May 24, 2011

Some Creations and My Blog Makeover

Do you remember the sugar bowl from my last post? It already became a pincushion.

Sugarbowl turned into pincushion by Vintage with Laces

Other things I have created last week are an altered box

Altered Tin with vintage image by Vintage with Laces

a little card

Greeting card with vintage image by Vintage with Laces

and this tag.

Fabric and lace tag with bird by Vintage with Laces

I thought it was time for a little blog makeover. So I made a few changes, like a new background color and played around to create a new header. Actually I redecorated my studio shelf a little bit and removed the pink elements. I took a new picture and edited it (changed to sepia, then cut out and pasted some elements from the original picture to get some highlights). Here it is, so you don’t have to scroll back :-).

Vintage with Laces

Another header version I made is this one. Even though I have uploaded the above version for now, I’m not really sure which one I like better. It would be great if you would let me know your opinion. Which one do you prefer? The shelf or the collage? Thank you for your help, dear friends!

Blog Header Collage2

Have a wonderful week!

HUGS,

Julia

May 12, 2011

Lovely Laces, an Iron Foot and Some Other Great Finds

The flea market season has started and I was lucky to find some great treasures on the last couple of Sundays. I already had one of those bon bon jars but couldn’t resist to buy a second one of the same kind.  They just look lovely filled with buttons, laces or doilies. When I saw the Eiffel Tower bottle, I knew it would have to come home with me. The sugar bowl was a nice find as well. Since I will turn it into a pincushion, I  don’t mind the missing lid.

cup, eiffel tower, sugar bowl

A sweet cup and saucer. I love the fish-scale pattern.

cup and saucer

Pretty handkerchiefs and a silver plated tea spoon.

handkerchiefs

Three beautiful rhinestone brooches. Two of them were found by dear hubby for me. The spool of thread is huge and I bought it for decoration purposes.

rhinestone brooches

These letters in lovely handwriting date from 1890 and 1894.

letters

My favorite lace and linen dealer had a bunch of vintage laces for me

laces

and several doilies.

doilies 

I also bought an old sack, a large piece of vintage muslin and two table cloths. I’m not sure about the intended purpose of the piece in the middle. The crocheted part is a bit less narrow than the woven cotton it is sewn to. I could imagine that it was a coverlet for a day bed and the crocheted border would hang in front of the bed but I can be totally wrong.

sack and tablecloths

These are my metal treasures. Isn’t the cast iron foot cool? It’s a shoemaker’s tool and it’s very heavy. Therefore it makes a great door stopper. I also found a potato scoop, the face of a pressure measuring device, a pretty door handle, some tiny keys, copper rings and copper wire.

metal finds3

metal finds1

I  was excited when I got this pair of cast iron garden stakes for a song. Now I just need a garden, LOL. In the meanwhile they look very pretty in the living room.

garden stakes

For only 70 Cents a piece I couldn’t pass up these two framed pictures. The more often I look at them, the more I like them. Now I just have to find the right spot for them.

pictures

Have a lovely Friday and a wonderful weekend, dear friends! If you will go treasure hunting, I wish you lots of fun and great finds!

HUGS,

Julia