Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hello! Is Anybody Home?

Where has she been? You are all wondering.
Well, at least I hope someone out there has been wondering about me.
No, I did not get stuck in Wonderland but I got lost in craft land.
Look at this mess! My dinning room exploded. Well, it didn't explode but my craft supplies did.
I had a big show to participate in with my local Etsy, Handmade Dayton team.
We participated in the Springfield Antique Extravaganza, in Ohio.
I have been spending every waking minute when not working in my portrait studio, making things. Here are a few of those items.
I really hated this book so I decided to give it a useful life. No one else would want to read it. Great for holding notes, bills, photos.

New selection of my Bitty Sentiments.

Some pendants I decided to venture into. They were fun to make!

Then there are my lovelies!
I spent the entire 4th weekend sewing these pillows and bags made from a cutter quilt I have been hanging on to for 2 years. I went to JoAnn Fabrics to find fabric for the backs and ruffles expecting to choose old fashioned prints, but these retro prints just kept calling to me. Don't you think they look great?

Then I made the decision to use my Mom's vintage buttons. Why should I horde her buttons. She is not in the buttons. I decided to let other people enjoy them and give them a new life just like the old quilt.

I had so much fun playing with supplies I have been collecting for years.

Here are all the pillows I could get done before the show.

I decided I wanted to make a messenger bag. I just made this whole thing up. Used an old tablecloth to back it.

I made 2 different bags.

Cute little paper roses made from old books.
And here is the display at the show.

I wish I could say it was a smashing success but, we have not had as profitable a weekend as we all had hoped. We still have tomorrow but Sunday is traditionally slow at this show. I will be posting some of this in my Etsy shop and trying some in a local shop. I guess I better not quit my day job.


  1. Your pillows are lovely. I know what you mean about hanging on to all of our vintage goodies! We hate to use them, but that's why we have them. Your Mom would get such a kick out of how you used her buttons! I have an antiques booth in Orlando and every Christmas I make christmas stockings out of old quilts and then top them with vintage lace. They are a huge seller. I am surprised you didn't sell out, maybe tomorrow!


  2. Hello! Loved all your pillows and also the bags. I have always wanted to repurpose an old quilt like you have, but still haven't gotten to it! You are a talented lady! Keep up the great work.

    Smiles and Blessings,

  3. I bet it was a certain Mailer book - what no bees on it lol - love your items - a lot of ppl on vaca this past wk We would've gone but were out of town. I love the necklaces

  4. Thanks everyone! I appreciate the compliments. I will be adding some of this to Etsy. Hopefully it will sell there. I did buy a new quilt to repurpose even though I didn't make a profit at the show. Couldn't help it.
    Jo, I didn't think about bees. I wanted to give that book a NEW life and purpose LOL

  5. Wowzers! What lovelies you have created ... the pendants are really cute. I love your bags & quilt designed items. I hope today is better for your sales.

    Have a beautiful Monday.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  6. That top photo looks heavenly to me as well as your display at the show. I think all of your creations are wonderful! I wish I lived closer to it because I would have came and purchased some of your darling creations!

    I really enjoy the positive "feel" you have on your blog ~ Summer Blessings ~ Katie

  7. Your dining room looks like mine! But boy, have you been productive -- and lovely things, too! I really like them all very much!

    I've been wrestling with using the antique buttons I bought in France for projects. They're on their tidy cards, which I love but I also feel they "deserve" to be shared and used! We'll see!

  8. Everything looks fabulous I am surprised you weren't sold out!!! Hope so tomorrow then

  9. I love the way a room looks after working hard on projects, you can always tell that some creativity has taken place. Lovely items, love the bags and pillows.

  10. Oh, my gosh....did this crafting do your back in? I hate to say it's worth it....but that's some mighty cute stuff.

    Have you seen a chiropractor? I was always way leery of them....until I was desparate one time...and the one I found was a miracle worker. I have slight scoliosis...and when he pushed on my back, I heard the "pop" and the pain immediately when away. I could not walk, sit, move, cough...without pain. So I sympathize with you.

    I just hope you are getting better. I love my bed...but being put there for weeks would change it to prison real quick.

    xoxo, Julia

  11. As you know, I have been out of the blogging loop for quite awhile but found one of your adorable cards in my craft stuff the other day. It was so pretty I never wanted to give it to anyone! LOL I have missed your creativeness. I absolutely LOVE the pendants.

    I'm sorry your back hurts, and hope you're feeling better soon. xo