Saturday, March 21, 2015

Vintage Lace & Doilies Light Fixture

I love collecting vintage trim, lace & doilies.
I love using those materials to create a one of a kind item

Lampshade Re-purposed into a Hanging Light Fixture





Hand-dyed Red Doilies, lace and trim:







Another in White:






I just bought 2 more lamp frames to re-purpose...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Garlands - Vintage Embroidered Linens!

Now that the snow has melted, I took photos of a few of my newest 

Garlands

Vintage Embroidered Linens

Vintage embroidered tablecloths re-purposed:











 Tattered vintage quilt, re-purposed:

More are in the works.  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A sampling of Isa Creations

I created a little sampler of some of my favorite Isa Creation items. 


Pin Cushions
House Coin Purse
House Pillows
Dominoes Pendants with Vintage Dress Patterns
Birds
and
 
Garlands

all types
Vintage Embroidered Linens
Vintage Hankies
Vintage Doilies (white & dyed)
Chalkboard
Paper
Fabric (Seasonal Prints)

I am not alone in loving Garlands/Buntings

in 2014 I sold 124 Garlands!
For this 1 person company,
that is huge!


After a couple of grueling days, I finally finished entering my sales data and generating reports telling me how many items I sold, when and where.   Creating seasonal items, especially Halloween & Christmas is a big part of my business,especially in 2014.   I just did not realize how big until I reviewed by sales data for November and December.

 A huge thanks to all my customer and all who supported  Isa Creations during 2014!

 The laser-cut paper garland flags is a preview of what is to come.  Since it is paper and they are delicate, I created a protective layer by putting the laser-cut paper inside clear vinyl. I stitched it all around and added eyelets.  I plan on selling these as individual garland "flags" so customer can customize their garland to their preferred color and length. 

I love incorporating vintage linens to create my little House coin purses.  The purple trim is vintage trim I dyed purple (my favorite color).  Purple vintage chenille bedspread combined with bits of vintage embroidered linens for the door and window.

 Another favorite material is truly vintage rick rack!  You can't beat the colors and the texture in the truly vintage rick rack.  I am happy to say I have acquired a huge collection of vintage rick rack at numerous estate sales.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Save the Dates...Upcoming Markets! UPDATE 3/18/15

Although  life is always full of uncertainties,
I want to share my plans.
I am posting the dates for Upcoming Markets

Isa Creations
will be a vendor
in 2015


I am planning on being there May 2nd, June 6th, September 5th and October 3rd.


I will be there May 9th


I will be there June 19th & 20th
Sadly, Old Glory Antiques Fair has been cancelled for this year.  Updated, March 18, 2015 



Due to summer travel plans, I will not be at any markets during the months of July and August.

I am excited to create many new items.

Ideas are in my head...

Materials have been carefully collected
(all washed, pressed...ready to go)

All I need is time to Create.  

God willing, everything will work out and I will manage my time effectively to create.

I have lots of juggling ahead of me, but I have faith it will all work out.

I generally don't share much personal items because this is mostly a blog for my creative endeavors and business, Isa Creations.

However, sometimes you can't separate the business from the personal.
Isa Creations is me.
It's a one person company.  
I have help from great supporting friends & family at markets,
but I am the only one who creates everything sold by Isa Creations.

I can't worry or stress about things that are out of my hands. 
But I can't ignore the uncertainties that lie ahead.
My husband and I both have aging parent(s).
We need to spend time with them.
We love living in Colorado
but
our parents live in Texas
(Austin & El Paso - 9 hour drive from each other - YEP, Texas is a huge state!)

We will be spending time in Texas (Austin, Corpus Christi, San Antonio) in the coming weeks...family time during Spring Break.
Update: 3/18/15

I may fly from Austin or San Antonio to El Paso to spend time with my parents. 
Not sure when I will be traveling to El Paso, TX.
 What I do know, is I will be  traveling to El Paso in the near future.
I still plan to visit my parents sometime in April, I miss them.

 My dad has just been diagnosed with cancer.  Don't have any details yet.  
We hope to learn more in the coming week(s). 
Not sure what happened but some sort of miscommunication with my parents and the doctors office.  Apparently, there was concern the cyst was cancerous and my parents heard it was cancerous.  Thankfully and happily, it is NOT cancer. 
I feel a heavy burden lifted! 
 
I am optimistic, I have to be.
I know from first hand experience, 
you can live with cancer.
I also know you can lose that battle...quickly.
 I have faith in God. 
We may not understand what it is or why,
God always has a plan.

Being creative is a huge part of who I am. 
 Creating is therapeutic for me.
Whatever the future holds,
 Creativity is my safe-haven.
 If I can't find time to create everything I want to create, 
it will be okay,
so long as I create something.

Monday, March 2, 2015

More Vintage Trim for upcoming Markets

Well, that overwhelming amount of vintage trim and lace  purchased weeks ago at an estate sale
 has been, washed, ironed, measured and packaged onto my new
 Isa Creations re-purposed card catalog cards.  
The only thing left to do is pricing.  I will do that later, I need to do a little research on that. 

I look forward to working with lots of vintage trim and lace in the coming months on new items for Isa Creations. 
Yes, I am keeping about 75% of the lace & trim purchased.   
These are some of the exquisite beaded lace from that sale (I am keeping).




These are pictures of the lace I will have available to sell upcoming Markets 
(Starting in May)


 







Friday, February 27, 2015

Vintage Hankie Garlands...Thinking of Spring!

As we are in the midst of winter and I have started the yearly agonizing task of entering onto spreadsheets all the sales and expense data for Isa Creations (Tax Time:( ), I decided to take a small break to blog.  

Will this be the year I finally enter all this data on a monthly basis?  Unlikely.  Anyway,  I really should enter my sales data after each show because the information I get is rather interesting.  Last year my vintage embroidered pin cushions continued to sell very well but my garlands/buntings (doilies and vintage hankie) sold very well too.    Another item is my vintage dress pattern altered dominoes pendants.  Again, thank you to all my customers.  I appreciate your business.

This got me thinking.  Last Summer I took many pictures of my Vintage Hankie Garlands in my backyard.   I posted a few of those pictures on Isa Creations Facebook page but I did not posted any on my blog. That was one of those to-do postings that never got done.  Since I am tired of dealing with the snow, I thought I would post pictures from last summer. 

Post pictures of colorful items.

Thanks to my friend Amy's Mangle Iron Machine, many vintage hankies purchased and washed this past winter have now been ironed.  Many of these hankies will become Garlands (much like the ones pictured below) and I will be creating something new...

Vintage Hankie Table-runners

Although I want to start creating many new items, I will not until I have finished my books (which will take at least a few weeks since I find myself accepting substitute teacher assignments).   However, after school I work on my spreadsheets for at least a few hours.  

Isa Creations Vintage Hankie Garlands
Double sided Garlands
None of the Vintage Hankies were cut