May 09, 2015

Blanche’s Memories – A Mixed Media Collage

When I sorted through my collection of photos and postcards last week, I came across a picture of a woman in a garden. I hadn’t planned to make a collage at this time, but the image inspired me to create one right away.

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories Detail - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

I imagine the lady's name was Blanche and she was a teacher. Poor Blanche doesn’t look very happy, does she? Maybe she was paying a duty call to aunt Ada who happened to be her least favorite relative.

Blanche's Memories - A Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces 

In her spare time, Blanche enjoyed meeting with her friends to play cards, domino or lotto which was later called bingo. She loved to be outdoors and always picked up some flowers to dry between the pages of an heavy old book. The coin purse had been a gift from her mother on her 10th birthday.

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage Detail by Vintage with Laces

Blanche's Memories - Mixed Media Collage Detail by Vintage with Laces

I used encaustic wax on most of the papers and also to adhere the laces and some other details. An old book cover served as background.
Have a happy weekend :) !

Blanche’s Memories will attend these parties:

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time

April 07, 2015

Colorful Rusty Map Flowers

I’ve been away from my blog for about 6 months. To blog again now feels a bit odd but very good at the same time. Thank you everybody, who had left caring comments and had sent me emails during my absence. I was really touched. My husband has recovered but can’t walk for too long without pain. Considering the complexity of the fracture, we’re still happy with the result and hope for some more improvement. My bruises had healed fast, but all kinds of worries combined with predominantly gray skies and perhaps some first signs of menopause had taken over and made me feel blue. Amazingly, I still had lots of creative ideas during that time but hardly any of them came to life. I stood on my worktable repeatedly, gathered some supplies but then I just couldn’t go on. Instead, I spent too many hours in front of the TV, ate too much, too sweet and too fat. I’m afraid, if I climb onto my scale, it won’t show any numbers but will scream “YIKES!” at me. Yes, I’ve been that bad. I didn’t even decorate for any of the holidays. Only the cats and my favorite sitcoms were able to put a smile on my face. Eventually, I was able to pick myself up recently and started to realize some of my ideas.

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

You might remember the rusty, flower shaped car parts that I’ve used in my Rusty Flower Garden wall hanging last year. This time I used some of them to make a bunch of colorful flowers to put in a vase. I added scraps of old maps and glass cabochons. Then I soldered the flower heads onto rusty wire. A large and heavy spring, combined with another rusty part became the vase for this bouquet.

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

I admit, I don’t have the greenest thumb. I mostly manage to not let dry out my flowers but I don’t deal very well with any kinds of pests or diseases. Chemical treatments are not my thing and biological pest control often seems very time-consuming or complicated. I’m glad that these flowers are maintenance-free and bloom all year round :) .

Rusty Map Flowers - An upcycled spring bouquet by Vintage with Laces

It feels real good to be back :) . Thank you for your patience over the last several months!

Have a wonderful week!

My rusty flowers will be blooming at these parties:
Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Share your Style at Common Ground
The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice

October 15, 2014

A broken leg but it could have been much worse

It’s almost six weeks ago, that my husband and I tried to fix the 16 ft long and 6 ft high metal entrance gate of our old rental home. All of a sudden it jumped out of the rail and we were knocked over to the ground by several hundred pounds of iron. We were both laying on the side, trapped underneath the gate and not being able to move an inch. It was scary and I was afraid the gate would crush all our rips. It took maybe only about a minute until neighbors heard us screaming and came to rescue us. It seemed much longer though. While I had only some bruises on one shoulder, poor hubby suffered from a multiple and complicated fracture of his left ankle. He did have surgery one week later and now has 21 screws, several plates, connectors and wires in his leg. His right shoulder got hurt as well, which made it impossible for him to walk on crutches. For now he has to use a wheelchair. Time will tell if his ankle will become movable again or will be stiff. It’s a miracle though that this accident didn’t end much worse and we are thankful. We could have broken a lot more bones, could have suffered from severe head injuries or could have been paralyzed.

Fabric Pumpkin - Vintage with Laces

There is probably never a good point of time for a broken leg but it is extremely inconvenient when you are in the middle of moving. We had started to pack before the accident but the bigger part was still to do.  During the two and a half weeks that hubby had to spend in the hospital, I visited him two times a day, packed the rest of our household, moved boxes, painted walls, laid the laminate floor in my new studio and a whole lot more. A friend and his employees moved all the furniture and other heavy stuff the day before hubby came home. We put the bed in the living room/kitchen area, so that he doesn’t have to be upstairs all day. I have done a lot of things my husband normally would have taken care of or we would have completed together. There are many things though I can’t do without someone giving me a hand. In addition, I’m pretty exhausted and don’t get all the things done I would like to. Therefore it looks still pretty messy in most rooms. We hope that hubby will be able to walk again in some weeks and we can make our new home a cozy place then.

Fabric Pumpkin - Vintage with Laces

I think I haven’t shown you the pumpkin yet I had sewn for my friend Carola last year. You can probably imagine that there was no time for me to create anything new, or to decorate for fall or Halloween during the last weeks.

Fabric Apple - Vintage with Laces

The apple is one of several I made some years ago. I look forward to play again in my studio but it will take some more weeks until I will have the time and the peace of mind to do so.

I hope you all have a wonderful fall and can enjoy the pleasures of the season. I will try to catch up with your blogs soon.