Spring Craft Party Highlights

March 25th, 2012

Hello all happy Sunday, just popping in to share a few of the highlights from this past week’s Spring Craft Link Party, enjoy the creativity!

Alphabet stamps transform a plain pitcher into a personal memento with this quote pitcher project by Crafty Scrappy Happy.

crafty scrappy happy script vase

 

Wood stain plus painter’s tape led to this original art on plywood over at Welcome to the Mouse House.

tree art mouse house

 

Yarn and rope combine with these clever colored coil containers by Craftberry Bush, a great Anthropologie knock off.   

anthro knockoff yarn vases

 

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Vintage Glasses + Flea Market Finds!

March 23rd, 2012

Hi everyone, thanks so much to all of you who linked up to the Spring Craft Link Party yesterday, I’m enjoying all that creativity you shared! There’s over 300 links to fantastic projects, be sure to check them out!  Today I’d like to give a shout out to one of my favorite stylists Mr. Matthew Mead and thank him for allowing me to be a (small) part of his latest publication Flea Market Finds.

Matthew asked me to contribute to the publication with my most favorite vintage find so I chose to share about my mid century Empoli colored champagne glasses!  Read the whole story of why they’re so important to me on page 7.

favorite finds section

You’ll see a few other favorite bloggers featured too, hey there’s Kim and Marian! Turn the page for even more peeks at favorite finds by other stylists and bloggers too.

My Matt and I snagged those champagne glasses on a visit to a shop in the West Village in NYC called The End of History.  We were so inspired by all the imported colored glass we discovered that we bought ourselves those glasses ten years ago – they’re one of my most favorite things on earth.  I popped into the shop again on my trip to NYC last spring, and it never disappoints.  Take a tour of the shop with Apartment Therapy here.   

Back to Flea Market Finds – I’ve read the entire publication front to back and I think it’s some of Matthew’s very best work.  Article after article of projects to inspire you to create with vintage and flea market finds.  Inside the 150+ pages (no ads!) are new uses for paint, old maps, fabric transfer, milk glass, fern fronds, textile dyes, gilding, the list goes on and I love it all!

flea market finds matthew mead

Flea Market Finds will be available for shipment next week, but you can preorder your own copy here.  As a special treat this weekend, I’m giving away three copies – that’s right I’ll ship it right to you if you win this weekend’s giveaway!  My gift to you!

Eligibility to win one of three copies of Flea Market Finds by Matthew Mead:

1) Leave a comment on this post answering this question:  What’s your next spring project?  Is it planting some seeds, painting a fence, or sprucing your patio?  Share your next spring project to be eligible to win.

Three winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Sunday March 25th at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

I’m off to spruce up the porch and add new annuals to my planters, I’m feeling the need to have a little dirt in my fingernails. 

Have a great weekend all!

 

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Clay Petal Vase + Spring Craft Link Party

March 22nd, 2012

Have I ever mentioned I want to take up sculpture?  No, I mean it, I really do. I want to take a real class someday to study the art form, it intrigues and inspires me to no end. So as I was aimlessly browsing the aisles of the craft store the other day (a frequent habit) I came across some moldable stone clay and thought, hey why not give it a try – I’m adventurous like that with $10 to burn.

What started out as an experiment ended up as something I’m rather proud of, this pretty three dimensional clay petal vase that combines two loves of mine: white ceramic sculptural thingies and very big blooms.

diy clay petal vase cg

 

No I didn’t sculpt the vase (ha!  I wish!) that was a purchase from Michaels, but I did sculpt the large bloom mounted on the front out of the white stone clay with my very own fingers.  I’ll show you how.

First, grab yourself a pretty vase or vessel and some stone clay at a craft store.  I used the Premier version and was happy to find it’s very soft and silky to the touch.  Dare I say, sensual?  Hmm, maybe too strong a word, but it’s a really soft texture to work with.

vase plus clay

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