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Craft Show: Boom, Bust or Bonus

I participated in my first craft show this past weekend. It was part of a fundraising effort for my daughter’s swim club so I thought it would be a nice, non-threatening way to ease into the world of craft shows.

I was right, it was great. I was nervous when I arrived. I had been working for weeks getting my wares ready and I had waaaaaaaaay more shit stuff than anyone else. I was told by a few of the other vendors that I had the best table set up = Bonus.  I thought that was a great compliment for my first show.  My very first sale was to my…Mom. Of course it was. Way to go Moms of the world that still support their children even in the tiny, little side projects they do.  Moms rock and mine = Boom. I was thinking she would be my one & only sale = Bust, until later in the day when a I had a few more. I was able to earn back the money for the table I rented plus a little more = Bonus!

I learned so much from the other vendors. They were very friendly and so open to giving me tips and suggestions or just talking about their experiences. It was a low traffic day. I chalk that up to a learning experience for the club, this being the 1st year of this event and the need to build momentum for the future. Would I do it again? I would! Do I need to figure out a better way to transport all my crap crafts? I sure do but it’s a learning curve like anything else. I also need a studio other than my dining room table to do all my work. My family might like it back.

Now I just need to find another event to sell my wares. I’ll keep you posted.


Sneak Peek: 1st Craft Show

vintage graphics via: graphicsfairy

I’m pretty darn excited.  I’ve been doing the creative side of Chippy Chirpy Quirky for over a year now.  I love the vintage style.  I have always been drawn to the warn and shabby.  I find old pieces so lovely and full of character.

Vintage Style • Hand Made • Unique • Repurposed & Altered Art

I find these wonderful treasures and I wondered if someone else wouldn’t like them too.  I’m doing a craft show this May 11th and I just wanted to show you a sneak peak of the kinds of things I’ve been working on.  I get my graphics from the lovely graphicsfairy They are such wonderful pieces in all their vintage charm.  The vintage servers are meant for everyday display not just dust collectors in the china cabinet.

Vintage Servers/Displays

Vintage French chocolate graphic on gingham

Vintage French postcard on toile

Vintage peacock graphic on toile

Hope you like them.  If you are local come check out the HHBF May Marketplace in support of our swim club! Chippy Chirpy Quirky will be there with bells on or maybe wine under the table…well, it is my first show.

No Spring Crafty Therapy

I am still feeling the lingering effects of a long, long winter.  We are so spoiled aren’t we? It was warmer than usual last winter with little snow so this year we are all complaining, me right along with everyone else. I wrote about how grumpy I had become as I responded to too many tweets and Facebook statuses that were driving me crazy. I wrote about it here. I also said I felt I need to be more creative with my time and I have tried to follow my own advice.

I got a “real” camera, a digital SLR in the summer but I didn’t know how to use it very well so I’ve spent some time researching and learning about light and aperture. I purchased some flowers to push spring along – some lovely, fragrant hyacinths and puffy, sweet hydrangeas – and I took out my spray paint and decided to attempt some of those simple craft ideas I have been accumulating on Pinterest.  Take a look.


The Inspiration

I’ve been wanting to do my version of the above for a while. It looks so shabby and warn but I love how the pop of colour really transforms the glass.

I started by cleaning a “regular” Crown Royal glass bottle and pained it with two coats of burnt umber.  Above pic is the first coat and then left it to dry overnight.

I spray painted a few light coats of Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze on the glass until covered but not the lid. And yes since it’s winter early spring I have to paint in my garage and then let things dry in in the laundry room with the fan on. Such a glamorous life of a crafter.

After about an hour when the paint was dry to touch but not cured I sanded with a sanding sponge. I thought I would need to glaze over it but a great amount of the burnt umber showed through and I was able to get some great textures. I was glad the brown paint adhered to the bottle. I was worried the whole thing might sand right down to the glass.


I added a little silver crown to match the cap – it was actually a pink plastic crown left over from when the girlies were little. I can still find unexpected objects when I open a drawer – so random. I’m pleased with how this little project worked out. We all know sometimes our adventures don’t always turn out they way we envision them.

I’ve grown quite attached to birds. I don’t want to over do it in my decor but I thought the little dude above and his friend that I bought from the dollar store screamed spring. I love the look of shabby chic ceramic birds so I bought these two “uglies” to see what I could do to release their potential cuteness and incorporate them into my home.

I used Rustoleum Gloss White this time and sprayed light coats until covered. This little guy had blue feathers (as opposed to the bird pictured above with brown) and again after an hour or more of drying time I took my sanding sponge to him to shabby him up a little.

I think he looks quite distinguished and perfectly at home perched on my faux mantle.

Here is his little buddy.

I painted this little fellow apple green. I think he looks so handsome now and will be a welcome addition in my guest bathroom. For only $2.00 ea. and with paint I already had on hand I thought, ‘not bad for a weekend’s work.’

So is it SPRING yet????

Time for a Rearrangement

I am feeling a bit of cabin fever.  Are you feeling it too?  A little bit restless and BORED!  Spring is so close yet still so far away. Time for a  living room mini-makeover. My living room is a bit of a conundrum.  It is sunken from hall and dining room and also has a cathedral ceiling. The 2 storey windows are lovely and usually my focal point but as I said I am feeling a bit restless so time for a change.

Faux Fireplace/Bookcase

via: blogspot

Unexpected Bookcase

via: BHG

I was inspired to create a faux fireplace from some Pinterest pics. I remembered a bookcase I distressed that was in our rec room.  It was a little long but I thought it could work as my faux fireplace setting and I set about rearranging.

My version after staging and re-staging vignettes (and it now reads Live Love Laugh – it’s a family motto, not sure what I was thinking).


Butterfly Calligraphy PillowLindon Lumbar Pillow - PeacockVibrant Paisley Panel

I had purchased 2 pillows and some curtains (for my adjoining dining room) from Pier 1 and started moving furniture.

1. Chaise (originally on the wall with the bookcase) facing bookcase with love seat.


2. Chaise facing bookcase with 2 chairs.


This table behind the chaise doesn’t work but you can see the step down here. The family hated this set up and said it looks “weird” from the other side with the chaise facing the bookcase…Next!


3. Chaise and 2 chairs facing each other was actually a good option except…


…boo hiss the back of the table isn’t finished.


4. So this is where I ended up.




My little touch of Disney.


Almost forgot to show the coordinating curtains in the dining room. Now I think the dining room is too dark. Time for more changes? Yep! Always a work in progress.

Retail Therapy: Ikea Dreaming

Got a little flyer in the mail.  I’m itching to do some Ikea shopping/browsing.  I haven’t been in a long while.  I like to go by myself.  I can wander for hours.  HOURS!  I like to look and imagine where I could use something.  I get new decor ideas as well as ideas for rearranging my furniture at home (which my evil genius hates).

I’m creating (in my mind) a nautical theme for our Rec Room.  I’d like to add a few of these little cuties.

MÖRKT Lantern for tealight IKEA Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

These mirrors are all over the blogshere with such a variety of interpretations.  Not bad for $19.99 I could buy two.

UNG DRILL Mirror IKEA Can be used in high humidity areas. Safety film  reduces damage if glass is broken.

And if I did buy two I have something like this in mind for our ensuite bathroom.  It’s really ready for a reno but a mini makeover may just have to do.

More cuteness for a shabby chic look  in these roses and floral candles.  I can see them in a little trio on the tub.

DRÖMLIK Scented candle in pot IKEA When the candle has burned itself out, the pot can be used as a tealight holder.

I’m pretty sure I could find all kinds of uses for these containers.  I’ve even seen them converted to pendant lights. Cool!

I’m just amazed how much I can find at Ikea that’s much more to my traditional style – like vintage looking nature and botanical posters.

BILD Poster IKEA Motif created by Maria Mendez.

Oh and I’ve wanted a pair of theses chairs for a long time.  I think they’d look fantastic in my kitchen or with a with a cozy throw in the living room.

BYHOLMA/MARIEBERG Armchair IKEA Handmade piece with soft, rounded shapes and nicely detailed patterns. Each piece of furniture is unique.

Now all I need is some money and time to go!  Not gonna happen but hey dreaming on a cold winter’s day is also what like to do.  Where do your day dreams take you?