Friday, March 28, 2014

Everything Old Is New Again.

A couple of years ago I posted pictures of Christmas decorations my mother and I had made during the very late 60’s or very early 70’s. I still even had the original instruction pages  from Woman’s Day. Since then I have shared the instructions with several readers who wanted to make some for themselves.

This February when my Ya-Yas and I were “wintered out”, we needed a Spring Forward project. And so we gathered supplies for  these special ornaments. First, a pink one, of course.

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I think Patty made this beauty. With all the lace and beads it’s difficult to tell that underneath is an egg carton. That’s right, an upcycled, reclaimed, recycled cardboard egg carton. We started with sections cut from the formed gray cardboard grocery store cartons!

Here’s another cut from a different style carton…

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It had a scrap from an old crocheted doily along with tiny flowers. Mind you, nothing was purchased for these creations. Everything came from our combined crafts supplies!  And another Pink ornament…And a sweet little bunny in her bonnet dangles from another.

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Nancy of My Crafty Little Page made this cute basket using only one section of carton .

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We loaded them up with vintage Easter grass and wooden miniatures and tiny eggs. I came home and made a couple of my own pinks…

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Loads of lace on this one with  baby little vintage flowers and woodland grass.

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Don’t they remind you of a jack-in-the-box with the little Easter critters popping out? Most are about 6 or 7 inches tall depending on the way they are cut.This one is one of my favorites…

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Or maybe this one is my favorite…

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Look at this funny little bird singing his heart out…

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I wish I had a picture of them lined up…but I was in a hurry to share them this beautiful Pink Saturday.

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They were so much fun to make, I may just offer to teach a class!

While I ponder that decision, let’s head over to Beverly’s always beautiful gathering of everything Pink at How Sweet the Sound.

Limping Deer and the Twins

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.