Wednesday, November 20, 2013

playing shopkeeper one show at a time..,

One of my favorite things to do for a show
is set up the displays.  It would seem that I have 
been drawn to books more than ever lately...
This large one stands by itself and holds 
tiny leather journal necklaces.

repurposed leather, tiny pages taken from maps, music paper,
a German dictionary and of course some blank pages...
 for your tiny little secrets!

I bring books to most every show, because
sometimes you just need to lift things a bit,
or you need to stuff vintage button rings in the pages!

or you need to hang shadowbox pendants from them...

I had a woman ask me this past weekend what my pendants
had to do with the United States.
Made me smile at the literal way she saw my display and the
"Oh, I'll use the huge atlas stuffed in my treasures to 
hang necklaces on" way that I saw it!

I even draped necklaces over extra books this past show...

Do you see the new apron for my girl?  I made them for us to wear at shows,
some of us (Duane) tends to walk away from the cash box, so 
I made aprons to put the cash in so no box is necessary for him!
I really made this so easy for me-I bought some work aprons from Menards
and stamped our logo on a piece of drop cloth and sewed it over their logo,
across the apron but not closing up the pockets.
easy peasy, just like I like it!

Now to show you some of the reasons for so many displays...
first, these are custom orders for some of my customers.
Never underestimate the power of one person wearing your jewelry.
My friend Kathleen wore a pendant that I made for her of her parents
and then her sisters wanted them and then her friend wanted me to make her 2 of her 
parents and grandparents.
Thank you Kathleen!!! xoxoxo

this is one of the shadowbox pendants that are hanging 
from the atlas in the photo above.  
I traded out the ball chain for some vintage jewels
that I grouped together.
I then claimed it for my very own!

A tiny xoxo charm with beads and treasures dangling from it
is now another custom order, as two friends 
both had to have the only one that I had last weekend!

This is my last display piece to show you today...
since I'm on the road so much and I use suitcases as much as books,
I decided to put my logo on a vintage suitcase that I painted white.
It does double duty, as it holds things for the show
and makes a great presence in the booth!

Can't forget the major reason for 
our lavender goodness!

I love playing shopkeeper as I get ready for the show to begin...
It may not look like it to those around me as I look like a stressed out squirrel
looking for her stash of nuts, but really I'm having a great time!

on another note...
if you see my stash,
could you tell me where it is?
Right now I'm on the hunt for my metal stamps for 
a project that I really need to do,
or I just may go over the edge!

You know how it is,
you put something in a safe place
and someone moves the safe place!
(it couldn't be that I forgot where it is)

OHHHH one more thing!
I just opened a shop on square
you can now purchase the lavender goodness
click on the link and it will take you right to me!

(for all of you that are already set up with square accts.!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. oh may exciting and fun things going on at the Old White House! your trinkets and the way you display them are all SO lovely! i adore those little soldered shadowbox pendants! clever apron idea too.....and the suitcase....SWEET! blessings....

  2. LOVE all your wonderful goodies, and those gorgeous shadowbox pendants!! I know you must be having so much fun!

  3. How your small enterprise has expanded! All due to your hard work and creative spirit...Kudos

  4. Oh how LOVE my Made in Michigan friend!! What does the atlas have to do with it!! Exactly that!! LOL I LOVE LOVE it all girlfriend!! You know you rock in my world!! You have gotten so much better n better!! Yu need a shoppe girl!! But I be t you are doing just fine in what you are doing!! No overhead and insurance!! You inspire a lot. I love that necklas with the XOXO charm. Keep on Keepn on!! Love ya Fran.


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