Sunday, April 7, 2024

New Things!

I'm back today with a couple of fun things that I've recently finished. These mixed media pieces are truely unique. A lot of the elements that went in to them were made by me.  They have been added to eBay. Click on the photos to go to the listings. 


Friday, April 5, 2024

Whatcha Doin Tomorrow?

 So I looked at the forecast for tomorrow... it's going to rain. Which is a good thing. Right? At least it isn't snow. We've had enough of that recently. 
So we've established that it's going to rain. Gardening is not going to happen this weekend. (it's too early for that anyways) So what are you going to do? I know, I know!

You're going to come and see me at the Vintage Spring Market! I'll be at the Kearney County Fairgrounds in Minden tomorrow from 9-3. And you all have to help me out. It's going to rain (we've established this). You don't want to put me in a position where I have to pack all of this up and take it out to my car in the rain... Right?

There are a lot of fun things, if I do say so myself. I have handmade and vintage/antique items in my booth.

Besides, my booth, I did get a sneak peek of some of the other booths. LOTS of awesome things. Seriously, you're missing out if you don't check this show out.


And I'm still cranking out stuff tonight. Just finished this one of a kind piece.

Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

New Video and Ebay Listings

Today I actually had a day where I could stay home. ALL DAY. The whole day. Well I guess the day isn't over so I hope I didn't just jinx myself. It is very rare to not have to take someone somewhere. I think the kids have enjoyed it too. I've barely even seen them, they're perfectly happy lounging in their rooms. Oh how times have changed. 
So... what have I done all day? I actually (gasp) made a crafting video. I am so rusty when it comes to making videos! It is a horrible one, but it's been shared, so there is no going back now. If you are wanting to spend 20ish minutes getting dizzy on my fast speed altered tag making, check out the video here:
Once I finished fiddling around with movie making, I finally took some photos of my recently finished works and got them added onto Ebay. Check out my listings HERE.

I also was able to finish some cups this last week. I had some special orders, so I worked on some new ones for my upcoming craft show at the same time. These will be added to my website later tonight.

I'm itching to get back to creating, so that's all for now!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

More Antiques and I Need Help With a "What is it?"

More collections today! 
These buckets come from both my mom and I.  Who doesn't love little buckets. It's hard to imagine that this is what you used to buy your groceries in! I believe I have another one or two of these in my decor. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with these yet.

Another fun group of items are these wooden containers. The one on the left is a two sided measure. I have had it for year. I don't even remember where I got it. You can measure out two different sizes, depending on which side you scoop with. The middle piece was something my mom picked up. Just a large scoop bucket I believe. There is a hole for hanging it up. I can see it being something used in a barn a long time ago.
Now the piece on the right came from my mom's collection. I do not know what this piece is or was used for. A round cylinder of wood. But the pieces wrapped around to make the shape are different sizes.
This picture shows the pieces from the top.
Here are two more pictures of the "what is it"piece. The wood is bent in uneven portions around to make. I didn't know if it was some kind of mold? Or just a use what we have bucket? Let me know what you all think.
I hope to have some more to share soon.  A lot of my spare time has been spent cheering on these two. 2 more games and then we are on to track season!


Friday, January 19, 2024

Being Busy, Antiques and Works in Progress

It's 2024! I looked back and I did a horrible job blogging in 2023. Probably my worst year. So what happened in 2023? Well, my mom passed away after a long battle with cancer. We all knew it was coming, but I wasn't ready. Not by a long shot. I still reach for the phone to call her daily, then remember I can't.

One of the things my mom and I liked to do together was go antiquing. We collected a lot of the same things, that led to many debates when we found something we both wanted. A lot of the time she won, telling me it would be mine later on. Well here we are, later on. These last few months, I have been slowly moving her antiques in and marrying them with mine. It's going to be a long process and I am going to part with many things. Some originally mine, some hers. 

So I figured this would be a good time to get back into blogging, and record the process. There are a lot of items that are family heirlooms. I know some stories and some I don't. This will be a way to document things as I go along so they can be remembered.

I will also be posting items for sale on my website and blog as I decide what I'm parting with, so if you are also a collector, keep an eye out for more posts.

This first photo is of my entryway. All the items on the dry sink were either my finds or my moms. We love primitive treenware as you can see. Measures, pantry boxes, bowls and boxes.

I have started organizing my items in like groups, and snooping around online for others with similar collections.  First up, wooden utensils. I have a lot more than my mom did in this category. While I was looking online, I saw an article on washing your primitive pieces. I had actually never washed them. I've picked random things up here and there and shoved them in a crock or box for display. Since I had them all out together I figured I might as well wash them. I'm glad I did! They show off their age better when cleaned.
I almost didn't take a picture of the water after, because it was super gross. But I then figured what better way to show why they should be washed!
While I was washing I rinsed out some of my old salt glazed crocks that will house the utensils when they dry.
The second collection I want to share today are firkin buckets. I love having a large stack of these! After combining the collections, I do have multiples of different sizes. So some of these will be up for sale soon. Also, unfortunately I do have quite a few without lids.  The smaller ones in this photo got washed to possibly help hold some utensils... 
As part of my recording process, the wooded butter churn next to the buckets had belonged to a family friend in Odessa, NE, Esther J. Holoubeck Reynolds. My husband purchased it for me at her auction. She told him she remembered as a child having to churn butter with it. The stick connected to the dasher is worn down where it was repeatedly run through the lid hole.
Now, on to works in progress:
I have been commissioned to make a small rabbit for a collector. So while I have my clay out, I've been working on a few other pieces. Hopefully these will be completed soon.
And lastly I have been working on some more cards to replenish the spinner rack at the Central Merchantile downtown Kearney. I hope to have the cards there tomorrow afternoon.
To close up this (long) post, I wanted to mention that I will be participating in the Spring Market Show in Minden, NE on April 6th. I will have a mix of handmade and antique items for sale. 
Until next time... Stay Warm!

Monday, July 31, 2023

Works in Progress

I'm back today with some works in progress. It's been quite some time since I've posted. My mother lost her long battle with cancer in April. Since then I just hadn't gotten into my craft room much. I've had special orders and little things to get done here and there, but the full out creativity to make new things just wasn't there. Partly because of the busy schedule we keep with 3 teenagers, but also, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I spent a lot of time just doing nothing. And that is not me. I'm not a chair lounger or idly lay in bed kind of person. I like to keep busy with projects. I have to believe there is a correlation between my loss and my behavior. My mom was rediagnosed with cancer late 2019, which means she went through the bulk of her treatments during the Covid breakout. Because we couldn't be together much we spent a lot of time on the phone. I talked to her every day for hours. I also sent text pictures of what I was working on. For a long time I just didn't have it in me to create. Maybe because I couldn't share it with her. Anyway, I really didn't mean to unload all of this in my post. I just wanted to say something about my long absence. 

On to today's WIPs. I missed the last two shows I was planning on doing, due to getting nothing made. The next one I'm hoping to do is Labor Day weekend. For this one I am planning on bringing mostly Christmas merchandise. So time to design new things! I was given some small rusty buckets. I thought making some funky trees to have "growing" out of them would be fun! I drew up a tree and made it come to be.

I'm never certain if my paper pattern will come out right once it's sewn out of muslin. The tree was a happy surprise. I liked the look once stuffed and painted. The finished look will come later on. In the pic below there is an extra thing on the tray...
Last year, I was working on a new snowman design. I had quite the time getting it right. When you draw out a pattern, it may look good on paper, but once you transfer it to fabric, sew it and stuff it, it can look completely different. Here are some of the tries I did to get my design right. Mind you, in the end I got the look I was going for, these were just the rejects.
Today when I was making my Christmas tree design, I mixed up some green paint. My cast off snowmen were sitting near by. This is where lightning strikes... These funky dolls would made great Frankensteins! One down, 4 to go.
In the end, it feels great to get back at it. I needed a respite I suppose, but now I think I'm ready to move on and bring my creativity back out.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Recent Works

I switched from working in fabrics to mixed media on canvas'. I was able to complete a few new ones. They are all on my website so go check them out! Click on each photo to go to their page with more photos.

This last piece I entered at gallery and it was picked to be in a show. If you are local and haven't been to the Brickwalk Gallery, make sure you take time to visit. They do some art classes from time to time, I'm hoping it works out for me to make it to some soon. They have a couple calls for some future shows, if you are interested in submitting check out their facebook page.


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Wednesdays Works

Here in central Nebraska, we have a SNOW DAY! As of now, there is at least 6" of the white stuff and it is not going to stop for awhile. 
So I am hunkered down in my craft room working on things for my upcoming spring shows. I've turned this box of stuffing...
 Into this box of bunnies awaiting paint and stain.
The other day my kids were in a basketball tournament. I was able to bring some stitching along to work on when they weren't playing. I completed 3 simple oval designs that I was able to add to finished boxes today.
Fun springy designs mixed with primitive fabrics.

I slightly stuffed the lids to make them more of a pincushion top.
These will be available at my shows coming up in March and April. More on those shows later!
If you are snowed in today as well, I hope you are also able to make the most of it!

Friday, January 6, 2023

Still Making Cards...

I have a few more cards to get done before I switch gears, so I thought I would share a few more with you.
The Doodlebug Designs stamp set I was using in the last post had this layered cake in one of the sets. While it could be made to look like a birthday cake, I decided to turn it into a wedding cake.

I did some pretty simple designs, letting the cake be the focal point. I only colored the embellishments of the cake, covering the main parts with my Wink of  Stella brush for a beautiful shimmer.

I just wanted to add this work in progress.. Most of the time when I'm trying to get work done in the craft room I have music playing. Sometimes I put youtube on my tv and watch other makers at work. One of the videos I just finished was from Jennifer McGuire showing inking techniques. The cards were gorgeous. I especially loved the beveled diamond embossing folder ones.
The next day my daughter wanted to go to Hobby Lobby to look for something. I found myself in the die cutting isle. I don't know for sure what is going on there, but every last die, embossing folder, and accessory were clearanced. And they were highly clearanced. So of course I HAD to look through them. And what was there... the beveled diamond embossing folder from Spellbinders.
Ahhh.... so beautiful.


Monday, January 2, 2023

Yikes! It's been a while!

Happy New Year! 
 It's been so long since I've posted! You know when you have multiples, everyone assumes that you are so busy when they are small. That is so not the case. Seriously, once my kids hit junior high our schedules when from full to JAM PACKED. Christmas break has been a nice respite from all the activities.
My card rack at Central Mercantile has been needing some love so I've spent the last week crafting cards in my spare time. These are some cards I made using the stamp and die sets Birthday Girl and Party Time from Doodlebug Designs. There are so many fun elements within the 2 sets and they work well together.

In conclusion, I'm going to try and post a little more regularly. I'll leave you with the link to a video I was able to get done in December. It is a process video showing how I turn old Christmas boxes into winter shadowboxes.
 Until the next time!