I have posted 276 collection and my first challenge was April of 2010. That is a TON of collections. I am busier than every this holiday season and have decided that instead of every Tuesday posting a new collection, this will become an occasional series. I will still add to my challenges, just not weekly. The fact that I am not posting weekly does not mean I am not still collecting. You should know me better than that!
The holiday craft season has begun and my first show has come and gone. Here it is.
I never know how this table will all fit together. I have a two hour window before the doors open to make it all fit. 8 foot table = a puzzle of vintage Christmas. I do like putting all my creations together into one wacky big display of color and shiny holiday.
This almost turned into the battle between the party birds and the snowmen. A great day. Fun to chat with customers and the other vendors. Lots of customers mentioning they follow me on IG or my blog which was super cool.
Two week break till my next show. I hope to have Etsy up and listed and aiming for the 16th. That following weekend is a super fun show with a mix of vintage and things I make...Plucky Maidens. I have a huge booth too, so will fun to fill it with treasures!
My first show of the season is fast approaching. I spent today prepping...pricing, sorting and gathering props. It is my smallest show of the year, but it gets me going.
I also love this show because it has a little area where the parishioners have donated vintage treasures and I always find something. It also offers food. I end up with a cinnamon roll for a morning snack and lasagne for lunch. No need to pack a lunch! Great perks to this show.
If you are local come by and start your holiday shopping!
Vintage Childs Sewing Cards. I collect these because of their charm. I remember doing sewing projects like this as a kid. The cards are punched so you sew in and out through holes and outline the pictures. Easy.
Easy, but they box still came with directions.
Another set of sewing cards. I don't have the box with these. I think these are earlier, perhaps 1940s.
The bumblebees just are wonderful.
I just got this box recently at an estate sale.
Dated 1950. 4 more cuties.
This one is the size of a postcard and is stitched all around. I have it hanging in my studio.
I was thrilled to run across this box of sewing cards the other day that are almost like a deck of cards. These would be so easy for a mother to carry in her purse and pull out to entertain a child when need be.
I went on Ebay when doing this post just out of curiosity since my collection has been found entirely at estate sales. I was surprised to see how many sewing cards are listed...and there are some darling ones. Really darling.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "Show me your collection of ____". A new collection each Tuesday.
One last Halloween snippet to share of the dining room.
My hutch is home to a collection of pumpkins, treat bags and holiday candles. I remove some of my china and glassware and display my treat bags and candles towards the front of the shelves.
I have a good assortment of pumpkins and enjoy the variety of expressions.
A tiny collection of Halloween costumes.
Last but not least an array of danglers or dancers. Thanks for coming along on the little house tour and Happy Halloween! We are supposed to have a really rainy trick or treat night. I usually get at least a couple hundred trick or treaters so we will see if the rain dampens the numbers. Be safe and enjoy the night!
Today we have witches and sweets. I really like this witch collection.
I have lots of candy boxes, and those in this display all have Halloween graphics. (The Oh Henry bars are not vintage...the box looked super empty without something so I added them years ago...do not try and eat them) Ive got another little display with old crepe paper poppers, nut cups and assorted Halloween games.
One more snippet to go tomorrow. Halloween is almost here!
I'm in a Halloween mood this week so am sharing my collection of Halloween costume accessories. I did a challenge on my Halloween costumes on post #129. My accouterment collection needs their 15 minutes of fame.
Vintage wig in box. Please note it is sanitized. Evidently that was an important thing to include on the box.
I love that I can find stuff in the original packaging...it wouldn't be the same to find just some plastic mustaches...the packaging makes it. Vintage mustaches. (ignore the glare)
Old make up packages. Blue Brute is new to me.
Last but not least, my favorite...horror teeth. Note the packaging says "you can even scare yourself"!!!
Halloween Novelties. I was surprised when I looked on Ebay to see some of the prices that are being asked for this type of thing.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "show me your collection of _____." A new collection each Tuesday.
Another year of Halloween at my house and time to share. I mixed some things up from previous years. Some things just work so well in the spot that I have them that I keep them there. It is fun to pull out new estate sale finds from the year to add to the fun.
This year I did my front window with blow molds. Honeycomb decorations hung from the ceiling.
Here is a better look at it from inside during the day.
I did my front porch with my old umbrellas again. This year I added spiders and spider webs as well. There are orange lights that I turn on at night.
I like this little skeleton display. The mirror is vintage and I pull it out for the holiday.
A fun little shelf of skeletons and vintage finds. This photo is from Instagram. (If you have not started up on IG, you should...it is really fun to share my day by day adventures.)
One side of this display holds my little collection of old Halloween make-up and props.
I have a black cat corner as well.
I really like this little collection of the plastic black cats. None of them were intended as Halloween decorations, but they certainly work well for the holiday.
Below the cats I have a hodgepodge of vintage candy boxes. Most of these were picked up in estate sale land. I always look to see the type of box things are gathered in at an estate sale. Sometimes I am rewarded with a super box.
Snippet One. I have more to share as the week moves along and we get closer to Halloween.