I spent most of Friday working on the window at Camas Antiques. (Special thanks to AJ from Sophie's Cottage for helping me to stock the window!) My theme was kind of an evolution of spring cleaning in the far right corner...This area was my most favorite part of the window! (Click on each photo to see the entire picture enlarged for better details)
to a party on the patio in the forefront of the window...here it is from outside the shop...
There is a sidewalk sale going on all up and down 4th Avenue today, with very nearly all the booth spots at Camas antiques participating. (My things are all 10% off!)
Mother's Day is this Sunday.
(I know. It feels like Christmas was just three weeks ago, right?)
My own Mom (the Sewing Queen of Northern Nevada) is up here for a short visit this week, and so we had an early Mother's Day dinner last night. I thought I'd share the cute lil' banner I made, (click on the top photo for a nice enlarged picture) along with a menu card, and place cards...It all looked so festive, and spring-like, and well, like Mother's Day!
The banner, and everything else are in my etsy shop in a Printable Party e-kit sent right to your in-box, just in time for Mother's Day!
...and thank God, this time I won't be having to pack any boxes, 'coz...........my blog is moving! The big move will happen Sunday, May 1st. (You'll simply be redirected with a link to click to take you to my new-and-improved-and-oh-so-cute blog...) I'm pretty tickled with the way it's turning out, and I can't wait to share it with you!
Actually, not only will you see a new look on my blog, but my entire business..my etsy shop, my business cards, price tags (not 100% sure on price tag colors yet, by the way...)... everything is going to have a fresh new appearance.
Right now I am trying to decide between two looks for my new business cards...but I am having trouble getting the colors to be exactly what I want, and little stuff like this makes me over-the-moon-crazy-nuts. Seriously, I am a complete spaz when it comes to making sure things are centered, and colors are matching or what-have-you. (Are you like that?)
Anyway, it's coming along, and I'm excited to share it all with you this Sunday..so stay tuned!
**Edited on February 23, 2012 to add** I've moved my blog BACK here to Typepad!
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The butterflies were easy to do. Once I made the pattern, I simply laid a piece of parchment paper (available on the aisle with the aluminum foil at the grocery store) on top of the pattern and then piped out the main color of my butterflies...
I then filled another parchment bag with the darker color frosting and piped the outline and details. I let them dry for several hours and they were ready to be placed on my cupcakes. For those of you that are interested in learning how to create the sweet lil' flowers, as well as the recipe for making the butterflies, I have added several new pages, with complete step-by-step instructions to the booklet that accompanies my "Make it Special- Cookies and Cupcakes" DVD kit. You can order it here.
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Okay, I stole the title for my blog post from my weekly thrifting pal. (It was just so perfect that I had too.) Every Tuesday we meet up at our booth spaces at Camas Antiques and then share a car ride in an attempt to save a few pennies on gasoline as we hit our local GoodWill thrift stores. We save a few more pennies by skipping a pricey restaraunt lunch and instead, make a weekly run to the border for the two dollar "Meal Deal" that we eat while driving and chattering between bites of our burritos.
I was noticing yesterday as I unloaded my latest finds into my garage that I always seem to find things in groups, or collections. My latest stockpile, completely unintentionally, appears to be pedestal tables...
I think it's funny how these collections just somehow morph from one item into an assortment of three, or six or nineteen, and I am wondering now what my next collection will be.
Such a fun time! A line of shoppers waited for Camas Antiques to open yesterday for the big Birthday Bash. (Of course I forgot to have my camera out at that point...) There were lil' favors, and music, and lots of oohs and aaahs heard round the store. Oh, and my favorite shopper came by, which made my day even better...
I must admit he was more into looking at the choo-choo train up high in my best buddy at Camas Antiques booth, and in eating his Cheerios snack than actually shopping for vintage treasures, but he was such a good sport...
The birthday celebration continues all weekend at Camas Antiques, and Friday when I was helping out I snapped a few more shots of some of eye candy for you. There are so many great looking booth spaces that I thought you'd enjoy taking a peek at....Billie's booth is always a favorite... and there are some new booths in the basement that are absolutely wonderful!!!
My Best Buddy from Camas Antiques was masquerading as a salesperson while stealing pieces of cake working with me, and so my day was pretty near perfect. (He was the icing on the cake so to speak)
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Camas Antiques is celebrating another birthday this weekend with a huge sale! All day today, Saturday and Sunday, you'll find nearly every booth with discounted prices and lil' treats for shoppers at the register as you shop. I have everything in my booth 15% off, and that includes the items in my booth that are already marked down!
If you come by the store today, look for me. I get to go and play with my friends at Camas Antiques today, helping out with crowd control and working the floor! Come by and say hello!
Last week out thrifting with my thriting friend, I got an incredible deal. It was supposed to go straight to my booth space, but...instead...it has now bcome my newest favorite prop for taking photos.
Lil' chippied white Queen Anne legs.
She thought so too, so yesterday we did a photo shoot right here in my Barbie Condo's Backyard.
I've been busy thrifting as I shared with you earlier this week, and now I've got my booth re-fluffed and foofi-fied for the weekend. (It's First Friday here in Camas and the store will be open until 9:00 tonight!)
I'll be re-vamping again next Tuesday, after a weekend of creating and thrifting!
Monday and Tuesday were some of my best thrifting days, dollar for dollar...evah. And, to make things even better, I got to thrift with some fabulous thrifting partners. Monday was spent at the thrift stores with my daughter, who was on the prowl for things to add some homey touches to her boyfriend's kitchen, (That's her rooster up there in the picture..oh! And did I mention it was half off day at Salvation Army's Thrift Store here in Vancouver, Washington? Ya, baby. That's the kind of day I'm talkin' about.) and Tuesday's excursion was with a fellow booth mate from Camas Antiques, my friend Christa, from the oh-so-fabulous Chloe Rose . (...and just you wait until you see the charming vintage fan back chair I got while out and about with Christa!)
The reason I am sharing that I had amazing two days in a row of thrifting is that, with gas prices teetering around $3.50 a gallon here, driving to several thrift stores around the area needs to be a fruitful excursion, now more than ever before. A ten or twenty mile round trip that ends with no purchases is a pretty pricey little car ride. Not only that, but time spent driving all around town thrifting is time away from painting, pricing and booth fluffiing, so if it's a bust, it's kind of devastating. (to me at least)
Like I said, two days in a row...I experienced unprecidented success at the thrift stores.(Which, in case you didn't know it, is unheard of in my world.) My shopping partners were wildly successful as well, which made the days perfect. I returned home as happy as a kid with a new bike at Christmas, and dove into my bags of new-to-me vintage treasures and began pricing and cleaning.
It might sound goofy, but this is the kind of thing I live for these days, people. (That, and new episodes of Modern Family.)
Just last week I shared Carter's Mama's newly re-done home office, with all of it's fabulous vinyl lettering (and numbering!) to add the unexpected wow to the room. Well, guess what? You (and I) can have this look too, even if we don't have a Silhouette Machine!
To find out how we can all have this, click here to hop over to the other page on my blog...
If you were one of the many, many folks that came by to say hello, thank you! It was such fun meeting you in person. For those of you that weren't in the area, or able to come to the show, I have pictures to share. Here was our cash wrap, complete with Clark's vintage cash register, and a sweet lil' sign I made for us. Our booth was pretty much wiped out within the first 45 minutes, and we continued to revamp the space throughout the day, making things move in closer and fluffing...next time we'll keep much more overstock in the truck outside!
The location for the event was perfect, with ample sized booth spaces, and some of the cutest danged stuff I have seen in quite a while. Linda, one of the Funky Junk Sisters, brought her trailer...so cute! And there were a couple of other trailers as well, and I got pictures of one of them.
I was told that when they do the show up near Seattle (The next show will be in May) they have lots of people bring trailers and they form them into a circle outside and camp in them during the show. (be still my heart! How fun does that sound?!)
All the info on the Juk Salvation show is on the post before this one, but I wanted to share just a few shots of some lil' spots in our booth before the show tomorrow.
Show time is 8:00-4:00 and you'll want to arrive early for the best selection. Let me just tell you right now, there are some absolutely amazing booths at this show! Dixie and Linda (The Funky Junk Sisters) have done an awesome job with this show and we are thrilled to be part of it!!!
So....this is the most organized I have ever been for a show, and yet..I am still not feeling organized. While I have piles of finished projects everywhere you look, I still have so many more pieces not completed.
I'm not sure if it's my time management, the fact that I just have so many ideas for things that I continue gathering pieces, the possibility that I might subconsciously like to work under pressure by waiting until my deadline to work like a maniac, or because I seem to procrastinate a little bit once I get a project far enough along that I can see how it is going to look in the end, and I loose my zippity-do-da for wrapping the end up.
Whatever it is, I kinda like to think it's a genetic thing, except the only other family member that seems to have this tendency would be my first born daughter, so...maybe not.
I catch myself wishing for just four....more....hours in each day. Seriously, if every day had 28 hours in it, I am quite sure I could get everything done on my To-Do list. In fact, I think I'd be completely organized.
Where was I? Oh yes, I am more organized than ever before. And excited. I can't wait to set things up tomorrow and take some pictures. It's gonna be such a fun show! We have a great booth location.... (Come see me in booth spaces 19 and 20) ...and there are so many fabulous people doing the show that it is sure to be a wildly fun day. There is an admission fee, but if your print off this coupon and present it at the door, you'll get a dollar off, so be sure and do that.
If you're in the area, I hope to meet you. If not, I'll be sharing pictures after the flea market!
My little Barbie condo looks more like a construction zone this week than a humble abode. Shocking, I know. (What? You were picturing me, all organized, methodically painting and creating a piece at a time in my garage, then pricing it and stacking it somewhere in an orderly fashion? Ha! The garage is officially full, and my little dining room has now become command central; my newly designated area for pricing stuff.)
Seriously, poor Moose doesn't know what the heck is going on, what with the painted chairs lined up along the back wall of the cozy living room, and vintage crystal stemware stacked all about. He mostly lays in the entry way where he feels a bit more secure, and looks around like he can't quite decide if we're prepping for a blow out cocktail party for the Obama's, or if we're getting ready to move again.
He can relax come mid morning Friday, when the crazy-ness will all have been moved out of the living room and we'll begin set up for the big show this Saturday. Till then, he'd be well advised stay out of the hard hat area or he's likely to find himself with a vintage bow on his neck and a price tag.
Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays of the entire year. Yes, a lot of folks (men mostly I am pretty sure) think it's a cheesy-Hallmark-card-created-overly-materialistic day, but I am not talking so much about the gifty end of things...I just love the concept of it, you know? Shower the people you love with love and all that. Bake heart shaped sugar cookies and give your grandbabies a special little you-are-sooooo-loved baskets of treats kind of stuff. Write I-love-you on a card, and mean it.
*sigh* I know, I know. I am a hopeless romantic.
Here is my latest lil' E-Kit, all ready for Valentine's Day. (The sweetest day of the year will be here in just a couple of weeks, you know!) You'll find it in my Etsy shop, (Click here to see...) and it includes instructions and templates to make a nice big banner, and as a lil' bonus, eensy-weensy letters to make a coordinating mini banner, all for $6.99.
Make one for yourself, a couple for friends, and several mini banners to pop in the mail inside your Valentines....
Pretty sweet deal, huh?
You know, thrifting is a hit n' miss kind of thing, whether it is right here at my local haunts, or when I get the opportunity while out of town, in a new place. Sometimes you get a couple of pretty cool finds, sometimes you come out the door empty handed, and once in a while, you hit the motherload.
Out near the coast, I was lucky enough to get to snoop around not one, but two Goodwill stores this past weekend, and I managed to fill my Rock n' Roll Buddy's car trunk with my finds from the first store alone. You know you've got a real friend when he's okay with driving you a full half hour off the beaten path (each way, and in two different directions...) to wander the aisles of a thrift store, looking for cool junk, even if he doesn't quite "get" why you're buying that old trash can and a pair of little tap dance shoes.
I'm going to be bringing along some banners, and cupcake flags, and other lil' papergoods to the Funky Junk Sisters event and I've been printing and cutting and hole punchin' like mad, but I wanted to pop over here to my blog for a quick hello...
I think I will also be adding actual paper banners, cupcake flags, and other papergood to my etsy site in the weeks to come for those folks out there that aren't into E-Kits to create themselves.
Back to work now....hope you all are gearing up for a fabulous weekend!
If you've got a booth space at a Mall, remember, there are lots of things you can do to create a great vintage feel...so much more inspirational and impressive than peg board. I'd love to hear what other ideas you might be using out there...do share!
I took a short break with my girls and my local babylove (Little Mr. C) from painting and prepping to gather some inspiration. Mmmm hmmm, we took a quick drive over to Monticello. Always so many great display ideas.. eye candy... all the details... I came home and was inspired to work on my littles for the upcoming faire. It's going to be fun to set up the display in the booth!
Yes, I've finally made some headway this weekend in working on my ETSY Shop! I wanted it ready and open for business by the time I do the Funky Junk Sisters show on February 5th, you know.(Oh! And speaking of the show, don't forget to print the dollar off discount ticket if you plan to attend. Admission is $7 but only $6 with the card, and I get credit for anyone using my discount tickets!!)
Stay tuned for some pretty big changes coming to my blog layout over the next few weeks, and I'll be adding more kits to my new ETSY shop all week long!....You can check it out here.
I'm crazy busy this week, preparing for the show in February, restocking my booth at Camas Antiques, and working at the bank. I've got lots of great lil' treasures gathered already for the Funky Junk Sisters show, and many adorable crafty things I'm working on as well.
The biggest problem I am experiencing is deciding what to save for the upcoming show, and what to run down and fluff up my Camas Antiques booth space with.
It's a kinda fun dilemma to have, and I'd love to hear from those of you that enter faires and/or have booth spaces...how to you address this challenge? Do you strip down your booth space to make you fair booth look even more full, or just bust it out, and have them both filled to the brim??
Please, do share your ideas and input on this....I'll be anxious to read about everyone's approach!
I am getting a jump start on 2011. Mmmm hmm. I, (along with my best buddy, the always fabulous Clark, from Camas Antiques) will be starting things off in a rather grand fashion, by participating as a vendor in the Funky Junk Sisters upcoming first big show in Oregon, the Junk Salvation Vintage Market in Hillsboro! (just next to Portland!)
Mark your calendars people. Saturday, February 5th.
As a vendor, I am flattered (Actually a bit gobsmacked) by the wonderful blog post the girls did about me for the faire. (for a teensy bit of admitted shameless self promotion, I have conveniently placed a link here.)
But wait, there's more! The girls have created a discount coupon that you may print and bring along to save a buck on admission. Just copy and print this lil' coupon and bring it along on the day of the flea market.
If you're anywhere near the area, I hope you'll make the time to come by and attend this show. It's going to be such fun, and I'd love to meet you!
Now, I don't necessary mean whooping it up at a loud giant party, but more the concept of celebrating the possibilities that every new year carries, and sharing it with someone special. I know we can (and should) look at every day as a fresh new start, but there is something just so inspiring to me about the start of a new year, all brand new and clean, with no mistakes in yet...the opportunity to make a list of resolutions, no matter how outlandish, (and whether I am able to keep them or not is of no importance in the end) it seems that anything is possible.
Everything is possible.
When I was a young married girl, we would spend our New Year's Eves out and about, at a crowded bar or concert, with hoots and hollers and horns and whistles going off at midnight. As the years passed, we began spending out New Year's Eves with a smaller cowd, out to dinner. Later still, we enjoyed quiet candlelit dinners by the fire, sharing our resolutions and hopes, and welcoming in the fresh new year with Dick Clark while sharing a new year's kiss. (and doing this on Eastern time, so we could go to bed at 10:00!)
After becoming suddenly single, I spent a couple of new year's eves with a very close, also suddenly single girl-pal, at my cottage on Norman Drive, sharing our resolutions and plans for the upcoming year with dinner and champage...and Dick Clark. No new year's kiss, but still the wildly romantic notion of all the good things that the upcoming year could hold.
Last year I welcomed in the new decade (and shared my New Year's kiss) with my Pacific Northwest Baby-love (who was asleep by 6:00 pm)...and Dick Clark. (Ya gotta love that man. He just keeps going...)
While I am still not quite sure what the exact plans are for this New Year's Eve, or if Dick Clark (Or Ryan Seacrest, for that matter) will even be involved, I am once again ever hopeful for the new year and all it might bring to me. I'm mentally making my resolutions lists and...this just might be my year to get to share another New Year's kiss.
Enough about my personal history of New Year's celebrations over the decades and my loose plans for this year. Thinking about all of this inspired me to whip out a new lil' banner kit.
Mmmm hmmm, just in time for New Years, and not a minute too soon, I made an e-kit that will work famously for this coming new year, and next year too.(All you'll need to do is print a second "2" instead of a second "1" for 2012.) I printed mine on manilla folder paper (I cut some manilla folders to be the right size for my printer) but scrapbook paper, sheet music, or old dictionary pages work just as well.
The really nice part is that the kit arrives as a PDF in your inbox, and it takes only minutes to print, cut, and string together...a perfect hostess gift for a New Years Eve party, or just to spruce up your own home-sweet-home for the occasion.