Saturday, June 1, 2013

Room Makeovers: One Down... One To Go!

My daughter's room is finished! And... mine is very close to being finished as well :)
I just have a few things I need to have my contractor come back to do, and a couple things to get done myself as well. Then I'll be ready to christen the room with a stamp night get-together with my much adored group of stamping friends!

So, remember the pic from my last post where my dog was looking out the window of my old stamp room? Here's what that room looks like now!

Instead of a dog by the window, now one of Katie's precious kitties has decided this is her favorite place to sleep ;-)

And just to the right of the window is Katie's computer. She chose a nice shade of gray for that wall.

And this is where my antique quilt used to hang, with the love seat in front of it. Katie found this wonderful tapestry to hang... I just love it, don't you?

Hard to believe this is the same room! The wall straight ahead is where my desk used to be with my hanging paper rack. And the shelves of stamps were to the left where her head board now is.
She picked out an awesome color for that wall- it's a lovely shade of teal. As a matter of fact, when Rob painted it he said he thought that had become his favorite color he has ever painted. Yep... she's got a great eye ;) And the wall to the left where the headboard is is a fabulous color: kind of an eggplant purple. It's hard to see here, but looks awesome! She has a large pic hanging there that she took in San Francisco at sunset. It's beautiful!

So there you have it... one room down, and one to go.
I am excited to share my new studio with you- and the giveaway as well. But, to be honest, I want to make sure enough people know I am going to do a giveaway. So... if you have not already, as mentioned in my last post I'd love it if you would please give me an idea of what you would like me to include in the prize package!

Looking forward to reading your answers!!

Blessings ALways~

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Craft Room Progress And Giveaway Update

As I am putting finishing touches on my new studio, I am also thinking about the giveaway I told you I'd be having soon. I figured I'd update you a bit on both.

First- a few more pics of how my new space has been evolving:

See? Here the walls from my former studio are ready to be painted a new color. All the cabinets are out, the countertops removed and all the stamping and crafting supplies gone. Haha- even my dog seems to be wondering where they are! It seemed so weird having that room empty!

And where could I put everything? All that crafting stuff had to be put somewhere while the new room was being made!

O. M. G.

Yep... looks like a scene from (crafter) hoarders, doesn't it?! I thought we were all going to lose our minds having all this stuff in the living room! Weekends were the worst. At least during the week most of the family would come and go and weren't around to see it all day. And although I was here, I was also hearing the sound of sawing, hammering, etc. and was knowing that a future space for all this stuff was being constructed!

I could also peak out and see things coming along:


Ahhh.... hope.
And soon, more progression:

Yes. Walls. And soon there would be flooring. I was definitely getting excited at this point!

So as Rob kept working, I went off to IKEA to see what else might go with the cabinets from my old room that were about to be moved into the new room. 

Here I am in one of Ikea's "showrooms" with my youngest daughter. We had so much fun :)

Across from where we were sitting, was THIS!

Isn't it great? I immediately loved it and thought it would be an awesome addition for my new room. I did some measuring and when I got home I tried to figure out how (and if) it could work. I showed the pic and measurements to Rob and he thought it seemed like a good possibility. So, we decided to go to Ikea together since there were other things I had in mind as well. 

I did end up getting it, but the great thing about Ikea (or shall I say among many great things about Ikea!) is that you can customize! I ended up getting all solid doors instead of some glass, and changing the hardware. Also, Rob added more shelving inside and even another shelf under the t.v. so there is no wasted space. I am absolutely thrilled with it! I can hardly wait for you to see the end result.

Okay... that's all for now, as far as the room progression goes. I will post more soon, though. I didn't actually take any more "in progress" pics, so the next ones will be of the finished room!

As for the giveaway: I would love YOUR help with this! I want to put together a package of several things for a winner... maybe even a couple of packages so I can have more than one winner?
I am thinking of what to include. I'm planning on giving away the types of items I sell in my Etsy shop ... along with crafting items to go in your own craft space, of course ;-)

So, would you please leave a comment and tell me what your three top choices are from this list for what you would like in a prize box? I have so many choices and would love to put together gifts that you will most enjoy!

Here are some of my ideas:
For crafting:
Rubber stamps
Vintage buttons
Lace on textile spools
Patterned scrapbooking papers
Vintage/ retro items:
Fashion accessories (scarf, hankies, etc.)
Perfume Bottle
Vanity and boudoir items
Home decor (framed art, candlesticks, vase, figurine, etc.)
Antique book
China teacup

I'll look forward to your answers and soon put a prize together!

Until next time, I wish you blessings~

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blogging? What's That?

Wow. Feeling a bit ashamed. I can hardly believe how long it has been since I have blogged.
Well, there's only one way to change that and that is to get started again, right? So here I am.

I've missed blogging. I've missed my readers and all your lovely your comments. But as often happens, life, as they say, "get's in the way". Things have been a bit crazy and unsettled but all is falling into place now. I'd love to share with you what iI've been up to. There will be lots of pics and even a contest for some crafting goodies coming up, too :-)

But for my main "news" I'll start with this:
Remember my studio?

And do you remember this post about how I reorganized my room?
I loved my room. It was so wonderful finally having a space of my own to create in. No more having to use the dining room table or wonder which box held my embellishments or designer papers. My stamping obsession had gotten out of control and I really needed a room. When my daughter got married and moved out, I grabbed the opportunity her empty bedroom offered and had my wonderful contractor get to work!

It was a special place not only for creating, but I always felt a connection between this room and my Mom. Not long after my daughter married, my Mom passed and since she had so hoped I'd be able to have a studio some day I paid for the project with my inheritance from her and always felt it was like a gift from her to me. Maybe that's silly, but I always felt that she somehow knew she gave me my wish and was close to me when I was creating in there.

Well, nothing lasts forever, but I must say I thought I'd have had my room for much longer than I did.

The room has all since been changed: all the cabinets and countertops and shelves were taken out, the walls repainted and it is now a bedroom again. For the same daughter that used to have it. What else can you do when your "child" (no matter how "old", she'll always be our "little girl") needs to come home? Sadly, she discovered (among other things) that her husband was unfaithful to her and her "marriage" was done. There was so much hurt and pain that he caused her;  the very least we could do was open our doors to her and bring her back home: home where she could once again know what it is to be living where she is unconditionally loved, supported, valued. And where she knows she can trust. This is where she needs to be. And although we wish the circumstances were different, we love having her back. All four of our kids under the same roof again. Life is good! :)

Okay, enough of that. My precious daughter is home with her family... and we are adjusting to more bodies in the house: our adult son also just moved back home, too. And, we have 3 precious kitties who have come with them- to live in our 2 dog household ;-)

But as for a creative space? Well, truth be told I really had run out of room. Despite loving my studio, I had become quite cramped in that room. It measures about 9 1/2 feet by 14 feet. And once I started my ETSY business things really got jam packed in there!

So... where to go? Well, having the most awesome husband ever, he came up with the idea of us turning the garage into a new studio for me! Goodbye to his hopes and dreams for a "man cave" and hello new studio! We have a 3 car garage, so we kept one side (the space for a single car) for storage, and converted the 2 car side into my new room.

I can hardly wait to show you how my new, larger (19 1/2 feet by 20 feet) space turned out!

Here's a couple of old pics of how it once looked:

Like pretty much everybody I know in Southern California, no one uses their garages for their cars, lol, we use them for storage- and pack them full of stuff!
So, we have been weeding out, donating, and throwing stuff out like crazy!

And my contractor has been kept quite busy! I love this shot:

Yep! Trips to Ikea are always fun... especially when they end up like mine did with my contractor filling his truck up with lots of materials for my new room :)

My next post will have more pics of how things have since developed. For now, here's a sneak peek:

I hope you'll visit me again soon to see how things developed. It is my hope that I will be able to inspire you with some ideas for your own creative space, too. I know how much I love looking at other people's pics of craft rooms; hopefully you'll enjoy mine as much :)

Please leave a comment if you care too- I always very much enjoy them! And don't forget, I'll have a giveaway coming soon as well.

Until then, I wish you many blessings~

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like.....

Yes, it's definitely that time of year again- a time when there are not enough hours in a day (well...that's always true, but even more so now!)
However, although I am not quite finished, at least I have made progress and it definitely is staring to look a lot like Christmas in my house!

When I logged onto FaceBook yesterday, I saw a post which had included the following picture:

Maybe I am crazy, but it definitely reminded me of my own house, and that is what has inspired me to share a little of my own personal Christmas decorating with you.
Here is how "decking my halls"is coming along (so far)

Okay- confession time: I've actually had a lot of help. My husband and one of my sons did all the lights (SO many not shown in the pics!). And my youngest daughter not only decorated the entire tree, but she did all of the unpacking of everything else as well. Wish some direction, she has pretty much done all of the decorating herself. 

Every year I make sure to pull out at least a few of my favorite Christmas books from my childhood. This little one may be my all time fave. It's a bit worn to be sure, but so well loved. To be honest I wouldn't want a new copy even if I could get one. So many memories of my mother reading this to me when I was younger... you just can't replace things like this!

And now the search is on: for phonograph needles! My husband and I recently bought this antique Victor "talking machine"- and lots of wonderful old records for it- including several Christmas albums. I can hardly wait to crank it up and play them on it!

I came home the other day to a surprise of many packages under the Christmas tree... all wrapped by my husband!!!

Yummm.... one nice thing about having a daughter who works at Disneyland: She brings us their awesome candy canes! We don't have to wait (and wait, and wait) in line for them :-)
Thank you, Katie!

Even with all the fun going on, I am managing to devote several hours a day to my Etsy shop. But that doesn't mean I can't add holiday touches to my work, right? I just purchased this gorgeous etched crystal bowl with sterling silver base at an estate sale. So to photograph it, I figured some Christmas candy would work well inside.

Now I am trying to decide if I even want to sell this, lol!
Just kidding... it's going to be listed soon. And in case you are interested in it, I am offering all of you- and only you, my dear blog followers- a special holiday discount to my Etsy store! From now until the end of this month, you can receive 15% off all purchases in my shop by using this coupon code: MLSBLOGFRIEND
I have listed lots of wonderful new things lately, and if you hurry I will ship them out a.s.a.p so that you can hopefully get them in time for Christmas gift giving! You might also give your own wish list out and the coupon code, too. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself ;-) In any event, I hope you'll check out my shop, and find something you love!

As always, I thank you so much for stopping by today. I wish you much, much happiness and special blessings during this season~

Monday, November 5, 2012

So Much To Do.... So Little Time!

Isn't that always the way? Gosh we lead busy lives; I know I am not alone!!!
But don't get me wrong- I am not complaining. I like being busy. But then again I hate that I have not had time for two things in particular: blog posting and crafting. But I assure you, it's only temporary. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Anyway my post today is just to show you a little of what I have been devoting much of my time to.
It's my new little business- my Etsy shop. It's funny, I planned on just using Etsy as a way and place to sell my handmade cards. But, it quickly took on a life of it's own.

If you've followed me here for a while I don't need to tell you how much I love antique stores, flea markets, garage sales and estate sales. I have been "on the hunt" for a lot of years (more than I care to admit, lol- it makes me feel old!). And it didn't take long for me to discover that the antiques-store- owner-wanna-be within me could satisfy that desire a little bit through Etsy :-)

So I will share with you some pics of recent shop additions (because I know everyone loves pics!) and just say that now that I have 110 items listed (told you I have been busy!) I am thinking I can slow down with that process a little and get out my ink pads and paper again :-) But I also will tell you I have only just begun... there is a TON of stuff I still need to list!

Oh how I love rhinestones. And jewelry...

And "girly things", like this vintage compact

And since I use SO much lace in my projects, I have decided to sell lots of it in my shop. Here is some gorgeous dusty rose lace wrapped around an old wooden spool and held together with a little stick pin I made.

Beautiful white lace wrapped onto vintage textile bobbins

More pretty collectibles: here is a blue and white demitasse cup and saucer. Don't you love the little butterfly handle?

And a great shabby chic find: this lovely white pitcher with pink and green flowers

Antique Bavarian china teapot with matching sugar bowl and creamer

And of course I have perfume bottles in my shop. Here's an awesome pink one with silver filigree and a frosted heart shaped stopper with love birds on top- in great vintage condition. Isn't it lovely?

And one more thing I couldn't have a shop without: antique buttons! These have great clear shiny rhinestones. Perfect embellishments for vintage style cards!

Well, thankfully it has not been all work and no play. My husband and I have managed to get a little time off for some fun in the California sun.  Just driving along the coast makes us feel as if we are on vacation- even when we are just minutes from home ;-)

And it's always good to remind ourselves how beautiful the beaches are and how much we love getting our feet in the ocean and sand. It's so easy to take for grated what is in your own "back yard" and so we try hard not to fall into that trap. God created such beauty and we should make sure we take time to stop and smell the roses- or the fresh salt air in this case!

 I even managed to get a pic of my better half.. not always easy to do ;-)

And just to prove that we do have "seasons" in Southern California, here's a little "Fall" shot for you!

So there you go- a little "tour" of the shop as well as how I choose to spend my leisure time.
But back to work I will soon be... there are some great estate sales I plan to hit later this week and crafting ideas whirling around in my head.
Yep, as I said: So much to do, so little time.

I will try not to let too much time pass before I post again, though. Thanks so much for your patience and thank you as always for visiting. I hope you'll pop on over to my Etsy shop too, and let me know what you think. I'd LOVE to get some feedback from you!!

Until my next post, I wish you many blessings.
And for those of you who live in the great country of ours, don't forget to vote tomorrow! :-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

(Drumroll please) 
The winner of the My Little Somethings giveaway is....

Well, I know Justin is an awesome photographer, but I don't know that he is a crafter ;-) Maybe his wife is; I guess we'll find out :-) Hopefully all those goodies will be enjoyed!
 Anyway, thanks to Random Thing Picker, Justin's name was chosen from all of you who "liked" my FB page, and I THANK YOU all very much! 
I love doing giveaways, so be sure to stick around because you just never know when I will be doing another :-)

Before I run, I just want to let you all know that my ETSY shop is officially open! I have just begun listing and have MUCH more to add. I have cards available and will soon have vintage items (perfume bottles, jewelry, vintage dresser scarves, old buttons and lace, etc.) and will be selling lots of stamp sets and other crafting supplies as well. I'd love it if you took a minute or so to check it out HERE

And as a little "teaser" I'll show you a preview of a few of my items soon to be listed:

 Vintage hand held dresser mirror

 Etched crystal perfume bottle with frosted stopper

 More lovely vintage perfume bottles

Pretty vintage triple strand of white faux pearls- with awesome rhinestone clasp

Those are just some of many things that will be available in my Etsy shop. I hope you like what you see and will come visit me over there!
Thanks again so much to all of you who have been checking out my FB page!
Wishing you many blessings, as always!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Announcement AND Giveaway!

Hello my blogging friends! 
I know, I said I'd be back but it took me a little longer to get here than I had anticipated ;-) However... it has been for good reason. I have been up to some really exciting things that I want to tell you about, AND I am going to be giving away a bunch of fun blog candy!

First of all I want to share some pics with you showing what I was doing for a big part of the Summer. (You'll get my reason for sharing things as we get closer to the giveaway details!)

If you've been following me at all, you know I LOVE antiques stores and flea markets. And it's "all about the hunt"! :-) So I went to as many flea markets, antiques stores, estate sales and even garage sales as I could over the Summer. And WOW did I find some awesome stuff! Here's just a small a sampling:

 This was one of several flea markets I attended in Southern California. The weather was great but boy the sun could get awfully hot. You have to be extra careful when picking up things like silver. Ouch! ;-) 

 And here's my oldest daughter. It was so great to have her join me on so many of my treasure hunts. She always makes it even more fun!

 Ooohh.... don't you just love this store? I could have been in there all day! I got lots of inspiration in this place!

 The ladies who do the displays in here are fabulously creative!

 Oh, how I love old perfume bottles. Can you tell ? ;-)

 Some more of my sweet and feminine finds

 Bottles for altering and repurposing!

 Another passion of mine: antique buttons!

 I love tiny glass ones, too. They are so great to use on cards. 

 And of course I found some wonderful lace!

Check this out: A fantastic old knife tray filled with various wood objects- mostly textile spools and bobbins. I love the rolling pin with different handles on each end. 

Okay, so there you have a sampling of where I went and the kinds of things I found. Now for the really cool part of all of this:
(A little background first) For as long as I can remember I have loved pretty things. Especially old things that have a history and tell a story.  And as I got older I even started to appreciate things maybe not quite so "pretty" but maybe rustic would be a good word for them. Still, the old vintage and antique things that have a great history are what I enjoy most- and what inspires me to create. 
And for years I have had a dream: To someday have my own little antiques store. I dream of buying an old barn and refurbishing it to house all sorts of wonderful treasures to sell to people who are passionate about antiques- and who love to hunt for them- like me ;-) My cousin and I used to say that one day we'd buy an old barn to live in- and from the rafters we'd hang wagon wheels made into chandeliers.  Well, I'll admit I love my home and don't really long to live in a barn anymore, lol, but to have one as an antique store would be a definite dream come true!

Yet as my Mom would often remind me, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride". And the truth is, I can't buy a barn to make into an antiques store right now. Not that I don't still hope for one some day, but for now I am going to settle for an alternate kind of store. (And here comes my announcement!)
I am opening an Etsy shop this weekend! I am also planning on selling at various local boutiques and some flea markets. Yes, "My Little Somethings" is now going to be my little business as well ;-) 
And I'll bet you can guess what kinds of things I will be selling, right?
Hand made cards, of course! But also other hand made items AND vintage treasures!! Also, I will be selling supplies in my Etsy shop- including vintage items like lace and buttons for you to use when creating your own projects!

So that's why I have not been posting much lately. I have been super busy hunting for things and getting things ready and made.

So to kick this all off, what better way to get started than with a blog candy giveaway?

 I have put together a group of items- lots of supplies (since I know most of you are crafters, too) and some fun vintage things, as well. Also I am including some things handmade by me ;-)

 Here are the supplies. Among this group of stash are things like rubber stamps, Tim Holtz distress ink, 2 wood frames for altering, a Stampin' Up! chipboard book, rub ons, Martha Stewart baker's twine, Sizzix die, eyelets, ribbon, Stickles, a bar punch, and embellishments

 And for the "made by me" items, I am including a boxed set of mini gift enclosure cards with envelopes. These will also be sold in my Etsy shop. 

And here are some really fun vintage treasures- and supplies, as well! 
There are 3 different laces: the beautiful yellow lace is wrapped around an old textile spool. I love them for adding a primitive look in my studio- or anywhere in my house, for that matter. There are 6 yards (yes YARDS- not feet!) of this gorgeous lace wrapped around the spool and secured with one of my hand made stick pins.
And then there is royal purple lace. Soooo pretty! 5 yards are wrapped around an old vintage bobbin and secured with another stick pin made by me.
And there is some dainty white lace, too. That is wrapped around an old wooden Coats & Clark spool and has a little stick pin- made by me, naturally ;-) There are 3 yards of the lovely white lace.

Besides all that lace, there are a ton of vintage buttons. A whole pile of fun plastic, wood, mother of pearl, etc. And finally, I am including some fun vintage costume jewelry. Did you know brooches are coming back in style? Yep- they sure are! And according to Nordstrom's Department store, vintage style brooches are among the top ten fashion items for Fall. So here you have a chance to win a couple of vintage brooches- and 2 pairs of cluster earrings. Wear them OR repurpose them like I do! They are great to use in all sorts of crafting :-)

Okay so how do you win all this yummy stuff?
It's EASY to enter my giveaway! And I am going to give you multiple ways to increase your chances!
All you have to do is go to my new FaceBook page here
and just hit the "like" button on the page! It's as simple as that!
(Note: If you already have liked my page, you have an entry.)

And tell all your friends about it. If a friend also likes my page and mentions your name saying you sent them there, you will get TWO additional entries! And there's no limit to the number of friends you can refer- each getting you two more chances! And finally, if you have a blog and post this to your sidebar, with a link to this giveaway, you will get FIVE extra entries. Just let me know in the comment section  here on this blog post that you have done so. (Then I can visit your blog, too!)

So there you have it- lots of ways you can get entries to my giveaway! The winner will be chosen one week from today, Wednesday September 19th. Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope to see on FaceBook. Also, please stop by my Etsy store this weekend! Good Luck!

And as always, I wish you many blessings,