Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Odds 'n' Ends and Bric-a-Brac

Does anyone remember the Disney movie The Sword in the Stone? That was such a cute movie! There is one scene where Merlin is packing so he can move in with young Arthur and mentor him. Merlin sings a spell and all of his belongings begin to march and shrink to fit into his satchel. "Hockety pockety, wickety wock, odds 'n' ends and bric-a-brac." Something cute like that anyway!

I have been very, very busy working on creating some inventory! So far I don't have much to show. A few needlework projects. One of which is on my desk in these photos. I was having a great sewing session Monday night and decided to take some pictures of the moment to remember it by. The only problem is that two days later I am not in the same frame of mind! LOL! But I do want to remember how I felt and so I will write this post anyway and try to recapture the way the mood.

I mainly wanted to show you my darling new chair that I pulled out of a curbside pile! Yes,I know! Unbelievable! It's my princess chair and it's comfy and nice. It will be even more comfy after it gets a new layer of foam and new upholstery. It's from the forties, I think, and it has a lyre back that you can't see in the photo. Such graceful lines!

The great yarn caddy on the floor came from the thrift shop a couple of weeks ago as did this pretty blue gingham apron:

It has little black x's embroidered in some of the white squares. I think this is called "chicken scratch"? Feel free to correct me here. I think it's so sweet! I also have this great pink gingham and organdy apron from a few months ago:

They inspired some of the handwork on the pillow I am working on. It's on my desk, but it's not done yet! However, I did notice that I had all the elements from my sewing set out at the same time. I made this drawstring bag, needlebook and pincushion back in 2001 before I ever saw a single craft on the internet. The embroidery is my paternal grandmother's work, salvaged from a set of napkins. I'm making a point of them because sometimes I forget that I was doing what I do long before I ever had access to the web. I'm not sure why that's important, but it is.

Also, I just HAD to share this thrift item with you all. My 1954 Rhinestone Setter! How fab is that! It has the stuff too AND it works! Now I just need to design something that requires rhinestones!

Last of all...I have a domain! www.tender-arts.com!!!!!!!! Don't bother looking yet- I haven't even started on building it. So much to do! But it is exciting, for sure. I have started working on a logo. Here it is so far:

This is a photo of my pen and ink sketch, so obviously I have lots more work to do on it yet. What do you think? I like it so far and I think it really captures the aesthetic that I love.

I gotta get going, but thanks for checking in! Hugs to all!

6 friends said....:

  1. Oh my gosh, Bettsi, I loooooove your drawing! It is beautiful! Josephine

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  2. Hia Bettsi, sorry been away from computer painting anything which stood still (garden fencing done, arch in place new rose bed dug) and like you, I've been working on a 1940s chair. The wicker is all repainted but am waiting on more wool for the tapestry seat.

    Yopu're definately a woman after my own heart with the skip diving and charity shop bargains. You work so neatly too- my desk is piled withmy unfinished Autumn patches, felt cut off bits of sheets and I'm not burrowing down any further without a safety hat! LOL

    The drawing is so serene, not vintage yet vintageesque traditional? -sorry useless at words. Love it though.

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  3. I *adore* your drawing!!! Perfect!!

    And I really like your princess chair too. :-)

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  4. Hi Betsy! I've been so busy I haven't been able to check in with you for some time. I love the chair, the aprons (yes, it is called chicken scratch, among other things), your darling sewing set, and that precious logo you drew. But you have to know that I am positively green with envy over that vintage rhinestone setter! Oh, be still my Nudie-lovin' little heart! I'm currently designing a little cowgirl Nudie-inspired suit for my Sugar Pea's first birthday party, but I'll have to settle for a bedazzler, or some fabric glue. Love this post and your sweet blog!

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