Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A lot of us post flower photos this time of year; I know I have already with more on the horizon too, I hope. However, I thought an ode to the bud was due since some of them are very interesting. The first three are dwarf type sunflowers.

This is a zinnia. Doesn't it look like someone took a black marker and outlined the edges? Pretty darn cool.

Thanks for viewing!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Muster #28

Today's collection is one that I actively add to when the opportunity arises. These are actual photos of horses and draft horses, mostly from the 1920s. None of these folks are related to me. I have shown a couple of my family's farm photos before. Most of these orphan photos were purchased on Etsy within the last couple of years.

This is the back of the large photo above. Another photo burned into the paper. Weird.

The photo on the right is part of my blog banner.

As you can tell from my banner. I do like old horse photos. A lot of hard work and history in these images.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Latest Finds

I haven't posted any secondhand finds lately because I had only found one or two things here and there. However, after a rare Thursday estate sale, I now have enough to make a somewhat interesting post. The mod blue fabric is a mod blue mini dress (vintage) that already sold on Etsy. A Melbourne linen towel and a saltines cracker box that also sold.

A 1964 linen towel, two "made in Germany" bottle stoppers, two old pants hangers, a hooked Xmas hot pad, film canister and reel, and floral tape (kind of nice to have that on hand for kids' projects).

A Xmas fruit cake tin which I don't think is too old since it has a UPC code on the side, old seam binding and rick rack (19 cents each originally!), Vermont cookbook, The Fellowship of the Rings, sheet music book, old pastels in a cool wooden box, and can you see in the back-- one of those letter holders with a clothespin "head" so it looks like a horse. My grandmother had one of those years (and years) ago.

Two old crochet booklets. I didn't even notice until I got home that the circus book is a tie-in to the film The Greatest Show On Earth. See Dorothy Lamour below from inside the book.

I went back to the sale on Saturday when everything was half price. Will post those finds another day.

Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

ICAD For The Middle Of July

Here are last week's index cards I made for ICAD. Up first, is not my usual type of work. I have a package of paper coasters given to me so decided to use one. It's the bright flowers in the center. The rest is watercolor, marker, and cut paper from magazines-- the fern stamps are from the USPS catalog.

You needn't have worried-- I couldn't let ICAD go by without a card for Led Zeppelin. Notice I added a line to the vocabulary card.

Here is another departure type piece. I "smooshed" some watercolors on a few cards to use as backgrounds earlier and thought this one sort of looked like turtle colors so...

Not smooshed watercolors but smooshed acrylics here. I added stickers, cardboard, a bingo card clipping, and words of wisdom from a magazine.

Who remembers the old "Pac-O-Fun" magazines? My mother had some back in the 60s/early 70s. This card was all cut from one magazine.

More smooshing with watercolors and some leaf printing (paint the underside of a leaf and press/rub on a paper). Also, rubber stamps, pattern tissue, sticker, and magazine clipping (can you refer to it as a "clipping" if you tore most of it?).

Trading stamps overload! All vintage stamps and clippings from trading stamp books.

Quite a variety this week. I never know what I'll come up with-- kinda fun that way!

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Artistic Addiction

The new theme at Shopping Our Stash is using something that you can't seem to put down-- your current creative addition. Without a doubt, mine is making these mini books. See my initial post here if you missed it. So far I've made 12. I'm on a roll. These are the pages before gluing them together.

Three covers

Finished books


So it would seem I can't put down my glue, my 23 year-old-metal ruler, and a thrifted table knife. Okay, the glue and the ruler you probably understand-- but the knife?? I use it to score the pages before folding. Works great.

By the way, thanks again to Lauren for her post about the SOS theme. Lots of creativity floating around out there!

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

An oldie this week for Wacky Pack Wednesday. We never had these in the house when I was a kid, and I still have never bought them-- even when my sister owned a horse.

Of course this is supposed to be Domino Dots Sugar Cubes. Have you ever bought any??

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Holly Blue

A few days ago, I spotted a small butterfly flitting around a large mint plant in my garden. You can't see it here unfortunately, but the other sides of its wings are a pale blue which is what caught my attention. My husband grabbed the camera and was able to get these shots. I think the detail is amazing-- click on the images to view them larger.

I had to do a bit of research; it's a Holly Blue butterfly. New to me. Do you have them near you?