooo's and awwwww's from me.)

This doily is beautifully hand crocheted with a pineapple pattern. It's all done in white around a snow white field. Nothing adds a romantic touch like crisp white linens.
There's just something special about embroidered and crocheted items. To me they're little pieces of art that someone took their personal time to make. In a world that is constantly on the go, it's almost a foreign concept to just sit and be still. These linens evoke a quieter, more peaceful time. What an easy and inexpensive way to bring that beauty into your surroundings.
Patricia :o)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Great finds - Last part (No more, I promise!)

These are the last of my findings of goodies from my California trip. (I do have TONS - well almost tons - of beautiful vintage linens I brought back with me, but you'll have to go to Vintage Linen and/or my Ebay to see those). Anyway...I was so thrilled when I found a hat box full of millinery flowers. The lady wanted $50.00 for all of them which is way out of my comfort zone. So I asked if I could hand pick the ones I like. She said yes, at only $2.00 each. I also got three spools of vintage velvet ribbon. Those might go up for sale...someday.

I also bought all these beautiful rhinestone buttons from the same lady. I don't remember how much I paid for them but I think it was somewhere around $15.00 for ALL of them. I didn't think that was too bad. They're so pretty and shiny! I think I might be part magpie. I LOVE shiny things. Hee hee hee

You would think that, with all these lovely buttons and trims, I was a crafter, or seamstress, or something. But no. I can sew and I can create (sometimes), but I don't have a lot of time. So I just collect all these pretty things and look at them. Good thing DH really is a dear!
Patricia :o)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Great finds ~ Part 2

When I found this gorgeous tablecloth I was originally going to sell it in my eBay store. But then I got to looking at it, and it's too beautiful to give up.

It is surrounded by the most beautiful hand crocheted edges! The work is amazing and the snow white center is the most luxurious fine linen. It was a dirty and smelly when I got it, but it didn't have any holes...Until I washed it. Now there's a tiny little hole near the center, but who cares, this piece is still stunning.

So much work!

I realized I wanted to keep this when I put it on this little table. I wish I could crochet like that!
Have a wonderful day!
Patricia :o)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Great finds in Calfornia

Last month during the Christmas season, we drove to California and then Oregon to visit family and friends. We were supposed to be gone for about three weeks, but the weather in Oregon didn't allow for safe RV travel through the passes. So basically we just stayed in California.

While I was there I did some treasure hunting. I found loads and loads of gorgeous linens that I will be listing on my website and eBay. I also found some wonderful little trinkets that I'll be keeping for my own.
This wonderful little draw-string purse is completely crocheted by hand. The detail is amazing! It has a crocheted bee or butterfly on the front. And there are flowers and berries hanging on the draw-strings. Again, all hand crocheted. The inside is lined with a hand sewn white fabric. I almost didn't buy this because I thought it was too much at $8.00! I'm so glad I changed my mind. I love it
The rhinestone "buttons" at the top are made to slip into small button holes. The posts are spring loaded so that they'll fit into small holes. I never saw that before. The large locket is actually a small compact. And the smaller locket pops open so that four photos can be placed inside.
I'm sure that the compact isn't terribly old and is probably from the 60's or 70's. The puff has the initials MF for Max Factor. (Thank you LouAnn & Mary for letting me know what the initials stood for!)

I also found this great vintage fan that was made in Spain. It's probably not that old either, but I really liked it. And at $4.00 it's a wonderful bargain. It is hand painted along the spines with red roses and gold detailing, and has tiny sequence hand sewn onto the lace.

I have more treasures to share with you later. So pop back in to see parts 2 and 3.
Patricia :o)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sweet Angel

I have a very special friend in California. We only met a few years ago but grew to be very close friends from the very moment we met. We are kindred spirits. Every Thursday, we'd go out on our "play date" and have lunch, go antiquing, watch a movie, or just sit together at the park and talk, talk, talk. We're so close that we feel like we're sisters. As a matter of fact, people often ask if we are sisters. At first we'd explain that we are just good friends, but we got the question so often, that we just started saying, "Yes!" So, Colleen is my sister-friend. (She's my sister from a different Mr......& Mrs.) I wish we didn't live so far apart now.

Anyway, I wanted to give her a very special gift and I found it at Kathy's Cottage. I wanted to post this as soon as I received this adorable angel, lovingly hand made by Kathy because it is just soooo beautiful! But of course, I couldn't post it until after Christmas or Colleen might see it. So here it is!

As you look at the pictures, please keep in mind that they do not do it justice.

How cute is the detailing! Check out the tiny heart necklace made of bright white rhinestones.

Kathy made the little "love" sign, and added a key and locket on the heart-lace garland the angel is holding. I added a picture of Colleen and me on one side, and a little note on the other side so she'll always remember the year she received it. (Colleen is on the left, and I'm on the right)

I'm happy to report that Colleen LOVES this sweet little angel. It's beautifully made and can be placed in her stand, hung from a ribbon (not visible in the pictures), or sat on a shelf or bed. Presently, Colleen has her standing on her buffet that is in a very prominent place in her home.

Thank you, Kathy, for making such a wonderful memory for us.

Happy New year, everyone! May it be filled with many blessings and much love!

Patricia :o)