Friday, July 31, 2009

More Tuesday thrifting escapade photos!

This trip was a tiny treasure adventure, I guess. With the exception of my rack, scroll down the previous post to catch a glimpse of a few more~~I came home with a bunch of smaller goodies. Everything is displayed on top of an empty wedding keepsake album that was never used, for $.50...Oh yeah~~~ can't wait to alter that one!!!! :)))) Old wooden spools of thread, old pink lace and a small length of trim, the praying hands were just too great to pass up and take a looksie at the mini silver cup!!! It only stands about 3" high and it's engraved with the initials S.Y.C. '59 !!!!! I LOVE this sweet cup~~ and can you beleive that I haven't even shined it up yet!!??! My ABC jars... I'm sure the jars by themselves aren't old, but the decals looked that, I couldn't WAIT to fill them! The round knob~ looking thing, probably came off of a child's play stove. Oh, and do you see the little crochet hook? It looks like ivory, very dainty and has cute carving on the end. I really had fun on this trip to the thrift shop but, must admit~ I didn't come home with half of the treats that I normally do... but hey, I only spent $6.00!!!! WooHooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Check out a few more below.... Hugs!!!!

My thrifting escapade... finally posting a few pictures! :)

My $3.00 rack is a favorite... it's actually deep purple in color and has these fantastic cut~out designs on the edges! The brass seashell coaster holder was something that I would not typically buy, but check out the paper coasters that it came with...oh, the colors of those round paper cuties....and, they are embossed with the sweetest pattern.... I'll definitely do something with those!! Maybe I'll spraypaint the holder. Vintage childrens books...I can't ever get enough of those, can you?! Silly patches and bees.... while I was at it, picked those up, too! :) Why? Again, colors are everything to me! :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


No, silly...I'm not a very good baker! :)))))))))) But these might look good enough to eat, eh????!!! Whaddaya think?! XOX

Ahhh, that's a sigh of relief... :)

Hello and Happy Tuesday!!! Okay, so... everything is set for class on Monday. All of the extras and last minute~ needed supplies are ready to go... all I have left to do is paint the boxes. Woot! I'll get that finished later sometime this week. I spent the morning running around town and by the time I got back home, I looked just like a drowned rat! It poured down rain all morning while I was trying to get my last minute errands done before heading back to work tomorrow, and I ended up completely soaked. In and out of the car... No problem, though... it's done and now I can get to all of those neglected chores around the house! (I say that like I'm looking forward to it or something....)

As soon as I can, I will post some new pictures of my thrifting goodies~~ it was quite a hunt today... I was on a mission, though.... yeah...getting my errands done, WAIT....What? Are you thinking, is that how I really got drenched? Okay, *BUSTED* yes... those "errands" did not originally include my thrifting escapade, but hey... I can always make time for that, right?? :)))) And I DID get other things done, too! I promise! :))))

Anyway, Back to the goodies... I ran across some G.O.O.D. stuff!!!!! Can't wait to share... I'll be back in a bit!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy blue Monday!

Eat cake.............

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"C" is for create...

Yes, what you are seeing is one of those plastic, tinsel coated light-up Christmas stars... minus the lights... add the bling! I spent some time going through old costume jewelry and such, and ran across that wonderful, silvery star that I could never get rid of. It's just another one of those "I'll use it someday" things that are multiplying by the hundreds in my studio! YIKES!!! I hope to finally, use up some of this "junk" and consider it work in progress. (or should I call it Spring cleaning!)

Oh boy!! The time is sneaking up on me! :)

"My Favorite Things"... can't wait to host this one! Our next class will be on Monday, August 3rd @ 7:00 pm. Cottage of the Seasons, here we come! Don't forget to bring a collection of those one-of-a-kind finds that you just never wanted to part with... ticket stubs, photos, gumball machine goodies, tiny trinkets from the children, love notes, etc. The supply list could go on and on~ the sky's the limit! Just fill a shoebox!!! :) Bring anything that would fit nicely in a cubby, so that we can decorate and preserve it! We'll provide the shadow boxes, which will be pre-painted in various colors, and all of the ephemera you'll need to enhance your creation~~ you'll be in charge of making it personal! It promises to be a fun- filled evening, surrounded by creative women and a sampling of sweet treats! Hope you'll join us... just a few slots are still left, you can sign up at the shop. Hope to see you there!

Happy day!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's Saturday!! Hope everyone is having a great day!

I love to share an occasional glimpse of some of my vintage stationary... whenever I run across them while out and about, I can't resist taking them home. The floral cards are being made into a journal and I do realize that it's not Eastertime, but of course I couldn't resist showing these off as well. Aren't the colors wonderful? The old bunny and chick illustrations are just too cute! I have a weakness when it comes to the look of old sweet greetings~~

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Up close and personal! :)

My studio watch cat, Sassie graces the entry of my wonderland...

Welcome to my home studio/retreat!!! As crazy and mixed up as it may seem... I really do know where everything is and I have a space for each and every treasure in this playroom of mine! AND... I can always make room for more... because don't forget, my motto~~ more IS more!!! HA! :) I've made my case at the end of this post but don't worry- it's short and sweet-hopefully, you won't get a headache browsing~ or fall asleep, for that matter! *giggle* It's a very sunny, happy spot and I can get lost up there for hours on end! Hugs to you all, thank you so much for stopping by... and I cannot wait to see the rest of the creative spaces in this big, beautiful blogland of ours! I have an awful lot of "surfing" do to this weekend...what a turnout!

xx Christina

I'm arriving a bit early for the party...

Hope that you can see through the mess... some of the picture images may be re-runs, as I posted a bit of my home studio a few months ago. I have been working (believe it or not) on organizing and eliminating... yes, I do realize that my previous statement seems totally untrue after viewing these photos, but I really have done some editing up there! :) We are lucky enough to have an extra bedroom and I've completely taken it over~ it is often confused with my daughter's room!! We stripped the heavily layered wallpaper and my paint color choice was definitely on the feminine side, SO, I didn't have to beg or plead that much at all when it came to asking Cory if I could have this room all to myself. :) Trust me, I've really put this sunny space to good use! I'm soooo grateful~ I have my own playground! Okay, I have a few more... hang in there!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Through the looking glass...

Hmmm, that's what I'll call these. It was truly a pleasure making this small token today, and I hope to have a few more done by the end of this week. This is also my prototype... I'd like to have more trinkets and such on the inside and possibly more glitter around the outside. Wait, possibly? I mean... more glitter. Some of my plans for the others? Filled with sand and mini seashells, some with nests and mini eggs, buttons and ?????, you get the idea! This is pretty tiny. It only measures about 1" x 1 1/2". Every so often, I really do enjoy working in miniature~~ although, my eyes aren't what they used to be! :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Monday!

Good afternoon, all! Just got back home from making a small delivery to Melissa at Cottage of the Seasons... this is one of my newest projects~ finished it yesterday. Whew! I actually got quite a bit done the last couple of days. What a great feeling! Now, I'm waiting for mom... we're going to have a ladies afternoon out and do some running around town. Coffee and goodies~ here we come! Look out! I can't wait...:)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This one was way to much fun! (and quite therapeutic)

Today was yet another productive day... those creative juices are flowing again, thank goodness, because I really missed them while they were away... :) Introducing the re-vamped thrift shop frame... Plain, yucky brown and $.25 !!!! Not too shabby for a quarter!!!! (ok, yes~ NOW it's pretty shabby!) I'm hoping that this will make a dreamy addition to my dining room! I don't think that I'll be parting with this one. :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Something productive this afternoon!

Hello all and Happy Saturday to you!!!! A cool, sunny day here! We spent the morning strolling downtown~~ we went to check out the festivities while my daughter was still asleep... you know how teenagers can be. :))) I think she slept until about 12:30! She was pretty tired from staying up late last night. A yard sale was spotted along the way ... can't pass that up~ and found this little ceramic duckie!! I just had a funny feeling that I could provide a sweet home for her... what do you think? She graces a creation that says; "Baby, oh baby" ~along with a cutie mini cake that waves a "for you" banner and has tiny bubbles... hopefully, she'll find another sweet someone that would just love to adopt her!! Going to walk down to the fair with everyone! Catch up with you later! xo
Christina :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

So much love and many thanks to sweet Karen at My Desert Cottage!!

Take a looksie.... These gorgeous goodies were waiting on my doorstep today... what a wonderful way to end a hectic week!!!! Handmade by Karen, these will always hold a special spot in my heart and home! I am very honored ~ being able to now showcase her talent and will always love her thoughtfulness! Thank you so much, Karen!! :) HUGS!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Why do I love pretties like this?

The addiction is uncontrollable ... anything shiny, glimmer-y, glittery, pearl-y, tinsel-y, silver-y, bling-y... Okay, stop me, I won't go on!!!~~If it sparkles... I'm all over it! (and usually, it's all over me!) I'll soon be unraveling the dark blue strand of pearls ... I actually think that I DO have some crazy BIG plans for them! Aw-Right!!!! It's about time. They are super tiny & pretty old... the spool is soooo cool all by itself, I definitely have to make something out of IT, as well, when it's empty! As far as the other pearlies, that'll come later... they need to age a few more years! *hehehehe*

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The (packrat) Queen of everything!

Peek at a part of my paper crown collection... just in case you haven't noticed, there's not a whole lot in this world that I DON'T collect!! Right?~ just take a look around my place!! (my family and friends tend to agree.) I sooo enjoy the sparkle and glimmer of these party crowns... hmmm, go figure ... I'm in love with whimsy!! *giggle*

As of right now, I'm feeling pulled in two crazy, different directions... Create. nap? Nap. create? :)))) I'm experiencing that creative rush and I want to get lost in my studio- covered in paint and glitter, but just can't pick a project to begin working on!! UGH! My head feels like it just wants to eXpLoDe with all of these great ideas that come and go. (Artist's block... I guess) Last week was a great, productive week~ such an uplifting time for me... I got sooo much done and~ believe it or not, I was keeping myself really, really busy! Now, I guess I'm coming down off of that cloud... and feeling kinda L-A-Z-Y. All that I think I want to do now is... take a NAP and clear my head, then, maybe I'll wake up refreshed. I think I've had too much coffee, though, at this point to choose the refreshing nap option. Yikes! :) What to do...what to do...

Monday, July 13, 2009


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