Sunday, October 5, 2014

Crunch time!

Craft show season has begun.  I had my first one a few weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day to be at an outside show, but not a lot of attendees.  My first "big" show is two weeks from yesterday,  YIKES!

Try as I might, to make new items throughout the year, it always comes down to a massive scramble the last few weeks before shows start.  We, as artists/crafters, NEVER think we have enough stock (though we usually do.)

So, here I am, trying to finish, or start and finish, a bunch of projects in the next two weeks.  

Nine "Jacks" got completed yesterday, and even tagged! (Pat self on back) 

Ten pairs of Witch Legs (pattern from Red Dirt Primitives) got fabric ironed (it was REALLY wrinkled!), traced, sewn, trimmed and turned.  Yes, the black and white fabric is nausea inducing if you look at it the right way.

This morning, the stuffing and finishing commences.

Now, the trick/ NOT to get THIS red glitter EVERYWHERE!  I used to make little girl jackets that were handpainted and they had fine fabric glitter on husband used to complain (and he's NOT a complainer) that it was all over the house.  He was right, and sometimes ended up with it on him (usually a bit on his face).  This COULD be worse!

So far, so good.....wish me luck! (Disclaimer:  As of the writing of this post, no red glitter is on writer's face or hands...subject to change at a moments notice.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And we ended in London...

Post part two....London!

Victoria Station

The view from our hotel room on the 26th floor in Kensington!

Walking around Kensington at night.

The Natural History building.  Didn't go in. 

Victoria and Albert Museum.  We DID go in here, briefly.

Glass sculpture in the entry of the V & A Museum

Market in Covent Garden

A very dreary day in London.  Tower Bridge

Ceramic flower installation at The Tower....
Very cool...

Gave me glad we walked to see it!

The Monument commemorating the great fire of  London 1666

Headed home
Now....back to work!

Back from England and Paris....

Oh, I know, life is rough!  My hubby is English, born and raised in Plymouth, England.  His entire family still lives in the UK, so we have many reasons to visit!  Here's a few shots from our trip....

This trip, we took at side trip to Paris!  Yes, Paris!  It was great.  So much to see.  We walked.....ALOT!  Didn't go IN a lot of places.  We'll have to go back. 

We were also in London for a day on the tail end of our trip.  Will share some of those photos in another post...I think I've hit my limit!

Sorry Waterford

Couldn't help myself.  It's gonna be a snowman (see my last post).

Some might call it sacrilege, I call it art!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What to do?????

I spent a lovely day with my girlfriend Ri last Sunday afternoon, at The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord, North Carolina.  It's a really cool antique mall.  Their new tag line on their marketing materials is "Best Crap in the South"!  Funny, and yet true!  It a really neat place.  Here's a link to their "about us" page that tells the history of the place: 

I found some cool "stuff" old scale (I have great plans for it), some old tart tins, and cute little chair (have NO idea what I'm going to do with it, but I liked it), and of course, some more salt shakers.
I posted this photo on my Facebook page last night.  Today, a friend on Facebook informs me that the footed salt shaker is Waterford Crystal!  Well, she is correct (not that I doubted you Pam)!  I should have known.  In my "former life" I was the director of Bridal Registry for a department store chain in California.  I know Waterford!

So I came home and investigated...
Yep, the Waterford "stamp"

The "Signature" EPNS"

The cleaned-up shaker

Now, do I sell it on Ebay, or make the special snowman I was intending to make it into?  These suckers go for up to $99.95 EACH!!!   I didn't pay even 10% of that for it in the first place.  Obviously, the seller had no idea what they were selling (neither did I!)  I'm leaning towards crafting with it.  That's what I bought it for, and I don't really think I want to be bothered with trying to auction it on Ebay or reselling it on Amazon.

What to do?  What to do?