Sunday, May 31, 2009

Drumroll, Please...

We Have a Winner!
Through a very scientific method,
(asking my husband to chooses a number between 1 and 65)
we have determined a winner of my 2009 Cottage Charm Giveaway Earrings!
Vintage Nina!
(Please send me your snail mail addy and I will get them to you!)
Thank you soooo much to all who entered and left me such lovely comments.
And Congratulations to all of the wonderful Cottage Charm Giveaway winners, participants and hosts.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Sneek Peek - Happy Accident

I went to the art store yesterday and had some mat board cut. Not wanting to waste any, there was enough to cut several 4 x 6 pieces.So I got them home and thought, well, now what am I going to do with them?
I have all these old books. I love them but the bindings are just falling apart, so I decided to cut some silhouettes. Nothing fancy, mind you.
I admire those that can do amazing intricate work with scissors. But knowing me, I needed to keep it simple. I love birds, so that was my subject choice. So, I hope to have my new Etsy store open by Monday, listing these and illustrations (see below). 3 stores, good grief. I don't know what I'm thinking! I am hopelessly addicted to Etsy!
So, here we go again. Woooooot!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sneek Peek!

Hello! I wanted to give everyone a little peek at my line of illustrations I'm developing for a new Etsy Shop. They are hand drawn on antique book pages (these two happen to be out of an old french book).

Little Girl below is not quite finished. The bubble below her is going to say "be mine".

Wish these pictures were better! I need to learn to take better ones, or perhaps this is best left to hubby.
This line will hopefully include lots of bunnies, cats and children for different seasons and themes. I have lots planned right now for Halloween.
I would love to know everyone's thoughts and ideas! I am open to constructive criticism - I'm always happy to know anything that would improve my work!
Thank you so much!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Vintage On Elm Grand Opening Special

My Newest Etsy Shop - Vintage!
I opened my vintage shop yesterday, so I am offering 15% off to my blog readers for a Grand Opening Sale! (Just mention my blog in the comments to the seller, and I will refund through paypal). This offer ends this Sunday, May 17th.

I will be offering lots of cottage style vintage and unusual finds. I have lots to list and hope to have most of it listed by the end of the weekend, so please stop by.

Also, please check out the Cottage Charm Giveaway Post on this blog to enter for a chance to win a pair of my handmade earrings. Only a couple of weeks left to enter!



Monday, May 11, 2009

It's a Blog Party!
Marcela at Etsy Cottage Style is hosting a Blog Party today.

She asks "What makes you get out of bed early Saturday mornings?What makes you giggle when you find it, specially at a good price?!What makes your heart skip a beat???
and Why?"
Well, let me tell you. This was a hard decision to choose just one thing! So I thought I'd make a list of a few of my favorite, and then show you a couple of my favorite finds.
What makes me get out of bed early Saturday mornings? Like most people, it's the hunt. I'm generally not looking for anything in particular when I go to garage sales, flea markets or antique malls. It's more fun for me to just be surprised by what finds me. My mom has always said "Oh, I wonder what little treasures we are going to find today?" And that is the best feeling ever, the feeling of anticipation.

And here is what makes me giggle when I find it. These are a few things that make my heart skip a beat...

chippy and rusty urns
platters and pitchers, especially ironstone
dollhouse furniture
paper ephemera
wooden and metal printing type

And, here are pictures of a couple of my favorite finds.

These little darling mary janes.
I had no idea what to do with them - I certainly didn't need them.
But they came home with me anyway!
And now they live on my fireplace mantle.
And my best and favorite find of aaaaalllll time,
My restaurant sign.
This came from a garage sale here in Memphis, and when I saw it I started shaking (true story!)
It's HUGE (8 feet long) and I actually had the perfect place to put it in my kitchen. It's made of old glass and the letters are hand painted.
And the best part?
It was $2.
I almost fell over!
So those are my finds, and I can't wait to read about everyone else's!
Be sure to check out
for a complete list of everyone participating today.
And please be sure to see the previous post in my blog for a chance to win a pair of my handmade earrings!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cottage Charm Giveaway Day!

Hello, everyone!
In honor of the 3rd Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway Day (May 30th, 2009) I am also doing a giveaway!

I am offering a pair of my handmade earrings. These charming earrings feature a vintage pair of holy medals and are dangling from black crystals. The french wires are sterling silver, and are also handcrafted by me.
Please leave a comment (along with email, etc. so I can notify the lucky winner) on this post and I will draw a random winner at midnight on May 30th, 2009. They are open to anyone - I will ship anywhere, so Good Luck!
Be sure to click on the banner above for other wonderful Cottage Giveaways! And you can see the photos of all the contests here -
Many Thanks to our hostess, Kim. She has a wonderful blog, One Woman's Cottage Life. Please go and check it out - you will be very glad you did!