Monday, October 31, 2011

October 31

This is it friends, we've made it to the end of the month. I'm so sad to see it end, and I have truly enjoyed getting to "know" so many of you.
I thought it was best that we go out with a bang, so I'm adding two items today!

First, I've selected this wonderful old "Medial Writing" book.  What's not to love about this book!! Everything from the yellowed pages, the child's penmanship, to the words they are learning to write in cursive are fabulous!
Next, I have a real treasure for you-  this is a handwritten love letter from a French soldier.
Now you are officially looking at the entire treasure trove. I can't wait to get all of these goodies off to their new owner. I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow but  for now I have TONS of tally-ing to do!



Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Joe and I are celebrating our first anniversary today!  Although we agreed not to buy each other gifts, I decided to take this opportunity to create something sentimental for the guy I love.  My goal was to not spend any money, and to create something semi-masculine. 
I searched "anniversary gifts" on pinterest, and was initially drawn to this set of playing cards which were altered, then bound into a little book.  Each card features a different "reason why I love you". Cute, but when it comes down to it, I felt it was a little too feminine for my guy.
I decided to stick with the card/"reasons I love you" idea, but adapted it so that the finished product would create a nice pieces of wall art, rather than a book.  I started by aging a full deck of playing cards, then collaged them on the face side stating a different reason why I love Joe. Some are sentimental and some are funny, but all of them make me happy. 
Once the cards were dry and embellished I hid them throughout the house and waited for Joe to catch on. When he found the first card and figured out what I was up to a thorough search ensued. It was so much fun to watch and I think he really loved the sentiment as well as search! 
I did decide to spend some money on a frame that is big enough to display each of the 52 playing cards. I spaced them out evenly and used a straight-pin as  "hooks".  As Joe found each card throughout the day he was able to hang it it the frame and watch the collection grow!  I love the masculine appearance of this gift that is actually all about feeling and love- such a great juxtaposition. 


I'll be back tomorrow with a step-by-step tutorial on how I created this piece :)  I hope you get inspired, or try it yourself sometime. It's cheap, simple, and can be adapted to so many different occasions!

October 30

Anyone out there love old victorian ephemera as much as I do? If so than this addition is for you! 
You will get this sweet little collection of victorian scrap that includes and easter cut out, a calling card, and a beautiful old victorian hand.
I'll be back tomorrow with the last addition of the give away! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend :)


As always, here is a look at the almost-complete treasure chest:


Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29

I'm blogging to you all from the comfort of my warm studio while bundled up in flannel p.j.'s and a big sweat shirt. I'm staring out the window watching rain, snow, and sleet fall in OCTOBER!  This nor-eastern snow storm has really thrown us for a loop, and although I know it's not going to accumulate to anything the first real snow of the season is always a little shocking! I hope all of my north eastern friends stay warm and dry this weekend :)
This is another items that I haven't quite found a good use for yet. This little bi-fold tag comes from France, and has lovely gold print covering the front. 
It's perfectly charming, and has so much possibility!


Only two days left:(



Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28

I've been collecting old embellishments for quite a while now, yet I've never actually used any of them in my craft projects. Which makes them the perfect item to include in the give away.
These sweet little stars are miniature in size- about 1/2 inch across, and made up of tarnished sequins and old bullion.  I couldn't resist buying them as soon as I saw them! 
I hope someone else can put this little guy to use somehow...
I've loved watching this treasure trove grow. It barely fits now, but I have over three items left to add!




Thursday, October 27, 2011

Give away details

As the month draws to a close I just wanted to give some details about the give away/ drawing:


I'll draw a winner on Monday, Nov 1st and announce the winner that evening. I've managed to fit everything into a medium flat rate box (I still can't figure out how!), and will be happy to cover domestic shipping charges.  (If that winner happens to live internationally, I am asking that they pay the difference)


I'd also like to ask the winner to please pass along any items that may not be their style/taste to friends, family or co-workers. Or simply let me know that you're not interested in a certain item/items. I won't be offended in the least, and just want to make sure that all of these items (that come from my personal collection) go to good use :) 


Don't forget that you can go back and review the give away posts from the month and continue to enter up until October 31st.  One entry per item is permitted.


Thank you!



How the give away works:
Every single day of October I will be adding a fabulous vintage treasure to the prize pot. Then, on November 1st I will select one winner to receive ALL of the items! I have gone through my personal collection of goodies to bring you over 30 of the most fun, unique, inspiring treasures and I hope you love all of them as much as I do.Be sure to check back everyday to see the daily addition :) 

How do you enter? 
First, you must be a following this blog. (you can become a follower by clicking the "join this site" button on the right sight of the screen).  Then to be entered, simply leave a comment on the daily give away post. That's it! 

How many times can you enter?
You can enter one time each day- for a grand total of 31 chances. 

Want to increase your luck?If you have a blog, Facebook page, website, or any sort of public forum and you spread the news about my give away complete with a link I will DOUBLE your total number of entries. Yes, double! Please make sure you send me a link to where you have shared the information so I know to double your entries :)

October 27



Todays addition is another fabulous "Lucky Star" writing pad. This one is a little bit larger, and will make jotting down notes a little more exciting!



How the give away works:
Every single day of October I will be adding a fabulous vintage treasure to the prize pot. Then, on November 1st I will select one winner to receive ALL of the items! I have gone through my personal collection of goodies to bring you over 30 of the most fun, unique, inspiring treasures and I hope you love all of them as much as I do.Be sure to check back everyday to see the daily addition :) 

How do you enter? 
First, you must be a following this blog. (you can become a follower by clicking the "join this site" button on the right sight of the screen).  Then to be entered, simply leave a comment on the daily give away post. That's it! 

How many times can you enter?
You can enter one time each day- for a grand total of 30 chances. 

Want to increase your luck?If you have a blog, Facebook page, website, or any sort of public forum and you spread the news about my give away complete with a link I will DOUBLE your total number of entries. Yes, double! Please make sure you send me a link to where you have shared the information so I know to double your entries :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Edited Paris


Inspired by the trip to Paris that Heather Bullard is currently on, I decided to re-visit some of the photo I took during my 2010 trip to the city of light.  I've posted the edited photos above the original. 












October 25 and 26

Good morning! I'm so sorry I left you hanging yesterday. It's been one of those weeks (and it's only Wednesday...yikes), and I've been running around in a tizzy since Sunday afternoon.  Last night my dad unexpectedly called saying he was in town, so we set up a last minute dinner date which is my true reason for not updating yesterday. 


Anyway... today I'm posting the additions for both yesterday and today. Enjoy!

This pint sized ice cream carton is to die for! There is something about this piece that I just love! It's old waxed card stock that is perfect for almost anything you can imagine!

You know me and ephemera- we go together like milk and cookies. So today I wanted to share some of the love with you guys, and that means passing along these three vintage postcards. Aren't they charming!


Here is a view of the pot so far. Only a few days left!!

And if you just happen to be joining the give away (welcome!!) remember that you can go back and comment and ANY previous posts to increase your entries :)


Fingers crossed for a relaxing few evening!


How the give away works:
Every single day of October I will be adding a fabulous vintage treasure to the prize pot. Then, on November 1st I will select one winner to receive ALL of the items! I have gone through my personal collection of goodies to bring you over 30 of the most fun, unique, inspiring treasures and I hope you love all of them as much as I do.Be sure to check back everyday to see the daily addition :) 

How do you enter? 
First, you must be a following this blog. (you can become a follower by clicking the "join this site" button on the right sight of the screen).  Then to be entered, simply leave a comment on the daily give away post. That's it! 

How many times can you enter?
You can enter one time each day- for a grand total of 30 chances. 

Want to increase your luck?If you have a blog, Facebook page, website, or any sort of public forum and you spread the news about my give away complete with a link I will DOUBLE your total number of entries. Yes, double! Please make sure you send me a link to where you have shared the information so I know to double your entries :)
Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24

We only have one week left in the give away and some of my favorite items are yet to be revealed!
Today's addition is this little book of rent receipts. Don't you love the font and layout!!
I hope this addition gets your week off to a good start :)


Good luck!



How the give away works:
Every single day of October I will be adding a fabulous vintage treasure to the prize pot. Then, on November 1st I will select one winner to receive ALL of the items! I have gone through my personal collection of goodies to bring you over 30 of the most fun, unique, inspiring treasures and I hope you love all of them as much as I do.Be sure to check back everyday to see the daily addition :) 


How do you enter? 
First, you must be a following this blog. (you can become a follower by clicking the "join this site" button on the right sight of the screen).  Then to be entered, simply leave a comment on the daily give away post. That's it! 

How many times can you enter?
You can enter one time each day- for a grand total of 30 chances. 

Want to increase your luck?If you have a blog, Facebook page, website, or any sort of public forum and you spread the news about my give away complete with a link I will DOUBLE your total number of entries. Yes, double! Please make sure you send me a link to where you have shared the information so I know to double your entries :)
Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 23

I went through a phase where I was obsessed with finding and buying vintage seed packs. Although I bought far less than I found, since I'm frugal (aka cheap!), I did end up with quite a few packs. 
I'm not a fan of the vegetable Kale, but in vintage seed pack form I love it! I hope you do too :)
My crafting Sunday starts right now, and I am beyond excited. Joe is on laundry duty, and I've declared that I'm not leaving the studio for hours.  Thank you Sunday football games!

Are you guys having a good weekend?

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