The ruminations of an artist on art & life...art quilts, beading, knitting, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking are all my passions, I love to explore creating....

Friday, March 09, 2007

White Elephant Finds...

The annual WHITE ELEPHANT SALE in Oakland, California is the biggest garage sale in the Bay Area; of course it is impossible for me to stay away from such a great offering of vintage and used items. This time I mostly bought vintage buttons, linens, beadwork, jewelry, and a lovely old wool crazy quilt. The Oakland Museum docents (who run the sale) in the fabric department had spent alot of time sewing some of the matching vintage buttons onto old playing cards.

Here are some of the playing cards (and one postcard) with buttons attached--lovely, huh?


And here are some vintage buttons on their original cards.




These ones are mixed--some with their original cards, some on old playing cards...the design possibilities are infinite...


Here are some vintage beadwork pieces--cut off old clothing--I just could not resist these! great for embellishing a purse, or jean's jacket...into the creative stash to be used someday....



I also love vintage embroidered linens--I love to "repurpose" the embroideries into a nice blouse, or or a tea cozy.

2 comments:

Mary Timme said...

Oh what a find! I love each one and did a big intake of breath when I saw the beaded ones. Wow! Those are something. I've always loved doing embroidery of one kind or another. It is the craft I started on as a fairly little kid and I loved doing it yet. Nice things Aurora. You did good!

Felicia said...

Those buttons are so precious and the variety of cards is delightful.