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Monday, 4 February 2013

Baby, it's cold outside


It's looking like a beautiful day out there today, in spite of it being -20 celsius, Brr.  If I do decide to brave the elements and walk to the mall I had better put on my long woolly knickers, heavy coat and my "owl" toque!!  Just kidding, I don't have an owl hat, okay, and I don't have long woolly knickers either, but I had better wrap up really well 'cos "baby, it's cold outside".

I hope you  all had a great week and are well.  It still amazes me how fast the weeks are flying by.  It was okay when we were young, but now that I am somewhat older, okay, I have been tried and tested a few times, LOL and am closer to 70 than to 60, it is sometimes a bit of a concern to me.  The good Lord only promised us approximately three score and ten and I'm fast approaching that and I still have lots of crafts to make, "so Lord, slow down, you're going too fast, gotta make my retirement last".

As usual, I have been at it again, thrifting, painting, crafting and such, but boy, have I had fun doing it.  The little boutique that I share with two others and where I have my "stuff" is looking really good.  The three of us have a blend of very interesting items for sale.  We are still in the infant stage but we are hoping that more people will hear about us and come visit us on Saturdays.  It is located in a not well travelled spot so it is only through advertising and word of mouth that people find us.









That's a little glimpse of the boutique and now to show you what I have been up to lately.

Did some artwork...........

  
which resulted in a few similar but in different colours.....






I found two cute little bottles in the ThinkKitchen store in our local mall and added a decal which I purchased online from The Polka Dot Closet http://thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.ca/.  Carol, the owner and very talented lady has lots of very interesting ideas on how to use her decals.  I just love them.


I improved on some plaques and turned them into key racks......

From this............


To this..............




I have had these butterflies for quite some time and wasn't sure what to do with them - I think they look great on here.  Amazing what a few decals and hooks will do.

I made a few more wooden signs (sold a "Welcome" one last week to my local grocer for their store - Thanks City Meat Market).

They started out something like this, after having cut out the letters which were then painted and glued to the painted and stressed wood.







This is a cute "whatever" I found at the local thrift store and it goes so well with my "primitive" items that I am keeping it.


I still have lots more things to show you but I had better stop before I drive you nuts.  So I'll leave you with one last one.  It was a donation box apparently handmade by a gentleman when the thrift store first opened.  I was lucky enough to get the last few existing and I turned mine into a Valentine box.  I guess the time of year gave me that idea.  What else could they be used for?  If someone buys it, they can use it any way they like.


Well, that's it folks.  Sorry I don't have any new photos of my darlings (grandkids), but hope by the next blog I will.  Have a wonderful day, whether it is reading a good book, doing some crafts or even going for a walk.  'Til next time, God bless.

79 comments:

Ashlee Christopher said...

You are so so talented!!

Beth Rowland said...

So pretty!

Terra said...

Your shop has lots of goodies in it, like the pretty key holders.

joeh said...

La da dada da da da feelin crafty.

Carol Z said...

What great ideas. I am especially taken with the key racks. Wish I was closer. I know I'd have a great time looking around. Keep cozy!

Linda Maendel said...

The key racks are very pretty! You're one crafty lady!

Nancy said...

Very nice! I enjoyed the photos of your shop and everything you've made. So glad you are using your creativity in so many ways! :)

Gina said...

You are certainly keeping busy in the cold! You are very creative!

Daniel LaFrance said...

You show no signs of slowing down and are inspiring!

Keep those creative juices flowing. :)

Joyful said...

The shop is looking great! I'm glad I don't live nearby as I would be tempted to buy things and I'm trying to declutter, lol!

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Lovely items. I would be one of your best customers.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Lovely items. I would be one of your best customers.

Russo said...

Thank you so much for leaving such kind words on my blogthreegnomes.blogspot.com. You were very kind to follow as well. I love your blog, so much that I had to follow you. I'm looking forward to reading your blog weekly. Have a great day!-Russo

Jeanne said...

Looks like you are having lots of fun, filled with creativity. Need to send you some of our 70 F temperatures!

Linda said...

WOW!!! You are amazing and I LOVE your art projects! Would you mind if I 'borrow' your tree idea? And those PLAQUES!!! Oh.my.goodness. You gave them a whole new life!!!
Great post!!!

Glenda Atkins said...

However to do fit it all in,you do amazing work, I am in awe!

Tina said...

WOW! You have been busy. Make sure you stay warm if you venture out.
Have a great week.

joy said...

Love all your crafts and your words and personality:) you amazes me everytime:)

Craftychris said...

So many gorgeous projects - I adore the trees - they are absolutely fabulous! Your shop looks lovely, I wish I was close enough to visit but its a long way to come from England! xxx

Melissa said...

Really nice job on the button trees!!

Chatón said...

Great key racks! Good luck with the store too. Thanks for stopping by Chaton's World! I really appreciate your support. I know that you must have a lot of advice for young parents!

Debra Chapoton said...

Pretty obvious how much you're enjoying retirement. Good for you! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Expat with Kids said...

Your post made me smile. I can feel your energy flowing through the net! I love the chairs and of course your pink writing!

Laurie said...

chris you are a power house, nonstop creating and working, just like the energizer bunny!!Your new art work is beautiful, your new signs are amazing, I really like the red ones!!I love the added butterflies to the key hook boards and the box that you found was a treasure, beautiful work,

ChanTell E. said...

Hello Chris. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your button paintings and the key racks. You have serious talent. I am now following you!

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

Thanks for the follow. I have bookmarked your blog and will visit often. Have a lovely day.
~Avalon and the travelling cats

noire said...

Hello Chris, visiting you from the lovely comment you left on my blog. I love crafts, wish I had more time for those : )
Have a great day darling xx

Bee Burg said...

Hi Chris, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment! :-) You have a fun and eclectic assortment of things here! I really like the button trees. :-)

Angel Allen said...

Hi Chris,
I found you on Cuddlebug Cuties. I love your art work and wish I could see your awesome shop. I'm now following you, hope you will visit my blog someday. I'm a new blogger and love it. Also just retired from nursing a few months ago except I was blessed with a new baby boy to fill my retirement and keep me from getting bored with retirement. I am starting parenthood all over again. Don't you just love suprises! LOL.
Best,
Angel

Jade Steckly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Chris! I love so much about this post...the chairs, those signs, I would love to have them all LOL
Talk to you soon!

Catherine said...

Lovely Chris... Actually loved everything in your post especially the keyracks n the tree artwork.
Happy to follow you.

hugs
Catherine
http://vidhucreations.blogspot.in/

Noor Unnahar said...

All the stuff your created is so amazing and creative . The tree of button is probably the simply great idea as for me ;)
Thanks lovely lady for stopping by , and how I am not gonna follow your lovely space back ;)Term me as new follower as well.
Noor @ Noor's Place

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Wow! I stopped by from Cuddlebug Cuties Linky Party and am blown away by all your finds and creations. I especially love the trees you made. Great job!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness, this page is filled with amazing creativity!!! Although I lime everything I think my favorites are the button tees and the lovely key holders. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

Brady and Jamie Sefcik said...

Look at all of that, you are amazing!! Way to go :) Loving your blog lady :)

xoxo Jamie
bnjsefcik.blogspot.com

Angie Ouellette-Tower said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! - I'm following your lovely blog back.
Angie
godsgrowinggarden.com

Kim Heggins said...

As always, amazing photos, you look like you always have so much fun.

kaitlyn hoffman said...

Thanks for stopping by and the follow! Now following back! I love the colorful chairs in one of your pictures!!

Lynn Huntley said...

Thanks so much for following and now following you back. So glad I stopped for a visit, what a lovely blog you have:) See you soon~ Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

A.Michelle said...

Your art work is beautiful! Thanks for the follow on my blog. Following you back!

www.thepreppylittlepolkadot.blogspot.com

Julie Marie said...

HI Chris...thank you so much for stopping by my blog =) so nice to meet you... Happy to follow you back =)

Anna Stillwell said...

Your artwork is so amazingly beautiful. You're very talented. So happy to be a new member of you blog.

Hugs

Melissa said...

I love your artwork! I like to use buttons, too. They are so much fun. :)

Amy said...

Great finds!


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marie said...

Your little boutique looks quite charming....I hope that many come to visit it!
Those button trees are very clever!!

Deanna Lyn said...

Simply lovely crafts! you are talented,love the colors you use. i am a new follower and will really be enjoying your blog. thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice words.

Robyn Rasmussen said...

Beautiful artwork! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am happy to return the favor! :)

Eileen Chrisjohn said...

I wish I lived close because I would love to visit with you and see your shop in person. I'm so glad you visited my blog and followed me. I am so happy to follow you back and follow you on pinterest. You are a wonderful artist!
Eileen :)

Heidi Meyer said...

Such lovely mixed media paintings! Love the use of buttons as leaves. Thank you for visiting my blog ~ following you too. :)

Sona Zemkova said...

Hi Chris, thank u for taking time visiting my blog and for following. I m following back :-) Have a lovely day, Sonishka

My Traveling Troop said...

Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I walk into thrift or boutique furniture stores. But you seem to have an eye for discovering lovely treasures! Love your art work too!

Cheers,
Kristina

Jamie F said...

Thanks for visiting Things in YOU! Just stopping by to say hi, and love your shop and all you paintings! I wish I lived closer so I could visit!

Thanni said...

Hi Chris. Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment on my blog...and for following me, following you too now :)
You've got a wonderful blog - so inspiring :)

Anne Harada said...

Hi Chris! It's delightful to meet you out here in blog land! I love re-purposed items and especially the shabby chic, vintage style ones! You are truly creative and talented. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comment. I look forward to following your creative process! Have a great weekend!
Anne

Shannon White said...

Hi Chirs! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Thought I'd come and visit! And I am so glad I did! What fabulous projects!! So Pretty and Fun and whimsical!! Love the beautiful key holders and fun signs!! Love your Wonderful creative style! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Auntie Marg said...

Hi Chris, thanks everso much for stopping by my blog today, Its funny when I was reading you profile, its like I wrote it for myself, I also have 3 boys one grandson 6 and one baby girl grandaughter, I have been thrifting or garagesaling since i was, well all my life.Love all your creations and you Bouquite is so so cute. We are planning a trip to canada with my sister and her family.

TenSGal said...

Hi, Chris...thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment. You and I are similar...retired and loving life! I also have two grandchildren....a 3 1/2 year old grandson and a nearly 2 year old granddaughter and one on the way!
BTW, I see you grew up in Cardiff. I have a friend from Gwynnedd but his daughter and his grandchildren actually live in Cardiff. I have yet to visit Wales but would love to!
You look like a very busy lady!
Anyway thanks for stopping by for a visit and I've enjoyed mine here with you! And yes, I will be happy to follow you, too!

Susan www.expressionavenue.blogspot.com

noz! said...

Dear Chris,

have many thanks for your nice comment on my blog and excuse my bad English. It's a long time since I learned it, which is why my blog is to read, unfortunately, only in German. But maybe the next time I can translate at least a portion of it into English.

Sometimes I also think that the time is running too fast, but is this not just a sign that we want to do so many good things and also do them that we feel no boredom here, but rather would need more time? I like the idea, although a bit more time would be nice :-)

Have a wonderful start to the week and be greeted warmly by

Katja

Jacoba said...

You are so creative, Chris! Wonderful ideas.
Sunshiny greetings from Holland,
Jacoba

Patti Senter said...

Hi Chris, I'm so glad you found my channel and I found yours! I've subscribed to yours as well. I love all your creations you've made especially the signs with the butterflies, I agree amazing what some tweeks to the original can do to something isn't it??

Boy do I understand time flying, we're retired as well and close to the same age and the days fly by too too fast. I craft all the time and still have so many things I want to do.

Keep in touch!!!
Patti

Lois said...

Good morning! thank you for your kind comment on my little blog! I am a library lady too, and also trundle around my city with a bundle buggy... carrying strange things from here to there. I work in an office now, but remember my library days with fondness. Stay warm! It is raining here today in Mississauga [where I work], Lois.

Sarah said...

I giggled pretty loudly at "Long Wooly Knickers". I love the boutique! I would love to browse the various crafts for hours! You make awesome stuff!

New follower stopping by from the GFC blog hop!
-Sarah-
http://dirtonourface.blogspot.com/

Yvette Adams said...

Hi Chris. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog! Your button trees are just gorgeous!!

dottielottie said...

Hi Chris, I have just spent a very enjoyable time looking through your blog, after only just finding a lovely comment you made on my own blog. I have been absent from blogland for some months. I absolutely love your work and creations, especially your butterfly key plaques they are stunning. I wish I could visit your boutique I would so have to buy the pink button tree picture, I love it.
I have become a follower and look forward to seeing your future creations.
Hugs
Lottie

scrapqueen141 said...

Hi Chris, thanks for visiting my blog and saying hello. I thought I'd return the visit and I wanted to say hi. Your work is amazing!
Blessings,
Jamie

Christine said...

Hi Chris, nice to "meet" you.
You are very creative, and your boutique looks wonderful. I especially like the button tree pictures. I think perhaps you are like me in as much as I can't just make one of anything either.

meandmr.com said...

Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop! I love your blog, super cute! You can find my blog at meandmr.com

-Melanie @meandmr.com

Jessica said...

Thank you for the sweet comment, Chris - and here I am, gaping at your button art! It's beautiful!

BetteJo said...

Your shop is a bit far for me, but I would stop by if I were closer!

One Happy Mama said...

Hi Chris - thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is amazing. I wish I had just a smigin of your talent. ~Nancy

Laura said...

Hi Chris, Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your spunky crafts, your great energy and hope that I have as much when I get to be your age. I just have to get through these darned hot flashes and get to my own retirement one day! :-)

Lins Artyblobs said...

Hi Chris - your little boutique looks great. The butterflies have vastly improved the plaques. Thanks for your comments on my blog and I will be happy to follow yours too. Linda

Rachel said...

Hi there - new follower from the linkup! Cute blog, can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day! :)
Rachel
http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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Love the letter holders...
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog ;)

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Tima said...

I love the trees with the buttons. Think I need to steal that idea and do it either with my class, or my son... or both!

Deb Vandevier said...

Thank you for the kind words in your comment on my blog mildredanne.blogspot.com. The creations you have made with your thrift store finds are amazing! I enjoy breathing new life into discarded things myself. I am following you and look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

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