It took a whole lot longer than I expected it to.
Four and half hours, give or take.
I am excited to see how it looks once I have it hung in my new booth space at Camas Antiques. (Two weeks from today! I can barely contain myself!)
It took a whole lot longer than I expected it to.
Four and half hours, give or take.
I am excited to see how it looks once I have it hung in my new booth space at Camas Antiques. (Two weeks from today! I can barely contain myself!)
I spent part of my weekend, and all evening (while flipping back and forth between the opening episode of The Voice, and The Bachelor) Punching holes, adding reinforcements to those punched holes, and printing on book pages for what is going to be a creative backdrop-slash-divider walls for my new booth.
Honestly, I get so excited working on this stuff that I can't sleep. (do you get like that with things that inspire you?) My mind starts to spin, and ideas come flooding in. It's better than Christmas.
Oh, and the poster of the gal ironing up there? Just you wait and see where she is going to land.
Here is the space I will be taking over... (These girls are moving to a larger space at Camas Antiques)
Besides all of the vintage items, I found a couple of pretty awesome books that I might have to go back for....
There is always so much to see. I can't wait to get in there and start foofifying my new booth space!
Before I begin, I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone that has shared input on my last post about Round Top and Marberger!!! I am so excited to be planning this trip, and you all have been more than helpful!!!
If you have read my blog for a long time, you might remember that even before I moved up here to the fabulous Pacific Northwest, I have loved Camas Antiques. When I made the big move, I was gobsmacked to have been given the opportunity to have a booth space there.
I had a crazy good time reinventing my space over and over, and even tackled the front window one time. I wish I could put into words the warm, fuzzy, satisfied, inspired feeling I get when I am creating and arranging vignettes of re-purposed treasures.
Fast forward, and life continued to be good and full, and I was starting to feel spread far too thin. Two months of debating and pros and cons list making, I gave up my space. Looking back, it was the right thing to do for me at that particular moment in time.
Fast forward some more, and I had settled into my new job, and after a while, there was a little more time to breathe. I started to feel that funny feeling that something was missing. It was my creative outlet that my booth space provided me. I wanted something small then, as I was starting to craft paper banners and such, and I took a case space back at Camas Antiques this time.
I enjoyed working with my little case, and had a lot of fun reinventing it on a monthly basis.
Fast forward...again. I had been promoted at my grown up girl job, and things were busier in life. The small case was a challenge for me, because...well, it was small. I decided once again, that the time had come for me to focus on other things, and I gave up my case.
That brings us to today. I've got a solid groove going at work, and yard saling season is upon us. I'm beyond excited to share with you that I'll be back in Camas Antiques as of March 17th, with a medium sized space in the basement. I'm working on tags, and banners, and oodles and toodles of treasures to nestle into nooks and crannies,a nd ...oh! I can hardly wait!
My my etsy shop is filling up with several new $5 printable e-kits, so you might want to check it out before the weekend gets here.
(Are you getting tired pf seeing my mantel showcasing some new printable yet?)
Some of it is chalkboard art, and some is vintage...all of it is printable....
I'm all about a little holiday decor here and there. How about you?
What a weird, unusual, surprising, entertaining football season it has been this go-round! My beloved Seahawks are officially out of the running to play in the big game this year, and the games next weekend will reveal who those two teams will be, but it's time to start planning, and printing, and cutting and pasting all of the fun details for your annual Superbowl party.
Those of you who are not football enthusiasts might want to skip this post, although Superbowl parties sometimes have much more to do with food and fun than the football game itself.
I am updating my Superbowl and football printable kits in my etsy shoppe this week, if you're looking for paper goods to add to the festivities, with Team banners coming after next weekend, when we know who will be playing in the big game. You will see them all later this week in the shoppe, but for now....
My latest chalkboard printable is now available in my shoppe. It adds a whimsical element to my fireplace, and works for the entire football season, really.
Are you ready for some football?
You might remember that I shared some glittery New Year's Eve party hats and horns and party bags back during the fall. Well, my customer sent me some photos from her fabulous event, and they did not disappoint!
The touches of gold and glitter and clocks fit perfectly with the stunning venue, wouldn't you agree?
(And that giant clock as a centerpiece and photo-opp backdrop! Oh! I adore it!)
Thank you Jan, for sharing the photos! I was so thrilled to be a part of this beautiful event!
Just a quick post to share that the large poster from yesterday's post is now available in my etsy shop. Find it here.
(Today's blog post will be coming along later....)
I know. I’ve been MIA.
Life has been crazy busy.
(Isn’t that true for all of us?)
Between trying to get all the rooms in my cottage painted, my busy season at my grown-up girl job, and the big etsy order I had, I’ve been spread a little thin.
The rooms are now all painted, (Yippee!) the etsy order has shipped (Yippee some more!) and work is…well, still crazy busy. (But that is a good thing.)
I had so much fun doing my etsy order that I was kinda sad to have it completed. Then…the shopper emailed me wanting to know if I might be able to create boutonnieres to coordinate. Hellooooo! Yes, I would love to! I sent her photo samples, and we shall see what she decides.(I will keep you posted, don'tchaknow.)
They were so fun to make that I will be adding them to my etsy shoppe later this week. (After Thanksgiving is out of the way…)
What do you think? Can you see these on a sharp dressed man’s lapel at a black tie affair, or better yet, a new year’s eve wedding party?
I’m swooning here.
(And...if that is true, I am apparently very creative.)
So, I am still working on this order for an etsy shopper.
(I am having so much fun!)
And, I making an epic mess of my cottage.
I won't go into details because I might actually die of embarrassment, but trust me when I say that my little office is so messy that I work on the dining room table.
(I tell myself it is so that I can see the TV while I am working, and I simply cannot miss The Voice.)
And, as I said before, I get so excited and inspired while working, and when I get going...well, I seem to make a bigger mess.
One side benefit of getting so inspired is that I come up with new ideas while creating. Last night was no exception.
The person I am creating all of the party items for ordered some favor bags, and I told her I would be happy to provide a sign to place on the table next to the favor bags, so guests would know that they were free to take them home.
Of course I knew I could use a picture frame, but that was a way-on-the-back-burner-plan-B idea for me. I kept thinking there must be something clever that could go with the vintage look...and then I found an old book, with pages folded, from my old booth days at Camas Antiques.
I designed a sign, and sure enough, the book held it upright just fine, thankyouverymuch.
(I blurred the names, because the party is a surprise and I do not know if the guest of honor reads my blog.)
Of course, as my luck would have it, I ran out of ink in my printer at the exact moment I wanted to print my latest creation, (Does that happen to you?) and so the photo shows only a rough idea of what will be like in the end, so you need to imagine that the page will be nicely colored and all foofied up with some sheet music and netting and such.
I think she will love it.
Once they arrive, they will be surprised to find that it is a very special champagne brunch where each will be asked to be a bridesmaid!
(Isn't that the sweetest idea, ever?!)
I got to help out by making the oh-so-special cards that will be on the table with little prezzies for the soon-to-be bridesmaids (and Maid of Honor)
Here is the front of the card...
...and the inside...
So fun! I will be adding this to my easy shop shortly as a e-kit, so stay tuned!
(Insert long squeal here!)
I need her to see my cozy little home so she will know what I am talking about when we are in some booth at Farm Chicks and I ask her if she thinks this fabulous vintage item I have just discovered will look perfect in a specific spot in my cottage. (I've been in her home a million times, and I can already do that for her.)
Anyway, after that, we will get back in my little hatchback Ford Focus and head to Spokane. (I wanted to take Old Blue, but that ol' 53 pickup of mine gets eight miles to the gallon, while the focus gets upwards of 35, and it has air conditioning.) It's about a six hour drive, and I am honestly not quite sure which part of this trip I am more excited about; the Farm Chicks Vintage Flea Market, or the girl-talk time in the car ride. I know that might sound crazy, but I've lived up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for over five and a half years, and while I have lots of new friends here, no one replaces my old ones.
We're heading out today so we can spend tomorrow shopping around Spokane, thanks to one of my blog-readers. (Thanks, Kori!) When I posted that we were going to the show, she wrote me with a detailed list of all of the don't-miss stops in Spokane, and we're glad she did! We have the list printed and we will be searching out the hot-spots on Friday. (Chaps, here we come!) We will also go purchase our Farm Chicks entry tickets on Friday.
The weekend will be spent at the event of course, with dinner and lots of girltalk in the evenings.I'll be hearing stories and pictures from our upcoming adventure, so stay tuned!
I'm off to shower and finish packing now!
Who would have known installing a simple door could take so many tries? Two weeks ago I shared that I was all hoopty-doo'd about getting a charming glass window paned door installed between my kitchen and laundry room, and it turned out that I had ordered the wrong measurements for the door jam.
I handled the nightmare experience of returning that door on a busy Saturday when no one actually knew anything about doors (Not to mention the restocking fees, and while the new size jam was more narrow, but higher priced, of course) and went home to wait for the call that my new door was in.
I was warned up front that it would be between one and eight or nine weeks. (Seriously? That's the smallest time frame they could guestimate for me?) In less than a week, my new door arrived. (Thank you, Jesus!) I called my craigslist guy to schedule a new install.
He wanted to come on Mother's Day afternoon, which I said would be fine, since my girls and my Mom and I would be there. Mother's day afternoon arrived and he then texted to say he ended up bailing on me, saying he would be there Monday at 5:30. This was also time with me.
Monday at 6:30 I texted him and he informed me that he was busy and would not be coming. after all. (The downside of Craigslist is the flake factor.) I called Home Depot to get a referral. They sent me a list of three installers to call.
I then arranged for an install date with one of them. This past Monday was that day. Not only did the installer show up, he was early. (I was so excited that I couldn't stop myself from peeking around the corner of the doorway to see glimpses of his progress...)
The door went in without a hitch, and an hour and a half after he arrived, I had a beautiful new door in my kitchen.
Even in it's unpainted, primer-paint state, without the trim on the itches side, and without a sheer curtain, it created such instant gratification, that I cannot help but continue to stare at it. The sun streaming through, changing the feel of both the kitchen and the laundry room.
It's a thing of beauty, and another step towards making this little old house my perfect-for-me home, sweet, home.
Recently I spent yesterday afternoon with my daughter, hitting every thrift shop in the area. It had been far to long since I spent an afternoon like this, and it was such fun to search for treasures at each stop.
We began at the GoodWill bins, and it did not disappoint.
Within minutes of arriving, we had the cart teeter-tottering with large finds. It's especially sweet when you have a certain item you wish you could find, and then, you actually find that item.
Best find of the day (in my opinion, away...) was the huge store sign shown in my top picture. Obviously from a local store, it will now hange perfectly on my daughter's back deck.
I have one more post to share about those sweet boys and all we did this week, but I simply had to interrupt myself to share this bit of serendipity that happened to me.
The day before yesterday I dropped the grand-boys off at school a bit before 8:00 and then headed over to my cottage to shower and grab a couple of things.
Well, I meant to head that way.
I made a right when I was supposed to go left. (I am pretty sure that I was born without a directional chromosome, and because of this condition, very nearly always make the wrong choice on turns when trying to find my way.)
As I drove down the road, it didn't occur to me that I was going in the wrong direction because things looked familiar. After about two blocks I realized why. I was a block away from a place I have been going to for over five years now; the Goodwill Bins.
I smiled at this little gift from God when I realized this. I whipped into the parking lot. (You know, you can cruise in to the Goodwill Bins without your morning shower and lip gloss, because...well, it's the Goodwill Bins, for gosh sakes.)
Where was I? Oh yeah. The bins.
I rocketed through the door (They open at 8:00 as opposed to the regular Goodwill stores, which open at 9:00. Coincidence? I think not.) and grabbed a cart. Right off the bat I found a little crock that a balding older-than-me guy missed as he was tossing things here and there in the bin.
His loss, my gain, baby.
I skedaddled out to the sort-of outdoor area and there was this incredible vintage wheel barrow.
Be still my thrifty heart.
(Best eight bucks I have spent in months!)
On my way to the checkout (I abandoned my cart with a Goodwill employee and put my little crock in my new-to-me wheelbarrow)I snagged a galvanized tub, a crate and cute straw hat (No, not to wear- it's from the bins, and it's past is sketchy at best.) to hang somewhere near my potting table in my cottage backyard.
I struggled a bit getting the treasures wedged into the back of my car (My sweet truck was home in the garage) but I manged and I smiled all the way home....using my map program on my iphone.
I am in the midst of creating a sweet little shipping area in my workroom. I have always been an absolute sucker for marketing materials, and I feel that going the extra mile with packaging adds a lot to the warm and fuzzy experience. Not only do I want to create charming banners, tags and other paper items that warm your hearts, I want the packaging to express the love that goes into all of my creations as well.
So far, my biggest challenge has been settling on one specific look for my tags and note cards, and I am beginning to think I may be changing them out seasonally to be able to try out all the looks I have come up with so far.
Are you like me? A push over for pretty packaging? (I swear I'd buy an empty box if it looked just right) Do you save pretty business cards, tags, or paper sacks because they look like little works of art?
Or...am I alone on this one?
I thought I'd share some of the items in my ETSY shop with you today. I used to only offer them in Printable form...
but this year I have added the Easter banners and flags in hard copy as well, to be shipped by snail mail, right to your mailbox, handmade by moi.
Make your Easter table (or mantel, or porch...) extra special with the soft pastel colors of these vintage themed paper decorations.
I'm working on some items for my booth at the Plucky Maiden's Holiday Junk Fest, and thinking about my etsy shop at the same time, and I would love to get your opinion on an idea I am going to try out.
Currently I only offer printable e-kit for making banners and entertaining paper goods, but I am considering adding ready made items as well. What I mean is that a person could order a ready made banner from my etsy shop or buy the printable version for much reduced price.
This being said, my question for you is this; would you be interested in buying the ready made items from etsy as opposed to a printable kit?
Likewise, would you be interested in seeing cute samples of printable e-kits in my booth at a faire, and taking my web address home to order it as a printable later at home?
Am I making sense?
I'm going to try this out at the upcoming Plucky Maidens show, and as well in the next week or two in my etsy shop. One of my daughters told me a long time ago that she thought I ought to try this because not everyone is a DIY-er and some people just want what they want when they want it...and I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.....leave me a comment!
First, it was the Halloween crows.
Now, I'm working on some cutie-patootie doves for my New Year's Eve items for the upcoming faire.
I love how well they can hold a teeny tiny message for the season, like "Happy New Year" or "2015". I am thinking they could spread Happy Birthday wishes, as well. (Can you picture that?)
In case you're wondering, I buy my birds at the Dollar Store.
You know I heart the Dollar Store. For one thing, it's in my budget. For another, they always seem to have the stuff higher end stores have, or at least it looks like the same stuff, and...well, I can buy it for a buck.
I take it home, and foofy it up. Here is a hat in progress.
I have so much stinkin' fun doin' this!
New Year's Eve headbands and hats will be for sale soon in my etsy shop, and at the upcoming Plucky Maiden's Holiday Faire in Portland.
I hope these sweet little birds inspire you to think about New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day, and make you want to celebrate the everyday moments in this life we are given.
It's me, Tracey.
I've been gone for so long (except for my Sunday morning pop-ins for my Weekly words to live by) that I am kind of wondering if I am writing this just for me, but maybe you're still there. (I hope so!)
Life has be way too ca-razy busy, with more changes and bumps in the roadway than I care for lately, and I can still see a few more on the horizon.
Both my son, and one son-in-law are navigating through big career changes and opportunities, and the sewing queen had an altercation with a small footstool while putting up her harvest decorations, in which the footstool won. She's on the mend now, thankfully, after surgery on a broken left wrist. She's sporting a now removable cast until nearly Christmas, and is very happy that this mishap occurred after golf season ended. (She is slightly bummed, as it is cramping her holiday sewing season, though.)
I ended up exchanging my day at the the Plucky Maiden's Bridal Faire for a day of quality time at the ER with the Sewing Queen,(followed by burgers at Red Robin!) but am signed up for their next one, coming up in March, and the Sewing Queen will be there helping in my booth.
On the topic of Plucky Maidens, it's very nearly time for the other Plucky Maiden Faire I am going to do...the Holiday Junk Fest!
I am extra excited about this one, since I am sharing the booth with one of my daughters and one of her friends. If you're in the area, mark your calendars to attend! It's going to be spectacular, and I am excited to be part of it.
I've been busy working on some New Year's Eve items, and I'll be sharing them with you (hopefully!) later this week.
A little batch of New Years Eve crows? (Hanging out around place settings around a dessert buffet?)How adorable would that be?
Or surprise a friend with a birthday crow! Oh, I think that could be fabulous! I just may need to do up one of those myself!)
They'll be making their dabute in my Booth Case at Camas Antiques later tonight...
...and this weekend I'll be adding a printab;e kit for party hats and little signs in my etsy shop for those of you who would like to foofy up your own crows for yourself, or friends and family.
Some are done up in traditional orange and black, while others are ready to whoop it up in more formal (yet vintage) attire.
How fun would it be to surprise a friend at work with a lil' buddy on her keyboard, or to to use one at each place setting in a spooky table scape? How about on a mantle, atop some big ol' pumpkins?
Oh, yes. I can think of about a gajillion things to do with these tiny creatures.
You might remember that a couple of summers ago I helped with a Mama-to-bee themed baby shower for one of my daughters.
Now that very same daughter is hosting a baby shower with the Bee theme for a girlfriend and has asked for my help.
(You know she didn't even get her request out before I jumped on it.)
We still had the sweet little Mama-to-Bee banner and the beverage server, so I decided to add on to the Bee theme with a cute version of Bingo.
I designed the Bingo cards to be blank, and each guest will have a pencil to write in their words of choice. The idea is that, as the Mama-to-Bee opens her presents, each guest will mark off (or cover with an M & M) items they wrote down on their card. If they have written a word more than once, they may only cover up or mark off the wprd once for each time the item is received.
I am in my happiest when I am creating, and this latest baby shower has got my head spinning.
Stay tuned for me bee-utiful items!
I know I have said this more than once, but life these days (for me, anyway) seems to be so busy, and so full, and it seems that there never are enough hours in the day to fit in everything I want to do.
In lots of ways, that is a good thing. To me it means I'm living life to its fullest, every day of my life.
(I keep telling my Rock n' Roll Buddy that sleep is over-rated.)
I've been working, little by little, on carving out a bigger sliver of time to focus on my crafty side; my booth case at Camas Antiques, and my etsy shop.
It's my own personal regroup and rejuvenate thing when I get through a full day at my grown-up job. While I enjoy what I do all day, there is little-to-no room for creativity within my job, and I have realized that I need that in my life.
It's not simply something I like to do. It is much more than that. When I can sit at my laptop or my table in my craft room, and create something, I feel happy and inspired. I feel re-energized in a way that I can't fully express in written words.
Even after a bad day at work.
So, I'm expanding my crafty-horizons, and opening a new door for myself to create some extra special entertaining and packaging items.
(And since we all know just how much I love to entertain, even if it's just the two of us having a sofa picnic on a Tuesday night, the possibilities are endless...)
I am refreshing the look of my etsy shop, and will be including a new section to the roster. Instead of offering only Printables, I am now going to be offering themed and custom hard copy paper goods. (shipped directly from me in sweet lil' Camas, Washington)
If you stop by Camas Antiques this weekend (there is going to be a sidewalk sale!) you'll see more of my new papercraft ideas. You know I like to make every day special, and now I will be going further than ever to help inspire others to do the same.
That makes me happy too.
It's a win-win, don't you think?
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I'm working on expanding my customizable printable party and entertaining creations in my etsy shop, and just when I was running out of ideas, I received an opportunity to share an idea related to pirates, or fairies, or both, as the all-new Disney movie, The Pirate Fairy is set to come out on DVD.
All the ideas will be shared on a Disney Pinterest board very soon, and there is even a FaceBook page dedicated to Disney Fairies.
I knew exactly what I wanted to create. You see, when my son was in kindergarten, we had a pirate birthday party for him, complete with a treasure chest, eye patches, pirate hats, and treasure maps in bottles for the invitations. Now, keep in mind that this was long, long before any of us had a laptop, or Pinterest. I hand drew the map invitations and then had copies made (at the copy store) and then hand colored them all in, before rolling them up and tucking them in bottles with a little sand and sea shells.
I decided to design the 2014 version of the treasure map invitation, and I really like the way it came out. I printed it on a ledger style scrapbook paper for a more rustic look, but really, these could be printed on any color paper you like.
I rolled them up, and popped them inside the bottles, along with some sand, and seashells, and even some plastic pearls.
I popped in the cork and added the "Open me" tag.
How much fun would it be to host a Pirate Fairy movie party, complete with these invites, and possibly some cupcakes topped with candy shells and pearls?
Use a bold red and white, or black and white striped fabric for a table topper, and give all of your little guests pirate hats and eye patches.
Oh, and maybe even have a photo area to take some memorable shots of the little pirate crew...some to keep, and one to use on a thank you for coming to our party cards.
How fun does this all sound?
I think I will add some printable bottle or juice box wraps, and cupcake flags to round out this printable set...can you think of anything I've missed?
Here are some pictures of the latest transformation my little booth case at Camas Antiques has made.
My grown up girl job over the past few weeks taken on a whole new level of busy. While I truly love what I do for a living, keeping up (or at least me doing something that remotely resembles me trying to keep up) is stressful in a way that is a world away from my comfort zone.
Doing things with family and frineds after work and on weekends helps bring me back to center, and puts things a bit more in perspective, as to where my priorities lie. I try to be fully present in the moment, and not think on the pile of duties mounting each moment I am not at work.
I realized this past weekend that my booth space at Camas Antiques is a wonderful respite from that stress as well. Saturday my guy took me to one of my favorite Goodwills (if there is such a thing...sometimes the prices send me into a slow burn, as I shared a long, long time ago....)
Anyway, the Goodwill in the sleepy town of McMinville, Oregon is one of my most favorite to hit. I came out of there last Saturday with three bags, heaping full. (We were in my VW Bug, and so bigs were not an option!)
A pair of 3-6 month Tommy Hilfiger overalls for grand #7, a Melissa and Doug tambourine for the boys at the frat house to add to their musical instrument collection, and just as nice, lots of little treasures for my booth.
I'll price them today, and run down to re-fluff things again, since last Friday was First Friday, and things are likely to be a bit tumbled around.
Just working on my booth space, being creative...is really a great escape for me. I find my sweet spot and things that were in the back of my mind tugging at me to worry, melt away. I get rejuvenated and my mind floods with new ideas and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
A splash of Robin's egg blue here and there, a vintage ice cream maker and other ice cream themed items, and some vintage creates...
I've got lots more to add as things thin out, and slowly but surely, everything new is arriving with my new tags...
New grand babies, a new structure for my department at work, and last night I decided I was ready to change the look up in my booth case at Camas Antiques.
Starting with my tags. The girls at the register clip off the price tags when people pay, and drop them in a drawer to keep track of what you sell in a month.
A good system for sure, but my cute tags end up coming back to me, instead of going home with the customer, where thay can look up my website.
I remedied that by making two different tags.
A little extra work, but I like the look, all simple, and clean, and easy to read.
It's funny to me how inspired to create I can become when making one simple paper craft project. I am sure it sounds ridiculous, but I am now inspired to paint up my little file box I keep all of my pricing tags and ribbons in.
I was at my eensy weensy booth case tonight after work, all lickety-split-like, feebly attempting to fluff and perk things up. Between the snow storm, the weather that followed it, and the newest grand's arrival, I hadn't been down there in two full weeks.
I know, pitiful.
Shame on me.
I am making new extra cute price tags and such, and this Thursday night it will all be back to glorious.
(Thursday night is "Dealer Night" and it's such fun chatting with the other junkers, and re-inventing my space. Wait till you see my new colorway for this makeover!)
Anyway, when I was down there I snapped a few pictures of the latest small window display.
I love the black paper against the wall as a chalkboard looking backdrop.
(Some people's creativity absolutely amazes me!!)
And I love all of the different shades of creams and whites and everything in between.
I left the shop all fired up and inspired to create.....do you do that? Get all hooped-ti-do'd over eye candy?
I bet you do.