Thursday, December 30, 2010

New sewing machine for me!

My sweet husband got me a new sewing machine for Christmas. He admitted he had no idea what kind I wanted, but wanted me to have one to open up on Christmas. So now I am thinking I am going to return the basic Kenmore he got me. I was looking at Joannne's and they had some very sweet sewing machines. Unfortunately, I am not the best seamstress and only need the basic sewing machine. All of the bells and whistles would be wasted on me I am sure. So my question to you my blog friends is do any of you have the husquarna Emerald 118? It is the electronic base version for them. I would love to hear any feedback or input any of you have for me. I want this to be the last sewing machine purchase for me ever. Thanks to any of you that have some input for me.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday stress??

You are not the only one here is a little story about the big guy himself when he was very stressed one year at Christmas.

A Little Christmas Story
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.
Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.
Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.
Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Not a lot of people know this

Happy Holidays to all of you!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Soul Sisters

I am so lucky to be included in a group of uber talented group of artists. Four of us are primarily jewelry artist, then there is one incredible salvage artist. We call ourselves the Soul Sisters. This group is the most generous hearted I've ever been around. No on thinks of themselves first, they are always talking about someone else's talent. No one complains, no drama it's all about putting the others first. Yes I am very blessed to be asked to be part of this group.
We are going to have a permanent space together at Lakewood Antique Market in Cumming Ga. Our first show in the permanent spot is this weekend December 17, 18 and 19th.
You can check out our new blog to see our upcoming shows and previews.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Market 334 Sneak Peek

The ladies are working on the booth at Market 334 in Cumming today. Here is a sneak peek at some of the awesome offerings we will have there. Vikki the master of all design will be there will her repurposed salvage crosses, photo frames, and jewelry holders. These are truly amazing one of a kind items. If you see one you want you have to grab it because it can never be reproduced. Kelli Smith will have her awesome leather cuffs. These are so hot right now and she really rocks them. I am the proud owner of one her rhinestone/leather beauties. Mari Mogitz will be there with her metal smithing tools so she can customize charms for all in need of a great gift. You just really need to make time to come by and see us it should be terrific.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Market 334 here we come

There is a new venue in Cumming Georgia called, Market 334. It is located at 334 Dahlonega st. It is a variety of artisan crafters, and farmers market. Last weekend was the inaugural show. We will be participating each Saturday for the month of December and hopefully every Saturday in the future. The market looks like it has a terrific homey setting w/ a great variety of vendors. Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday morning to me.

Friday, December 3, 2010

More shows...

We are in high gear for shows right now. We had a great time today. I am so lucky to be working with such talented artists. Here are a couple of photos I shot before everyone arrived.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lakewood Antique Market

We had a great first weekend at Lakewood. The response from everyone was awesome. The booth looked great and we decided that we will be regulars at the monthly antique show. You can find us in Hall G on the left hand side. We are going to be the "Soul Sisters." We are working on the booth design now, Vikki will have it looking incredible. So come find us on December 17, 18,or 19 we will have a bunch of great new items for sale.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

St Piux Holiday Market

I had a great day at St. Piux X on Saturday. The community really supports this school and they came out in droves to attend the holiday market. I had so many return customers stop by and say hi. It was really fun to chat with everyone. I also had some really awesome people set up near me too. Tiffin Mills has hand made home goods. I bought the cutest apron for her. It is sooo cute and excellent quality. You should check her out at On my other side was Fran of She had the most beautiful and purses, and wallets all handmade from vintage style fabrics. I wanted them all!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Adventures in Etching

I bought a bottle of ferric last year after being inspired by Stephanie Lee's book. Then I started to see etching in other articles and my friends were also doing it. It was time to get over my fear and try it. Well I should have reread the instructions first, which of course I didn't. I tried a brass cuff and part of a copper sheet. The copper did not look like anything when it was done because the image I used was not bold enough and not enough ink was used. Here is the brass cuff, later when asking a wonderful friend about my results she told me it had to be flat to etch correctly. Well at least I tried it. I am still very freaked out using the chemical, but I will try again when I have time to do it correctly.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holly Days Market

I am so pleased to be participating at the Holly Days market. It is such a wonderful group of vendors and such a well prepared show. Last night was the first night. I had a great night and had fun talking with all the people who came to shop. My biggest problem was I had a 6ft table. Now that does not sound that small, but it really is tiny. I could not put out all of my necklaces which really bothers me. I try to make each one unique, what if the one under the table is the one they really wanted??? Oh well, I am making the best of it. The cork board was a $2 garage sale find. I painted the frame black then put on some vintage book pages with my Claudine Hellmuth's gel medium. I love the way the pages look in the background. I did get a lot of compliments on my display. One lady even said it looked like I put as much effort into the display as I did the jewelry. I appreciated that because I really did put some thought into the display. If your in the Atlanta area the show is on Friday as well until 1:30 pm. Come by and say, "Hi."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Queen of Hearts Holiday Open House

Thursday night will be the official start of the holiday season at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. The store will have special displays that incorporate many of the vintage items the dealers are selling their booths. There will also be lots of wonderful food and drinks being served to make the shopping even more pleasurable. If you have not been to Queen of Hearts Alpharetta this is an awesome time to go.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I wish I had a picture...

It's Halloween, one of my very favorite holidays. I have taken to this holiday with such fervor. In the sixth grade when I heard my teacher say those magical words, " we are going to let you wear your Halloween costumes to school," I went nuts. I knew I had to have something really special, not just your typical princess costume. It hit my like a ton of bricks, "Super Chicken!" At this time, 1978, there was no super chicken but I saw it in my minds eye. I took an old t-shirt and cut out feathers from yellow cloth and covered it, my mom saw the idea and jumped in making me faux chicken feet, legs and head. Needless to say it was a huge hit at my school. Fast forward to my college days. There was a local bar offering big prizes for best costume. I racked my brain, instead of studying and came up with "Gumby." The way Eddie Murphy played him on SNL. I made the whole thing out of foam rubber and sprayed it with a ton of green spray paint, to say it was flammable was an understatement. I won first place at the local bar, my friends smelling a sweet took me from bar to bar. I won them all. I can tell you it was the most frightening experience, with all of those lit cigarettes around me. It was a blast, I loved it and all of the fun that goes with it. I miss those days, now I must be the one giving out candy and congratulating those who hit the mark of costume excellence! If only someone had a picture of me in that Gumby outfit, dammit!

Bridal Jewelry

Did you know you can order custom jewelry for your wedding at the Bead Bug. Here are some photos of some recent orders. We use sterling silver, pearls and crystals all customized to your specifications for you and your wedding party. Stop by and talk to Mary for a consultation on creating heirloom jewelry for your special day.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pretty Little Charms

I have been busy creating all kinds of jewelry preparing for my upcoming shows. Here are some pretty little charms I made the other night. They will be added to some necklaces that need a little extra pizazz. If you have not tried using resin yet, I would encourage you to go ahead and take the plunge. It really isn't that scary and the results are fabulous. I used Little Windows resin for these charms. It is easy to use, no odor and very little bubbles to deal with. Start looking around at all the little cool things you have collected and could imbed in the resin. I bought a boat load of these bezels and will probably be listing some in my etsy shop if you are interested. Email if you need more info!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Queen Bee Necklace

I just love this new necklace I made. I am just love the little bee I used . I think it must strike a cord with a lot of women, because I am getting a lot of "buzz" about it lol. I listed another one in my Artfire if you too are a Queen Bee.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Great tip to find your lost cell phone

I have two tips to help you when you have lost your phone. I canceled home phone service long ago. My kids wouldn't answer it because their friends would only call their cell phones. It seemed the only people calling me on the land line were solicitors. So out it went & now it's only cell phones. The problem is when I put it down in the house and am home alone I can't find it sometimes. I just found out if you have a gmail account, there is the option to place a phone call from your gmail. It is a simple download, and you test your microphone to make sure you can be heard and you are in business. Currently, this is a free service, but may change in 2011. Please read the fine print before you do this.

The second tip is when you have your phone on silent and can't find it. My son downloaded an app called "fetch it". If you send your phone the text, "fetch it" it will set off your text alert even when set on silent. I have not tried it, but it could save a lot of frustartion.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Soldered Boxes

I have been busy making soldered little boxes. They are a lot of fun to make. They are a bit labor intensive, but I love how they turn out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Felted Soap

I wanted to try felting soap after I saw some beautiful soap at Anthropology. It allows you to shower without using a wash cloth or puffy thing. So I started with a plain bar of glycerin soap. Then I wrapped 3 different colors of wool roving tightly around the bar. Once I got it looking the way I wanted, I slipped it into a cut off foot of panty hose ( I knew these were still good for something). I then put a little bit of dish soap and hot water on it then rubbed it vigorously between my hands. You are trying to work and lock the wool fibers together at this point. I rinsed the suds off in the hot water and worked it for just under ten minutes. Once I felt I hand felted it well I slid it out of the hose and put it on my deck rail to dry. It turned out great! I think this would be fun for the kids to do, just make shure they don't rub the soap into their eyes. They will be asking to take a bath! You can find a much better explaination on how to do this on You Tube. Just search for felted soap. Let me know if you try it.
I apologize the photos are out of order, not sure how to rearrange them in blogger. I always forget to do things in reverse order.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Introducing my new model!

What do you do when your dog is being a real pain in the ....? She put her paw in the photo, tried repeatedly to grab the necklace sooo. I put it on her and took her picture, she sat still and almost seemed to smile for her photoshoot. She just wanted to be the star of the show, hey she works for milkbones which is fine with me.

Vanna can I buy a vowel...?

Okay I admit it I am loving these letters. After making my Sassy booth sign, I made a letter M for our photo collage wall. Then I decided to make even more for my booth. I used all of the papers I loved to cover them aren't they sweet?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Confessions of a Craft supply hoarder

I have gotten to the point that I can not work in my craft room. I am way over my limit in stamps, papers, books, magazines, etc, etc, etc. So I have started to upload some of my stamps and books to my Artfire account. Email me if there is something you are interested in!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sassy at the Queen of Hearts Alpharetta

I have a small booth in an antiques and interiors mall. It is the Queen of Hearts. I sell all kinds of things there anything from antiques to jewelry. It is really fun to have a place for all of my creative pursuits. My booth name is Sassy. I have really been wanting to redo the booth and give it a whole new feel. I am going to be painting it and also I made these new letters to hang on the wall. I had seen zinc letters at Anthropology for $18 each I really wanted them but felt it was too much of a splurge. So I got these paper mache letters and did multi layers of paint to try to mimic the zinc letters. I am actually pretty happy with the way they turned out. Not bad for a tenth of the price.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

When the spirit moves you...

I saw this video on You Tube and it just made me laugh. It is obvious this man is overwhelmed by the moment. I hope they are still a happily married couple.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Athropology Displays NYC

I love to go into Anthropology everytime we visit the Big Apple. The last time we were there it Marie Antionette & it was amazing. This time it was a seashore theme in the windows (I can't believe I don't have a picture of it). It is not until you get close that you see it is all made of corregated cardboard. Check out the chandelier, it is all cardboard too. I love their use of everyday items too. They make the usual, unusual. I am moving to a new booth at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta and need lots of imspiration. I think I found some!