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Friday, July 31, 2009

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Hello!

I've made this card with a few challenges in mind.



The layout is from the sketch that Heidi’s provided for her Little Stamp Shoppe.

Stamp With Fun’s Challenge #17 this week is Pearls.

At Simon Says Stamp Challenge, their current challenge is LETS GET DISTRESSING !!

And wouldn’t you know it, Distressing is also the theme for Just Magnolia's Week 16 Challenge.


I've put some folds in Tilda's blouse. What do you think? I'm still trying to figure out where the highlights should be. Hmm...
I've gone pearl-crazy as you can see.
Did some heavy distressing, but in the picture the distressing looks lighter than in real life. The flowers are also distressed.

Here's the inside of my card, which took me a while longer to finished (this picture is posted on the next day. Had to have some shut eyes in between--LOL.)


A small announcement here. Kellie from Magnolia Down Under Challenges has asked me if I would like to stay on for another 6 months. Woo hoo. Of course I would!!! I am very honoured to be asked to join the DT ladies at MDUC. Thank you, Kellie. I feel humbled by this.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Stamp: Magnolia #214 Tilda with Hair Flower Garland, #501 Shabby chic fence, Hampton Art G Studio Kolette Hall Design hugs & kisses.
DP’s: KI Memories Pet Shop Yarn, Chatterbox Tangerine Gingham and Sunny Pinwheels.
Tools: EK Success border punch. EK Success retro flower punches (large & medium), Martha Stewart flower punch .
Embelishments: Making Memories metal XOXO, Kaisercrat Pearls yellow, Gartner Studios Brides ivory pearl.

Thrift shop find

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Look what I found at Value Village recently. A Mini Mundus wardrobe kit! Complete and unopened - for only $2.99. I love building furniture kits. I find it so relaxing and I am usually delighted with the end results. I feel like such a craftsman. I am not so hot at staining them, and they don't always turn out they way I imagined. But I love them anyway, and hope I am getting better as I go.

I have built several Xacto House of Miniatures kits. That's basically what I did all winter. I had several from a previous doll house passion - about 25 - 30 years ago. I had been moving the box of kits around with me for decades and decided it was finally time to build them. Once I started was hooked.

After that I got on eBay and bought all the kits I could get. I am busy building the Realife Victorian bedroom right now. I am very pleased with the way the Eastlake set is turning out.
But I had never heard of Mini Mundus kits. A quick google search tells me that they are from Germany. The kits offered look very much like the Xacto House of Miniatures kits. Identical, it seems to me.

I was excited to get home and start the kit. And pleased to see that even the little findings were there. I was afraid they might have been lost before the kit got to the thrift store.




Building the wardrobe went well. The kit was well designed and everything fit into place and looked good...



... Until I got to the drawers. They don't fit. The drawer bottoms are too big for the space. Did I screw up? Should I have foregone that second glass of wine? Did I glue the real drawer bottoms into the wrong place? No, the wardrobe looks perfect so far. Nothing seems to fit wrong.

By this point it was eleven o'clock and past my bedtime. I decided that discretion was the better part of valour and put the drawer pieces back into the box. I will re-visit the drawer bottoms on a wineless day when I have my wits about me and my reading glasses on. Soon, I will have pictures of the finished wardrobe for you. (I hope.)


Stop by and take a peek at my

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latest header. After doing battle with my blog header design several weeks ago, I had decided that I would periodically change it out utilizing photographs I have taken of my sea world experienced first hand. I received many emails regarding the below photo featured in the posting, Things in my House" (http://musingsofaseawitch.blogspot.com/2009/07/things-in-my-house.html) .
Macro shot of the lampshade made out of sea shells.
This is one of those marvelous "finds" that I came across at my local Goodwill store. It was tossed in the corner of the sporting goods section. I nearly squealed with delight when I saw it and unbelieveably, not one shell was broken. It now resides in my living area and is one of my favorite pieces when lit (other than my hubby...okay, bad joke, but it begged to be said).


Below is a macro shot of the shade with the light turned off. You can see the fine sand that was used over the grout to give it the appearence of a beach covered with shells.


I love the look of the lit macro shot as it played against my blog background colors that I thought it would make a wonderful blog header. So a little photoshop magic and my narrative copy now fits the new header color scheme and the Sea Witch blog has a new header...or at least until the winds of change blow in again. Have a safe and delightful weekend. Sea Witch

My Pillow Collection will be Shown at the San Francisco International Gift Fair!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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My good friend Barbie is going to be a Vendor at the San Francisco International Gift Fair. She will be located in the "Vintage" section of the show and will be featuring her gorgeous selection of vintage Furniture and Accessories. She was sweet enough to offer to include my Pillow Collection in her booth, so that a large scale of Retail Boutiques from around the world will be able to view them and place orders.

Do I have AMAZING friends or what?

Barbie's items are so gorgeous and I recently featured her in one of my posts. You can click on the link to see some of her beautiful items: http://agardentoremember.blogspot.com/2009/07/day-at-rose-bowl.html

Here is what they are saying about the show...

Step into this amazing marketplace and you step into a showcase of the West Coast’s hottest trends. With its world-class sophistication, distinctive creativity, trend-defining innovation and variety of unique products the SFIGF will create an unforgettable market destination unlike anything else in the gift industry.

If you are in the area or are planning on going to the show, all of the information you need is listed below.

Show Hours

Saturday, Aug. 8 - Monday Aug. 10
from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location

Moscone Center South Hall
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, California


http://www.sfigf.com

BABY DEER!

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Hey Pals,

Remember Janie???


Most of you know she lost her sister Zuzu a few weeks ago to polio. Well, her new sissies have arrived at her home. Mama & Papa went to visit them this past Sunday. So here are some pictures of the little squirts.

This is sissie Bailey, her ear tag number is 910. Bailey is more timid then her sissie Zuzu.



This is sissie Zuzu, ear tag number 911. And yes, they named another one Zuzu, hehehee! (and everyone thought it was kind of funny that her ear tag is 911 !! Mama thought they should write the word DIAL above the numbers on the tag!! )



Zuzu kissing her Mama....


They were born on May 30, 2009, so they are about 2 months old now. Janie is now 1 yr. & 6 weeks old.

Here are a few pictures of them together:


They both like to crawl up into the food bin to eat....


This is Janie with Zuzu, look how much bigger Janie is:


Mama will surely have her hands full when she babysits the deer this summer. They all like to lick your legs & arms too, hehehee!

Tiny update on Snickers: It has been 15 days now since the last round of seizures, so things are looking up for this drug preventing them. She does have one of the drug side effects now though, the weak back legs. Mama makes her go really slow up and down stair steps so that she doesn't fall. Mama keeps the leash hooked to Snickers so that when she stumbles, Mama keeps her up in the air so she doesn't fall down the steps. This procedure seems to be working well.

Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby

Vintage Hostess Aprons

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How 1950's!! The perfect housewife with the pearls... June Cleaver!
But also a great hostess gift!

Blog Header Friendships

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These blogs I visit have become dear to me. Like grabbing a cup of hot "anything" and laughing with the neighbor across the fence, I cannot begin my day without these daily visits to you. You are my big box of Godiva chocolates and I want to taste each and every posting. I delight in your junkin finds, your new digital art tricks, the travels, the recipes, the day to day minutia of your lives. You have unwittingly become my cyber family and I want to thank you for this gift.
White Linen/Lavender Field recently showcased a nifty little tool that creates a mosaic right before your eyes...thank you WLLF (http://whitelinenlavenderfield.blogspot.com/) What a neat little bloggie tool to use and it's FREE. (http://bighugelabs.com/mosaic.php). While test driving the mosaic maker, I decided to utilize graphic headers from some of my favorite blogs that I follow. You have all inspired me and surround my life with delight. Do you recognize your header? If you do, leave a quick comment, I am always fascinated by who stops by.

So Many Choices!

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Yesterday morning I woke up to my long list of favorite blogs in my Google Reader. Seems my "favorite reads" keep growing and growing and growing. One blog leads you to another great one, and so on. You know the story. It's sensory overload! So much to read and absorb, so many wonderful stories, images...hardly time to leave comments.




I would have completely missed these whimsical paintings (yes, paintings!) by artist, Will Cotton, via Lisa Golightly's blog, had I not spent a great portion of the day going through each blog on my list, careful not to miss a thing -- something I usually don't have the luxury of.

With the millions of wonderful blogs in the "blogosphere," how do we edit our selections with so many favorites? How do we juggle blogging with our jobs? Do any of you have the same issues?



Friends, please stop coming up with these incredible blogs!!

photo credit Will Cotton

More Crenellations

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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In the previous post (Crenellations are Not Snack Cakes) we established crenellations as a pattern of openings or indentations, originally found in battlements, or fortified parapets.

The Crenel (or crenelle) is the opening; the Merlons are the solid alternates.
Strongly associated with medieval castles, crenellations also bedeck long stretches of the Great Wall of China.

A decorative device enlisted by nearly all the pre-war styles, as evidenced by Tudor details (top and bottom), and as stubby bay window crown on Craftsman-transitional dwelling (middle image).

My Afternoon with Jessica and my Newest Pillows

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Jessica's Boutique is located in upscale Pacific Palisades, California. She has an eclectic mix of merchandise including, French, Beach & Cottage that all compliment each other beautifully.

Jessica and I having a great visit together!

Two of my Newest Pillow Colors that fit in perfectly with Jessica's French, Cottage Beach Boutique...

A gorgeous cabinet filled with French Soaps and Decorative Accessories.

This mirror is so beautiful!!!
Her selection of items is unlike any other Boutique around.


This is such a pretty vintage Floral Wall Accent piece. It is so romantic and whimsical!

This Mercury Lamp is amazing! All of Jessica's vignettes are so pretty.
I also love the way she places my Pillows all around her Boutique. Here, my Burlap Pillow is a great accent to the leather arm chair it is placed on.

Another gorgeous Mercury Lamp and the Decorative Base it's on is so French and chic.

One of my New Pillow Colors that I just finished yesterday and made specifically for Jessica. I love how the two New Colors fit in so well with the style of her Boutique.

This petite Cart is so adorable and pretty. It has all kinds of lovely little items placed on it.

I know that I have shown you these beautiful Eiffel Towers before, but I just LOVE them!!! I also love that mirror, so pretty.

I had to buy these. They are the sweetest petite decorative Birdcages. They are sprinkled with silver glitter and they just made me happy when I saw them. I thought about my Daughter and how I knew she would love them!

Is this French Mirror amazing or what? I think it is one of the most gorgeous pieces I have seen. I really want it!

Another one of my Pillows in my New Color. I love the contrast of the Grey Pillow against the burlap on the antique Chair.

These decorative Signs and Vintage Windows would look so pretty placed on any wall.

This sweet little Stool is just adorable and I absolutely love the vintage Silver Footed Bowl that is on top of it filled with pretty coral.

This Coffee Table would make an amazing focal point in a beach house or cottage.

I was so happy that Jessica loved the New Colors of my Pillows and that they complimented her Boutique so nicely. She also told me that the other Pillows that she purchased from me last time were selling great!


Jessica and I always have a great time together and I am so happy to continue to be working with her and to have my Pillows featured in her Beautiful Boutique!

Jessica Miller Home Furnishings is located at:

857 Via De La Paz
Pacific Palisades CA 90272
(310) 991-9434

www.jessicamillerhome.com

 

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