Thursday, September 30, 2010

Haute Handbags

I am proud and thankful to have one of my Hand Painted Leather Bags published in 
Stampington's Haute Handbags Publication.

Love this magazine.  Full of beautiful bags and great ideas!

Thank you Beth!

Ode To Alice!

My Glitterfest theme seems to be taking on a bit of an Alice in Wonderland theme...
No surprise really.

This is my new business card...

The little girl is me.

About 10 years ago I had a little store called Daydreams.
This was my logo then too.
Being the perpetual Dreamer, many hours as a child were spent
lying on my back with my Grandmothers dog, Sammy in the grass,
staring at the sky, imagining there were animal shapes in the clouds,
blowing bubbles, making wishes with dandelions,
talking to the flowers, creating mud pie masterpieces decorated with flowers
and creating quite the make believe world.
Everything was ALIVE to me as a child.
The garbage disposal had to be "fed" or it would die.

As I pondered my new business and art direction, it was clear that I return to my roots...
the essence of who I am, not just as an artist, but as a person too.

I truly believe within every thing living or not, there lies potential.
Trash to treasure, bad to good....despair to hope.

Call me Pollyanna, Alice, Mary Poppins or whoever.

Life is truly about what you make it to be and how
you respond to the negative that life throws at you.

As I tell my kids,
"Life is full or curve balls, you better be able catch it and hurl it back, or duck and let just let it pass."

Back to the studio.
See you all at Glitterfest or in Virtual Internet-land!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Babies in Waiting...

Glitterfest fast approaches and I am happily busy
 be-bopping from Garage Studio to Inside Studio as I call it.

Magic is Happening and I am so excited to share it with you in only
4 days!

These are my "Babies in Waiting"...

Patiently waiting to be transformed and get a second chance at life as Art.
Back to the studio.

Be fearless in your creativity!

Monday, September 27, 2010

MORE Glitterfest teasers...

Charlotte's Web Necklace

Fall and Holiday necklaces...

More pretty flowers...

back to work...see you Saturday at Glitterfest!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Glitterfest TEASE....

Twas the week before Glitterfest and all through the house...
Glue flying, saws grinding all through the night.
Kids starving - mate whining,
"Where was the Woman of the house?"
Buried knee deep in glitter, doll parts and trim,
bauble and gemstones filled up to the brim.
She's making some Magic to show to her friends...
Cackling with creativity?
No, hacking on dust.
When you see her next week excuse
the bloodshot eyes and crazed look...
cause she wanted to bring you all much Surprise!
Here are a few teasers of what will be coming with me to Glitterfest!

Eyeball spiders this year to wear!

Babies in Cloches...

 Dreamy Christmas scenes...

Sugar Plum Fairies danced in their heads...

While deers dreamed of Spring...

Barbie style hands....what could this be?

Lots of whimsy will accompany me...

Peace and Love,

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Going Carnie!!!

It has been re-do, re-do, re-do around here.
Learning new techniques, turned my studio inside out,
Gave my cottage which was basically overflow...
(you know, out of sight, out of mind???)

Well, no more.  This weekend at the Chateau de Fleurs I am selling LOTS
of baggies of STUFF, LOADS of jewelry components, Vintage Pearls and other necklaces,
fabric, Garden elements, old Linens,
Studio organization pieces, chandeliers, etc, etc.

On top of that, My entire Line of current jewelry, 
over 100 pieces are being reduced in price to MOVE.
Time for me to move into my new art forms...
OVER it!!!

Sold my pretty Canopy and decided to use up some super cool fabric, embroidery and linens that 
I have been hoarding. Since Moulin Rouge is one of my Favorite all time movies, my canopy is very reflective of the style of that era, mixed with a little Carnie and Gypsy...

On top of this, I wanted a OLD steamer trunk...It is my JUNK Trunk,
where at each show, I will bring you super duper deals on STUFF!

This trunk screamed at me from where it was up on a shelf in an Antique store...
"Buy me, buy me it taunted"
Can you believe that color??? It is actually not quite this orange...
It is my newest LOVE!!!
Swear I was a Gypsy in a former life.

Also coming for the ride to this show are some SUPER funky new display pieces I picked up...Oh My.

I LOVE CHANGE...come on down to the Sale and shop from all of the wonderful vendors there,
Always friendly, amazing treasures and fabulous prices as well!!!!

Sneak peak of what I am painting signs for my NEW style
and new business name...
Vintage Bling is going Bye Bye...


Friday, September 10, 2010

FINALLY Done...almost!!!!

I have been frighfully blogfully remiss or is it
woefully remiss at my bloggingness?
At any rate, my world has been full of changes of late, personally, living space wise
as well as professionally.

I am one of those weird creatures that LOVES change...Can't stand still.

Is that grass growing beneath my creative feet??  Gotta move.

So, had wild ideas for a new work surface in my Studio, then maybe I won't take over the kitchen counters and the dining room table when in creative High Gear...(my family hopes at least)
The space is BIG, my ceilings are vaulted from 8 ft on one side of the room up to about an 18-20 foot ceiling, this was the side that my work area was being modified.

I sold my bookcase and armoire and set upon the task of creating a workbench from old doors and sawhorses.  The sawhorses were from harbor freight, ya know...great prices, LOTS of nuts and bolts.
After a few hour of assembling I set up my doors on the saw horses.
NOPE, hated it!
That idea crashed and burned spectacularly.

Onto plan "B".

Found this really cool table that in it's previous life had a steel ironing board bolted to the top, complete with a hot plate for an iron and an arm to keep the cord well out of reach.
I could only envision some poor sweating woman in a work apron chained to this torture device, ironing hours a day for a living.  I dismantled the beast and thought it perfect for a sewing table, especially with the measuring tape conveniently painted on the front.

The bookcase came from inside the cottage and it has been a very functional storage unit.

Well, that idea crashed and burned also.

Scratching my head...
"Maybe it is just stress, what is wrong with me?  Typically my ideas pan out pretty well."
My BFF said to me, "Wow, you are having a Brain were overdue"
She agreed my Plans A & B sucked.

As I was whining to my friends Lori and Jamie, they suggested I come over to their house and check out some of their treasures that I might be able to work into my space.

Thank GOD for feathered friends.

The Base is a, I don't know what the heck in a previous life.
A Buffet/Counter/Desk, with a locking cabinets and a metal lined file drawer.
Loved that it was 36 inches tall like my other two pieces in the Studio.
Purchased from Jamie.

Antique door painted with chalkboard paint. 
Victorian Corbels from Lori.
The backsplash became the peak above the shelf.
The Antique porcelain doorknob is still attached to the wood from the door it came from,
cut out and so perfectly acts as tiny support for the shelf above. It also covers the hole in the 
chalkboard door from the previous doorknob.
Thank goodness Rob helped me execute this plan as it is a really large piece and cumbersome to assemble and hang.

Then, the icing on the cake.
My friend Rita made this fabulous little table of vintage card file drawers from an old library.

Remember kiddies, back in the days before computers and the internet, we had to spend hours at the library looking in the card files. When Rita posted a pic of this piece on her blog a few weeks back, I knew I had to have it.  It was to be my coffee table.

Today I trekked to Fallbrook to deliver some goodies to Christie's house for our Chateau de Fleurs show next weekend.  I arrive and am greeted by Rita, Lori and Christie...three of my Four feathered friends.
Driving home, I realize that the piece from Rita might very well fit under my new work station...
and it did!!!

With the help of my Feathered Friends, my new workstation is a DREAM!!!
Still need something from Christie to complete it...
Love you ladies!!!