Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Best Nine....Vintage Christmas for the Win!

Long time no chat!
My blog posts have become infrequent
since joining Instagram 2 years ago.

It's easy to see why, when many creations
and happenings may not seem "blog-worthy"
but perfect for Instagram.

So rather than show you a long
stream of photos,
Here is a 2016 Best Nine collage
of my most popular posts on Instagram
last year.

Clearly, people LOVE vintage Christmas.
I think it has everything to do with nostalgia.
We are clamoring for things that remind us
of childhood Christmases.
And no arm-twisting is required to
encourage me to create with vintage elements,
so expect to see a lot more of that this year.

Although there is a vast array of social media options out there,
I immediately appreciated the beauty and simplicity
of Instagram. I would love it if you joined me there,
where I post regularly with my original Creations,
Junking Treasures,
adorable Animals from my Pet-Sitting assignments,
and some Nature thrown in.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Crafting with Bottle Brush Trees Galore!

It's Christmastime, so you know what that means....
It means that I'll be inspired and compelled
to create non-stop, well past Christmas.
It's just how I roll....
So, without further ado, here's what I've been up to.

Available in my Etsy Shoppe. Link in Sidebar.

Trees on handcrafted Spools

With S&H Green Stamps & Lotto Markers

With Milk Bottle Caps, Bingo Cards, Handcrafted Berries

With Bingo Cards & Lotto markers

With Milk Bottle Caps & Handcrafted mini-cube stands

And Lots of Dye Colors

Next up.....Repurposed
Creations with old Shiny Brite boxes
and Scotch Tape Tins!

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Where I Share Creative Ideas, Treasure Hunting Loot,
 Furry Pet-Sitting Clients,
Nature, and More

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Handmade Halloween Putz Houses

It's that time of year again!
Halloween is in some ways as magical as Christmas to me.
This year I was able to produce 3 Putz houses
instead of just one like last year.
To some, that doesn't sound noteworthy at all,
but when these are made from scratch, without any die cut machine,
and so many details are put into each one,
it's a lot.

This time I took a picture of them at their humble beginnings.

Each house is designed and cut by hand,
with no use of a diecut machine.

Hand-cut siding is applied one piece at a time.

Painted solid black as basecoat to enhance dry-brushing topcoats.

Handmade Paperclay stones.


The tree roots are created with a glue gun,
then painted to match the tree.

The Paperclay landscape stones are painted
individually in multiple colors.

This is a Witch's Cottage, with handmade broom,
stick fences, and bonfire stick/stone pile.

All 3 are now available in my Etsy Shop.
View the listings on my sidebar
for many more pictures and details!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Creative Containers for Succulents and Vines

When I was preparing for the Beaverton Flea,
I was inspired to create some plant ensembles,
partly because it was summertime,
but also because plants bring the flea displays
to life and add vibrance.

Anytime I can keep the planters versatile, I'll do it.
I planted these in plastic containers that would fit
perfectly into the planters. This way,
the plants can be removed if they die  don't flourish,
or you wish to use the vessels for other decor ideas.

This creamer and aluminum measuring cup
were easy for fitting liners into.
The creamer has a small plastic drinking cup
that I cut the top lip off of to conceal it.
I planted the succulent into a peat pot first,
and tucked in Spanish moss to soften the edge.

The measuring cup perfectly accommodated
the cut off bottom of a clear pop bottle.

This fabulous Blue Willow teapot was missing its lid,
so I thought its vivid designs would compliment
a crisp green plant perfectly!

I didn't want to add a mess of soil and filler to the teapot,
so to my delight, I found one of those Glad storage containers
that fit snug as a bug into the mouth of the teapot!

By tucking in Coco fiber around the plant,
it did a fine job of hiding the plastic rim.

I found this old mantel clock that had serious body issues,
and knew it was the perfect candidate 
for a chalk paint makeover and a plant.

And so it was. After taking the clock guts out,
I painted it a tomato red, then top-coated it with
a vibrant leaf green. Finally, I painted the little
worn plaque with black chalkboard paint,
so a little something could be written on it.

The Piece de Resistance was adding the wire vine plant.
Again, a Glad or Saran container came to the rescue.
This time, it was one of those little oblong ones.
Once I cut off the rim that the lid fits on,
it slid into the clock like it was made for it!
Sadly, I was away from home for a week,
so you know what happened. The plant expired.
That's okay though. I think I'll sell it with a
fresh liner, so it can have many uses.
I'm thinking a sweet bottle brush tree
arrangement for Christmas!

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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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where I post regularly!


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.
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