Autumn in My Yard

Autumn in My Yard
My Tiny Quilt

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beautiful Bird Book

This book was published in 1964 and has been used for reference and even in the field. Thus, it does have some damage.  Still it is beautiful with 435 plates.  I have listed it to sell in my ClosetFull Esty Shop and I thought you would like to see some of the photos.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

ClosetFull on Etsy is one Year Old!

ClosetFull Shop's One Year Etsy Anniversary will be June 25th
Vintage items from a lifetime of collecting
Books, Sheet Music, Games and Treasures
Crafts, Sewing and How-to Books

***ANNIVERSARY SALE*** 25% off every item now until 6 PM June 25th***
USE COUPON CODE: ONEYEAR in my Etsy Shop:   ClosetFull

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Val's Awesome Mosaic


valnorthwoods   on Etsy

Monday, June 13, 2011

This scrapbook is page after page of lovely old-fashioned cards and keepsakes.  There is a more detailed description in my Esy shop:

And I knew you would want to see some of the photos.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Still sorting the Sheet Music

This is an on-going project and a delight...
A big trunk of old sheet music - Some as old as 1880 and some in the 70's...
Everything about it makes me sing!

Not just the music and words - the wonderful graphics on the covers  - and the memories...

So, I was thinking of Flag Day - also my son's birthday - so double special...
and I made a treasury on Etsy:

and I also found some neat red/white/blue sheet music to list in my Etsy Shop:

You can see that I had a wonderful morning!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Quilter

I decided to share some of my quilt books and magazines in my Esty shop:

And while looking at my quilts, fabric and books and speaking to my good friend Lisbeth about our quilting adventures together, I mentioned maybe writing something here - she kindly gave me the following words - she is a writer as well as a quilter as you will see:

        "Making a quilt is joyous creative activity from start to finish.  You end up with a piece of beautiful art filled with your loving energy in which you can wrap a person.  You start with diving into your fabrics  to pull your "palette." 

"Usually there is a thought or an idea or an image that is like the seed you plant into the rich, nurturing ground  - and with love and tender care, watering, attention, a little green shoot springs up through the dirt to start its new life as a plant."

" The seed idea for starting the quilt can be very specific (the recipients favorite color or hobby or location or something you just associate with the person). And with the first inspiring thought, you start your treasure hunt through your stash of fabric. You touch    pieces and smile when you find a piece you had completely forgotten you had.  You take a piece that might be the right color and another that might symbolism the activity. And you just keep going until you have a wonderful pile of fabrics from which to choose.  

Sometime you use them all, sometimes you veer off in another directions. One piece draws you to the next piece either because there is something in the shape of the prints or the transitions of the colors or the blending of the motions. And piece by piece, the magnetic energy of the fabrics draw each other out of the pile and into their place.  When the pieces have all come together and the quilt is finished, the love moves through the quilt, drawing your eye through the pattern. Like that dry seed that grows to a strong and healthy plant. Like the joyous creation of life.

And...I loved it so much, I made an Etsy Treasury, too:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Music at the Auction

Remembering Auction Times With Dad

My love of auctions began when my dad first took me as a little girl. I probably would have loved anything I got to do with Dad, but the auction was special. There was so much to see! Big pieces of furniture,  artwork, clothes, linens, books, music, carpets, tools, jewelry, postcards, dishes and other glass, silver, coins, antique dolls and toys. And a sense of excitement that filled the building along with the treasures.
I still thrill with anticipation on auction day. As I park in front of the huge log house, I find my thoughts leaping ahead.  What will be sold tonight? Will I find new treasures? Will my bidding strategy be successful? If I am out bid, will my disappointment be washed away by the fun of seeing who wins the bid for the item? Will 'all the regulars" be there tonight? Such an interesting array of people - but more about them another. 
At the last auction,  I found a box of sheet music that dated from 1880 to the '70's.  I am having a great time looking at it, remembering some form the past and deciding which ones to keep and choosing a few to share in my Etsy shop.  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

There Can Never Be Too Much GREEN

New Treasury this morning you might like...

and a green item in my shop might make you smile:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring is here at last

Found these cute items on Etsy and thought you might enjoy seeing them...
From TheBrightonEmporium   "An adorable vintage Easter postcard that is postmarked 1928."
and from LaMeowVintage  "1920s Easter card of a girl with butterfly wings."

You know how much I love the 1920's!!