Monday, September 4, 2017

Junk Stores

Well still no estate sales but my overwhelming need to rummage through junk drove me and Mom out Saturday morning to hit some of the local junk stores and one church sale.

The one thing I do like about shopping at church sales and junk stores are the prices. Things can be found for less than a dollar. We hit one church sale, the Salvation Army store, the Catholic Social Services and last but not least our favorite junk shop over in the North Augusta.

I am happy to say it was enough to satisfy my craving (well at least until next weekend) and I am pretty happy with my haul.


Isn't he just the cutest thing!


A local piece for my collection.


Just loved the box!


Story Book Doll, she needs some TLC so she may get a little makeover.


I think this is my favorite find, Babbacombe Pottery Fox string holder, when put your scissors in it looks like he is wearing glasses. He is chipped on the back and a small chip where the scissors go but I didn't care. He is already hanging on my wall upstairs. 


Small Doll - I know nothing about, but she cleaned up pretty well, thank goodness she has that big old hat because she is completely bald, I need to find her some hair.


I just adore this old folk art doll, she is stuffed with saw dust and I love her clothes!


A few old pins from the church sale.


Lots of Ephemera! I was like a pig in mud digging through a box of old papers, I found some lovely old greeting cards.







These cards were kind of special, they each have a little story book inside them.




This is a hand painted piece. Have no idea of the date but I am assuming possibly an art student painted it for an upcoming exhibition.


 The clover pin is worthless but I just love little pieces like that, the heart is sterling/marcasite.


Babbacombe Pottery mark.


Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Being Crafty with the Red Headed Girls

Well I have to say that this has been one of the worst years ever for me as far as Estate Sales go. Good sales have been very few and far between. 

So my sweet Red Headed Girls came up with something to fill the void in my "junking life". They expressed interest in creating something that they could sell at a craft show with Mom in October. After much thought I decided we could make Christmas Tags, these would be easy for the girls to make and we could make lots of quickly. It also allows them to put their (and my) creativity to work.

Of course I had to make a trip to Michaels to get supplies (punches, card stock, stamps, etc) which is dangerous for me because I can get stuck in there for hours and spend a small fortune. Luckily I already had a lot of materials that we could use so I didn't completely wipe out my bank account.

I had the girls over for the afternoon a couple of weeks ago for a work day and we got quite a lot accomplished. I have also been working on some tags in between our work days.  

Here is a little sample of what we have been working on:

We started off simple, card stock and stamps.








Then we tried some vintage materials (old damaged Christmas box, vintage game cards, and old Bingo cards) and I love the way these turned out!








Tried our skills with book pages. Really tried to incorporate the book pages that had Christmas Music on them - look closely.






I had some vintage Christmas Stickers that we put them to use.


And of course I had to use some vintage Christmas images from old cards, post cards and ephemera that I had on hand - we glittered some of these up.













I also tried my hand at a few other book page crafts, made some Christmas Hats for a few of the Dolls! Not sure I am real skilled at this but I think they turned out cute.



We are working on packaging now and have come up with our little logo - 
RHG for the Red Headed Girls.



I have really enjoyed this adventure and it certainly has helped with the Junkin Blues that I am feeling right now. Love my Red Headed Girls and please wish them luck as we get closer to the craft show. I want them to learn something from this experience. By the way - I asked them what they wanted to do with the money that they earn and they said they would be giving some to their Church and the rest to buy more chicks! So proud of them!


Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!