Saturday, January 23, 2010

Craft Room Project ~ One Heart Two Ways

I came across these flocked hearts last year, and put them to use this week. A zinc key hangs from an asymmetrical neck chain with long bugle beads, and finished with ribbon and an "S" hook closure.

Glass beads once strung on a vintage chandelier along with the flocked heart, hang from vintage rose lace on this one. Seam binding connects to an eyebar closure.
They are both for sale at the shop this weekend!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On The Fence? Get Dressed!

Have you been "on the fence" about doing a project? I hope my recently Craft Room post and projects have inspired you to create something, anything. I know it's hard to get those fingers working (much less the brain) in this weather. (But when you think about it--what else can you do in this weather?) Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get down to the business of keeping yourself happy by getting back into your crafting supplies and making something!

Here's something I just finished:

Inspired by the art of Leigh Pennebaker, I made it out of some wire fencing I got at Room With A Past. It almost came into shape by itself! I was amazed to watch my hands put it all together. It reminds me of my wedding dress! It stands about 4 feet tall. I think it would be great in a garden, or as a display for items that could be clipped on it with clothespins, etc.

It's for sale in my spot at the shop this month. By the way, we have tons of Valentine stuff at this month's opening, which starts TONIGHT! But we won't be open again until after Feb. 14th, so get off the fence, and get it now!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Craft Room Project ~ Blue Collage

My craft room has been serving me well. So nice to have everything at an arm's reach. Here's something that I started in October, was shelved over the holidays, and then finally finished!
Told you about my thoughtful friends here. I wanted to thank them in an equally thoughtful manner.
My friend Mandi at Mementos printed this photo of my friend's mother on fabric for me. I love the way the sheet music show through it. Because its printed on fabric, you can do all kinds of things with it. I was tempted to do every creative application I could think of, but I restrained myself and opted to just paint the dress blue.
The ruffles are reminiscent of a party dress, and I've heard this gal loved a party. She loved roses, too, so I made sure I used this strip of lace roses. The lace corner and blue hanky was among many of the beautiful things they gave me.

One for each of them. You can read more about it here on Over Good Ground.

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's Time For You To "C"

See this bare wall? It's in a room that has become my CRAFT ROOM!!!! If I could figure out a way to surround those golden words with hearts, flowers, rainbows and a few musical notes, I would, because every time I go in here I am instantly uplifted.

Oprah says your house should "rise up to meet you" when you come home. The only thing that rises up to meet me when I open my front door lately is the smell of wet dog, but whenever I go into this room, it's all good.
I've had some of the furniture for this anticipated room for, literally, years. The desk top is an old door I got at one of Wendy Addison's yard sales. I topped it with Plexiglas and put trim on the front edge. The two end cabinets were cherry wood entertainment end units (Craigslist Benicia $60). The white drawer units were from a vanity I took apart (free!) and painted. The chair was $5.00 at a Crockett yard sale (yet to be covered).
I primed and painted the cherry wood units, then papered the backs with sheet music. They are now filled with some of my favorite things that some of my favorite people have given me, and cool ephemera.

The "inspiration board" is an old crib mattress support.

So here it is today:

You can click on the photos to make them bigger. Can you see the cute crochet coffee cup and cupcake pin cushions on the center of my desktop? They were made by Bekah. She makes the cutest things! Check out her Amigurumi posts and her online shop! The silhouettes on the wall are of me and my husband! I found them recently in a cedar trunk I was cleaning out. The dusty chandeliers (there are six of them!) hung from the redwood beam ceiling are my "ladies in waiting". They are waiting for me to decide if I want to keep or sell them. BTW--I think dust is the "new white", and I'm just waiting for it to catch on in the decorating world.

Here's what they look like from the floor when I am doing my morning stretches:
That's my parent's wedding picture up there under the smoke detector. It's a 3' x 5' poster from their 60th Anniversary party us "kids" threw for them a few years ago.

You can see the growth chart on the inside plane of the door. This was my son's room for the last 18 years before it recently became community property again! See those gold feathers on the right?
They're from my curtains on the other side of the room:
Behind those curtain are hundreds of plastic shoe boxes, cigar boxes, suitcases and shelves that hold my supplies.
And here's my faithful pal Maybelle. She looks over my shoulder while I'm working away. She doesn't talk much, and she's a good listener.
I hope you enjoyed my tour! I hope to soon share some of the projects I've made so far in my CRAFT ROOM. I'm still getting used to saying that!!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's Almost Complete!

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what I've been busy with? Stay tuned.....!