Monday, December 3, 2012

   Finally coming out of hibernation...I know that's a Spring thing but in may case...I've been under the spell of a bad back resulting in surgery for the past year.  It's a curse that I wouldn't wish on anyone and one that I had no idea was as severe as it was until it all went away! All that aside it's good to be back (no pun intended) So while I'm still trying to catch up on the last year of lame posts, and half done projects I just want to wish all my bloggy buddies a happy holiday filled with blessings and new beginnigs!

Friday, July 27, 2012

1. Update my etsy shop...check! 

....officially crossed this off the to do list for today.....
note to self.....don't list and photograph all in one's almost 5 o'clock!
here's a sneak peek.............

...have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Slowing down and finding my Zen...yes that's a little hokey but it's very true.  
I've been a little on the lackluster side of life the past eight months or so.   In the short of it....have a nagging back problem, a stubborness problem, a time management problem and some say a touch of adhd  and let's face it, a  I-like-to-go-to-flea markets-buy-furniture-paint-it-and-sell- it problem.  Well, after countless non surgical remedies I think I am finally faced with the dreaded neurosurgeon appt. and possible fix-it-with- knife solution.  NOT one I'm a fan of nor looking forward to.   But it has forced me to slow down and re-focus my energies.  So since the big STOP lugging furniture and SLOW DOWN speech from my chiropractor I've been hanging in the house, "slowing down".  So.... what have I found since adopting my slow mo. lifestyle?... ANOTHER problem.... hours of unfinished very awesome and creative projects I skipped over because I was running 90 mi. and hour and just simply forgot what I was doing.  So often times I start a project..."oops, need the right paint".... set out to Home Depot to pick up said  paint.... screeched to halt to trash pick a really cool table...then dropped it off at the shop(on my way back from, where was that?) saw something at the shop I need to work on at home.... load it in my car take it home, put it on the porch, go down to the basement see if I have a set of handles to replace the (obvious reason someone threw out the piece to begin with) ugly handles.  Realize I really need to clean this place out and work on the 5 or 6 pieces I have stashed down here...start to rearrange a little....oh yeah, why was I out? what was I doing?.."wow I didn't know I had this", "this would make a great display for my jewelry booth".."oh crap I have a show next week better go see what jewelry stock I have"..".oh isn't this pretty it would look great on a chain" ..ahhhh it could go on like this all summer and then in the fall....back to a classroom full of children (who's young brains I might add work a bit like mine)  So...huge's time to slow down!  Time to methodically and s-l-o-w-l-y bust through those projects laying around. Oh and I do ask for more help when it's a non back-friendly project ( my 17 yr old son rocks! oh and he owes me money).  

I can't believe how just one little change in lifestyle...slowing down...makes a difference.  I think I have gotten more accomplished in the few weeks since I was lectured on the dangers of moving too quickly, then I normally do in this time span.  I've even read 5 father thinks that's more than I read in HS and college put together......(guess he found out about the cliffnotes.) I've sewn several funky pieces of clothing, made some really awesome pillows, took an online frame making class, made 6 or 7 new pieces of jewelry, stenciled some old sacks from the flea market and updated my blog (...but, you already knew that) wow! not so bad for a house bound, flea marketeer on vacation.  

To wrap up this ramble here's the plan.....minimal furniture painting and buying, organize more time to finish art and jewelry projects at home(I decided to make 3-4 things everyday) read  a few good books, enjoy my summer and hang out with my friends, hubby and kids....all back-friendly activities and still productive....who knew that slowing down could mean getting more done?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I'm thinking....and of course that's not necessarily always a productive thing, in my case....I'm feeling a bit scattered and a little like I'm in fall harvest mode.    My mind seems to be going at a dizzying rate of speed lately, my hands are craving motion and will not be still...TO DO lists are made (in my head) while I sleep then up I go with a drive to get it all done now! does that happen?    Yard sales, flea market and an abundance of curb shopping I guess have sparked this frenzy. But with the cool weather still looming and feeling a bit autumnal I think I've slipped into squirrel mode....stashing, gathering and building in preparation for the long winter Spring shows.....somehow feels backwards but also true.... soooo...thought I would share some fruits of my labor with you all and ask..."am I the only one in this strange frenzy?"
 ..back to basics with keys and a gypsy twist of 
colorful beads and turkomen findings

Trenton Masonic religious medal
 ...two awesome pin finds this week aching transformed
 into funky neckware.
Junior Marksman National Rifle Association pin...

....more candy tin and tobacco tin earrings.

 Awesome buckle with pigmented tin type photo 
and an antique rosary cross and plum glass rosarie beads.

another sweet find was this huge lot of vintage metal chairs.....
just love the patina and metal cut work designs.
I even picked up 10 (yes, I had to buy all 10) antique tennis rackets
Just enough to last through a long cold Spring? See what I mean... I'm a freak!
Oh well I'm sure there are others like me out there (and I'd love to hear from you) and
if you're around the Philadelphia area next weekend stop by the CloverMarket and have a peak at my stash.....

thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I know I'm a little late with this post but boy has it been a busy couple weeks since we returned from Nashville.
Took off on a jet to visit my beautiful daughter and her family during Spring break.....yeah grandbabies! We took a day and visited Antique Archaeology the home of some of the American Pickers fab. finds.
The line was long, the sidewalk hot,  but here we are.
 Just about to go in......finally!

 live band!

 know I love me some creepy dolls! 
Mickey Gilley's boots.....I actually saw this episode.
This is the coolest little spot right next door....homemade flavored marshamallows and coffee.....YUMM!

Headed out for lunch at the Nashville farmers' Market had some delicious foodthen, took our tired doggies home!