Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mini Home Tour

As you can see...I kinda like red.  LOL. The living room is open to the dining room, so I felt like it made more sense to have everything flow with like colors.  Red, gold, and black seem to be what I am continuously drawn too.  Target, Estate Sales, Flea's and Hobby Lobby sales are all great places to get lots of bang for your bucks.  With the occasionally splurge, such as the tea pot above.  Great bday gift from the Sweet Hub.

Hoping to work on the bedroom in the Fall.  New paint (which is one of the cheapest things you can do) is what I have in mind.  Color choice is a tough one and that is where I'm at right now. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workin on stuff

How is it that my house looks like this? (above)
And the things I like to create often look like this? This is a work in progress by the way, hoping it will turn out to be a really cool book cover.

I'm often frustrated by my "many selves". My decor taste (more on that tomorrow) leans towards Southern Living cute with some vintage thrown in. And most of the time my creating taste leans toward cute. But sometimes a little "funky" gets in there.

Which is always fun.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Poppin Fresh

Aging is a funny thing.  Most of the time my brain is still popping  full of ideas, thoughts and things.  And sometimes I feel, well, not so popping fresh any more.  Musically, I'm mired in the 80's and I think that is one of the signs of aging.  Clothing wise, comfy wins every time.  And I'm not so much into trends, I like what I like. 
If I were young, that would be fresh.  But being over 40, well, maybe it ages me.  Aging, I am aging. And I am trying ever so much to do that very thing, "gracefully". And honestly, its hard.

When I'm with a group of people, I always find myself pulled into whatever the young ones are talking about.  I'm not totally envious of the young. OK. A bit. I admire their ability to be new, everything is a possibility, young eyes and all that stuff. And I used to have that.

Now I have years, wisdom, been there done that. The big eye glasses everyone is wearing now (dear Lord, please don't make me wear those again!). Done it. Hello 80's.(Give me a cool pair of vintage, from the 40's thank you very much).
Feathers. Did. Try late 70's. Modern decorating, uhm, big wave from the 60's.  And so it goes.  They say everything old is new again. And that fashion repeats itself every twenty years. That there are no original ideas left.  So what do I do? 
I think Walt Disney said it best. He said, "Keep Moving Forward". So that is what I try and do. Learn, soak things up, talk to young people, look at blogs that are NOT in my comfort zone, keep it fresh. And along the way, add a little twist of what I already know. Maybe that's the way to keep poppin.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Busy as a Bee!

Trying to get inspiration.  Need to make kits too!
Tried to get as much done as possible this week. But as usual, never enough. My brain wants to body wants to lie in a hammock, read a great summer novel, sip lemonade and eventually, slip into a cool, clear swimming pool.
Shells "inspired" tag :), kinda funky huh?
But since I can't find a novel I really want to read (for under $10.00), don't wanna fool with making lemonade, only have a sprinkler, don't own a hammock, well its pretty much a ucky summer for me. :)  So work it us.  Looking for inspiration to work on tags.  Above I did while under the influence...of Shells.  Funky huh?
Tags for Karla's swap...have not played a game in a while
Finally got tags done and out the door for Karla Whew.  I wussed and made em all the same.  
She came out a bit dark...but I like it.  Tried to use all vintage.
Coffee stained tag and lace, vintage thread and images (thanks Beth!), inked and a wee bit of clear glitter (ugh!) rounded it off. A bit dark, but I like it.
So much stuff for Etsy.  Trying to get it all in the shop.
*sigh* So much crap to put on my Etsy shop I'm overwhelmed. Cutting up vintage calendars for prints. I have some gorgeous ones.
This is just ONE of the many piles.
This is just one of many piles that needs to be tagged, photoed and added to the shop. LOVE that little cap. Is that not the cutest? I think I want to paint it on a canvas before I sell it. Would be sweet for a boys room.

I'm off to see if I can get anything accomplished.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Home and a Clean Studio to boot!

Cost cutting?  That's Sweet Hub and me.  So to roll that effort along, I'm making the jump from Typepad to Blogspot.  If this is your first time here, welcome.  If you are a regular, I'm glad you made the jump with me.
I had wanted to play at Karen's Party but in typical ME fashion, I was too late. But I could not stand to waste the fact that I spent an entire day cleaning the Studio, so here are the pics anyway!
This is the new view from my desk. I decided it made more sense to have my Inspiration board where I could, well, actually see it.
And hopefully be "inspired".
One of my favorite things on the board is "baby". My friend "Sister" bought baby and we were actually supposed to share...but I could never quite let baby back out of my grasp. Isn't she sweet?
No matter how large the desk space, I always end up with only about two inches to work in. Happens every time.
Piles of trinkets and goodies on a side table.
Fairies play amongst the goodies!
Random stuff.
This is one of my favorite things that I won from another blog.
Paper Bird garland. Needs help, they don't "fly right". :) But I like it anyway.
I'm a sucker for vintage bits of plastic fruit. And I do LOVE color, I'm not really a pink or neutral girl.  Don't get me wrong, love to gaze fondly at those things, but for me, color always comes sneaking back in.
LOVE the Union Jack. A dear friend actually brought this one back from London for me.
Tray full of "toys".
Weakness #27, Vintage Velvet Strawberries.
One of my creations, an Alice Tea Party Hat from one of Vannessa's Party's a few years back.
Bluebirds. Weakness #15.
Home Sweet Home. One of my favorite places to be.