Friday, March 26, 2010

Yeah...100 Followers Blog Give-Away, Yipeeee!

Wow friends, who would have known when I picked up my 1st Artful Blogger magazine at Barnes & Noble in Baltimore, MD last May, I'd have my own blog, I'd LOVE blogging, I'd have made soooo many amazing friends, I'd have 100 fabulous followers & that blogging would become a part of my everyday life, actually my very being...I wouldn't have guessed any of that! Thank you, thank you, thank you friends & as a special thank you, let's have a Grand Give-Away! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Comments can be made up until April 25th, 2010 & since I roll Old School, I will draw a name from my favorite straw hat on April 26th & announce my lucky winner! Over the next few weeks, I'll be giving you sneak peeks of what will be in our BIG WINNERS GIFT BOX. I'll have a few of my handcrafted by vintagesusie items, a few Lambs & Ivy Boutique items & a few of my Fabulous Flea Friday items, it will be a Potpourri of Wonderfulness all for you Friends...I promise!!! Again & sincerely from my heart...I heart all of you!!! Thanks for being my friend...
{& thanks Elizabeth at Clear Blue Sky for helping me get there!}

Thursday, March 25, 2010

1959 Pathfinder & a Gynormous Bird of Paradise

Friends, you are all soooo cute!!! Have I told you lately how much I adore all of you? Thanks for reliving my ticket debacle with me & for each one of you who answered any combo of my silly questions, I will be contacting you for your mailing address & sending you out some love along with one of my Vintage Fabric Flower Brooches...Yeah Friends!!!
Here's where we stay when we're in Hollywood, in our 1959 Pathfinder Travel Trailer. It's our home away from home, our pride & joy & look how nicely it tucks into our clients drive-way.
Now, when I stand in the doorway of our trailer & look out into this lush, vintage, CA yard, I have the delight of looking at this truly Gynormous Bird of Paradise...it's amazing!!! You can't tell the size of this beauty from my photo, but it towers over our trailer & is taller then the owner's house. How long would this plant have to be growing here in order to get this big? The house was built in 1924, could it have been an original planting? Just too cool...I had to share this with you!

And I have one more bit of exciting news before I go...drum roll please, I am about to have my 100th friend follow me here on vintagesusie & wings, how fun & awesome is that!! Looks like we are in the market for a really GREAT 100th Follower Give-Away, my mind is already mulling over the grand gift possibilities! Stay tuned friends...I can't wait to celebrate with all of you!

XOXO

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LA, Pom Pom Interiors & A Give-away

I'm back friends & here are the pictures from my day of shopping at Pom Pom Interiors in Los Angeles & let me tell you, it was even better then I could have imagined. I started the morning at their shop on Melrose only to find out that their main shop was on La Brea & was 7,500 sq ft of yummy vintage, shabby chic deliciousness...a dream in cream for sure!
The whole store was set-up in a wonderful 1920's California bungalow that you meandered in & out of rooms of, through courtyards, down hallways, looking at every inch trying to take in all of it's rich fabulousity!
After browsing thoroughly & changing my mind at least a dozen times, my two 'MUST HAVE' items were...a 2' dress form & stand that I had to have for displaying necklaces on at my shop & a burlap purse with a french enamel number 30 on the front. I ADORE them Both!!!
Now, to make a short story long here's the REST of my day. Parking in LA is in a word a 'NIGHTMARE'! There IS NO parking in LA & if your lucky enough to find an empty space, you then have to deal with parking meters that just happen to take a lot of change that a person like me who lives in the mountains & has no parking issues never seems to have. So.....on a little side street right next to Pom Pom, there were 2 parking spaces. I pull up to the 1st one. I grab all the change I have in the car which is $1 in dimes. I get out, go to the meter, get ready to put it in & realize the meter is blinking "FAILED", "FAILED", "FAILED". Thinking maybe this is an error, I decide to put a dime in to check, it's not an error & now I'm down to .90 in change. Should I move? Is this my fault that the meter is broken? I couldn't get a ticket because their stupid meter is broken, right? I move to the other space begrudgingly while trying to remind myself that I'm going to have my FABULOUS day in LA, so BE happy!
Putting my remaining change into the new meter, I now see that you get 6 min. per dime...shoot I'm down to 54 min. to shop, I can do this. Into divine Pom Pom I walk, now I'm happy. I am transported to another place & time, I'm on a heavenly journey in search of the perfect items to bring home with me. I relish in my $120 purchase, a splurge for me & skip joyfully back to the car. {well, not skip..sort of waddle} I arrange my packages carefully in the back of the car, jump in & start her up, look at my watch & note that I'm perfectly on time for my Paramount Studio tour, look up & notice someone has put some trash on my windshield, I hate that..damn LA! Yeah, you've got it...that's exactly right. It wasn't trash, it was the very thing I had tried so hard to avoid in the 1st place...the dreaded $60 parking ticket. I hung my head in shame & disbelief. Now, if I had stayed at the 1st meter, would I not have gotten a ticket because it was broken? If I had not wasted one of my dimes, would I have been back in time? How did my $35 studio tour turn into a $180 adventure? And what was the actual price breakdown of my 2 purchases? Anyone who comments & gets this RIGHT will receive one of my Vintage Fabric Flower Brooches just because if I'm giving it all away, I might as well give it to my friends right!!!

The moral of all this...even when an adventure goes bad, the story can still be good! PS: No tour, I just wasn't in the mood.

XOXO

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Now, Dreaming of Bedrooms

With my bathroom finished, now my mind wonders to a fabulous, lush bedroom make-over. To awaken in one of these divine, vintage inspired rooms would be a 'Dream'.

I love the color of this wall as a softer compliment to the dark brown bathroom walls & the crisp whites against the shabby tan is just yummy.

I think the brown & white toile could be a lovely accent.

Love the Love!

And I really like the idea of the dark iron bed & mirror frame to help pull together all the browns I have going. My biggest challenge is trying to work within the confines of my shoebox size bedroom...a new adventure begins, again!

"To sleep, perchance to dream-
ay, there's the rub." Hamlet

XOXO

Friday, March 12, 2010

No Friday Flea, But How About Chocolate Brown Walls?

Hi Best Buddies...I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world, finally it's out here, I have the front door open & I can hear the birds chirping with glee, yeah!!! The house is uncommonly silent. Courtney & Kai are down in Huntington Beach until Sunday, hubby is off working in LA for a few weeks, so I have the house to myself which is wonderful & weird all at the same time.

So in celebration of this rare occasion, I decided to pass on Friday Flea {which is almost like trying to kick crack cold turkey} & do something I've been wanting & needing to do for 4 years...paint my bathroom. It's been a dingy white forever, but the one thing I've always loved is it's beautiful, fresh white trim. Thinking about color choice, the main thing I knew I wanted was something dramatic that would really pop all that wonderful white.

I called my sweet friend Victoria & told her I was thinking about painting the walls chocolate brown or a dark cranberry & she thought it was my winter gloom talking & maybe I should rethink these color choices. So, I did rethink it...but I kept coming back to brown. I could see myself getting tried of a rich cranberry after a while, but brown can be fabulous like brown & white transferware dishes, I adore those.

So off to Ace Hardware I went to buy my painting supplies. I settled on the color 'Beautiful Brown Eyes' {now who wouldn't like that} & I've been a painting mamma jamma ever since. I have a couple more second coat areas that need to be addresses, some dry time & then to get in there & hang everything backup, but by tomorrow I will take some pics & post my 'New Bathroom Makeover', I hope you all love it...I can tell already I do!
My usual disclaimer: {I by no means am a professional painter, in fact I kinda suck. I'm afraid to paint to close to the ceiling, so that will have to wait until I have an epiphany} See you here in the morning & until then..have a magical day!!!
XOXO


Monday, March 8, 2010

More Fabulous Fabric Flowers & This Time, A Ring

OK...you all know me! Yes, when I say I have a tad of OCD when it comes to these fabulous Vintage Fabric Flowers, I am speaking the truth. Every time I step foot in my studio now, which happens to be in my shop & may not be good for business, my hands can't grab fast enough for my scissors & fabric. I anxiously cut my strip of fabric, I cut out what could resemble a circle of card stock, plop a dollop of glue from the glue gun in the center & start to roll & wrap & glue...roll & wrap & glue...roll & wrap...you get my point, it's almost hypnotic!

But one good thing came out of my frenzied crafting, I decided to try & make a ring! Yes, a matching ring & even if I do say so myself...it's FABULOUS!!!

All the same principles apply as before. The circle base is only 2", the fabric 1 1/2" & no 2nd level is needed so these are REALLY easy! Any kind of ring base can be used, I used a light weight, flat, metal filigree that I then bent into a ring shape & I attached my flower with thin craft wire that I put through the vintage button, down through the flower, in & out of the filigree & then wrapped it up under the flower a couple of times to secure...easy peasy! Hope this gives you some more ideas for your flowers & as before...I will not be held responsible for any burnt dinners or wrinkled clothes due to craft related OCD's! lol
{for original tutorial click HERE }

XOXO

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fabulous Vintage Fabric Flower Brooches

Oh sweet friends, I had so many wonderful comments on my last post, thank you all. I feel blessed to have so many creative & supportive friends walking with me & in front of me & next to me on my journey, you always make my blog feel like home!

{SOLD ~ Thanks so much Jayne!}
I have been OCDing on making these fabric flower brooches out of vintage fabrics & buttons. They are super fun & easy to make & I love that they can be made from scraps. Any holey {not as in 'holy', lol} vintage tablecloth or curtain or barkcloth or muslin can be used.
Here are some brief instructions for any of you who would like to make some yourself & I will be listing these in my etsy for $12.95 in case you must have one made by vintagesusie herself in a complete OCD frenzy!! lol

OK, I've never done this before so bare with me...& plug in the glue gun.

1. cut a 3in circle free-hand of any cardstock you have handy
2. cut a 2" strip of fabric about 2ft long, work with your fabric folded in half, right sides out, frayed edges are cool & you will be twisting this fabric so it doesn't need to be ironed or neat
3. put a dollop of glue in the center of your circle & attach a twisted tip of your fabric, let set
4. now start twisting the fabric & wrapping it in a circle towards the center, as you go put a drop of glue each 1/2" or so to hold your rolls in place {this craft really does look like a cinnabun as your making it}
5. continue twisting & wrapping & gluing until it's at your desired size, leave a little paper showing & then STOP
6. cut the tail off leaving enough fabric to pull over & glue on the back, undercut the paper circle around the flower {no paper should show}, now glue the tiny tale to the back
7. make a smaller 2nd flower & glue down in the center of your flower
8. in the center add some bling, glue on a vintage button or earring or faux pearls
9. using a circle template {mine was the top of a champagne glass} cut & glue a piece of fabric onto the back of your flower to cover your work {I was always taught to cover my work}
10. last attach a pin back with your glue gun & VIOLA...your own custom vintage fabric floral brooch
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for sleepless nights, cramped fingers or any OCD related injuries...make flowers at your own risk! LOL
XOXO