Saturday, August 30, 2014

Post Show - lots of Heat

So concludes the hottest market I have ever experienced! Just over 90 degrees! 
My new easy-up provided adequate shade and a pleasant shelter for the day. 
And the rain held off long enough to have time to unload at home.

View of the booth in the early morning light
I've been busy getting things ready for the Country Living Show in Columbus, finding wonderful treasure and creating new and wonderful items.

Travel Case - excellent color!

I love the sunshine colors of these books!


Never one to waste - lovely paper garlands from book scraps!
Loved this garland... will grace a Christmas Tree this year!

Flower Garland

I am excited to share new finds... vintage jewerly and ceramics.  
Make sure you head to Columbus or back to Oakley in September to see everything!
Vintage jewelry and garland
 I am happy to work on custom letters to make the decoration for every room or occasion.

Names & words are easy with these colorful books!

I have sold many treasures today!  
A fabulous Mid Century Table, excellent condition and a real find.
The sherbert colored Tupperware cups and several other vintage articles.

I am getting ready for the Country Living Show 
(September 12-14) 
with many new items and several favorites.  

I hope to see you there!  


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oakley Fancy Flea

Fluttering Celebrate Banner
 We had a little of everything weather-wise: rain, lightening, thunder and sunny skies. 
 But that didn't deter the people coming out to support OFF Market in July.

 New items to Salmon Alley: letter books - perfect for gifts.  

Perfect for every decor:  nursery, family room, office &
for every occasion: weddings, new baby, graduations, birthdays 

Custom Letters - spell words, names etc.
The pillows are down filled and so cozy. 
The owls are unique and each have their own personalities.

Birds of a feather - pillows and owls

I love this pillow!

 Check out the custom lampshades.  
Each can be monogrammed or specialized.

Full view of booth and custom lampshade!

Vintage items, some antiques and other treasures.

Vintage collectables
 The pins and hairpieces are made from fabrics, vintage buttons and jewelry pieces.

Pretty pins and hairpieces

The next OFF Markets will be August 30 & September 27.  
Come on out to Oakley Square, you'll be glad you did.


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Organized Necklace Holder

Problem: Last year, I had a huge jumble of necklaces in my jewelry box.  I have what might be considered a lot of necklaces.  And storing them flat was not good... they would get tangled together and I would spend too much time separating them anytime I wanted to wear one.


My Solution: Fashion a Necklace Holder from an Old Lampshade.  


I wrapped the entire shade with white cotton twill tape 
so the necklaces would sparkle and pop against the white.  
I sewed vintage shank buttons around the outside 
top of the shade at one inch intervals and a few on the inside 
as well to allow the longer necklaces to hang better.

The result is a charming organized solution that has a soft feminine vintage feel.  

I can hang it or leave it resting on my dresser. 

 It is so easy to see the necklaces and even easier to keep 
them organized after I've worn them.  

And I can store hair clips on the shade as well. 


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fair 52

Hello Friends! I am excited to be part of a new on-line marketplace:

Fair 52.

Fresh handmade finds each week, plus creative inspiration
 Check out their facebook page and website:

There is always something new and interesting from all around the country! 
I am thrilled to be part of this great new resource for handmade work.

I am putting up my quirky owls...  They range in size from 4" - 12" tall. 
Shhh!  Winston is still sleeping!

Baby Owl - Clive

 I will make custom owls for your occasion, to match your couch or to the size you require.
Each one is unique and has his own personality.  


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Plenty of Thanks

This time of year I am always reminded of how grateful and thankful I am to be where I am, doing what I love and being surrounded by my family & friends.

The Sycamore Craft Show is always the week before Thanksgiving... It's a great day - the various bands and orchestras play throughout the day making for a festive shopping experience. 

And this year was another great year!  Thank you to everyone who came out and shopped with me.  I got help from family again and collaborated with a close friend for some very special Holiday gifts.  

I'll be at the Oakley Fancy Flea on December 1 - 10-4 at the Oakley 20th Century Theater if you missed the Sycamore Show... lots of Holiday goodies... finish your shopping with Handmade gifts made right here in Cincinnati!

Trees, stockings - Can you Believe it?!
I just love the diversity of the products!
Time to Celebrate!

Give Thanks Banner Challenge!  

You've all seen where I have my banner...  Let me see how you display yours.  

Here are some beautiful shots of my Give Thanks banners in friends' homes. 
I love how great they look in every home!

Send me your photos and I will post them here with others.

If you don't have one, I'll ship one to you - plenty ready to deliver for Thanksgiving!!


Happy Thanksgiving!  Take a moment to Give Thanks!


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fabulous Fall

This has been a wonderful fall... beautiful colors which lasted for weeks.  
Such an inspirational time for creating fall handcrafted decorations.
One of the features of Fall I love... gorgeous blue sky with big puffy clouds
Next weekend (Nov. 23rd), I will have a booth at Sycamore High School Craft Show... it's a double booth this time.  Lots of new crafts to share.

I had a table at the Oakley Fancy Flea Market.  (see below)
It was an interesting show - Cool space with twinkly lights, eclectic mix of artisans, flea market goods & Football!  

Truly something for everyone!
Yep, that's the game on an enormous screen. Perfect blend of shopping and football.

It was a challenge putting all of my merchandise on ONE table.  But I squeezed a bunch of stuff together.  It took a long time to really see what was on the table!

Super Crowded Table
 I have many new ideas for the Sycamore show... 
so come on out and see what I've got up my sleeve!

I had to make a few more owls... 
there weren't many left from the original batch I made for Country Living. 
Junior Owls
He's my favorite!

A few months ago, I made this custom shade for an adorable baby nursery!  
It added just the right brightness with greens and yellows to the sweet baby boy nursery.  
Love the monkeys!
 Check out the custom pillow case... 
one-of-a-kind bird-on-a-branch design 
(how many hyphenated words can I use?).  

Beautiful and stylish

Custom pillow cover on a down-filled pillow

I took a few minutes during the O.F.F. Market to play with the camera.  I
 really enjoy the effects of Retrocamera.

Classic Salmon Alley

Retro Salmon Alley

I love the moodiness the camera gets. The intrepid cat coming home.

Hello Kitty!

Lake Erie

Golden Gate
Better get back to the creating new stuff.  I am sorry to have been out of touch lately. 
I'll be happy to see you all at Sycamore next week and Oakley on Dec. 1st.  



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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Country Living Is Here!

 After weeks of preparation, I was ready as I could be for the Country Living Show!    

Loads of pumpkins, a bushel of apples and a handful of pears... a hoot-a-nanny of owls...
purses, pouches, pillows and other lovely things.  

Here's some of the owls... each one had a name and a personality to go with it.

A Parliament of Owls - just learned that!

Huxley was my favorite!

Set up day: Rain, rain, and more rain.  So grateful to Monique and Dave for their help getting the stuff to the show, suspending the lampshades and quilts. 

The booth looked cuter than I imagined.  

Before the Early Birds - Day One

Lovely Monique... I couldn't have done this without her.

Day One: Someone must have put an order in to the weatherman to signal fall because the temperature (which was in the 90's just Wednesday) was in the 50-60 degree range!   It didn't stop the Early Birds who lined up at 7:30 AM for a chance to get some goodies.  While it never really warmed up to the promised temps, the day was GREAT!  I have attended the show and been part of the crowds but never realized how much traffic any one booth gets. 
Whew!  It was amazing! 

I received some wonderful compliments on the booth, my creativity and all of my products. 
Several people told me my booth was their favorite!  

That's me... last minute set up, Day One.
Explaining the Banners
Day Two: Weather - Chilly morning but gorgeous day, hardly a cloud in the sky.  
The crowds were plentiful.  Sales were brisk.  
I hope to make lots of Custom lampshades and banners.

Day Two: Gorgeous Precision Sewing Machine - Sold!

That's me - Day Two

Day Three...  That's tomorrow!  Forecast favorable conditions for a great final day of my first Country Living show.   There will be some changes to the booth and some new things I've been holding back in the truck.  Come and check it out!  

 Hope to see you tomorrow!


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