Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fall Blissfest Booth

I joined forces with my lovely friend Mandi to sell our wares outside of Domestic Bliss for their fantastic fall Blissfest. This time around I added jewelry and vintage finds. It is always delightful to meet so many new people and reconnect with the friends I have made through this crafting adventure. Here are some snapshots of the booth:

Friday, June 12, 2009

More Finds

I am more than a little backed up on my blogging. Particularly when it comes to posting my amazing yard sale, thrift store, and antique mall finds. These beauties were from a few weeks ago:

The Haul

This chandelier is sort of like the one in Grace's room. The colors are a perfect match for my "grandma room" and it was a steal! Seriously, I LOVE it. I just got the hardware to hang it and I think I will talk Jeff into helping me when he gets home. Dying!!!

Buttons & Jewels
I'm gonna make MANY a beautiful accessory with these guys.

Creepy/Pretty Doll Head
I've seen a few of these at antique shops and they are a small fortune. (for just a doll head...)

A full doll. She's kinda cute. (Please don't haunt me little doll girl!) More pillowcases, two wall plaques, and a doily.

Vintage Santa, and a framed floral lithograph for my guest bathroom.

My SUPER awesome canister set. They are the perfect homes for my crafting supplies. I have them placed on my shelves above my desk. I smile each time I see them!

There you have it! More exciting treasures to come...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Success is Sweet

Whew! That was the sound of me exhaling with relief...the Soiree and Market was a TRIUMPH! After many, many hours of effort everything was pulled together beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased with the fruits of my labor. My prayers were answered and I was blessed with countless strokes of genius and inspiration. I had the opportunity to meet so many LOVELY people and taste the pleasure of their compliments on my handmade beauties. Thank you from the deep down bottom of my heart to all of my new friends for making the event magical.

The whole affair could be described in two words...sensory overload! Each booth was packed with the most fantastic treasures and displays. Inspiration GALORE...an explosion of talent and creativity! It was an extreme honor to have been showcased with the likes of these ladies.

The Soiree was divine. Music filled the evening air as bejeweled, bohemian beauties meandered through the enchanted atmosphere. There was no shortage of glamour, style, funk, and pizazz. The excitement ran through my veins long after I returned home and made it impossible to sleep. (That AND I still had much to do for the Market.)

Without a wink of sleep I arrived bright and early Saturday morning to set up for the Market. Jessi and I clinked cans of Rockstar Juiced as we toasted to the success of the previous night and our total lack of sleep. (Figuratively) My loopiness had me at a loss of words at times (literally), but brought out a quirky side of me that had me feeling like a social butterfly. I thrilled at the chance to meet so many fun and friendly people. My family's support was the cherry on top (cause I'm not really an icing kind of girl) to a truly BLISSFUL weekend.

Now for the snapshots. Be prepared...there are many.

Mimi and Me

A proud pose

Hubby, Moi, Josh & preggers Jamie

My booth on the evening of the Soiree

Market morning (some changes)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Getting Excited

With a little more than a week until the Soiree & Market I am going full throttle. Here are a few more pictures of some of the items I will be selling:

Friday, May 1, 2009

{I Found It}

Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of stopping by the Brass Armadillo, an antique mall in Phoenix. They were having a sale and I was in search of some items for my hair pieces and a dress for the Bohemian Soiree. I didn't fair well on the tidbits, but I SCORED BIG on the dress. It caught my eye and two things ran though my head: Will it fit me? How much does it cost? I checked the tag and to my amazement it was my size. I searched for the price, but it was not to be found. After inquiring about it's cost, I was introduced to the booth owner who gave me the news I had dared to hope for...$9.99! (Plus 15% off!) I almost couldn't believe it. I continued to wind my way thorough the maze of booths and happened upon a pair of gloves that seemed as if the could match the dress. With my fingers figuratively crossed, I brought the gloves with me to the cashier's station. I was amazed for a second time. They matched so well one would think they came together. Lucky, lucky me! (It was strange to have spent nearly the same amount on the gloves as I did the dress...but I'll take it.) Now, my wheels are spinning as I am dreaming up how I will embellish and accessorize. Oooh...the fun I will have. The icing on the cake will be the chance to spend a whimsical evening with my dashing husband. I can hardly wait!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

{Busy Bee}

I have been hard at work to create mass FABULOUSNESS for the upcoming Bohemian Bliss Soiree & Vagabond Vintage Market. I couldn't me more thrilled to be a part of this event. (Many thanks to Mimi!)

Don't live in Arizona? Not to fear...you can buy my handmade creations at the Laurel Lane Etsy store. (Items will be posted closer to the market date.) For now, a little taste of the good stuff...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Grandma/Fun Room

Is it wrong to be in love with a room? I find myself opening the door and flicking on the lights to this seldom used guest room just to step inside and look. It gives me such a giddy feeling to be surrounded by all of these "treasures." I am instantly transported back to my Mamaw's home in Kentucky...it has the same feel. Each of the found objects of this room has a story. I would guess that 95% of everything is from a yard sale or thrift store.

It's not the most perfectly "designed" room. Be that as it may, I once read a sound piece of advice from a famous designer: "If it is something you love and it speaks to you, find a way to make it work."

Since there is so much going on in here, I have to constantly evaluate each purchase. There's not a lot of room and each item I bring in is loved. This room has life. It is everchanging. I affectionately refer to it as my "fun room." Enjoy...

A. The widest angle.
B. The entry wall.
C. Close-up of my vintage button wreath.
D. I used a vintage, silk scarf to tie back the silk curtains I made.
E. Funky hand stitched pillows. (I have an obsession with hand stitching, owls, and mushrooms...each of which I collect.)

F. Focal wall above the bed.
G. Nightstand view.
H. I even love the garbage can.
I. A few birds from my collection.
J. Better view of the nightstand I painted.

K. Opposite wall from the bed. (I also painted and added glass knobs to this antique armoire.)
L. On top of the aroire.
(These two pictures are actually framed French hand towels...LOVELY.)

The room is home to many of my hand stitched pieces. The Bottom 2 on the right are a few more from around the house.