Monday, May 31, 2010

Time's Tickin'

No matter how organized I am, no matter how much planning
and how many notes are made ...

I just never seem to get as much done as I would like to. 

I feel like I'm always racing the clock to see how much
I can accomplish before the end of the day.

The thing that really gets me is that I know I'm getting slower. 
It's not my imagination - I'm just not doing as much as fast.

This weekend I cleaned-up my workroom and got ready to start on ...

Vintage Halloween !!!

October 2nd and my Vintage Halloween Bootique will be here before I know it!
Mark your calendar and keep checking back for updates.  If you would like to receive a
postcard, e-mail me and I will place you on the list.  I have begun collecting lots and lots
of interesting, unusual, and whimsical goodies.  On top of all of that, I will be
making many, many of my Halloween creations.

So as one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used to say .....

Clock's tickin', Dude! M.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Funky Junk Weekend!

What an amazing weekend and experience! The Funky Junk Sister's Vintage Flea Market was so much fun. I didn't realize how busy I was until I looked at my pictures. I missed getting so many images to share with you. I wanted to document the whole weekend in pictures, but was just too busy and I missed capturing so many things and great people!

I guess I will just start. We left home at 4:30 a.m. and arrived in Puyallup at 8 a.m. Just in time to start setting up. It went so smooth, cuz I had the help of my son, Jake, (now known as the "Junk Hunk"). We finished and were able to go to our hotel and freshen up before the special workshop with Sue Whitney at 5 p.m. Everything after that is a blur. I have never been a vendor where there have been so many wonderful shoppers! The night went by very fast. Unfortunately, we were absolutely exhausted and skipped the Rodeo Dance.
It sounded like a good time was had by all.

Saturday morning we arrived, fortified ourselves with coffee and were ready for the day.
I met wonderful vendors from the area and many, many great shoppers!
Everyone was so nice. I wish I could have visited more with everyone.

This little cutie modeled my pet bed for me. A perfect fit!

Again, I didn't get as many pictures of people. This is Diane's space (Molly Mo's). It was so lovely and fresh - very Diane! I loved that bright punch of color from the parasols.

This is Diane, Dixie and me in front of the Funky Junk Sisters-mobile.

Linda and Dixie were absolutely the sweetest and so much fun.
Many thanks to both of them. They worked so hard to put on this great event.
And ...

I want to thank everyone that visited my space. It was a pleasure to meet
you all and hope that we see you in our "neck of the woods" in the near future! M.
P.S. Yes, that is a "tiara". It's a piece of lace tatting with a piece of floral jewelry sewn to the front. Not something I ever thought I would wear, but it was fun.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Goldilocks Dilemma

Just like Goldilocks, Miss Zoe is trying to decide which bed would be juussst right!
Unfortunately, neither of these little cuties will be "just right" for her. She is about 70 pounds too much dog, but they could be perfect for some of her smaller friends.
A few weeks ago, I bought the Summer 2010 copy of Flea Market Style.
Just a few pages inside was this:
I just happened to have an old bench that a friend had given me. It worked perfect!

After adding "feet" and finials, it makes one of the sweetest 4-poster beds
for an extra special pooch!
Of course, I couldn't make just one. Elf Patty had found some
great old legs and we felt brave enough to make one from
"scratch". Well, it was a learning experience and we used
every power tool in my arsenal - but we did it! And no one got hurt
in the process. Major accomplishment!

These little dog beds will be for sale at the Funky Junk Sisters
Antique Flea Market this weekend in Puyallup!
If you can't make it this weekend, have no fear --
I love making these little beds and will have more at my next show!
In the mean time, Miss Zoe will have to settle for a bed that is a little
less fancy. Like the sofa, loveseat, bay window, our bed ..... M.

Monday, May 10, 2010

So much to do ...

and so little time! Funky Junk Sister Antique Flea Market is this weekend!!!
It seemed so far off and all of the sudden it's almost here!!!
Of course I've been busy making new things. Don't want to get in a rut - right?
I'm sure you are wondering what the heck these things are. Well, of course there is a story...
A few years ago, a bride left a hanger with a cardboard bodice shape on it in the dressing room where I work. I thought what a great way to hang a special garment! I waited several weeks to see if anyone would call to retrieve it. Never happened, so, if you know me very well you would know that I had the wheels turning from the moment I saw it!

The shape was made from lightweight cardboard and must have come from a dry cleaners.
I needed something to display a vintage prom dress and this worked perfectly!
Again, if you know me very well, I just couldn't leave it as I found it. I had to make it look special. I covered it with old newpaper to give it my look.
I displayed it at a show and it was a hot item of interest. Everyone wanted to buy it. I finally caved and let it go thinking that I could get another shape at any dry cleaners that cleaned special gowns. Well, I was so disappointed when I wasn't able to find replacements. That was the end of that. Move on and get over it.
I didn't get over it. Last week, I knew I would need something to display some vintage pieces I'm taking to Funky Junk Sisters and that silly, paper-covered, bodice-on-a-wire-hanger seemed like the perfect thing. I went to work and created a pattern working from my own mannequin. And voila! I love them. Even added some mother of pearl buttons as a fastener on the back.
I love it when an idea comes together. More new things soon!
Get ready for some stinkin' cute dog beds! M.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wishes ...

It seems we all have wishes of one kind or another. We wish for serious, meaningful stuff, as well as whimsical, silly stuff. Sometimes our wishes come true and sometimes they don't. Either way, wishes are important things that keep us motivated and hopeful. I think that most of the time we make our own wishes come true by directing our thoughts and energy toward a certain goal. Sometimes knowingly and sometimes not.
But, just imagine that there was a Wish Fairy ...

a Wish Fairy that would allow you to buy wishes ?!?
If there were wishes to sell ...

what would you buy?

Think about it and let me know!
Just pretend that money is no object and anything is possible.
Have fun!
And - now that we are on the subject of FUN - this collage along with a bunch of other great
treasures will be in my space at the Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market on
May 14th and 15th in Puyallup, WA. See the link to the left for more info! And ...
stay tuned for more sneak peaks! M.

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