Archive for August, 2010

Ruffles and Rust Classes

August 31, 2010

I’m so happy to be teaching two classes at the Ruffles and Rust show on October 23, 2010.  Please visit the Come Junk With Us blog to learn all about this fabulous show and how to register for the classes.  Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon of The Fancy Farmgirl will be teaching two exciting classes as well that day.

Relics and Ribbons Necklace 

You’ll connect sections of chains, crinkled ribbons, and hand-dyed laces together into one-of-a-kind shapes.  Imagine three loops of necklace around your neck.  You may choose to make one chain by threading beads onto eyelet pins that hook one onto another for a vintage rosary look.  We’ll add rescued beads, buttons, keys, chandelier crystals and various found objects onto a large focal point ring.  There will be plenty of bling, rusty relics and true French flea market finds.  The look of your necklace may be hip and edgy to glamourusty. 

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special trinkets, charms, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams, greys and metallics.  Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters. 

The cost of this class is $65, which includes your admission into this hot show.

Baubles and Bling Bracelet

A sturdy chain will be adorned with a treasure trove of found objects – bobbins, key tags, coins, monopoly markers, rhinestones, buttons, beads, charms, zipper pulls and a collection of other salvaged items.  Snippets of ribbons and hand-dyed laces can be tied on or woven through your chain.  You’ll be able to fashion a look that ranges from urban industrial to romantic chic.  If you are new to jewelry making or more experienced, you’ll have a bunch of fun making this bracelet. 

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special trinkets, charms, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams, greys and metallics.  Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.

The cost of this class is $45, which includes your admission into this don’t-miss show.

There’s way more info about the Ruffles and Rust show, including the scoop on the Bloggers/Facebook Fans Ball and early shopping on Friday evening at Come Junk With Us.  Plus you can register right away for the classes on-line. 

You do not want to miss this show of shows!

Charm Swap Fun

August 30, 2010

Inviting 24 friends over to swap hand-crafted charms with each other is my idea of the perfect morning!  Everyone brings 25 charms they have created, and trades with everyone else in our group.  We have been doing this every six months for three years now, and have set our next swap soiree for 2011 already.

Everyone has their charms displayed on some sort of container, and it is passed from person to person.

Sometimes it takes longer to choose just the right charm from that particular selection, so pile-ups happen.

Poor Debbie has nothing to be selecting because I should be handing things to her, and I’m off taking pictures.

Caroline is also waiting for a plate of goodness to be handed to her.

Now it looks like she sees something extra interesting coming her direction.

Pam looks pleased with whatever she is putting into her stash bag.

Jeannie looks like a happy swapper, and Shari looks a little surprised, but in a good way I’m sure.

Jenifer and Debra are all smiles.

And Linda and Grace gave me great big smiles.

And we were all grinning ear to ear when we got to pick out one of Julie’s fabulous felted cupcake.

After everyone has finished collecting all their new charms, we have the best show and tell ever.  Each person tells a little bit about their creation, questions get asked, and there’s a whole bunch of laughing.   It really was the perfect morning.

Saving Stuff

August 27, 2010

When stuff is sentimental, my purging abilities come to a huge halt.  My  mom loved stuff too.  She even wrote notes about her favorite possessions on index cards, and kept them in a recipe box.  I’m glad she did, or I would have forgotten this great story.

The card says:

Doll dishes (blue with butterflies)

early 1920s

Blue – my first set of dishes

Cat jumped out of my arms, knocking cupboard down – broke all but these

2 plates

1 cup & saucer

1 sugar bowl and cream

1979 appraisal $10.00

2010 appraisal – There will be room for these at our new house.

Limelight Hydrangea Progress Report

August 25, 2010

It’s an exciting day in my hydrangea-land when I notice one of my favorites, Limelight, sporting its’ first blush of pink.  I swear it happens overnight.

Four weeks ago, it was doing its’ chartreuse thing.

And now it is the star of our front garden.

Hodgepodge = Gallimaufry

August 24, 2010

It is constantly amazing to me what a google search can do.  I remember being 11 years old, and my parents splurged and bought a brand new 1963 encyclopedia set.  It was such a big deal.  I didn’t need to have my mom drive me into town to the library to look something up for special reports anymore. 

Now, the same day as I posted this blog entry, I was contacted by Liz of Obscure Word Love, asking permission to use this picture of my bookcase of jars.  She writes an entertaining blog about neglected and forgotten words.  She did a google search for hodgepodge, and long story short, ended up at my blog.  She felt my jars of this and that would be a good fit for the word gallimaufry, which essentially means hodgepodge.  I was delighted to help her out.  And learn a new word at the same time!

Bird Feeder in Birds and Blooms Mag

August 23, 2010

I am thrilled with how this bird feeder project turned out.  Birds and Blooms magazine offered me an opportunity to create a garden art piece for their popular magazine.  Being a practical person, I wanted the creation to serve a purpose, as well as provide a decorative element.  I am a connoisseur of vintage hubcaps, and knew that this one would be the focal point.  It would look fetching as is, or filled with water or bird seed.

All the components are attached on a threaded rod.  The assembly is pretty darn easy.  The rod slips into a section of pipe, which can be placed in a garden bed or a big potted container.  A floor lamp base can also be a nifty base for your bird feeder to be free standing anywhere.

Birds and Blooms did a fantastic job of styling and photographing my bird feeder!  Love that mossy green background against the metals.  To find out how to make your own bird feeder, please go check out their September issue.

Bling for Bracelets

August 20, 2010

I love a good estate sale.  You park your car, and your pulse quickens when you see it is the right kind of house.  Someone lived here for a long time.  There are vintage items spilling out the door onto the porch and yard.  I’ve been staying away from this kind of shopping because it is so addictive.  But I am gathering rhinestone buttons for my upcoming classes at Ruffles and Rust on October 23.  I’ll teach a Baubles and Bling Bracelet and a Relics and Ribbon Necklace.  (More details will be coming soon on how to register.)

So when I heard about an estate sale with thousands of buttons,  I headed to Seattle.  This is my bounty of bling.  I was happy with my haul.  And happy with myself for not filling up my car!

Organized Packrat

August 19, 2010

Here’s a few shots of how I organize my loot.  If I could only be attracted to things that would fit in clear jars, I’d be in good shape.  I need to see my supplies, and be able to access them easily.

I used to own lots more paper than this.  Now only my very favorites fill up this old copper pan. 

I still own several lifetimes of ribbon.  There used to be a ribbon annex that filled most of another bookcase.  My progress is my ribbon obsession all fits on this vintage shoe rack now.

Some purging success evidence – empty storage boxes!  That used to be stuffed to the brim.  They will be handy for moving things to our new house.

Claire’s World Tour

August 18, 2010

Our granddaughter, Claire, is already a veteran traveler.  At the ripe old age of 14 months, she has been visiting 12 countries in Europe!  Here she is in Krakow, Poland strutting her stuff.

Dicks Goes Deluxe in Recycling

August 17, 2010

Dicks is one of our favorite local fast food chains.  They have five locations around the Seattle area, and a legion of loyal customers.  Raoul and I were enjoying a fine dining experience there this last weekend.  I’m not sure how long they have had these impressive recycling containers.  But I was so happy when I realized they weren’t regular trash cans.  All their food packaging can go in the compostables containers!   Plus they have pictures of everything that is considered compostable on the side.

So of course I had to hop out of the car with my camera phone to take this picture, and share the news.