Friday, December 27, 2013

Published!

It's always so humbling for me to be published in such a widely circulated magazine.  To know you're in such talented company is mind blowing!  I've always been such a fan of SOMERSET.   It's more than a magazine it's like an ART GUIDE or Manual.  I keep all my issues for inspiration.   And can I just say I loved working with Danielle Mohler... She is on top of her game over there...I've worked with others at the magazine before, but props to Danielle for being prompt and responsive to all the E mails and questions that come up during the process!  Thanks again SOMERSET.  

Monday, December 16, 2013

Be Glittered

  So I've been Altering and re-purposeing items for years!  Way before the now (over-used) terms became En VOGUE!  
   A while back    I posted These pics. of some Sterling Silver Frames that I had BATHED in        German Glass Glitter.
  BEFORE
AFTER
        Comments were made that I had de-valued the items...I don't understand this thought process..Value is HIGHLY subjective...one mans trash is another mans treasure after all, and if I did not care for the item in its original state then it had no value.  RIGHT?   Anyway. I grew tired of constantly polishing the Silver. Now it Sparkles constantly.  I'm Happy and I wanted to share some other glittered pieces with you...
Also known as pin cushion dolls.  I never cared for the pink and yellow porcelain painted bodice she was wearing....now I ADORE her as my SNOW QUEEN.        
  I've been very successful with these belt buckles too.  German Glass Glitter & Vintage Rhinestones...this one is for sale.
                          ,,              These are also for sale...just message me on FB for details...
   The point is... I now treasure these items and to me their Value has increased... Gone are the cookie-cutter days of trying to fit in and be the same.  Be Unique!  And surround yourself with things you love and treasure.  Color outside the lines and if you don't like something...put GLITTER on it.
     

Trim the Tree Ornament SWAP

   Well here we go! The CHRISTMAS countdown... For me the rest of 2013 will be a Blur.  
          So much yet to do, so little time...  That's why I'm so Happy I made time early in the month for Crafts and other fun things.  You may have seen my earlier SNOW QUEEN blog.  Now I'm about to share an Ornament SWAP my friend Julie Weller included me in.  This GREAT group of TALENTED ARTITISTS got together to make and share.  
         Mine was a quilted Heart that included a piece of Vintage, Hand Tatted Lace from my Grandmothers Tablecloth that I had since she passed...It made my friends cry...it wasn't my intent but I had saved this lace for years and knew that one day I would know what to do with.  I also knew that this group of Ladies would appreciate the Sentimental Value of Grandmas Lace.  They all turned out a little different,
And I included the story of how I obtained the lace.        This is the box from Julie...all the way from California.  I was so excited because it came a day early...props to the USPS!   
  I absolutely could not wait to RIP into this box of TREASURES!  The first thing I GASP at is this Bird in a Bouquet from Lori Dams in Canada!

   
All HANDMADE  Beatiful works of ART!
 The WHITE TREE is by Kim Caldwell and the top hat is by Christine Barker.  So creative..and the TART TIN is so Vintage Looking...
This little Tree soldered to the top of a handmade SNOW GLOBE is by our Hostess Julie Weller..  Who's was having cancer radiated out of her body while Hosting the BEST SWAP EVER!  Love you Jules...
  Kudos to all the talented Gals that participated.... I'm overwhelmed by your TALENT and feeling so fortunate to have been included...   Merry Christmas to All.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Snow Queen


I know I'm stating the Obvious 
....... When  I say....  THE HOLIDAYS ARE !   But before The Frenzy of decorating and shopping    SWOOP in and consume our lives, I wanted to Thank a BEAUTIFUL group of Women.   Kathy, Judy, Patty and Amy.  They took the time out of there busy lives to arrange a day of crafting.  We made tulle Christmas Trees, except mine turned into this Skirt for my SNOW QUEEN.  To most this won't sound like such a big deal, but to me this is the true meaning of Christmas.  Spending quality time with Friends and Family.
You won't find the LAUGHS we shared on a store shelf, and the MEMORIES created can't be bought at the mall.     To most it was just a group of Chatty CHICS gathered in Kathy's Kitchen, but to me it was CHRISTMAS CHEER... 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013


                                                                   I'm Thankful for rainbows, the beach and the ability to enjoy them with my Family.

Mom's visit to Ft. Lauderdale was her first in ten years!  She hadn't been back since she moved to North Carolina and needless to say...things have changed! 
 Of course she wanted to see her old place and spend a day at the beach since she now lives in the mountains.  I enjoyed seeing my everyday landscape thru her eyes.  She had missed the palm trees and the sound of the Ocean.  Things I take for granted and don't pay much attention to had become NEW again.    
    I guess it's true... You don't know how good things are until you don't have them anymore.
  Well I have God, My health and My Family and I'm not taking any of them for granted.
           I'm THANKFUL for all of them this THANKSGIVING.        2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wax On or Wax Off?

Ok so these are some pics of a piece I recently re-did with the Annie Sloan Chaulk paints...
I'm LOVING the gray and white...but now it's the question of the Wax... MUST I.?..  Yes the wax adds dimension and patina...but to me it always seems to stay sticky!  Not that I go around Fondling Furniture...but if it's sticky it becomes a DUST MAGNET!  So I ask all you CHAULK PAINTERS.. What if I don't wax?  Is this like taking the TAGS off the mattress?  Will some one come?   
I've been told the Chaulk Paint will not be protected and will scratch or rub off??  Any thoughts???

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SPOOKTACULAR

My Friend Christine and I participated in a Hauntingly Sweet SWAP!  Hosted by 
Julie Weller, we had specific guidelines to fulfill...something SWEET something SINISTER something VINTAGE something THRIFTED... It was very creative on her part and soooo much fun for the recipients .  I opened my box of goodies today , it was like Christmas in October.  Here are some the adorable items Christine made...
I LOVE SUGAR SKULLS,
She is super Creative...look at the PUMPKIN embellished with Crystals!  You can check out more of Christine's. ART on her blog...ScarletCalliope.wordpress.com

Go West My Friend!


This is Elaine and Frenchie!  I met up with my two BFFs in Austin for a week of fun!  We went to Fredricksburg and Round Top!  So much to see and do, I'll be back because a week is just not enough!  

This Artsy Store in Fredricksburg MENAGERIE, was right up our alley featuring all the vintage and handmade treasures we adore.
These are the exquisite ART DOLLS we used for our Nichos!  We spent an entire day crafting!  
Elaine and Doug where so welcoming!  I felt right at home! Thank you for being such gracious Hosts!  



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Round Top Texas

EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS,  YeeHaw!  Four days is NOT enough time to even scratch the surface!
Many of you know Round Top/ Warrenton hosts THE LARGEST   JUNKTIQUE  Festival around!
I just returned and although I did manage to do some damage... I had to leave so many treasures behind because they just would NOT fit in my suitcase!


I'll fix that thou... I shall return in April as this is a bi-annual occurrence.  
   The Duke doesn't know it yet but... He's gonna Chauffeur this Duchess with a an empty trailer in tow!!!!
I was fortunate enough to share my shopping weekend with two of my BESTIES... Lil E and Frenchie!,
LOOK at us Sassy Girls!  We had a BIG OLE TEXAS TIME!  I miss them already...
So my shipment is on its way... I can't wait to post pics of my Momentos.  I'll share those as soon as they arrive!  Until then... HAPPY TRAILS YA'LL!
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Finite!  Love the finished Closet,

Into the Closet!


This un-used Den gets a make over.

This room shared a wall with Master Bedroom.

Some handy work with a power saw makes a doorway.   And now this Fabulous space becomes a Girl's Dream Closet!
                                                   
Vintage Chandelier 
Dial Me up!
Every corner is put to good use.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Gypsy Travels


Having  just returned from a Fabulous Road Trip out West.  I've realized how confined we can become in our own
minds!
Consumed by our daily activities, it's easy to have tunnel vision. 
But let me tell you... There is a big Beautiful WORLD out there!  
I was totally Enamored by THE WILD WILD WEST!  Feeling totally at home in my Boots and skirts it was a Cowgirls Dream!  
South Dakota encompasses every kind of terrain. From flat grasslands to rolling hills. Canyons, Waterfalls and cliffs!!! It was a DREAM on two wheels as we put 1,000 miles on our Harley. Mt. Rushmore was a breathtaking site and somehow this Mammoth, man -made sculpture fits into its natural surroundings!
We crossed the Wyoming border only for a day so that we could Tour the area known as Devils Tower. I plan to spend more time in that Grand State one day. 
Traveling is a Passion of mine. I can remember being packed in the back of the old Rambler every Summer and roaming the country like a bunch of Gypsies. 
I'm Blessed to have a partner that understands my Nomadic Tendencies and shares my excitement to see what's around the bend!

Chicken Chronicles

   We have EGGS!  Lots OF EGGS!
Pastured Happy Chickens. Laying about a dozen a day!   Eating the finest non medicated hormone free  chicken feed I can find!     
Similar eggs selling at fresh market for $7.95 a dozen. 
The Duke is so proud of his Girls!!!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chicken Chronicles

Chicken Whisperer 
The Summer Heat is ON!  The girls start clucking at the sound of the slamming screen door out back because it usually means THE DUKE is on his way to open the door .  
They follow him everywhere and seem to enjoy chilling in the Shade!

NOT FOR SALE

BEFOREAFTER
  This was supposed to be for sale on my ETSY. but I'm  So HAPPY with the results that I decided to keep it!  Lol. It's hanging in the Bay Window!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chicken Chronicles

The Girls have grown so much since my last post!   They love the new coop!
Unfortunately.  We have lost two more!  
Koelle the Great Dane got her paws on them!  It was a sad day!  We think she was just playing, but she's over 100 pounds now so her play is pretty Ruff!
The Duke has decided to build an enclosed CHICKEN RUN!  It's for there own good!  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Incredibly UN-edible



   SIMPLY AMAZING!
These are Bath Fizzies!  These mouth watering Beauties look delicious but are only for your bath!
Can't wait to soak in my HOT BATH!