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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweet Salvage-July

I am so happy to finally be able to do my Sweet Salvage post! Computer problems suck when you are a blogger!!! Thankfully everything seems to be fixed now, so away we go!!!

 This month's theme was "Now Showing" a wonderful theme where vendors used movies as their inspiration. Unfortunately I was too caught up looking at all the lovely vignettes to pay attention to the movies they were inspired by!!

Please forgive me and just enjoy their beautiful creativity. :)

 One my many addictions collections is old scales. I love them. I already have several hanging scales, so this one was left for some other lucky person.

 Old books are so wonderful for decorating. They make great lifts for showcasing special objects.

 I love old silver too. I bring it out every time we have a party! So much better than plastic trays!!

So many lovely things.

 Something about this sweet little tiered stand I really liked!

 I love that someone painted this piano!! It looks so much more romantic painted white and distressed.

 Spools of twine and lace... it just makes me happy!

 One of these pretty plates came home with me... can you guess which one???

Love it!
 These were soooo cute!!!!

 This was a gorgeous tablecloth. I wanted to bring it home and feed one of my other addictions
collections, but I refrained!! (it was really hard)

 Isn't this mirror beautiful?

I also thought these old windows, hand painted with the lovely graphics were divine!

You either love these or hate them... I think they are super cute!!!

 Fun jewelry as always...

 and lovely linens and handmade pillows.

 What a cute way to display those old scissors!!


Isnt she sweet?? She is one of those things that I didnt realize I wanted until I got home and looked at the picks!! Oh well, I came home with some wonderful things, and just what I was looking for...

Here is my haul! Yummy linen napkins and a table runner, a cute little hinge to be made into a piece of jewelry and all that fabulous ironstone!!
I'm a happy camper!!!!!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Welcome to Where Bloggers Create 2014

 Hello everyone and welcome to this years Where Bloggers Create party!!! You guys never disappoint.  I am always inspired by your creativity and ingenuity!! 

I can't wait wait to begin visiting all the wonderful studio spaces, but first a little peak at mine.
It really hasn't changed much since last year, but there are a few changes.

That bookcase is new. I'll show you a little more of it later.

 Part of the view I have while sitting at my table. All my most used tools and supplies are right there at my fingertips.

 My encaustic was bottle collection.

 I love this little cubby. It holds some of  my favorite vintage lace pieces.

The newer lace bits that are too short to hang on the wall go in these apothecary jars.
 This bookcase is new to the studio. I had a much smaller one there before and it just wasn't big enough to hold all my fabric. I found this one at Goodwill. It started out at $79.00 but while I was there looking at it, one of the employees came over and changed the price to $30.00! With my 20% coupon it came to only $24.00 and it's real wood! I added the scrolly wood bits and painted it with ASCP. (Truly my most favorite paint now!)

 I have a fabric fetish. It's hard to control myself buying it but I have to. There just isn't enough room for any more.


 This is where I keep all my jewelry making supplies. The cabinet on the bottom was a garage sale find and wood box on top is a new addition to the studio.

I move all my bling and doodads from plastic storage boxes into these drawers. The drawers are easily removed so I'm very happy with the change.

 The cabinet on the wall came from Ikea a few years ago. It holds spay inks and stains and scapbook type bits and baubles. I drilled holes in the bottom shelf and added a dowel. It keeps my rayon seam binding neat and easy to access without it getting tangled.

The pink side table is also a new addition. I'll show you the before and afters in a later post. It was also painted with ASCP. (Antoinette)

 Above that Ikea cabinet sits all my jars of buttons.


 This cute little piece is also new. It holds all my glitter including Stickles, German glass glitter and my favorite... Martha Stewart glitters because they are so fine and lovely.

Some of the glitter sits on top in pretty salt and pepper shakers.
 This cubby is new this year too. I found it at a garage sale for $5.00. I'm sure it was a shoe organizer. It's not perfect, but it will do for now.
 It functions beautifully and keeps laces and trims in view for easy access. Plus they are pretty to look at!!


 I meant to get this lamp painted before. Another case of two many projects... too little time!!

 Above the cubby I have some of my favorite cabinet cards from my "adopted" ancestors and the train case I recently re did.

Laces hang on the wall so it's easy for me to see what I have and be able to look through them quickly, (again) I think they're really pretty!!!  The door pocket organizer holds all kinds of things from paper ephemera to vintage ladies gloves.

Well, that's my studio!! Hopefully next year I will be showing you a whole new space!

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Now for all you linking up... Here is the link to the instruction page if you haven't participated in a link party before.



Please don't link up if your post is old or if your post does not fit within the spirit of the party.

I will leave the link active for one week to allow everyone a chance to link up if they want to.

Have fun and party on!!!!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Where Bloggers Create is this Saturday!!!


I hope you will be coming over and linking up with us this Saturday!! 
It's going to a great party filled with lots of great ideas!!

I can't wait to see all the clever ideas for storage, the beautiful decor, and just plain inspirational spaces!!!

If you haven't shared with your readers yet that you will be joining the party... now is a great time! Get them excited and maybe they will come and play too!!

See you Saturday!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Going Boot Belt Crazy!!

Last month I was in Goodwill and saw this Brighton Belt for $3.99. I had recently purchased a pair of cowboy boots and thought they needed a little extra somethin'- somethin', so I purchased the belt and took it home to my studio. This is what I made with it. I loved it so much I hit all the Goodwill in my area for several weeks searching for great belts to makeover.

These are my creations! I wear them all the time now!
This was a denim belt with the rivets already in it. I cut the belt down smaller and used the leftover belt to make a cuff that I will show you in another post. :)

This was a plain brown belt, but I liked the buckle. I had a piece of stamped and stained leather that I bought at SAS here in town (a local fabric remnant warehouse)and I glued it to the belt.

This was another Brighton belt that I painted and glazed.

The belt was constructed so that I could unscrew these metal connectors from the leather and take out a whole section. It made it the perfect size!

This one was made from a tapestry belt. I didn't use the buckle in this case so I was able to keep the detail on the end that goes through the loop.

I just wrap the belt in lace if I want to cover the leather.

 I also made a couple for a second pair of black boots that I bought. This one didn't need cutting down as I just wrapped it around twice. I slid the heart buckle on before I added the lace to the back of the belt.

 That big heart is the buckle for this belt. It's also a Brighton belt. I added the rhinestone chain around the edge of the belt and also the lace ruffle, the little crocheted doily and another rhinestone heart. There's no such thing as too much bling!!!!

I was addicted to make these for several weeks! I think I have enough now!! LOL!!!

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