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.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

More jewelry

I have been cranking out the jewelry lately. Mary and I will be at the King's Ridge School County Fair in Milton GA on Sunday March 24 from 1 to 5 pm. Should be fun, but we need to get much more stock! So off I go to the jewelry studio. If you are in the area stop by and say hi we would love to see you!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New use for silver trays

What a great idea for using you old silver trays or those great one you can get when you go thrifting.

Stash Booth Spring Update

Mary and I have been busy getting our Stash booth at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta ready for the upcoming Spring Fling. It is the unofficial kick off of Spring. Here in the South the Cherry trees bloomed a couple of weeks ago, daffadils are blooming too. So we are ready to start planning our gardes and homes to welcome Spring and Easter. Mary is an awesome partner, she is full of creativity and she is willing to clinb up on anything to get things hung. After she got hit in the head with a board we played it safe and used a ladder. And yes, that is my finger in front of the camera (what a rookie). The back wall we lined with crinkled up kraft paper. It adds so much texture, looks like drapes. This bottom photo is in my Sassy booth, sorry it's a bit blurry. We did a fishing wall with our vintage minnow buckets and my folk art fish. I love the mix. If you are in the Atlanta area the Spring Fling at Queen of Hearts Alpharetta is March 21-24. There will be prizes, presentations, and good garden party snacks. We hope you will stop by!