Thursday, January 31, 2013

GIVEAWAY from Sew a Fine Seam {Handmade Ruffled Scarf}

I've followed Jill Flory @ Sew a Fine Seam's blog and admired her work for quite some time.  Her business and blog are appropriately named, because this gal is a gifted seamstress!

It's a real pleasure to share her shop with you today, as my newest sponsor and offer a giveaway for your choice of one of her gorgeous handmade scarves!

This Black Ruffled Scarf is my favorite!

But she has other pretty options you can choose from as well.
Women's Ruffled Scarf made from ruffled fabric brown varigated stripesWomen's Ruffled Scarf made from ruffled fabric red and white stripes Women's Ruffled Scarf made from ruffled fabric grey gray and white stripes
There's a lot to love in her shop!  I'm a real fan of Nordic style, so this Swedish Inspired Tote caught my eye right away.
Tote with Linen Ribbon handles Cream and Red Swedish Look
I love her beautiful Camera Straps,
Camera Strap made from drop cloth fabric and linen-like ribbonCamera Strap made from French Script Canvas fabric and drop cloth fabric
and the casual style of this Union Jack Linen Pillow.
Linen pillow union jack vintage lace
She also has a large line of Children's Ruffled Leggings in lots of colors and sizes.
Ruffled Leggings Creamy white size 4T
Her floral pennant banner is adorable and would look wonderful for Easter!
Linen, Cotton, Floral Pennant Banner
You can get up to 8 entries to win your choice of one of her scarves.
You must leave a comment for EACH entry.
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6)  Pin this Giveaway on Pinterest with the image below or post about it on your blog or Facebook.
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2 Bonus Entries)  Make a purchase from Sew a Fine seam (comment what you purchased).
This giveaway ends on Feb. 9th and the winner will be announced at the Knick of Time Tuesday party on Feb. 12th.   It is open to anyone 18 or older - worldwide!!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thursday's Theme - {My Hang-Ups}

We've all got our hang-ups, right?  Well, one of the many I have, is my love of old wood.  I don't just bring it home piece by piece - I'll bring it by the truckload if I can get it.  But, what started out as a massive pallet of wood, purchased almost 2 years ago at an auction, is down to about 25 boards.  I wish I would have taken a photo of the whole pallet of planks, so you could see just how many pieces have made their way out of my workshop.
(Well, a whole bunch of them got used on the walls in my ladies' room, but I've still repurposed a bunch of them and sold oodles of the planks as well).  If you haven't been around this blog long enough to have seen my bathroom, you can see the before and after HERE.

I only had a few pieces left with the pretty, chippy turquoise paint on them, and they look so pretty turned into coat hooks and wall hooks.  I could have bought 2 more pallets of this fabulous old wood, but I was afraid my husband would have a fit about picking it all up, so I didn't, but I really wish I would have now.   I'll miss having these pretty planks to work with.  These are are the last of them, other than some very small pieces.
The pretty shades of blue remind me of a country cottage, so I like to photograph them with simple, pretty white things.

Larger hooks were added to this plank.  The color is a richer turquoise on this one.

To this smaller piece of wood, I added a smaller birds wall hook and the numbers.
 This plank was unpainted, so I used some pretty robin's egg blue paint I got off the "oops" section at Lowe's.  I added an antique door mortise lock to use as a little shelf and really love it.  Makes me wish I had a room with some robin's egg blue to use it in.

I bought a whole box of these locks when a thrift store was going out of business.  I sold a few of them, but the rest have just been waiting for me to do something with them.
 I did a combination of dry-brushing and just a little distressing on the wood.
This small piece is the end of a plank that my husband cut when putting the wood on our bathroom walls.  Just a pretty antique-style glass doorknob was all it needed.  I love how the pretty blue stands out against the rustic wood.

This last piece didn't come from my pallet of wood, it was salvage from the shelves we created for our kitchen.  If you've forgotten - those shelves were made from the front panel from my antique piano.  So, I guess this piece has been salvaged twice.  I love the combination of the deep burnt red chalk paint with the metal key hook plaque, and the pretty edge at the top just sets it off.
Well, that wraps up my theme for Thursday!  You can see all of the coat racks available in my shop HERE.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Antique Graphics Wednesday - 1900's Sewing Goods Images

Today, I have an assortment of sewing-related advertisements from the early 1900's to share with you.  These would be wonderful for as framed art for a sewing/craft room or studio.
(Click on these images to enlarge and save.)
I especially love the small emblem inside the DMC advertisement.

Here is an ad for a set of household and sewing scissors.
Here is just one pair of the scissors, with the background removed.
I especially love this image, because I love bolts of fabric.  Growing up with a mother who had a professional drapery business and who did lots of sewing, means I spent a lot of time in fabric stores.  I just love to see bolts and bolts of fabric, all lined up - especially pretty ginghams and calicoes.  If I ever fix up my workshop into a nice studio to work in, I want bolts of fabric on a shelf!
Here is the image with the background removed.
All of the magazine pages these advertisements came from were sent to me by Audrey @ Timeless Treasures.  Thanks Audrey!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Knick of Time Tuesday #71

Welcome back to Knick of Time Tuesday!
You are welcome to link to your shop,
as long as they are vintage items (over 20 years).
Have you added my button to your post or sidebar?
Please do so before you link up.
You've gotta have the link be featured.
If you plan to pin any of these images to Pinterest, 
PLEASE do so from the original posters blog or shop - not from here.

I want to give a special shout out to Jeanette @ Creating a Life.
She used the antique apothecary labels I shared for Antique Graphics Wednesday and
added them to some lovely bottles.  She used Picmonkey to turn them into "Love Potion" labels for Valentine's Day.  Don't they look fabulous?!!

Hop over to visit her to see them all.

Here are a few great features shared at last week's party!

This Green Life has an amazing collection of antique toy sewing machines.
little worker sewing machine
Joy @ A Vintage Green has been very busy turning some vintage items into chalkboards.

Amy @ All Things Home is bringing some bright and cheerful flowers into her decor,
to make the long, winter days seem less dreary.
coffee table 8
Shanna @ Restoration Redoux did an amazing job making a worn out dresser look amazing. - Dresser
Jeanette @ Creating a Life sharing some absolutely breathtaking images around her Colorado home.
Be sure to go check them all out!

The winner of the "Red HotFire Starters from Three-1-Seven Designs is 
Jann Olson @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.
Don't forget, you can get a 10% discount at Three-1-Seven, with the code KOTIME. Define Flame, Pinecone, Fire Starters, Valentines Day, Vintage Berry Basket, Valentines Day Gift, Red Hots, Cinnamon Scented
Today’s Sponsor!
Lucy @ Bel Monil has some new Leather Quote Bracelets that are fantastic!
Use the code KOTIME to receive 15% off your purchase!
Bracelet Quote "Reality Has Limits, Imagination Is Boundless" with Leather Pearl and Crystal
Now, it's time to strut your Vintage Style!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sonday - {The Great Physician}

Hope you enjoy this old hymn.  I'm unfamiliar with it, 
but would love to hear it played on the piano.
Here's the same song, from another really old hymn book.

Friday, January 25, 2013

DIY Apothecary Jars - Cheap & Quick!

Recently, I shared several antique apothecary labels with you, for Antique Graphics Wednesday.  I have lots of old apothecary bottles, but sometimes I'm hesitant about altering original bottles, but I love using new jars and bottles, that might otherwise be thrown away, and altering them to make them look old.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via
 So when I stumbled across some cute little candles in jars with lids at Walmart for less than $1, I knew I was really going to get my buck's worth from them.  I love, love, love scented candles, so at a dollar a piece, I could put these things all over the house and not spend a fortune.  No, they aren't the same quality as higher end candles, but they smell nice and leave me with a cute little jar when the candle has burned out.  What I love about these, is the label peels off REALLY easily (Notice the "easy peel" notice on the side of the label?).  Not a bit of residue is left when you pull them off.    I would imagine other stores carry something similar as well, but these were a bargain.

Turning them into little apothecary bottles is as simple as printing & cutting out the labels,
and adhering them to the bottles.  I used my original labels, so the ink didn't smudge.  Unless you have a laser jet printer, I recommend having a page of the labels printed somewhere (like Staples), where you can get an laser jet copy made.  I used spray adhesive to stick it on.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via
 These look adorable filled with old buttons, but they would also be great filled with office supplies - thumb tacks, paper clips, stamps, etc.  They are the perfect size to use as spice jars as well, and less expensive than buying empty spice bottles,
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via
I've never shared the poison label before, so here it is.
(click on image to enlarge).
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via

For an 8-1/2" x 11" printable of all these labels on one page, click HERE.  You could tea-dye them, if you like really aged-looking labels, but mine darkened up a little just spraying the adhesive to the back of them.
Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via
If you want the individual images, they are found HERE.
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Antique Apothecary Jar with Free Printable Labels via