Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More Vintage Items...

I'm removing most of the items from my Junk Sale page and a few things from my Vintage Honeysuckle Etsy shop tonight or tomorrow at the latest so I can take to a local sale this weekend.

If you see something you want, just email me with your list and zip and I'll figure the amount plus shipping and get back to you.

I'm running a bit behind, but check back in a few days for a look at a couple of wonderful giveaways that I had the pleasure of winning! :)

Take Care and God Bless,

Monday, May 17, 2010

Your Opinion Please

I have yet to decide upon business cards for Simple Joys Paperie. Several of the photos I would have liked to use are small files and I forgot to save the originals when I edited them for the web. :(
So until I do a photo shoot with my paper wares and remember to save the originals for printing cards and such, I am trying to decide upon the font. I sometimes use a fancy font for Simple Joys and a plain (simple) font for Paperie.

However, after thinking about it, I thought I may switch it around and use the simple font for Simple Joys. Wouldn't that make more sense? Simple font for Simple Joys?

What do you think? This photo isn't what I'm using for my cards, it's just the first one I pulled out of one of my folders.

Do you like #1:

Or #2:

Be sure to let me know in the comments!
Thank you! :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Third Time's the Charm

On the 15th of each month one of my favorite thrift shops marks everything in the store half off. For several months I missed going there on the 15th. It is almost an hour's drive from home and I usually forgot or had something else going on that day. This month I was ready. I marked my calendar and was ready to go thrifting on my way to get chair rail and corner trim at Lowes.

The main reason I wanted to go to the thrift shop this time was to buy a basket full of white, antique, hand embroidered handkerchiefs. As soon as I went through the doors, I was heading straight to the basket and a couple of large velvet covered frames caught my attention. Hmmm, I picked them up, turned them over, noting the worn velvet, which I love. I really didn't have any place in mind for them, and realized I had better get to that basket before someone else got to it first. The place was full of shoppers and I didn't want to come all the way here for nothing. I put the frames back down. As I began culling the newer handkerchiefs that I didn't want, my eyes strayed back to the prints. I was trying to decide what I should do about them ~ the portraits were mostly sepia with a very faint tint of color when you took a closer look. I left the basket and picked up the print of the female. It was missing the glass, but the other one still had glass. I'd only have to buy glass for one. But then again, where would I put them? I set her back down, again, and went back to the handkerchiefs. I ended up with more than a dozen lovely old embroidered pieces, thinking ahead to the dolls that I would create this summer and imagining what types of dresses this delicate cloth would make. I made a quick (make that semi-quick) tour through the shop, coming back around to the front and asking one of the ladies behind the counter to remove 5 old silver serving pieces and a glass shaker with silver top from the case. I definitely could use them... in something... or display in my collections... sooner or later. Ok, I know you are thinking that some of my last few posts were about having a junk sale because I was acquiring too much stuff. Well, I am, but I am being a bit more particular about what I acquire... sort of. So, I get around to the register, and while I am waiting on the lady in front of me to check out, my eyes make their way to the prints, for the third time. And for the third time I pick them up. I hadn't noticed the watercolor border on the mat before ~ it was a beautiful aged robin's egg blue ~ one of my favorite colors! I then realize that the velvet on the frames matches my living room furniture. I don't know how old the prints are, but according to the notation near the bottom, the first prints were printed in 1812 and the originals are in His Majesty's Collection! Ok, I'm sold ~ by this time it's my turn and I place the prints on the counter with my silver finds and sweet handkerchiefs. I am so glad I bought them and that I looked at them a third time. I'll hang them sometime next week as soon as I decide where they will go. They are 16" x 19". And you know how much they cost? Seven dollars for the pair!

Above left: William Sharinton
Above right: M. Souch

Below, you can see the taupe and robin's egg blue, hand painted, watercolor border. There's also a very thin strip of paper that's been applied. It has a greenish cast in the photo, but in person, it looks like a mottled, tarnished gold paper.


It reads: In His Majesty's Collection, London Published by J. Chamberlaine, Jan.1st 1812.

The artist was Hans Holbein and the engraver, S. Freeman.

On the back, there's a few tiny remains of paint, evidently it stuck to the wall where it was hanging.
The paint looks as if it would have been a close match to the robin's egg blue border. I'd love to have seen it hanging in such a gorgeous room!

If you are interested in reading about the German artist, follow this link:

Here's a couple of links to the portraits of
William Sharinton:

and M. Souch:


I didn't make it to the festival at Rugby this weekend. Obviously I was gone yesterday, and today we had several downpours, which I'm sure was not good for the vendors. I hope they managed to keep their wares dry and I hope those that went had a good time.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care and God Bless,

Friday, May 14, 2010

Junk Sale anyone?

It's supposed to be rainy this weekend, so I thought I'd update my Junk Sale ~ an online garage sale, if you will. A lot of these items have been stored for quite some time, not everything was displayed in my home at once. I have eclectic tastes, but I do have some restraint, lol!

Just click on the link and shop till you drop! :)

You'll find vintage glass bead collars...

... an old metal mesh purse

creamy white ladies gloves...

a beautiful old silk fan...

early 1900s ephemera...

something on which to hang your laundry... or photos...

and look what's here just in time for gardening!...

Shopping is easy ~ just email me with you list and zip code (anywhere in the world)
and I'll get back to you with a total with the most economical shipping unless you have a preference.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tomorrow I'll share some lovely items I won in 2 recent giveaways... that's right... 2!!!

Take Care and God Bless,

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Bridge to Nowhere

For the past few weeks that's where I have felt like I have been ~ ~ ~ on a bridge to nowhere.
I have so much going on at home (more outdoor work and more painting and remodeling to be done inside) and at work (my online shops and the show that is only 5 1/2 weeks away), that I feel like I am constantly working, but not getting anywhere. Besdes the usual work, I want to give my website, Honeysuckle Lane, a complete make-over and open a separate website for Simple Joys Paperie. I can do the basics for my websites on Frontpage, but there's a certain look I want and for the life of me, I can't figure out how to do it. I'm going for a clean, fresh look, something simpler than what I have; you'd think it would be easy, wouldn't you?

I am going to take some time to reassess the direction I am going with my work. I have had so many interests over the years and collected so many supplies and vintage things from shops thinking I'd use them, but I am now realizing that one can eventually acquire much too much! :) I think I'll work through June, and take off the entire month of July to get as much accomplished as possible.
If you'd like to recommend someone to work with me on designing a website (with FrontPage, so once it's done I can continue it on my own again), or someone that could answer a few questions I have about it, I'd appreciate it and will certainly consider them. If I can't figure it out soon, I will definitely need some help come July.

Well, that's enough rambling and thinking out loud for now. I'd better get back to work and get some inventory built up for the festival!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd love to read your comments, even if it's just a hello. :)

Take Care and God Bless,