Friday, February 21, 2014

Raw and Refined... Sweet Salvage in February

Okay, I seriously just had a heart attack when I saw that it has been a month since my last post. I mean, I knew that it had been a while, but I was shocked to see it had been so long.  I guess I just lost my mojo there for a while!!!

I could blame it on turning 50... but I really can't.  When I was younger I always heard people over 50 referred to as being "over the hill."  Birthdays were celebrated with black balloons and gag gifts made to make the recipient feel even older than they were.  Thank God it was not like that for me! I am celebrating 50 with joy! I have never been as happy as I am now, I have never had as much confidence as I do now, nor as many wonderful friends as I do now. If you ask me... 50 is awesome!!

 Besides, now I am officially "vintage"!!!!!

This month's Sweet Salvage event was called "Raw and Re-fined"


It was chock full of it's usual special little goodies... (I should have bought these. I know someone did!!!)

 ...and it's dramatic vignettes!! (okay, now I need to go find a rusty old bike and set it on top of a table!... okay, maybe just in my garden instead.)

 There is a certain kind of beauty in this basket of string that only people like us get,  don't you think???

Books and Keys... another obsession.
 A special treat for this month was having Paris Montana there with all her over the top and fabulous jewelry!

Her designs epitomize the term "Statement Piece" I'll just let the pics speak for themselves....




We all like a little "bling ' don't you think???

I did bring one thing home with me, that I will be using in my studio. I promise to show you the simple before and afters very soon!!


23 comments:

Victorian1885 said...

Hello
Yesterday was my first visit to this fabulous place. What an experience! I am so looking forward to next month as well... I am loving wintering in Arizona!
Take care..
Wanda

Bohemian said...

Karen, so glad you got your Mojo back *winks* and Congrats on turning 50 with Joy and Youthful Spirit! My Mom always said that Old Age is a Privilege not afforded to many... I must agree... one of the Greatest Blessings has been to live long enough to see Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren come along to expand our Family and Witness all of those Generations... and my Mom is Enjoying being a Great-Great-Nanna... I Hope to match that Title one day! *Smiles* Yes, it was a Special Treat that my Friend Heidi was the Featured Artist at this Month's Event... and as always, the Sweet Gang did a Fabulous job of Sourcing and Styling!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Rita said...

Love it Karen!
I have been coming to Phoenix and Gilbert often but missing Sweet Salvage. Hopefully soon!
Ciao Rita

Lea said...

Happy belated 50th Birthday! And, I love your attitude. I have always counted it a blessing to make it another year.

Love the bling and saw several I wouldn't mind having for myself.

Happy weekend!

bobbie said...

LOL ~ I had the same thoughts about turning 50, and at 40 also!!
Hugs ~

°°valeria°° said...

bellissime atmosfere racchiuse in queste foto dal sapore vintage
buona giornata Valeria

lizzidroege said...

Hi karen...love your blog and work always so beautiful...i am new to blogger...i had typepad for years but the cost was too much !! can you tell me if i can change the little blogger icon next to my name to something else like a heart ? and how do you add the i might like at bottom of my posts? is there a way to link up with pinterest like on typepad with sharing features...so sorry to bother you with these questions i have searched and searched but having difficulty...thanks lizzi

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Happy belated Birthday, Karen! I turned 50 in October and I think I was more in shock than anything. Then that AARP membership packet comes and it is more real! : ) I have embraced 50 at this point and just try to remember what my grandmother used to say "it's just a number"!

Your pictures from Sweet Salvage are wonderful, as always. They always have such great displays.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

HAPPY
50th
BIRTHDAY!!!
Fifty if Fabulous!!!
warmly,
deb

The Old Parsonage said...

Looks like a fab event. I'm jealous!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Rhonda said...

Well, Happy Birthday Karen!! You do NOT look 50 at all! You wear it well, girlfriend, you wear it well.

I agree with you, life really happens after 50, it's so true!!

Missy George said...

Books and Keys..Right up my alley Karen..So 50 is vintage..WOW..Wonder what 70 is...

Vicki Boster said...

Hi Karen-- Happy Birthday to you-- congrats on achieving your vintage status! (So glad you are back- I was getting a little worried:)

The photos are just beautiful-- my favorite is the basket of string- I love wire baskets! You always have such incredible photos of your visits there--

Xoxo
Vicki

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Happy belated Birthday, Karen! You celebrated it with the right attitude. Your mind and heart are young and that's what counts.
Have a great Sunday!
Hugs,
Juli

Di said...

Oh my these images are so beautiful and yes I had to, just had to pin them. Wow! Happy Birthday and so glad to always see what you have to share! Di@Cottage-Wishes

Deborah Montgomery said...

Happy, happy birthday Karen! Love all the treasures and bling you've shared here.

gracie said...

I have yet to get here! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

Clara Belle said...

hey this is Clara from www.clarashandmade.blogspot.co.uk I just wanted to say happy birthday! and thanks for sharing the lovely photos x

Sheila Rumney said...

Love all the vintage goodness. Happy 50th Birthday! You look great for vintage!

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Just FaB B*L*I*N*G Eye-Candy!!!
Jeanine Burkhardt

Susan Clayton said...

Happy belated birthday. Spending a few minutes catching up. Love the bling! Thanks for the Blogger tip. Why is new so rarely better ? I think they just to put things in different places. Just send out a service pack and call it a day! But that just me. Anyway, your blog is awesome, you are awesome, and so far, I have found 50 to be awesome. Enjoy it!

Grungy Galz said...

Loved this post! Sweet sure was a fun one!! Happy Vintage my friend! xoxo

Patty Antle said...

Oh, I love the jewelry, Karen. Happy Birthday to you! I cannot wait to meet you in May and take your class!!

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