Thursday, January 27, 2011

With Love

When I started this blog I never thought I would have "real followers". Little ole me posting from Little ole Llano, with my Daughter, my Momma, and my sister as my only followers for the longest time. I wish they would call it supporters, or maybe even just friends, but anyway I want to thank you all for being my blog friends and supporters. I'm so not tech savvy, and haven't figured out how to answer the comments yall leave me, but please know that I read and appreciate every one.

So it is with love to yall that I show you the Valentine boxes that I made recently. They are just the empty heart shaped Valentine candy boxes that I embellished with paper, fabric, lace, and other odd bits. Super easy,but a bit time consuming to get all the red covered with sheet music. Hope this inspires yall to make one of your own. Or if you would prefer instant gratification, these are avaliable in Binky la Faye now (325)-247-2500.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Llano City Wide Garage Sale Finds

The Llano Main Street Program and the Freinds of the Historic Llano Red Top Jail put on the Llano city wide garage sale twice a year. The first one of the year was Saturday and I thought I would share some of my finds with you.

It wasn't a huge hall, but I love the things I found.

I've always been attracked to tiny little things.

Love this old violin with bow and case. It's in the store now, priced at $69.00.

Precious little string frame, aged to just the right color, also for sale at Binky la Faye ($12.00)

Look at this pretty 1920's ribbon flower brooch. It can be yours for $16.50.

More tiny bits, these I will use in making jewelry.

Wonderful little leather baseball glove, the lady I bought it from thought it might be a salesmans sample. I think it would lovely worn from a ribbon or chain as a necklace!!! Also available at Binky la Faye.

Charming satin and lace power puff, for sale at the shop

What is it about baby shoes?

This victorian velvet sewing bag caught my eye right away.

always love these old wooden tool boxes, this one has a wonderful shade of pink paint!! $18.50 at the shop now

So excited to find this for $5.00!!!I am adding this sailor's valentine shell art box to my collection of shell art (I'll show it to you sometime)

Mother of pearl buttons for 10 cents each, I will use this in pillow, and altered art projects.

Old fountain pen tips, I plan to make a necklace with these.

Neat old cloth tape measure

Love the metallic fringe on this old odd fellows fraternal ribbon

Lovely silk ribbon fringed shawl.

pretty metal mesh bag, lovely patina, not too shiny you know.

There was lots of lovely ephemera starting at 50 cents, here are a couple of pieces I picked up.

So that's my treasure, most of it is for sale at Binky la Faye. Please stop in soon!!! or call 325-247-2500, we can ship it to you!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Be Mine

I had a little Valentine crown making party a few weeks ago. My daughter Jesika and her best friend Rachel came over and we made these cute crowns
They are for sale at Binky la Faye ($32.50 each), 325-247-2500, and we can mail them anywhere in the U.S.A.
And... we are working on more Valentine projects to be revealed shortly, until then here are some teaser pics!!!

So glad the sun is back, hope you're having a sunny day!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What is Steampunk?

What is steampunk?....I think it is really a counter-culture movement that it's part of the cultural revolution, But me being the visual type I want to talk about what steampunk LOOKS like.Well I think it's hard to define a look or lifestyle, it's like saying, "what is bohemian"?, or, "what is shabby chic"? or, "what is beautiful?" Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so steampunk can mean something entirely different to you than it does to me, or even those who are completely immersed in a steampunk lifestyle - because the same thing resinates differently to each and every person, but just as in shabby chic's signature creamy whites, and chippy paint, and philosophy, steampunk has it's unmistakable elements and philosophy also. So while I personally will probably never donn a pair of goggles and a leather corset (unless it's halloween), I do love many of the steampunk elements, and might decorate with a pair of goggles and a leather corset. And while I love and admire a total steampunk look, It's just not who I am right now, so I throw in a few industrial pieces here and there with my victoriana,sort of a nod to steampunk. I don't think steampunk can be defined really, but that is my is my description of what steampunk is to me. Here are some definitions I found on the web:•is set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions,

•An imaginary Victorian age, that features brass and copper clockwork and steampowered inventions that go far beyond 1800's technology. Steam powered mechanical wonders, optimistic gear driven computers, dirigibles, clockwork firsts, and stuff like that. (But don't forget the goggles.

•Victorian Science Fiction that has dark & ominous tones, often where technology is an enslaving force and the main characters are fighting against the oppressive establishment. Cyberpunk with steam technology.

And here is a nod to steampunk at Binky la Faye

My friends Sarah Kammlah and Cecilia Berber-Thayer design some Fabulous Steampunk style furniture It's called Kammlah-Thayer for Carol Hicks Bolton. It's all made in the U.S.A. and has hand done detail work, I am proud to say that I made some of the pillows and lighting in the collection. Here are some pics of their showroom in High Point, North Carolina.

To me this is the epitamy of Steampunk
I did the pillows on this.

Great stuff huh? So go dig up some old factory cogs, dust off the industrial metal cart, pull out the the old pocket watches, goggles, and leather bound books and create your own nod to steampunk!!!

I will show you some of the other incredible looks from the Kammlah-Thayer for Carol Hicks Bolton Line in another post.

Thanks for stopping by.