Tuesday, September 30, 2008
We were so happy to receive this award from Deb at Hummadeedledee. She is a force of nature in the blogging world, keeping oodles of blogs fresh, picture filled and brimming with good ideas!
Now we would like to nominate seven blogs that we enjoy and hope that you will visit as well. In no particular order, they are:
1. Lambsworld by Linda Freeman. Linda has received this honor before and passed it along to us as well. She is a customer friend of ours, trades ATCs and charms with us, and blogs about so many fun mail art swaps.
2. Luluz. We “met” Lulu through a mutual friend’s recommendation of her blog. Other friends seek her out at the Sand Point Antiques Market and Fremont on Sundays. I get a big kick out of her blog and hope to meet her in person one day soon.
3. Joyworks. Jana Johnson shares design ideas she is doing at the popular shop of the same name in Snohomish, and what she is creating for her own nest. She visits the studio when she can, and we enjoy seeing what catches her eye.
4. Elizabeth Holcombe – Words and Whimsies. We first heard of Beth through her Etsy shop – Beth’s Bagz. I ordered my first Christmas purse with a removable corsage last year. I adore her work. It’s always a treat to see what new treasures she has found.
5. Shed Style by Debra Prinzing. In our former gardening-obsessed lives, we met Debra, a freelance writer and author of numerous and gorgeous gardening books. She has been a fairy godmother to us, and opened many doors to spread the word about the salvage studio.
6. Present Past Collection by Heather Bullard. As a blog “stalker”, I faithfully read her blog and soak up all her stunning style ideas. I have been sort of shy about leaving a comment, but promise to introduce myself as a result of this post.
7. A Happy Miscellany by Lena Staggs. I met Lena years ago at an annual holiday craft show and loved what she created. She was the first one to share some of her favorite blogs with me, which still are my favorites.
It’s hard to list just seven blogs. I am a blog addict!
Monday, September 29, 2008
While visiting us in Edmonds be sure to pop into town to visit the many other fun and funky shops. One of our favorites is Bountiful Home; owned and operated by Todd Waddell. He has reinvented the former 'Weed Lady' store with elegant and everchanging displays, panache and a touch of junk.
I am speaking of his delicious junk fence. Since he opened the store he has been scrounging, planning and building this junk fence that include a few items from the salvage studio.
Metal lamp shade turned into planter...plus rusty thing that killed Todd's lawn mower
Hops on bedsprings...maybe that is where the beer bottle edging came from?
Mirrors are lovely in the garden
Mix up odds and ends of metal, wood and glass for a terrific look.
Love the fence, Todd! -- Lisa
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This represents hope for junkers everywhere. Today my hubby Raoul was able to park his car in our garage!
Garage in May
Back in May, I challenged myself to get my messy garage dejunked enough to at least get my husband's car inside before late fall, when it starts freezing again. I pecked away at it all summer - working with some of the problem-children-pieces-of-furniture one at a time. Every week I would try to get at least one thing fixed and painted, so it could be ready for the studio. The REStore came in June and picked up some cabinets and doors. I gave some things away. And this morning, I realized with a little shoving around of this and that, I had room for his car. I called him at work and asked him to give me a call just as he was nearing our neighborhood on his way home.
After his call, I waited in the driveway and waved the garage remote opener to him as he drove up. Doesn't he look happy!
There he is pulling his car into the garage. He even stopped to give me a thumbs up.
Now I want to park my car inside too. Stay tuned. -- Beth
Monday, September 22, 2008
Our most popular workshop to date is Charms. Whenever we offer it, it fills quickly, and with really great people. Lisa and I start by showing same samples and offering some instructions. Then we let everyone loose to start collecting their components. We bring oodles of supplies, and are always surprised with the new combinations people create. I joke that we lure them into the studio with a few samples of things, and then gather all sorts of new ideas while we watch the energy escalate.
Here is Barbara flattening a bottle cap.
She had great success as she visualized some challenging people from her past on the top of each cap she smashed. Look at that grin on her face!
This workshop was still cooking at noon, after two hours. We had two Dremels going - one drilling and one sanding. Eventually the party ended. It was a good one! -- Beth
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Shelves working while standing up.
Vintage iron stands are now standing message boards. A masher with a clip is now a picture holder.
Paper roll holders from mystery objects.
A wire brush holds pictures well, while a metal thingamajig dispenses twine.
Here's a striking collection from Amy's "black and white and read all over" display.
What a great combination.
We now have our book for sale at the studio! With all three of us at the studio today, we began autographing copies we sold. Our next autograph party will be Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. But of course, you can buy books any Friday or Saturday before then.
Thanks to all our customer friends who visited us today!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We try to post tidbits on our blog more than once a week. We have a darn good reason why the week zipped by without a little something. Our annual Organizing Event & Sale is this coming Saturday, September 13 at the studio. So we've been busy preparing.
Here's Lisa working on an old window.
Amy is the mastermind of the wonderful displays in our studio.
Here's a shot of some of the new arrivals, with my "friend", the shop vac taking a rest in the middle of it.
Lots of new creations will be waiting for you. Hope to see you bright and early on the 13th! --Beth
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Labor Day found us at Colleen's house for an ice cream social. The inside of her house is always a treat for the eyes. She's a retired school teacher, and has a passion for different holidays. So far we've seen her arrays for Christmas, Valentine's, Easter and Halloween. Monday we felt completed, with the viewing of her 4th of July/patriotic displays. The sun came out, so we headed outside.
The white trellis and screen door look great as background props.
Lisa and I want to inherit these fab galvanized barrels.
Great white, chippy, peely columns
Her watering cans look so happy arrayed this way.
And nothing like a good, red toolbox for a planter.