This one is at Shirley's house. Her husband just finished building a giant building/RV garage/barn. It is barely finished & already the "girls" have taken it over.
Shirley & I will be there with our treasures. Our quilting friend Eileen may be there too. Poor Eileen recently fractured her wrist. Hugs to Eileen.
Lisa will be there with her gorgeous jewelry creations & several other of Shirley's antique dealer friends. Check out the beautiful period outfit she just made on her blog.
On my last thrift store outing with Shirley I picked up this vintage Toni doll. She needs a little TLC. I already took off her torn ruffled collar & may add some rickrack to her cute rabbit dress. She needs a new pair of shoes & socks & a good hair brushing. Other than that she is perfect. I've only got a blurry little cell phone pic so far but will take a better one when she is all "dolled" up.
My little Steiff's sit on my desk to keep me company. Love them both but little Sparky (Ginny's Pup) I've had since I was a child.
We had a cold spell & snow for a day recently but now it's sunny & bright again. View from my front door.
About a week ago there was a trunk show for my new friend Lisa Bommarito in Genoa, Nevada. She had a great turn out & her jewels & other creations were beautiful. What a multi talented gal - jewelry making, vintage clothing costume maker, pillow maker, hat maker, paper artist, doll maker & restorer, antique appraiser ... did I forget anything. Oh, yes ... stained glass designer.
On Day II of the barn sale I did not take too many pictures. Here is a collage of some of Lisa's jewelry. Lisa has been a busy girl lately. This weekend she is one of the appraisers at the Carson Valley Antique Show. She really knows her dolls & jewelry, among other antiques.
Here is the treasure I took home with me
Below is some Shirley bling she brought to show us but not for sale. I don't blame her.
This a new found photo of one of my beautiful aunts. She is 19 here & she roller skated professionally with a husband & wife team. This was in 1937. She lived years in Minden, NV just a few miles from where we live now. A distant relative found my family tree online & contacted me to send me this picture. Thanks Roma.
I was looking at some of my antique buttons this morning & decided to make a button cuff bracelet to wear. Better than keeping them in a drawer don't you think?
The cute little trinket dish was a find this weekend at the antique show. I love the little raised flowers.
I have busily been working on my hexagon project while traveling & watching tv.
A fun way to display your brooch collection
Such yummy fabrics to inspire me
Last but not least - Wishing my friend Pam a giant HAPPY BIRTHDAY today. Hop on over to her blog for b-day wishes. Here she is sitting in my old sewing room.
Shirley & I went thrifting a few weeks ago. We also hit a couple of pawn shops which is a new experience. Shirley had been looking for a puffy heart charm bracelet for a while. One with all heart charms including some guilloche designs, similar to enamel. I couldn't believe how expensive they were. While we were at this one pawn shop looking at jewelry Shirley asked if they had any heart charm bracelets even though we didn't see any on display. They said they thought there might be one in the back. We couldn't believe it when they brought out exactly what she had been looking for. A sterling bracelet with 20 sterling & guilloche hearts. We oohed & ahh'd some but tried not to act too excited. When she asked how much, he said $40. He must not have known that just one charm is $40 or more! Talk about a deal! We still can't believe the luck.
We have seen them selling for a few hundred dollars all the way up to a few thousand : ) Good lesson here, if you don't see something, ASK! I have seen her do this at garage sales. They go into the house & bring out something they weren't planning to sell bring out something fabulous.
Here are some of my finds for the day. The turquoise sterling heart necklace was waaay cheap at the same thrift store. I also found the vintage sterling finger/pocket rosary, lovely linens, decorator pillow, makeupbag, vintage jello cups, Italian pot & doll head napkin rings.
My vintage Steiff "Ginny's Pup" or "Sparky" that I've had since the 50's now has a Steiff kitty to play with.
My new neighbor two houses down knocked on our door the other day. His wife (another Sandy) is also a quilter & he's building her new custom cabinets for her quilting studio. He wanted to know if I wanted her old fabric storage cubbies. I now have 2 acrylic fabric storage units in my studio closet. It's amazing how much "stuff" you can cram into a closet when you have the right storage. Woo hoo! Now I can see everything at once rather than rummaging through drawers. Love it : ) Thank you Sandy II & Dave.
On an alternate note, why is "Cecelia" playing on my playlist when I didn't even put it on there? I don't even like that song : (
I have just added a new piece of jewelry to my Etsy shop.
Here is a vintage inspired photo locket. The glass locket is a two
sided sterling silver pendent. Within the locket are copies of an 1879
French letter. One side shows the date & the other side shows more
French script. The locket opens & the photos can be changed if
desired to a loved family member or anything else you desire.
locket hangs from a soft brown velvet ribbon. At the ends of the ribbon
are two steel cut antique buttons. I have oxidized the sterling silver
chain & added cherry quartz & AB beads & briolettes. The
chain clasp is also oxidized sterling silver.