Half off all Christmas!

Christmas is less than a week away!  WhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaTTT?!?!  How is it that even though Thanksgiving was early this year, basically giving us an extra WEEK between then and Christmas; that Christmas has still snuck up on me?!?!  I have not even started wrapping gift yet!  sigh.  And to further ZAP my Christmas spirit, I have to go to Costco tomorrow . . .  because I use their pharmacy for my prescriptions.  Ug!

P1370821So to give my Christmas spirit a little boost and add a bit more “JOY” to my life; I’ve decided to put all my remailing Christmas product on sale for HALF PRICE, in my booth at Stars.

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Many other vendors are offering discounts on their Christmas product too.  Instead of settling for the ‘slim pickins’ left over in the big box stores, come shop at Stars for unique vintage and upcycled gifts that they will really LOVE!

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Still a great selection of gifts, decor and gift boxes in both of my spaces.

Show off your favorite Christmas treasures by topping them with a glass cloche.

Unique and collectible gift boxes.

I found some ‘itty bitty glass baubles’; just the right size for decorating your bottle brush trees!

Cubbies filled with collectibles!

Hand crafted vintage sheet music and crepe paper rosette ornaments or package toppers; regular price $1.50 – $2.00 . . .  NOW HALF OFF!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

to you all!!

STARS HOLIDAY HOURS:
Christmas Eve: 11AM to 4PM
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 11AM to 6PM
New Year’s Day: OPEN! 11AM to 6PM
11AM to 6PM ALL OTHER DAYS!

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Final ‘pre-market’ post.

It’s almost time!!!!

My car is already loaded.  The kids (my son and daughter in law) are helping me load the U-haul tomorrow evening, and Thursday morning we deliver to the Rebel Junk Marketplace show at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

A couple of quick pictures of some last minute items I just prepped for the show.

Several different colors of REAL dried Hydrangea.  (from MY garden!)

Shabby chic square metal birdcages.  You can see what they originally looked like in the upper left hand picture.  I dry brushed them with a soft white paint, originally just as a base coat and prep before spray painting them white and distressing them.  I decided the the dry brush looked so good that I didn’t need to do the extra work!

LOVE these red and white lace edge metal cake stands.  (I love cake stands in general though!  I have a personal collections of 8 of them!)  They are so much fun to work into booth displays; for adding height or emphasizing a certain item.

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Lots of assorted glass bottles and vintage jars headed to this show.

I’ll be spending all day Thursday and Friday setting up my double wide booth.  Hoping to get done in time to take photos before the early bird shopping starts on Friday evening.   (I did NOT accomplish this last year.  sigh.)   And I’ll TRY to post some photos when I get home Friday night to give you locals a preview.

I’ll for sure have time to post pictures next week, after the show for those of you who are not local and can’t make it to the show.

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!

And DON’T FORGET to ASK for your 20% discount!

HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

New month, new half price sign special in my etsy shop.

il_570xN.619626373_sb4mSmall laundry sign regularly priced at $19.95; now just $10.00 (+ shipping)  Sale valid via my etsy shop only.

il_570xN.619510140_4nl0I just made a nice big batch of them for this sale; lots of colors to choose from too.

il_570xN.619510200_czddSale price is valid on current existing inventory only.  Sale ends at the end of the month OR when current stock sells out; whichever comes FIRST.  More of the small laundry signs will be listed again thereafter, but will then sell at the regular price.

My ‘Creating Space’ . . .

Aka ‘the craft room’ .  Since the store is now only open one day a week, and it’s too busy on that one day to work on any projects; I had to start hauling all the assorted supplies that I had lugged TO the store over the past 3+ years, back home. 

BUT FIRST, I had to clean up my messy craft room!  Now I don’t have ‘one of those beautifully decorated art studios’ that you see so many others share pictures of in their blog.  I LOVE those pictures and WISH my work space could be that pretty.  (especially since the FORMAL LIVING ROOM is the space that serves as my craft room in this house!)  Alas, it’s all about ‘functionality’.  AND lots of storage space!  And making-do . . . .

This is as good of a picture as I can get of the entire space.  As I said, it’s the formal living room of the house, and right off the front entry.  No one ever uses the front door.  HA!  No one ever comes out here period!  (too far away from civilization for everyone!)  So, the front door is kind of cordoned off by shelves (which you’ll be able to see in a later picture).

I have two tables.  Only managed to keep ONE of them uncluttered long enough to take this picture!  Shelves line both ends of the room, and my computer desk and office supply cabinet are opposite the work tables.  We even utilized the space above the windows for storage! 

I keep a plastic table cloth on my ‘painting table’.  This is the FIRST time in probably FOUR YEARS that it was clean enough to take a picture of it!

This next picture is looking to the right of the room.  Michael built those shelves for me and they cover the entire length of the room.  They are 2′ deep, so I can double stack boxes on them.  And we put up a rod so I could hang curtains to pull shut to ‘hide the mess’ just in case anyone ever comes to visit’.  Or sometimes I just need to hide the mess from myself!

PRESTO!

This is the left side of the room.  These are SIX 6′ tall Dania shelves.  Three, side by side. and then back to back (I have to go around into the front entry way to access the other ones)

I couldn’t get a picture of the shelves on the back side because there isn’t enough room to get back far enough in the entry way.  But you can get an idea from this.  It’s a good way to utilize this otherwise ‘wide open and unusable’ space.

And this is my little ‘office area’.  My computer desk (closed up cuz I am NOT showing THAT mess!), a supply cabinet, and the big white one is for office supplies.

And that’s my little nook of the house that I do my creating in! 

The separate WORKSHOP (which I have to share with Michael) is a whole other world, and will NEVER be tidy enough to take picutres of!

OUR WEBSITE:  www.cscrafts.com/aj.html

 

Table top Christmas tree

I wanted a ‘Sophie color’ little Christmas tree.  Found a small (2’tall) white tree, but could NOT find any small ornaments to decorate it with!  hmph!!!  I’ll just have to get creative!  (necessity IS, after-all, the mother of invention, right???)

 So, here’s what I came up with.  I found some really cool glittery picks and some dangly ornaments that were ‘sections’ of smaller pieces joined together:

And I just took the ornaments apart to create smaller ones!  I got FOUR small orns out of the ones shown in the first picture, and two out of the other.

Here’s how my little tree turned out:

You can see it a little better in this pic:

A perfect little Sophie tree!!