Monday, December 16, 2013

I am a stamp addict

I can admit it I am addicted to rubber stamps. I know I have too many to even count. People say what do you do with all of these? Do you make cards? My standard answer is I do everything with them except make cards. I hate making cards just not my thing. Here are some pics and ways I use some of my rubber stamps. Scrap wood painted and distressed, then stamped with a holiday message I use them when making jewelry, I stamp on dominoes or into polymer clay to give texture. I love stamping on fabric too. I make homemade muslin ribbon with script handwriting, love it! Here is a pic from Pinterest that shows I am not the only one who loves this. Hope some of these pics have inspired you to get out your stamps and use them in different ways than you have in the past.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Galvanized Storage Ottoman

I recently made this ottoman out of a old galvanized tub. It was really pretty easy to do with just a couple of common tools and materials. First I put the tub upside down on a piece of plywood and traced the circular opening. I suggest you at an inch to this circumference so it adequately covers the opening. Next I screwed another piece of plywood about 8 inches wide to intersect the center of the wood. I traced the curved edge of the round piece on this wood and cut away the excess with my jig saw. I did this to the plywood cushion base would not slide off of the tub. You can see how it looks below. Next I cut a piece of 3 inch high density foam to fit the round piece of plywood. You can get this at you local Joanne's or fabric store. This then was wrapped with a sheet of cotton batting and stapled onto the bottom of the plywood. Finally I cut the fabric in a large circle and stapled it to to the bottom of the plywood working to pleat and tuck the fabric as I went around the circular edge. I put my lid down and the extra piece of plywood I screwed onto the larger piece made it fit nice and snug with no sliding around. It is a now a fun piece furniture with a little spot to store my magazines.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Winter wonderland Jars

I found all of the old village pieces in my Christmas closet and decided to try using them in a bit different way. I have been compulsively saving all of my glass jars and now found something to do with them. I first took a couple pieces and dry fit them into the bottom of the jars to see how they would look. Next, I drizzled hot glue all over the bottom of the jar, then I dropped each of the pieces down to the bottom and used my tongs to help position the pieces and hold into place until the glue set up. I then sprinkled some of the fine faux snow to complete the look. Finally I spray painted the jar lids a solid color and then wrapped a festive ribbon to the jar. What do you think? Wouldn't they be cute spread around your house? Go find your village parts and make some now!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Angel wings

I have been obsessed with making these angel wings. I have seen them all of the internet made of various materials and at very different prices. Most are priced over $100 a pair. So I had to give them a try myself. Here are the first two pairs I made and are now available in my booth at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. I will have them available in my etsy store soon too if you would like to have your own pair. Cost is $48 per pair!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Grungy goodnes

As many of you know I have a booth in an antique mall. I am always trying to bring something new to the booth that hasn't been done a million times. I am onto grunge letters now. I have been doing variations of EAT but now put together this Vino sign. I added it to pallet wood for a complete sign. What do you think? ARe you loving grungy as much as me?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Boot Cuffs are hot, hot, hot

We had an awesome weekend at the European Market. It was so fun to meet many of our customers that shop at the Queen of Hearts. It is so fun when people say, "I know which booth is yours I buy from you all the time!" that is wonderful. We had a sneak peek on some of our new Christmas items and of course we had our handmade jewelry. Our best seller by far though were our new boot cuffs.
These cuffs go just at the top of your boot so you can still were your tights or little sock and not have to wear a bulky sock to get this look. We embellished them with flowers. The burlap flower shown in the picture is by far the most popular. If you are interested in a pair you can find them in the etsy shop or at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

If you are in Atlanta...

Next weekend in Alpharetta Ga there is a show we are participating in called the European Market. It is in it's second year and we are happy to be part of the fun again this year. There is a wide range of vendors from furniture, home accessories to handmade jewelry. It will be held under a huge tent so come rain or shine!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Jewelry

I have not had much time to create new jewelry over the last couple of months. It was time to lock myself into my studio and start cranking out some new jewelry for my upcoming fall shows. Hope you like them.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Got Skunk remedy?

This is my sweet girl Sadie. She got skunked in the face over 4 weeks ago now and she still smells!! My son read that if it gets into their nose and sinus cavity it can last for weeks. She has been bathed dozens of times since it happened with tomato juice, hydrogen peroxide w/ Dawn soap and nothing is working. I am wondering if there is a more internal approach to help her. Poor thing that is all she must smell, which much be very difficult on a dog since their sense of smell is 100,000 times ours! It has taken it's toll on her poor baby. I would love any remedies you may have to help her.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Our June booth redo

We have been sweating it up! It has been a pretty steamy summer working in the garage painting. Here are some pics of our last redo of the Stash and Sassy booths at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. If you are in the Atlanta Ga area, come on up and see us sometime at The Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Look at what we have been working on....

We converted this very well built Stanley TV stand into a rolling bar cart. We added caster wheels, a removable wine rack and a hook for your bottle opener. It took multiple trips to the hardware store to get the correct bolts etc. but we are a little smarter for it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unusual garden planters

I love the use of this old tool box from the Confessions of a curbside shopper blog. What a great way to get some texture and interest in the garden.
Hope about some old boots you have sitting in your closest you could plant for your porch.
I love this chair, I have a couple in the garage now waiting to be painted, love the bright blue too really makes everthing pop. Go find some unique planters of your own. I would love to hear what you use to spruce up your garden.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I love these lights!

I love the lights in the background of this photo from the blog Style me Pretty. You should check out the site they photos are beautiful. I found some of these lights at a Ballard's outlet near my house. I flipped out when I found them. I was able to snag two runs( all they had in stock) for my backyard. I have some nice low lighting for the patio and walkway, but want some subtle lighting for the trees. I will post my pictures when they are hung.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chalk paint in the Garden?

Sure why not? My last post was about painting your lightweight pots. Today I added a picture of a table we got at an auction. I was so excited about this table during the auction. The only problem I found when I got up close to it (after the purchase) is it had a bad mosaic top. It was very ugly and somewhat damaged. Hmmmm what to do?? Pull out the chalk paint of course. We took away the ugly motif and now it is a great pop of color. Perfect for a covered porch or room where you want a pop of color It was given a clear wax finish for longevity.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chalk paint your planters!

I have a pretty good collection of these lightweight planters that I have purchased over the years. The problem is over time they get pretty shabby (not the good kind of shabby) looking. I decided to mix up a custom batch of chalk paint from my collection of latex paint and redid both of these pots. I couldn't be happier. They now match each other in color and look brand new for zero dollars! When they dried a gave them both a quick coating of clear wax, then went in with some brown wax to show off some of the highlights of the pot. Now I am even buying these at thrift and garage sales and getting them even cheaper, and they will be painted to match the rest of my newly painted planters.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Stash and Sassy booth updates

We have been busy reworking both of our booths at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta. Here are some pictures from some of the updates this week. The hobnail jars are really hot right now, so we doubt this display will stay for long. We have gotten some great risers too made from reclaimed wood, they are awesome to put on the island or table. I have been making these little frames with chicken wire to hold jewelry, coupons, memos etc. We have so many projects in the cue, will update as we get them finished.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Trinket Necklaces

Here is what I have been making this week gearing up for a show in a couple of weeks. The silver toned necklace has a soldered box I made for this cool French medal I found while antiquing in Savannah. I may have to keep that one for myself. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentbrew/6851755809/ http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6851755809_df5b2051c9_z.jpg

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Homemade Kettle Corn yummy!!!

Figuring out how to make Kettle Corn at home has been a life changing experience for me. If you have never had it, it is a sweet and salty combo of deliciousness. I once jumped out of a moving car when I saw they were making it at my Home Depot. My best friend nearly burned down the house when her husband preheated the oven with a bag of kettle corn hidden in there for lack of her ability to share it. At fairs they have a giant kettle that they make the stuff in and it looks incredibly intimidating. All you need is a Whirly Popper, or the knock off version that allows you to crank the handle and stir the popcorn while it's cooking. Mine looks pretty disgusting, but it's just a patina I assure you. You will also need granulated sugar, cooking oil, and good quality popcorn (spring for the Orville Redenbocker it's worth it). Place 1/3 cup of cooking oil, 1/3cup of sugar, and 1/3 cup of popcorn into the popper, close the top and turn on the heat to medium high. If you want your popcorn a fun color like my blue popcorn shown in the picture, just add a couple of drops of liquid food coloring now before you start heating. Have a cooking sheet and your salt shaker ready for your popcorn. Keep cranking the handle while you hear the colonels start to pop and pull it off the heat as soon as you hear it start to slow down. Carefully dump your popcorn onto the baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it out and start shaking some salt onto the popcorn. It is very hot and sticky now and the salt will stick to it now. Go ahead and try it, I promise it is just as good as the stuff you pay $6.00 a bag for at the fair. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Basket Storage functional and fun

Love these old milk crates being used for storage. We have these quit often in our booth, and usually there is a nice amount of rust to make them look extra special. We also sell a lot of wire basket that are new, but have a patina to look old.
Attach them to a piece of reclaimed wood and wow they look awesome!
Look at them in mass, now that is what I need in my office. I am very visual, if I don't see it, I just go repurchase it. Have fun getting organized, consider spreading in some wire baskets functional and so stylish.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Have you tried Picmonkey yet?

Picmonkey is a free photo editing site. I just found it and love it. Maybe it's been around for awhile and I just didn't know it. I love the effects they have, they do have some that are for a fee, but there are plenty of free ones to try. You can add all kinds of effects to give a vintage feel or even add text to the photo. You can see these same photos before I played with them in the previous post. I used the HDR effect and a couple of others. I love the vibrancy it adds. It's fun give it a try, and it's free!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cowgirl birthday party

I got to help my friend with her daughter's ninth birthday. It was held on our friends farm in rural Georgia and it was picture perfect. Wouldn't you have loved to join us? The kids loved the animals, but mostly Lula Mae, the llama. I had never been around a llama before and I can not tell you how much I love her. She is like a large Golden Retiever dog. She follows you around, cuddles up with her neck and even wags her tail when you give her some sugar. Too bad you can't have a llama in a subdivision.