Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014


Yes I still have this crazy room filled to the brim but, 
let me show you my NEW room first! 

 This is an apothecary cabinet that I found in Round Top. It is more than 8 feet long so it had to come in thru the window with the chandelier. I thought my hubby was going to blow a gasket when he saw the cabinet AND the chandi!!! Oh I forget to tell you that when they delivered the chandi it still had the bill of sale taped to the crate.........BUSTED!
This was my husbands "man cave" for about 18 years and he never used it, so, snooze you lose! So I am fortunate to have two different studios. On this side I make jewelry, mixed media, and any other projects. I decided to split the sewing room and the craft room. It made me nervous thinking about all that fabric and lace next to a soldering gun or my torch. I'm not known for being the most graceful!

It is all still a work in progress. It was amazing how much stuff I had crammed in closets waiting for a home. Most of it is put away but I have one closet left......
 I put a cute table and chairs right in front of the windows, The plan is to put birdhouses and feeders out in front. I can't wait to have a little bird tea party right outside my window.
These were all the babies that I collected in......a year. 
It's really not that many...... 
My husband and friend Charlene Gray just cringe when I buy another one, which makes it even more fun!
"Sandy can you hear me?"
I have a friend Sandy Navarro that kind find BLING 
like a blood hound on a hunt!
We're all left in the dust! So the next time we go shopping we're going to hobble her to slow her down!
I found this printing cabinet in Round Top. 
It's filled with bling and all kinds of possibilities. 
And, it's not even full! I also found the two C's in Round Top and covered them in pearls.
 I moved my Sunday School Attendance board in 
here so you can really see it. 
Are you believing what restraint I have had in not over 
stuffing this room? 
OOPS didn't crop this photo!
This is my first Lisa Loria piece. I love all of her crazy creations. 
My friend Charlene Gray calls him "Chucky Head" and made me turn him around in our hotel room after I bought him! 
Poor Chucky!

 I know, how many mother of pearl buttons can one woman have......oh you have no idea! It's just one of those things I just keep collecting. It makes me smile to find a little bag at estate sales or the occasional sewing basket filled too the brim with goodies.
If buttons were only worth their weight in gold!
These suitcases made for great storage and a great shrine to my Purple Goat statue that my girlfriends bought for me this past Round Top when I couldn't go!
Kecia Deveney's candle chandelier is what's in the center of this big vat of, yes you guessed it, Mother of Pearl Buttons! 
I wonder if they have MOP anonymous?? 
"Hi my name is Cindy and I buy every MOP button I find...."
A nice shelf for these girls to rest on.
 SO, you were wondering what was in all those printing drawers?
 Just stuff like this......
What is it about baby shoes that always reminds me of 
I love them both!
Every room needs just a little bit of pink.
All of my vintage cameras, SMILE!
Is it a little on the flashy side??
As you leave this studio you'll find a big cubbie that is 
packed with lace! It was a cheap piece but was a wonderful way to store bits and bobs of lacy treasures.
I know it's one of my favorite things. I tea stained a ton of these just so they would look just right for you! 
And, yes those are the famous Pink Pens in the corner!
Studio Part Deux, "Alice in Wonderland".
It all started with a 1950's kitchen table that I bought to be my sewing table, and the rest as they say, is history. I added the two pie safes that are now filled to the brim with fabric, lace, buttons and...... a few doll heads.
I had this humungeous book shelf built. It was so big they had to take the ceiling fan off to fit it into the room and it's so heavy it took 5 grown men to fit it into this tiny 12x12 room. It too is filled with all kinds of collections and treasures that I have collected at estate sales, garage sales, and last but not least, Canton and Round Top. I'll be showing you a lot of my collections because there isn't a lot of room for any other kind of storage. I'm already bumping into furniture now!
I had the closet converted into big shelves that hold so much lace, fabric, trim, sewing supplies and odds and ends that I'm surprised the shelves aren't giving way with all that weight!
I decorated each bin for this event and my plan is to keep it all organized, at least for a week anyway! The bins are really filled to the top with lace, fabrics, binding tape and crochet items. 
I just love it all.
My favorite bin. I keep telling myself to use this special trim and I can't bring myself to use it. It's silly because I have 3 wedding dresses waiting in the wings waiting to be tea stained!
This is one of the pie safes that I repainted and piled treasures on top. The square dancing dress was my aunt's. 
Dorothy was the belle of the square dancing ball! 
She was also one of the creative influence's in my life. 
Bingo numbers, plastic phone key chains from the 60's and more ballet dancers that were made for music jewelry boxes are just a few of the items in this chest. Belt buckles, mother of pearl buttons, and what ever else I can fit in here. 
It's like my own little silly five and dime store!
The black and white photo in the jeweled frame is my grandmother, Lilly with her best friends. After finding old photos of her and her friends I found out that my grandmother was very playful and dramatic in her early years. It's funny how we forget to think about them ever being young and what they were like before we knew them. 
One of my best friends Mary Kathryn gave me one of my first toy singer sewing machines that actually still works! The other ones that I have found just look cute but don't actually work.
My husband will never know how much I paid for all this bling. It's going to my grave with me! 
NO, not the bling, ..... the price of the bling! 
But how could you pass this up! It has taken quite a few years to collect all of this, it's kind of like a monthly payment plan....I buy a little every month!
And pearls, don't ya just love pearls!
Mirror. mirror on the wall, 
who has the most junk of them them all?
No Comment!
Ahhhh, you knew I'd get the vintage wedding photos in here somewhere didn't ya! Just another collection that I love to hunt for at Round Top and, sometimes late at night when I can't sleep, can you say....Ebay!
 Cake toppers, check!
Now who doesn't have a collection of gum ball machine wedding rings. You don't? 
Well I think they are just to die for. I don't know why but, it just makes me so sentimental thinking about how wonderful it must have been for this as your prize you when you put your money in the machine. I would thought I had died and gone to heaven it would have been so special. 
Why is it that only the men can't seem to stand up straight. It actually looks like they're about to jump over the side. These are bits and pieces of vintage cake decorations that I collect too! Boy that collection list is really getting long. How many "collections" can you have before it turns into hoarding?????
One of my many finds when I went to the "wedding estate sale" of my dreams. This was the sale where I met Cathy from "Girls Gone Junkin'." We were both crazy women stuffing bridal lace, bridal veils and everything else we could get our hands on into sacks and between the two of us almost wore this one poor estate worker into a "spell." She had to sit down and have a Dr. Pepper to recover! Plus Cathy got the pink ruler. I told her to put me in the will for that darn ruler, she's a fast lil' bugger when she sees a prize!
OK, so I'm bidding on Ebay on TWO sets of these ballet dancers. Well I thought it was only two sets. I just kept thinking when I got outbid that I had just re-bid on that item. The long blond story of it was that I ended up with EIGHT sets of them! I put myself in time out for while on that one! Believe it or not, this is not all of them. Yikes! Are they for sale you ask..nope!
My latest find at Canton, it was nine thousand degrees in the shade that day so I decided to go into the cover shopping ares and found this. After I found my prize it was time to get out of the heat and have a Dr.Pepper!
I know, I know, how many tickets does one person need? Well apparently more than this because there's more behind these. I found the majority of these at Marburger Farm, and boy are they heavy. What am I going to do with them? I have no idea...yet!
More doll heads and more buttons!
This is my grandmother Lilly again surrounded by lace, of course.
These were from my belt buckle making phase. I sold them at the Cowgirl Hall of Fame for awhile but they bought me out! I still make myself a new belt buckle for new events like the Junk Gypsy Prom every year. The prom is an annual event twice a year that the Junk Gypsies put together for a night of dressing up in old prom dresses and acting silly. Too much fun!
Then there was the phase of decorating frames. 
These are photos of my mom, wasn't she a "dish!"
Another corner of "stuff".
I found this little girl at the Goodwill!! I just couldn't believe some family would give this up. She reminds me of Glenda the Good Witch in her pink gown. This is also the end of my tour, so it's time for you to click your heels and say,
"there's no place like home", and click on Karen's link to take you back to the list.
Thanks so much you for stopping by.
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A big thank you to Karen Valentine at 
My Desert Cottage for working so hard on this party. 

Just click on her link and it will take you back to her site so you can continue looking through all the wonderful studios out there.
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