Thursday, November 20, 2008

Favorite Thing #1

As I said in my last post, I am going to show you 5 of my favorite things. They aren't necessarily in any kind of preferred order - they just are favorites. I didn't get the first on posted yesterday, cuz I was busy making a little project that I will show you after my first favorite thing.

Favorite Thing #1: my Converse shoes.

Several years ago, I was given my first pair of Converse - Jack Purcell's. I love them. I've worn them to many flea markets (buying and selling), on vacation, grocery shopping, on and on. And - they look it, poor things. It was one of the best family Christmas gift exchanges ever - thank you Matt!

I finally decided it was time to find a new pair since these are looking pretty ratty. I won't get rid of them, mind you, but I should wear something out and about that looks - let's say, fresher. It took me months to find the color(chocolate brown) in the right size. I have "baby feet", size 5 1/2. Couldn't even find a kid size that would work. It's hard to find them, but I was successful last weekend. I just happened to look at Target and there they were. Annnd, I got a $5.00 gift card as well! How great is that!

So, yesterday my extra, special elf Patti - AKA Sparkle Farkle (SF), came over to spend the day and as it ended up most of the evening. She has been a such a help to me this fall. Without her help I wouldn't have been able to produce as many pieces. I gave her the nickname Sparkle Farkle (a character from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In - which really dates me) since she does so much of my gluing and glittering. The other day she had a lovely coating of sparkle across her cheeks. She said when she got home her friend would wonder where it came from. I told her to tell him is was stripper make-up and leave it at that. Can't hurt to keep them wondering and on their toes! Anyway, I digressed - again. Yesterday SF and I worked on a new item that I will be taking to the Monticello Antique Marketplace.

This little tree is about 4 feet tall and will have a mate if all goes well today. It isn't quite finished. I plan to add some mica flake glitter to the edges of some of the "boughs" and add some type of tree-topper. The garland is rusted wire threaded with mother-of-pearl buttons. When I started yesterday morning, I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. Once I got the framework underneath
formed, the rest was easy. Especially with elf SF cutting the cardstock and papers for me. Like I said, she has been a lifesaver. Sure glad Santa could spare her this fall! Note: Miss Zoe always manages to sneak in the picture!

Next time, Favorite Thing #2. Hold on, 'cuz this one will really make you wonder about me! M.


Charmingdesigns said...

I'm so glad you found your shoes, I to0 wear 5 1/2. But your tree...oh my, it is so charming!!! How nice to have an if I could just find one to clean my house while I Laurie

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Martha!!!! Your tree made me catch my breath!!!! I LOVE IT! I can't wait to see it when you're finished with it ~ xxoo, Dawn

Jenni B said...

Oh my, I am in LOVE with your tree. It's so cute/shabby/vintage/all-together-gorgeous! Mica glitter flakes would be the perfect touch. I was all excited when you said it would be at the Monticello Antiques Marketplace since I live within 5 miles of Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. But alas, you're on the other side of the country! I guess I can't buy your tree after all. :*(

MizSmoochieLips said...

Oh wow, the tree is so inspiring! Love love love it!!!!

Hessie said...

I love the tree, sheesh!...and the sneakers look great :)

mary beth of cupcakes and crinoline(can only use my google account to leave you a comment...unless I am totally clueless about other options, which definitely is a possibility)

Nancy said...

Hi Martha...Oh, I love your have very tiny feet! My mom always had trouble finding shoes that fit her...she was a size 7-QuadA

I just love your tree, Martha! So whimsical! Love it!!

Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Nancy

Suzanne said...

Just dropping in to wish you and your family a HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING Love and Prayers, Suzanne

Sarah said...

there it is again!
Vintage Lily

Alaina said...

I just found your blog on another blog roll. You have amazing talent. I myself have been making button garland for years for my christmas trees. I love the paper tree it is one of my favorites. I am so glad I found you.

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