Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pinterest Pumpkin Patch


I'm hooked on pumpkins; they're my favorite part of Halloween.  I love them....all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.  I especially love all the decorated pumpkins I've been seeing on blogs and on Pinterest.  I hope you enjoy my pumpkin patch courtesy of Pinterest and some very creative artists.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Trading Stamp Jewelry Creations

I can't help myself, I'm hooked on trading stamps.  Since the redemption stores are a thing of the past, I'm feeling the need to keep the stamp alive.  Who doesn't have a story to tell?

 I combined these S and H green stamps with one of my favorite things: vintage typewriter keys.  I just opened up the back and placed the stamp in front of the Shift Key paper.

 How about a trading stamp bracelet?  S and H, Blue Chip, Top Value, and Holden.


 This trading stamp bracelet was made using a silver plated bracelet form and Diamond Glaze. I made some of these bracelets earlier this year using vintage maps.  You can click here for the tutorial.  Diamond Glaze can be a little tricky to work with, especially trying to keep the bubbles out.  It's not really visible in these pictures, but the Top Value stamp dried with a couple of bubbles in it.  I thought I was being so careful to make sure no bubbles were left behind, but they just had to sneak in there after it was dry.  Darn!

More S and H Green Stamps set in vintage typewriter keys.
Ever since I started making jewelry with these old trading stamps, I can't believe all the stories I hear when people are shopping in my booth.  Everyone has good memories of trips to the redemption store, but not such good memories of putting the stamps in the books.  We had an entire drawer just for Blue Chip stamps and it was my job to put them in the books.  Not a fun job even with a sponge.

I'm linking up my trading stamp jewelry over at these fabulous parties:
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
2805 for Potourri Friday,
The Vintage Farmhouse for Creative Things Thursday,
Quilted Cupcake for Thrifty Thursday,
Keeping it Simple for Motivate Me Monday, and
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt it Friday






Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Uprinting Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for entering the Uprinting giveaway. 


The lucky winner of 100 5x7 personalized postcards is...........
 Amy from Into Vintage.

Chosen by the True Random Number Generator


Congratulations Amy.  I know you'll come up with a very creative idea for your postcards.  I'd love to see your finished product after you receive them.  Have fun!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sue's Country Barn Sale

Sue's Country Barn is open for business again!  Sue only opens for a couple of weeks in April and October, so when those barn doors opened on Friday morning, I was there waiting.  What a great way to start off the weekend.  Once again the barn was packed full of fabulous treasures and eye candy in every corner.



A bathtub full of pumpkins and a rusty old bike greet you in front of the barn.


Another "hello" when you walk in.

Lots of fall decor.....


and timeless treasures......



Too cute.  They look worried that they won't be adopted. 


Love the chippy paint on these wall sconces.








Sue's Country Barn is located at 12607 E. Hwy 120 in Manteca, Ca.  She'll be open daily from 10:00-5:00 through October 30th.  Sorry, no website, blog, or email.  You can click here for a peek at Sue's barn sale from last April.

I would have bought everything here if money was no option I wasn't so cheap.  I sure had fun oohing and ahhing, but I've become so spoiled with yard sale prices.  I almost left empty handed until I spotted this sitting outside full of dirt and grime....


I know, I know, it's still a mess in need of a major cleaning job, but it's the perfect metal storage piece I've been looking for.  You can't tell from this picture, but the slots are at an angle when hung on a wall.  I'm in the beginning stages of moving my work space into an upstairs bedroom and knew exactly where to hang it.  So much for plan A.  The cubbie is 5' long and the wall is 4'6".  Unfortunately, it won't fit on any other wall because of the doors, windows, and cabinets.  I'm determined to make this work in that spot, so now it's on to plan B.  I hope it works!

 I'm linking up my barn sale tour with:
Charm Bracelet Diva for Club G.W.,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Type A Decorating for Anything Goes Party

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Love a Good Church Parking Lot Sale

I went out early on Saturday morning with my well organized list of yard sales.  I didn't have a long list, but there were a few that looked promising.  My plan of action literally took an illegal U-turn when I noticed what was going on in a church parking lot just a few blocks from my house. How did I miss this one on Craigslist and the newspaper?

Church sales around here always have the best prices and these folks obviously didn't want to pack up anything at the end of the day.  Everything except the stereoscope/cards and hardware came from the church sale.

Don't the Shiny Brites look appetizing on the milk glass egg plate?

The milk glass cake plate, dishes, compote, floral frog, glass rolling pin (it's hiding under the cake plate) and clip on earrings all came home with me for less than the cost of a latte.  I also bought a old wooden suitcase, but completely forgot about it when I was taking these pictures.  

On to a few other sales....
Two porcelain black doorknobs and the chippy old hardware to match. 

I almost passed on this antique stereoscope with 22 Biblical Keystone cards.  The little slider thingy that holds the cards in place was missing, so the nice lady made me an offer I couldn't refuse. 

 I went back for one more round at the church sale before coming home.  I found a humongous roll of packing foam for $1; very useful, but not picture worthy.  Knowing that they were practically giving things away, this was worth a closer look.....

1963 Mattel in great condition.  So different from anything I usually bring home, but so much fun taking a trip down memory lane.  I had the Barbie and Ken case in red. 


The famous bathing suit and shoes.  Very cool glasses Barb!

Her messy closet was packed full.

 One of the ladies helping out at the sale, pointed to the table and informed me that Ken went along with the case.  I took one look at him and decided to leave him behind because he was missing a limb.  After I got home I noticed these in one of the drawers....

So sorry Ken.   Poor guy, his shoes aren't even the same size.

I'm linking up my vintage finds with:
ColoradoLady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday,
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday, and