Thursday, June 25, 2009


This afternoon a little before five I went to an early estate sale. I'm on an email list and they let us come early. And I wasn't the first person in the door, but everyone missed this gorgeous Rosevill vase and I swooped it up. It is listed in the book for $240. I paid $25. Usually at that price it will have a chip or broke somewhere. This one is perfect, only a little crazing from age. I was sure lucky today.

I got up this morning and went for a thirty minute walk. It was so humid that by the time I got back to the house I was soaking wet and the sun was just coming up. I jumped in the shower and made my bed and started working on some of the pottery that I have. After finishing that I started working on some other projects. This journal was one of them. I found this leather journal in a thrift store several months ago, but today I started digging in my lace and things and came up with this.

The picture on the front is from a vintage greeting card and the lace is all vintage. I dyed the grapes and the flower in the corner. This is my first altered journal.

This is a close up of the back. It has the same vintage lace & flower, but I had to put this lovely butterfly back here.

This is another close up of the front. It has a brown elastic band that holds it together. Right on top of all that vintage lace.

And this is the inside. The pages are brown like paper sacks.

This journal was so much fun to make. It reminded me of some of the bridal albums I used to make years ago. I love working with vintage lace, it makes me feel good just to touch something that has been around for a long time. Some of the old lace came from clothes and I wonder who wore them and if they loved the lace as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a restful night and sweet day tomorrow.


My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Pat. Your journal is beautiful! Great work for your first altered journal. You were very lucky on the estate this evening. Hugs, Sharon

marty39 said...

Your estate sale vase is soooo gorgeous. What a fantastic find. I also really love the journal that you made. The lace and the way you arranged it is so lovely. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Rengin Yazitas said...

Good morning Pat,
Oh, I loved your little vase, what a fantastic piece that you found at the estate sale.
Your journal looks fantastic, great job.
I always think the owners of all those lovely vintage laces, buttons, etc...I understand your feeling so well, I really enjoyed so much to read your post:))
Best wishes from Istanbul,

wendy said...

I love the journal you made!so pretty with lace and the vintage card! What a beautiful job you did on it!

Collected Treasures said...

I've GOT to get out more....or follow you around LOL....great find and sweet little journal. Doesn't it feed the soul when you's like nothing else. Stay cool and have a beautiful day...xo jana

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

HOLY cow~! What a deal! I invite you to join me for thrifty thursday and link this up! Great find! Thanks for stropping by my blog!


Lovely things! Have a happy weekend, Brook

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Thank you so much for praying for our sweet boy this past week. Looks like he may get to go home in the next few days. I am so thankful for my new blog friends....and plan to spend some time reading blogs one day this week...
Remember that Tuesday night I will be drawing for the June giveaway...a $75.00 "Card Box"!
Every comment counts for an entry. Plus in thanks for all the prayers said for my family this month...I am going to add 3other special "surprise gifts"! So there will be 4bloggers that get blessed this week!

Traci said...

This is an adorable journal. I am amazed at your creativity! I read your profile, and you are a very talented woman!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I've entered you into all five of my Christmas in July giveaways. Come back on Wednesdays in July if you want more chances to win!
Many blessings to you!

Patti's Artful Design said...

What a lovely day! Estate sale, beautiful vase, a walk, and artistic fun! I love that journal, Pat!

BellaRosa said...

Hi Pat :) Thank you so much for the warm welcome, sorry I didn't get a chance to reply sooner but my modem broke and I just got to read it today :) Pat looking at your wonderful treasures, I would so love to shop with you! Take care...Rose

Lucy said...

I look for Roseville all the time and never find it. What a great buy.

wandar-wanda said...

Hi Pat ,
all your work is Beautiful !!!