Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
He was in a hurry but kind enough to allow me to take his photo. I asked as to why I havent gotten any presents yet. He asked the usual question...where you good this year? I said No of course as I am a honest lass. He chuckled and said I had only a few days left to correct that situation. So far it has been an ordeal to be good.
However, I bet if I submit this to the National Enquirer I would cause quite a stir although probably not many presents would be coming my way. Alas, I decided to share this with my followers only as who know the National Enquirer would probably accuse him & his elves and reindeer of nasty accusations....ie fisky activities between the elves, fights between the reindeer and heaven only knows what Mrs. Claus is doing these days with that rum soaked fruitcake.
This photo is my present to you !
Yours in a whimsey,
Monday, December 20, 2010
Come and take a wee peek....
As always....special & custom orders are welcomed !
With warmest regards,
Monday, December 13, 2010
Now I have decided to do a Wee Christmas Webshow ! Yes, I know Christmas is next week..lol...but there are still plenty of days left before then. I have a number of fun pieces I want to feature so stay tuned to the exact date...I will post it here and on the Enter page of my website -
All the best to you & yours,
Thursday, November 25, 2010
the big old turkey that is in the oven ....
was prepared with stuffing and a bit of lovin.
In one hour the feast will begin... hubbie and I attacking it with nary a chagrin.
To friends & family we must say...another turkey bites the dust today !
Friday, November 12, 2010
The birthday cake was made by my sister in law, Terri and it was fabulous ! She got the recipe off Epicurious.com. I was able to find it and share it with you. When my birthday comes I am asking my darling husband to make it for me. I mentioned that today and his face went white...he told me he has never made a cake...lol....heck, this could be interesting.
Here is the recipe - she left out the nuts due to some with allergies...it was a light cake but very good.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I truly believe my fingers were permanently glued to my keyboard this past week...lol...listing items on Ebay and Etsy before the holiday craziness starts. Yes, I stated craziness...in the past I have actually completed orders on Christmas Eve....lol.
I find a lot of my treasures on Etsy..oops, I just gave away a secret...but lets keep it between you and me !
In the artist section of Etsy, I have listed some of my OOAK Pocket Watch Vignettes in which I had so much fun creating. They are like little showcases of tiny treasures and vintage images.
Today I am listing my charm bracelets ......I have always loved charms....at the age of 13 I would order charm catalogs from the back of magazines. When the catalogs arrived I would circle the charms I wanted. Of course I wanted all of them...lol...a very greedy little girl was I.
I still retain my girlhood charm bracelet and add to it every once in awhile...I think the last charm was from a trip to Paris. I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower all by myself (my girlfriend had a French class and wasnt interested). I found a cute little souvenir shop and bought a Sterling Silver Eiffel Tower. One day I will tell about my other Paris adventures. The trip was what got me started in jewelry making.
Here are one of my Pocket Watch Vignettes and Charm Bracelets
* SOLD *
Thank you for your purchase !
Take a peek at my other necklaces and charm bracelets that have been listed on this fun site -
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I found a great jar of buttons, a vintage celluloid head jester rag-style doll, a snowman display piece, gumball charms for my bracelets and vintage doll clothes for my bears.... finding treasures always make the show more fun...lol.
They will do anything for a charm bracelet !
A charming extravaganza....
~ Necklace $ 98.00
Whistles, compass, tiny cereal boxes, animals, false teeth, toothpaste
tube, tiny soda cups & cans, hot dog, hamburger, 4 leaf clover,
baseball, hairbrush, lantern, pirate ship, pair of feet,
crayons, monopoly pieces, telephones,
birds, helicopter, wine
...just to name a few charms and trinkets
found on either piece.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bessy Culpepper of the famous New Orleans Culpeppers wears
an antique white lawn dress with a vintage bone brooch
stating her name "Bessy". Around her waist, she wears a double ribbon
of polka dots with a double bow in the back.
Her chapeau is made of straw with Fall foliage, leaves & fruit.
Bessy has glass eyes and staining around eyes and snout
for vintage appeal.
She is made of a distressed tan mohair with a dark back.
Her paws are leather& she has a pearl cotton nose. When tipped
she emits a wonderful growl.
She comes with her friend Rudy The Rooster and a vintage childs
tea cup and saucer.
" One Of A Kind "
Free shipping until Nov. 14 for US only.
Yours in a whimsey,
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I am very happy with what I produced over the past number of weeks....
- lots of whimsical pumpkin pincushions
- 4 sizes of crows with jointed heads
- a charming soft-sculpture moon wears a top hat with a surprise
- pumpkin head dolls
- 2 autumn garbed teddy bears with elaborate hats ...both one of a kind pieces
...all for your viewing pleasure.
Here is one of the fun pumpkins I created -
" Pumpkin Baby "
11.75" tall ***** $ 235.00
" Close-up "
Take a peek at the other pieces on the website !
Yours in a whimsey,
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Even though I have been busy designing, sewing, assembling etc. I somehow managed to spray my left arm a wonderful Satin finish black..lol. I did get a few strange looks tonite when I picked up a yummy Chinese carry out. Although it did look better than the time I showed up at the Post Office with red, blue and black hands.
Yours in a whimsey, Karen
Monday, October 18, 2010
Yours in a frenzy...oops...whimsey, Karen
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have been busy.... yeah, yeah everyone is busy these days. My actual time-sucking activities included antiques shows, our booth at a local mall, jewelry making, flea markets, creating new pieces for my stores and catalogs that feature my work and general everyday life events. My husband and I are antique dealers in addition to our other occupations which I will go into at a later date.
Recently, we were vendors at the fabulous Grayslake Antique Market in Grayslake, Illinois last weekend. The show was a bit slow heck, the weather outside was fabulous and we all imagined the customers were doing their last hurrah of fishing, boating, picnicking, raking leaves before much cooler weather set in.
Anyway, I met some really great vendors at Grayslake and of course they enticed me to buy some fun things at their booths. I met a very knowledgeable gentleman named Jon J. Vrabel who specializes in vintage watches and other dazzling delights.....diamonds, gold, silver and fountain pens. He brought to my booth a number of plastic and cigar boxes and allowed me to comb through this inventory of watches and watch parts. I was able to obtain quite a few vintage ladies watches both cases and faces plus tiny jack knives, a rhinestone portrait pin that I will use on my charm bracelets. A very nice man who really knows alot about watches.
I also met Carol Kamin who was funny and we traded "war" stories. She and her husband Dean specialize in stereoviews, postcards, ephemera and tintypes. I poured over her albums of tintypes and managed to find several gem and small sizes that I will use on my bracelets as well. The couple are based out of Elgin, Ill.
While setting up our 32 foot booth I met the vendor next to us.....Sumaya Seccurro from Carmel, Indiana. I could see over my tables that her booth was one that had items "calling to me"....I held off as long as possible and the second day of the show I just had to buy these treasures.... vintage bingo tabs, brass tags with a fabulous patina and large red dice that I have been searching for. How she knew that I needed these items is a mystery to me but she was my market neighbor and I was delighted to meet her as well as her husband, Brian. Had the show been less slow I would have probably cleaned her out of more trinkets I saw in her booth.
The last vendor I met was Sylvia Cornell who was just a few booths down from us. She showed scads of jewelry and vintage buttons on her tables. I mentioned that I was looking for vintage rhinestone buttons for my bracelets and the dear lady brought a nice assortment to my booth for me to look over. I also met her booth partner named Connie and took a photo of these ladies as noted below. Note the cool button purse that Sylvia is showing off.
Even though sales were slow for most vendors, it was a great picking for the vendors and customers who did attend ...of course I am tickled with all my treasures. The Grayslake Market is once a month and the promoter Zurko Promotions is based out of Shawano, Wisconsin.
I exhibit at this market once a year and may choose next fall again....although don't be surprised to see me there as a buyer scouting out more bits and pieces for my charm bracelets !
Yours in a whimsey.....Karen