Thursday, May 27, 2010

Etsy Front Page

My compass cuff links made the front page in this lovely treasury today:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Etsy Front Page

I had a wonderful surprise this morning when I discovered my compass cuff links on the Front Page of Etsy. I haven't had an item featured on the FP in a while and I think this is the first one I actually got to see with my own two eyes so I was really excited.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Badminton anyone?

My kids absolutely love being outside. Me, not so much. However I recently purchased a badminton set for us and we have been loving it! We don't really play by the rules...we like to challenge ourselves to see how many hits back and forth we can get in a row. I'm proud to say that my husband and I are the reining champions at 38 :)

Here are some fun badminton themed items I found browsing Etsy recently. The last one cracks me up because it reminds me of my husband...he is willing to sacrifice his body anyway necessary in the name of badminton. It is rather funny but scary watching my 41 year old husband diving 6 feet across the lawn and landing face first in the ground just to hit the shuttlecock.

Spalding Carlton Plastic Shuttlecocks by echoart

Vintage Olympic Sporting Goods Badminton Racket by toanlaja

Shuttlecock belt buckle by littlegreenthings

Badminton Casualty Limited Edition Print by LouisaArmbrust

Monday, May 10, 2010

New at Out of the Blue

It was a busy weekend with Mother's Day, but I managed to get a few new items to add to Out of the Blue. The warm weather has got me thinking about summer flowers so here are a few new flower pieces:
Shabby Rose vintage inspired earrings
Spring Meadow vintage inspired earrings

Daisy Cuff bracelet

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Thanks for always being there for me Mom...I love you!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Hoot's House Vintage

I've been busy adding vintage goodies to my new Etsy shop Hoot's House. I've got lots of fun nautical themed earrings that would be perfect for this summer. Here are a few of my favorites:

Vintage Enamel Anchor Earrings $12

Vintage Red White and Blue Patriotic Earrings $12

Vintage Nautical Ship Wheel Earrings $10

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco De Mayo!

Here are some items to get you ready for a fiesta! Happy Cinco De Mayo!!

Lime Margarita Exfoliating Sugar Scrub from CleanQueenSoapCo

Calaveras Ornaments from Alphabulous

Colorful off shoulder embroidered dress from AidaCoronado

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Taking Over the Dining Room

I've been slowly spreading out from my office/studio space into our unused dining room for some time now. It started out with a few things piled on top of the table, then as I've begun doing local craft shows, my displays and extra inventory have been making their way there as well. The room was beginning to look like an indoor storage unit as you can see in the photo below.
Not a pretty sight...I know. So a few weeks ago I decided to make it official and make it a second studio space. Fortunately I have a husband that allows me to do ridiculous things in the house such as take over two complete rooms for my jewelry. (Love ya babe!) It is definitely a work in progress and I'm trying to decorate it as cheaply as possible so it is evolving a bit slower than I had hoped. I don't have it totally presentable yet, but as soon as I do I will be posting pictures.

For now, I wanted to share my latest addition to the room. While visiting our local church thrift shop, I found an unusual display shelf for $2. Yes, I know it wasn't the prettiest thing, but I saw potential in it. I couldn't figure out what its original purpose was...there were round indentions evenly spaced out on each shelf. After a little research I realized it was a display for golf balls...never would have guessed that one. I was hoping it was something a little more interesting, but oh well! :)

After cleaning it up a bit I removed the felt covered backing and spray painted it a cheerful blue color. I then covered the backing with a cute, whimsical fabric that I found on sale at Hobby Lobby for $4.20/yd. The fabric is made by Brother Sister Design Studio, but I'm not sure what the name of the print is. I loved the colors and bought extra fabric to re-cover my computer chair cushion also.
I haven't decided what I'm going to display on my new shelf yet...but I'm thinking maybe some small glass jars filled with beads and cabochons. I just adore it and the fact that the entire thing cost less than $5 has to make my husband happy too!