Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A little Humor Postcard Friendship Friday

I think a quick dive into a pool would sure cool me off from the hot weather in California.
Happy PFF . Dash over to Maries for more

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tired Tuesday

Living the good life, having to much fun and don't feel like typing. Heres a postcard!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tutorial - How to Make Fabric WORD strips for embellishments

I print short messages, words, greetings on fabric and cut into strips.
Here I have printed the words Fragrant Delights and attached to a
handsewn bag filled with potpourri.

How do I make the strips. I will share some photos with directions
I use a word processing program on the computer. Here I used WordPad and
typed a list of sayings, quotes, greetings I might attach to my crafts. Keep
this program saved. Always have the words on your screen when printing
on the fabric.

I print the words on the computer using regular paper.

This picture is hard to see so you might enlarge. I cut out muslin
or other cotton fabric slightly smaller than 8 1/2 by 11" I then
tape the fabric along the edges over the words on the computer paper. I will
add that if you have a new expensive ink jet printer you might not
want to try this. I use an old printer. It can get caught.

Then faced down (fabric side) I put in the computer and Print.

Here is shows the paper with attached fabric coming out of
the printer

Remove the tape and take the fabric printed words off the computer paper.

Here I am cutting the strips. You can shorten strips and use just
the words for other projects. I attach them to tags, angels, bunched up letters or
I got this idea years ago, but not quite sure. If you just want to copy one or two
words on fabric just print it out, cover the words with fabric (it might just be a few inches) and
run through the compuer.

Friday, July 24, 2009

For Sale Artful Blogging Magazine

This is great blogging magazine for the blogger with artistic inclinations...Beautiful photographs.

Do you have postcards you don't want!!!

I buy pre 1960 postcards. Leave a message here on how I can contact you! Or write me at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ward Charcoal Ovens near Ely NV Postcard Friendship Friday

The Ward Charcoal ovens were operational from 1875 thru 1879 the silver boom years of the Ward Mines. Silver ore was discovered in 1872 when freighters were looking for oxen that were grazing in the Willow Creek Basin area near Ely Nevada. The beehive shaped ovens replaced the old pit system of producing charcoal because the ovens were more efficient way to reduce Pinyon Pine and Juniper in charcoal. The charcoal ovens were used to heat up the silver ore.

When phased out due to depleted ore they had another use, sheltering stockmen and prospectors during foul weather and had a reputation as a hideout for stagecoach bandits. I visited the park and the ovens are huge inside.

Now the teenagers sneak inside and party or so the lady who ran an old trading post near by told us. I passed on the Buffalo hangburgers. In the middle of no where on a dirt road but well worththe visit. Thanks Marie for sponsoring Postcard Friendship Friday. PFF

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Don't Mess with Texas Postcard


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nix Plumbing, Dallas Texas Postcard Friendship Friday

Advertising postcard....the store owners are posing in front of the vintage cars and trucks. The store was located on So. Beckley Street, Dallas in 1961, but is presently at a different location owned by a different family member. Thanks to Marie over at her blog for sponsoring PFF.

For sale on my ebay, just go to the link on left hand side.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Antique Letters with Envelopes Letters to Jennie and Rebecca.

This is what I do with collections of letters. I got a big box of letters to the Nichols family. I sorted through some of them and bundled them up and tied with lace and a tag. The tag I tea dyed, the wording is printed on muslin using computer, added a button to the tag and added some tulle to the one below.
I am selling one letter on eBay, the one pictured below. It was mailed from Alton Illinos to Wapello Iowa on Oct. 21, 1864 It is a neat small size of 4 3/4 " by 2". Now is the time to bid on it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Texas, Oklahoma Panhandle, Texhoma, Brick streets

I thought I would share a few pictures of our trip in June. I really enjoyed the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle. These photos are from the town of Texhoma. (on the border of the 2 states) The brick streets of downtown were rather empty so we had the streets to ourselves.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Postcard Scavenger Hunt Night/Lights, Las Vegas NV

Glitter Gulch, Downtown Las Vegas
A spectacular night view of the busiest and most exciting street in the world, Fremont Street, "Where the doors never close"
How could I not choose this postcard and the City of Lights, Las Vegas for Postcardys theme of Night/lights for Postcard Scavenger Hunt. Check out her blog.

Pearl Twist Vintage Envelope

This 1918 envelope caught my eye as it is addressed to Miss Pearl Twist.. Now doesn't that sound like a name for some embroidery or crochet thread? I googled it and found no person by that name but instead of thread I found jewelry for sale. I guess Pearl Twist is a style of jewelry. I also googled Nyal Drug Co but could find little. Only thing I could find that is was acquired by another company and also someone published a cookbook....Cookbook for Nyal Quality Drug Stores, but in a different state. So that is my fun research for the day. And for you Ham Radio Fans back to 10 meters.
I just started a Facebook page. Trying to figure it out. Networking can be hard!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Comic Postcards

I liked these 2 postcards for the air brushed look and sense of humor. Not much to report here in California. It has been cooler than normal and wonderful outside. I bought a new chair for the deck and enjoy sitting outside with my morning coffee and reading Somerset Life. Their home decor ideas are wonderful but when I try to replicate their ideas mine look so amateurish. But will keep trying. Maybe I will post a picture later.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hotel Des Ardennes, Belgium, Festival of Postcards - Signs

How many signs do you see scattered about on this wonderful old hotel in Belgium. I guess this is a chain of Hotels as there are more than one in Belgium. If you enlarge the photo you can count the number of signs from little to big.
Want to participate in Festival of Postcards, with this months theme of signs go to Postcard Back

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Edward S. Curtis Photographer Postcard Friendship Friday

Edward S. Curtis was a well known photographer of the American West and of Native American people. He was born in 1868 and died in 1952. He spent his life compiling Indian History through his photographs. His research was done under the patronage of the financier J.P. Morgan. Many copies of his photographs including postcards are available today. This one is called Apache and is from a 1904 photograph. There has been some criticism of his work because he had the Indians pose for his pictures rather then in a natural setting. Or they were not in accurate native dress or costume.

A couple of years ago I read Wife of the Moon by Margaret Coel. I enjoyed the story because it took place on the Wind Indian Reservation in Wyo. I gave the book to my sister who informed me that part of the mystery story involved a photograph of Edward Curtis. I read it before I received a collection of Curtis 's postcards so it meant nothing to me. Now I am reading the book over again. I sold most of the postcards for a very good price on eBay but have kept one for myself. And I always am looking for more!!!

Thanks to Marie Reed for sponsoring Postcard Friendship Friday at

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Its summertime. Get out your hammock and enjoy a good book. This is what this Gal is doing. She looks like she is not interested in a game of tennis. Her male friend dressed in his suit sure doesn't look ready to play.

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