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  • Depression Glass — My Junk Update

    I’ve been putting away the newest additions to my collections and thought I’d share some photos to get Sunday off to a good start. I’ve had really good luck with depression glass lately and have managed to acquire a few nice new (old) pieces from auctions and estate sales!

    This is Mt. Pleasant pattern black amethyst depression glass. It was made in 1920s-1934 by the L.E. Smith Glass Company. This is very cool glass! It looks black until you hold it up to the light…then, you can see amethyst! 
    From MacBeth-Evans Glass Company, circa 1929-32, here’s a stray Dogwood patterned pink depression glass sugar bowl. Now I’ve got to find the creamer!
    I really scored on my two crystal Iris & Herringbone pattern depression glass footed tumblers. They were made by the Jeannette Glass Company in 1928-1932, and I’m thrilled to add them to my growing collection of this pattern. (This is a hard pattern to collect because so many pieces of it have been reproduced!)
    Not sure why, but I just had to have these crystal Oyster & Pearl pattern depression glass candleholders. (The markings sort of look like octopus tentacles to me…) They were made in 1938-1940 by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation.

    I also picked up a few pieces of Jeannette pink Cherry Blossom pattern depression glass. It dates from 1930-39.
    This Moonstone pattern is also by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Well, this isn’t technically, really, depression glass at all (it does show up in some depression glass guides) since it didn’t start being produced until 1941, but I really like it! It looks cool in the cabinet with my milk glass.
    What’s your favorite depression glass pattern? How do you display it? I’d love some inspiration!
  • Vintage Collectibles Update

    I scored on vintage collectibles during my last weekend’s rounds of flea market, auction, and yard sale venues! Came home with some cool 1950s-era snack sets, an Iris pattern depression glass candle holder, a Hazel Atlas Chevron pattern depression glass milk pitcher (my only auction loot this week), a fun pincushion, some sterling silver jewelry, tatting shuttles (bone and sterling), two John Wayne biographies (for the Love-Of-My-Life), plus a bound copy of the movie script of Casablanca (for me)!
    During the holidays, my family likes to have appetizer nights, so I was tickled to find two snack sets still in their original boxes at a flea market—
    Federal Glass Company Homestead Snack Set
    Anchorglass Serva Snack Set
    Snack sets work great for appetizers with the cups filled with dip or soup!
    Yard sale treasure: Gotta love this vintage, Made in Japan, Lovebirds double pincushion! (I can’t help but wonder about the first owner of these lovebirds. Did she fall in love on a trip to Dallas? Am I being lame?) Plus a not-very-good peek at my tatting shuttles...
    My turtle ring! Its head, feet and tail actually move! Too much fun!
    How’s your vintage collectibles search going? What’s the greatest find you’ve made lately? I’m on the lookout for a new glass display case for my vintage goodies (need more no-dust-allowed storage space)…
    Now, I need to get busy planning how I’m going to use my new vintage snack sets for the 4th of July!
  • Vintage Goodies from Auctions & Estate Sales!

    I’ve been going to auctions and estate sales way too often lately! It’s sort of getting out of hand. Last Saturday, we drove 3 hours from Little Rock to Memphis, so the Love-Of-My-Life could bid on a ukulele banjo. He didn’t get it. I bought a bowl (a vintage jadite Swirl pattern mixing bowl), and then we drove another 3 hours home. (It actually took longer than 6 hours total ’cause we got lost in Memphis!) I didn’t even get a Krystal burger…
    It was evidently a weekend for green vintage purchases…
    I also came home from assorted estate sales lately with a green mailbox bank & a green teapot!
    Other folks crave chocolate, I indulged myself to a bag of assorted crochet hooks, knitting needles, bottle openers, and a green shoe button hook! (Plus, I was tickled to find a Reynolds Metals Company paperweight! My Daddy retired from that company many years ago!)
    From other auctions, I acquired some of those wonderful old green canning jars plus some neat vintage Hazel Atlas jars and Ball jars.
    Couldn’t resist these rusty, crusty vintage implements…

    I’m liking this claw-looking tool in my green button bowl!

    And to break my green streak, I had to have this red Tonka truck…
    It’s a Jeep (and I’ve been driving Jeeps for around 15 years now)!
    What have you been adding to your vintage collectibles collections?
  • Knooks, Duct Tape, Deals & Downloads!

    Happy Friday Y’all! We’ve got a lot going on at Leisure Arts today! We’ve got new Knook how-to videos, a Knook & Tell Design Contest, a Duct Tape Festival, and it’s National Flip-Flop Day! Check out the details and the deals!

    Knookers! You’re going to love our brand new, better-than-ever, FREE how-to videos for the Knook:
    How To Knook Videos - Left Handed
    How To Knook Videos - Right Handed

    Knook & Tell Design Contest
    Knook Fans! Have you entered our Knook & Tell Design Contest yet? Combine your Knook and your imagination to create an original Knook design for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, a yarn package from Bernat, & assorted Knook products! Entry period ends July 15!

    Knook Bundle Summer Special
    If you haven’t discovered the art of knitting with a Knook yet, check out our Knook Bundle Summer Special! Learn to knit with a Knook this summer with our Knook Bundle! Receive *free shipping with your $50 purchase of Knook soft cover pattern books and tool kits with coupon code: KNOOKPROMO! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Limited Time Only! Ends July 5!

    Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival
    Can you go? Patti Wallenfang, designer of all the cool duct tape projects in the Just Duct Tape It! & Go Crazy with Duct Tape craft pattern books from Leisure Arts is going to represent Leisure Arts with the Duck brand folks at The 9th Annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, starting June 15, 2012, just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The festival will be an all-weekend event starting Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio. Check out the official Duct Tape Festival web site for more info!

    Duct Tape Product Special
    Buy our Just Duct Tape It! & Go Crazy with Duct Tape craft pattern books & get *free shipping with coupon code: DUCTTAPE! *Credits shipping costs up to $8! Duct Tape special ends June 30!

    Last but not least and definitely the most fun—Today’s National Flip-Flop Day! Are you wearing your flops? To be really unique, you could make your own! Get a copy of our craft pattern book—Just Duct Tape It! to find out how! 

    Bonus! Shipping on Just Duct Tape It! is only $3.99 with coupon code: JDTIFS! 

    You can also get reduced shipping on Go Crazy with Duct Tape with coupon code: GCWDTFS!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! You might check back here at Everyday Life at Leisure later today for an update! We’re working on a last minute weekend BOGO deal for eBook & ePattern fans!

  • Happy Memorial Day!

    I first posted these images on the Everyday Life at Leisure blog on last Memorial Day, and I think they’re just as appropriate today…

    And know that all of us at Leisure Arts wish you and yours the happiest of Memorial Days ever! Eat something good, visit with family and friends, do something creative with a hook or a needle, enjoy the day off if you’ve got it, and REMEMBER!
  • After 25 Years, Carol Mulach Retires from Leisure Arts!

    Yesterday, we threw a party at Leisure Arts! A sad and glad party all rolled into one because it was a retirement party for our beloved, always smiling, “I’ll get it done!”—Carol Mulach!
    Carol started at Leisure Arts in February 1987 in the Consumer Service Subscription Department. In May, she moved to the sales department working for Rich Tignor—and, eventually, she simply took over running the place! Any operational day to day office situation that came up, Carol has been the go-to gal. If something needed arranging, Carol has been the right woman for the job. She arranged breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, company parties, put together travel arrangements for people going out and people coming in, right along with everything else, from ordering floral arrangements to stocking the office supplies. Carol also became the “Voice of Leisure Arts”—if you ever called Leisure Arts during the holidays or inclement weather, it was Carol’s voice you heard in those recorded phone announcements!
    The retirement extravaganza kicked off with Carol’s choir group—the Sweet Adelines, singing her down the elevator…
    Carol, a bit teary-eyed, joined in to sing along.
    And we indulged in a Mexican potluck!
    Carol opened going-away gifts and told stories…
    While we ate some more!
    And then we ate a little more!
    We all wish Carol well as she ends and begins her “Life of Leisure.” She’ll be missed by one and all!
  • Sneak Peek 2: Go Crazy with Duct Tape!

    Did you like my little peek at Go Crazy with Duct Tape from last week? The folks here at Leisure Arts can hardly wait to get a look at a fresh from the printer copy of our coming soon crafts pattern book—Go Crazy with Duct Tape—designed by Patti Wallenfang and featuring 40+ projects made with Duck® brand duct tape!

    The photos I’ve seen of the projects are just way too cool! There’s simply something for everybody! Kids, tweens, teens, adults, guys and gals are sure to be inspired to get crafty…

    I know you want another little sneak peek! I can’t resist sharing:

    Suitcases will never have to be boring again once they’re detailed with Duck tape!

    Imagine transforming a resale shop vest into a “Duck-pleather” Vest!

    Get ready to head for the beach or playground with your very own custom Duck tape-embellished soccer ball and water bottle!

    And Patti’s even figured out how to combine zippers with Duck tape to create the greatest little zippered bags!

    Be the 1st! Pre-order to get your own hot off the press copy of Go Crazy with Duct Tape. We’re expecting to have books in our hands at Leisure Arts sometime around May 1st!

  • Leisure Arts Beach Party 2012

    Yesterday afternoon was our annual Leisure Arts Beach Party! We logged off the computers and headed for the Leisure Arts patio for food, games, dancing, and some good fellowship!

    Here we are in the buffet line…chicken, shrimp, catfish, hush puppies, fries, slaw, beans and all the trimmings!

    This was my plate…YUM! And aren’t you proud of me? I didn’t go back for seconds!

    Of course, while we ate, we visited!

    The DJ played tunes…(The green lawn chairs were door prizes!)

    That’s Rick, our CEO, getting ready to throw the beach ball through a hoop!

    That’s the hoop…hanging from a skytrack!

    Check out the decorations that doubled as door prizes…

    I actually won a beach towel!

    And a good time was had by all! Thanks Leisure Arts! We truly enjoyed our beautiful afternoon in the sunshine!

  • Earth Day, Plastic Bottles, & Green Bling!

    Once a day, I treat myself to a 20 oz. bottled soda from the convenience store. Bad habit. My darling daughters go through no telling how many bottles of water a week cause bottles are so easily transportable, and I’ve forbidden them to overindulge in sodas. At the very least, we go through 15 bottles a week—and, more likely, the count exceeds 20-30.

    For years now, I’ve been reading about plastic bottles in landfills, and, of course, feeling guilt—especially as Earth Day approaches. Plastic bottles (and plastic bags) last forever. What’s an earth-conscious crafter to do to help ease the eco-burden?

    Check out Green Bling by Heidi Borchers! This way cool book from Leisure Arts will show you how to turn plastic bottles into bangles and baubles that can be worn over and over again. You’ll not only be recycling plastic, you’ll be inspired to upgrade your outfits with bracelets and necklaces in a whole new style.

    Look at some of my favorite designs from Green Bling

    Yarn-wrapped Bracelet with Hearts

    Collage Bracelet

    String-Wrapped Bracelet

    Wildflower Necklace

    Black & Gold Necklace

    Gold & Black Heart Necklace

    Faux Metal Belt

    Eyeglass Holder

    Can you believe these unique designs were made with plastic bottles?

    With 23 projects, I pretty sure Green Bling will go a long way toward soothing my eco-qualms while revamping my accessories. And I’ll get to play with beads, wire, charms, buttons, string, yarn, spray paint for plastic, and more. What a fun and guilt-free way to be creative while keeping the landfills lean.

  • Free Guitar Pick Earrings Tutorial

    My eldest daughter came home the other day and asked me if I could make her a pair of guitar pick earrings. Having never contemplated the idea before, I had to think about it a minute, but then I shrugged and figured, well, why not! So I dug into my beading supply box, filched a couple of guitar picks from The-Love-Of-My-Life, and here’s the design I came up with:

    Guitar Pick Earrings

    four small jump rings
    two leverback earrings
    small hole punch
    2 guitar picks (medium weight)
    two medium jump rings
    six 6mm round washer beads
    four large jump rings
    two 3/0 beads

    Instructions For Each Earring:

    (I used two pairs of pliers to open and close jump rings.)

    1. Attach small jump ring to earring.

    2. Punch a hole in the guitar pick.

    3. Attach medium jump ring to guitar pick and to small jump ring on earring.

    4. Place three round washer beads on a large jump ring. Attach a small jump ring to the large jump ring and to the medium jump ring in the guitar pick.

    5. Place one 3/0 bead on a large jump ring. Attach large jump ring to the medium jump ring in the guitar pick.

    I think my guitar pick earrings turned out pretty cool…They took no time to make, and the Daughter is pleased. Who’d have thought…guitar pick earrings? Hope you enjoy my simple tutorial!

    If you’d like to learn more about making your own jewelry, check out some of my favorite guidebooks: The Passionate Beader’s Guide, Beading Workshop, and Stunning Jewelry Made Easy!

    Happy Saturday to all!

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