Saturday, March 15, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I tried out some simple cards using Stampin' Up! paper and a 'Thank you so much!" stamp. I made the paper flowers using pages from an old book.
The paper flowers were made in two ways.
Flower number one was super easy. I used a circle punch with scalloped edges. I roughed up the circles a little bit and smoothed them out to add some depth. Then, I stacked a few together, punched a circle in the center with a mini hole punch and added a brad.
Flower number two was a little more detailed. I used the circle punch to create a cardstock base and then used the same punch to create circles that would eventually become petals.
I think the flowers would also be cute embellishments on a gift or on a picture frame.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thankful for a warmer day and a moment when both of us were home, we set out to get the studio back into shape. My dad was also in town to help with the repairs. We had some pipes that froze and broke and my dad's expertise was what we needed to be back in business.
While the guys worked on the plumbing repairs, I reworked the store. It was fun to finally sort through all of the signs my husband has been making. He has been trying out some new designs and color combinations and I have several favorites in the bunch.
We look forward to being open again soon to show off all of the latest creations and finds.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Does it bring you joy?
Is it useful?
Is it beautiful or delightfully odd? (All lovers of vintage items have to have the "odd and unusual" disclaimer.)
My other ambition is that when we decide on something, we do it Examples: Buy a new picture, hang it. Decide to let something go, sell/donate/toss it.
Maybe with some time, I can knock down the piles. Send me good thoughts!
When we were in Asheville, we found so many really great items. I was so excited to *finally* get our box of goods we had shipped home. Yes, we had that much stuff! We outgrew our suitcases pretty early in the trip and decided to just get a flat rate box and carefully wrap all of the breakables and take our chances. Our two day delivery turned into about ten days and one item did break in transit. In the end, it all worked out.
Some of my favorite finds included some new decor for the house. And, it's early in the year and I am still on the "get things done" bandwagon. I wanted to share three new pieces with you and I am proud to report, they are all on the wall.
The farm kid with the dairy cow caught my eye right away in the Antique Tobacco Barn. The base is a burlap wrapped frame and I am guessing someone enlarged a black and white photo and decoupaged it to the top, roughing up the corners. It was dusty and tucked above a door frame. It caught my eye - love at first sight. But, I decided to walk around and think about it. In the end, it went home with me and I am so glad.
I knew it was a good buy because so many people have commented on it. It hangs in our kitchen and I really, really love it.
While we were roaming around in the Antique Tobacco Barn, we found this set of angel wings. We had been on the hunt for some wings and had considered everything from giant wooden versions to tiny metal options. We found something in the middle. They are mid-sized and are a metal base with some texture. I am not sure exactly how they created the layers and texture, but it makes them look really cool.
When our box finally arrived, I was so anxious to see if the wings and the frame made a good pairing and luckily, the wings fit! I am happy with how this turned out.
I feel like I get extra gold stars for making progress on my updating. Now, for more editing!
Friday, January 10, 2014
My dad passed along a ton of vintage items for us to sort through. I was thrilled to find a whole bunch of vintage cookbooks - some from the 1930's. There was this great Girl Scout cookbook, a version from GE meant to guide the cook on the new methods of preparing food (i.e. using an electric oven), and the Good Housekeeping Cook Book. There is also a very rare Chinese cookbook and a volume called Roundup of Beef Cookery, and a few more.
Now, the big decision...keep or sell?!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
We now have all of the holiday stuff at the studio and at the house cleaned up and stowed away.
Our attention has turned to Valentine's Day, organizing, planning, and spring! If you stop by the studio, you will see little glimpses of this shift.
I really like this vintage lamp with a paper shade. My husband has been creating some really great hand painted signs - perfect for Valentine's Day and wedding gifts.
My dad also passed along three huge boxes of vintage finds.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I am excited to see how we will incorporate it in future displays. For now, it's cleaned up as best we could - the jersey fabric is a little rough in some places, but we love the overall character.
Keep you eye out for this piece at the studio.