Sunday, December 18, 2011

Great Holiday gift idea












This time of year we usually exchange small gifts with our neighbors and friends. They have given us wonderful handmade or baked goodies. I am not a baker so am pressed to come up with something cost and time effective that is also creative. Here is what I have come up with this year. These are so easy to make, and cost under $3.oo each.

Chalkboard Painted Wine bottles



1. First soak off the labels of your wine. I did all of the Merlot in one bunch so later I would not forget which wine was which. These Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck labels came off very easily. I just got the remainder of glue off with a steel wool pad. Then they were ready to be painted.

2. Make sure your bottles are completely clean and dry before painting. I used Valspar Chalkboard paint from Lowes. It was $14.00 for the can, but it will last me for the year with tons of other great projects I have planned. I put two coats on 12 hours apart.

3. Wait for 24 hours before writing on your labels. Then cover your bottle with chalk to prime it. Finally, write your holiday message on from of the bottle and tie on a festive ribbon. I attached a cardstock label to the back with the wine name.

Happy Holiday to all of you I hope you liked this tutorial! These would even make great favors at a wedding with a personalized message from the bride and groom.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

The ugly Christmas sweater phenomena is catching on. Here are a couple of winners!




How about you? Do you have an ugly sweater to share?

Sassy at the Queen of Hearts Alpharetta




My booth at the Queen has been busy. Here is some of the jewelry I currently have for sale. I love this peacock necklace so pretty! My mannequin has held up well, I love this leopard faux collar she is sporting, sooo chic!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Customizable Monogram



I found this on Pinterest (my most favorite website EVER) You can change the colors of the flourish and the initial to make it totally your own. This would be nice for stationary, personalized for gifts, framed etc. Love it.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Give me an A"



I love those great zinc letters they sell at Anthropology, but they are a bit expensive when you need a couple of them. Here is a great tutorial to make your own using paper mache letters from Joanne's. Just click on the blog link below the photo. I made some for my booth, but embellished them further with wooden caps. I will post a picture later. Go get some letters now!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St Piux Holiday Market


This Saturday I am participating in the St. Piux X Holiday gift show. It is probably my seventh year to participate (kinda started to lose track of the years) in the show. I love this show because it is held at a really wonderful school. I have found them to really value their vendors and work hard to promote and make the show a success each year. The community of students and families is really wonderful too. They really come out to support their school events. The school is located in Atlanta inside the Perimeter off of I-85. I hope you will stop by and say hi if you visit the show, I would love to meet any of my blog readers.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holly Days Market


Holly Days Market at St Brigid in Alpharetta is this Thurs. from 6 to 9pm and Friday 9:30 to 1:00. The church is located at 3400 Old Alabama Rd. This is a great show with some really awesome vendors I hope you will stop by and say hello!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stash our new booth is open!





We are so excited that we are finally almost done with our booth at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. I am so excited to be sharing this space with my good friend Mary. We have a great relationship that keeps propelling us to be extremely creative in every way. The floor for instance, it was gross and ugly basic linoleum. We could have painted it, or bought a cute sisal rug for some texture. No, we decided to make a floor cloth, not stripes or a solid color we made one with a quote painted on it. Don't you love the effect? I am so thrilled with how everything is coming together in there. I hope you will stop by and check the booth out if your in the area, if not, here are a couple of pictures so you can get the feel.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Moving day

I am moving into another booth with my dear friend Mary. We are going to have furniture, accessories, clothes and of course jewelry. It is located on Bull St. in the Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. The booth name is Stash. We hope to have a great mix of rustic and funky from our personal "Stash." Hope you will come visit and see my other booth Sassy too. I will get some pictures up later today.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween



I tried to find little pumpkins to make these like I saw on Pinterest. No luck, so I will have to search again next year.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rustic dream cabin somewhere far away

Source: djawest.com via Meg on Pinterest



Source: djawest.com via Karen on Pinterest




I found this beautiful rustic cabin on Pinterest. Is that vanity not the coolest? Anyone want to go for a girls weekend? I can just see a nice fire going, good movies and yummy snacks and no reason in the world to go outside in the blustery cold.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Country Living Fair Atlanta





Wow it was such a great time at the Country Living Fair last weekend. We met so many wonderful people from all over the country. You ladies know how to have fun! I was there to help my good friend Vikki Fraker sell her unique photo boards. Here are some shots of her booth, it was huge. I don't know how she would have worked out of a 10x10 booth that would have been nearly impossible.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Another helpful item from Pinterest

I am a new convert to Oxyclean, it really does work. I have been using it on all kinds of things. I am wondering if this homemade version might work just as well. I will have to give it a try.
Here is the link to a blog with a homemade recipe. My original link is not working sorry.
http://thriftyandfabuless.blogspot.com/2011/07/homemade-oxy-clean.html

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Love this tablescape

I found this table setting on pinterest. Love the use of old items and the overhead puffs. I will say it again, you will get hooked on Pinterest it is so full of great things.

Great packaging idea

I love the idea of using what I already have, especially scrapbooking paper. Don't tell, but I have at least one of every Basic Grey paper ever produced. I have a little paper hoarding issue, but I swear I am going to use lots of it to make these little flowers for my gift wrapping this holiday season. Thanks pinterest!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Country Living Fair in Atlanta



It's finally here the Country Living Show at Stone Mountain Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I had a ticket to go last year and ended up not being able to go at the last minute. This year I am going to be helping out my good friend, Vikki Fraker. Vikki is one incredible salvage artist. She makes the most beautiful photo boards from found primitive wood and all kinds of assorted rusted stuff. Her booth will stop you in your tracks and draw you in like a magnet. I will take tons of photos of her booth and goodies for sale. I have a feeling something really big is going to happen for her at this show, I have my fingers crossed for her. She is located in the D 12 area if you want to come by and check her out. If you are in the Altanta area you do not want to miss this incredible show. Get more info here.

Country Living Show in Atlanta



It's finally here the Country Living Show at Stone Mountain Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I had a ticket to go last year and ended up not being able to go at the last minute. This year I am going to be helping out my good friend, Vikki Fraker. Vikki is one incredible salvage artist. She makes the most beautiful photo boards from found primitive wood and all kinds of assorted rusted stuff. Her booth will stop you in your tracks and draw you in like a magnet. I will take tons of photos of her booth and goodies for sale. I have a feeling something really big is going to happen for her at this show, I have my fingers crossed for her. She is located in the D 12 area if you want to come by and check her out. If you are in the Altanta area you do not want to miss this incredible show. Get more info here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Go Cardinals!


I can't help myself, I grew up in St. Louis. It is fun to see my old home town in the World Series. The new mascot is Bushy the Rally Squirrel who lives at the stadium, and has made several appearances during games. My sister sent me this photo, but I don't know who to credit for it. Go Cards!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Scotts Antique Market this weekend




I am so excited to be participating in the Scotts Antique Market this weekend. I have a lot of new jewelry that I will be displaying for the first time and am anxious to see how it will be received. I will take some pictures later to post of my new cuffs.
I also have furniture and rustic accessories that I will be selling as well. It is a long weekend, but a lot of fun to see what I can find while I am there. I will be in the south building near the donut man,, so follow your nose and you will find us!

Friday, September 30, 2011

More of my picking finds

Here is another polaroid camera I got. These things weigh a ton, I can't imagine what it was like to tote these around on a vacation. We are so lucky to be living in this digital world.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Look what I found!








We went picking yesterday through an old barn. It was way out in a rural area that I am not even sure where I was lol. It was fun though like stepping into a giant time capsule. So much of it I kept thinking why would people hold onto this stuff, but at the same time so glad they did so I could find it.

I found this great Carter's underwear in polka dots so cute! I also found old Polaroid cameras that are just amazing. There were tons of Coke bottles. I just love these old green bottles with their curves. This is just the tip of the ice berg I will share with you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Jewelry

I have been busy in my studio. Here is some of the new things I've made.




Lots of resin items. I like to do these assembly line style, and I seem to get in a groove as I go each one a little more creative than the last one.


I also finally made a very long rosary chain for this soldered box pendant. I found this little skeleton key and added some tiny Swarovski crystals to it to give it a little more shine, oh and I soldered on some rhinestone chain at the top and bottom of the box.

I also have been making some altered pocket watch pendants. These are really fun to play around with. I kinda have an obsession with time, clocks and watches ( funky TIME art).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beware this is highly addictive!

You have been warned, what I am about to share with you is highly addictive. You will get in so deep a whole day may pass by, you will be wearing the same clothes you slept in as the sun is setting. Dogs will go unwalked, children not fed and beds unmade but it is sooo fun. I got turned onto Pinterest.com this week and I can't stop going back. What is this Pinterest you say? Well it is a virtual pin board of all the photos of things on the internet, on blogs etc that you love that you can pin in one place (not the best explanation) . You can look at other peoples boards or start curating your own. I started by just purusing other peoples boards. Boards with titles like, "Crafty, DIY, Yummy Food, Great Tutorials." Then I decided to become a user myself (notice the word "user" I warned you). I now have a food board, great tutorials, My style, DIY Home and this is just the begining. There are so many talented and sharing people out there in blog land and this is a great way to organize it and revisit at a later date. It took me a couple of visits, but now I am hooked.





Source: flickr.com via Denise on Pinterest



These are just a couple of items from my boards. Go check it out but be sure everyone is fed before you fall into the black hole!