Thursday, July 29, 2010

Little late for last weeks show and tell

Alright, I'm knocking down that to do list and this is one of those items to cross off (and add back after I go a' huntin' tomorrow and Saturday. )

What you are seeing in the picture above is the bounty from last weekends treasure hunt. I snagged 4 pillows ( 2 at the very top and 2 at the very bottom of the picture), a oval frame that will get a paint job, a mirror cabinet behind the frame that need to have the mirror replaced ( I've got a few ideas for this one ),
an old suitcase, pom pom fringe chenille bedspread, hot plate trivet,  and a old clothes hamper.

I would declare that all uh, most ok, a couple of these things will find their way to my booth space. But honestly, I am finding it harder to part with some of these things I find lately. That is not particularly good news since the sales have been slim to say the least, making the finds even more challenging so I need all I can get to keep the space up. However, .....   just for a little while I can house it and display it in my home. Oh, you know, just to make sure that it is workable and vintage enough, don't cha' know? ;)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I need a time out or is it a time in??

I have been on the move so much lately that I feel very disconnected from a number of important people and special loves of mine. Yesterday is literally a blur. As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I was marveling at just how much I did get accomplished that day.

One thing I did was start on this old radio cabinet. My grand plan is to convert it to a hinged door cabinet, so I am tearing it apart to reconstruct it and put it back together again. Sounds easy enough, right? Ok, you can stop laughing now ;)

Actually, whenever I figure out how to safely (as in not damaging this old wood) remove the front of this cabinet and find the right hinges, it'll be a awesome storage cabinet!

I managed to also find my way over to my booth space at the Franklin Antique Mall and fluff it some. 

I didn't snag the best shot of the space, but it'll give you a good idea as to what is going on in there. What you don't see is a shelving unit behind this window cabinet that is loaded with my larger items like a old Hamilton hand turning mixer, larger silver serving pieces and smaller lamps. Over all there is quiet a variety packed into this tiny space.

Before going out to dinner, I just had to stop in at TJ Maxx and get a 'fix. I found these amazing ruffled pillows and tried to talk myself into getting them, but I have oh so many pillows already.
I turned the corner and ohmygosh, have you seen and felt this Fluffie Blanket??!! I want a complete wardrobe in this stuff!!

I just drooled over the lush, serene colors of these fluffy towels. I have a thing for linens and such. None of these oohie droolie yummies helped my addiction, let me tell you!
Ok, I have to end this before I convince myself that I actually need to go back and claim these objects of desire! Anywho, I've gotta get ready for another busy day.
Here's hugs and kisses to you all - have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Be your own Unique Self

Ever have one of those days when creativity is not so easy and you feel like your lost in a crowd of other wandering souls, your projects look like other peoples finished projects?  Ok, sure at times that is the goal, but other times you want the end result to reflect more of your own talent and not someone else. In the end your project just seems to be missing that "unique something"? Yeah, I have that too.  It's not always a simple fix to  browse through other peoples creativeness and find inspiration.

Often times, I have to escape to the outside of myself and look closer at my own talent and dreams from another angle. I have to actually put my hands on a source of inspiration or stand directly in front of what ever chippy object of desire I can find to stir up those dreams and talents I have. Other times I have to reflect on the true end result of whatever it is that I am trying to accomplish.
In our days of hurry up and wait society, it is so easy to be pulled into too many other directions that eventually causes something along the way to be sacrificed. Some things that should never be sacrificed however, should be first, Time with your Heavenly Father, after all He gave you the talent and dreams. Second should be your special someone and family, and don't forget about time for yourself - we all have to have that time of restoration. We also need time to reflect on the amazing fact that we are all different people. What a boring world this would be if we were all alike. Father made each of us unique and special. That in of itself, is simply amazing when you consider the billions of souls on this planet.
After these and near by, should be your dreams and pursuit there of. Never let go of your dreams, always keep hope alive by feeding your faith and starving your doubt. Surround yourself with the ones you love and what you love. Always keep your heart open to catch all the amazing things and joys that life, your Heavenly Father has for you and watch it come out in the pursuit of your dreams and talents.  Have an awesome day and remember to be your own unique self!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Just a quick Hello

I've been really busy in these last few days,
but I hope to be able to post my finds from this weekends' treasure hunt in the very near future.

The treasure hunt turned out to be pretty good in spite of the lacking estate sales in these past few weeks.

Otherwise, the heat index is high so most of us are losing our tans from staying inside so much with the a/c turned up to freeze ;)

Hopefully I will find a balance in my daily life very shortly and will be able to give you some very much deserved attention.

But for now, have a wonderful day and I'll post soon!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Friday

          Hope everyone has a awesome weekend with lots of fun and cool friends to hang out with.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sun with the rain

Some days, you just have to start over a few more times  than you planned.
Hope you are having a peaceful day.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Do Not Disturb

Here is my latest Etsy project that I just finished. It's a door hanger that is ideal for a guest room, a child studying or baby napping. It's the quiet and yet direct way of letting others know that something important is happening behind closed doors and any disturbance to the peace and flow of the private project is not so welcomed.

Perhaps this description sounds odd to some of you, but I have to share what was going on while I was making these door hangers. For a very long period of time, my life and relationships have been under severe attack from the enemy and at this point in time, one relationship in particular is at a life changing cross point. I have been suffering from the physical affects of the undue and frankly, unwarranted stress of it all - more to the  point, stress brought on by someone who should be bearing their own consequences of bad choices, not me.

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on these door hangers, I had the television on to a ministry program and the teacher just happen to be teaching from 2 Timothy 1:7,  " For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." The teacher went on to say, serve the Destroyer of peace and of your life, notice to leave you alone, tell him to stop bothering you because you are the Child of The Most High and are under His protection and authority, not the Destroyers'. The teacher went on farther to say, stop taking others bad choices on as if you are the guilty one. Pray instead, that God will deal directly with this wrong person and let them suffer and learn from Gods' best laid plan to correct and instruct them.

I can not tell you how very comforting that was to my devastated heart. It's not as if I did not know this, it's just that I forgot to remember that this applies to me too.  For years I have been living under the pressure of "what if I do, what will the repercussions be from this person or that..." So not like how I used to  be. Sadly, this conditional thinking has developed from being bound to a situation that I believed I had to take as it was regardless of truth, right or wrong. But lately, the Spirit of My Father has stirred in such a way within me, that I have been the one who has been as bold as a lion and roaring back, refusing to be quiet about their hurtful, wrong choices and refusing to hurt anymore.

Does this mean I'll never hurt because of them again? Hardly. But as my Father promised in Isaiah 41:9-11
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, 
      And called from its farthest regions, 
      And said to you, 

      ‘ You are My servant, 
      I have chosen you and have not cast you away: 
       10 Fear not, for I am with you; 
      Be not dismayed, for I am your God. 
      I will strengthen you, 
      Yes, I will help you, 
      I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 
       11 “ Behold, all those who were incensed against you 
      Shall be ashamed and disgraced; 
      They shall be as nothing, 
      And those who strive with you shall perish. 

I believe that says it all. Hang your "do not disturb" sign out for the enemy who would love to rob you of your peace and remind him that you are not available for attack today ;)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Calling all creative minds

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I had to drop a post about some fantastic finds I had earlier today. This almost never happens to me - being the first one in on a fabulous find, but check out this comfortable rocker.
Ok, maybe not the best shot but this is the first picture I took of it before rescuing it from a cluttered room. Now, check out these doors I got for nothing. 

So here is my need for some creative input. This seems to be happening to me too much lately ; I have a wish list of items that I can't wait to find because when I do, I have serious creative plans for that wished for item. Lately, however, I have been finding what I've been wanting, but when I get it home, I can't figure out what to do with it because I can't really recall why I wanted it to begin with.  Maybe it's too much of my real life crowding out my creative dreams or just simply our southern humidity getting to me, who knows. Anywho, I am wide open for some creative input for putting these doors to use. I was thinking a screen / divider, but these doors are solid wood, tall and very heavy. Not to mention, my house is not that big. I've already had the suggestion of cutting the window door down and making a table. That's good too, but I'd like to hear some other ideas. What do you think?
Have a awesome weekend!                  

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Psalm 147

Psalm 147

 1 Praise the LORD.
       How good it is to sing praises to our God,
       how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
       he gathers the exiles of Israel.

 3 He heals the brokenhearted
       and binds up their wounds.

 4 He determines the number of the stars
       and calls them each by name.

 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
       his understanding has no limit.

6 The LORD sustains the humble
       but casts the wicked to the ground.

 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
       make music to our God on the harp.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I didn't leave, actually

I know it has been un-excusable in my long term absence, but trust me, life has been well, different for me since I last posted. I can not go into all that I have been through in these last months, but suffice it to say, I'm not out of the dark, twisting woods yet, but had to surface long enough to say hello. A few of my excuses have much to do with this very handsome little man...

He celebrated his first birthday back in May and so that took some Nana planning to be with him and his sweet parents in Michigan for the monumental celebration of his big "1".

We in Nashville also had to contend with the unexpected flooding crisis. We are still in recovery mode but for the most part, we're good, well, steady anyway.

At the first of the year, I was in a art show and presented my magnetic chalkboards which actually went over very well.  So well actually, that I decided to give a booth a whirl and landed at the Franklin Antique Mall in Franklin, TN a few weeks later. Most all of the chalkboards are gone so in the place of them are antiques and vintage items. I started out with what I had stored away at home and have added to the mall collection since then.

You may remember that some time ago that I had a window cabinet that I made. It actually became my daughters' Christmas present and I made another one which I sold at the art show. But as you can see from the booth picture above, I made yet another one for the booth display and is available to purchase. I like it in the booth as it give a unique display for the smaller items. 

I have also been playing with my flowers and trying to make my little Canon camera behave a bit more like its more advanced brother by playing with different lighting and angles. Sadly, the little camera will only do what it was created to do within its limits. I really need a more upgraded camera. Oh well.  Check out the flowers from my gardens :))  
I have waited for years, I kid you not, to be able to have an overflow of my own flowers in this silver bowl. For the last several years we have had a freeze right after the flowers began to sprout buds and the poor plants just could not produce any flowers for the rest of the season. So at last I have what I have been waiting for so long and I love it!

My latest creative project was decorating some empty, blank bottles that I purchased this spring. I do apologize as the pictures are not as clear on the details as I hoped. But again, it's the Canon camera I have... just not capable of capturing such quality. Sorry.

These were actually a lot of fun to do and I have one of them in my booth space at the antique mall.

They would be great with some amazing fragrant bath oil or salt. They would make awesome flower vases too. No wonder I kept one for myself ;)

Currently I am working on a bare lampshade. Not quiet sure what I'm going to do with it as far as the fabric is concern. I already have the lighting fixture to suspend from the ceiling, but trying to decide on the final fabric finish is another story altogether.

So what are you up to these days?