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Monday, Monday

I tried to spend the weekend working on new pieces for the upcoming Lowcountry Artist Market, but I’m encountering some unexpected issues but I’m going to push ahead.

We stopped by one of the local antique malls to check if they’d gotten in some new jewelry pieces (that I’m using in a few wrist cuffs) and we found this gorgeous pair of milk glass lamp bases. Of course, now I want them to flank the sides of the bed and not mount the gooseneck lamps (whenever we get them finished!).

Michael is going to clean and rewire them and I need to start my search for the perfect lamp shades. I ultimately want a foiled lined interior, something like this awesome DIY shade. Part of me would like to have lining color, similar to this Heathfield oval silk lined shade:

If anyone can help me find colored metallic adhesive backed vinyl, I’d be greatly appreciative. My Google-Fu has not been as successful.

Earlier this year I fell in love with the hexagonal trays featured in the image below for the Arianne Organic Duvet Cover & Sham in the Pottery Barn catalogue and wanted to incorporate something like them for the bedside stools. I’ve been scouring the intarwebs trying to find them, but haven’t. I want to believe they’re Jonathan Adler trays, but I haven’t found any that are the two-toned. Even if we did find them on his site there is no way we could afford a pair anytime soon.


Click on the image to go to the Potter Barn page and a magnified view.

We stumbled upon these two wooden trays a couple weeks back for $5.99 for the pair. I couldn’t get them into our cart fast enough! We’re going to strip and paint them. I don’t know if we’ll try the ‘distressed’ edges look. At the rate my mind changes, anything is likely!

We have several more projects to start, such as the cool little light fixture we found to go over mom’s bathtub. It needs a lot of work but I think it will be perfect in the space. Her bathroom is pretty vanilla and she’s desperate for something that will encourage her to spend more time soaking in the awesome tub, now that she can get in it. We’re only too happy to help her!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week. I’m going to predict this week will be a little light on posts as I have so, so much to do!


Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color 2001 Contest

Evita’s ‘Vintage Panama’ Room
We would love, love, love your vote!

Huston, we have lift off!

Last week’s failed attempt at a quick and inexpensive caster addition to my prep table was remedied with a wooden dowel and bolt.

Awesome but now it was too tall for my comfort so out came the hacksaw and we chopped off it’s legs. It kind of felt like an episode of The Sopranos.

Much better and still a fraction of what the cost would be from a restaurant supply place.

Dinner with the Mad Scientist

ETA: Many thanks to Sarah Rae at Apartment Therapy for loving our stuff so much she featured us again! ♥

I’m imagining this will be what our home looks like when were old and Michael’s laboratory is filled with amazing pieces. Well, in my fantasies it does… minus the dirty plates and glasses. ūüėČ I think what I love most is that I didn’t have to clean or polish ANYTHING! The glasses and plates are all smudged and dusty and the silver is tarnished. All of it. I would love to build on this theme next year, bringing some of Michael’s larger Tesla coils/other HV ‘toys’ down from his studio. They do have to come downstairs for the big porch scene for Halloween night so we might as well bring them down early.

Oh, in case it was missed, here is the Aged Label DIY tutorial!

The skull prints were found on BibliOdyssey {so, so much love for that site}, resized and a little Photoshopped to clean up a bit. Propped up against the skull is an antique medical slide. I had six in my studio and after this venture I now have five. Oh well!

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Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY

The dining room is finished and I’m working on a full post, but in the meantime here’s a little how-to to make these labels. I had a lot of fun and hope this tutorial is helpful.¬†I by no means fancy myself a copywriter and am completely open to suggestions for more label ideas. If I get some I will be more than happy to update the pdfs.

I found a great tutorial from The Craft Junkie and did a little tweaking. The project originally calls for printing on card/photo stock and then soaking it in coffee, but our ink will run when bathed. Hell, the humidity in the morning at the Farmers Market can make my stuff a little weepy. So I ran the ‘treatment’ and then printed. All images link to larger sizes. (more…)

Label preview

I finished most of the labels and snapped a couple of quick photos of the smaller bottles that I wanted to share.

Vampire’s Blood

Looks like I need to fix the label for Felix Felicis.

Bon Weekend – Samhain Decorating

We’ve decided to go with a little whimsy, a little mad science for the dining room decor this year. I am feverishly trying to get things finished and I just completed the first round of specimen jar labels. The paper is blotched as I had to stain the paper first and it didn’t dry completely flat, but I think it adds to the character where it’s blotted on the labels.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Lowcountry Artist Market

I am taking a Saturday off from the Farmers Market on November 19th to participate in the next Lowcountry Farmers Market at the Music Farm. You can like their Facebook page and RSVP for the event here. I’m looking forward to being with fellow Etsy artists.

{ Poster art by Gil Shuler Graphic Design. }

I will have the accessories that I’ve been working on for a while now as well as introducing some new products. I am going keep those under wraps until closer to the show date. Speaking of new pieces, here are a few that I’ve uploaded to Etsy. More behind the cut. (more…)

November Sun Etsy Treasury

I almost forgot to share this! Etsy member Artesserae curated a new treasury featuring my octopus necklace. I absolutely adore the color palette in this collection.

Thank you so much!

Bat Garland revised and new Etsy store!

I decided to spruce up the booth last weekend and pulled out the bat garland I made last year. I like it, but to be honest, it looked sloppy. Too sloppy for my perfectionist self. So I pulled out the template and set about a new garland style that is no-sew AND no-glue! Each bat has two holes that allow the ribbon go through, making it completely adjustable. I also added black eyelets for stability. I was so happy with them that I’ve made several more and also used a second bat style. I have placed them for sale on OUR NEW ETSY¬†¬†STORE… with 13 bats per 20′ length of black satin ribbon. We’re going to try some other Halloween stuffs in the next week.

Puttying around

It was a while ago that I posted our unexpected venture in removing the carpet in my studio. The floor has remained mostly the same since, but last week we made a little more progress. We started the process of puttying the board gaps and filling in nail holes, as well as getting the Kilz and paint.

The Deep Sea Blue is the closest approximation to the color we had mixed in the floor paint medium. I think it will look great with the wall color, which we still need to find that can in the garage!

We also bought casters for the prep table and the bookcases. I’m looking forward to having a little more mobility in the space. I’m also considering some changes in the placement of some of the workstations, and the possibility of combining some of them.

Now… to get it finished!

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