Howdy! Before we get started, you might want to grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine here, as I tend to ramble a bit...First of all, let me tell you a little bit about the reason for this blog in the first place. You see, I have another blog called, "365 Days Of The Year." Four years ago, I started it as a challenge to post a photo a day on it for a year, and I did! When my year was up, I thought I could just drop it, but I found I missed it. So, instead of the pressure of taking a "picture worthy picture" every day, I just started to post random thoughts and stories of my family and friends, with an occasional picture. After each year, I would have the entire year made into a hard cover book, to some day give to our son Landon. I also have a handbag business that I do on the side from my full time childcare business. Occasionally, I would post on my blog, things about purses or shows/expos that I was doing and it just didn't feel right. It was business and my blog was for family, friends, and my place to go to vent or just tell my little stories. I would also post a bit about business on facebook and that didn't feel right either. Now, I have started to dip my toes in a little crafty stuff. Nothing major, but a little something here and there and I needed a place to put it along with my purses that felt right. That place is here. Here I will post things about purses, re-purposing, flea marketing, or maybe just take you along on a few road trips with me. Wherever it takes us, I hope the trip is as much fun for you as it is for me. Ready to ride?

If you would like to send a comment/question, shoot me an email at:

If you would like to check out my other blog, here is the link:

If you would like to check out my purse blog, here is the link:

I know. I know. The length of that purse site link is insane! But, when I created it, I couldn't think of anything short and cute that wasn't already taken, like... "The Swedish Cowgirl." Ha! By the way, I am 1/2 Swedish. On the other side it's a bit Heinz 57. English, Dutch, German, Irish, Chinese and Indian! My dad's side was the wild side! So, it is what it is. I am what I am.

You can also check out my facebook page, at:!/TheSwedishCowgirl?fref=ts

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here we are. The end of another year. It seemed like it just flew by. Once again, I don't have any New Years Resolutions. (I could never keep them, so I just hung that up!) But, I do want to try and slow down this year. I want to take the time to enjoy each day in it's entirety. I also want to enjoy and appreciate everyone who is a part of it. Like Pooh, I want every day to be my favorite day. So, (even though it scares me) I am going to let go and let whatever will be, be. Que Sera, Sera.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

I am going to share something with you that I just wrote on my other blog, because it affects this blog too. I haven't been posting much lately, and I just can't seem to get with it in the winter months. Bear with me these next couple of months and come Spring, I'll be flooding these pages! I promise.

Here is the post.

There's something about winter that just messes with me. I can't quite put my finger on it. I can't say I feel bi-polar because I'm not depressed. I still love my life and I still feel pretty "happy" most days. (Except that week that Mother Nature messes with me! I can't wait to give her the boot someday!) During the other seasons, it's nothing new if I never leave my house for five days straight. I do go outside, but most weeks I don't leave the yard until the weekend. Doesn't bother me one bit, and in fact, I like it that way! During the winter it's the same thing, only I don't go out in the yard. Unless it's warm and sunny, (which doesn't happen very often) then I bundle up all the dc kids, and spend the next 20 minutes pulling them and their boots out of the snowbanks. When my arms feel like they are going to fall off, we head back inside. I wonder if because I don't go outside that often, or I can't just jump in my car and drive to "wherever" on bad weather weekends, if it isn't causing some sort of "anxiety." (which is a strong word for it, but I can't think of any other word to describe it right now) Sort of like being "trapped" in the house or in Wheaton, or something. I don't feel free to just go and do what I please. I have to answer to the weather. I'm not in control and I need to be in control. I can't help it. It's the way I was born. (I think I just had an Aha! moment here. I need to be in control....By George, I think I've got it!! The weather is controling me and I don't like it! Not one bit.) But, then comes Spring, when the snow starts to melt and the sun is shinning, and I can run outside in just a sweatshirt. I feel like superwoman! I can do anything! It's spring!! But, in the winter, I feel like superwoman who has had all her powers stripped away from her. I can't do anything. Well, now that I've figured out my problem, (See, writing IS great therapy!!!) what do I do about it? Does anyone else feel like this? What works for you? If you have any answers or thoughts, shoot me an email at
I would love to hear from you. Email anytime. I'll be in the house.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

May the Christmas Spirit
stay within your heart, all year long.
Merry Christmas!
Tim, Desiree & Landon

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Best Gift Of All

I am constantly telling our son Landon, "Lighten up, don't be afraid to show your sense of humor, laughter is the best medicine, etc..." Tonight with a little smirk, Landon told me to "keep an open mind," and presented me with this little sign. He gave me a little bit of his sense of humor, and I couldn't ask for more. I love it!! (I have to admit, somedays I do ride a broom. ha!) ;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tampon Case Update

Hey there, I just received an email that the "burst into flames" cases are out of stock. Bummer. But, they are sending a really cool venus fly trap one to replace it. You can check it out here...

i think it's
 going to be
one of

Monday, December 10, 2012

Psst....Hey, Check This Out!

Have you been looking and looking for that little, something, "perfect" for your BFF who already has everything?  Well, look no further! Here is the perfect little gift for her and the odds are good that she doesn't have one! Check it out!

That's right. Now, how cotton pickin' cute are these??
I only have a limited supply, but they will be here in time for Christmas!
(I just placed the order on 12-10-12)
venus fly trap
i think it's going
to be one
of those days.
(Three Available)
These gorgeous tampon cases featuring sassy vixens were created to keep your personal life discreet and stylish. Now even if you do spill your purse's contents you won't reveal your personal life. The image is epoxy coated for long life - won't wear or peel off. These cases are great for change and make up, too. Made of stainless steel, the case holds 3 cardboard applicator regular sized tampons. Packed in coordinating printed gift box.
  5" X 2" X 5/8"
if there is a god,
please let this guy
be my ob/gyn.
(Four Available)
pms mom
that's the look she gets
just before she goes into
(Three Available)

idiot, a.
menial, defective,
imbecile, moron,
(STUPIDITY); fool,
tomfool, witling.
most people around me
on any given day...
(Three Available)
it's you
( Three Available)
*This one also comes with a matching box,
but for some reason it isn't shown in the picture.
If you would like to order one,
just shoot me an email at:

Friday, December 7, 2012

I Was Wrong

A couple of posts after this one, I kinda tease about Landon bringing home scraps of felt from school. But, once again he makes me eat my words and I am happy to admit I was wrong. It turned out to be a good thing, and I was too quick to form an opinion. He's repurposing and creating! Love it!!

Any kid can come home from school with dirt on their jeans from playing hard.
(Actually he decided to walk home from school because...
"It's snowing mom! I just had to!")
But, it takes a real tough kid to come home from school with dirt on their jeans,
and a backpack full of felt scraps to dive into for a cool sewing project!
He's gonna make a mighty fine husband someday!

Spritz Cookies

Last year I bought a spritz cookie press in a temporary moment of insanity. I am a terrible baker and even though I try hard, there are only a tiny handful of successful recipes that I can tuck under my hat. I don't know what the problem is. It might be my oven, or typos in all the recipes I try. Well, it could be. Anyway, I tried it once last year and it was an Epic Fail. (How cool am I to use cool words like, Epic Fail? Hee hee...) Sticky dough, hard, dry, get the picture. So, when our son Landon found the press and begged me to make cookies, I gotta tell ya, I wasn't overly excited. But, I was willing to give it another shot, and hopped on PINTEREST (I LOVE PINTEREST!) to guide me in a better direction than last year. There I found a cream cheese recipe someone had pinned from Andrea Myers blog, that claimed the cream cheese kept the cookies soft. Here is the website:

(I didn't use the orange zest or cinnamon. That might be part of my problem. Not being able to follow an entire recipe!)

Every once in a while I get an easy Daycare day. (I am a full time Child Care provider with 11 dc kids and one of my own!) Today was one of those days. With only three kids here and one of them in preschool all morning, I thought it was the perfect time to tackle those cookies. The thing about spritz cookies is you have to pump out about 3,444 crooked, no good cookies, before the press starts cranking out good, keeper cookies. So, for every tube you fill, you get 2 good cookies. Well, it seems that way anyway. (If anyone knows the secret for getting all good, keeper cookies, please tell me!) We ended up with a couple sheets of good ones, and then I saved a little dough for my little preschooler boy. He came back at dinnertime, and was all set to make cookies! (He had made drop sugar cookies a few days ago with his mom, and was ready to go again!) I handed him the press and I guess the dough must have gotten a little too warm as it was not cooperating at all! I took it back and tried myself without success. He just shook his head, sighed and said, "Just take it out of there and I'll show you how to make cookies!" And he did. Check them out! (That little comment made me chuckle all day. One of the many perks of my job!)

Now, THIS is how you make spritz cookies!

Ain't Ya Gonna Use That?

I might have created a mini-monster-me. Today, when I checked Landon's backpack, it was filled with pieces of cut up red and green felt. When I asked where it came from, Landon informed me that his class did an art project today. The felt was left over and the teacher was just going to throw it away! So, he asked her if I could have it to make Christmas ornaments for my dc kids. Oh, heavens. While I love his thinking, I might have to teach him some boundaries. But, bless his heart. He was thinkin' of his momma. I'll take it!!!

One Of My Favorite Ornaments

Erin Martinek is our local family photographer and she rocks! She took our pictures this past summer and they are phenomenal! For Christmas, she gave out 3,455,366 (I am sure it felt like that to her!) HANDMADE Christmas ornaments to all the people she took pictures of! Amazing... Here is ours.


Photo: It's the most wonderful time of the year!!  

Here is a preview of the 2012 customer appreciation ornaments....can you find yours? 

 Thanks so much to my on-the-job student, Ms. Kassandra Johnson for all of her hard work and assistance on this project in the past few weeks.  We have successfully created over 120 one-of-a-kind ornaments! (this photo shows roughly 2/3's of them!)

This is the picture Erin posted on facebook.
It's just a tiny portion of all of the ornaments she did.
I love the crates and all the cool little treasures tucked in here and there.
Isn't it the coolest thing ever?
Handmade gifts are the best!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Little Holiday Kitchen Cheer

Of course, now that Christmas is almost here and over...
I'm starting to get in the spirit!
Please ignore the old stove in the background.
 I did ask Santa for a new one this year,
 but I'm not sure I've been good enough to aquire that!
Might get a little bottle of stove cleaner though... hee hee.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Winter Projects

Last Saturday was my last purse show for the winter. After eight years of doing shows, the one thing I've learned, is that you can not count on the Good Ol' Minnesota weather to be good all winter long. Blizzards arrive, shows get canceled and you don't get your money back. It's the pits, but that's just the way it goes. So a few years ago, I stopped doing winter shows all together. So, now I have a little time on my hands, and am going to really focus on my Etsy store. It keeps changing as I go though. At first I thought I would be able to put all my cool funky junk I had on there for other people to enjoy or create something out of. But, I forgot something. It all has to be mailed. UGH! I can't ship out windows, doors, antique sewing machines, chairs, or cool little pot belly stoves. Well I could, but I don't think anyone would want to pay the astronomical shipping charges that would require! So, my plan for all the big funky junk is a weekend spent at my favorite flea market in Detroit Lakes. Shady Hollow. I know it would be a sell out and I'm excited and sad at the thought of it. I have most of the little vintage items on there already, my painted and distressed cast iron, and I added a lot of supplies. (Beads, material, etc.) I also added a few IPAD cases and Totes that might be able to stay on there as supplies for monogrammers. (Not sure, if they will let me, but I am certainly going to try it.) So, my Etsy store is all over the place and it's not sitting well with me. I don't want to open it until I am feeling better about it. I want it to be a fun shop, and a fun shop it will be. Soon. I hope. I'm always thinking, and I'm always trying new things. So, by the time I get it open, it just might be completely different than what I just told you! Guess we will both have to wait and see. But, I'm used to that and if you hang out here long enough, you will get used to it too. Welcome to my crazy life! I didn't say it was going to make sense, but I did say it would be fun! Just hang in there. It will happen. It will.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

One Of My Favorite Places To Go

There it is.
One of my favorite places to go.
On our way to Battle Lake this weekend,
to do my last purse show of the winter,
we had to make a little pit stop.
This is the second time I have been privileged
to enter this building. A couple of years ago
I won $1000 on a print and play ticket!
They say the third time's a charm.
So...the next time I come here....
There's gonna be a whole lotta
extra zeros on the end of this number!!
Yee haw!!
P.S. This is the worst picture ever taken.
I was fighting a cold, but I look like I have the flu!
It's the only one I've got though, so it is what it is.
I am not going to think about the fact that they are
going to blow it up and plaster it on the wall at the
store where I bought the winning ticket from. UGH!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ah, Bah, Humbug!

When Landon was a baby, I used to LOVE Christmas. He would get all giddy and excited when I would bring out the boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations. We would plaster them all over the house. Fill every room. It looked like Christmas threw up in our house! But, we loved it. Now that he's/I'm older, the excitement has worn off. Tim isn't much help either, so like probably most homes in the country, Christmas is up to mom. (me.) I'm not diggin' it so much these days. I don't enjoy hauling all those boxes up and down the stairs. I enjoy having the decorations out and about for about 3 days give or take, after that I am so ready to pack it all back up and have my house back. I also don't enjoy vacuuming up pine needles daily and cleaning up pine needle puke. (We have three cats that think they are suppose to eat and puke them up, daily.) Since Landon doesn't believe in Santa Claus anymore either, (I still make him hang up his stocking along with mine and Tim's. I want my Christmas candy, darn it!) even that little joy is gone. So, if it wasn't for Landon, I could easily do away with the holidays all together. I know, I know. I sound like a scrooge. But honestly, my dream plan would be to go to church on Christmas Eve, then drive to the airport and take off (With Tim and Landon) to some warm country until it was all over. But, I have a husband who won't fly and a son who still wants a real Christmas. So, on I go. Last night, Tim and I made a quick stop to Menard's to pick up a Christmas tree. (I had gotten rid of our artificial tree a few years ago. I was DONE hauling 4,567 bags of fake tree branches that poked through and ripped my arms apart to the bones, every year! Done, I tell ya.) Every year, we pick out a big ol' tree that takes up half our living room. It takes 45 hours of turning it so, "the good side shows." 67 hours to decorate it and I pick out needles from the carpet all year long. This year, I told Tim I wanted a smaller tree. I guess I was thinking, "skinnier" and he was thinking, "shorter." I had just done a purse show and was really tired, so I told Tim to just go and pick one out, while I went in search of a few other items we needed. We left it in the van last night and today, when Tim brought it in and set it up, I immediately didn't like it. I didn't hate it, but it was sooo short! So, I started looking around and thinking of what I could do to make it taller. I decided to set it on my new/old trunk table and added a few coffee/grain sacks and other items and called it good.

But then....(Sorry. The story's not over.) The nightmare began. We usually get a short needle tree, but this year Tim decided to get a long needle one. Have you ever tried to hang ornaments on a long needle tree? It's like trying to wipe snot off your hands, with your hands. It just doesn't work! So, I had to "set" a few snowflakes and little light ornaments in the tree where I could. They kept sliding off, and I had a few choice words that just seemed to escaped my mouth somehow. I swear at that point, I had no control over it whatsoever! But, since everyone disappeared when I announced it was time to decorate the tree, I had no one to offend and nothing to worry about. (Because of the cats, I can't decorate the bottom quarter of the tree. It wasn't that I gave up, it's just I didn't want to put up with cat tennis this year.) As if that wasn't bad enough, after spending 45 hours trying to get the lights to stay on the tree, half of them decided to quit working! Of course it wasn't until after I had the lights and ornament's hung/set up in that darn ol' tree, that they decided to do that. Then I wanted to use my new camera to take "beautiful night time, twinkle light" photos. Not gonna happen. I tried every setting on the darn camera and all I got was big blurs of blobs of color. UGH!!! So, I flipped on the lights and shot a couple of ol' blurry regular shots and stuck them up here. Done. Last year, I had a few little red signs, with white letters that I sold at my holiday craft shows. They said.... "This Is As Merry As We Get." So, like those signs....this year....This Is As Merry As This Momma's Gettin'! Merry Christmas and to all a good night! (Don't worry, I'll come around after the stress of today wears off, and all will be merry and bright once again! Until I have to fight the crowds to go Christmas shopping that is.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

There is always, always, something to be grateful for.
Some of our cupcakes in life may not look perfect,
but they might just still, taste devine!
 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Road Trip!

Heading South this winter? This trio of purses are the perfect travel companions!
Check 'em out!
They will be available by the end of next week if not sooner!

Auburn Sunsets

Three Piece Set

Front Open Pocket
Adjustable Shoulder Strap
Small Bag with Zipper Closure, Rear Zipper Pocket
Zippered Pockets Inside
Coin Purse Included
Small Bag: 13" x 10" x 4"
Large Bag: 16" x 13" x 4"

Don't ya just love the mani-chick?
She's rockin' it!

Rocky Mountains

Sandy Beaches

Shades of Grey

Ocean Blues







Evangeline Elmquist

I posted my little "special friend" story on my Swedish Cowgirl facebook page and the response was overwhelming. I am still in shock. To me it was just another one of my little stories, but boy how it seemed to touch a lot of people. At the present time, I have almost 80 likes and I don't know how many comments. All of the comments were sweet, positive and wonderful! There were several compliments that I had received myself, that just blew me away. It wasn't my intention to get compliments when I posted that story, I just wanted to share my "special friend" with everyone as she had really made my day. It was the first real story I've posted on there, and unlike my blog which doesn't have a place to comment, I wasn't prepared for all those comments! It is so nice to know there are so many nice people out there! Because my S.C. page is public as it is a business page, I didn't even know many of the people who commented! Through those comments, I found out that my special friend's name is Evangeline Elmquist (Funny thing here, she reminded me of my grandma who passed away with Alzhiemers and whose last name was Lindquist. Hmmm...maybe grandma was just saying hi through Evangeline?) and she is a published poet! She had a twin sister who she lived with all her life, but sadly passed away. I was able to find a site that has one of her books of poetry for sale. It is a tribute to her twin sister, May.
I encourage everyone to purchase this book. It's just a nice thing to do and I think it would make Evangeline happy. Who might make you happy too!

Precious Memories in Life�s Garden of Remembrance of a Beloved Sister, May Violetta Elmquist, by her sister Evangeline

Saturday, November 17, 2012

My Special Friend

I went to Hoffman today to do a purse show. Over the years of doing shows, I have met 7,767 people and remember about 5 of them. O.k. maybe a few more than that, but it's mostly a sea of nameless faces. My memory leaves much to be desired! But, every now and then, someone comes along who leaves a really big impression on my brain and on my heart. Today was one of those days. Whenever I do holiday shows, I have a little bowl of mint candies sitting on my checkout table for my customers to help themselves to after they check out. Today, I decided to put some of the candy in a basket and pass them out to the people who were in my booth, while they were still looking and deciding. Candy makes everyone feel good, and I thought it was not only a nice gesture, but it might be a good business move too. (It was!) As I was chatting and passing out candy, something bright and colorful caught my eye. It was the sweetest little ol' lady, dressed in the most colorful, floral dress. She had a long strand of pretty pearl beads hanging around her neck, a lace shawl over her shoulders, flowers in her hair and bright red lipstick applied just, oh so right. She was with another younger woman who was either her daughter or maybe her helper. (I am not sure if she was mentally challenged or a victim of Alzheimer's.) As I started to walk towards her with my little basket of candy, she spotted me and held out her arms towards me. She excitedly proclaimed to her companion, "Look! Look! It's my special friend! I missed you special friend. I'm so happy you're here. Are you happy?" Now this sweet lady had never seen me before in her life, and even though I can't remember everyone, if I had met her in the past, I never would have forgotten her! But, in that moment, at that time,to her I was her special friend. So, her special friend I would be. But before I could answer her questions, she suddenly got really quiet, grasped both of my hands in hers, and in a whispering voice she asked me, "Did you miss me?" She look so sad, as if she thought I was going to tell her that I hadn't missed her, and I gotta tell ya, it was heart wrenching. So, in my most overly excited voice, I reassured her that yes indeed, I had missed her. She clapped her hands and laughed and smiled a huge bright smile. All was well in her world once again. I loved what she said, and so to all my special friends out there...."Hello special friend. I 'm so happy you are here. Are you happy?"

I hope you are happy and that you have someone to miss and to miss you, whether it be a spouse, child, or special friend. Life is short. Be happy.

Now you know I didn't let that sweet lady leave without a picture! Her helper/daughter took the picture with my phone, so it isn't the greatest. But, you sure can see the happiness pouring out of my special friend's face. She's happy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Road Less Traveled

I've come to another crossroad in my life. Yep. Another one. I probably have had more irons in the fire than I care to mention, but that's me. I have to keep busy. I can't just sit and play with kids all day (even though I love them!) and I can't just sit and watch t.v. all night or go fishing all weekend. (Even though I love Tim and Landon! I just can't!) I've always loved old funky junk and I love to create fun stuff out of it. I also love just having it sitting around to look at. It makes me happy. (I was so born in the wrong era.) Last summer, I decided to try my hand at repurposing/upcycling cool old stuff to sell with my purses. I told myself, as long as it was fun and enjoyable, I would keep at it. I had a ton of fun digging through antique shops, thrift stores, flea markets, and people's trash. (I did ask for permission first on the trash digging and washed my hands really good later! ha!) Then I set up a booth at our local farmer's market for the little stuff and took the bigger stuff to craft shows along with my purses. Our town isn't big on the junk thing. So, there wasn't any point in dragging the big heavy stuff to the farmer's market. That's a lot of work!But if you head north a little where there is an antique store on every corner...well, that's worth the extra work! At first, it was a lot of fun to decorate my booth and see the looks on people's faces when they checked out the things I had made. (They weren't all weird looks.) It made me feel good when someone loved their junky treasure as much as I did. But....after awhile it started to feel like "work." While I loved to create cool stuff for my own home, I didn't enjoy "having to" come up with new stuff to fill a booth at a show. It was a lot of pressure. So, I've decided to take a side road here, and see where it leads me. Since I love the hunting/shopping for treasures part so much, I am going to continue to do just that. I am in the process of setting up an Etsy store and I am going to "try" and sell some of the treasures I've found and will continue to find, for someone else to enjoy/make something out of. When I started selling my purses, I didn't have a clue how it was going to go. I remember ordering boxes and boxes of purses and Tim standing in the living room surrounded by 5,466 boxes and telling me that "this had better be good!" My first Open House was at our house. I had over 400 purses set up in every room on the lower level. It was jammed packed! I even had a few cowboy hats back then. (Hmmm...I kinda miss those hats. Might have to do that again...) Anyway, I had put an ad in the paper and I hung fliers around town. The day of the Open House, I kicked Tim and Landon out of the house and waited. The show started at 8:00 A.M. and at 8:10 no one had showed up. I called Tim almost in tears to tell him, it was a big flop. I felt just sick. I had so much money invested and as much as I loved purses, what the heck was I going to do with 400 of them?? BUT, then the cars started to pull up. And up! And up!! People were showing up!! They POURED into my house! It was crazy!! It seemed like every woman in town was at my house buying a purse! And eight years later....I'm still the bag lady and I still love purses. So, while I haven't a clue if this Etsy business is going to be a dead end or another beautiful scenic thing I do know. I have to try. Ready to go for a ride?

My $500 Light Box

I have to admit that I am a little slow when when it comes to checking out new technology and new websites and such. I at least a year or two behind everyone, and I'm o.k. with that. I'm not fancy. I like what I've got. But, the one time that I wish I hadn't been so slow to check something out, was recently when I discovered (Finally!) PINTEREST! Man....where has that been all my life? If you are on of the last 2 people in the world who haven't checked it out, I urge you to do so. It's fantastic!One of my favorite things to do when I crawl into bed at night, is check out a few (or 2,333) pages of PINTEREST. Puts me right to sleep! Anyway, as you all know, I've been busy taking pictures for my upcoming Etsy store. (I am thinking it will be ready by the end of this month! Yee haw!) I was struggling a bit with all the light bouncing off the windows. I couldn't go outside with all the dc (Daycare) kids here to take pictures in the "natural" light, like you are suppose to and it was too bright in the house in the daytime and too dark in the house at night. So....PINTEREST to the rescue! I happen to stumble across a pin about making a "light box" to take nice pictures in. You can buy one for $200 to $500 it said, or you could make one out of a cardboard box. I made one. Here are the pictures. It is pretty self explanatory, but if you would like to ask any questions, just shoot me an email or check it out on PINTEREST. Just type in homemade light box. Love my box!

I got a big box from our local appliance store and cut it in half so it wasn't so tall.
You can use a small box too, I just needed the bigger one for taller and wider items.
Then I laid it on it's side and cut out the right and left side and the top.
Next, taped tissue paper over the holes.
I have drug this box around the living room 5,677 times
and the cats have jumped on/in it 4,222 times.
So, it has taken a beating and the tissue paper needs to be replaced.
Prop up a couple of spotlights or lamps on the sides for your light.
I like the spotlights because they can be adjusted for different light levels.
Leave the flaps on the box. I cut mine off and wish I hadn't.
I taped a few pieces of card stock up there.
 They help keep the light out from all the windows and doors.
A friend of mine was having trouble taking pictures of
hot wheels that she sells. The flash kept making it shiney.
So, I took a picture of one in my box to show her how it works.
Pretty cool, huh?
I don't have a fancy camera.
Just set the camera on macro
 and put the hot wheel car in my
$500 box, and away we went!!
Yee haw!
Thank you PINTEREST!
See you tonight!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cast Iron

I have been working on painting/distressing cast iron a little bit. Here are a few items that will be available in my Etsy store. (Coming soon!)


Friday, November 9, 2012

Another Giveaway!

I know I just posted about a sweet giveaway, but I just happened to stumble across another one that is too good not to share!! I was checking out Donna's (Funky Junk) blog tonight and she was having a trash to treasure link up party going on. I clicked on a chalkboard tip from a new Blog that I haven't seen before called, Cottage in the Oaks. Not only did I find a great chalkboard tip (and chalkboards!) I also found a really stunning Moen Faucet giveaway going on! You know I love a good giveaway, so here is the link for you to enter too!

Go ahead and squeal.
It's squeal worthy!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Here is a fabulous giveaway you just have to enter! It is Miss Mustard Seed's new book, "Inspired You" given away by Donna from Funky Junk Interior's. I've entered too, but even if I don't win, I'm gonna buy it for sure!!

Click here to enter:

This would look so good on MY coffee table!!
Yee Haw!

Etsy, Baby!

I've been slowly but surely getting pictures/info together and posting them in my new Etsy store that I am working on. It is a major job, let me tell ya! But, it will get done. This year. I promise. Not everything will be upscaled/recycled/handmade. I am also including some of my fun stuff that I've discovered on my little junkin' trips. Here is one post just to give you a little taste of what is yet to be...

This is a Vintage TOY iron.
Yes! That is a plug in.
Even though the iron barely
gets hot, I can't imagine giving
it to a child to play with.
I still thought it was pretty cool
and snagged it anyway.
Guess things were a lot different
back in the good old days. A lot different!
The little red button slides, so your child
can pretend to adjust the tempurature.
Hopfully they won't get too teed off
when they realize it never gets any hotter!
Made by Wolverine.
See you at the store soon!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thank you!!

WOW!!! The Wheaton Craft Fair ROCKED!! It was so crazy busy that I wasn't able to sit down even once today. I don't know if it was the warm weather that brought them all out or what, but it was wonderful! Don't get me wrong. Every year is wonderful, but this one was crazy wonderful! Let me share a little of my day with you.

In the morning, the vendors at the craft fair are given a lunch menu and if they turn it in early, the helpers will deliver their lunch to their booth for them. I filled mine out and handed it in. I requested a walking taco and a bottle of water. I thought the taco in a bag would be easy to eat and easy to set down if I was needed. I didn't get to eat it. There just wasn't a minute to spare. (That my friends is a good problem to have!) Luckily, my friend Jackie came by and out of the blue gave me a baggie with my two favorite candy bars in it. (Recess and Snickers) I gave her my taco and made the candy bars my lunch. I was so thankful for them as I was starving and I was hoping the Christmas music I was playing was loud enough to cover up the rumbling in my tummy. She saved the day. I owe her one. (or six)

One of the first things to go (Besides purses) was my sled! A lady came up to me and asked if she could pay for it and would I hold it for her. Because there were several people in line before her, I told her to just pay for it when she came back. About an hour before the show was over, she still had not come back. I was getting a little bummed as after she left, three other women wanted to buy it! Finally, at the end of the show, she showed up! All was well again. Sigh....

The highlight of the day was, my blinged up chalkboard/picture frame. I posted about it a few posts back... A sweet little old lady bought it. When I told her she could erase the Elizabeth Taylor quote I wrote and write anything on it, as it was a chalkboard, she told me that she loved Elizabeth Taylor and was leaving it! (I might be writing that quote on everything! ha!) Then when I told her that the "bling" was two clip on earrings and a dangle pearl bracelet, she said.....(This is the part I love) Shuuuuut Uuuuuup!!!
Yep. The  little old lady told me to shut up.

Thank you everyone for making this year one of the best ever. I am blessed and I love you all!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bling, Baby!

Last summer I repurposed a picture frame by making it into a chalkboard. Sadly it never found a home. I think I figured out what the problem was though. It just need a little bling to make it sing!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I Get By With A Little Help From My (Furry) Friends

I spotted this picture on PINTEREST last summer,
and since I have a few of these babies tucked away
in my junk shed, I thought I would try my hand
at my version of one.
I painted a light blue/green color all over, distressed it a bit,
sealed it and then and free hand styled a little
chalkboard paint in the middle.
(Santa is bringing me a new camera for Christmas!
I promise my pictures WILL get better!)
View from the top.
It wasn't long before Clyde decided to check it out.
He seemed to like the quilt.
His foot isn't broken. He was just born with
a funny looking twisted foot. Doesn't bother him at all.
Or me.
And then we have Lucky, who can't be left out of anything.
He thought the quilt was o.k., but the raffia tied on top
was the cat's meow!!
And then we have Chloe.
She's fast and skitterish.
I rarely get a good picture of her.
She liked the "behind the scenes" scenery.
I was going to put this little suitcase in my Etsy store,
(It's coming soon! I promise. It's just a long work in progress.)
but I think I'm gonna take it along to the
Wheaton Craft Fair.
See you there next Saturday from 9-3!