Monday, January 28, 2013

sparkle on...

Good Morning!

We had a day full of sunshine on Saturday,
so I took advantage of the sun streaming in the window
and took lots of pictures of the latest creations for

too many pics for sure, but I like choices, what can I say? 

here are just a few...

I love freshwater pearls,
these beauties are a nice greyish color layered with rhinestone rondelles
 and tiny hearts that I have aged to perfection!

The green in these rhinestone disco balls really
sparkles, especially when added to glass bell flowers
in the same hue...

more fresh water pearls, this time in a natural ivory color,
along with the rondelles that I am obsessed with, dangling
from a patina'd rosary connector and crystal beads.
All for a vintage feel to dress up most anything!

It's a snow day, the kids will be sleeping in today
and while they do I will continue to list earrings in the shop.

Yesterday we had a wonderful day of family time
at my dads place.  Lots of laughter, hugs, good conversation and 
a delicious brunch.  It was awesome to see everyone,
my heart was overflowing when we left...
much needed family time.

We had a night of freezing rain/snow,
Max went to bed hoping for a snow day so that
he and Hannah can go sledding today.
I will have the hot chocolate waiting.

Stay warm!

I will be joining in on Debra's party

Thursday, January 24, 2013

sparkle is important...

Today was the day that I put away our nativity.
I could not get myself to put away the wreath yet.
I love the sparkle that it gives the room so I will
just keep telling myself that it is a 
Winter Decoration
and not just for Christmas.

Sparkle is important,
nobody will ever be able to convince me otherwise.

Truth be told all of the wreaths are still up
both inside and out.
o.k. the trees are still up on the porch too,
it's way to cold for me to put them away.
plus there is the sparkle factor to consider!

It is a beautifully sunshiny day here in Michigan
freezing but beautiful.
A good day for a cup of tea.
Vanilla Chai for me...
what can I make for you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

vintage finds in the kitchen...

First of all you must know,
there was a terrible accident in the kitchen... 
my girl broke in 3 pieces and as hard as I've tried
I have not been able to put her back together again.
I can't bear to throw any part of her away and am saving them
until I can figure out a way to save her.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!
 Sadly for now I have her head in a little urn wearing 
a new crown made from a chimney guard.
(yes, I realize that to many that sounds gross or weird,
but I just know that you all understand and I 
thank you for that!)

in her former glory...

We had enough sunshine today for me to show you how the barn door counter 
has turned out.  Right now it is cleared of all of the treasures
that I have been creating with.  I have had the metal piece for awhile
now, and dragged it in from the barn to fill with a slew of candles.

a rusty old horseshoe rests on the chippy column

my old eyes thought that this photo turned out much clearer than it actually did,
please adjust your eyes to match my 50 ahem some eyes and 
shake away the bluriness!

seriously my favorite creation to date!

and then there is this one,  I married a very old cupboard with a
curvy chippy old dresser and it has been in our back entrance
forever, until I decided to move it into the kitchen.
It gives us much needed cupboard space and I thought it was too 
cool to be in a hallway that nobody ever saw.
It's huge, that's the refrigerator to the left of it!
(Oliver, the cat, loves to climb to the top and  play King of the Kitchen Jungle)

One of my large silver trays hangs from a satin ribbon
and is adorned with a sprig of boxwood.

The side of the cupboard has the beginnings of a utilitarian brush/broom collection...
garage sale season this spring should add a couple to the collection :)

o.k. I know that this is weird but I have to show you the old square head nail
at the bottom of the front of the cupboard,
it stops the door from swinging open too wide and knocking the light
off of the ceiling.
A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Sign by Hannah, inspired by one of the best movies ever, The Help,
love it!  Hannah and I just watched it again a week ago and I could
watch it again very soon.
(Did I ever tell you that John was in a recent photo shoot for Interview magazine with Emma Stone?)
I really need to update you on his latest escapades.
teaser... right now he is in Tokyo for 2 months!

The bowl of fruit is to try and keep us on the healthy
track that we are now on...
I know that in the post a couple back, 
that I got kinda silly about having the flu 3 times and you 
probably won't believe it but we got a completely different strain and it 
was horrible, and after the flu my back went out.
I know, right?  
We were jinxed, quite possibly from my snarkiness about 
having the flu so much, so I am serious when I say...
we have been sick enough and I will do whatever it takes
to keep us healthy!!

This little set up on our other counter is one of my natural weapons to date.
I leave it out for all of the germies around here, plus I love how it looks on the pretty platter. 
  (I couldn't find tops to the little glass jars and so grabbed a couple of the 
vintage shooter  marbles that I had recently soldered, problem solved.)
The recipe is from pinterest, I've tried to embed it and it didn't work so here is the link...

basically you add 1tblsp. honey, 1 tblsp. organic cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. cayenne, 1/4 tsp. ginger
and 2 tblsp. water, take 1 tblsp. for cough, mucus, all the fun stuff.  It really does quiet a cough
and makes you feel better but I will not tell you that I like the taste!
I am not a spicy kind of girl so the cayenne kicks my butt!

Although it's cleaned off for right now here are some of the creations
that I have recently made while sitting here...

A vintage religious medal encased in a soldered pendant along with some 
vintage inspired earrings.  

A reconstructed bracelet made into earrings of fresh water pearls and
crystal rondelles...

and another pair earrings, vintage inspired religious medal connectors with fresh water pearls.
The light at the table is wonderful when the sun is shining
and it makes it a perfect place to work.
I have more to share, so as soon as I get
some more great light I will take pictures to show you
all of the fun/work I have been up to!

How about you?
Have you created something out of scraps,
something that makes your heart go pitter patter? 
I'd love to hear about it!


linking to:

WOW, I haven't partied in a very long time!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

etsy love...

'Will You Be My Valentine?' by ArtisticEndeavors101

Ahhhhh...sweet love.....

Enamel copper heart necklace

Wedding invitation heart bow...

Vintage Key Charm Necklace/b...

One Little White Angel Whit ...

the "i love you more&qu...

First Anniversary Gift - Via...

Heart - LOVE - Heart Folded ...

Custom Wedding Guest Book le...

ES614A/057 - Japanese Art In...

Recycled Jewelry Bottle Cap ...

Valentine Garland . Heart Pa...

Vintage Novel Pages Origami ...

Shotgun Casing Jewelry - Sho...

Sterling heart ring hammered...

Celtic Embraced Heart Orname...

Copper Hearts

Hi everyone!
WOW, it's been way too long...
I am stopping by quickly to share a fabulous etsy 
treasury that I am honored to be included in!
Thank you Brooke!

I hope to have a post very soon
to show you what I have been up to.
the soldering iron has been smoking and the 
dining room table is once again full of projects!

I hope all is LOVELY in your neck of the woods!