Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sweet and Sinister 2009 Swap

This morning my package for the Sweet and Sinister 2009 Swap went out in the mail…headed to California for my exchange partner, Lesley … you can check her out on her blog…

The swap was arranged by Kari aka Artsy Mama…this is the third year Kari  has hosted…I was luck enough to have been partnered with Nancy Gail aka My Crafty Little Page last year and we had a ball making things for each other…

This year we swapped Something Sweet, Something Sinister, Something Handmade, and Something for our partner’s Home Decor…

I found these Sinister paper lanterns in Ruidoso, New Mexico and brought them home to be embellished with black feather boas…hope Lesley finds the perfect spot for them…

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They don’t look too scary in bright sunlight, but when  Halloween night falls, they’ll be very Sinister!!!

I made her a Lighted Torn and Tattered Garland to drape around her Haunted House…

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It also adds a Sweet touch when gathered around a punch bowl or cake plate…

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And she is also going to find a couple of Halloween Gift Pockets that were made from  recycled vegetable cans…I added some vintage seam binding for her own creations…

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The words and pictures come from catalogs, greeting cards, scrapbook paper and found items…

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I added some skull coasters, some treat bags in bright colors, and then I added something Sweet…

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A Second-Hand-Rose Corsage…it’s been knocked around and tattered a bit by time… I learned the technique from Mendy Mitrani when she taught a class at the 2009 Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat. Her creations are to die for…mine are more just to die, but it’s fitting for Halloween… and speaking of Halloween, what would a Sweet corsage be without a  little something Sinister?  Along came a Spider…

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So when all was packed into the mailer…don’t you just love these flat rate boxes??? it was off to the Post Office and by now it’s on its way to California…and I will start watching the mail for my package from Lesley… It’s so funny, I don’t even know her, but I know her…What a great start to the Fall Holiday Season…time to pull out the pumpkins… 

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Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.