Monday, May 2, 2011

Shop Randomness. . .

Monday, May 2, 2011
Spring here in Washington is a funny, funny thing.  Since we don't get super cold in the winter, the flowers bloom earlier here than some other places--which is great, because it feels springy.  But the rain doesn't stop until the fourth of July, so we don't really get to appreciate spring the way we'd like to--outside.

One rain free day a couple weeks ago (actually it was probably only a rain free moment in a day)  I managed to take a few shots of random loveliness: the flowering plum trees.

But then the rain commenced and rained all those lovely blossoms off the trees and into the mud.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to see those blooms linger and flutter to the ground like mounds of soft pink snow.  I love those years. . . this is not one of them.  So I never got the chance to clip some branches and bring them inside.  Other trees are blooming now and I might yet get to, but in the meantime I was inspired by a picture I saw somewhere.

So I made my own flowering branches.  The branches and the moss are real, the blossoms are tissue paper.

I simply cut a load of 1-2 inch squares and folded them in half twice, then curved the edges to make little four petal flowers, stacked two together, wrapped them on the end of a pencil and hot glued them to my branches.

I didn't keep the watering can full of spring, so I have no lovely vignette with it.  I actually wanted it for the booth, to add some spring cheer that wouldn't die and look ugly before I came back to stock up again.  I meant to take a picture of the booth when we took it over with a few more things to add to the space, but I went out of town and Lisa took it all over. . . and forgot to take a picture.

We also took a couple mirrors, a chalkboard and a chicken wire message board to replace the others that sold.

Some Holly Hobbie prints--I wanted to keep a few of those. . .

I love these knob boards. I made myself one, then liked them so well we made a few for the booth.

And that clothes pin board in the back?  We made two of those after being inspired by Andrea over at Faded Plains.  I think I will make one for my daughter's room. . . eventually!

Down in front on the floor are more butterfly garland.  Some are dictionary and some are vintage sheet music with a little pink interspersed (from the pink covers of a few of them).  Alongside those are some clay herb tags.  I will post more about those later, when I get more made and add them to the esty shop.

With the weather predictions of a little sun this week I think I will throw open the garage and paint some furniture.  It's about time since we have three dressers, a vanity, three chairs, a small wall hutch, a bed, a desk, and a large mirror and some frames to paint.


Urban Farmgirl said...

You are just so talented! I *love* the branches!

And I can't wait to see the furniture, too! ;o)


Amanda said...

i'm more in love with your house every time i see a photo. swoon!

love all the goodies and can't wait to see the furniture!

All That Jazz said...

You are very creative! Love your collage of blossoms. The rain does destroy them quickly around here! ;-)
You must have the best goods in your shop!!

Gloria said...

Those branches are awesome! I love really flowers, they just don't last as long as I would like. I may have to try this one out.

Krista said...

Love it all. I especially love the Holly Hobbie prints. Where can I find some like that. Would love them for my girls. I loved Holly Hobbie as a young girl.


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