Friday, January 27, 2012

Pinks, Thrifting, Valentines and Freebies!

I have been having so much fun working day and night : )
creating for the various swaps for which I just couldn't resist signing up.
♥♥♥ Love, love a Valentines theme! ♥♥♥

Here is the finished matchbox I made for my partner in
Vintage Dragonfly's Altered Matchbox Swap:

I sandwiched a small matchbox between
two graduated-sized chipboard hearts (Maya Road),
which I covered in pretty papers...
a larger scalloped-edged heart on the bottom and a smaller heart on the top,
so that you can see both hearts. Except it's a bit hard to see in this picture!
Gessoed the edges, added some glittery scrolls, tulle, cupid,
forget-me-nots, and made a little banner.
We were also to includes some mini-sized ATCs to fit in the box:

AND, I finally got myself to the thrift stores, and did pretty well.
I got this hand crocheted table scarf, the silver plated dishes
(one of which is a two piece serving dish),
the two plates and adorable valentines for $20!!
How cute will those plates be for Valentine's Day with my Valentine?

They're probably not terribly vintage,
but they are Spode, made in England.

Love these true vintage valentines:

And here's a couple of freebies to use in your own Valentines crafting:

Click to enlarge, right click and save!
Thanks for stopping by,
and visit Pink Saturday for more Valentine Pinks!



The French Hutch said...

Hi Lorraine, What a lovely way to be working. Love your Valentine's creations, very romantic and old fashion. I love them. What great plates, love the color and the pattern, great find. Happy Pink Saturday.

The French Hutch

Gabriela Delworth said...


Love this Cupid!


GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said... have been very busy making sweet Valentine goodies for the swaps!
Pretty plates indeed for your special dinner.

Marti McClure said...

Love your matchbox and really love the little ATCs! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Hi Lorraine,
I love all your treasures! I just adore vintage valentines - they remind me of my childhood! lol Thanks for your sweet comment on my Grandmother's photo collage.
Hugs, Cindy

Diann said...

Your Valentine creations are adorable and what great thrift finds! HPS!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Lorraine! Your valentines are so cute and your finds are fabulous! I LOVE the square Spode plates. Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful weekend.


Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Very pretty....Love the cupid and the polka dots!
Jil ♥

kitty said...

Hi Lorraine,
Those cherub plates are adorable & such a great find! I love all your thrifting purchases. Your Valentine creations are wonderful.

Lynn said...

Loved seeing your thrifted goodies and the wonderful items you crafted for the Swaps. I love vintage cards and such too. Thanks for stopping by Cottage and Creek. Have a wonderful weekend.

mercedes scott said...

Lorraine, I'm so loving your mini matchbox and ATC's! I can't believe how much detail you put into these! :) p.s. I'm also participating in this swap and it's been so much fun to "shrink" all our usual projects down.

JoAnne said...

LOVE that matchbox and atcs!!!! And love thrift stores too. You did really well. Thanks for the freebies!

Maggie said...

What a wonderful creation, how talented you are.
Just signed up to follow along and hopefully learn something from you, too.

debi huntsman said...

Love your beautiful Valentine box Lorraine! Your matchboxes are always so pretty and creative.

Pat said...

The matchbox swap is terrific - your partner is luck indeed.

Thanks for the Valentine freebies!

rosechicfriends said...

What a darling box. Your goodies you snagged are awesome. Also thaks for the sweet freebies!
Happy pink,

Lounging with a Latte said...

Thanks for visiting Lorraine. I enjoyed looking through your blog. I loved all the photos you had of the Anthropologie store...very creative ideas there. I'd love to visit that store one day if we ever head overseas!

bohemiannie! art said...

The valentines are adorable. Looks like a great day thrifting!

Terri said...

Very romantic Valentine creation Lorraine! Love the banner!
It looks like you had a good shop and found some treasures.
Great finds!

Georgie Horn said...

Lorraine, thanks for stopping by! Love your vintage valentines!

paintedlady89 said...

What a lovely swap. I especially love the little ATC's.
So Cute!
Happy Pink Saturday,

Jann Olson said...

Now how on earth did I miss all of these swaps? I did sign up for one at Cutie Pie Cottage. I absolutely love your little creation. I think you scored great at the thrift store. Love the plates, vintage or not. I too collect old Valentines. Those are so sweet. Thanks for sharing the fun Valentine Graphics.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Lorraine,

Oh those are some wonderful finds!!! Those vintage Valentine's are sooo charming! And the patterned plates are just lovely! Wishing you a most Happy Pink Saturday! :)


P.S. Thank you kindly for your visit to my blog! :)

paintedlady89 said...

Thank you so much for your visit. It's always exciting to meet others who enjoy Opera. Was it the story that is so tragic or was it a not so stellar performance. I have seen Salome performed twice. Costumes and the performance good, but story dramatic and so sad.
Looking forward to blogging with you!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

You did very well! I wish I could find such nice things at our thrift shop.

Happy PS!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

What a beautiful post! The matchbox is so pretty, you're very talented.

I've enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog this morning. I've become your newest follower and hope to come back often. :)

Patti's Artful Design said...

I love your finds and your creations, Lorraine...just lovely:)! Thank you for stopping by with those kinds comments! Happy Valentine's Day to you:)!

Sarah said...

Lorraine, your finds are fabulous. Love those sweet plates. All your valentine creations are pretty and perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

Mari said...

I love your Cupid dishes toooo adorable, your creations are simply beautiful....

Happy pink Saturday

Gerri Herbst said...

What a darling altered box. You did such a beautiful job!


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