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Monday, June 20, 2011

Packing

On Friday, we leave for our most anticipated vacation to England and Paris. I am currently in the midst of packing for the trip and these are my latest observations regarding that topic:

1. Packing for a vacation is a lot more fun than unpacking after you return home.
2. Women should have a larger baggage allowance than men.
3. One pair of shoes DO NOT go with every outfit.
3. There comes a point when you must stop second guessing yourself, and what goes into the suitcase must stay in the suitcase!
4. Packing for a trip to the Tropics is WAY easier than packing for a European vacation. (Bathing suits, shorts, a few tank tops, sunscreen and flip flops are all you need for Hawaii)
5. Unnecessary items such as socks, make way for much needed items such as the flat iron.
6.  Layer and wear your heaviest items on the plane...however remember that belts, shoes, jewelry, jackets and sweaters have to be removed when going through security, and that can work one up into a hot sweat..especially at my age!
7. Due to the fact that one is allowed only ONE carry-on bag weighing a mere 11 pounds,  ones purse must fit inside ones carry-on luggage. (obviously no big purses will fit the bill and had to buy very small purse to fit this requirement) Currently in the carry-on bag are the most needed iPad,  camera and extra batteries, passport and pertinent travel info, snacks and gum, hand sanitizer and lipstick and fragile gift for Dad.
8. Stick with a color scheme for maximizing the mixing and matching of pieces to create coordinating outfits, each top should work with at least 4 bottoms....however, that being said, the very cute bright yellow top made it into the suitcase, even although it did not meet these stringent requirements. Rules CAN be broken!
9. Question...How many lipsticks does one need for a 5 week vacation? Really???
10. This really should not be as difficult as it is. Pin It

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Just a  few of the pieces that found new homes over the weekend:





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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

As promised here is a picture of my newly acquired piece of furniture from the lovely ladies at Frosted Furniture. It is an old dresser from the 1800's, painted a very soft blue. I love the mirror and all the detailing around it. It is now sitting in my dining room, and holds my tablecloths and special linens. I plan on looking for a very large glass vase which I can place on one side of the dresser,  and then seasonally switch up the contents. In the Fall, the vase could be filled with willow or large pine cones. At Christmas I could display glass ornaments in it.




I was told that the reason that it was so low to the ground, was because the ladies back in the day, would sit on a low stool in front of the dresser. The low stool enabled them to sit there comfortably with the dress bustle trailing down behind them. 

Even though the fashions of that time were beautiful, feminine and romantic, I am glad we don't have to dress like that today! Pin It

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Success!

Wow! What a weekend! The Vintage Chicks Show was amazing! I met some fabulous women, both customers and fellow vendors, made some great sales, bought some cool stuff, have several custom orders AND have 2 requests from boutique owners to commission my jewelry. It doesn't get any better than that! The two gals across from me, from Frosted Furniture, were lots of fun, and kept sending their customers over to my booth. Thanks ladies! One of them bought this necklace from me, and wore it at the show on Saturday. It matched her adorable furniture perfectly.



The ladies from Frosted Furniture, take those drab, brown vintage pieces of furniture and paint them beautiful colors, like lemon yellow, sea foam green, Tiffany blue, lilac and pale pink. Needless to say, I fell in love with one of their gorgeous pieces and just had to have it! It now sits in my dining room.....pics later this week. The vendor booths were amazing, and the creativity and effort that was put into each one was astounding.
This booth won best booth for the show, and was on the other side of me.



Here is my finished booth.



See that cute chair in the front of my booth with the basket it on it? Yep....bought that too! ( from pictured booth above)



Even the concession stand was great, with the caterer supplying herbal teas, fresh coffee and awesome menu items such as pulled BBQ beef on bacon brioche,
gourmet sandwiches and wraps, sausage and egg breakfast burritos, beet broccoli and grapefruit salad, yam wedges with lime chipotli, scrumptious wholesome muffins, chocolate ganache brownies and lemon coconut cream cheese cookie sandwiches that looked divine...no I did partake in those goodies.....but they looked so tempting. Did I make you hungry? Overall it was a wonderful experience, and everyone was SO nice! I hope to be back next year.
I am totally exhausted, I know I have blogs to catch up on, and of course I have to give you all the details of my upcoming trip which is only 12 sleeps away!
That....I will save for later this week. Well I have tons of catching up to do with all of you, so that's it for today.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Come see me at The Vintage Chicks Show!

Just a reminder to my local readers about this weekends sale in Priddis. I am super busy, so will be back to regular posting next week.



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Monday, June 6, 2011

Out with the old...in with the new!

I am writing this post from my iPad, as our home computer died this weekend. We had a computer geek fix it guy come out yesterday, who managed to save our hard drive, but the motherboard was shot so it's time for a new one. So, this coming weekend, while I am hard at work at the Vintage Chicks Show, my husband and son are going into the big city to pick up a shiny new iMac! We have been saying that once the P.C. dies, that we will replace it an Apple, so we are taking the plunge and quite excited about it! On another note, I am in the final preparations for that show, and the next few days will be spent tagging, pricing, and packing up my display and jewelry. Oh, yes....I am still finishing up that fancy name tag as well. I hope to get that up and posted for you before the end of this week. Also some of you expressed interest in my upcoming Paris trip, through your comments last week, so I will definitely tell you more about that next week, after things settle down here. Pin It

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Honeymoon in Paris- new necklace

Honeymoon in Paris
This is one of my newest creations that will be at the Vintage Chicks Show, next weekend. It is created withtwo differnet styles of vintage brass chains, beautiful old brass mirrored buttons (circa 1910-1940), Swarovski crystals both vintage and modern, vintage glass pearls in shades of pink, contemporary  rhinestone studded beads for added bling factor, vintage crackled glass beads from West Germany, chunky rhinestone studded celluloid buttons from the 1950's...........did i leave anything out? Oh yes, a lovely pendant in silver and gold tones in the shape of a heart!



  Because it is romantic and feminine and has a time worn elegance....like a chic Parisian apartment, I decided it would be called "Honeymoon in Paris"! Perhaps I am thinking too much about  my upcoming trip to Paris. Pin It
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