Saturday, January 19, 2008

Cherry-O, Happy Shoes & Cat Headstands

It's been so cold here in Northern California that

1. It's hard to get motivated to go outside & crack open a can of paint
2. It takes FOREVER for paint to dry
3. I whine a lot about it

But with a vision in mind, a cold but sunny day, long underwear, and a mug of hot chocolate, things get done. A plain little set of kid's furniture was squealing for a make-over, starting with a robin's egg blue base. After applying the big-enough-to-pluck-'em cherry fabric, I went over it with two coats of polyurethane to make it more durable, and somewhat washable. Then I added the jumbo rick-rack around the table top edge and the chair slats. It's for sale in the shop right now, since this is our open weekend, just waiting for two little buns to warm it up. I don't know what it is about small furniture that makes me so happy.

But I do know what it is about these new clogs I just got on Ebay that makes me so happy! They're so bright and cheerful and paisley and PINK! They make me want to march right up to Spring, kick it in the shins and say "Hey! Hurry up, already!"

Here's how my Russ Russ spent his happy morning in the sun...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A lot of things in my house are imperfect. Loved, but imperfect. A chip here, a dent there, maybe even a little stain turned to the back where you'll never see it. Such is the case with my bunny teapot. He used to be perfectly serviceable until he was knocked over by a Nerf Ball a few years ago and received a crack down the center. So even though he's no longer able to preside over a tea party, he is still of some he will help pick the winner of the flower lapel pin! Now he is standing guard over the names of the five contestants, and then he watches as I fold each up slip and place them inside his cracked tummy.

Then he carefully leans over and pours ever so slowly until one folded up piece falls into the heart-shaped teacup my mom got me for Christmas.......
And then as I open it up, I see the name you concur Mr. Bunny?

Congratulations! Thanks to all of you that played, and thanks to you, Mr. Bunny.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Flower Power

I forgot to give credit where credit is due--Blair at Wise Craft has posted a tutorial on making these fun floral flouncies that I am featuring in my GIVE-AWAY! (See previous post) Here are some more lapel pins that I finished today using scraps and buttons that after years in my sewing box, were happy to be finally formally introduced.
I can't decide whether or not to add the leaves and rick-rack to these, because they just look so darned cute on their own! Any opinions? Maybe a break from the fumes of the glue gun will help me decide!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

Look what’s going to be great about ’08! It’s Sex and The City—The Movie!!! I so miss that show! Remember the shoes, the clothes, and the ladies who lunch? Did you ever take the quiz to find out what character you are most like? (Hmmm…is there a character that is middle age, menopausal, soon to be empty-nester with poor hearing and failing eyesight? THAT’s the one to which I’d be most able to relate! Oh, sorry, I’m thinking of a totally different show staring myself called Sweat and the Pity! ) .

Well, if you don’t remember, here’s a little something I’m giving away that might help you. In honor of SJP and her flouncing lapel flowers! Maybe they’ll come back in vogue when the movie hits the big screen? Well, if not, it’s still cute! And just in time for the most romantic month on the calendar. I’m planning on making a bunch of these lapel pins to sell at the shop ( for the January sale! Don't ask me what kind of fabric it is--I only know it's flouncy! It's about 3" across with a vintage button & leaf, and a little bit of rick-rack. Just leave me a comment with an email link. I will draw a name and announce a winner on Wednesday, January 9th. Good luck!