Thursday, July 29, 2010

Revamp Camp

Well, not really a camp, but I like the fact that it rhymed.
I've been working on revamping some yard sale treasures and the mail holder above is one of my finished products. It was painted those lovely '80s colors of mauve and blue, but it called out to me at $2 and said, "paint me and make me useful!" So,  I did. I painted it creme, stenciled 1-2-3 on it and added three buttons to finish it off. Now, it can be used to hold mail, craft supplies, whatever!  I like how it turned out, but it will probably end up at my etsy shop as my walls are getting crowded!

I also had time to revamp a small jewelry box...I experimented since it was a free piece that I picked up from my local Freecycle. I'm not quite done, but so far, I've decoupaged it, used gold leaf, vintage jewelry and stamped far, so good.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Paper art and things to do...

As I promised, I am giving you a sneak peek of my paper mosaic art that I created while taking a class at The Queen's Ink. I am keeping the one above, but offering some of my work for sale at my online etsy store. I plan on creating even more paper mosaics this week while my youngest is visiting the grandparents in Pittsburgh. I got up at 6:30 this morning and haven't stopped working! My to-do list is about seven pages long. Let's see, my goal is to complete at least three works of art, sand and prime four pieces of newly acquired furniture, develop a marketing plan, finish an essay that I've been working on for a writing contest, clean out the toy closet, organize my studio, post more things on my etsy site...will I do it all? Stay tuned!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Design by Force

Suddenly, my blog template and background have disappeared, so I had to come up with something fast until I have time to design something that I really love. Of course, this template goes with the theme "Where the grass is greener," but it's not really me. So, for the time being enjoy the layout!

This week, I plan to create, create, create, so you shall see some new stuff coming your way soon. In the meantime, the collage above was featured in an Etsy Treasury this week ( a big deal because it's great publicity).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Weekend Class and Sister Time

This past weekend I headed to Savage Mills, a historic (19th century) textile mill that was transformed into a unique shopping adventure that features artist studios, craft galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. I took a class at one of the specialty stores there, The Queen's Ink, a funky, fun craft store that's way beyond your local super-sized craft store. They offer classes on a weekly basis, but this was my first and it was fantastic. We created paper mosaics and everyone in the class came up with something spectacular! Patti, the talented store owner, taught the class and told us at the beginning that there were no ugly mosaics, and she was so right! I'll post my finished project on my next blog.
Sunday and Monday, I played with what I learned and made a few more paper mosaics and then headed up to my sister's house on Tuesday. We finished working on our current projects, including a darling little jewelry box that I hand-painted for a client in Texas (see above). I whitewashed an unfinished musical jewelry box that I found at a yard sale (it was brand new) and then arranged the wooden letters and painted the flower and butterfly to frame them. I then painted each letter a soft background color and when they dried, I added a special touch to each -- polka dots, stripes, little leaves, little flowers and stars -- then I glued them to the top. I added Swarovski crystals to the top and the drawer handle and painted the front with the same pastels, covered it all with a protective coat and then shipped it off!

After we finished our projects, we had some fun (and a lot of laughs) creating Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). She also helped me take some photos and edit them for my showcase tomorrow morning. Visit my shop for some brand new creations!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Endings

Looks like Steve, the wonder dog, has found a home! Thanks to all of you who suggested people, forwarded emails, etc. Steve is now living happily with another family (a friend of my son's) and living with another dog who he gets along with (of course, the dog had to bow down to him first).  My dog is now relaxed and happy and I think it will be a long time before we try to introduce another animal to the house.
I've been busy creating for an upcoming etsy store showcase. I've had a whole box of jewelry and trinket boxes that I found at various tag sales and just started working on them. I finished a few music collage keepsake boxes (I LOVE old sheet music). I also painted, stamped and decoupaged a small trinket box that I purchased at garage sale ... I love how it turned out (above). I used a vintage post earring for the knob. Right now I'm working on a custom jewelry box for a client. It's so much fun making it because I get to use pastels, flowers and all sorts of "little girl" creativity -- stay tuned -- I'll reveal it in an upcoming blog.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wine and Design...Oh so fine!

We had a great time creating light switch covers at our monthly Wine & Design. Everyone came with something specific in mind and we were all happy with the outcome. It was a small group, but we had fun and shared creative advice and loads of funny stories. I took some pictures, but they didn't turn out that great. I'm sure Cassie (with her fancy camera :-) took much better photos. Check her blog at
As for an update on Steve, the wonder dog; we are still trying to place him. He seriously is a great dog, but our dogs just do not get along. We have tried all the  suggestions from Siberian Husky rescue groups, however, it's not working. They both want to be the alpha dog and neither one is backing down. It's pretty stressful here and we've got to find him a home! Please help if you can. He's a great dog ... he's at my feet right now. Oh, how I wish there could be peace on earth (or at least at my home).

Friday, July 9, 2010

All About Steve

Okay. I admit it. I've been a bit preoccupied. On a whim, we decided to adopt another Siberian husky. His name is Steve. He and my dog aren't hitting it all. 

Here's his story: A couple who were in the U.S. Army bought him as a pup from a breeder in Poland (He actually has a passport!). They lived in Germany with him for 4 years. They recently transferred to Ft. Meade, MD and told us that they couldn't keep the dog because he was knocking down small children at the base in the common area (wanting to play); and they don't have a backyard for him. They told us he was great with other dogs. We brought our dog to meet him and they did just fine. Then we brought him home. 
He clearly needs to be an only or an alpha dog. He seems to like other dogs except our dog. Yesterday, we had a bit of a breakthrough...he wanted to play with our dog. Our dog (who clearly doesn't trust him) wanted no part of it and she let him know. We had a family come to look at him yesterday because their husky passed away and they want a new one, however, my kids and I are now growing attached. My heart says we can work it out, but my head says, "Are you insane?" The dog is beautiful, partially trained (he's very hyper, but will listen to commands such as sit, stay, lay down). 

I think he would make a great pet for someone, but he clearly must not be placed in homes with small children or dogs. I brought him to the SPCA, but they said since he fought with our dog that they would have to euthanize him. I did a 180 and got out of there as quickly as possible -- no way I was going to let anyone put down such a great dog. So, that's all about Steve. Stay tuned.