Friday, July 30, 2010

Double dipping in the party department today......I've joined up with two great parties...showing off my flea market finds over at Kecia's place then showing off what I made with some of them over at the French Cupboard...
I absolutely love old condiment caddies....I like repurposing them and adding fresh flowers to the jars making a spectacularly dramatic centerpiece.
....this week was all about the little stuff gobs
of, lace tins and these beautiful silver plated basket...oh boy...I've got keep-it-itis AGAIN!
So what do you do with all this stuff?
Well, lately besides revamped jewelry I've been into altering antique bottles. Did you ever stumble across something that just fits?  I think this is one of those things for me....I could sit and add elements, wrap wire, tie lace and play with solder ALL DAY!  These bottle are just one of those projects that is so much fun to do and because not one is exactly the same....I don't get bored and flit off to another corner of my studio and start something else in the middle. I really enjoy making them!
I have a few listed for sale on etsy...more to come!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my sure to stop over and check out Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy for Flea Market Friday and the gals at the French Cupboard for the Altered Art Party..have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 While playing catch-up yesterday....I developed a severe case of "keep-it-itis" and here's how it happened along with a list of symptoms to watch out for.
There's just something about warm, fresh, flowing air with no humidity that gets me going on long neglected lists, like a mad woman.  So, since yesterday was one of those weather days....I went to town, painting my backed up pile of furniture. A few pieces for customers and a few for the barn market.
I pulled out several little tables I had stashed in the basement. Getting crazy with my brushes and after several hours, coats of paint and distressing (now pay attention this could happen to you) I started getting light headed, I think I began to hallucinate.  My thoughts began to wander, my heart began to race. I started decorating in my head, all thoughts were starring the cutest little table ever....I recognized these symptoms immediately, "Crud! I've got it again!" KEEP-IT-ITIS 
Now, the biggest problem with this affliction is that the only cure is to KEEP IT.....and that's just not an option right now.
When I got this little piece the only redeeming qualities it had were price and sweet little dangling drawer pulls.  The finish was hideous an now, as it turns out it was a diamond in the rough and I want it in my house!
 So I thought I would try this home remedy, maybe, if I just post a picture of it on white Wednesday, it would be "kinda" like keeping it and maybe I'll be cured...I think it's working, well for now. Do you ever get keep-it-itis? 
Joining in with Faded Charms White Wednesday..hope to see you there!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Flea Market Friday

Today I'm linking  up with Kecia over at Lemoncholy's Flight of Fancy for  Flea Market Friday....where you'll get to show off your finds and treasures! Check it out!
Yesterday I spent a few hours ALL-BY-MYSELF picking thru my favorite flea and it was rejuvenating!  The place wasn't crowded, the vendors were ready to make deals and the pickin's were great!
 A giant splash of cool, blue water...that's definetly what I was craving about the time I snapped this photo. Even though it's miles away from my just looked so refreshing and inviting in the red, hot sunshine.
 Standing out in the middle of mid century modern furniture and plastic beer signs...this drum caught my eye (I think it's that psychometry thing happening again) the funky energy coming from this piece captivated me....a coool hippy drum...totally "diggin" it. Decoupaged, worn leather straps, zodiac signs....flower power at it's best!  My hot, fried, brain imagined it strapped to a funky free spirit dancing and singing through the summer of love.

Be sure to check out all the other vintage goodies and treasures over at Kecia's place....
peace and love ....have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Be sure to check out the party over at the French Cupboard for a bouquet of fun!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July Silver Sunday

Welcome to the hot sticky July edition of Silver it as sweltering hot in your state as it is here in NJ?  I hope everyone has been able to keep cool.....can you believe just six months ago we were in the midst of wintry  snow storms?
patiently waiting for Spring, Summer and warm weather...perhaps a case of  "be careful what you wish for"?
Nah....I love summer, and Silver Sundays!
Last month I showed you my collection of silver sugars and creamers, dreaming of completing this project and not having enough time...well, thanks to the stuffy, sticky weather outside I eaked out a few hours and finally made some of them into funky pincushions....

Thanks for stopping by~
Be sure to check out all the other silver goodness .....have a wonderful weekend
See you next month!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

extra extra.....

Ahem.....tap tap...Is this thing on?
I have an announcement to make....
My Texas blogger friend Anne from Fiona and Twig has bestowed upon me the honor of being her featured blogger of the it is with a grateful heart I say
Thanks Anne!!!!! YOU ROCK!
Don't forget.....
....tie a string around your finger! Next Sunday is Silver Sunday...hope you all can make it!
On the second Sunday of every month show off your glittered, glitzed, glammed, tarnished, shiny, treasured or freshly found silver treasures....Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Waaaaay Cool VBF!

Happy VBF.....stumbled across this beauty at Renninger's Extravaganza last week...isn't it so cool.
I can just picture bug eye'd goggles, long black riding gloves and a sheer scarf just blowing in the wind....freedom of the open road...too bad it doesnt have a side car for all my flea market finds....tee hee

...and here's the creme de la creme of black vintage fish chair...check out the carved fish on the back...I just had to have it!All it cost me was, shall we say, minimal as well as having to bring the vendor a cup of coffee when we came back to get it...imagine that, he wanted coffee on a 95 degree day?

Thanks for stopping sure to visit the French Cupboard and check all the other VBF party goers!
Have a safe and happy fourth of July weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Car Traveling......

Wow! it's hard to believe it's already been two weeks since school let out...time is a funny thing...I've found that when you dwell on not having enough you're wasting it! In the past two week it's just amazing what I've managed to pack in....simply due to frame of mind. 
It all started with our annual father's day (car)camping trip.  We abandoned this tradition several years ago.... not really sure why.  Well, after this glorious laughter filled weekend the tradition is back!!!! We camped in Maryland at the state park with the Chesapeake on one side and Elk River on the other....beautiful green and lush and oh, so relaxing!

....another little road trip took us to Maryland again!
My sweet niece and her new family are renovating a gorgeous old house(well, gorgeous if you see the potential and I so do!) This ancient beauty comes equipped with fabulous widow frames(no panes), sweet flowering weeds in he back yard, perfectly weathered clapboard siding, all natural ventilation system(air flows freely through the holes in the floors and siding), vintage plumbing (none to speak of),mice, snakes, and several familes of bats nesting in the eves and loads of .....potential! I envy their spirit and talent to take on this project....can't wait to see it complete! It's going to be amazing!

...and finally just last week I sneaked away for the day to Pennsylvania farm country and visited The Renningers Extravaganza with my best gypsy pal Jill  You can see more of our adventure here.
So wow! Can you believe I squeezed all this in, in two weeks? Thanks for stopping by and sharing my little adventures....where are you off to in your car this summer?
oh and on the home front I have a bit of exciting news to can find out more about it here