Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Craft-Show Leftovers" Giveaway Time!

As promised, I'm holding my first giveaway and it's chock full of leftovers from past craft shows.   Not everything is pictured but what is pictured is an altered bottle, chalkboard tags, garden magnets, mini garden sign, yellow-rose gift tags, wildflower seed sprinkles, altered bookcover, some christmas stamps and a spool photo/card holder.   I'll also include a garden-girl necklace and I'm going to fill the box (small flat-rate postal box) with all kinds of other goodies too until it's bustin' at the seams!

All you need to do is leave a comment; that's it!   I'll draw the winner on Dec. 6; that gives you a full week to enter.  

And a bonus!   I have a small runner-up prize for the 2nd winner drawn!  Yippee!  

Two chances to win and again:  all you need to do is leave a comment and check back on Dec. 6 to see who won!   I'll then contact you separately to make arrangements.

Good Luck!  Hope everyone had a Great Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Craft-Show Item

Well, I had mentioned that my DH had a craft item in the works and here it is:  lighted bottles.   An idea that seems so simple, yet looks so nice.  Actually we've learned a lot along the way about drilling thru glass and have even had a few nice bottles fall victim to the dreaded cracks and breakage but I suppose that comes with the territory.
The one on the right is actually wrapped with lace on the outside; I really like the soft look it gives.   These lights are perfect for a dark corner on the countertop or maybe in a den or family room.   We've even added a few OSU decals to some.  (Well, this IS Buckeye Country!   O-H   I-O!   (I scream O  H  and you yell back  I   O. Get it?)

I have found some really nice glass decanters with great designs on them that I think will look great with the lights in them; hope we don't break them in the process!
We will be a vendor at Phoenix Fair on Sat., Dec. 4; see sidebar.   (No, not the city; I wish!)   Come out and see us!    This will be our last show until March, when several spring shows start;  (Wow!  That doesn't sound far away at all, does it?!)

I really hope everyone has a Happy Thanks-Giving and be sure to tell your loved ones how much you love them!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Vintage Jewelry Finds!

Check out this tin of old vintage jewelry I picked up at a local junk store.   Some pieces are missing stones or are just one-half of a pair of earrings but they'll be great for crafting and reusing.  They were selling each piece for 25 cents but I got the whole tin for $4.00.

My friend, VintageSue, is always finding the neatest vintage jewelry and uses them in her unique, altered creations; her stuff is so cool!   You really need to check her blog out; lots of fun thrifting stories and vintage finds; she truly loves everything vintage and incorporates it all into her life and home.

I had a reader ask if I was a vendor at the Bainbridge Festival a few weekends ago and no, unfortunately I wasn't, but I was there on Saturday as a shopper and visitor!   I love that area of Ohio and that festival is one of the biggest and funnest around.   I love all the yard-sales in and around the festival; so many great finds.   I did buy a few pieces of hypertufa that are pretty cool; a leaf-cast and a sunflower birdbath; I'll post those pics soon.

My DH and I are still working on our latest creations and I will be posting them sometime this week.   I'm also working on getting my giveaway stuff together, so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!

Hope you have a bloomin' weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Making Vintage Shredding

Lori over at Katies Rose Cottage is a constant inspiration to me; I swear I could just stare at her things all day long! Really!  I just love them!

She recently showed some vintage shredding and I immediately thought what a perfect project for all those old Reader Digest books I've been tearing the covers off to alter!  Now I can use the innards too! 

I tore out the pages and folded them while my daughter shoved them into the shredder.   Then we bagged and labeled them.
We made 10 bags and it was a little time-consuming and very dusty!   But I really like the end result.   This will look great with those 50 little muslin bags I just ordered from!   (What on earth am I going to do with '50' bags?! Who knows; it was a good deal and I just felt like ordering them; ever do that??  Sure you do!)

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wooden Spools Project Revealed!

Well, I know it's been driving you crazy what I did with those wooden spools from last post! ha!   I turned them into small picture/card holders!   Everyone thought they were so cute and I sold all of them except 3.   (I think I had 14 of them.)
The wire is 16 gauge that I twisted around a marker, then stuck both ends thru a button and twisted the wire together.   Then inserted the twisted wires into the hole and hot-glued the button down.   Easy and cute!

I'm liking this picture/card holder idea and might start using other items too!

Here's another picture of my mini-stands, that sold well for me, once again, today.

Well I thought I was done with craft shows for this season but now my husband has a project up his sleeves (from looking around at all the other vendors while I was manning the booth) and we might be doing one more first Sat. in December with some new items; I'll let you know.

Also, more big news! I'm going to have my first give-away soon!   No real reason, like hitting a certain # of posts or followers; but just because I want to.   I'm going to call it my "craft-show leftovers give-away"!   Will includes LOTS of fun items, so keep watching!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the sales and bought, not just from me but the other vendors too - we really appreciate it!!

Have a bloomin' weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Craft Show Update

The craft show last Sat. was a success!   Sold lots of things and have been busy this week making replacements for another show this Sat. (see sidebar for the details).
I sold all these mini-stands but two and sold the pink plantstand and the one with the flowers on top.
Of course while we were there, we also had to shop, right??   The senior center was having a sale-fundraiser of craft supplies and I bought a shoebox of misc. items for only 50 cents!   It contained quite a few wooden spools.  I've already painted the ends black but I wonder what I'm going to do with them??  You'll have to stay tuned to find out.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Quick & Easy "Aging" Technique

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share with you a really quick and easy way to "age" any prints, photo's, etc. to give it a more vintage and distressed look.   All you need is a brown ink pad  and cotton balls; that's it!

Dab the cotton ball in the ink a few times and rub it along the edges of your paper or picture.   You can apply it as heavy or light as you want; you might want to practice on a few 'throw-away' pieces first.    And I always use a paper plate underneath for easy clean-up.

Here's a comparison of aged vs. not-aged yet.
You can really see the difference.   The aged, worn look gives so much more dimension to your craft project.    Give it a try; it's so simple.

Have a bloomin' day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Craft Show Sneak-Peek!

Boy, is it ever stressful getting ready for a craft show!  The final, last details are endless; seems there is always something to do or finish.  But it is fun and rewarding, even if I don't sell much; honestly, I just love looking at it all!
I have lots of altered bottles, which I'm still not done with yet; need to add some jewels, want to tie-on some old keys with pretty ribbons, etc.   (You need check out the beautiful altered bottles Lori does at Katies Rose Cottage; she is a total inspiration to me and offers so many more products, all so beautiful.  Please visit her when you can.)

I set-up a trial run in my family room and good thing I did!   Found out my tablecloth isn't going to be long enough; the tables are 8 feet long and my cloths are only for a 6 foot table - duh!   Darn, looks like I'll need to run to the thrift store or Hobby Lobby tomorrow for more fabric; darn! (hehe)
I love making these mini-stands; so easy and they turn out so pretty. 
Well, wish me luck; maybe I'll see you?  I'll take pictures after I'm set-up and will be sure to share it all with you when it's over.

Thanks for visiting and have a bloomin' week!