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Friday, January 16, 2015

Doily chargers or placemats

I am so often asked if my 12 inch doilies would work for a place mat or charger for wedding tables. And they do! Such a pretty, lacy edge around a 10 inch plate. They would be great as a whimsical addition to a Summer party, graduation party, or Mother's day tea!

So, I thought I would set up a simple table settings with new china and my Grandmother's antique china for comparison. All of these pieces are standard size- plates are 10 inches. The silverware is antique, so not the large restaurant size flatware.

Please click HERE to order you gold doilies!

Standard 10 inch plate with a salad plate on top

Standard 10 inch plate on 12 inch doily, such a pretty edge!

Grandmother china on 12 inch doily- place setting with soup bowl

Grandmother's china on 12 inch doily- simple place setting

Friday, January 9, 2015

New Twine collection from Owl and Thistle

I am super excited about my new Mid-Winter twine collection on Owl and Thistle! It is the Metallic Neutral collection and it's full of golds, silvers, creams and greys.
These novelty twines can be found HERE!
It is a mix of metallics and neutrals that looks great with kraft paper gift wrap and perfect for white paper.

But it is not limited to gift wrapping! Here's a round-up of great ideas from across the web to use twines with.

Fantastic altered book from Phizzychick

Or this cute Christmas card book. Instructions from Honey Bear Lane found here!
Novelty twines are a great accent mixed with yarn on a wreath like this from Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri
Post image for DIY Mini Wreaths: A Guest Post From Catherine Rising
Metallic neutral twines are perfect accents for a tiny wreath from Free People Blog
Wouldn't this little wreath be great on wedding reception tables!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Workroom tour - my re-imagined work space

great storage for craft supplies
Color, color, color! I love to see the array of ribbons and twine.
I don't actually call my workroom a craft room. However, I realize that to most people, it looks like a craft room. It has crafting supplies, art supplies, gift wrap and lots and lots of scissors! By whatever name you choose, I have some ideas and inspirations to share from my remade work space.

The dining table, cleaned and ready for pricing linens. Check out that fab chair I found at a private estate sale.
The dining table, cleaned and ready for pricing linens. Check out that fab chair I found at a private estate sale!

This space is actually the dining room and for the first time in two years, I cleaned it out for Christmas dinner. This major cleanout allowed me to rethink how I use the space and how I want to use the space. I like the wood top on the dining table, but it is not a sealed finished and I want to protect it from paint, markers and abuse. So, pricing linens was going to be the last thing I did before covering it.

sapien bookshelf in dining room and studio.
Goodbye nice wood tabletop, hello vintage cardboard cutting board.

TIP: using a cardboard cutting board not only protects my table top, but because it is for cutting out dress patterns, it has a grid and measurements. I use the yardage measurements to measure twine and ribbon I am cutting and it's a great tool for quickly checking the size of something without getting out a ruler.
 The room needed to work for storing my vintage items that I sell online and items that are waiting to be listed or sent to my antique shop. Ideally, I would like these shelves to be able to separate online store items, brick and mortar store items and just purchased items. But I am not there yet. 

Etsy vintage shop storage
Admittedly, this looks a bit jumbled, but it is actually arranged for easy access to the items, which are stacked in a way to protect them from damage.

And really, the "just purchased" items need to live with the cleaning supplies that I use for rehabbing them. Again, not there yet.
The "to be solds" cleaning supplies, art supplies, fabric books for my design business and photo props
 I also needed to store everything I sell in my paper goods online store. I store my paper goods in a "Pick and Pack" system, so that I can quickly find the size, shape, and color I need for each item. This is a great store owner solution that I picked up from a big online retailer! I prepackage items and store them together so that I can quickly ship. I feel very Henry Ford when I am packaging them. It's also a great "down time" or "thinking time" project, too. When I do not have a project brewing, or I need to stew on a project, counting out doilies is a useful way to clear your head and re-focus. It's also a great time management practice to package everything when I get them in stock rather than when they are ordered.

Vintage metal drawer boxes, paper drawer boxes and clear drawer shoe boxes- all easy access storage. The turquoise paper sorter was spray painted to add color and store 10 inch doilies.

I want to package my items to ship from here, as well as do photo shoots here. A shipping center is a must for this space.

A collection of black and white art acts as a foil to the brightly colored ribbons and twine. And, they look great when the table is in the center of the room as the dining table.

Poly bags are stored, sorted by size, in a rack that I also use when I do outdoor shows. It's easy to empty the rack for a show and I don't have to store and empty rack somewhere for other 350 days in the year. It is still looking for a permanent home, for now, it's by the window.

Dual use vintage store display. perfect for storing shipping bags and works great for outdoor art shows.
Photo shoots are a preferred task for this space. This room gets great light and the table is by the window. I am working on a new method of photographing items, so I think this will be a good fit. I can store backgrounds beside the bookshelf, like the lovely antique enamel ceiling tile (above), and the camera can live on the tripod here. I found that shooting in natural light requires a slower shutter speed and a more stable grip than my hands!

Love a Sapien bookcase (also known as a spine bookcase) it is invisible when in use and keeps all book accessible! Check out my post on this fantastic bookcase HERE.

My lovely, Spanish, mid-century umbrella stand is holding my pre-packaged kraft gift wrapping paper. Eventually, I will find the perfect spot to store my 12 inch cardboard squares that are the shipping support for my 12 inch doilies... for now, they live by the wrapping paper. I have moved a bed for my schnauzer under my work table for the cold weather this week. He does not come in my workroom, normally. And even with a bed in here, he seems uninterested in the temptation of spending some quality sleeping time at my feet.

A new use for an unused item from the past. Umbrella stands are not much in use these days, but they make a great storage piece for rolls of paper and would be a fun addition to any craft or gift wrap room!
Do you have a great work room to share, please post a link below!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I'm featured in Birmingham Home and Garden's Top 15 photos of 2014

I am super excited that one of my projects made the Top 15 photo's of 2014 from Birmingham Home and Garden!  (find the article here) Thank you BH&G for making this such a great year, from cover girl in January to Top 15 of 2014!

Featured in "Custom Color," photo by Jean Allsopp

Need some custom color in your home? Give me a call and we will make it happen! Just click on the envelope under the Let's get social tab at the top of the page.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pickin' and grinnin'- the best of shopping this weekend!

Every week I have one or two favorite items that I have purchased from the variety of shopping sources. This weekend was no exception, though this week, it is something I will keep mostly for myself!

This is an exceptional collection of paint brushes- though not the entire collection. Beautifully kept, this is about $500- $600 worth of brushes, many sable. Super excited about this buy, I will be sharing these with my mom and sister with the hopes that we will all have time to paint in the coming year! It's proof that you just never know what you might find when you open your eyes and take off the blinders!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday bar cart and party accessories from Porch and Parlor

You still have time to order your Mid Century Modern bar ware Christmas or ringing in the New Year! Full of glamour, this collect features brass and gold, silver and green.

brass pineapple culver glasses

Mid Century barcart items from the 50's and 60's and perfect for celebrating the holidays or ringing in the New Year! Please click on the links to take you to the items pictured. These are one of a kind, vintage items, when they are gone, I cannot guarentee that I can find more!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Obsessions- well shopped

I am obsessed with these silver bookmarks from England of HenryVIII, Shakespeare, Mr Pickwick, a queen and a yeoman.

Silverplate and sterling and fab!