Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Favorite Vintage Finds- Joan Walsh Anglund Books

Hello my friends,

Today I would love to share with you

another one of my favorite finds.

A small collection of books,

by Joan Walsh Anglund

I have saved since my childhood.

My first book was 'A Friend is Someone Who Likes You'

I later found out is was also the first book Joan published in 1964

Even before I could read I feel in love with her


I wanted to be an artist too!

The wind can be your friend too.

It sings soft songs to you at night

when you are sleepy and feeling lonely.

Sometimes it calls you to play.

It pushes you from behind

as you walk and makes 

the leaves dance for you.

It is always with you

wherever you go,

and that's how you know it likes you.

-Joan Walsh Anglund

see the tiny mouse?

Under the jacket is a sweet surprise....

Some came with box cover slips

along with the dust jackets.

These have some color illustrations.

So detailed and precious.

Just the right size for little hands

One thing at a time

and that done well.

Is a very good rule

as many can tell.

-Joan Walsh Anglund

I  hope this brought back some happy memories

or maybe this author is new to you.

If so I hope you can find a copy.

My public library has many-

I also found Joan Walsh Angland official website

When asked why her illustrations had no mouths, she had said

she had only intended to show

 the pure innocence on the face of a child.

And I agree, that is what we see.

I found out that Joan Walsh Anglund  had past away in 2021 at the age of 95.

She has written over 120 poetry books, with thousands of precious drawings.

Her books give a warm hug!

I encourage you look for these precious books to share 

with your friends, children and 


xo Lisa S

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Little bit of Valentine Decor


Hi Friends,

Just thought I would share today one of my favorite

things to collect.

I love old advertising tins!

Here's one you can be on the look-out for when thrifting.

OXO Bouillon Cubes

With great patina and red and black graphics.

It sits on it's side with a hinged lid.

When the tin sits flat,

the lid can be opened.

I added a candle.

Now it's a sweet little VALENTINE

for the kitchen.

Hugs and kisses!

oxo, Lisa S

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Vintage Needle Envelope Valentines

Hi Friend!

I wanted to share with you some Valentines.

I needed some needles the other day.

 I 'm not sure where they go but they do seem to disappear. 

In my sewing stash, I came across some needles in envelopes.

I usually keep them on my magnetic pin holder.

Instead of throwing the envelope out I thought I could do something with it.

The window in front makes a nice pocket frame.

Here is a postcard from my Ellen Clapsaddle collection.

 I would love to share with you! This sweet little boy was my inspiration.

First I scan and save my postcards.

Then you can print your picture to any size.

For my cut-outs I used printer paper.

I removed the needles.

I measured the inside space of envelope.

I used a piece of scrapbook paper folded in half.

Then fussy cut my boy from the background.

Did you know nail polish works just like paint ?

It can give dimensions to your art.

I added a ribbon pull tab.

Then glued same vintage lace scraps to the back.

When you pull the tab, 

your message will be hidden inside.

Another, with a similar insert.

I punched a hole in the top of the valentine 

and added a bit of lace.

The knot of lace stops at the top.

The 'flower' on the top is a 

book page circle crinkled with a button center.

Decorate as much or as little as you like.

The last one was a full size postcard printed on cardstock.

I used the sewing machine to stitch around the sides.

I liked the way it pulled in on the corners!

I saved this stamp off some junk mail I received-

The imperfect stitches make it unique!

Just a simple card,

the back has space to leave a love note!

Well, I just wanted to share these with you-

I hope you enjoyed your time here today.

Thank you!
xo Lisa S

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Top 10 MOST VIEWED 2022

Hi friends,

Happy New Year!

I hope you are doing well.

The flu has really been hitting hard around here.

I have been trying to get back into posting.

This week I took a look back over the past year.

I like to see my most popular or at least  most viewed projects.

Some were gifts and some were sold- and some I kept for now ;)

Starting here at


I loved making this, it was a keeper.

Patriotic Assemblage


Decoupage Suitcase

Another fun project.

My friend bought this and uses it in her jewelry business.


St. Patrick's Day Decor

Easy to make! I kept these too!


Summer Backyard Project

We love how our yard turned out and we will keep it this way.


Mod Podge Transfers

These were easy to make.

They went to the Craft Fair and sold.


Paper Bag Junk Journal

Made these to sell- but regret not keeping one!


Doily Junk Journal

Easy to make and very good sellers.


Velvet / Wool  Mushrooms

Just decided to take these to the Craft Fair

at Christmas time and they sold.


Repurposed Vintage Pillowcases

I loved making these. They were good sellers.

I am on the look out for more pillowcases and linens.

#1 most views

Vintage Books into Boxes

My favorite project of the year!

I kept these and made more.

They can be used for so many things!

I appreciate you so much !

I am so thankful for each visit.

Let me know if you made any of these

and if you have a favorite.

Since I am feeling better I promise to respond to comments :)

I look forward to 2023

Let's get together soon.

xo Lisa S

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