Friday, January 15, 2010

A Little Visual Pick-Me-Up

I was going through my 2009 pictures and found this one taken in our back yard. Obviously, it was taken last spring when the yard wasn't a mushy, mucky mess. It was just what I've been needing. Bright, cheerful inspiration - a reminder that this gray, dreary, wet season will pass. And -- I did see some grape hyacinths peeking up out of the leaf mulch the other day. So, there is hope. ( I know, I should shut-up 'cuz we don't have 2 feet of snow. However, I don't mind snow - it's bright.)
I shouldn't be surprised, but I've been in my annual "What am I going to do for Spring?"
mood. Which ties into my "How am I going to proceed with my little business this year?" dilemma. All of this makes for lots of mulling over: what worked, what worked but was way too hard on the old bod (not a Spring Chicken anymore), what sounds like fun and how should I proceed with it?

So, I'm going to throw it out there for you to give me your "2 cents worth". I've been toying with offering some one-day workshops in my home. A fun day filled with creativity and a yummy lunch. This sounds like fun! A room full of creative women making something wonderful and food. What could be better?
I've had many of my customers ask if I would consider doing this. It sounds like a good thing to try. Now, I'm brainstorming on projects that could be easily adapted into a one-day class with supplies that are readily available. This could take a little time but I am thinking that April or May might be a good time to give this a whirl. Let me hear from you and I will keep you posted.

But, wait -- there's more!
During the month of February, I will be participating in the next Artist Class session. This is a group of wonderful tutorials offered by artists across the country at a very reasonable price. If you type in "Vintage Trifles" you get a 10% discount. Read more about Artist Class at:
Like I said, there's more!
On March 13, we will be presenting the 3rd Annual 4 Friends Sale! 4 sales at 4 locations: Auntie Joy's in Silverton, Molly Mo's in Sublimity, me - Vintage Trifles, in South Salem, and new this year (imagine drum roll) Sammy Girl, also in South Salem. Stay tuned for more info! It was so much fun last year. I expect a repeat this year and then some!
And even more!
Saturday, October 2, I will be hosting a Halloween Booo-tique at my house. I LOVE to make Halloween so I will be creating lots and lots of whimsical, unexpected things to adorn your haunted house. As I was writing this, two, new ideas popped into my head. EEK! I will be confirming the date very soon. More details to come!
Check my listing to the left for more dates.

On top of all of this, I am very close to making my 200th post! Might be time for a Give-away! M.


Andy's Attic said...

I'm so excited you are doing the artist class. I signed up even though I am a total novice at crafty things. Figured I'm still able to learn.

Marilyn said...

I needed to see the flowers, thanks!

flutterby said...

How exciting and your class sounds like it would be tons of fun!!!
I too am trying to schedule this year...take more time for myself AND my friends and family! Apparently that candle that was burning at both ends finally went 'poof'! (but that's a GOOD thing!)
Keep us posted, sounds like a road trip in the making.

Sammy Girl said...

Looking forward to being one of the "4 Friends"!! WOO HOO! Gurlz just GOTTA have FUN!
Betty :)

Kati said...

Oooooo.....I would so sign up for any class you offered. What fun! Keep us posted on the course.

Can't wait for the 4 friends sale--so much fun last year. I think this year we might find 2 more friends to tag along so it's 4 friends shopping 4 friends (he-he).

Adrienne said...

Thank you for the touch of Spring today - I needed that! I'm excited about Four Friends. I'll be helping Miss Sammy Girl in Salem and the only thing that makes me sad is that I'll miss the fun with the other three of you gals! Oh well, you can tell me all about it afterwards!

I think you should do workshops. They would be well received and it would be a neat opportunity for a bunch of creative gals. Go for it! Don't think you'll be sorry!

AuroraSuzette said...

I like the workshop idea. Can't promise I'd make the drive, but I bet lots of folks would. You've definately got something to teach! Such a talent.

Funky Junk Sisters said...

We are hoping you will put The Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea on your 2010 calendar! We would so love to have you join us as a vendor!

Linda & Dixie
The Funky Junk Sisters

Halo Hill said...

Very cool, Martha! The art get together I had here with friends was so much fun! We pooled our supplies and had a nice lunch too. It was very refreshing and so much fun to be with like minded "girls". We had a blast.

And, as "coincidence" would have it, Hope of Paper Relics is a friend of mine too (we first met at Art Fest), and she will be teaching in Mary's next session of "Artist Classes" so I signed up immediately before I even knew who else was teaching. I was so excited after I settled down and read the info, that you are teaching too! Hurray!

The vintage manni I bought from you several years ago is still in my bedroom, and it will be fun to make one "along with" you!

Good Fortune and Best Wishes to you this new year, Martha!


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