Friday, October 29, 2010

May Arts Ribbon Pocket Mood Board Tutorial

Like a bird feathering its nest, I gather bits and pieces of shiny objects for my artwork wherever I go. It's easy to forget what I've collected along the way, so a mood board is the perfect way to gather items for visual inspiration. A mood board can be based around a theme, a color scheme, a project, or whatever makes your creative juices flow. I created this quick and easy mood board to stash some of my favorite bird, nest, and egg elements. You can read the full tutorial on the May Arts Blog, or click here for a printable PDF of the entire project. Have fun creating your own mood board! 

Friday Findings: Inspired Ideas Magazine

You may have noticed the colorful magazine image fluttering its pages on the left side of my blog. If you clicked on the picture, you will have discovered my latest Friday Finding: Inspired Ideas Magazine. The magazine is a quirky, whimsical, and fun compilation of ideas gathered by Amy Powers of inspire co. Amy's charming blog has been a favorite of mine for many years, and her bright and cheerful perspective always make me smile. So I was thrilled to find her new monthly online magazine chock full of wonderful inspiration! Fabulous projects like rick rack flowers, decorated sugar cubes, embroidered blocks, and a cigar box theater make it hard to believe this publication is free! But it is, and you can read it all for yourself by clicking here or on the fluttering magazine in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vagabond Vintage

My booth at the Owensboro Antique Mall has wandered up the aisle to a prime spot by the front desk! I had so much fun yesterday setting up the displays and unpacking forgotten treasures.
Here's a close up of that shabby pink coffee table! Love the handpainted roses!
Everytime I visit the booth, I have to resist taking this French Metal Bed home with me! It would be so sweet in a little girl's room or a cottage chic guest room. But my daughter prefers a modern style of decor, and my guest room is brimming over with my crafty chaos, so I'll have to let it journey to someone else's home.

A pink and green vanity to complete the ensemble.

Need some inspiration? Snag a copy of my favorite home decor magazine for just $2 per issue!

This side of the booth looks a bit empty. Hmm...time to hit the road and find some more vintage treasures to share!

Monday, October 25, 2010

For the Love of Pink

I love pink! If someone asks me to name my favorite color, pink is invariably the answer. Robin's Egg Blue runs a very close second, but pink reigns supreme!

What prompted this ode to pink? It's this adorable little pink fridge I found on my latest foray to the Springfield Antique Barn!

Here's the so-cute-I can-hardly-stand-it interior of the fridge.

I collect pink buttons.

Pink clocks.

Pink Bowls

I love my kitschy pink ice bucket

And I dream of owning a pink typewriter just like this one.

Pink is the color of the sky in my world!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday Findings: Creme Coffee House

Today's finding is a local gem: the Creme Coffee House in Owensboro KY.
I discovered it by accident when I was googling tea shops in the area. Of course I had to investigate it because I love coffee as much as I love tea, and that's a lot!

The coffee is magically delicious (to steal my daughter's favorite phrase for something yummy!) I slurped down a mocha chiller the first time I stopped in, and on subsequent visits I've had various scrumptious hot drinks festooned with "whip" a thick, creamy, addicting cool whip-like topping. I always ask for extra topping!

The coffee is wonderful, but I'm equally smitten by the funky, colorful interior of the shop!

Love the curvy vintage sofa, the artwork, and especially the walls with exposed brick and layers of plaster.

A fabulous fireplace and chandlier!

The menu includes sandwiches, decadent cookies, cakes, and muffins, and other treats. One item I can't wait to try is  frozen hot chocolate a la the famed Serendipity 3 in New York City. Next time I visit Creme, I'll be sure to order one, with extra whip of course!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Findings

The word findings has lots of intriguing connotations. Findings are discoveries, treasures unearthed in the hidden nooks and crannies of antique shops or junk stores. Findings are the bits and pieces used to create jewelry, or the tools and materials used by artisans. Findings are the unexpected sources of inspiration revealed in a glossy magazine, glimpsed in nature, or posted on a blog stumbled upon by chance. These serendipitous tidbits bring even more delight when shared, so fridays are now Friday Findings Day on Serendipity Vintage Studio! I'm so excited to share with you my favorite discoveries of all sorts.
Today I want to feature juNxtaposition, the creative venture of artist Jeanne Cherry. I discovered her booth at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH and immediately fell in love with her artful vintage jewelry.
The booth was filled with delighted shoppers (including me!) oohing and aahing over the fabulous wares.
You can get a close up view of these bubble necklaces on the juNxtaposition website. And don't miss the rings, pendants, and bracelets made from typewriter keys. So adorable!

Hope you enjoyed the first installment of Friday Findings! Tune in next friday for more fabulous discoveries!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Country Living Fair 2010

We rounded out our Columbus Ohio adventure with a trip to the Country Living Fair 2010.  All I can say is WOW! The vendor booths were amazing! I am just astounded by the creative products and displays that we saw!

But for me the highlight of the fair was meeting author Amy Barickman, and having her sign my copy of her new book Vintage Notions.

Amy presented her book at the gorgeous Olive Grace Studios booth.

I was immediately smitten with their colorful displays!

A rainbow of thread in a vintage suitcase!

And especially this tattered chic dress form!

Amy was so friendly and sweet! I can't wait to snuggle down with a cup of hot tea and read every word of her charming new book!