Friday, August 19, 2011

Write it on your heart . . .

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something about vintage albums, scrapbooks and paper that makes my nostalgic soul stir.

When I go to estate sales, I love to seek out vintage pictures, albums, books and ephemera.
One such album was laying sideways on a shelf, binding dilapidated and falling apart.

Looking at the detail on the outside, I was hopeful about the treasure that might lie within.

Wondering how old this book must be, I flipped to the next page and saw this . . .

Copyrighted 1883. . . .wow.

This book did not disappoint.
The most gorgeous fonts and graphics throughout - a vintage ephemera junkie's dream.

Look at the detail on the "P" in the word "Presented".
A minature piece of artwork tell the tale of times past.

Nancy, o' keeper and protector of the ancestors,  I thought of you when I saw this page.
A simple title and a sheet filled with lines to record ones ancestors.
I wish the family had made some record of the people within their family.

There were several wonderful photographs pasted over incredible graphics.
Some looked to be victorian era, some late 40's.


A pristine and luxurious marriage certificate.

In addition to the intricately styled titles, quotes spouting poetry and pearls of wisdom were sometimes included on the page.

A family record lithograph.

Here is a closeup of the amazing color and graphics.
{I promise I didn't drool on it, well . . . maybe not much}

Sprinkled in were a few more random pictures.
I can only guess that maybe these were two brothers of one proud mama.

In the very back were frames which could be used for larger photographs.
I think these are begging for some sort of mixed media alteration, don't you think?

This set of frames was my favorite!
The page behind it was pasted with quirky antecdotes and poems clipped from newspapers.
I am thinking of pasting the two pages together because the backdrop seems perfect to me.

Thanks for stopping by sweet sugahs {and fellow ephemera junkies! ;) }
xo's ~ Heidi

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fairy slippers

One of the great things about art events is the opportunity to participate in swaps to create something special for a new or old friend.
This fall, I am delighted to attend the Once Upon A Dream art event hosted by Jenn Hayslip.  The event is themed around prairie fairies in magical meadows.

There were so many swaps to choose from!
One swap is an altered shoe theme.  We are challenged to decorate a shoe fit for a fairy and fill it with some magical treats.
Here is a little sneaky peek at the fairy slipper I have been working on.

I chose an old ballerina point shoe that would have otherwise gone into a thrift store donation bin.
{oooh, I can't wait to show you the final pics when I get it finished!}

Have a great day sugahs!
xo's ~ Heidi

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Charming Giveaway!

The summer issue of Creating Vintage Charm is being released!

Filled with sweet cottage pics, tutorials and all things charming, you will love this issue!

And if you weren't already excited enough, Sonia is giving away a copy of Fifi O'Neil's Romantic Prairie Style! 

Stop by and enter sugahs!!
xo's ~ Heidi

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Happy Summer!

***cricket noises*** 

Hey, is anybody still here?  I promise, I am still here ;D 

I put the pause button on the regular schedule for a little bit of this

and definitely some of this!

With a whole heaping cup of this . . .

Here is a pic of William and Alex slowing down to taste the sweet life at  Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA.

If you are ever in Savannah, you must make a trip to Bull Street to visit Cheryl and Griff's scrumptous bakery!  The red velvet cupcakes are too die for!

The ambience is enchanting and vintage inspired.

Strolling through the parks and squares.

Thanks for stopping by sugahs!  I hope you have had a great summer filled with doing the things you love. 

I have some fun things in the works.  I will post some pics soon!

xo's ~ Heidi