Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Don't walk , but RUN to your nearest Michael's store! {Just sayin'}

It is quite possible that you are all WAY ahead of me, but just in case you aren't,  I wanted to
share my  new finds. I was fortunate enough to be in the *city* a few weeks ago so Michael's
 craft store was a must stop and I am so glad we did.

I adore these note cards!!
Just perfect for that day of LOVE coming up...you know??

Valentines Day!

They were only $2.00 per package of 10 cards and envelopes!

{They are in the dollar bins in case you need to know where to look for them}

I also found a bunch of Valentine rubber stamps for $1.00 each!

I had to make a couple passes around the store before I found them. That store has some stamps
here and some stamps there...kinda confusing, but I didn't give up! lol

I love to find these dollar stamps because most rubber stamps are so expensive.

{I had a close up photo of the bicycle note cards also, but I accidentally blew it away!}


Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Would you pretty please {with sugar on top} vote for my photo?

I uploaded this photo to the JDL facebook website for a contest to win their gorgeous Easter book.

Won't you go and vote for me...pretty please with sugar on top??

Click here to go to the page and vote.

If you already have voted for someone else that is just fine...never hurts to ask. :)

{accidentally blew away my signature again. ha!}

Thursday, January 24, 2013

On a roll ~

I have been on a roll lately, churning out altered bottles left and right so today
I am taking a break. The one above is one of my favorites. I know...there is COLOR
in it and not my typical neutrals, but I still love it. 

It is embellished with genuine old lace, vintage velvet and rayon ribbon, part of an
old valentine, rhinestones and the word "friend" cut out of an old songbook. 

I adore the old velvet ribbon. This was a labor of love because I truly wanted to keep
every piece of the velvet for myself, but I decided to put one small piece on the bottle and
I think it is perfect.

I always love to embellish bottles with Paris themes and this one is no exception.

I sure hope that I get to visit this beautiful city someday. :)

With Valentines day just around the corner, I used an old valentine on this one along
with old music pages and vintage lace.

Innocence...what a beauty. I have had this bottle and the Paris one half done for literally
months and it was time to finish them. This one has part of an old ledger on it that is dated
in the 1800's. 

{All three of these bottles are already sold}

I whipped up this little love potion bottle yesterday.

I must get back to creating soon, but for now I am taking a break. How about you?
What have you created lately?  I would love to hear about it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Capturing beauty through cell phone images

Hubby and I hopped in the car and wandered around the countryside last Friday. We headed for
Blissfield , Michigan where I love to go antiquing. I was hoping to find some old jewelry pieces
for my altered bottles, but I didn't find anything except pure

These first few pictures were taken on my cell phone at Blissful Living.  If you are ever in the area,
this store is a MUST see.  It is always so gorgeous. All this white and aqua just drew me in.
LOVE the aqua and white together.

I could take this hutch home with me if I had the place to put it {and the funds}

Another gorgeous piece!  Does it get any better than this? 

What a pretty display of old lace.

Mercury glass, silver and aqua...what more could a girl want? 

Loved this old suitcase display 

I also found Tattered Gypsy's booth in one of the antique stores and I took a
few pics. Isn't the chest above amazing??  Love it! I found out later that she was working in
her store {that will open soon} just down the sidewalk! Had I known I would have stopped
and chatted with her.  

I fell in love with these adorable hats...now if I only had someone to buy one for. ha! 

Love the stools that she makes. This one has Jeanne D Arc living wrapping paper adhered to the top. 

I hope you enjoyed my little tour. I can't believe the photos turned out as good as they
did because I do not have a fancy phone. Just a basic model so I was happy to see that these
came out crisp and clear for the most part.

Happy Monday!! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A winner!

Don't you just love these frenchy towels?  I picked these up at Pottery Barn on clearance
for $2.97 each. I took them off of a display to check the price and the price was right!! :)
I rarely go to Pottery Barn because there is none around here, but when I do go I love
to find a bargain.

I know it is time to put away Christmas! lol. I would say that 99% of mine is put away,
but I still have a couple small ones left including this one.

I drew a winner right away this morning for the sign above.

Congratulations to
Laurie of Heavens Walk!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Love of vintage maps and altered bottles ~

I started cleaning and sorting out my studio yesterday and so far I have made a big
mess in the dining room and the studio itself.  I intended to work on that again today,
but I decided that I wanted to work on altered bottles instead. They are one of my
favorite things to create and I love making each one unique.

You know where that leaves me right?? Yep, right in the middle of a big mess...

I acquired a stack of vintage maps quite some time ago and haven't done one thing
with them until now. I love the way this bottle turned out! There is pretty , sparkly,
glitter outlining the heart, but it is hard to see in this photo.

I was going to say, "I would swim an ocean for you", but I have yet to find the word
OCEAN in my zillions of papers and books. I may have to do it one letter at a time. :)

Again, in the spirit of the season here is another bottle to celebrate that day of
that is coming up soon. I scanned an old poem that I have in my stash and printed it out.
 Someone has written the year 1911 on the back along with a sweet sentiment. Love it.

Up close and personal :)

Now , there is a story here. This bottle has been half done for months. Somehow it
just got shoved to the side { you never do that do you?? } and never finished, so
today was the day to get it finished.

I used genuine antique ledger paper {not scanned and copied} dated  1893. I don't
have much of that paper left, but I was smart enough to scan it before I used it all

I have always loved this gorgeous lady print. I have made other bottles using this same
print. She is just too pretty!

I hope you enjoyed my bottles that I have been working on today. I am so far behind
on many things. Maybe I can actually get my mess cleaned up tomorrow, but then...
there is also the possibility that I may just get the urge to keep playing...:)

{two large bottles will sell for 21.99 each and the smaller map bottle
will sell for 15.99. If interested just shoot me an email. Thank you.}

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

L.O.V.E. Giveaway

"...and now abideth faith, hope and LOVE, but the greatest of these is LOVE".

I Corinthians 13:13

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
 It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.

I Corinthians 13: 4-8

That day when we bestow gifts upon those we love such as chocolate and
diamonds  is sneaking up on us and will be here before we know it!

To celebrate this wonderful day I will be giving away one of these love signs.

It measures approx. 12 inches long x 7.5 inches high and is covered in silver glitter.
I have added a pink ribbon rose and  ribbon hanger so it is ready to hang in your home
to celebrate that special day.

Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner next Wednesday,
January 16th. If you want to share this giveaway on your blog sidebar or pinterest,
please feel free to do so and that will earn you an extra entry for each.

Thank you!

{If you just can't wait , I will also be selling these for 14.99 each plus shipping.
Just shoot me an email and we will work out the details }