Monday, August 30, 2010

Antique Italian ** Forget-Me-Not **

Sit Back, because I AM BACK and apparently LONG WINDED with

When my family arrived back here in the United States one our first visits was to see our great friends "Mr. & Mrs. Crab" along with their brand new little "crab cake". (I'll post her blog so you might get a better understanding of this "crabby" family). I was blown away with the antiques in Williamsburg and especially with the Antique Mason Jars filled with BUTTONS!! I purchased one such jar but it happened to have been made into a lamp. How in the world was I going to bring myself to open that jar and savor any of the bounty that I beheld? Not long after arriving at our brand new home, I received a package from Mrs. Crab!!!
Here is a photo of the gifts I received......

Buttons, jars and a fantabulous photograph O MY, O Dear, what's a girl to do?? I love that jar SO much that I decided to dump out the buttons from my lamp and created a SEASHELL lamp with all WHITE TREASURES FROM the Ocean...
Here is what I created ............

Here is my wonderful "basket of Button Treasures"
So what became of the Jar of Buttons from Mrs. Crab you ask??? Well they are far to delicious to use so they are perched atop one of my studio shelves along with some other treasures...

Are you still READING?
Want to see close ups of what I created as a THANK YOU/MISS YOU Gift for Mrs. Crab?

Antique Lace & Button from Italy:

Antique Buttons, HOWEVER, take a look at that postmark!!! The envelope that I stitched on here was purchased at an Sicilian Antique Market. That is a 5 Lire stamp and the date stamped is April 10, 1919
(The ladies waving image was compliments of Vintage Image Crafts, I printed them out and distressed them. The Forget-Me-Not sentiment was stamped using Shirley's 2 Girls stamps)

Finished Set contains a 5 1/2"square card with a matching

Stop by and VISIT Mrs. Crab
For The Love of a Crab
The Shabby Tea Room: Old Meets New (definitely some old stuff but the items on my bookmark are New)
Pile It On: Farewell to Summer (miss you, goodbye, farewell projects - Think I covered that, my ladies are even waving goodbye)
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Let's Get Digital (my image was printed from Vintage Image Crafts)
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Create a Gift Set
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Layering (I lost count on how many I used!!!)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays: Summer Memories (now that I don't live on an island waving goodbye to my endless beach days is going to be so difficult)
One Stitch at a Time: Girlie or Color Theme (I went for GIRLIE all the way)


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Fabulous vintage card and a lovely post! Your shell lamp is fabulous and what a wonderful keepsake.

Silver Strands said...

I really love your style ... I'm so attracted to everything you create.
Have a great day!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Super fantabulous! Gorgeous card, lamp, buttons and jar. And, course I also love the button photograph, and the one of you holding all the goodies Lucky you! Your creativity never ceases to amaze!

Piali said...

Williamsburg is right place for your Vintage style finds!!
Love that lamp..FAB!!!
Gorgeous card!

Stef H said...

wow! and you look totally gorgeous too! wow!!! i'll be so stalking my mailbox!

really, really busy but having tons of fun. the best way to get me here is to leave me a comment..... and i'm soooooooooo glad you did!

hugs & smoochies! xoxoxoxo

Cindy Haffner said...

Sooo so PRETTY!

Anneke said...

Beautiful gift set!
thanks for joining us at digital tuesday :)
Hugs Anneke

Jacilynn said...

oooh Justine what a fabulous post! I love the bookmark. love the special vintage card and love the lamp. super cuteness.

Audrey Pettit said...

What lovely vintage creations you have made! That bookmark is adorable. Thanks for sharing with us at TSTR.

Catherine said...

What a fantastic card Justine ! Love this vintage look... Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week and good luck ! Smiles from Catherine

artish said...

:) truly a small world~ wait til you tell granny! we live in pinebrook crossings. happy creating!

Cecelia said...

Hello Justine;0) Absolutely beautiful card! We have an antique market once a month here and you can find amazing things from years and years ago, like your envelope. I take my daughter and we just love it;0)
When I went to Kansas to visit my parents my Mom and my Aunt gave me TONS of buttons to bring home with me. Some of the buttons used to belong to my Aunts' mother. They are so pretty (and old).
Love your card and so will Mrs Crab.

hugs xx
Cecelia B

Melisa Waldorf said...

Girlfriend I love this card!! Love the shabby look and especially that you used that old envelope. Isn't fun to find old stuff like this and give it new life! I hope you are doing well in FL. Have a blessed week!

Liz said...

Hello love your card thanks for playing with OSAAT this week
Please pop over THIS Sat 4TH for our new fun guessing game, with a prize too Look forward to seeing your opinion!

Liz xx

email: said...

I like the image and the post card!! Nice shell lamp too :)

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


Mina said...

oh wow Justine you lucky woman you...I wouldnt have been able to resist the buttons in the lamp either...your card is as always amazing made even more special by your special button
Mina xxx

Lisa said...

Beautiful vintage creations and that bookmark is fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us in the Tea Room!

Nancy said...

I, too, love buttons .. it's so hard to actually use them on something! *lol*
Your "new" lamp is so pretty! Your card & bookmark are beautiful - and a postmark from 1919? Cool!
Thank you for joining me & the other Design Team members for this week’s Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge! We really appreciate you joining in with us!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Vintage Card! Thanks for sharing with us this week over at OSAAT for our "Girlie & Picture Inspiration" challenge this week.

Hugs Jo x

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my this is absolutely gorgeous a wonderful little project thank you for sharing it with us at Digital Tuesday this week.
Lorraine x

Maria Matter said...

Hi Justine!!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! your card, your lamp & you!

you have great style my friend!
hugs & blessings!

Anna said...

Lovely card, and gifts! Thanks for sharing with us at PIO.

Debbie (Little Gingham Bear) said...

Fantastic card - thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week
Deb x

Paula said...

Stunning work, thanks so much for joining in with us at OSAAT this week
good luck
Paula xx

Helen F. said...

Ohhhh Myyyy! What a wonderful card with so many 'treasures' on it! Love all of your buttons and the "Justine altered seashell" lamp---did you put any sea glass from Sicily in there?

Silke Ledlow said...

Justine, thank you for sharing your summer memories with us...your vintage card and tag are fabulous!!! Thanks for joining us at the FTTC!!!! Hugs ~S~

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! What a fabulous vintage card and tag! Love your story too! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for playing the DTC this week!

Kristine Reynolds said...

What a pretty lamp! Love all the pics. Thanks for joining us for the Digital Tuesday challenge this week!


Tenia Nelson said...

Awesome stuff my dear lady!!!

kramer_buffy said...

Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On! challenge. Your gorgeous card is part of our TOP 3 Scoops for this week!

-- dalis
PIO Owner