30 March 2010

Vintage Masks

We can't tell you how much fun this is! One of our customers, Kerry of BurnoutBazaar on Etsy, bought a grab bag of our vintage fabric masks - and look what she did with it. Be sure to check out her Etsy store - she's quite the eclectic talent!

Send us your pictures of stuff and we'd love to show other folks - sharing ideas and having fun is what we're all about at SilverCrow. And we can live vicariously through you. We used to spend lots more time creating things, but have gotten caught up in our business so much that we don't do it as often.

So, our hobby now is finding stuff that we everyone else can enjoy. And, guess what - I think that sometimes we even enjoy this more than doing it ourselves.

Kerry's friend, Rebecca Morris for 41 King St, too the photo. You can see more of Rebecca's photography at http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebeccascribbles/

Crafty Chica

Part of the reason why we love Latino art is the fantastic Kathy Murillo. And now she's written a couple of novels, too. But best of all, she always has great projects on her blog. check it out.

Warning: Kathy LOVES glitter almost more than anything else, but, on top of that she's delightful and every day she offers either insight, fun or a project that will adapt to anybody's style.

She's even used some of SilverCrow's stuff in her books and on her cruises!

29 March 2010

Back In Stock - Sorry No Longer Available

Over the last few days, I've added a bunch of stuff that is back in stock. We even found something we thought was no longer available our Squeaky Venus Bath Toy. The folks who created it no longer carry it or our other bath toy - Squeaky David.

Just imagine such artwork and a wonderful warm bubble bath. So much better than a rubber ducky (or, is it).

We're sorry, but these are sold out. The manufacturer discontinued them. Bummer!

28 March 2010

Trying to Connect

We've been trying to figure out how NOT to repeat everything we do to share information everywhere. Telephones, email (12 email addresses), Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cell phones...what more can we do. Don't forget visiting friends and talking over the fence.

This little piece is a test to see if my feed to Facebook works! Cross your fingers! Isn't that a funny thing: crossing your fingers. It means good luck, but it also means that you can tell a lie if you cross your fingers.

27 March 2010

Clumbsy is as Clumbsy Does

Just got back from the hospital. Earlier today, I slid off the bottom carpeted step in the living room and heard a loud crack - so did the kitty, who ran away immediately. It didn't hurt that badly, so we figured it was just a sprain. Then the swelling started.

At Mon Valley Hospital, there's a new Fast Track. It was just 1 hour and 5 minutes from the time we left until we returned home. Kudos to everyone there, especially Sal. He's taken care of a big bunch of us now: my Mom, Daddy, Pete, Aunt Betty and now me!


The good news is - no break. The bad news is - it's hard to maneuver. I'll survive! But the brace I'm supposed to wear presses right on the bone - and I think I'd much rather just prop my foot up and let Pete wait on me.

Coming Soon & Things We Forgot About - Some Still Available

For the last few days, we've been trying desperately to add the tons of new stuff we have to SilverCrow's website - the pictures are finished, but I'm the bottleneck as usual. There are too many projects and life just keeps getting in our way.

We also realized that there are tons of things we have that some folks (including us) have totally forgotten. So, we're going to try to show some of them and give you an idea of where and how we find stuff. Yeah, sure. Well, honest, we'll try.

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Souvenir-from-the-Seaside-Paperweight-by-Carolyn-Whitaker_p_7432.html#.VRB7MeEblmMVintage-Style Paperweights - We have tons of papers around here - too many, in fact. Pete says that the Paperless Society has generated more paper - everyone's afraid to keep it on a hard drive. And it's so easy to lose a flash drive or to "un-organize" CDs an DVDs, so we print everything out. Sometimes we file the stuff, but mostly, we just stack it according to size. So, to make it look wonderful, we decided to collect paperweights. 

We have all of my grandmother's antique ones as well a s a few modern ones. But we were truly taken by the nostalgic quality of this wonderful Souvenir from the Seaside paperweight. If only life were as simple as it was then....

Exclusive Retablos (no longer available) - The Venerable Librada Orozco Santa Cruz founded the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge in Mexico. Not much is know about Santa Librada, but, she is often deemed a saint even though she has not yet been canonized. She has become known as a Patron of Women.We loved this signed print by a Santa Fe artist - we bought several - but, we're ashamed to say that we can't remember the artist's name. The signature appears to be Peren. But, we can't be sure. To accent the wonderful print, we hand painted our own frame and added milagros. We absolutely love these. We only have a few of Santa Librada and a few of San Antonio, the Patron of Lost Items.

Not Your Grandma's Mood Beads - We love the new mirage beads that change with your mood - or at least with your body chemistry in one way or another. When my Mom was in the hospital, she wore a mirage bracelet every day (and a mirage ring (no longer available)) - we used to marvel at the changes when she had a test or an IV or a visitor that she loved (or, indeed didn't care for). She would have loved these new Persian Beauty Mirage Beads (other beads available, these are not) that we just found.  We have a few other styles awaiting their debut as well.

We know we have tons of stuff at SilverCrow - that's why we enjoy it so. But, we almost forget about some of the stuff until someone orders one. These are a few of our favorites:

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Wind-Up-Critter_p_8819.html#.VRB9qOEblmM Wind-Up Toys - The old tin wind-up toys are the best! We always had them under our Christmas tree - ones from when Daddy was only 2 or 3 years old - around 1920! But the newer ones are pretty cool, too - especially the strange ones, like our classic Critter - we've had him around since back in the 1990s when SilverCrow first started. And, then there is Carmen - our spinning Tin Ballerina (sold out) - what a beauty and it's hard to believe that she even works, but she does! 

Ephemera Packs - Valerie just finished making a few new
 Jumbo Ephemera Packs. Next to our rubber stamps, these were once our most popular item. The packs come in three sizes - Small (10 or more pieces), Large (30+ pieces) and Jumbo (over 100 pieces). You might find anything in these large plastic sleeves.Check out the woman with the cow. We can't even remember where we found most of our old papers and pictures. Of course, we bought some, but we also have been pleasantly surprised over the years when someone is discarding what we know to be a future treasure for our collage and assemblage customers!

We still sell a lot of them, but no one has more fun than we do looking through the gigantic boxes full of papers, photos, signs, labels, pins, badges, scraps, book pages, maps, music, ... than we do. We used to do these as a team - sometimes my Mom or Dad would help out, too, but we stopped that, because we would find ourselves talking about the individual pieces - almost as though they were our own scrapbook pieces. Isn't it funny how someone else's memories might be your own as well?  Or maybe the world has a collective memory? What do you think?

19 March 2010

Missing Pittsburgh

We used to live in Squirrel Hill - a lovely part of Pittsburgh, PA.

Yesterday, we had to return for an appointment - and oh, how it changed in just a few years. More banks - why are there so many banks? None of them want to part with money. I guess they just want to make it easier for all of us to give them money.

There are new restaurants and some new shops. But many of our old favorites have gone! What we really loved was being able to walk to 2 movie theatres - now we have to drive at least 11 miles to one!!!

And both the Squirrel Hill Theatre and the Manor Theatre offer specialty movies - documentaries, shorts and art movies. We sure wish they were closer!

One thing that hasn't changed is Pittsburgh's gorgeous skyline. If you've never been to Pittsburgh and still imagine it as a grimy old industrial town, you'd be pleasantly surprised.

SPAM, Email, Communication ... and Banana Splits:

When we first started SilverCrow Creations back in 1997, we were so annoyed when we couldn't find a phone number or an email address on other websites. So - bravely, we put ours right out there for everyone -right at the top of the page.

So, you can imagine the number of SPAMs we receive. Sometimes the SPAM checkers work and sometimes they don't. That means we get TONS of Viagra emails and requests for friendships from afar, but we also miss some important emails from our customers.

So, if you write and we don't answer, please write again.

Sometimes, we're just a bit slower in answering our messages - either because of a sale generating a lot of orders (we hope!) or because sometimes life just gets in the way.

There are doctor's appointments, dog food runs, family emergencies of every sort. It's surprising how long some seemingly little things take - folding the laundry, changing the kitty litter. Of course, you know what we mean, don't you!?

Then there are other things that we miss doing: visiting with friends that aren't here (phone, email and Facebook just aren't the same), seeing our parents who aren't with us, and getting a banana split!

Very few people know how to make a banana split. Pinky's Drug Store here in Donora had the best one! We know because we've had banana splits in about 10 countries and almost every state that we've visited. Here's the right way:

  1. Slice a banana in half lengthwise. Place one half on either side of the banana split dish (better to be glass than plastic, for sure!).
  2. Add three GIANT scoops of top-quality ice cream: Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry.
  3. Smother the Vanilla with Pineapple Sauce, the Chocolate with Strawberry Sauce and the Strawberry with Hershey's Syrup (here's the only acceptable substitution: hot fudge and hot carmel - together - can replace the chocolate sauce).
  4. Add a huge dollop of REAL Whipped Cream to the top of each scoop.
  5. Sprinkle salted nuts over the whipped cream.
  6. Add a maraschino cherry to EVERY whipped cream cloud.
  7. Serve with an iced tea spoon and tons of napkins

16 March 2010

Every Holiday - All Year Long (Be Prepared)



http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Dried-and-Pressed-Real-Four-Leaf-Clover_p_2899.html#.VRB_a-EblmMWe celebrate every holiday here all year long. I guess we really don't celebrate the holidays, or, we'd be too busy to work. But, what we do is carry products for as many holidays as we can all year long. We do this because we know lots of our customers are artists who create their gifts and decorations. And, there are also lots of folks who prepare for everything (not just holidays) early - every year.


http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Happee-Merree-Christmas-Pack--VINTAGE-Christmas-Seals-and-Tags-in-Original-Package_p_11255.htmlMy mom (how I miss her), started Christmas shopping the day after Christmas - not necessarily because of the sales - but because she loved being prepared. - Just in case.

She used to collect catalogs. When I was a little girl, it was the Sears, Penney's and Montgomery Wards catalogs. As I grew older, she added Lillian Vernon, Joan Cook, LL Bean, Orvis, Walter Drake. And in recent years: Anthropologie, Sundance, J. Jill, Territory Ahead and more like that. She would have me mark everything that I liked - even if it be out of range price-wise. That way, she could guarantee that I'd like mike gifts. She'd have me mark these catalogs year round. So, by the time a holiday rolled around, I'd forget what I marked and it would be a surprise!

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Vintage-Mini-Woven-Wooden-Easter-Basket-with-Silken-Ribbon_p_2543.html#.VRB_r-EblmMShe also learned more about me as we lived apart - seeing how my tastes changed. When my Mom died last year, I found a bunch of my circled pages in an envelope. She must have kept them to remember me as a little girl, teenager, young adult - and eventually the middle aged woman that was her friend as well as her daughter.

Pete was even roped into this behavior. He was easy to harness, and he especially enjoyed Territory Ahead, Coldwater Creek (when they had the wonderful men's shirts!) and Banana Republic when it was still a very special store with odd clothing and accoutrements - before it went corporate!

SilverCrow Creations doesn't have a catalog and unfortunately the wish-list thing is too hard for me to program, so maybe an old-fashioned, hand-written list would be best if you wanted to do the same thing with us (we hope you do).

So, no matter what holiday or holidays you celebrate, we hope you find something you love on our website. Everything we sell tickles us in one way or another. If you think we are missing something, be sure to let us know - we'll try hard to find it!

(Crow Valentine is no longer available.)

15 March 2010

Serenity

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Vintage-Mini-Woven-Wooden-Easter-Basket-with-Silken-Ribbon_p_2543.html#.VRB_r-EblmMWe originally ordered the pendant on this necklace - just to make a gift. But it was so well received that we decided to make it into a necklace and offer it on our website and on Etsy.

The beloved Serenity Prayer is the highlight of the pendant. It is slightly oxidized to highlight the words:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.

http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/Vintage-Mini-Woven-Wooden-Easter-Basket-with-Silken-Ribbon_p_2543.html#.VRB_r-EblmMBut the image of the prayer is not overwhelming. This makes a great gift for someone in recovery and for people who need to be reminded that peace is never farther than from within.

The multi-strand serenity necklace is is a lovely organza and linen and is finished with a silver clasp that extends from 18 to 20 inches.





 



14 March 2010

FINALLY - WE FIXED IT!

We finally got our new blog moved over to the "official" blogger site! It was really easy as Google kindly created a great migration tool. The hardest part was out reluctance to move.

We're in the midst of a sale - discount code SHAMROCK will save you 25% through tomorrow (Monday, 15 March 2010). Here's the link: SilverCrowCreations - we're planning on spending all day tomorrow adding new stuff to our website. So, keep watching.

Here are a few of the newer items. (Sorry these items are sold out)

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