Thursday, June 25, 2009

A little Etsy love...

I don't know where I first heard about, but I love it. It's a one stop shopping place for me. I've ordered lots of gifts, patterns, artwork, and supplies from various artists. The quality, creativity and range of artists that are on etsy is mind boggling. I thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Click on the pictures and go check out these artist's etsy stores.

My favorite gift to give at the moment is this awesome cap from BabyPop. The come in all different colors....

Martha at Apple Tree Cottage

Paper Prayers

Sara's Art Shop

Cyndi Mac's Nick Knacks

Chrissie Grace Designs

I've really enjoyed selling a few things on etsy. I just got a big order, big for me, for some of my engraved wine bottles. I've been in a kinda slump so this was the kick I needed to get into gear and get some new stuff in there. Here are the designs we came up with for the order. I will be getting them into my shop soon...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Progress on the Bench.

Well I started working on the bench I found last weekend. I was going to try and recover it, but found that someone had glued everything together. So I tried dyeing the velvet. I put some fabric dye and water in to a spray bottle and went to town. I'm pretty happy with it so far, at least now it won't clash with the room where I want to put it. Now I need your opinion. I started drybrushing the metal pieces. Do you like this finish? Or do you think it needs a solid coat of paint?
I didn't get my cloche finished to my liking, but check out Marty's Awesome Cloche Party for some real beauties....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Junk Party

Me & My House is hosting a cool junk party so that everyone can share their junk. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.
The lady I bought this from won a bet with her husband. He bet her $20, which is more than I paid for it, that no one would buy it. He said and I quote, "That is pure junk." Little did he know, that's exactly what I was looking for. Here is my chicken coop that I use to hold my cookbooks.
I can't tell you how many times my dad has offered to throw this piece of junk away for me. I moved several times withing a few years, and every single time he'd offer to haul this to the trash for me. Little does he know. It's my favorite piece of furniture that I own. I've managed to keep him from throwing it away for about nine years now.
I have several pieces of "junk" in my bathroom. My bathtub was originally in my grandparents yard with cactus growing in and around it. I found chair at a yardsale. The shutters I found somewhere.
And last but not least,meet Miyagi, my authentic junkyard cat. I work at a "junkyard," or used auto parts shop, and we have lots of junkyard cats. They are always very very wild. When Miyagi was a kitten he came up to the backdoor of our shop and just stayed there. Being a softy, I took him home, and he's ruled the house ever since.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jungle Garden

I discovered this tiny nest in the middle of one of my tomato plants. It's kinda hard to see in this pic. My tomato plants have all intertwined so I was looking at a pretty green tomato. Just to the right and farther back and sitting on top of a cluster of red cherry tomaoes is this nest.So what does it mean when a nest has one speckled egg and four plane jane ones? Momma been messin around?

After a run in with a rattle snake I gave up gardening for about 5 years. I reached in to pick a tomato that was close to the ground and WHAP I felt something slap my hand. I yanked it back and then I heard the rattle. If you've ever heard that eerie sound, you'll never forget it. I was lucky and didn't get bit, but it scared me enough to not have any interest in a garden for a long time.

This year I decided it was time for another garden, so I fenced it in planted everything in slightly raised beds. I was getting worried because it looked so skimpy when I planted it. And then it seemed like overnight, WHAM, I had a jungle. I take a cane with me to poke and shake the plants to scare off any snakes. I have learned my lesson. I've really enjoyed it, especially eating the fresh veggies.

I planted some of those giant sunflower from a packet of seeds. Man they are tall, at least 8 feet or so. Sadly they are about done blooming, but I have enjoyed them. I haven't measured them but the flowers are huge!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Weekend Finds...

Saturday I hit a few garage sales and came home with a few good finds. At my first stop I came across this bench. I'm going to use it at the base of my bed. It's going to get a few makeover touches before it moves in though. The material looked to be in excellent shape, but after I got it home I discovered some torn spots. I think it might look good painted white, but I haven't decided on that yet.
I struck out at a couple other spots, until I found this goodies at my last stop. The jewelry and quilt topper (which is huge) where each 10 cents a piece, and the cool spice rack was $2. The
Check everyone's else finds at Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures....

Wicked Good

I have been anxiously awaiting this past weekend since last October. That is when we got a group together to purchase tickets for the musical Wicked. Long story short, if you have a group you get the second shot for tickets. Season ticket holders get the first shot. So we got 26 people together. Six of us landed in the front row! Wow! It was outstanding. None of us could get over how much emotion they put into their roles, and we were so glad we were close enough to really see it. Elphaba's voice was spectacular, and Glenda's comedic timing was spot on. She had everyone rolling in their seats.
If you're not familiar with Wicked, it's billed as the untold story of the Witches of OZ. It puts a great spin on the Wizard of OZ. The writing, music, costumes, and sets are all great. I can't wait to see it again! I found this pics online to give you a small glimpse into OZ...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Baseball stuff...

My cousin asked if I would do a couple of pieces for her to put in the nursery they are fixing up for their new baby. They are doing a baseball theme. I've never painted anything close to a baseball, so it was a challange to come up ideas. So these are the two I've finished so far......
For this on I just printed out the words in all different fonts, traced them on tracing paper, and then traced them onto the canvas using carbon paper. I chose the colors from a fabric sample she sent me.
This one I did a google image search for a line drawing of a glove to use as a reference.
This is a gift I made for her. I used my cricut for the vinyl lettering. I glued a magnet to the back of a button and a metal stripe to the frame, and thats what holds the picture on. I am anxiously waiting the arrival of baby Thompson! Can't wait to meet him.
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Monday, June 8, 2009

Everything's bigger in Texas.

I've been trying to describe how big the new Cowboy Stadium and I still have no word that fits. We were lucky enough to get tickets to the opening of it this past weekend to see Leann Womack, Blake Shelton, Reba McIntyre, and George Strait. The nosebleed section was three floors down from our seats. We were pretty sure our seats where just below Heaven itself. But thanks to a 60 yard long big screen (yes 60 yards), there are no bad seats in the place.
I am weird when it comes to heights. I try not to be scared, but it doesn't work. So I made it to my seat, sat down for about 3 minutes, and decided there was no way I could sit there all night. That place is so big, it felt like I was sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon. So I made it back down to the main level, which is probably still 2 or 3 stories from the floor level. Luckily that level was made for people to stand up and watch. There where even drink holders behing the last row of seats.
So after 60,188 other fans found their seats...

We enjoyed an awesome show by....

LeAnn Womack

Blake Shelton

My favorite.... Reba McIntyre

And the King of Country Music George Strait

And eight hours later as we headed to our cars, we got to see the Stadium all lit up.

We all enjoyed it. They have a few kinks to work out, the major one being the sound system. It echo'd really really bad. But all the staff was so nice and believe it or not traffic in and out of there wasn't that bad.