Friday, August 22, 2008

And We're Off...

And so it begins....we are almost packed for this weekend's show. I have not everything I had planned to make, but much more than I thought I would have. There were a few jewels stored away that I had forgotten about!
I love doing shows, meeting people, talking about all the wonderful things everyone has to sell...and I will probably be bringing home new things too!!!
Plan to take lots of pictures this weekend to share with you!!! Keep your fingers crossed for me....if sales go well, I promised my son a Wii.....nothing like a little pressure!!! LOL

Back to packing and then off we go.....

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baby Shoe-aholic

The wonderfully creative and talented Dawn from The Little Speckled Egg, has some great tutorials on her site. I purchased the one for these adorable baby shoes...and now I am sooooo darn hooked. They are so sweet.....and Dawn's tutorial is wonderful. She has color pictures for each step of the way and great tips/instructions for making this a breeze to do.

I am making these for the show we are doing this weekend.....but what a great gift idea. Wouldn't it be fun to get someone's baby shoe and a baby picture to make these with...even some of mom's old costume jewelry or buttons to use. What a great way to give a personalize treasure. And what a fun idea for a wedding party, if you could get something personal from each of the girls to use. Or just a fun gift for your girlfriends.

What about a baby shoe night????? Have your girlfriends gather their treasures and come over for a fun night to make their own shoe and share memories with their pictures and treasures!!!

Yep, I am officially hooked!!! And if you aren't interested in doing these.....well then contact me and I will give you my address to send all the costume jewelry, baby shoes and buttons that you run across.....wouldn't want them to go to waste, would we???? LOL

Don't Forget The Contest.....

Go HERE to enter our Name The Radio Show contest!!! We would love to hear your ideas!!!

AND if you have an idea or something you would want discussed or someone that you think we should have on as a guest...please let us know!!

Thanks so much!!!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sweet Pincushions.....

These are some of the sweet little pincushions I have been working on for the show. It is from a Down Memory Lane pattern and I just love looking for vintage spoons to make these with.

Sadly, I deleted the "before" picture by accident. We needed a small sign for our booth this weekend...I had visions of doing a quilted one, but that will have to wait. This one was at our local Goodwill with a torn and tattered red chili picture at the top. I went to the computer made a cute sign with our name and tagline. This picture doesn't do it justice as it turned out really well in person....I want to add some old buttons around the picture and I think this will make a great sign to take with us to different shows. The chalk area could have a great quote, welcome, or even a show special we are running!!!

Off to the studio....who knows what will come out next....LOL

Monday, August 18, 2008

My First Award.......

My dear friend Tiff, from Making Room For Serendipity has tagged me with this little meme AND given me my very first bloggy award! Thanks so much Tiff!

Okay, first things first...These are the rules which need to be passed on:

1).Link to the person who tagged you on your blog.
2).Post the rules of the tag on your blog.
3).Write 6 random things about yourself.
4).Tag 6 people at the end of the post.
5).Let each of the people know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6).Let tagger know that your tag entry has been posted.

Six Random Things:

1. When I start thinking about something...I just can't turn it off!!! I remember being a speaker at a women's conference and my co-speaker told me in the middle of the night, "Stop it, I can hear your brain from over here!!" LOL
2. I am a true Diet Pepsi from Taco Bell-aholic. There must be a 12-step (or drink) program somewhere!!!
3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working with women in the crafting business....especially the ones that are starting out. I like nothing better than late night phone calls to brain storm about their businesses or shows.....
4. I am a bonified craftaholic as I want to try everything. I know that not everything is going to be my cup of tea---but each new craft teaches me about a new technique or material to use, and that is great info to use on the crafts I do love.
5. I was the little girl in the crinoline slips and sweet dresses that sang solos in church on Sunday mornings. I remember our minister coming to our house to teach me new songs to sing for the services....sadly, now they would request that I didn't sing....LOL Can't get into the crinoline slips anymore either.....LOL
6. I struggle with being angry at the Christian family that I love for some of their prejudices and exclusions.....that need for us all to be "cookie cutter" christians and not the individuals that God created us to be. I am not talking about sinfulness...I am talking about individuality.

Tagging these awesome bloggers, but please don't feel pressured to play along, I promise it won't hurt my feelings any ;o). And if there's anyone else that feels like snagging the meme, please feel free, it was tough for me to pick just 6 people when I read so many great blogs every day!

1. Jen over at Knitting Jen
2. Tina over at Giggles and Grace
3. Teresa over at Plumwater Cottage
4. Vee over at A Haven For Vee
5. Mandy over at
6. Lisa over at The Preacher's Wife

And now...TA DA...the award!!!

Thanks again Tiff....I am truly honored that you chose me!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Few Finished Things......

(A quick thank you to you dear friends that have added info about my contest to your blogs!!!! I wish I was computer savvy enough to come up with a cute button to add to your blogs....but alas, I ain't there yet!!! LOL But truly a heartfelt thanks for your help!!! HUGS!!)

Please remember to check out my last post for the Radio Show contest....the reason I wanted all the names suggested in the comments area is that it is like getting together with your friends and throwing out ideas. Some ideas spark new ones....that makes it fun.

Love the ones that have already been suggested....and looking forward to seeing yours!!!

In the meantime, I have been working away and here are a few of the finished things......

Remember the colander from my shopping the other week? Well, here is a lamp I made from it.

And some Raggedy Ann pins I finished....

And last, Hoot the of several I am finishing....

Hope you are all having a great weekend.....don't forget the contest!!! And if you live any where near Chattanooga, TN or Lafayette, GA....check out my business site: we are giving away two tickets to The Queen City Market to be held August 23 (Saturday)...we would love to see you there!!!


Thursday, August 14, 2008

It was my! And A Contest....

Apparently, I need a plethora of excuses for this week!! Wednesday was my birthday...and while I got some things done...I did have a little celebrating to do....Heck, you only turn 51 once, right?????
Then, again, I was called into the library to work today.....SOOOOO, to make it up to you, how about a fun contest...and please feel free to send 400 of your closest friends to this blog to help us out!!!

Here is the deal....we started out with a simple name for our Radio program....Creative Living 101...ok, I know, boring. Then someone came on the radio list announcing her program, Girlfriendology....and sady, title envy hit. I knew we needed something more....a name that was fun, upbeat, creative, and "girlfriendy". Not asking for much, am I??? LOL

We want something to reflect what we will be talking about......friendship, faith, family, home, recipes, books, music, creativity.... You get the idea. What we need is a fun name that reflects all if you would like to enter our contest, and enter as many times as you would like....add your suggested name in our comments sure your email is listed so we can contact you. And the weekend of August 23, we will pull all the entries and the girls will get together and decide the winner by August 30.

So what do you get for all your inspiration???? We will put together a fun package that will include one of my prayer angels (see picture in an earlier post) and other assorted goodies.

We truly would appreciate your help with this!!!!!! If you have any questions, just email me at: But your entries have to be in the comment area.


Hugs and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Those "best laid plans"....LOL

I should have known when I posted that I would have pictures from my finished projects each day......that was simply an invitation to get all my plans changed!!!! LOL
I was called to work a couple of days this it, the money is good, the timing could be better, but I am not going to complain!!!!

SO....instead of finished, how about a work in progress??? These are Hoot the Owl that I am working on. I have visions of him, alone, on a wreath with a moon and stars, and maybe sitting in a smaller wreath for a fall centerpiece. We will see what happens with Ol Hoot when he gets finished.

That means this evening......I have brought home a pile of movies from the library and I will be sitting in front of the tube with my Diet Pepsi from Taco Bell (I really should get some kick back for advertising for them so much!!!! LOL), a movie, a huge box of stuffing and a pile of doll parts.....wanna join me?????


Monday, August 11, 2008

A Photo A Day---A Finished Project A Day....

Recently, I saw a blog (I believe it was Rebecca Sower's) that had a picture a day posted. I thought this was such a neat idea. And would work well for me right now....I am working to get ready for some upcoming shows and new Fall things for our booth and I really need to be cranking out the "stuff"...LOL an effort to keep current on my blog, record my progress on fun items I am doing, I am going to do a project a day for the next week or so. Now all of these were not finished in one day...I always have several things in the works around here...but it will be what I get to the finished stage. And in a crunch I may have to post works in!!

These apples are from a pattern I have had for awhile from Tennessee Ridge Primitives.....easy to make, really fun to do...and they could be used as a great centerpiece for fall. Imagine them filling an old colander or great wicker basket. Maybe throw in a few fall leaves for more color....

This is what I have finished so far today....there is more on the work table, so I need to get back to it. for later this week, I want to post a contest connected with our radio program!!! So please check back!!
Have a great something fun and creative for your home!!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Heigh Ho... Heigh Ho...It's Busy Work, I Know....

I am really trying to be better about consistant posting....and the upside is, I am doing much better than when I started. But I am working on getting lots of goodies ready for some upcoming shows and such. The basket above is full of finished things from yesterday......homespun wrapped hangers, clothespins and primitive stamped tags. So at least you know that I am being productive in my absence!!! LOL

BTW....our first show this season is on August 23 in Lafayette, Georgia. We will be in an historical home..The Marsh House...I am really looking forward to this fun day. You can find out more about the Queen City Market by clicking on the name. I hope some of you will join us that day....

Now on to a new project....because you know, there are never enough projects!!!! LOL

I know it is a scary idea...LOL....but I am looking into doing an online radio show with a couple of friends of mine. It will be a continuation of things we have done online over the years and with the newspaper I had, Creative Grace. We want to talk about "girlfriend stuff", family, friends, home, recipes, great books and music, and so much more. We are working on getting a start date that I will post soon as well as the name of the show..... But, I would love to hear from you some of the things that you would love for us to talk about or give us names of people that would make great guests. The show will be a "call in" show, so I would love for all of you to be able to participate. The program will be you can listen to it live or catch up on the programs later.

Some of the topics we have been talking about is: Gift Closet, Once A Month Cooking, Book Club, Home Business...... Creative Endeavors,

I would love your feedback on this!!!!

BTW....we need music...for intros, fill ins and to end the show....they can be different each time. So if you know someone that would like to have their UPBEAT music heard, let me know....we don't $$$ but we are happy to promote their music and site through the show.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Finders Keepers......

One man's trash is another man's


I am officially on "the hunt".....crafting mania has set in, I have some great new patterns, including one from this fun site. It's the one with the adorable baby shoe pin cushion....(thanks for sharing that with me Miss Ellen!!)

My hubby was having a good day and just wanted to get out of the I hit the local Good will that was having a 1/2 off sale...yeah!! There I found the sweet baby shoes that I was looking for .....and a grater that will either become part of a kitchen wreath or a lighted centerpiece. Then off to another resale shop where I found the cute small, sturdy suitcase...LOVE IT!!! I haven't decided whether to cover with fabric or vintage pictures....what a great place to keep all your letter writing stuff or even your journals!!! Then on to the great white metal bucket I found---it is going to be filled with a Santa and lots of toys. The collander, I am thinking a light and some ragballs could make it a fun center piece... Then I found paper mache boxes on sale...and some wonderful rusted stars. So many goodies....soooooo little money!!!! My kind of shopping day!!!

I can't wait to begin working on these projects this week....I will share pictures of the finished items!! But to be honest....those sweet baby shoes are calling me. All I need to do is go raid someone's costume jewelry stash and I am ready!!!!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!!!!