Friday, 7 February 2014

Having a Bit of Blogging Break

Okay, so there were no changes... at least not in the right direction.  Clearly, I am on a bit of a break from the blogging.  Is it over, you may ask...  Nope, I sure hope not!  Just a break until I can find the time to do this right.  Please allow me t invite you back very soon... I am hopeful the spring will bring good things.
I already have plans for doing more shows in the spring with my partner in crime from Vintage Prairie Style - an awesome blogger, very talented and creative artisan, she sell her beautiful pieces through her own blog and a local antique mall, is a terrific and busy young mom & is all around one of those women that have you saying, "I don't know how she does it"  I certainly ask myself that often, and I am looking to take lessons!  If you haven't been by her blog site you, please follow the link and check her out, you will not be sorry.  In the meantime, I am going to work on getting my act together so I can follow this up with weekly posts on what  have been doing with the house, children's furniture and accessory projects I have been doing and plan to do & some "grown-up" furniture and accessories I have been busy with to.  And I may even add some projects from the garden, it will be good timing to share about my goof-ups and successes as we work slowly but surely to transform our front and back yard into a garden great!  I look forward to keeping in touch.  See you in the spring!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

ch ch ch ch ch ch changes....

Retro Images - House Painters
via The Graphics Fairy LLC

Alright, its time to get back to this... my own home renos & projects!  I think my first post was about my intention to post my projects as I am working on them on this blog... well, that hasn't exactly happened!  I have been so busy with making the childrens tables, mobiles, hooks and knobs from my playhouse collection and starting to work on goodies for grown-up homes too & my own home has taken a back seat.  That chaise lounge that I was re-covering... still the leopard print original & the slip cover is still almost finished!  In fact we have hundreds of almost finished projects around the house!
I have been so excited about how my handmade playhouse & home collections were received and the fun I have been having doing some small handmade markets, and two of the large Make It! shows!  It has been wonderful, fun and exciting, especially doing it all with my sister & partner in crafting, Keya Davis - the brains & talent behind Vintage Prairie Style.  But I have found it difficult to keep up with production for shows, custom orders, doing shows, working on the house projects (not to mention the day-to-day house "projects") and most importantly, being the mom I want to be with my darling three children.
My sister and I have launched a combined company - La Petite Maison - which has brought Vintage Prairie Style and blue vanilla home + garden together in one place.  We can work on our handmade products together, but we will continue to  also have our own separate companies, where we can be contacted directly here as well, and also continue with some of the projects etc. that we won't be featuring with La Petite Maison ... such as some of the vintage finds for VPS and my home renos for BVHG.
So it sounds like another project on the go, but really, here's where the "ch ch ch changes" come in.  We are still interested in doing some small markets here and there to get out there and continue to have that enjoyment and interaction (in fact, you can find us this weekend at Edmonton's Indie Handmade Market) but we will likely give up doing the bigger shows, although they were great fun.  And we are working on setting up an Etsy shop... watch for us there.
Other changes... I am going to do a bit of re-vamping here on this site over the next little while, so you will be able to go through my tabs to see a gallery of my work & know how and where to get your hands on them if you so choose, but the main posts will be back to following my home and garden renos... and our playhouse too!  I want to have some DIY featured, and open up to your comments, questions, suggestions etc, and other fun stuff.  I want to update on a regular basis, most of all.  New goodies every week, maybe :)
So I hope you will check back soon, and keep coming back!
Also, check out Vintage Prairie Style

Friday, 22 February 2013

makin' it again for Make It!

alright, time to get crafting again!  i mean some serious 24/7 crafting!!!  today i found out that i have the privilege and honor of again participating as a vendor at Make It! Edmonton for their spring show April 12th, 13th, and 14th at the Enjoy Center with my crafting partner in crime, Vintage Prairie Style.  this time we are officially joined under the name La Petite Maison.  we are so pumped and super excited to be at the show & hope to see you there.  stay tuned for what we have in the works for the spring show... its gonna be good!  be sure to check out Vintage Prairie Style cause she has some awesome awesome stuff... and you don't even have to wait until April to get your hands on what she's got, just go to the Old Strathcona Antique Mall and you will have your socks knocked off.  i'm looking forward to working with this very talented lady again.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

birds of a feather...

distressed owl table and cross back chairs

owl table with 2 chevron chairs & 2 polka dot chairs

let me introduce you to the two latest tables finished just before christmas, and the two lovely ladies that inspired them.  my last few posts sort of stemmed from my experience with Make It! Edmonton and having a booth there this past november, and this post again is linked to my experience at that show.  while i was at the booth i met some great people, two of which ended up ordering tables for christmas gifts.  funny enough, both owls, and after talking details, both with chevron and polka dots.  i had great fun doing these two tables, as both of these ladies have great style, had awesome direction for what they wanted and were both so willing to just going with the flow and trust me.  and for two tables with so many similarities, these two birds of a feather were able to be unique in their own special ways.
thanks so much to these two individuals for being your orders and being so fantastic to work with.  i hope the tables were a great surprise christmas morning and will be well enjoyed for years to come.   

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

10,000 reasons to be happy...

thank-you to the over 10,000 people who came out to the Enjoy Center this past weekend in support of Make It! and all the 140 vendors set up there.
we could not have asked for a better experience and all four of us (vintage prairie style, ginger doll, and roots to branches) were disappointed to see the end of the show come.  with a record amount of people attending, we met some really awesome people - vendors and customers alike.  the Enjoy Center was the perfect venue & so well organized with set up, take down & everything in between.  thank-you, thank-you, thank-you to everyone who had anything to do with this event! 
hopefully all the starts will align, schedules will permit & we will be able to see you back at Make It! Edmonton in the spring.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

we made it to Make It!

the count down to make it! is over, and booth #105 featuring blue vanilla home + garden, ginger doll, roots to branches, and vintage prairie style is set up and ready.  we are so excited and were pumped to see such a great crowd lining up to get into the make it!

thanks to the organizers at make it! and the enjoy center for such an easy unload and set up.  it is going to be a great show and a great weekend.  hope to see you there!

tables in the works...

so while i am still in production mode i have more tables and chairs in the works, and here they are (if you're interested in my next projects)...

bentwood chair

owl table in the making

these bentwood chairs and table legs cried for a woodland creature top... and o colorful owl was what i thought was in order.  i have shaped and primed this chubby little owl table top and it is now waiting for me to add a little color and pattern...

unfinished chubby little owl table top
maybe something like this one, but a little different ofcourse...
"heidi collection" owl table

this next one needed something less playful and a bit more pretty on sophisticated... a lovely little flower perhaps

"isabella collection" flower table
unfinished flower table top
with pedistal base to be re-finished
and for a larger table for those crafty kids who need lots of space to color, build blocks and have a great big tea party, a great big barn with some fantastic turned legs...

turned table legs to be re-finished
 here is a small barn table that has been completed
"old macdonald" table top

i hope to have finished products to show soon & more new projects to post... maybe after the make it! show is over this weekend i will be able to get back to my home renos that have been lurking and waiting for me