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Some of my favorite vintage fabric 3/4" buttons

My Mother is a real work of art. A true crafter who started sewing when she was a little girl living during the Depression. Although it was out of necessity, those skills have served her well as crafting has been an inspirational pasttime for my Mom during the past eight decades. Her current work is inspired by her life-long residency in the Lone Star State. With the help of my Dad, broken guitars are upcycled for use as a canvas for Texas themed pictures she has collected.  Images are cut and layed out by hand, and she painstakingly makes sure each picture  is placed in just the right position for the best balance of color and contrast.  Mom sells these one-of-a-kind pieces and will also donate the finished guitars to local charity auctions as bidding items.  I’ll be visiting the folks back home for a few days, and wanted to post some photos of my Mom’s recent work before I hit the trail.

Close up of Texas themed decoupaged guitar made by my crafty Mom.

Art guitar covered in Texas ephemera collage and decoupaged by my Mom.

This guitar features popular Country and Western musicians.

Willie Nelson is her favorite Texas icon!

South of the Border and cowboy boot themed guitar in vibrant colors

If you’re not a cat fancier, no worries. Puppies and dogs are just as common on vintage Valentines. The photos above are part of my own personal collection. But I just found this etsy shop with lots of great Valentines for sale. – and lots of other cool vintage …. http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheIDconnection

circa 1940s

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