Wednesday, May 23, 2012

just an all out proud post...

Duane graduated with his MBA on the 12th of this month
and with all of the busyness around here,
I haven't been able to share how proud I am of him.
This was his 4th attempt,
what with work, running a business, family obligations,
life in general, the other times
he had to put it on hold.
Well not any longer!
His perseverance paid off!

I took this as he was walking in, and caught him waving to us
as soon as he spotted us in the bleachers.

Hannah decided that we all graduated 
some of us from the school of hard knocks...
with a masters no less!

I love this pic of Duane and Max holding hands on the way to the car after the ceremony,
 they even have their footsteps in sinc.
Two peas in a pod I tell you.  
Around here they love to tag team tease the mom,
it's o.k. with me, 
a good laugh is worth being picked on
especially when it's done with a loving yet
devilish look in their eyes!
I wish I would have been able to take a photo
of Cam and Duane too, but the day got crazy, 
the ceremony lasted longer than was planned and we had to
race to our lunch reservation  
and then Cam and his girlfriend Audrey had to eat and run
because Cam had to go to work.
Cam did make sure that Danielle and John got to see their 
dad get his diploma and took a video of it on his phone and sent it to them.
John also was able to watch it live on the schools website.
Isn't technology grand?!!

The next day being mothers day is always a mixed bag of emotions.
I am so blessed to be called mom by these
amazing 5 people that I love dearly, 
yet the day is full of thoughts of my mom and how much I miss her.
Hannah knows that so well and soldered
this pendant for me.
It is a piece of one of my moms scarves that 
Hannah saved from her things.

wait there's more!

Cam called us last night at midnight to tell us that he
was accepted at MSU where he will be studying
in the Fisheries and Wildlife Program!
I don't mind getting woke up for that!
(I took this photo last Sunday at his first roller hockey game of the summer.) 

John is loving his new life in NYC and is working 3 jobs plus modeling
to make his dreams come true...

(these photos are courtesy of Ford Modeling Agency)

This photo was taken of him on the street in NYC.
I will tell you that I love it when I get to see this kind of shot...
I get to see him in his new environment, no styling, just him going about his daily business.
He is doing great in NYC and loves it.
I'm excited to tell you that at the end of the month we will
be able to pick up the latest copy of Interview magazine
and see a fashion spread with him in it!

Danielle is working her tail off in Atlanta,
(it seems to be a common theme)
she unfortunately had a bit of a set back due to
trusting someone when they said "move here and you have a job."
She picked herself up and brushed herself off and
she is waiting tables and tackling life head on and
this weekend is meeting someone for an 
opportunity on a different film project.
So proud of her perseverance and strength... 
(another theme that we have going here)
set backs create an enormous amount of character!
I am a fine example of that!
Being the character that I am most of the time.

Life doesn't always go our way.
Maybe our way isn't the way to go though...
We have been thrown our share of curve balls with one as recent
as last week, but my man and I have become quite the team at
catching what life throws at us and throwing it back.
I hope our aim is good this time!

I think that's enough of the horn tooting for now.
Thanks so much for indulging me,
I just wanted to catch you all up on what has been keeping me away!

to put it simply...


We have been super busy just like the rest of you,
this time of year has so much work and
family time to enjoy!

Happy Wednesday!
I think tomorrow I will have my latest project to share,
so I hope you will stay tuned!


etsy love...

I have been fortunate to have been included in some great treasuries lately 
and thought I would share one of my favorites. 
 I think I could take home everything in this one! 

Thank you Eric from A Salvage Collection! 

 I'll be back later today, I just wanted to say good morning and have a sunshiny day! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

just a little more...

I went back out to Nancy's shop yesterday to deliver the rest of the
pendants and jewelry that I am including in her sale, and thought I would take 
a few more teaser shots...

don't you just need to have those clocks?  How about the glass canisters and crocks?

this vanity/desk that she painted is just gorgeous and look at the sweet chair that she painted
and added Paris onto the back!

She has lots of wonderful smalls too...

She has been scrubbing, painting, and making everything
(she has 2 of these columns!)

the peaches sign is not for sale, it was from her parents farm.
love that too.

Here's another shot of the picket fence wall
plus all of the pretties in front of it :)

I added lots of new necklaces to the jewelry stand,

there's these new initial tiny square pendants and some beautiful resin flower necklaces,

lace preserved under glass, new heart pendants, all with
a vintage patina...

look at that sweet face...

and so much more...

May 18th & 19th 
 May 20th

The Garden Gallery
4400 S. Dewitt Rd.
St. Johns, MI

Hope you can make it!



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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

all this and more...

I am so excited to be included in this years spring show at
The Garden Gallery!
As I toured Nancy's shop, my head was spinning in every direction to take it all in...
no kidding, she has so many amazing items for sale that
I wanted to move into the shop!

Nancy and her husband Don are a great team, she comes up with
creative designs,  and he helps make them a reality.

Like this incredible piece... found the cart, refurbished it and made a new top for it...
now it's a seriously cool piece that would be great just about anywhere
in my your home. :)
The mantle behind it?  Equally amazing... look at that mirror!

Her vignettes make me want to scoop up the whole thing and take
them home to recreate them, every one tells a story.

These are folks after my own heart...
see the paneling on the wall?  It's fencing that they salvaged and put throughout a couple of the rooms.
Yes, I said rooms!
Nancy has 4 rooms stocked with treasures and another outbuilding that will be 
open for the sale and more things on the grounds!
So much goodness, that I NEED to have!

Like this first aid cabinet!

This is where I come in...
she is carrying my laundry soap for the sale,
all full of natural lavender goodness!

The show will also have my jewelry in it!

I took a handful of things over there this weekend,

and have been adding to the collection since!
Lots more to come!

I saved the best for last.
These old locker baskets on the original shelves made me stop in my tracks.
I think I may have even made a screeching sound with my feet!
Oh my gosh, it is beyond cool, and is on the top of my wish list!
wish. wish. wish.
there, that should do it!

This is just a sampling of the amazing treasures in the show.
There are cabinets, tables, chairs, smalls, industrial, shabby, cottage style, 
and everything has Nancy's magic touch!

You are not going to want to miss this!

May 18th & 19th 
 May 20th

The Garden Gallery
4400 S. Dewitt Rd.
St. Johns, MI

I am also going to be teaching a 
Altered Domino Pendant class at 
The Garden Gallery
June 20th
space is limited, so make sure to sign up for that too!

Lots of fun on the horizon,
I hope to see you there!

That's what I've been up to...
how about you?

See you soon!

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Thanks as always for the parties girls!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

white wednesday...

I know I've said it before, but cleaning for me is not complete unless
I rearrange something!
So the dining room mantle got a new look...

I moved the St. Francis statue up here and I just love the backdrop of 
the American flag behind him so it came along for the ride.
The reflection of the bride and groom was a nice surprise when I was 
editing this photo!

I don't have many flowers yet so I trimmed the 
spirea bush to bring some spring into the house.

So now I have a new mantle, all dressed for spring.

Yes, I did just take down the tree of Valentine hearts...

don't judge people.

Happy Wednesday!


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