If you live in any of the central or northern United States you have probably had a snow day ,or 5, this past week. Snow days are great because we can sleep in and lounge in pj’s longer than on regular days (unless you shop at Walmart). You don’t have to wear make-up or fix up your hair. You can make soup, chili and homemade bread. You can watch TV and look at Pinterest for hours on end. These are things I love to do on a snow day. But when a snow day turns into 3 or 4 days I start to get antsy. And when I get antsy I usually start tidying things.
If any of you look on my Etsy shop, Mossy Cottage, you will notice I have posted quite a few laces and trims this last week. Some of them are so beautiful I just had to keep some for myself. Yeah, like I need more trim. Combine pieces of lace, boredom, and a need to use glitter and this is the project I started.
First I got two very large jars.
I painted the lids and then covered them with Delta Ceramcoat Sparkle Glaze. It is a protective coating that has glitter in it. When it is dry, the glitter is sealed in and won’t come off. I LOVE THIS STUFF! Aren’t these lids adorable?!
I got out some of my vintage clothes pegs.
And the pieces of lace I saved from my Etsy listings.
I wound the lace around the clothes pegs, secured the ends with pins, and popped them into one of the jars. The other jar is still full of clothes pegs ready to tackle this…..
This is my HUGE box of jumbled up laces. So all I can say now is….let is snow!!!
Once again I’m about 2 to 3 years behind the trends in paper crafting, but I say, “Better late than never!” I have a really fun project to show you. It is a TP roll mini-album. Yes, that is TP as in toilet paper. Now before you all go, “ewwwww”, I am just using the cardboard paper tube from inside the roll. Nothing more, I promise. This mini-album was inspired by two things. The first is the “Fruit of the Spirit” found in the Bible in the book of Galatians. The second is friendship. As the title states, however, I added a lot of embellishments to this mini-album so it’s really not so mini anymore. No further ado, I’ll just show you the pictures.
Here she is in all her glory. I added lots of ribbons and lace to the binding rings to hide them a little. There is a multi-layered mulberry paper flower and a 3-D sticker that says, “Cherish”.
Here is a blurry picture of some charms I hung from the rings. There is an antique bakelite button, a filigree heart and a colored mother of pearl flower.
Here is the love page. It has pretty gold and teal ribbon and a teal flower.
Joy has a three-dimensional vine and hummingbird stickers for decoration. Both are outlined in glitter. Yeah, glitter!!!
The peace page is adorned with lace, some vintage millinery flowers and a little blue satin ribbon.
Patience has a metal (?) I found in my stash and ran some lace through it.
Goodness has two beautiful ladies enjoying a book. There are two layered flowers adorning this page.
Faithfulness shows two ladies picking flowers. The page is decorated with flowers and silk leaves.
Gentleness shows two ladies out in their finery. Gold sequined ribbon and little shiny black buttons go well with their fashions.
Self-control is embellished with floral 3-D stickers that also have glitter! Yeah, glitter!!! Oh wait. I seem to be losing control.
The inside of the back cover has 3-D stickers. One says “Thinking of you” and then there are two dragon flies. One also has glitter. Yeah, glitter!!! Easy, Helen.
The back of each page has a journaling spot for putting descriptions of the pictures on the tag, favorite quotes or just something that needs to be remembered.
Here is one of the tags that goes in the end of the tube. Pictures can be mounted directly onto both sides of the tag as it is made with heavy cardboard.
So there it is, my first ever toilet paper roll mini-album that turned out not so mini. I love the way it came out and can’t wait to make some more. If you are so inclined to try make one yourself, there are oodles of videos and samples on Pinterest. Just do what I did to collect enough rolls. I told my husband and son there would be a fine every time I found an “empty” in the trash can. Miraculously, I now find them all in my office!
On Tuesday Martin and I went to Front Royal to see Adam play in a soccer game. The game wasn’t until 4:30PM, so we spent the early afternoon junking. As you know from a previous post, I think soccer and junking go together like wine and cheese. We hit a couple thrift shops and I scored some treasures, but it never ceases to amaze me how great everything looks at a distance and how down right awful it looks up close! We had a blast wading through the flotsam and jetsam anyway.
Usually on Thursdays I stay around Bowling Green and work at home. You can find me washing, ironing, pricing or making stuff for my shops. I also throw in some mundane housework like laundry or cleaning. Ho Hum right? Well not today people!!! Two days ago I noticed a yard sale sign a couple blocks up the street from me. It said the yard sale would be on THURSDAY, Friday and Saturday. Did you get that? Thursday!!! That was today! Did I go? Not only did I go, I went too early and they weren’t even open yet. Okay, I know, I have to chill a little. I went back at 8:15 and they were ready for me. I got some really cute stuff. So do you want to see what I got this week?
Two cute felt stockings with GLITTER accents. Two sets of plastic light up bells with tacky plastic pointsettas on top. Please note that the pointsettas have GLITTER on them. It’s hard to see in my amazing picture (I know, I should work for National Geographic, right?) but there is also a cute little plastic ornament with plastic fruit in it and half a roll of dark pink plastic tinsel cord. The operative words for what I love to sell at Christmas are plastic and glitter as long as they are
Next we have an awesome cake stand with top. I can’t leave these alone. I will add a decoupaged hang tag to the nob on top. Maybe I’ll show you in a later blog post. The pretty tin is staying in my studio. It’s hard to tell from my picture, but it is designed to look like needlepoint and is covered with roses. Need I say more? There is a little white birdhouse which will get the “Helen” touch too. A cute set of green doilies, needlepoint napkins, 2 vintage pill boxes and 2 small old powder boxes finish off this set. Nice.
Now we have a little child’s suitcase. No, I am not selling it. EVER!!! It will be a great display piece for shows. There are two vintage baby sweaters, two vintage plastic (there we go again) reindeer and the cutest “Made in Japan” vase with a mouse and a cheese wedge. I love these fun old vases, especially the ones with baby themes. I guess this would count as one of those if you were a mouse.
Lastly we have this awesome set of four 1950’s metal (not plastic) tray tables. How cute are these? The tables are black with pink and blue leaves. My heart almost stopped when I saw them at the yard sale. I had to have them. They will be going to my Fredericksburg location tomorrow!!!
All in all I had a really blessed week as far as shopping for Mossy Cottage went and I got to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall days to boot. Not bad, eh?