Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tiny Books.........

While I love all books, tiny books make my heart smile.  I just recently put up this shelf area to display some of my collection.  I find these mini books at thrift stores and flea markets.  I usually don't buy them from antique stores as the price are too high for my thrifty soul. I look for books about the size of my palm or smaller. 

Closeups of each shelf.....

I love this little postal scale.  Just 2.00 at a local flea market

I found the sweet child's tea cup at the thrift store for .99

The set of Shakespeare books were found at a flea market.  When I asked how much they were the seller said "Oh those are old, they are expensive"  I asked how expensive.  The answer?  5.00 for all 5 books.  Yes, please, I'll take them.

These are not really mini books, but I love them.  A desk set of address labels, photos corners and the like, only 4.00 at the flea market.  Most of the boxes are full.  Also the tiny children's card game sets, 1.00 each at the flea market.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Akro Agate Tea Sets

I have always loved the little Depression Era tea sets called Akro Agate.  I found two sets at the thrift store for 20.00 each.

Not dirt cheap thrift store prices, but good enough when I have always wanted a set. I bought one for myself and my adult son bought the other for me for Mother's day. I set them up on one of the shelves in my Hoosier.  Added a few books and vintage Scottie dogs I had on hand.  Super cute.....

Friday, May 9, 2014

This is the third year I have been able to be a part of a very amazing Internet happening - the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party.  Folks from all over the world get paired up and exchange beads.  Each sends a focal (sort of the centerpiece), a special clasp, and beads, beads, beads.  We all design and create with our "Soup"  Then posting our work on a specific day and time, we all start blog hopping to see the A.MAZ.ING creations.

This is all the made possible by the Herculean efforts of Lori Anderson. She spends hours and hours putting it all together for our benefit.  I want to send her the BIGGEST of THANKS!!

Here is the "Soup" I received from my partner, Theresa Buchle  Be sure to drop in on her blog and see what she is up too.

She generously sent me two "soups" - One is built around rose quartz and the other around an ammonite and some jaspers and agates. She also included a little pair of earrings she made just for me. Those are made of niobium, copper, mookite, and glass.

And here is what I made with my delightful "soup".........I had an old worn vintage compact in my stash, and thought the little dragonfly Theresa sent would be perfect as my focal. Drilled some holes in the compact, attached the dragonfly, used some vintage pearls from my stash, mixed with the "soup" green stone beads to round it all out.  I even created a little surprise inside the compact.  I plan on storing little slips of paper with encouraging quotes inside the compact.  Only I'll know what they say........until I decide to share  ~~~smile~~~

I thought I'd link my two other "Bead Soups"

2013 - Wisdom necklace

2012 - Project # 1

2012 - Project # 2

Click here to find all of the 2014 Bead Soup participants......

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thrift Store (Find) Thursday......turns out my .99 old picture purchase is a colored engraving signed by Victor Valery.

A French artist, this piece is of Reims Cathedral in ruins after WWI. This "find" was in the bin of stuff waiting to be put on the shelves (Goodwill style) It had a bunch of stuff on top of it and I could barely see the corner of it. Something about the fading color caught my attention and I dug it out. So glad I did.