Sorry to have been MIA lately. Has it really been over a month since I posted?? Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.
Published again!!! This time in Jewelry Affaire magazine. I was so thrilled when they chose this necklace for a full page feature in the spring issue, which hit the newsstands on April 1st. I have posted about this piece before – it honors my birth and adopted mothers.
My sweet daughter decided to join a group of friends and go to prom. Not a problem except that it was very much a last minute decision (we are talking 5 days before the event here) which left little time to put together a fabulous outfit. Using what we had on hand, we were able to transform my girl into a very classy and elegant diva – think 1940′s film star. Here’s what we came up with: Long black halter dress (mom’s), cute heels (daughter’s from thrift store), Jewelry (combo of daughter’s necklace, mom’s vintage rhinestone bracelet, and earrings daughter made from vintage rhinestone bits I had in my studio, vintage cut rayon velvet wrap (grandma’s) and finally a vintage clutch bag (mom’s again!). The look – priceless!!!
We also took some time to head up to the annual Pennsylvania Faerie Festival at Spoutwood Farm. Upon arrival, my daughter stated that “these are my people”, and I can’t say I disagree. I have to tell you that this particular festival is very family oriented and overflowing with positive energy. Attendees are obviously very comfortable with themselves. Wonderful music and inspiring crafts – plus mom and girl child time!
Last weekend I was at A Journey From Junk in Ellicott City, MD to help my friend Kelli with her trunk show. We put together necklaces on the spot for customers, using her incredible selection of chains and charms (new as well as vintage bits and bobs). The weather was lovely and we had a fabulous day making jewelry ( including some fun steam-punk bracelets!!).
I am counting down the days until my annual adventure at the Lucketts General Store Spring Faire – which is the this weekend!!!! I’ll be filling up my granny cart with all sorts of wonderful goodies.Hope to see you there!!
I may have mentioned that I
hoard collect vintage textiles and fabrics. Laces, linens, bark cloths – I just adore it all.
A view of the closet for my studio - just a "few" vintage textiles!!!
My most recent passion is the fabric feed and flour sacks of the 1930′s and 40′s. Thrifty housewives of that era turned these pretties into aprons, dresses, quilts, dishtowels and more. You can still find the fabrics at antique shops and flea markets – their cheerful patterns and rainbow colors are a testament to the creativity and positive outlook of these wonderful women.
Right now I am working on some fabric cuff bracelets for my friend Kelli’s shop in Ellicott City Maryland – A Journey From Junk. I’ve decided to use the vintage feedsack fabrics as a base, and then am adding a stamped sentiment, lace, vintage buttons and perhaps a bit of bling….
works in progress
They are fun little projects to work on, and I can easily toss them in a back to sew a bit when ever I have a spare moment.
Faithful #1 assistant standing by in case I need help photographing!
Being busy with work and home responsibilities is no reason to not feed the creative soul, right?
I admit it. I am in love – with aqua vintage Pyrex. It’s been coming for a while. I would see them at flea markets, antique malls and such and think “hmmmm – that is really my color”. But something always stopped me from taking the plunge. Well, I have to say that I am head over heals in love with these beauties now. I blame Pinterest – so many wonderful images of collections of Pyrex, and they all looked just amazing when grouped all together.
Yesterday I went to a local auction - sadly a total bust, but then to console myself I popped over to one of my favorite antique malls and well, the rest is history. First one lovely aqua bowl, then a casserole, then some mixing bowls. This particular antique mall was just bursting its seams with vintage Pyrex. It was obviously meant to be for me to bring some lovelies home for my own, right? Another collection started – and one I am sure I will enjoy using. What is the fun of having such fabulous treasures hiding away in a cabinet, when they could be making me smile each and every day!
While we still haven’t seen any real snow, it is bitter cold here in Maryland. Too cold for little old me to venture out into the garden, so I think I will pull out the newly arrived garden catalogs and start dreaming (er, I mean planning) for spring.
A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to put in the bones for my dream garden, roughly based on a combination of the garden from the movie practical magic, and one featured in the book Down to Earth Gardener by Suzy Bales. It is surrounded by a picket fence and divided in half by a pergola. There are three entrances to the garden – one on the west side which currently features a vintage gate painted a wonderful shade of lavender, another on the south side that will hopefully sport a vintage gate this spring, and finally a utility entrance on the east side with a double picket gate, big enough to get my garden cart through. The northern half features a large circular bed divided into quarters plus beds surrounding the circle. There is an arbor on the east side of this garden, where I have placed a lovely white metal bench given to me as a birthday gift from my mom. It’s a lovely spot to sit and watch the sun set, surrounded by antique climbing roses in the spring followed by huge butterfly bushes behind it in the summer. In this garden I grow perennials, many herbs, and a whole bunch of antique roses. The quarters of the circle bed are edged in lavender, providing an intoxicating aroma when in bloom. The north edge features several lilac bushes, which add to the heady scent in May.
The other half of the garden is considered to be the kitchen garden, and features 8 raised beds. Veggies are rotated through the beds each year, however I reserve one entire bed for peonies that I use for cutting and drying. Another bed tries to contain my raspberry patch, which my family enjoys feasting on all summer long. I also have 2 more antique roses planted other raised beds – they provide a nice contrast to the veggies, and, basically just make me smile!
The entire garden is surrounded by a border, still waiting for proper planting. For right now, daisies, iris, rogue sunflowers from the bird feeder, ladies mantle and day lilies cheer the area up.
I am making a list of plants that need moving, plants that need replacing, plus a “wish list” of plants that simply must find a home in my garden. Topping the list are several more antique roses – I can’t seem to get enough of these beauties. Many only bloom once, unlike their modern cousins, however what they lack in length of bloom time is more than made up in gorgeous blowsy blooms and heavenly scent. I greet them as dear friends as they come into bloom, and am always eager to see who will be the first (yes, I know – I am referring to them as people – but some of these shrubs have been with me for 15 or more years – I brought many of them with me when I moved to this house!)
I long for a warm day (not unheard of in this part of the country), so that I can go out and play with my “girls”. Chat and check on how they are fairing, watch the birds at the feeders, and dream, dream, dream of the promise of spring.