Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hurry - time is running out!

Hard to believe, but this is the last weekend before Christmas to shop at From the Heart Boutique!  This season has gone by so quickly!

There are still several really great gift selections for those on your list this season.  We have hand painted signs, snow families, seasonal floral arrangements, handmade wall art in a variety of styles, ornaments, subway art, handmade jewelry, pottery and handmade pillows just to name a few things.

 I hope you don't let a little winter storm stand in the way of your holiday shopping this weekend!  Grab your mittens and boots and head to From the Heart Boutique before time runs out.  You won't be sorry!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Such an Exciting Time of Year!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the excitement is building!  We will once again have a house full of family celebrating all for which we give thanks.

We've been super busy at From the Heart Boutique.  We're open three more weekends, so there is still plenty of time to shop.  We restock with new items every week, so there is still a great selection of holiday decorations and gifts for those on your Christmas list.

Here are a few more pictures from around the shop.

Come  shop with us on Black Friday and throughout the weekend.  You'll be much happier shopping for unique handmade items in St. Charles than you would be at a big box store anywhere else!!

I wish you all safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Oh, my poor neglected blog!

I haven't been here for weeks!  Where did the time go?  I've been so busy messin' around with fabric, paint, paper, glue and all sorts of other goodies.  Why? 

From the Heart Boutique 
opens this Friday for the holiday season! 

Here are just a few of my latest.  The pics are awful, I know, but when I took them I didn't intend to post them for the world to see!

These five are 12 x 16 canvas boards.  I have others that are 16 x 20 stretched, framed canvas but apparently I took no pictures of them!  I still need to take pictures of the shop before the opening tomorrow so you can see how gorgeous it looks because once the doors open to shoppers, merchandise moves out the door very rapidly!

I'll be back!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"Columbus sailed the ocean blue...

in fourteen hundred ninety-two."  Remember the song from elementary school?  "For many weeks he was at sea with sailing ships that numbered three."

Would you have been willing to sail the Atlantic in this ship?  Remember now, the year was 1492 so navigational equipment and creature comforts were just a little different than what we have today.

Full size replicas of the Pinta and Nina sailed the Mississippi River this summer.  The one above is the Pinta.  These photos were taken in late July from the banks of the river in Winona, Minnesota (about 20 miles from our home).

The bridge in the background links Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Isn't the background scenery beautiful?

Below is the Nina.  She looked even small than the Pinta.  I don't know where the replica of the Santa Maria was.  Rumor had it that old Chris Columbus didn't like the Santa Maria, so maybe there is no replica!

October 12, 1492, was the end of a long journey for Christopher Columbus culminating in an amazing discovery -- America.  Awesome!

Columbus Day 1974 marked the beginning of another amazing journey.  And 36 years later Ron and I are still sailing together.  How awesome is that!

Happy 36th anniversary, hon!!  (I'm just glad he didn't ask me to cross the Atlantic in one of those little ships!)


Sunday, September 26, 2010

ENG On the Go Again!!

Next stop:  Papa's Barn in Wabasha MN.

The Barn opens October 1 and is open from 9 am til 5 pm every day through October 10.  

 If you have never been, you are missing one of the best shows in Minnesota!  The barn is stuffed to the rafters with just everything imaginable for your autumn, Christmas and everyday decorating.  You will find high-caliber handmade items -- jewelry, pillows, table runners, wall hangings, floral arrangements, handbags, paintings, repurposed and upcycled treasures and antiques.  Even the yard is full of things for your indoor and outdoor spaces! 

I know it seems early to be thinking of the upcoming holidays, but this is a great place to get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping!  Don't miss Papa's Barn this October!!

Papa’s Barn Boutique 20111 County Road 10 Wabasha, Minnesota  55981
Located 1.5 miles north of Wabasha on Hwy 61 then left on Co Rd 10 for one-half mile.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

I've been featured on Someday Crafts!

Actually, much to my surprise, two of my projects were featured there last week -- my domino clock here and the rolled up vintage sheet music "candles" in holders here (now my blog header).

If you haven't visited Someday Crafts blog, you really should go there!  This is an awesome blog full of all sorts of fab ideas, and I am quite honored to have my projects featured there.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Love that Burlap!

You all know Cheryl, right?  Cheryl the lover of all things crusty, dusty, rusty, old and chippy.  Cheryl of Tomboy Tools and Junk Devotion.  See?  I knew you would know her!  Anyway, a few weeks ago, Cheryl found a really cool burlap sack at a flea market.  Check out the awesome graphics!

Its initial purpose was to hold 10 pounds of rice.  Not having 10 pounds of rice that needed a sack, Cheryl thought the sack should be repurposed as a tote bag.  Excellent idea!!  Here's where I come in.  Cheryl wanted a tote that was lined in something with red and yellow, with a pocket and some kind of closure.

(I wonder if Cheryl took any pictures of the rice bag before I got to work on it.  I know I didn't take any.  I rarely remember to take before pics.) 

Use your imagination to see the 'before' bag.  It had one seam across the bottom and up one side.  I opened that seam and did a little rearranging to get the picture of the girls centered on the front of the bag.  It wasn't off by much.  I think I cut off less than 2 inches.

The shoulder straps are heavy woven canvas.  I added a couple of pleats to each side of the bag for shape.  It's a little less like a rice bag that way!

I wonder what it says on this side.

I found a vintage table cloth in white, red, yellow and gray for the lining.  I hope Cheryl likes it as much as I do!

One side of the lining has a pocket near the top.  On the other side there is a pocket towards the bottom.  The snap is magnetic.

I bought a PILE of burlap and heavy linen/canvas grain sacks at an auction recently, so I have a lot of raw material for totes, pillows and whatever else I can imagine.  Pictures coming soon!!

For now, Cheryl, this one is for you!!!

Linking to

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Time to Play Dominoes!

Remember this project from a couple of weeks ago? 

It was one of the trash to treasure items I made to donate to our annual auction to raise money for breast cancer research.

I started with this pile of parts.

Best guess on the stainless steel pan is that it is from a cream separator.  Note the $1.00 yellow price sticker!  The dominoes ($.25) and the pan came from a local thrift store.

I made a few measurements and counted some holes for spacing of the dominoes around the pan,

then glued the dominoes to the pan with Gorilla Glue. The next step was to drill a hole in the center and finally, just pop in a battery operated clock.  Looks like it's time for a game of dominoes!

By the way, the clock was purchased at the auction by Megan and Dave, and it now lives in their kitchen in Las Vegas!

I am linking to:

DIY Club's September Party.

DIY Club

Vintage Suitcase Friday at Thirfty Tickle

Gorilla Glue Party Event