Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just a Quick Hi

I'm in freak out mode for the craft show :) I'll be off line for most of the weekend, so have a good one. And to my Pink Saturday friends, I'll catch up with you during the upcoming week. I'm looking forward to seeing my Delaware friends. If you're in the area, please come visit me.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday. Please visit Beverly & see who else is particpating. There are so many wonderful bloggers to meet.I've been a crafting fool, getting ready for this craft show. Between making more jewelry, making my props, prettying my packaging. My hubby & I laugh about how we never do anything the conventional or easy way. This craft show is no exception. I've been a spray painting fool & couldn't just buy my props. I had to make them. Ha ha! The frame & board is finally done. Yea! It's only taken me 3 posts to get it completed. You can see the progress here & here.
I also found these very cool rusty vintage lamp shade frames. I just about fell over at the estate sale last week when they said it was $1.50 for all of them. Aren't they cute? I spray painted them & plan on stacking them on a table. I painted some clothespins & plan to use those to attach my jewelry to the frames. Watch out, I'm dangerous with those spray paint cans. By the way, my hubby has cut me off spray painting on the porch at night.
Here are a couple more rings I've made. They are layered filigrees with vintage rhinestones. I'm in love & sometimes it's hard to part with the jewelry I've made, especially the pink ones! I'm working on inventorying & pricing. It's surprising how much I have.

By the way, that's my Allie & Zoe who wanted to get into the picture. My silly little pups!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Show & Tell Sunday ~ Vintage Bits

My internet is spotty so I'm making this post short & sweet before I lose it. There are quite a few pictures on my flickr account. I went to an estate sale on Saturday & could have bought half of the place. I found some jewelry bits & this tiny Channel perfume bottle. I found the jewelry a little too late. I probably would have come home with more. I got to the room & another lady had 2 baggies of jewels. I told my hubby I should have body checked her. Hee hee!
My big score were these metal "thingys" in a baggie. I had no idea what they were. I just knew I liked them. I didn't even open the bag to figure it out. They were scrolly rusty things & I was sold. These are going to be great jewelry components. I've already bent one of the pieces, inked it up & put a clear finishing coat on it. Hopefully, I'll finish it later on today & photograph it.
Make sure to go visit the Show & Tell group on flickr. It's total eye candy. Special thanks to our hostesses with the mostestes, Cerri & Cindy.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Busy Pink Saturday

Hi everyone & Happy Pink Saturday. I've had so many new visitors & met some new friends from Beverly's Pink Saturday. Go visit Beverly & take a peek at all the participants. Over the last few weeks there have been over 100 participants. Pink Heaven! 1. Vintage Prom Dress WIP, 2. valentineclip collection feb2008, 3. MomsDayCard1 May2008, 4. MomsDayCard2 May2008

I've been wanting to try & make a mosaic with my flickr pictures. For the longest time I thought someone was hiding the link to make these cute mosaics. How could everyone else make them except me? Well, here it is. This is the first mosaic I've made. I used some of my pink collaged artwork from cards & embellished clothes pins. I thought I'd show some of my older work for some of the newer visitors.
I'm hoping to go to an estate sale today & tomorrow. I'm still looking for unique props to merchandise my jewelry for the craft show. I went to my first estate sale 2 weeks ago & got an incredible find. Look at this beauty of a dictionary. It was still around on Monday for the 75% off sale. I had to contain my excitement when I found it.
I received my packaging order for the craft show. I'm busy prettying them up. I can't just give someone a plain box. It's not in me! I got natural craft brown boxes, pink bags & tulle in a bunch of colors. I'm hoping people like it. I also ordered another batch of MOO cards. I love these things & can't imagine life before them. Even some of my older crappier pictures look cute on this card.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New Store ~ Yea

LolliShops is a juried, online selling venue for talented artists, collectors of vintage and art supply vendors
I was just accepted to the new Lollishops store. This is the brainchild of the ultra-talented Sadie of Sadie Lou Who. I get to be a part of "the froufrou friendly market place". How fun is that! The website has a beta opening Nov 15th & the full blown opening is Nov 28th. (Alright, don't quote me on the dates. I'm going off memory, which isn't quite so sharp anymore. I read it somewhere & don't remember.) I kept reading about this new shop & just kept thinking about it. I was having the "It's juried. Do you think you'll be accepted?" Last night I thought, "Just do it. You don't know if you don't put yourself out there." I got my acceptance email today. :) Happy dance! This got me thinking to the year I've had. Since it's the last quarter of the year, I start thinking about what goals I achieved & what do I need to start looking at for next year. Where do I want to be next year & what do I need to do to get there? Yea, I'm a list maker, palm planner type girl. I am truly blessed for all the opportunities that have come to me personally & artistically.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Another Crafty Day

Just a quick post of some new things in the works. I bought a bunch of these vintage keys awhile back. Shortly after that, I got a metal stamping set & the light bulb went off when I got the keys. I think I see a new obsession coming on. The funny thing is I can't spell so I spell the word 20 times before I stamp it out. Not reallly something I can erase. Ha ha! I dumped a few more pictures here.

Laundry is calling so I better go!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Pink Saturday~More New Jewelry

I just got back from a craft night with the girls. (That's my mess above). It was a craft till you drop (Drop being midnight for us old folks). I did my jewelry for the show & completed another batch of cool stuff. I have a couple of new pink ones to show for today. The pictures aren't great, as I just took them in the dark. I'll make sure to post better pictures later on today after soccer with the boys. I also finished the frame project I started last week. I need to take that picture, too, so check back.
Remember to visit Beverly, our wonderful host, to see who else is participating this week. I just love Pink Saturday!
Here are the pictures I promised. The background is an adorable window panel I got from Target. I'm going to use it as a table cloth for my display. It's pink damask with chandeliers. I was squealing with delight when I saw it.

Also is the frame I promised with the corkboard & some jewelry on it. I'm not loving it yet. I need to find a simple patterned fabric for the background. I don't want it to compete with the jewelry.

Anyways, here are the steps to make your own jewelry holder/display.

  • Supplies: frames, spray paint (primer & color of choice), cork by the roll, decorative fabric/paper or stencils
  • Buy a frame, any frame... cheap (Wal-Mart, Dollar Store, Goodwill). Take all the guts out (glass, backing)
  • Prime the surface. This comes in super easy spray paint. My frames were originally black, so it took a few coats to get the coverage I wanted.
  • Select the color you want to color your frame & spray away! I love the glossy look so that's what I picked. If you can only find matte, you can use a clear glossy coat to finish.
  • Buy cork by the roll (available at home improvement stores Lowes & Home Depot). I traced the backing to get the measurment of the cork. Place the cork on the backing & put them back in place. Ta Da :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Jewelry Makin Fool

I'm in freak out mode for the upcoming craft show that I will be a part of. This is my first one! I'm excited to go back to Dover, as I was a little teary eyed when we left. I get to see lots of friends I left, too. Another bonus.
I made it to Beads & Lunch Tuesday at Studio Baboo today. I got so much done. I completed a pair of earrings & 4 bracelets. Some of this stuff has been sitting in my to do pile for quite some time. It felt good to get it done. It's funny how I get jewelry made when I schedule time & go somewhere to bead. If I try to do it at home, I never get near as much done. I met some really great beaders & can't wait to go back.

This Friday I have another craft night with the girls. It started out as a crop till you drop & the sewing & beading clubs got added in. I'm going to bead for 7 whole hours. Heaven!! I may even save my WW points for a greasy Five Guys burger. So well worth it :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Crafty Pinkness

Alright, I didn't finish the project in time, so I'll have to complete it for next week. I can't just do anything the easy way & I guess I'm kind of a control freak so I have to make my own jewelry displays for the upcoming shows I'm doing. I went shopping for a cheap frame & spray painted it pink. Today I went to Lowe's & bought some cork for the inside. I'm still trying to figure out if I'm going to cover the cork with fabric or just paint it a solid color. Another option is to stencil a design on it. I decorated some wood stars with some silver glass glitter to attach to the frame. Decisions, decisions! Sorry this pink post is not so pretty, but hopefully next week I'll have them done.
Go visit Beverly to say hi & see who else has some pink goodness for today!

Halloween Contest Winner

Thanks Heidi!!! I won this Halloween goodness from her. I LOVE getting mail, even when it's junk mail catalogs. I go crazy when it's craft supplies or artsy stuff from fellow bloggers. She really spoiled me. I got lots of vintage goodness: yarns, seam binding, wood spools, buttons, some beaded trim, needles & a wonderful Halloween collage. She was so generous & selected two winners. I happened to be a lucky one! Go over & say hi!