It's the first in my vintage themed Easter decorations, and you can find it here. More to come later this week once I am back home from my trip to the biggest little city!
It's the first in my vintage themed Easter decorations, and you can find it here. More to come later this week once I am back home from my trip to the biggest little city!
I've just added some new little Easter treat boxes to my etsy shop, and I am pretty tickled with them. They are available two ways: as a digital download label for boxes and bags, or can simply be printed to use as a gift tag.
You may also order them ready-made, and sent to you via snail mail, with a charming crinkled vintage ribbon.
I got busy wrapping up the last of my St. Patrick's Day items for my etsy shop and my booth at Camas Antiques yesterday while doing laundry from my trip. I will finish up some wine tags tonight after work, and then I will be ready to move on to spring and Easter items!
I am also making some pretty major changes to my booth space as I move towards a springtime garden look next week, and I'll be adding some new large furniture pieces too. Some tall pine bookcases, and a small farm table will make their way over as I make room in my craft room for a new built in my daughter and I are going to be tackling in the next few weeks!
More to follow on the new look for my creative space!
Now, whether you're Irish...or not, you can give your sweetheart a treat this St. Paddy's Day!
hard copy NOT Irish Treat Box: A Cottage Industry Etsy Shop
digital NOT Irish box label or tag: A Cottage Industry Etsy Shop
hard copy Irish Treat Box: A Cottage Industry Etsy Shop
digital Irish box label or tag: A Cottage Industry Etsy Shop
Thank you all so much for the outpouring of ideas for my upcoming window display. I've added the idea of a picnic theme and the vintage boardwalk/beach ideas as well to my list, and I'll keep you posted as I continue to gather treasures on my outings.
Meanwhile, I spent last night creating a little something for St. Paddy's Day next month, and I wanted to share a sneak peak with you today....
Tonight I'll begin with my paper-crafted Easter items!
I'm madly in love with these fabulous hand embroidered pillow shams, and they very nearly didn't make it into my booth at Camas Antiques.
While I was down at the store working on my booth I was asked if I would like to decorate the front small window of Camas Antiques for the month of August! I said yes, of course, oh, yes, for sure, oh me, oh my! My mind has been reeling ever since, as I try to come up with what my theme will be. I've come up with a few ideas, and I would like your input on them.
So far, I have come up with the following ideas:
Ice cream theme- old fashioned ice cream party in the yard, complete with a vintage ice cream maker, my handmade signs, tags and banners, all done in an aqua and cream theme…with a beach cruiser bike no less.
Birthday Party theme- done in fun colors of blues, mustard yellows, and browns, with banners, tags, cupcake toppers, and a children’s party set up table and chairs, and a buffet set up in the background.
Wedding theme- everything from engagement banners to wedding goblets, all done in shades of vintage whites and creams. Lots of tulle, and weathered wood…my vintage grocery scale and typewriter shaping up a buffet and gift tables in the background.
Do you like any of these ideas? Have a better one? What would catch your eye as you passed by? Please share!
Eeeeeeeeee! I'm excited to share that my love for junking and all that goes with it have brought me to another new adventure. I have a new website, devoted entirely to all of the kindred spirits who love junk. Check it out here.
Let's remember Dr. Phil, (from back in the Oprah days, before his own show, even...) who would proclaim, "You've got to name it, to claim it!" Let's all openly declare our undying love of all things thrifted, recycled, upcycled, and repurposed, and parade it shamelessly for all to see.
I can personally say that I have more than a little junk in my trunk, and I'm danged proud of it.
For all of the chalkboard art lovers out there....I came up with a new Valentine's treat box design last week, and I finally have it ready to go. Order them in my etsy shop, (here.) or find them in my booth at Camas Antiques tomorrow.
After all of the down time from the heavy winter weather, sweet little downtown Camas has planned an extended shopping day this Saturday, with shops open until 8:00 pm. I wanted to be sure my booth was stocked up for this event, and I hope the warmer, dryer weather cooperates!
As I said in my last post, I am going to be adding a birthday section to one spot in my booth space at Camas Antiques, as well as in my etsy shop, and therefore, I happen to have accumulated several little animals that I plan to foofy up. Last night I took a peek into my collection, and chose this little giraffe.
A tutu didn't seem to hang well on her, and so she ended up with a foofy collar of sorts. Truth be told, I like her just as well, if not a teensy bit better than the little hippo, and she most certainly is not scary by any definition of the term.
I sent my both of my daughters some pictures of the newest party animal. The auntie, who was not so much a fan of Miss Hippo, liked the giraffe, and Natalie's Mommy still like the hippo.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, and that's what makes the world go round. I'll be showing Natalie's Mommy the animals in person before the party, and she can decide for sure which cake topper is going to grace the top of the cake. The remaining one will arrive in my booth, ready to party somewhere else.
I think she's pretty adorable, but the jury's still out, as one of her aunties said she can't quite decide if it's cute or scary because it's mouth is open, and it's teeth are showing.
The big O-N-E party is set for next Saturday morning and it is to be a donuts and pajama party. I'm making little Miss Natalie Rose's smash cake, and the idea I can see in my head is for it to be a white cake with pale pink buttercream frosting. The little hippo will be front and center, with teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy frosted donuts (with sprinkles!) scattered around her. (Can you see it too?)
What is your take on her? Cute? scary? Ridiculous? Fabulous? I would truly love to know your thoughts, as I am planning to add a small Birthday section to my etsy shop and my booth space at Camas Antiques. It will include cake toppers, banners, and other little details. What do you think? A good idea, or a little too out there?
Thanks in advance if you take the time to share here!
Yikes. My booth at Camas Antiques looks downright scary right now. I spent last evening taking down the last of my holiday items (a few straggling banners and two small posters) and getting things sorta-kinda ready for the new old items to be moved in, along with a sea of Valentine-y paper goods.
Seriously, it looks like I'm moving out.
Thankfully, it won't look this way too long, as my living room and dining table look like we just wrapped up a Martha Stewart craft-a-thon there.
Just keepin' it real here, peeps. Happy Friday!!
I've been working on lots of new little items for the sweetest day of the year (Next to Superbowl Sunday) and these little gift bags with cupid arrows will be in my booth at Camas Antiques later this week, and are in my etsy shoppe now.(See them here!)
This is the perfect touch for a mantel, a hutch top, or over a window...
...and it can be used year after year. I'm using mine this year for a New Year's Day brunch, over the table, along with my vintage clock collection. You can get it in my etsy shop, by clicking here.
Brunch pictures to come later!
It was a resolution for 2016 as well, but that ship clearly sailed.
Anyway, I spend a portion of my day yesterday creating some hats, horns, and flags.
(One of my favorite ways to spend my time!)
I get so carried away that I always lose track of time, and before I knew it, I had used up my afternoon, where I had planned to take down the Christmas decorations.
In the end, I did manage to get the tree undecorated, and we schlepped it out to the yard for the boy scouts in a couple of weeks. The fireplace mantel will now take on a New Year's theme, with my vintage clock collection and chalkboard art.
Let the countdown to the new year begin!
I love the entire concept of New Year's Eve celebrations surrounding reminiscing over the old year as it ends, and looking forward to the new year with all of it's infinite possibilities and opportunity that it holds. I don't think all that many folks share my sentimental feelings about this holiday, and I am not sure why.
I know, I know. We don't have to wait for New Year's Eve to make a resolution. We've all heard the quote from L.M. Montgomery's Anne in Anne of Green Gables say “Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” and I heard Oprah once say you can make a resolution any time and any day, and yes, she is right. Still, to me, there is something so magical about the ending of one year and a new one beginning, and I always feel so filled with hope when I think of it.
One of my dearest friends is flying in to welcome in 2017 with us, and so I'm even more excited this year.
My booth space at Camas Antiques has a nice collection of New Year's goodies. I've added banners and flags, and a few cool little treasures to help celebrate the holiday.
It was hard for me to part with those huge mugs, as I can envision us sipping some cocoa out of them on New Year's morning, but....I'm really out of room in my cupboards to store them.
How about you? Are you a die-hard romantic who loves New Year's Eve? I'd love to hear!
When you have a booth in an antique mall, they generally have one night a week where vendors are allowed to come in after hours to fluff and update their booth spaces. Wednesday nights are the designated dealer nights at Camas Antiques, and it's always a good time.
Junkers are bringing in new old stuff, and moving things around. The aisles are full of furniture and boxes, and people are chatting and checking out each others treasures. (My booth has taken on a definite Halloween-papercraft theme.)
Okay, so I am much more a harvest decore kind of girl than a Halloween diva, but I do like a few touches here and there, with more of an Edgar Allen Poe sort of feel than a Beetlejuice or Stephen King-esque slant to my touches.
(For me, the only exception for more color this time of year is on my little party crows, or if I'm making something for the grand-kiddos.)
I've been gettin' my nearly-nightly craft on the past coupe of weeks, and every Halloween paper craft I've created has inspired another to follow.
I love it when that happens.
Banners of all sizes, and party crows from here to the other side of the bridge to Portland, and most recently, petite gift boxes, perfectly sized to hold candy corn, or a fabulous cookie, or a gift card, or bracelet, or...well any little treat of favor you can think of.
These ghoulishly sweet kraft paper boxes made me think of a fun Halloween themed dinner or cocktail party, or maybe a luncheon with my gal-pals from my big girl job, and that started me thinking about table scapes. (Yep, it's that same old if-you-give-a-moose-a-muffin thing I do...) Table scapes made me think about designing coordinating bingo cards to tuck into nooks and crannies, or water goblets on the table.
Oh, can you just see that?
Yeah, kinda sorta something like that.
I'll have all of this in my booth tomorrow, and in my etsy shop as well, by Friday.
Who knew Halloween could be so inspirational?
The vintage faire last Saturday was fabulous, but you'll have to just take my word for it, 'coz we were so busy that I never took a single photo.
The weather was perfect, the shoppers were friendly, and we had a great time.
At the end of the day, we loaded the few remaining items and then last night I took a few things to Camas Antiques to add to my booth.
I'll most likely be back there tomorrow after work with more, because this Friday is First Friday!
If you’ve been reading my blog from back in the early days, you might remember that I have a thing for dishes.
I thought I gotten it under control when I switched to using my all white Pfaltzgraff dishes for all of my tablescapes, and for the most part, I have.
(I mean, if you don’t count the number of vintage silver and glass serving pieces I continue to hoard collect.)
Yesterday I stumbled upon these oh-so-charming dishes, and I very nearly melted in a puddle of oohs and aahs on the floor just looking at the abundance of sweet detail work.
(Do you see that sweet little bud there?)
I managed to score two place settings and they will be going into my booth tomorrow, as they will be looking for a forever home, since I cannot justify keeping them.
(I may change my mind on that though…)
I got moved into my new booth space last Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend. I didn't get it quite as full as I had hoped, but I was in a bit of a time crunch, since it was First Friday, and the store was going to be open later than usual, and I didn't want to be in the shoppers way.
Still, I was pleased with the outcome, and I began prepping for Wednesday night (known as Dealer Night at Camas Antiques, where you are welcome to come in after closing and fluff up your booth to your heart's content.
Which I did, last night.
Can you see some subtle differences between Friday and last night?
I am having too much fun!
And you are probably thinking I need to make up my mind once and for all about being a junker.
And I did just that, when I moved into my sweet little alcove in the basement there. If there ever was any doubt in my mind at all that I belong in an antique mall...in my favorite-est antique mall...it has been squelched. Moving back into a booth space in the basement has been such an adventure. The challenge of the narrow booth shape, without divider walls, and the lower ceiling...a thrilling blank canvas to inspire me so much that some nights I have struggled to fall asleep because I have too many ideas.
Thrifting is in my blood.
Having left the mall (twice before) because I felt that my life was just too busy, and this was the one expendable thing on the list, and then missing it so much that I came back, has lead me to discover that this is actually the thing that keeps my creative juices flowing, and fills a happy place in my heart. (I seem to take the long route to learning things sometimes.)
It feeds my soul.
The entire process, from yard saling and thrift store shopping, to paper crafting, and display set up, to hearing someone tell me how much they love my stuff. (Can I quote Jerry Maguire here and say that it completes me? Too sappy?)
I'm wiser now. I've learned my lesson, and the lesson is this: Junkin' and creating, and stockpiling random pieces of furniture and rusty, tarnished metal pieces, turns out to be who I really truly am. Leaving oodles and toodles of piles of scraps of paper, and ribbons, and glitter, all over my home is how I roll, and I need to embrace that part of myself.
Because when I am working on these things, I am energized in a way that I cannot put into words. (If you're a junker, you know what I am saying.)
So, last night, I moved (One. Last. Time.) upstairs to my new booth in Camas Antiques. (I got moved out from downstairs, and I will be at the mall today in the morning fluffing up my new booth....completed booth pictures to come!)
Full circle you could say.
I'm excited, and inspired, and ever so grateful to JoAnn for having faith in me, and offering up this fabulous opportunity.
Come see my booth...come see everything at the shop...it's First Friday, so they'll be open late!
I have more ideas than time it seems.
And I suffer from a condition know as "Yes-I'd-love-to-do-that" which keeps me in a constant state of not enough hours in my day..week..life.
(Insert embarrassed shoulder shrug and bewildered sigh.)
It's very-nearly-almost the fourth of July, and I am looking forward to an activity packed three day weekend! (See above condition...) I thought a vintage inspired little banner would be a fun addition to the inside of the motor home, and in the process, I made some extra small flags that are made to be folded so you can wrap them around paper straws, or toothpicks to stick in burger buns, or cupcakes. Likewise, the flags can be cut in half and used solo, as I did here on a-sweet-little-garden-seedling-peat-pot-turned-nut-cup.
The e-kit is in my etsy shop, and is an instant download, (so no waiting until the very last minute!) and can be printed on any kind of paper you like. (I personally have a thing for old book pages, as you have probably noticed.) The great thing is that you can make them as plain or foofied-up as you like. It's up to you.
I have hard copies of the banner for purchase in my little booth at Camas Antiques, and I am pretty smitten with them. (Even if they are arriving the week before the holiday weekend. There's still plenty of time to get your love of America showcased around your house, or motorhome, or tent, or whatever.
We went on a fun little RV roadtrip this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to get to make a pit stop at a Goodwill Thrift Store in Tillamook.
Then, on Sunday, I popped in at my local Goodwill (since I was out of town on Saturday, and missed the local yard sales) and was thrilled to land more treasures.
I finished off my weekend with the creme' de le creme' of the weekend; a vintage nine foot wooden folding ladder, discovered on Craigslist, right here in the 'Couve. (In mint condition, no less.)
Most of this will be going in my booth at Camas Antiques, but some of it will be staying at my home, as I am building stock as I get ready to launch (finally) the vintage rental business I have been wanting to do for...well, longer than I planned, way back when. (Remember my idea here? and here??) I am feeling like it is coming together,a nd at long last, I will be wrapping up the website to get things official.
(Be still my junk-lovin' heart!)
Wednesday night was dealer night at Camas Antiques, and I was busy adding a couple sweet finds from a convent that was being demolished. Mmm hmm, see that charming little arched medicine cabinet? My daughter scored two of them this past week the night before the building was to be demolished, and if I had found a place in my cottage for one of them to
fit, they wouldn't have made it to my booth.
A few more treasures made their way to my booth space as well.....
...and I am working on a few painted items that will be added to the space next week.
This is all too fun!
Last night was dealer night at Camas Antiques, which means you can go down and restock and rearrange your booth space after hours. It's always a lot of fun, because you cna say hi and catch up with all of your junk friends.
I added several new small items,a nd rearranged a few things. Can you see a difference from the way it looked a week