Archive for “May, 2012”

country living fair antiques

I recently took a visit to Austin, Texas for the Country Living Fair with my Mother-in-Law, Leslie. We had the best time. We spent two whole days rummaging through every nook and cranny in these giant barns trying to find the best in vintage. I found some of the most amazing things. I was most inspired by the vintage pull toys. I’m working on a fabric collection based off of those right now. I love all the inspiration that vintage provides. My husband loved the lion illustration on one of the playing cards I brought home.

 

Here are some of the things I brought home. My favorite being this airplant from India. It may not be vintage but it’s pretty sweet!

 

 

Oh and check out these thumb-tacks! They look like vintage typewriter keys. LOVE!!!

 

Have you found any great vintage lately? I’d love to hear about it!

FREE mother’s day card printable

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I knew it was high time for all of you procrastinators (including myself) out there for a FREE card printable for Mother’s Day. Let Mom know you’re thinking about her with this fresh feminine floral card.

I was inspired by these flowers. Aren’t they beautiful!

Or, if your Mom’s not into florals, use this watercolor stripe card. It’s still feminine.

Both of these cards could be used for pretty much any occasion, not just for Mother’s Day.

 

Download the cards below.

Flower Card

Stripe Card

easy garden markers for mother’s day

With Mother’s Day being just around the corner, I thought it would be good to make a simple gift that didn’t cost much money. Over the past several years I’ve seen some amazing garden markers and have been wanting to make my own. They are super easy to make and only take a few things to make them. Mine don’t look anything near as nice as some of the ones I’ve seen, but they look rustic. That’s not a bad thing.

 

Step One: Purchase some oven-baked clay. I got mine at Michaels for about $8.

Step Two: Cut out and mold the clay to make the markers. Mine are about 6 inches long.

Step Three: Using a stamping alphabet letter set, spell out your letters. I just lightly pressed into the clay. I actually used a metal stamping alphabet set. It can be purchased here.

Step Four: Using a bone folder or your finger, smooth out the top and edges.

Step Five: Bake according to package directions. I used a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Step Six: Using black acrylic paint, paint the letters. Don’t be afraid to get it all over, but make sure to get it in the grooves. Then, using a wet cloth, wipe off all the excess paint.

Step Seven: After paint is dry, spray with a waterproof paint to make sure the black doesn’t come off. Whaaaa laaa! You’re done!

Wizard of Oz

My daughter is going to be in this performance of the Wizard of Oz. My super talented husband illustrated and designed the poster. Isn’t it great! I think Char is going to have a lot of fun!

If you live in Utah County you should come to the performance. It’s May 25th & 26th at 6:30pm. Miss Amber, Char’s teacher, has put a lot of thought and effort into this and is so talented. She just loves those little kids and does such a great job with them. I’m hoping that each of the Grandmas can come out for it as well. Here’s to hoping!