Monday, April 28, 2008

Vintage Party Swap Loot: Part One

Wow. Time sure does fly when you're having fun... and we've been having a lot of fun around here! Birthday parties, barbeques, day trips. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for 2 straight weeks. Now it is cold and rainy and like 40 degrees. Go fig.

Needless to say, I haven't spent much time at the computer. It's been a race to pack orders and then head to the park or get an ice cream or play in the yard. So much fun! But, I've really missed all my bloggy friends! I hope to catch up all the goings-on today.

I realized that I never posted pics of Artsy Mama's Vintage Party Swap!!! This swap was such a blast... all of Kari's swaps are fantastic!!! I was partnered us with Jenn of Eyecandy Creations. Have you seen her work... and her house?!?! OMG!!! I had the pleasure of meeting Jenn at Silver Bella last November. She is a total doll. I was sooooo excited for this swap!

Here are the goodies that I sent to her!

A little chickie all decked out to party! This was my handmade gift for Jenn. The chick was purchased at the craft store and I added the hat and pearls. The little cake stand is decorated in vintage wallpaper, pom-pom trim, and has a glass pedestal base. I just loved this little cutie!

A "Sweets, Treats, and Cupcakes" kit. Just some fun cupcake toppers, sprinkles, cookie cutters, etc.

A Party Hat Decorating Kit... a little craft kit that I put together with pink paper party hats, crepe paper ruffles, ribbons, vintage flowers, glitter, and other embellishments.

And the rest of the goodies... a vintage party book, a vintage pin the tail on the donkey game, lots of candy, a little elephant planter, and some other little party treats.

Next time, I'll share what she sent!!!
(She totally spoiled me!!!!!)

Friday, April 18, 2008

The word of the day is...


I just finished a huge website update! Over 70 new items that I really hope you will love!
LOTS of fabulous velvet ribbons and flowers.

This amazing crushed velvet just arrived from Switzerland and is available in 3 yummy shades.

Fabulous velvet ric rac in 5 lovely colors. Plus, several other styles of ribbons!

Giant velvet blossoms, strawberries, grapes, flower bunches, leaves...

"Junque Jewelry" parts to use in your art or to create new jewelry from.

Vintage charms, plastic cabs, cameos, ceramic flowers, and more.

Click HERE to go see!
Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2008

What's meant to be will find its way...

Funny story. Last Fall, while cruising a nearby flea market, I spotted this fantastic shelf. It is almost like a small bookcase with a decorated frame around the edge. I LOVED it... HAD to have it. The best part is that the vendor was only asking $5!!! But, my *sometimes-grumpy-on-an-early-Sunday-morning-at-the-flea-market* hubby said that I really didn't need it. It was too heavy, I already have something similar, there's nowhere to put it, blah, blah, blah... So, sadly, I let him talk me out of it.

Well, the very next week, I went back (by myself) to get it. But, it was gone. I was seriously bummed out, and a little peeved that I let my *sometimes-grumpy-on-an-early-Sunday-morning-at-the-flea-market* hubby talk me out of it in the first place.

Sooooo, last week I was browsing at a local antiques mall, it was there!!! Six months later it popped up again! And now it's mine! It was meant to be. I had to pay a bit more for it... but it is so worth it! I love this thing! I think I will paint it a blueish green and add some vintage wallpaper to the back of the shelves. I'll show you when it's done!

I've been wrapping up a few special projects and swaps this weekend, and will *finally* have the new goodies I've been promising you added to the website later this week. There's LOTS of stuff! LOTS of fabulous stuff! Definitely worth the wait! How about some sneak peeks?

Velvet ric rac ( LOVE this stuff) and new shades of velvet ribbon. Yum!

Vintage ceramic carnations. Look at those colors!

Velvet millinery flowers.

Some junk jewelry bits.
I'll try to have everything up on Thursday or Friday!

And last but certainly not least, check out this gorgeous basket that I bought from Heidi at Birds of a Feather!!! She donated 100% of the sale price to charity. It is so, so, so lovely! And check out those crepe paper garlands that she added for me.... she cuts and sews these herself! They are gorgeous! Run as fast as you can to her shop to get yourself some!!! Thanks so much, Heidi!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Giveaway Winner(s)

Wow! Thank you for the wonderful, sweet comments that you left on the giveaway post!!! It's actually not my "Blog Birthday" though! I just decided it would be fun to do a giveaway to celebrate Spring.

I'm really looking forward to visiting all of your blogs... so many new "faces".
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Without further delay... the winner of the Spring Giveaway is

And, since there were sooo many entries, and I really can't just pick one winner, how about 7 more winners to each receive a $10 gift certificate to Speckled Egg?
Where did I come up with that random number? Well, it was FINALLY 70 degrees here yesterday! Totally gorgeous. The girls and I spent the entire day outside enjoying the start of Spring! (We won't mention that it is back to 40 degrees and raining today! Yikes!)

The winners of the gift certificates are:
Heather B
Beth Q
Marilyn H

Give me a day or two to get the gift certificates ready, and they will be on their way to you!

Happy Spring everyone!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spring Things Giveaway!!!

I love hosting blog giveaways!
I just realized that I haven't had one in a while so, here ya go!

Vintage millinery, glitter, trims, a sparkling vintage brooch, a sweet baby bluebird, a roll of tissue fringe, old wallpaper, German scrap cone, speckled eggs, and that yummy vintage, gold-tipped carnation.
(The pom-pom trim, vintage birds, wallpaper, carnations, and more new goodies will be available in my shop soon!)

All nested in this lovely vintage dish.

To enter, just leave a comment on THIS post between now and midnight on Wednesday, April 9th.
(Be sure to include a link to your blog or email address, so I can contact you if you win!!!)
I'll randomly pick a winner on Thursday, April 10th.
Happy Spring!!!