Saturday, October 6, 2012

~ has it really been a month? ~

Goodness...has it really been over a month since my last blogpost???
I swear I have sat down so many evenings with the intention to write a post, but I would start to fall asleep.
A few times I tried to write while at the shop and that didn't work either.
So here I am ...Saturday night (I know..I live an exciting life)
and I am not going to bed until I hit the PUBLISH button.
So what has been going on in my life since I last talked to all of you ....
Let's take a look-see...

I have plugged in my sewing machine in the studio and whipped up a few pretty aprons for sale.

I found some really cool bargains on Craig's List. I'm thinking some of Annie Sloan's new French fabrics, that I will soon have in stock, will be beautiful on these chairs.
Hmmmmm....faded roses or pastorale toile??
I attended a Grand Opening ceremony for a fabulous new arts and crafts studio in
 Old Town Warrenton, on Culpeper Street.

It's called Confetti Studio

and you can't help but feel incredibly creative while in this colorful space.
My stock of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
is ready for it's debut!
The Empty Nest carries the full line of Milk Paint and companion products.

I've been creating a little Altered Couture, 
which you all know I just LOVE to do. 

Aren't these gorgeous?

I've been on the receiving end of a delightful surprise package.
A box overstuffed with the most beautiful vintage laces and trims.
Won't these bits and bobs be pretty sewn onto sachets..pillows or aprons?
Thank you Patty and Karen!!

I spent a weekend staging my Fall inspired shop window display.
Gourds..pumpkins..a spectacular old window greenhouse built by my dear friend Connie of Hartwood Roses blog fame.
And of course some wreaths embellished with Chalk Paint™ cans in Annie's honor. 

I hosted around five different Chalk Paint™ decorative paint workshops
 where much fun was had by all.

Had my first Advanced Chalk Paint™ workshop and we had a blast.
We gold leafed..French gilded..crackled..decoupaged..stenciled
and the creativity was overflowing....

And then the class got very silly.....I owe Betty Grable and Angelina Jolie (the leg) a huge apology!
Laughter ruled the late night!

Best of all I finally got to meet my fellow blogger and the creator of the great smelling candles I sell in my shop,
Erin of Carolina Country Living.
What a sweet lady and a really lovely little family (met Mr. CCL and the youngster).
I love getting to meet bloggers who I have so much in common with and really admire.
Erin is that kind of gal.

I purchased  bag full of wooden and bamboo curtain rings..

which I turned into glittery holiday decorations with the help of Chalk Paint™, German Glass Glitter and some antique sheet music.
But the most exciting thing to happen since we last got together was this...

I'm featured in the Holiday edition of 
Romantic Homes magazine!!!!!

That's me on page 18-19 and my fun bottle brush tree tutorial.
Many thanks to Meryl, my editor at Romantic Homes, she did a lovely job with my feature and was a joy to work with.
So that's what I have been up to. Hope I didn't bore you too much.
I promise to be better at posting in a more timely manner tell me what you have been keeping busy with this past month!
Until next kind and stay creative.



Kelly Ann said...'ve been busy...

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I love seeing your shop and all the pretty things...

Claire said...

Phew, Janet I'm exhausted just reading all that.....

What a wonderful box full of lace and trims. I know you are going to have soooo much fun playing with them.
Love your Fall window display and Confetti Studio looks like a wonderfully creative place......
Congrats on being published in Romantic Homes magazine too, that's so exciting.
Hoping you are putting your feet up and having a rest this weekend, before heading back into a busy week.

CLaire X

Lady Courtney said...

Busy, busy, busy!!! Enjoy the ride, and the fun!!! ;)

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

So great to hear from you again, Janet! Your shop looks lovely; I love the front window display.

It's great that you are busy, busy, busy! And how very exciting to be featured in Romantic Homes.

I know that box of trims and lace will be be transformed into creative and beautiful pieces by your hands.

Those Christmas ornaments are adorable. I love that German glass on just about anything!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You have been so busy, Janet! I can understand you falling asleep at your keyboard! : ) The shop looks great. I love the way you decorated your window area.

De tout, de rien said...

Wow, that was a full month! Your shop looks positively lovely! Your fall decor window is stunning, very creative.

Congratulations on your feature in the magazine, I don't know if I can find it here in Canada, but I'll try. I LOVE bottle brush trees, so your article sounds very intriguing to me.

Looking forward to more posts.

Melinda ke said...

The window display turned out very pretty, you did such a great job. Congrats on your appearance in the magazine!

Aprons and More said...

Welcome back! So glad you have been busy!! Love the window display...aren't they fun to do?! Used to do windows and holiday displays at the mall. Very fun! Congrats on the feature!! I will have to find it... :)

Katy :)

Plus Love Love Love the apron! :D

Jennifer Juniper said...

Yes it has been a month! I missed you!

Now, I see why you are falling asleep in front of the computer :) I love how big your display window is!

Anonymous said...

Tell me about it. Same here, very busy. So nice to see that there is so much going on in your business.. Happy for you dear Janet!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Congratulations on your Romantic Homes feature! Your Fall window looks great -- love Connie's greenhouse!

Amy W. said...

Oh my! You have been one lovely industrious lady! So good to read what you've been doing! Take care and as always...looking forward to reading your next post!!!

Little Blue Mouse said...

My, you have been busy!
Your window display is fabulous, I love the gourd hanging on to the drawer!

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