Happy New Year to you all!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Happy New Year to you all!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Malted Milk my friends - it is the perfect vintage!
Every once in a while I produce a line for JBS that has a white, not vintage base (such as the Red Music Note paper above from the Trendy line). However. . .if you use my Jenni Bowlin for Ranger Malted Milk Dye Ink pad with a Blending Tool sparingly over the paper, it quickly turns to "Jenni Bowlin" vintage and will match anything else in our line. Works on paper, Journaling Cards, Chipboard Buttons - I have done it a million times already!
This is one color you can't live without. I'm sure by the end of the year I will give you a reason why you can't live without any of the my Ranger colors, but I really, really think this is a staple!
Monday, December 27, 2010
I am very honored to have been asked by the lovely caretakers of Petticoat Junction to host a full day of classes this July at their beautiful 1892 Farmhouse in Normandy, TN (about an hour outside of Nashville). Could there be a better fit for me you think?
On Saturday July 9th I will teaching 3 classes (to be announced soon). The event itself runs Friday through Monday morning and I must say - it is truly a GREAT deal! Your food, classes and stay are all included for a very fair price.
Check out their website here for more information and reservations.
The event is limited to only 15 people so you may want to think fast.
Hope to see you there!!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And I love this London Jack bag from here. . .
My kids are already counting down the minutes. We are juggling trying to finish up lots of work responsibilities with two big trade shows coming in Jan. while trying to enjoy the season (like everybody, right)? We did manage to get to the movie theatre to see True Grit today (which was very entertaining by the way). Hoping to actually wrap some packages tomorrow!
Friday, December 17, 2010
My new little muse. . .
She has been sitting next to my lamp on my desk for days, taunting me to go down to my studio. I found her when going through some flea market finds and couldn't help but smile.
She sure looks like she was up to something, don't ya think??
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I'm not sure why, but I have always been attracted to old signs. I've never been much into traditional artwork and prints so I guess I had to get creative with what to put on my walls. I think in part, owning my own business myself seems to bring a certain respect for those who have done the same, stuck it out in hard times, and worked night and day to see something they believed in come to life.
I like to imagine that Julius Lowenstein was a bookkeeper who worked night and day on a "Mr. Scrooge" sized ledger - (and yes, I have one of those!)
Monday, December 13, 2010
I made this (a sweet, sweet, sweet Project Kit for next month. The girls just may have a heart attack -I'm actually ahead of schedule)!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Now I just need to apply it to my next class/project. Hoping to find time to play in my studio tomorrow! Here's to a weekend of you doing the same!
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Simple Red and Green. . .
You might be surprised to know that I decorate with traditional red and green each year (as opposed to white, silver, etc.). I guess I am just a traditionalist in that way. Besides, I prefer vintage decorations and most of them to be found come in only the traditional colors.
Jared and I found this sleigh at a show in November. I had hoped that it would fit on the spool cabinet and it did so perfectly! The Santa is Styrofoam and I found him at an estate sale I just happened upon one day this summer. The poinsettia flowers are vintage too.
I found the Santa and sleigh at TJMaxx Homegoods 2 years ago and it fit perfectly in front of my plant boxes.
I buy bags of the cinnamon pine cones at JoAnn's and put them all over the house.
I don't like to do a lot of taking down of what I already have so I try to mingle things in where they will fit instead. Here these tiny vintage glitter houses fit perfectly in my little box with the things I already had there.
I never did figure out what I wanted to do for stockings so I instead hung my vintage store Santa on the mantel, as if he has just climbed down the chimney! He hangs from an old metal iron (the perfect stocking holder by the way)!
Added the jingle bells, pine cones, red books and vintage boot to this display in my dining room.
And a few whimsical items were added here and there in my studio!
We added some big red bows to our front porch with some garlands, but other than that (and of course our tree) I think I am done. How about you? Are your halls "decked" yet?
The winner of the class kit giveaway is Sarah Parks! Sarah- email us through the contact link at Mercantile with your addy and we will get the kit out to you! Thanks for playing everyone!
Monday, December 06, 2010
And. . .leave a post here between now and tomorrow at 8:00pm central and I will randomly choose one winner to send one of these kits!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
This Saturday, December 4th
at the Lebanon, TN Hampton Inn (exit 236, South Hartman Drive off of Interstate 40)
from 9:00a.m. - 9:00p.m.
We will have deep discounted leftover kit pieces and papers, all JBS products, and lots, and lots and lots of vintage bits, baubles and good art junk!!
Every purchase gets entered to win 1 of our 4 door prizes (you do not have to be present to win).
Hope to see you there!!
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
After our bellies were full we loaded up all of the kids (9 of them!) and headed to the local skating rink.