Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What have I been doing lately?

The answer to that is ALOT!  Everything!

The "Christmas in July" event with my friend,  Jennifer Hayslip, went so well and I wanted to share a little bit of it with you.  

I was touched and humbled that these ladies traveled from as far as North Georgia and even Florida to be here for the day!  We had 14 participants.

We had a ball, in spite of a little July heat.  The ladies all enjoyed seeing Jennifer's beautiful studio and home.  

The food was out of this world and Jenn's home is just as beautiful in person as in her photos.

Here are a few snaps I caught.  I was busy instructing and didn't get many photos but Jennifer did and you can see them at her website.

Everyone is concentrating intensely on those stitches and the decorations! Heehee!

I really enjoyed getting to know these ladies and seeing how creative they were with designing their own adorable trees.

This kind of event is like heaven for crafters.  It is such a joy to be creative together.  I feel very grateful to be able to be asked to be part of such an event!

Moving on to August....

My upstairs bathroom was remodeled by a contractor/neighbor last month.

It is no longer the decorating disaster that my sister named it!  I wish I could find the before photos I took of the peeling lead paint and dated gold fixtures!  

I can't wait to share it when it's finished!

Basement Remodel

Last month, I started working on my disaster basement as well.  

Clearly, this basement has never received any attention since I moved in the house 14 years ago! 

My cats used to get into the ceiling and they knocked out some of the tiles when they were kittens.  Thankfully, they've outgrown it now!

The ugly 70's kitchen counter and sink come in handy for painting and cleaning projects but I hope to replace it with something better looking.

Check out the hideous green walls and the black and green asbestos tile that laid underneath the 80's tan carpet!

Speaking of the carpet, it's awesome to have that dust and dirt trap out of my house!  I pulled it all up myself!

I also ripped out all of the old tile by myself!   

My next dilemma is getting the black adhesive or mastic up from the floor.  I bought one "all natural" chemical that didn't work.  I'm trying a soybean oil product next.

I have been painting woodwork, pulling up carpeting and flooring and washing walls in preparation to prime and paint them.

This month, I hope to get the adhesive removed from the floor and to paint the walls, then I will move my craft supplies downstairs and set up a much needed workspace.

Working in the adorable eyecandy studio has inspired me and I realized I would enjoy crafting much more in a cheerful and organized, dedicated craft space.  

Art Projects and Etsy Store Update

 I also start stocking my etsy store with cute kitschy angels.  

Miss Pink and Aqua cutie sold within an hour of my listing her so,
NEVER underestimate the power of pinterest!  

She is on her way to Australia to a sweet new customer right now!

This beautiful girl is still available in my shop.

I love the cream, gold and dark pink combination.  

I have more retro, up cycled, angels in the works that will be listed!

Spun Cotton Angel Craft

I have taught myself to make retro mini spun cotton angels that I can use in my corsages and on my nylon net trees.  

The vintage ones are just so hard to come by and so pricey.  I love to use them in my crafts so now I know how to make them.  

These little nylon and wire angels are time consuming and tedious to make so I don't foresee selling them, but who knows?

That's just SOME of what I  have been doing in the past couple of months!  

It's no wonder I can't seem to find time to blog any more!

I hope you are having a productive and happy September!



Linking to those lovely collectors of elegant nostalgia, Ivy & Elephants for "What's it Wednesday".

Check out "Blog Shop" at How Sweet the Sound.  Beverly, who also hosts Pink Saturday invites bloggers to advertise their etsy, ebay shops or to sell through their blogs every Tuesday.

Also joining the fun at Cindy's "Show and Tell Friday".

and "Pink Saturday" with Beverly of How Sweet the Sound.


  1. Oh, I love the sweet Christmas creations! What fun to work together! Good luck with your basement...won't it be nice!

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I just love your pink Christmas trees. I also decorate my home with pink every Christmas. At my little cottage I love adding a turquoise touch. Your colours of those adorable trees would certainly match my taste! Thank you for visiting me! Have a great weekend! Take care, Karen.

  3. I have never seen trees like these. They are enchanting! How much fun a workshop like that would be.
    ♥ Jil

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I just sent you a note as I purchased the tutorial for the fabulous tulle tree I have been dreaming about learning to make and low and behold, tonight I got lucky as you had a tutorial. You have made one old gal very happy tonight!!! Then, I saw where you said you have taught yourself to make spun cotton ornaments, if you ever get the urge or time, I would love to buy a tutorial for that. I make alot of vintage looking Victorian ornaments and alot of them use the spun cotton, I have searched high and low and found a few things on how to make them, but nothing that I can really follow to get that true look. I follow your blog and you are on my list of favorite stores and I am going to see if you have a pinterest I can follow because I am sure it will be pure eyecandy to me, but if you ever decided to do it and put a tutorial in your shop please let me know, I will buy it asap and pass the word around. I know you would get lots of orders as like I said I have searched high and low for a true spun cotton tutorial. Your are so talented and I cannot wait to start on my tree!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    Cindy Leaf

  5. Hi Cindy! Wow! Thank you for your sweet words! Yes, I am on pinterest! My name is Jennifer Grenko and I think that is how it is there. I enjoy pinning some boards, especially Christmas related things! My spun cotton angels actually have the tiny little cotton heads and their wings are made of nylon hosiery material wrapped around wire. I think they are pictured in this post. I made three, very tedious work! Decided to sell them on etsy. I haven't thought of doing a tutorial yet! I bought my supplies online at I don't know if this is the same type of cotton angel you mean? I know there are some made with the batting type cotton. Anyway, thanks again for following me and saying such nice things! Very nice to hear from you. Oh and please let me know if you have any questions at all about the tutorial! I will be happy to assist. Thank YOU! Jennifer

  6. Some people would die to have that black floor! LOL! Including me! haha! I Just ordered a red and yellow checkerboard tile to put down in my house that looks vintage. Can't wait to see what you do!