Monday, October 29, 2018

Vintage Goodwill Finds with a Theme

The month of October brought a lot of
very similar items in my Thrift Shop visits...

I walked int our local Goodwill and these two 
wood cut-outs were standing on the top shelf..
I didn't know much about them but they looked 
interesting enough to buy ... upon getting them home
I realize they are signed by the artist "Bonnie Barrett"

Did a little research and discovered they are hand-painted
she uses a technique to give them an old look.
"Boardwalk Originals"

Great for the Farmhouse Designers out there!

And then at another local Goodwill these 
Salt & Pepper Shakers Made in Japan 
with cork plugs were sitting on a shelf
just waiting to be snatched!

They aren't in perfect condition but heck
for their age they aren't bad! 

And the same time on another shelf sat these!
Poppytrail Rooster Calif. Pottery  hand painted
Dishes in excellent good condition

And then this! A Vintage McCoy
Pottery Basket Weave Cookie Jar in Great Condition!!
And yes all in one swoop!

Now on an earlier visit to a Goodwill Thrift Shop I found
this Wonderful Large 70" x 90" Farmhouse Rooster Tablecloth
Not Vintage but does have a vintage look its a 
William Sonoma Cloth gently used condition!

Same Shop I found this Lovely Lazy Susan
Maurice of California USA!

It's kinda crazy when I group these all together they speak 
Don't you agree?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Christmas Crafting in October!

I just wrapped up a rather difficult Real Estate Transaction last week.
And now I've got an actual lull so I am squeezing in some
Creative Studio time this week!
And it feels good

Ran over to Home Depot to purchase some lovely 
"Candy Pink" Spray paint. And mind you it was the last can
on the shelf I guess I'm not the only crafter working with pastel
colors for Christmas!

And weather was perfect an outdoor painting fest!

And now I'm working on mini Pastel
Christmas Baskets!

It's always a little hard to get your creative
juices going when I've taken a break,
but I find just pulling out my supplies and laying
them out on my work surface usually starts the juices flowing!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hello it's me.....I know it's been a long long time...I do Facebook... I do Instagram...
And got real busy getting my Real Estate Career in gear!
Hey and doing so I actually got an award our two at the Company..
But I've missed my creating and my Blog so I'm Back!!

Well Summer arrived and we invited friends over for Dinner & Drinks the 
problem was our patio had been severely neglected..and hubby 
and I decided to do something about it!
Power washed the patio.. the old paint was totally worn...

And Painted the concrete!

Looking good...But we both decided it looked to plain...

So we did a little faux technique with a darker color!

Sold the old Patio Furniture on Marketplace and the 
timing was perfect to pick-up a new Patio set at 
"End of Summer" Clearance! compliments of good old Home Depot...
•note rug from Target clearance

And then we bought some trees.. 4 fruit trees
Our little Toyota truck always comes in handy for these type of projects!

We got them home safely we laid them down
in the truck for the ride home.. 

nursery gentleman well spoken advice!

Oh yes, we even drained repaired and got our waterfall / pond working again...

And now we can once again enjoy our out-door space

I think besides adding a few more plants here and there..we are done outside for a bit..
Im ready to get back in my Craft Studio..
I've got a whole lot of ideas swirling around in my head!

Thanks for stopping by ox

Friday, February 9, 2018

Changing Things Up at Our House

Hubby and I have been working on various projects
around the house...

This particular one was all about adding more surface space
something that our little California Cottage Kitchen lacks!

Hubby just finished making this new Larger Butcher Block
with an overhang on one side to add a couple stools
found a yummy butcher block top at Lowes 

After a few tweaks to customize it for our Kitchen space...

I posted our older one that he also had made a few years back
on local Buy and Sell site on Facebook
and it found a new home...

We are very happy with the new one 
It has a spice drawer on one side just like our older one had!

(Older one)

(New one)

By the way thought I would share a close-up of the faux
cotton I picked up... they are in a vintage Yogurt Bottle~
I think they look real but without the mess!
... and all the stems are wrapped wire so easy to manipulate!

Since the butcher block was completed it set us out on a hunt for barstools..
I'll tell you that was a challenge we needed them to be somewhat lightweight..
and not to bulky... since the dining room is right next to it...
We spotted these stools at Home Goods lightweight sturdy and unique!

We found 2 at one Home Goods and picked up a 3rd at another Home Goods

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of what we've been doing on our
off days...


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Valentine Crafting this Weekend

Sneaking in a little time in my Studio
this weekend~

Christmas came and went so quickly
that I was not able to do any Crafting 
for the Holidays...

Work kept me so busy.. no time in the Studio
but Valentines Day is slowly approaching
and when I packed up my Christmas tubs
I brought down my Valentine Tub determine to
do some Valentine Goodies for my Etsy Shop!

So this weekend thats exactly what I did...
Hope your enjoying your 3 day weekend!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

After Christmas Purge

Not Sure How you're all feeling..
But I can tell you how I've been feeling..
A bit overwhelmed
Yes After the Holidays its just kinda tough
to get back into reality

December went by so quickly this year with the warm
temperatures and fires in California we opted to purchase
our first artificial tree...

The days were just moving along I barely had time
to do much Holiday decorating....

Hubby and I had to make our Traditional Peanut Brittle
we like to send it to our parents now it's a MUST!

Got the Grand kids gifts wrapped and Shipped
in plenty of time....

Put out a little more Holiday decorations..
But I didn't get any extra time to make 
goodies for my Etsy Shop.. that was a bummer
but I was feeling very blessed to be busy at work....

And before you know it the Holidays came and Went!

And now I've packed up Christmas and I'm going through
cupboards and drawers and even the attic
starting to sell off some of my stuff 
I'm really feeling the need to have less..
So far I'm on a roll I'll keep you posted on my progress..

Happy New Year!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tammy Doll the other Barbie of the 60's

When I was a little girl I did have a couple Barbie Dolls
and a couple Ken Dolls, but I also had a Tammy Doll..

Of course Barbie was so supper thin and a 10+ figure
kinda made the Tammy Doll seem a bit over weight...

Strange how society and toys came into play..
Of course now looking at her she was just an average
teenage girl...

I believe I sold my original way back and I kinda missed
her.. so I went on a hunt to find a Tammy Doll
just like the one I had as a young girl.

Overtime I spotted one for a good price I bought it
and then another until I ended up with 5 
Funny not a one in this picture is dressed in an 
authentic Tammy outfit they are all home-made
Gotta love Tammy's flirty look
Do you have a Tammy Doll?