Lot's of good things happenning here at Antica Treasures!
I hope this message finds you well, many of you may be busy choosing Halloween customs or buying enough candy for all the kids in the neighboorhood. I wanted to send out this message as I can not contain my excitement in presenting the Jewelry Club which is now available. In addition, we are now offering Gift Certificates for the Holiday Season.
Make your own Ornaments! We created a simple tutorial on theblogon how to make your own burlap ornaments this year, the kids will have a blast too!
(See pic on the left, click on it to go to the blog.)
Jewelry Club in Detail
The Jewelry Club is a great product if you love to create jewelry but don't have the time to visit store after store trying to decide what to design or what to buy. The first jewelry kit in preparation for the Holiday Parties is the Winter Blooms Jewelry Kit. You can buy the club for you or as a gift, we do have Jewelry Club Gift Certificates Available. The second kit has already bloomed and will be available in December.
This Halloween Sunday, we'll have a booth at The Fall Festival organized by Terrapin Station Winery located at
We are all dressed up in our scariest costumes and ready with lots of tricks but we are saving the treats for you! This October 31st we are having a special Halloween sale! For one bewitched day only we will be taking 15% off any order! This chilling offer even includes our Clearance section! Simply enter coupon code TREAT during checkout to receive your discount. Hurry, you don't want to miss out on this "spooktacular" offer since it will disappear November 1st!
So grab a cuppa of your favorite SBS beverage and let's go trick or treating SBS style!!
Til we steep together again,
Barb and Sharon
Your SBS Teas Ladies
Use Coupon Code: TREAT
Offer Expires November 1, 2010
Please enter coupon code: TREAT during checkout to receive your 15% discount. Discount is taken off entire order including Clearance!
Mom and I spent yesterday looking through my collection of vintage iron-on embroidery patterns. I've been collecting these for years and years so my collection is quite extensive now!
It's been awhile since we've had them out and decided we would actually stitch a few. So mom picked out a couple and so did I. We traced them onto white quilter's cotton (muslin is fine too) and crayon tinted them:
As you know, I like pink! LOL!!!
Anyway, Kim had asked me to post some photos of my patterns so she knows what to look for when she's out and about.
The easiest patterns to find are the old Aunt Martha's:
These are all vintage but new versions can be found in Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and other craft stores. You can also order them online from Colonial Pattern Company.
My absolute favorite vintage patterns are Vogart:
Vogart patterns are no longer being produced so the only way to find them is to search them out at Flea Markets, antique shops and Ebay. I'm not sure why I'm so taken with Vogart patterns. I think they have a charm that other brands don't have.
Vogart patterns are pretty easy to find but one of the more elusive brands are Superior transfer patterns:
I've been lucky enough to find quite a few Superior transfers but they are a bit more rare. Walker and Monarch are 2 other brands of old patterns that you can keep your eyes open for. I only have a couple of each in my collection but am always on the look out for those.
So how do you find these little things in flea markets and antique shops? Yes, that's a challenge if you don't know what to look for. They're small and flat and don't usually jump out enough to catch your eye.
Look for sewing, crocheting and knitting supplies. Those things are larger and if you find some of them, you might find some patterns tucked in. Balls of crochet thread, knitting needles, larger pattern booklets, even cookbooks will pop out at you and sometimes these vintage treasures will be tucked in along with them. Look for bags of old lace, bags of fabric scraps, old quilt pieces....ladies things I guess would be the best way to describe what to look for. Of course, Ebay has a catagory for vintage transfers under "Sewing Supplies".
If all else fails, visit my friend Vicki at Patternbee. She too is a collector and offers reproduction patterns that can be ironed on to fabric. You might also enjoy visiting Vicki's Turkey Feathers Blog. She shares recipes, photos of her lovely gardens, her hand embroidery, quilts, resale treasures and more. It's a lovely blog with a very homey feel!
For me, I use a washout blue pen and a light-box since I love my patterns and want to keep them in one piece. In many cases, I scan mine into my computer, print up a copy and trace them from that. Any vintage patterns that are red, are much easier to scan and then convert to b/w. It's hard to see the red line transfers with a light-box.
So what do vintage patterns cost? They're usually quite inexpensive. I pay an average of $1 - $2 for vintage Aunt Martha patterns and about $3 for Vogart. If the patterns are complete and uncut, they'll usually go for a little more. If the envelopes are still sealed, expect to pay about $7 or $8 for Vogart.
I'm happy to announce that Heirloom Gypsy has now joined Shabby Lane Shops online shopping mall! There are so many wonderfully talented shop owners over at Shabby Lane Shops, offering a wide variety of handmade items, jewelry, soaps, teas, and artwork of all kinds.
You'll also find Romantic, Cottage, and French Country decor, as well as some very unique vintage and antique items.......you can find some of these goodies at my shop!
I hope you'll stop by and see us in our great new local......it's sure to be loads of fabulous shopping fun!
We will be adding some other nice goodies to the giveaway box also!
Congratulations to Diane of Penticton, BC
our 1st Tuesday Treasure winner.
PJ, Diane P, Cyndi G, Susan S, Elizabeth S, Donna W & Carol M
all Tuesday Treasure winners!
Join us this week for "Holiday Roses" &
You could win a Tuesday Treasure Box! Click to enter!
The Contest Begins Now!
Winner to be randomly drawn & notified on Wednesday.
48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn
Boutique Bags! New products have arrived! New soaps, tags, ornaments, faux pastries, beautiful prints perfect for framing, cute cherubs, framed rose prints, wonderful sachets & more!
Perfect holiday gifts, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts or a wonderful gift for you! Click to order your Boutique Bag, grab bags with boutique flair!
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