Monday, February 23, 2015

Textile Art Necklaces

 It's always a wonderful thing when I make some time to play in the studio! I've been wanting to create some textile based necklaces for a while now.

 I just love it when the vision in my head and what comes out in the end are both the same!!

 I made several different ones, all to go with some of my favorite tops.

These top two are my favorites!!

 Although to be honest, I do love them all.

 I know many of you may think they are too matchy-matchy for your tastes, but I am a tone on tone kind of girl! :)

 I really like the addition of the inspirational type words on them. We all need those little reminders every now and then. :)

I am having so much making these, I cant seem to stop! Every free moment I have is spent in the studio making more!

I posted these on Facebook last week and got such a wonderful response from everyone!
I was asked by several of the ladies for a tutorial and since it's been quite some time since I made a new one, I decided it was time!!

If you would like to purchase the tutorial for making one of these fabric art necklaces, just click here!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sweet Salvage-Rustic Luxe

This weekend is the Sweet Salvage sale. I always look forward to going because there is so much vintage eye candy all in one place! One of my favorite things about the new building and layout is the addition of a courtyard area that is filled with yummy garden accessories and greenery. 

 This Arizona girl loves all the architectural goodies, wrought iron and pretty plants! Really, anything that doesn't look like the desert!

 I could just sit out there and watch all the activity all day if they would let me!!

 There are always pretty garden goodies inside too!

 This week I found several amazing storage pieces that I was drooling over. This one in particular was my absolute favorite! It is stunning dont you think???

This is an artists dream.
 This one is a little industrial for my taste but it's still fabulous.

 Love both of these!!!
 The warehouse is always a little more rustic than inside Sweet but it's all still beautiful.

And as always I'm attracted to chippy, white anything!!!!!

 I adore Marmalade jars! The graphics are just too cool.

 If I had room on my kitchen counter I would love to own one of these.

 Yes, please. I'll just take it all!

 Isn't this sooo clever and cute?

Bling to make your heart sing!!!

 This cabinet and what's inside just makes my insides all bubbly (in a good way! LOL!)

Can you say "Fabulous" ????

 Everything I love...

And finally, this blue table is so wonderful. I hate that I have no room left for anything else in my house!!! 

Hope you enjoyed the tour! See you soon!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I'm teaching a class at Rusty Saturday!

 I am so happy to be able to announce my class held at Rusty Saturday in Phoenix!

I will be teaching my students how to use encaustic wax to make a super cool altered Bottle Wall hanging.

We will be using both new and vintage goodies, so each bottle will be unique.

Ever since I learned about encaustic wax, I have been obsessed with it!

I will even be teaching some basic soldering techniques for anyone who wants to add that detail to their bottles.

I love how many different looks can be achieved depending on the materials used.

The class will be held March 6th and again on March 8th.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Long Beach Flea Market

 This last weekend my sweet man and I made the 6 hour drive from Phoenix to Long Beach for their monthly flea market.  We drove in on Saturday, stayed the night and then got up bright and early in the morning to shop till we dropped!  This was how my day started... with a lovely sunrise and lots of vintage treats!

 There are lots of vendors at this market, so there really is something for everyone!

 I  really want to find an unfinished dresser like this one so I can paint it myself!!! (although the finish that was done on this one was gorgeous)

 There were lots of things I wanted there, but most things were reasonably priced at retail and I needed to find inexpensive things that I could put in my shop!

 Around 11 we both needed a little pick me up so we indulged in a soft pretzel. (There are no carbohydrate restrictions when on a road trip!!)

 Got crates???
 Here are some of my purchases ready to load up in the car and on the flatbed trailer we brought.

 Most things will be repaired, painted or made into something else.

 She will go to the shop just as she is, the sewing cabinet will get a new paint job. I think it's height will make it a great entry table.

Got some great iron bases for tables, some cool baskets and these fun chalk board slates!

It was a wonderful weekend and I would definitely go back and do it again.  We did the Rose Bowl flea market several years ago. That was fun too, but the prices at Long Beach were much better.

 I could not have done it without my hubby. He made several trips to the car with my treasures whenever they wouldn't fit in my cart or if the cart got too full. He worked his but off for me. I am truly grateful to be married to such  wonderful and supportive husband!!!

(If you are in the Phoenix area and would like to follow along as I bring new stuff into my space at Rusty Saturday, you can follow me on Instagram (@mydesertcottage)! Everytime I redo the space or bring new things in, I post them there!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sweet Salvage and the new building!

 There was a lot excitement around here as Sweet Salvage announced the opening of the new Warehouse building to their event.

 This month was the grand opening and it did not disappoint. I mean,  extra square footage of great junk is always a good thing!!!

 The area between the two building was full of  wonderful salvage finds and fabulous junky goodness.

 The inside of the warehouse was just as awesome!

It definitely had an even more rustic appeal than inside the doors of Sweet...

In the main building there were some wonderful things. I thought these mixed media paintings were stunning!

 Some of the vendors were able to expand their area and it definitely paid off.

 I always find things I want in Lisa's space.
 There seemed to be a "great minds think alike" thing going on because I saw a lot of yellow and gray!!

 This old horse is fabulous don't you think?

 Julie's space was by far my favorite this month.

Especially this area here. She made those art clocks herself and are truly the best ones I have ever seen! In person, they are spectacular!
 These nesting tables came sooo close to coming home with me! It is so frustrating when you just don't have any more room left to put things!!!

 Loved these pillows too!

I will leave you with a little weird and wonderful whimsy. Cause that's how we do it out West!!! LOL!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Hubby and I are taking a road trip to the Long Beach flea market in California this weekend!

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