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Shop Updates : More Jewelry Fun!

February 6, 2012 08:23 by ehouston

I have been at it again.  This time I hit up a different craft shop to see if there were any more jewelry making supplies that I just HAD TO HAVE!  there were…

Now I am having fun making puffy pieces, set into deeper bright silver toned bezels.  Again, I am counting on some other vintage fabric loving folks out there to come on by the shop and fall in love with these new pieces that I just added.  Postage is included with these, so order now for Valentine’s Day!

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Hot Pink Vintage Chenille.  Ooh, la, la!

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Sweet Vintage Flocked Butterfly Flowers.

Just after adding these two new pieces to my Kitsch Designs Handmade shop, this caught my eye…

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I don’t know when I would ever have the time to make one, but I think they are just stunning in their simplicity.

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Yep, It’s Another SHOP UPDATE : Kitsch Designs On Etsy

January 18, 2012 08:33 by ehouston

Sorry for such a similar post to the one from Monday, but hey at least this one is about my other shop of handmade items, Kitsch Designs!  Like I was saying a couple of days ago, I have been creating some small, more affordable vintage fabric items and I was able to get a couple of photo album brag books finished and added to the shop.  These are a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that hopeless romantic on your list, or really any friend that loves to have actual photos with them at all times.  I don’t think I will ever get used to looking at, or showing, pictures of babies on a cell phone. 

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Yellow and Turquoise Floral

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Preppy Red, Black, Yellow and Grey

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Romantic Pale Purple, Blue and Green

Made from vintage fabrics and vintage handkerchiefs with vintage buttons and trim, each is completely one of a kind.  They hold 36, 4 X 6 photos and there is no shipping charge if mailed to an address in the USA.  Whoo-hoo!

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Shop Updates : Kitsch Designs and KD Vintage

January 16, 2012 07:29 by ehouston

As I mentioned earlier in the month, I wanted to move my vintage items out of my main shop to free up space for more handmade vintage textile items.  Shortly after posting about making this change, I did it. 

Ta-da!  Welcome to my vintage only shop on Etsy,  KD Vintage.

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So far I have just moved the vintage items from the Kitsch Designs shop over to this one, along with a few items from my Artfire store.  I have also picked up a few new items to add.  Just as soon as I can get some photos edited.  Wah-wuh!  Soon, I promise!

In the meantime I wanted to address some questions about projects I posted here a long time ago and stated I would soon include those types of items in my store.  Here is one to jog your memory.

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I have some of these in the hopper and hope to get more of my textile art pieces (mentioned here) posted soon too. 

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I have several that just need to be mounted and bound.  Keep coming back for more updates.  You might just find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift and don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner too!

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Happy New Year!!!

January 2, 2012 07:53 by ehouston

2012 is finally hear and I hope everyone had a fun time ringing it in!  WOOT!  As with any new year comes resolutions and our family is no exception.  There are the usual declarations…eat healthy, exercise…you know, the ones that last about a month.  ugh!  Of course we are REALLY gonna try this time!   But, this year I decided to make some business resolutions.  I know I have talked about changing things up before and working toward new goals, which happens throughout every year.  But, this time, before that darn Mayan calendar runs out I really wanted to switch my shop focus right out of the gates.  If I only have until December 21st, I might as well go out with a bang, right?

What this means to my three shop fans out there is more focus on the handmade textile items and a move away from the vintage treasures.  Right now I am strongly considering getting rid of my Artfire shop and opening a second Etsy store.  I tried a little test last year (or maybe that was the year before) and posted a couple of duplicate items from my Artfire shop over to my Etsy store.  I wanted to see if they would sell more quickly and sure enough, they were gone pretty shortly after the move.  I think my hesitation to make the change then was due in part to having the really cheap-o shop rate over at Artfire since I got in during the Beta phase.  The reality though, is that I barely give that store any attention, I’m not a part of that community at all and I really don’t even shop there.  I realized that, although I like the Artfire set up, I really participate more within the Etsy community. 

I will probably start with setting up the separate Etsy store front first and then run some test items through before pulling the plug on the AF shop.  In addition to moving away from mixing vintage and handmade items I hope to add some smaller and more affordable products to my current shop.  The only part I am not sure about is whether to keep my revamped vintage clothing pieces in my handmade shop or to move them to the vintage site?  Hmm…. any thoughts out there? 

That might be another section I “test” before making a final decision.

Oh, so many changes and so little time.  At least I have until 12/21….I originally thought the Mayans predicted the end on 12/12.  Those eight extra days ought to help a little, right?

Stay tuned for new shop info coming soon!

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Gardening : Some Triumphs and Some Tragedies

September 19, 2011 07:29 by ehouston

My outdoor “To-Do” list is off the charts right now. I was hoping for a little more warm weather before having to trudge around the yard, cleaning up all the gardening and other messes.  I guess I should be happy that I won’t be baking in the sun while straightening out this space before winter sets in.  Not only did I put together a small veggie patch this past spring, but I also toiled away at planting 16, yep, 16 Leyland Cypress trees around the property.  We have a fairly wooded lot, especially for a neighborhood.  We have wooded sections on either side, out back along our fence line and out front in between the ends of our circle drive.  We love having this added privacy, especially since we live on the main road into the neighborhood.  These wooded areas consist mainly of large and small deciduous trees, mostly of the oak variety.  Interspersed among these trees are several regular long needle pines, cedars, and many mature Leyland Cypress trees.  We also have a couple of dogwood trees and crepe myrtles in key areas for color and bloom.  The rest of the yard pretty much has small, very neglected boxwoods, azaleas, iris plants and lilies.  The previous owners clearly had some initial landscaping completed and then proceeded to do nothing going forward.  While we loved the idea of having all this space and “stuff” to work with, we did not have a very good understanding of the time and/or budget commitment our yard would take up.  So, we have proceeded with caution on both fronts when it comes to changing and maintaining the grounds of our home. 

Late last summer and early this spring we had a sudden decent in the ranks of the Leyland Cypress trees.  Here are some pictures of our backyard from early this year.  You can see the trees we lost are almost completely brown when I took these shots and since the leaves are off the other trees you can also see the views we want to block.

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View to the left.

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View straight toward the middle.

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View toward the right.

We lost four very large Leylands out back and a huge, story and a half sized tree from the front yard. This was really quite devastating to us because to truly replace what we lost would be in the several thousand dollar range and would require bringing in large equipment. Neither bringing in the heavy equipment to make the fix, or living without the privacy the bushy trees yielded, was an option for us. So, as soon as the sale papers arrived touting the 4 to 5 foot Leylands on sale for $16.99 I jumped at the opportunity to get some screening going ASAP!

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View toward the side yard, before.

After walking the yard several times we decided 12 trees would do the trick to start. I actually began the monumental task of all this planting by adding two trees to our side yard to begin the buffer between us and the neighbors.

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View toward side yard, after.

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Closer view of the side yard trees through the fence.  They actually grew a good foot taller and wider just this summer.

We love these neighbors and they are good friends, but we don’t enjoy looking onto their deck and screened porch while sitting out on our deck in the evenings. Plus, the sounds from passing cars out front seem to be amplified as they come into the backyard in between our houses. We figured two fast growing, bushy evergreens would cut both the view and noise in half within the next couple of years.

Then I planted the other 10 along the back fence and in the empty spots from their fallen comrades. Before I even finished the planting, which took a couple of weeks of afternoon naptimes, we realized we needed at least 6 more to fill in all the gaps everywhere else. And, those last 6 took another couple of weeks to get into the ground because I was just flat, exhausted!

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View of the left side after removing the large dead Leyland and planting three along the back fence.

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A little bit closer shot of the plantings and part of the view we want to block.  That’s our left side backdoor neighbor’s garage, driveway and back of their house.  They also have a shed with a HUGE pile of yard waste behind it.  They don’t see it, but we do.

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View of the middle section of the backyard, including the back of the left side neighbor’s shed and massive stick pile.  You can also see some of the dead new trees in this shot.

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View of the right side after removing the dead tree from the front of the bed and planting two trees along the back of the fence.

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Here is a close up of one of those newly planted trees on the way to tree heaven.

Now, with the weather changing we need to get out and do that last minute clean up before we start being pummeled by the falling leaves. And, before winter really sets in. We were also considering adding some other trees and bushes to our yard to help round out the landscaping, add more privacy and some interest. While doing our research on new and different varieties we have discovered that we should not have replaced the fallen Leylands with more Leylands. Apparently there is a disease in VA that is killing them all- great! We have also noticed that several already appear to be succumbing to that disease- Double Great!

This week I have added, “remove the dead and dying Leylands” to the “To-Do” list along with purchase and plant some new stuff. Luckily I still have my receipts from Lowe’s, and luckily they have that lovely 1 year warranty for plants. Thank God! Now, it’s on to Camelias, Stevens Hollies, Skip Laurels, Accubas, Wax Myrtles…anything that will grow in mostly shade and not keel over on us within 6 months. While I am not looking forward to all this hard yard work, I am excited to see some new things out back and hopefully lose the view of my neighbor’s discarded stick pile!

So, what are you guys focusing on in your yards right now? Planting or just removing the spent stuff?

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Trials And Tribulations

June 29, 2011 07:20 by ehouston

For a while now I have been thinking about switching the look of my stores on Etsy and Artfire.  But changing up your branding is a tough decision.  Especially if at one time you felt like it was exactly what you wanted, needed and thought your image should be.  Well, I have known for quite some time that none of those things are true any longer and changes needed to “come ‘round real soon”.  The image was blurry, the text hard to read and the color scheme was all wrong.  I also recently received some feedback from a fellow Etsian that suggested the same thing.  It was unsolicited, but right on and gave me that much needed kick in the rear to make the changes happen.  I just hope that what I have come up with gets my point across, or maybe I should say, gives the right feel for my store.  Which, by the way, will most likely be freed from the strictly vintage items soon.  At least I am considering removing all of that stuff from the Etsy entity and posting it on Artfire instead.  That was my original intention when I opened up the second shop over at Artfire.  I think I will give that a go again as a “vintage only” store and make a decision about keeping both open by the end of the year.  My Etsy storefront would then be filled with my handmade products. 

As for right now, well I would like to present the new brand look I am toying with for Kitsch Designs.

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Here is the basic idea.  The image has been adjusted and the text placement modified to fit the different banners and avatars that I use throughout the interwebz.  I have always liked a red and blue color scheme in muted vintage shades, so I decided to scan one of my favorite tablecloth prints and have some fun with it.  I realized that over time the style of my handmade items has morphed into a very “cottage with a modern edge” look (at least that’s what I call it) and I wanted branding that conveys the same feel.  The Etsy shop is updated so far, but I am still working on Artfire and this here ol’ blog.  The Mister will have to help me with all that darned programming that I don’t understand in the least in order to make any changes at this site.  In the meantime you can just ooh and aaww this posting, ‘kay?

Let me know, folks!  Do you like or hate?

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Artfire Collections and Etsy Treasuries!

April 20, 2011 06:39 by ehouston

We are back from a much needed long weekend and visit with great friends and family.  Gosh we miss Nashville, TN!  Oh well.  But, on a very bright note, a couple of my shop items were featured at both Etsy and Artfire recently. 

This collection at Artfire.com was curated by Four Corners USA and it’s called, Made In America, Virginia!

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Lovely.  Included here, are my Changing Pads with Pouch in reproduction vintage fabrics.

Over at Etsy, my funky neon Beach Ball was added to another funny treasury. 

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This one was curated by Lavinia’s Room and encourages all of us moms to get out of the kitchen and have a good time!

So, come on.  Get out there and add some comments or click on through and order something nice for yourself.

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