Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all !!!!!!

Just in case you don't know who this is. This is "Big Tom", the world's largest turkey.

OK, so tomorrow is the big day, right? If at all possible, most of us will be with loved ones. Weather they be blood family or chosen family. Some of us are far from our blood family, but have been lucky enough to have been adopted by another family. At least for the holidays days.

So what does Thanksgiving mean to you. I mean really?? What are you thankful for?? And why is it that we only think about these things now?? I wish we wouldn't wait for just Thanksgiving day to get with family we haven't seen all year. Or to tell friends how important they really are to us. We need to remember this feeling, this time of year and carry it throughout the year. Now I don't expect you to eat like you will tomorrow more then a couple of times a year. We don't want that, and I'm sure our Doctors don't want that. But let's try to keep our "Thanksgiving" lasting longer then just tomorrow. Come on, let's try to think of these feeling more often. Let's keep this turkey rollin y'all!!

May you and yours be blessed tomorrow and all the days to come.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Paris plaque

This is a little plaque I made tonight. I'm not always sure where the ideas came from, but here is this one.

I started with a piece of board my hubby cut for me out of some scrap. Sanded it and painted a color I came up with after mixing some colors. I didn't want pure white, so I added a little dark brown to it till I came up with what you see.

I started playing with some new fleur de lis clear stamps I got, of course on sale, at Hobby Lobby last week. Used a few dark brown inks. I sanded down the edges and inked then also.

I have lots of chip board letters, so started glueing, glittering and playing with the layout. I found this great old picture of the eiffel tower online, printed it out, distressed it, inked it and put it in the corner.

And here it is. The final product. It will be in my Etsy store tomorrow.
I'll be posting new Christmas decor ideas next

Friday, November 19, 2010

A few more details coming together in the studio. This was some old toile fabric I've had for years, knowing I had something for it someday. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the edge. I knew I wanted some type of fringe, so I made my own. It took some time making the raveling come out nice, but there it is. I really didn't have a plan for this, it just came together. I love the way it turned out.

It wasn't going to be long enough so I tied it off with white ribbon from a twig. That dropped it by 4 or 5 inches. Which is just what I needed.

The tieback is just more white grosgrain ribbon. Now if I could just find another place for the printer. Well at least it's white.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The sweetest little cabinet.

I found this little cabinet in the back of a neighbors storage shed. I fell in love with it. My husband did a little gluing and clamping on the bottom. Other then that, it is just like I found it. He asked me if I wanted him to paint it, I told him if he paint touches it I would be forced to hurt him!! He knows better then to paint anything I find. I just love the chippy original paint. I think this will be the fabric cabinet. I love being able to see the colors of all my fabrics and scraps.

What a perfect fit for this wall. The shabby shelf frame on top was a trash rescue. I love road side treasures. The rest of the things on the top are all yard sale or thrift store finds. Not sure what I will put in the big red jar, but don't you just love it.Align Center

Notice the PARIS pic on the wall behind!! Found it yesterday at one of my favorite Goodwill stores. A whole 99cents! It's a metal sign. The one next to it is LONDON.

I just love the details on this cabinet. Everything original to it. It is missing one of the small glass knobs. So I'll be keeping a look out for one of those. I don't want to buy a new one, I want to keep it to the vintage feel. I'm so happy with this little cabinet!!! Can you tell??
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Putting on the final touches in the studio

This would be the sewing / scrapbooking table. Lots of goodies within reach.

I love using canning jars for organizing.

I think my little snowman might have left a little mess on the windowsill.

I found this little guy at a thrift store. Cleaned him up and gave him a recycled wool pin cushion.

I don't even remember where I found this kitty, but I have always loved her face.

I still need to finish the top of my tall table my wonderful husband made for me. The red trays on the wall are metal, so they make a great magnetic inspiration board.

The old wood ladder you see up against the wall, will be hung over the tall work table from the ceiling like a pot rack.

I still have a lot of tweeking to do in the room. I have the toile curtain to sew and hang, also a chair I'm covering with burlap and there will be a handpainted fleur de les involved, but I don't want to tell you too much. Stop back by and give me your input. Thanks ladies.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thrifty Thursday. Nate Berkus, we love you.

Today on the Nate Berkus show was all about thrifty designs.
This is what we live for and live with, everyday!!! I love me some bargains. Finding things in thrift stores, barn sales and what ever you have already. Look around your house and around your yard. Rethink what things might look like with a new coat of paint. Take a new look at old things you run into. You might see a night stand at a thrift store and think that is one ugly table, but what about a can of spray paint and new hardware. A lot of things in thrift stores are old, but that's a good thing. I means they are usually made better then the stuff you can buy new. Take a second look next time you hit your local thrift stores or yard sales. Think outside the paint can!