Sunday, September 25, 2011

Nice Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoons are the best.
A little time to relax and enjoy the cooler weather..(if you can call 97 degrees cooler!)

Mama cow was looking for a shady spot to chew her cud...

 but these two babies had a game of chase in mind..

My dog, Tess is always up for a swim.   She will chase a stick a million times if you throw it for her...

She is more of a water dog than a cattle dog!

A good shake..

a good roll

and she is ready to go again!

The end of a perfect day..

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I have been busy...

 I have been very busy the last several weeks getting ready for the Homestead Antique Show    ( October 28 and 29th.  I will post more about it next week..

I am getting a few things crossed off my list.  My biggest project was the stained glass that my dad helped me complete.  I can concentrate on making jewelry and art for the show..

Here is a look around my is pretty crammed packed....
One of my favorite things is this old dove cut out.  It was used for dove hunting.   It has DUV COY written on it.  I love the clothes pin to clip onto a fence or tree!

I am a messy creator.  I have all my things strung out all over the place
A few hammered silver spoons ready to be made into necklaces..

I love to keep all my things in old boxes, jars and cans..

Some of my necklaces..

The spoons and keys that I have messed up, I used to make a lamp

The "living room" part of my studio..
I am lucky to have a kitchen, bath and sleeping loft too!

Old spring and nest.   My sister and I made many of these for her vintage wedding last year.  They looked so sweet on the guest tables.

My work area in the corner

My box of lace and old dentist drawers full of pencils, markers and drafting supplies

I can never have enough drawers!
I've had this Steiff mouse for a long time.

A collection of nautilus fossils that were found in the 
Paluxy River on our property

 This is my favorite thing in my studio..  My mom made this doll for me for my birthday 13 years ago. She signed the bottom of the watering can..

And this is the shopkeeper, boss and night watchman...

Friday, September 9, 2011

A Potpourri Part at 2805

I am reposting my last post on Potpourri Friday at 2805.
Stop by, there are so many talented bloggers sharing their creative ideas and stories.
I am honored I was ask to Join!  This will be fun!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

a sneak peek...

I am so excited to be in the Homestead Antique Show in Hico, TX this year!  If you are ANYWHERE near this area (SW of Fort Worth) you need to be here!  October 28th and 29th.  It is kind of like a mini Roundtop antique show Warrenton...(but it is growing each year with more and more excellent vendors!) Hico is an old western town with great old buildings with awesome shops.  The Homestead store is cornerstone of the town.  The owners Mike and Brenda James have been putting on this show for several years and it gets better every year. You will not be disappointed if you come!
I will be  selling my necklaces and a few other pieces in my friend Georgia's booth.
Look for "Screen Door Antiques"  and stop and say Hi!  I have several other dear friends that will be selling their awesome goods in nearby booths.  It will be a blast!

In between finishing up on my stained glass project, supplying the stores I sell in, my full time job in Fort Worth, I have been busy with my Hico necklaces....  Here is a peek at some of the necklaces I have made..

I have had SO much fun hunting for vintage jewelry, keys and other cool stuff.  Plus I have been so lucky to have wonderful friend to send great finds to me!  (Special thanks to my Mom, my sister Kim, Laura, Georgia, Janet and Trish!)
I am trying to make as many as I can.  I am an optimist!  Hope to see you there!

On a different note,  please send up a prayer for the people and animals that are being displaced and affected by the crazy  wildfires here in Texas.

Friday, September 2, 2011

My Grateful Heart...

I received the most generous gifts from Laura at 52 Flea...

When I received the package, I was so excited!

Laura told me she would look for keys for me at the flea market,  I was just expecting a few keys...

But Laura sent me two of the cutest bags FULL of treasures!

The first bag had a sweet blue box and a velvet pouch..

Inside was the prettiest compact and pearl embellished ballerina pin..

How did Laura know that I collect vintage compacts??

The second bag was full of the COOLEST keys..

and vintage license plate tags.  Look at that big key, isn't that the greatest??

Also, she sent me pearls, perfume bottles, cute alligator buttons, pen quills, a token for a bus ride, buckles and charms.

I love her card!  sea shells!

However, the most absolute best gift that Laura gave me was a sweet, handmade card by her 89 year old mother-in-law..
I was so touched.  I will treasure this card forever.   The picture does not do it justice.  All hand cut flowers, leaves and a butterfly.  The prettiest card made with love.   I am so humbled..

Thank you so much Laura.   I knew that everything you did was with style, but this blew me away.   I can't wait to create some very original jewelry with all my gifts...
I am truly grateful!