{Simply Neutrals #34}

I am joining Wen for Simply Neutrals Tuesday. Please visit her blog and see Wen’s and see many other artists beautiful posts as well: appleapricot.blogspot.com

I was able to have some creative time this past weekend. It is a difficult thing to find as of late, so I am grateful when and if it does happen. These little chipboard tags were washed with white paint, and layers of paper collage and laces were applied on top.

I also had fun with Miss Adelaide. This antique dress yoke I found among my auction lots from October.
The package was marked “lace trim” when indeed it was a fully intact top to a woman’s dress from days gone by.
It really is beautiful.

Miss Adelaide also was able to “borrow” a felt hat that did not sell in my booth. I think she looks smashing in it. Don’t you?

{Simply Neutrals #32 – Ode to the Amethyst}

Today, February 6th I am celebrating my 54th birthday!

I am joining Simply Neutrals Tuesday today. You can learn more about it on Wen’s blog…Simply Neutrals Tuesday

For Simply Neutrals Tuesday, I will be sharing some of my favorite Amethyst jewelry pieces that I have been given over the years. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. I love anything purple and feel lucky that the birth flower (violet) and stone for February are just that!

This Amethyst bar pin belonged to my Paternal Grandmother. It is made from yellow and rose gold. She did not have fancy things growing up, so it is something I assume she cherished very much.

This little heart necklace and bracelet are costume jewelry that was given to me on my 14th birthday. I remember how exciting it was to open them before school that morning and wearing them that day. The memories of wearing this during my teen years bring back many happy memories.

In recent years, a pretty Amethyst ring that I was given for my birthday. If you have not noticed yet, I also collect hearts. So, anything purple, amethyst or hearts is a safe bet with me! :-)

A little pair of sweet earrings that were given recently. I love all colors and clarity of amethysts (light to dark).

I hope you have enjoyed my little peek at some of my special jewelry and memories that come with it.

{Simply Neutrals #31 Auction Treasures}

I am joining Simply Neutrals Tuesday today. You can learn more about it on Wen’s blog…Simply Neutrals Tuesday

Last October, I went to my first ever auction in a little town an hour away. It was held at the community center in that town in the late afternoon. The items being auctioned were from a former antique dealers collection of goods. There were box upon box of goods outside on tables and inside tons of other collectibles.

I was there for hours as they auctioned off tables of goods, and the winning bidder could pick a second box for the same price. People were hovered around the tables (they did the outside lots first) that they wished to place bids on.

It was so addicting hoping you were going to be the one with the winning bid! But, we all were low bidding, so that part was a little confusing to me until I got the hang of it. In the end, the treasures I walked away with I could never buy again for that price.

In those lots, boxes of Edwardian and antique laces for $2.00. Antique books (a box full) from the mid to late 1800’s for that price as well. It made me understand what I had been missing out on for years, and how many grab up items for the shops on Etsy or booths in antique malls.

Many of the treasures I will not be able to part with. They are too amazing and beautiful. In recent years, I have learned to appreciate the beauty of old books/ephemera and now I had lots of musty smelly books in my hands…pure heaven. The fonts, sketches inside were so lovely.

So today, I share just a few of my favorite items found the day of my first auction with you. I keep them nearby in my studio because the simplicity is just beautiful to me. I hope you will enjoy them too!

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