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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Simple Project...


I worked on a simple project yesterday!  Recently, I bought this set of coasters for $2.00 at a thrift store.  They are very nice quality coasters, just not the style I wanted.


I have seen coasters made on tiles, which are very pretty, but these are great because they already have cork backings...


I was looking for a strong graphic look, and took some vintage bingo number call sheets that I had...


and scanned several copies...


I traced the coaster outline on the scans and cut them out...


I lightly sanded the face of each coaster to help with adhesion, and added a smooth layer of Matte Collage Pauge from Aleene (you can use whatever you like for decoupage...this is just what I like).  I used a disposable foam brush, as it's hard to clean brushes used with this stuff.


I centered the paper over the coaster and smoothed it with a brayer (if you don't have a brayer, just smooth with your hand).  Smoothing out the paper will let a little of the glue seep out along the edges, and you can press down any paper overage over the edge.


I let them dry completely, and then did two coats of the Collage Pauge as a sealer... not waterproof, but water resistant... and the matte finish is smooth and attractive. (UPDATE- My friend Susan deGeneres left me a great comment hint- 2 coats of spar varnish will make them waterproof! Check out the first comment below- thanks, Susan!)


I love how they turned out!  You could do this with sheet music, book pages, scrapbooking or wrapping paper, etc., and I think it would be even be fun to do small paper collages on them!  The possibilities are endless and it would be fun to do with children, too!   I'll have my eyes open, when I'm out thrifting, for more coasters to re-do!
My friend Kim over at Numinosity has wonderful coasters on her post right now, (great minds think alike LOL!) - and is giving them away!  Stop by and check her out!




I am joining Savvy Southern Style's Boring to Better Party

Until next time...
Linda

Friday, January 28, 2011

Goodies In the Mail...


I received some wonderful goodies from blogging friends in the mail today!  Last week I won a fun giveaway from Hollie at Funky Junk Show !  I love how she wrapped it up and tied it with this pretty piece of pink fringe trim...



And inside was this charming mug full of yummy goodies...


I can't wait to have these in my new mug!


If you haven't discovered Hollie's blog I hope you'll stop by and visit!  Lots of eye candy and vintage pretties!
Thank you so much, Hollie~ I love it!


And remember my recent swap with sweet Kim of Numinosity ?  She sent me some of her wonderful lampwork beads and ephemera!  Well, look what she sent me today... aren't they gorgeous?  She MAKES these beautiful beads, which blows me away!  I can't wait to wear these!


And she sent me one of her funny ATC cards~ "Too Many Hams"...


 and some more of her great ephemera!  Thank you so much, Kim~ you are so generous!  How fun!


Blogging friends are the best, aren't they?  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Until next time...
Linda

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fun Finds...Lovely Old Books...


 I had a few fun finds this week~ look at these two lovely old books!  White books with floral decoration are my favorite!  I found these at Half Price Books.  If you have one near your home, you might not have thought of looking there, but they have a section of antique and collectible books.  Some are pricey, but others are quite reasonable~ these were $3 and $4.  I love the title of this charming book~ Tanglewood Tales...



Such lovely irises...


and a beautiful old inscription...


The second book has charming pink and blue flowers... so pretty...



I found another book online~ an artist handbook from the 30's!  It is a fabulous reference book of lettering styles, frames, borders, etc!  I already have some projects in mind inspired from this great book!


Beautiful marbleized end papers...






One last find this week... this cute little vintage leather coin purse, I never pass those up!


Hope you had some fun finds this week, too!
I am joining~

My Cottage Charm's Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
and
A La Carte's Junkin Finds Friday

Until next time...
Linda

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Fun Giveaway...


Doesn't that pie look delicious?

My friend Christine Hoffman of  Pies and Aprons is having a fun giveaway right now!  If you haven't met Christine, she is a woman of many talents~on her profile she calls herself an "At Home Expert"!  She is a wonderful chef~ Fridays are Pie Day on her blog!


She's a VERY talented designer and stylist~ working with many wonderful projects~ Junk Bonanza, The Creative Connection, HGTV, and Haupt Antiek... She has been featured in many places~on Shelterpop,  in Country Living Magazine and this month in... the fabulous MaryJanes Farm Magazine!


She is having a great giveaway right now featuring a copy of the magazine and a box of MaryJane's Organic Budget Mix...


If you haven't discovered her wonderful blog, I hope that you'll stop by, enter the giveaway and become a follower!  And when you do, say hi for me!


Until next time...
Linda

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Pug Post...


If you've been following me for awhile, you may be familiar with our two pugs, Bailey and Sophie!  They give us lots of laughter, love, and fun!  Sophie is our three year old...a real cuddlepug...


Bailey is five, very smart, and rules the roost...


There's lots of playtime with toys...


Outdoor time...although when its snowy and cold, we have to scatter straw to protect their little paws...


Most of their time, however, is doing this...


and this...


and this...



and even this...


and lots of finding the sunny spot...


As cold as it is here, I'd like to find the sunny spot, too!

I am joining~Debbiedoos Pet Party   I think my pugs might like to come and play with Lucy, Debbie!

UPDATE~ I am re-posting this as a favorite post of 2011 with Honey at 2805 for her Potpourri Party !

Until next time...
Linda

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Fun Goodies From Blogging Friends...



I received some wonderful goodies this week from some sweet blogging friends!   My friend Cindy of Her Whimsical Musings sent me a surprise Valentine card that she made!  Cindy has her wonderful blog, as well as a lovely etsy shop and a new online weekly magazine !  Stop by and visit her creative places...
 

It's so cute and the tag is removable!  It was such a fun surprise!  Thank you SO much Cindy!!


I also had a couple of giveaway wins!  I think I need to quit entering for awhile...I have been lucky lately!  I won this adorable Valentine tag in a fun giveaway sponsored by Vicki  at Rusty Rooster Vintage !  Vicki has a wonderful creative blog and if by some chance you haven't discovered her yet, you need to stop by!  The tag was made and donated by Kim ~I have really enjoyed getting to know her!   She has a wonderful etsy shop called  Birds Eye View by Kimbals ~ it's full of charming Valentine tags right now!  Thanks so much Vicki and Kim!






I also received the most wonderful giveaway win this week from sweet Sharon of  My Vintage Studio !  At the top of the package were some of her beautiful tags!  I have purchased several of her wonderful tags from her etsy shop and they always look wonderful on my packages!






She wrapped everything so beautifully in vintage pattern pieces and silky pink ribbon...


Look at this lovely old hand painted plate...


There were lovely old postcards...and OH... the vintage millinery flowers...


such sweet linens, and this lovely petite print...it is one of my favorites...



and finally... this beautiful old book with a charming chromolithograph on the cover...


I just love it all, Sharon... I can't thank you enough!!  I hope you will stop by her etsy shop and blog and say hello from me!
Thanks again to all these lovely ladies...so much creative talent out there!

Until next time...
Linda