Monday, May 31, 2010

My first Cricut creation

After months of coveting a Cricut Expressions machine, I succumbed and finally bought one. I was under some self-imposed pressure as I had a deadline that was only a few days away and I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  I just had to learn how to use the machine!

So here is my first Cricut project.  I cut Cricut brand vinyl and mounted the words on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas that I painted white.  I don't know about you but I like it!!  These are all places of significance in my son Spencer's life.  I gave it to him for his birthday which is today.  Actually, I gave it to him Saturday, a few days early.

Happy Birthday Spencer!!  It was great to have you and Abby here for a couple of days.  And happy Memorial Day to all!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sue Whitney Is Coming to St. Charles!!

Vintage Treasures Market is excited to announce that Sue Whitney, known by many as the 'Queen of Junk' will be at our event in St. Charles on Friday, June 18.

During that time she will be doing a book signing and meeting and greeting all the other 'junk' lovers attending this event. Sue is considered a 'junk expert' and has been an editor-at-large and a columnist for Country Home Magazine, appeared regularly on HGTV's "Country Style" and has authored two books. Sue is nationally renowned and a sought-after public speaker who has just returned from the west coast.

Plan to come shop, get a book signed and socialize with all the vendors and other 'junk' shoppers.

Visit JunkMarket Style for more information about Sue and for great junk ideas and inspiration.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Junk Jewelry

The other day while shoveling a path through straightening up my sewing room, I discovered I have accumulated quite a few pieces of vintage jewelry.

 Several pieces were intact and still beautiful but there also were brooches with missing pins, single earrings, broken strands of beads and all sorts of interesting little pretties.  Left in its current state, it was all pretty much junk.  But I love junk.  And I love to turn junk into, well, not junk.  And all my little baubles were crying out to be recreated.

So I visited my friend Barb, owner of From the Heart Boutique, and learned from a pro how to make jewelry.  She taught me how to use some neat little jeweler's tools to crimp, bend, make loops and wrap wire.  How cool was that!!  So, armed with a new set of tools and some basic skills, I sat down to create.  What fun!!

I bought some crystals from vintage chandelier a few weeks ago at the Art & Architecture JunkMarket Style spring show and used a few of them for necklaces.  Here is a sampling of my vintage restyled jewelry.  These pieces will be available at Vintage Treasures Market on June 18 and 19 right here in beautiful St. Charles, MN.  Can't make it?  Email me if there is a piece that interests you!

That doesn't even make a dent in my stash of jewelry parts.  I could restyle vintage jewelry for days, even weeks, and not use up my supplies!  Alas, I need to move on to other projects.  There are so many things I want to make or remake before Vintage Treasures Market on June 18 & 19 including tote bags from vintage grain sacks and purses from jeans.  So many ideas, so little time.  And to throw something else into the works, my new Cricut Expression arrived yesterday and all I have done so far is get it out of the box!!  Yikes!!  I may have to give up sleeping 8 hours daily for a few weeks!!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Goodies for Vintage Treasures Market

Nope these pillows are not from Pottery Barn.  :)   They are handmade in America -- actually, handmade in my house in Minnesota! 

They will be available at our 2nd annual Vintage Treasures Market to be held on the grounds of the Victorian Lace Inn in St. Charles on June 18th and 19th.  This market was awesome in its debut last year and promises to be even better this year.  I can't divulge the details just yet, but there just might be a very special surprise guest or two in attendance.  Cross your fingers!! 


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flea Bags!

A year or so ago I made a flea bag for my friend Dianne (aka Frannie Pfarkel of Junk Re{defined} fame) for her birthday. (See the tag?)

I wish I would have taken better pictures of it, but at the time I didn't plan on showing it to anyone.  So we are stuck with this one not-so-good picture.  Anyway, this bag is a combination of a vintage grain sack and a couple of coordinating fabrics.  The large bag is perfect for shopping at a flea market-type event.  Small purchases will fit inside or in the outside pockets and you can carry a lot before having to make a trip to the car. 

The little bag can be unclipped from the bigger flea bag and clipped to a belt loop for what I call power shopping - both hands are free.  It holds your cell, shades and cash.  Perfect for garages sales when you are in and out of the car frequently.  Add your ID and a credit/debit card and it's great for Christmas shopping at the mall, too.  (Do any of us shop at malls anymore?)

This bag is made from the remainder of the grain sack and upholstery fabric.

Aren't the graphics cool?!

 This is just another miscellaneous bag.  High Five!!

Off to work on the next project!!