Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cats and Dogs and Flea Markets

Since this year I've been steadily Pet-sitting,
I have had a limitless supply
of fur-baby photos.

In the midst of all of this
I was a vendor twice at the Beaverton Flea Market.
I haven't participated in a Flea since a few years ago
at Plucky Maidens.
The Beaverton Flea has a different clientele,
since it's outside with no admission,
meaning more casual passers-by than 
vintage shoppers on a mission.

Another difference though was the fact that
I shared a double space with my junking friend Joyce,
who's participated in this flea several times
throughout the year. She asked if I'd like to
share a space, and I jumped at the chance.

We each had a similar old ladder, so we decided
to use them as display shelving units.
I loved how they turned out!
We got lots of compliments and many pictures
were taken from visitors.

A fun accent we came up with was inspired by
the 4th of July, since our first shared booth
was on the 3rd. We wanted a vintage-looking banner
but wanted something easy and quick.
Enter my old stack of red, white & blue Bingo cards,
plus new clothespins that I ebonized to look old!

It tied the 2 spaces together, was whimsical, and
a conversation piece!

The joy of sharing a space is you can entertain each other
during the down times, and you have help with set-up.
I'm hoping this flea finds an indoor venue for the holiday season,
because I always have a million creation ideas
for Christmas, and some might work better 
in person than online.

Well, that's it for now.
I do plan to have more time again
for blog posts!
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Painting Makeovers and Pet-Sitting, Sitting, Sitting.......

Seems like all of my blog posts this year all start the same......

"What I've been up to". 
It's probably because this is the first year that I've exclusively 
been pet-sitting and NO house-painting.
I'm certainly not complaining, 
as it warms my heart to take care of a variety
of pets, and always in their homes.
It's like being paid to stay at Bed & Breakfasts
with a furry baby, or 2, or 5 at each place!

I wasn't particularly productive as far as my crafting
and Etsy shop are concerned, but I got my Mojo back
at the last house I stayed at last week.

I'm finally putting my vendor hat back on,
after only doing one vintage show a few years ago.
I'll be participating in the Beaverton Flea Market 
Sunday, July 3. My friend Joyce and I  are sharing a
double booth, so I've been painting a few vintage finds
for our space at the Flea. 

Here's a few of them.....

An old mantel clock that's seen better days.

Now with a base coat of tomato red, and many
top coats of vibrant leaf green, clear and dark wax.
I painted the plaque with chalkboard paint,
so now a word or mini message  can be written.
I found a plastic Glad storage container
that fits perfectly inside, so I see a plant in its future!

An old lamp base with great bones.

This base is made up of a few pieces,
held together with the hollow rod
that the wiring is threaded through.
I'm envisioning a wooden tray or bowl
attached to the top in such a way that
allows it to be removed. That way it can
still be an option as a lamp base too! 

As much as we all love weathered wood,
I wasn't stoked with the wording imprinted to this caddy's ends.
If it said the name of an old company, 
that would be one thing, but it said "My Garden Box",
so I sanded down the wording.

I didn't want to cover all the beautiful weathered finish,
so I painted the outer sides, and only 2 of the inner sides,
also leaving the dowel handle and nails alone.
I used the same green as the clock for the base coat,
and dry-brushed aqua ever so lightly over the green.
I distressed it with a chisel and coarse sand paper.
Before I wax it, I will use my rusty vinegar solution
over the distressed wood, so it doesn't look new.

So that's it for now. I'll not be pet-sitting again till 10 days from now.
In the meantime, it's Beaverton Flea Market prep prep prep!

TTFN, Maria

Sunday, June 12, 2016

United We Stand

There is NO place in this world for hate.
It Solves Nothing.

There are no words for the people of Orlando.
Hearts from all over the World 
are with you today.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kitty-Sitting, and....Wait for it.....More Dairy Milk Cap Spools!

It's getting into the busy vacation season,
which means I'm getting into the thick
of critter-sitting!

This week I'm petting my little buddy Charlie.....

She's such a love and a great personality.
I'm always delighted to spend time with her.

Last week, I shared my spools I created 
using vintage milk bottle caps and Bingo cards.
Everyone seems to love them as much as I do.

After a very lengthy search for just the right red Bingo cards,
I've come to the conclusion they don't exist.
So I dug through my cache of ephemera,
and low and behold, I found a delightful alternative!

Check these out!

Don't they have a cool Toile quality about them?

Thanks to vintage play money!

And I'll say it again.....
Upcycling is so rewarding!
For these spools, I used 2 vintage milk bottle caps,
a strip of unattractive Bingo card for the tube,
and vintage play money!
The only thing new was the glue....;)

So give that old ephemera the new life it's waiting for!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

When Doves Cry......

Prince was on my bucket list to see in concert, 
as he fit prominently in my 20's & 30's,
beginning with Purple Rain.

The term "musical genius" gets thrown around way too easily 
in our current society, but you truly were. 
You will surely be missed. 

R.I.P. Prince.....One-of-a-Kind

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dog-Sitting, Dairy Milk Bottle Caps, and Bingo Card Spools

Yep, I've been dog-sitting again......

Cutie Pie #1

Cutie Pie #2

And just when you thought I was done creating
decorative spools using Bingo Cards........

When you love old graphics as much as I do,
you find a way to create with them as much as possible.

Dairy Milk Bottle Caps are graphics perfection
because so much art is printed on a tiny space.
The added virtue of this craft is using vintage materials.
With so much old ephemera out there,
it's a way to Upcycle them, giving new life to a nostalgic item
and rescuing it from the landfill!

But really. Why stop at spools?

It's Spring, so that means peat pot crafting!

Since I sealed the whole pot, I thought they'd be cute lined with 
parchment for mini cookies or candy. 
Of course the obvious would be a starter plant for transplanting, 
or a mini flower arrangement 
if you added a water-tight container. 

I reinforced the holes for the wire handle.
To cover the drainage hole, I cut a thin square 
of chipboard for the inside, 
and a thick one for the base to also help it stand steady.

Well, that's about all for now.
More ideas up my sleeve though.......

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Dog-Sitting, Peat Pots, and Berry Baskets

Yes, it's been awhile since I last posted. 
Here's what I've been up to this time. 

Dog-sitting this little imp.


Creating Spring/Easter treasures for my Etsy shop.

Last Spring I produced a few of these chicken wire nest baskets.
I love the design, but I thought it would be fun to create them in a different color. 

Moss green makes me happy. 

And rather than stay with German glass glitter for the eggs, 
I opted for Bronze mica flakes from Meyer Imports.
A great bold, yet sophisticated effect.

And more feathers is always a good idea.

I also decided to make twigs by wrapping thin wire, 
bending it into shape, then painting it. 
Real twigs are so fragile and I didn't want
to worry about them breaking.

The final touch was creating a bow using this luscious wired 
French Ribbon in an antique Moss green.

My other creations involved playing with vintage
wooden berry hallocks.
I bought them a while back, but hadn't come up
with a good design yet.
Finally figured it out. All I needed to do was
craft handles by twisting rustic wire.

Just for fun, I thought I'd give them some age,
using the rusty vinegar method.
Some of them turned out darker than I wanted,
so I decided to paint them 
with sheer coats of mossy green. 

Finally, I accented them with thick crepe paper bows and 
Spanish moss, which I hand-dyed for just the right tints.

Up next?
My rustic creations using old-fashioned milk bottle caps!

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