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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Charming Alice and My Checkered Past

It was the Kane County Flea Market this weekend.  Luckily, a friend and I went very, very early Sunday morning before the weather turned lousy.  I didn't buy a great lot, but did find some fun things and as always great ideas!

Found this fun clock.  It has kind of a steampunk look I think.

No idea what I'll do with it.  I seem to have developed a clock fetish lately.

Do you know what these are?


Think hard.

They are window shade pulls.

My English friend said they never had window shades.  They used lace to cover their windows.

Well, here in the midwest we used and loved our window shades.

If you pulled hard and let it loose QUICKLY - you were presented with a lovely, loud noise!  Sort of a THWACK, THWACK, THWACK kind of sound as the shade went flying upwards around the roller at warp speed.  Ahhhh, the good old days.  The things we did for fun.
I got a good deal on this lace.

Really pretty lace is getting harder to find.  At least it seems that way.

A bit of what looks like hand dyed ribbon.  I can't wait to use this on something.

This I couldn't pass up.  An old motel ashtray, and some old motel/cottage matches.  If I can find a vintage motel key I'm going to make a tableau on my nightstand.

Makes it look like I've had a checkered past...

My husband will think I'm nuts.

Or maybe, I'm too late on that one.

Charms!  I love charms.  Most of these are plastic.  There's a nifty clock, a Webster's dictionary, a wonderful faucet and an old camera.

There's also 2 sterling silver charms.  An old teapot and a little mouse.  I'm going to put them both together for a necklace.

Sort of the dormouse and the tea party kind of idea.

The last two Alice tags for Karla's swap.

The poor Cheshire cat had his ear lopped off.
That's what comes of playing in the catnip.
Once the tag book is assembled it will be barely


I saved the best for last.  I was very happy with how this turned out.

I freehand cut the tree and stitched it on. I drew the leaves and cut them out to glue on. Then,   I printed out the mad hatter - cut and glued him on.  Printed out the clock.  It came from a digital collection done by Irene Alexeeva.  I added the cutout silhoutted black rabbit.  Then hand drew the checkered border.  I left the strings hanging from the sewing.

I think this is my favorite tag, now.

I can't wait to see the tag books completed!

This is the may be the longest post I've ever done.  If you stayed with me this far, then a big, hearty THANK YOU to you!

And if you haven't seen Alice yet at the movies, do go and see it.  I really enjoyed it.  Visually it'll knock your socks off!!


papel1 said...

I love the lace and ribbon and you did a good job making the tag. Just found your blog on search.

Queen Bee said...

Kathy -

I've missed visiting you..I was gone from blogland but I'm BACK!


I've always wanted to go to the Kane County Flea Market...I must put that at the top of my list of MUST DO's!

Take care...Denise

Rebecca said...

I didn't make it to Kane, thought I did enough spending in Az and I had stuff to do at the shop on Sunday. It will be catch up now until Round Top. Your treasures make me think I should have gone but that's ok, I am glad you had fun.
I love your tags and now are you making a book out of them?
I haven't seen the movie Alice yet but that might be at the top of the list for this weekend!
Many Blessings

Anonymous said...

I love love the clock. And, I agree, "Alice" ws very cute. said...

Your tags are wonderful! I can't decide which is my fave.