I am trying to photograph and post vintage finds in my Etsy shop, SecondSeed. This is the best time of year, for my shop anyhow, to sell vintage objects. I had a request for just a number three typewriter key - these are three different ones. The middle one is actually glass framed in a metal ring. I do love the plastic ones myself. I want to make a another set of flowers with the keys as the center. I think I will use vintage color maps this time for the petals.
The new amazing sewing machine is in the shop- under warranty, which is good, but 16 days with no machine is not so good. I'll be knitting and hand sewing until then - maybe some new inspiration will come of it. I have the machine (pictured above) in the basement - but it needs to be wired to a plug. If only I knew an electrician with some time on his hands. What do you think Allen?
I am going to complete two or three more this week and then move on to something else. I have two damaged fingers from pushing the needle, I am crossing my fingers that the article in Stuffed Magazine creates sales...You can find this one in my shop - www.secondseedinstitches.etsy.com
Aster took this above pic of some candies she got from Santa. Below is Allen with his vintage cozy and below that is Gage in a new shirt and hat.Aster and I got a photo booth set up and this is a pic I took and played around with in Photoshop. I have decided it is nuclear winter and this poor deer is the only survivor.
And below is my pathetic attempt to make a stuffed animal last minute for Aster. I realized on Christmas eve that I had no stuffed animal for her for a christmas present and I did what I could with what I had to make her one. He is not really complete, as he has no back legs.
6 medium navel oranges 6 cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling 6 cups water
Using a paring knife, make six shallow cuts in each orange from top to bottom, cutting through the rind but not into the fruit. Use your fingers to gently loosen the six sections of rind off each orange. Use a longer, sharp knife to carefully slice off any extra white pith. Slice rind sections lengthwise into 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch strips. Place strips in a pot, cover with cold water, cook on high heat just until the water starts boiling. Drain & rinse rinds, return to pot, cover with cold water again, repeat the boil/rinse/drain steps, set aside.
Combine water & 6 c. sugar in a large, wide-mouth pot, cook over medium-high heat until mixture is boiling and sugar has completely dissolved. Carefully add sliced rinds into pot, turn heat down to medium, leave on a rapid simmer for about an hour, until rinds are translucent. Remove pot from heat, use tongs or a slotted spoon to fish out all the slices from the syrup & arrange in a single layer on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet or old newspaper. Pat a couple of paper towels on top of rinds to lightly blot up any excess syrup, but don't go overboard. Dredge slices in extra granulated sugar until well coated, return to wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
I delivered some flowers to Thread on Friday. They are made out of book pages and type writer keys and have felted wool leaves. Mike took this cool photo of one - I just love it. YOU HAVE TO GO TO THREAD AND SHOP! I found so many amazing, underpriced, very unique gifts for friends, family and myself! I just love this store and its owners.
He is sitting on a branch on the left in the pic above. See the little red speck on the top of his head? The yellow underside is amazing in the winter light. And he is all speckled on his breast. You would think he was showing off to me.
I was so excited to see him! Although I do love the Sparrows too. They are like dandelions to me - so pretty, but too many of them does get annoying.
This is one of two custom Foundlings ordered for a brother and sister. I have to force myself to finish the second one - I dislike custom orders, they take all the fun out of the creation of these guys, but I shouldn't complain, they will be loved.
I am not exactly keeping up with my one foundling a day goal. But I am working diligently on them. Blossom gave me a lot of joy as I thought about Spring and flowers all the time I was making her. I also finished some other projects and have been knitting. As my mom often asks, "Why does Christmas come at the busiest time of the year?"
I am busy making Foundlings and really enjoying myself as each little face develops its personality. I will have two of my Foundlings featured in the January issue of Stuffed Magazine! These two little guys haven't been sent home from there trip to California yet - but they will be for sale when they return. Some of there friends are in my Etsy shop waiting for adoption. Say hello to them out at Secondseedinstitches.etsy.com.