Monday, April 21, 2014

Mother Day pieces in the works...

Have you thought about your mom lately?  We have!  We've got some very pretty new Mother's Day pieces in the works right now.  A few limited editions of 4 and a few one of a kinds.  Stay tuned...they'll be done soon and we'll let you know about them, right here on the blog!  :)  Now...back to work!  


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring or No Spring?

 The snow is gone the snow is gone!!  Or is it?

The poor chickens had such a rough winter.  Poor Florio, despite a heat lamp and some protective vasoline, he still lost part of his comb.  This photo was taken earlier this winter.

This was taken right after the first of MANY snow storms.  It's comparatively shallow at this point.

But at long last!!  This is the last of the enormous build-up of snow!  In this particular spot it got up to four feet high!

But last week...just a little remains.  And this week...all gone!!  Yay!!  This past weekend I was able to dig up some parsnips that had overwintered in the garden for our Passover feast!

The cement kitty and succulents can't wait to come back to life!

But then...last night...Ben let Winnie outside after falling asleep on the couch.  He came back in and asked me if he had slept through all of the spring, summer, and fall.  I was confused.  Then he told me to look outside. 

Gasp!

Ugh...  I woke up this morning hoping it had been a dream.  Nope.  It is really pretty though.  Right?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Update!

 Easter Delivery (chalk and spun cotton) - SOLD

  We are just a hand full of days away from Easter!  And what better way to "hop" into the celebration than to have one last batch of playful cuties for this time of year.  We have bouncing bunnies, cheerful chicks, elegant eggs, and a bunch more sprouting spring surprises!  I hope you all enjoy. :) 

Please note that our email address has changed to crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com  

As usual, this blog update offers first dibs on our new spun cotton one-of-kind figures. If you see something(s) you love, just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com and we'll let you know if they're still available. First come first served! we'll update item status in this post as often as we can to make it easier for you to know what's available. Items often get scooped up quickly, so make your selection as swiftly as you can, you can always add available pieces to your order later.  Also feel free to include second choices in case your first choice is unavailable, but make sure you label them "second choice".  Click on photos to enlarge.
 Shipping is $3.50 for one item and $1 per additional item up to $6.50, then additional pieces are free.  All paid orders will ship out immediately via first class mail and should arrive within a few days.  If you prefer 1-3 day priority shipping, please let us know (there will be an additional $3 charge).  We send Paypal invoices via email unless you specify that you'd rather pay via check. And of course email us if you have any questions!

Happy Shopping! 



Rabbit Rider - SOLD
Chick Rider - SOLD

Snail Egg Girl - SOLD
Chick Egg Bunny Child - SOLD

Miss Hippity Hoppity - 30
Little Robin - SOLD


Miss Pansy - SOLD
Miss Daisy -SOLD
Miss Forget-me-not -SOLD
Miss Hydrangea -SOLD

Sweetie Pie - SOLD
Miss Chicklet - 35

Needle Felted Zola Bunny (box) - 95
Needle Felted Ellen Bunny - SOLD

Needle Felted Poppy Bunny - 95

Spring Wings - SOLD
Boy Blue - SOLD

Eggcited Girl - 36

Yippy Skippy - 30
Sunday Sammy - SOLD

Miss Avery (real dyed egg) - 38
Miss Harper (real natural egg) - SOLD

Miss Adora - 30
 Tasha Tutu - 30

 Basket Baily - SOLD
Basket Bixy - 36


Easter Cluster - SOLD
Miss Cotton - 36

 Hopping Buddies - 55
Brown Garden Rabbit - SOLD 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Update Sneak Peek!


Here’s a little sneak peek at some of what’s in store for tomorrow’s update!  This is only a portion of what you'll see.  I'm still working on finishing up more Easter girls and boys, bunnies and also...collaboration pieces made by both my mom and me!
Hope to “see” you here at 11:00am EST!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Update Announcement!


Yay!! Spring is finally starting to show her beautiful face here in our part of the world!  And as we say goodbye to the cold, making one final snow angel in the only little patch of snow in our yard, we have been flowing with inspiration to make our last gorgeous spring and Easter collection.  If you're looking to fill an Easter basket with something extra special, you won't want to miss this update!

Blog readers get first dibs as usual and if you'd like to be notified about upcoming blog updates and special events, just sign up for our mailing list on the right side of my blog, or leave a comment with your email address

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New one-of-a-kind pieces will be available for purchase on:

Tuesday, April 15th - here, the blog - 11:00 am EST
  
Please note that our email address has changed to crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com
 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Olive!

Olive is more than three months old now!!  I can't believe it!  And she really is the most precious and wonderful person ever!  Look at that face!!

And this face too!!

And that one!!  With daddy!

And she does tricks too!  Look at her stand!

And she hangs out in the studio with the rest of us.  Life is good.  :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What's Up.


Thank you everyone who snatched up some goodies during our latest blog sale!  There are a few cuties still looking for someone to love them, but for the most part, all the characters are comfy and cozy in their new homes (or soon will be).  And also I'd like to apologize to anyone who may have gotten frustrated when you emailed us and didn't hear back immediately.  Our email was majorly messed up and at the worst time possible!  Emails were not coming in in the order they were sent and most were coming in much later than they were sent...Eeek!!  We were even getting emails at 4 or 5 in the afternoon that were sent at 11-something.  Horrible.  Anyway...with that we decided to change our email server completely...and sooo....we have a new email address!  From now on, Ben and I can be contacted at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com.  Kinda long, but easy to remember I think.  And we'll have a forward on our old email address, so no matter which one you email, the message should reach us.  Phew!  I'm sure Ben will make an official announcement once he changes all of our accounts, etc.

Now...onto more fun things.  What have we been up to lately?  Well...while squeezing in creating things and taking care of Olive...we've been ripping the studio apart!  Literally!!  It's been going on for the past month (waaay too long) and while we're currently at a place in the transformation we can stay at for a little while while I catch up on orders, it's still not done!

 Ben and I (mostly Ben) ripped up the thin osb overlay on the floor to reveal the original pine planks that's considered the subfloor.  Well...this stuff is beautiful and is now the main floor! 

Our studio is the attic of the house that was made into an apartment in the early 80's (I just learned the date from Mike down at the hardware store who is related to the original owners of the house).  It had this hideous and very claustrophobic bathroom that had no running water and was taking up a huge amount of space.  So we ripped it all out!!  This is what I'm building in it's place.  
 
 And this is where our new old sink is going.  I had my handyman tap into our existing water lines from downstairs and Ben and I traveled through three states to pick up a free antique cast iron sink from Craigslist.  

The first section of the studio is almost finished and I worked in it for the first time today!!  It was great!  Now we just need the sink installed and we're onto the second half...phew!

Oh...and what else is up?  I thought I'd share part of my lunch...yummy hard boiled quail eggs from Miss. Quailie who lives in the dining room.  Delish!  :)