Kim is hosting her 2nd annual Cottage Charm Giveaway and of course, I had to participate!
I have a lot of crap, I mean hand made creations, lying around my studio and I should dump them somehow, I mean give them away to readers.
So, if you would like to win a cottage style bird house, just leave a comment any time (and as many times as you'd like) between now and the end of the month.
Your comments will count towards this giveaway as well as my regular monthly prize. Which really isn't all that regular, since I am so in love with May and am adding to the prize pack every once in a while.
Check out Kim's site for a list of other giveaways all over blogland. There will be some good stuff out there waiting to go to a new home!
Our trip to the Topeka Zoo yesterday was delightful. Its a cute little zoo, just the right size for a toddler's visit.
This photo might just have to become the basis for a fairy painting of her.
When I go to the zoo, or an amusement park, or any other tourist spot, I rarely photograph the place itself. I like pictures of the people I was with (and of course lots of Sugarwings!)
Before leaving to go to the zoo, we all met downtown to have lunch. As we walked toward the restaurant, I heard the faint, but persistent call of the millinery flowers.
So, I told my family I'd meet them in a minute, and ran down to the antique mall to find this pile of hats, for $4-$6 each!!
I didn't even miss lunch, when I got there, they had saved me a fajita.
I know you are asking yourself, what is that under the hats? Is that the elusive PINK flocked wallpaper?
(I refuse to believe that you are really saying, "there is a serious problem with this crazy lady and her hat problem. AND HER WALLPAPER PROBLEM.")
You are right, it is FLOCKED vintage papers in beautiful shades of pink, ivory and tan!
I'll be making up some packs to sell on Etsy if I can force myself to share. I could be a little bit stingy about this stuff.
This one, I simply cannot call vintage, it is only from the 80s and I get irritated by that label on stuff that is not OLD.
I bought this paper to line a cabinet for Sugarwings. She is the worlds biggest Care Bear Fan.
She is so crazy about Care Bears that I added a pink rainbow bear decal to the window of my car, so she could see it from her car seat. And I am not a decal or a sticker person.
Before you start to think that all I do is shop for flowers and wallpaper, or play with the baby, I want to show you a project I actually made!
Yep, I sat at my desk and made something, it seems like it has been a while since I had a chance to do that. I spent most of the day working away on cleaning the studio, listing supplies on Etsy, and watering all my new plantings outside. But I did take time to use some of my favorite things and make this piece.
It has hand painted roses, vintage flocked wallpaper, pink pages from an old French book (from my pal, Lili), velvet millinery flowers, an old earring with rhinestones, seam binding ribbon, and sheet music. Wow, I don't think I could have possibly squeezed in one more bit of any of my obsessions onto this gaudy little dumpling of vintage goodies.
Its rosey red and faded pink, I like those colors together. A little different, but nice.
One more thing before I go, in case you haven't made up your mind that I might be crazy.
Remember the fall themed photo shoot I have coming up this spring with Carol? I decided to try painting some leaves, to make the trees look more fall-like. So, here is a tiny sample, and it seems to work.
I used a red spray paint meant for florists, so I doubt if it will kill the trees. I only painted a couple of leaves to see how it went, don't you think they look like autumn?