Friday, April 24, 2015

Crafty Crowns!

Hello my crafty friends!  Hope you are all crafting your little hearts out and getting inspiration from the beautiful spring weather most of us have been enjoying!  I know I have!  All year long I am working on getting my beautiful and whimsical goods ready for the holiday shows.  One of the cute little critters I make is my Snowball Kings.  White, sparkly puffs of snow with  a clay carrot nose (I make), 2 beady eyes (actual black beads) and a spritz of silvery garland,  sitting atop a vintage silverplate goblet.  And just what makes them royalty?  A gorgeous, glitzy crown perched on top of their heads!!  Today I want to share with you just how I create these beautiful crowns.  First, lets have a look at some of these beauties:

 Pretty cute, huh?  First you'll need some supplies:
The crowns are made from a 2" long section of chipboard tube.  You can use a paper towel core or if you have no objections....a toilet paper core.  I use the paper towel core of course but either works!
Cut a piece of decorative paper 2" by 6" long.  Brush Mod Podge onto the outer surface of the tube and quickly glue on your paper so that the decorative image is on the outside.  Allow to dry.
Paint the interior surface of the chipboard core using a coordinating color.  Allow to dry.
Using a pencil, draw guidelines onto the paper to represent the points of your crown.
With scissors, cut the tips along the pencil lines.  Erase any stray marks with a white plastic eraser.
Apply glitter glue in a coordinating color along the edges of the points.
BEFORE the glitter glue dries, sprinkle fine glitter on top of it.  This creates a really sparkly look.  Allow to dry.
Cut a piece of rhinestone chain approximately 5 1/4" long and adhere to the bottom edge of the crown using Beacon 3 in 1 adhesive.  Allow to dry.
And that's it!  You now have the cutest little crown that can be used in lots of  charming ways.  
Take a look:

Glue them onto headbands for a festive one-of-a-kind crown!
                                          Create a lovely place card holder

And of course....they top off my sweet little Snowball Kings!
   I hope you enjoy making these fun little crowns as much as I do!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baby shoes.....who knew?

A while back, I ran across a bunch of vintage white baby shoes during one of my pickin' adventures.  They were so cute and I knew I could do something with them, so I bought them all.  I ended up altering them into photo holders, pin cushions and bird nests and they sold well at various craft shows.  They make the best baby shower gifts but also look cute in a shabby chic decor, changing out the photo or saying to reflect the holidays or just as you like.  I only have a few left now.  But here's a peek at some I will be bringing to Glitterfest this Saturday!

It's been awhile.....

Sorry friends, that I have been missing for a couple of months.  I had a loss in the family that really took a toll.  Then the birth of my sweet granddaughter turned our holidays upside down.  I'm doing much better now and I will be participating once again in Glitterfest Spring 2015.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Glitterfest Hangover

Well my crafty friends, Glitterfest is officially over and now I've got a Glitterfest hangover!  Surrounded by so much luscious crafty awesomeness and uber creative people in the last 24 hours, I am utterly spent!  Not to mention, I worked so hard for this show and so hard during the show, that now I'm in recovery mode.  But it was definitely worth it!

The show itself is just so awesome and every single booth/table is a smorgasbord for the eyes. You really need to allow plenty of time to just take it all in.  Clay figures, wacky wool and felt dolls, waxed sculptures, glittered animal figurines, dazzling rhinestone tiaras, glittery bottle brush trees in all colors and sizes.....I was virtually drunk with inspiration!

The best part was seeing the customers reactions to my own creations. My table was littered with fancy antique plate party platters, whimsical Christmas villages fit for a fairy and the faces of sweet little vintage girls smiling from vintage tart tin ornaments.  Peoples faces really lit up as they perused the items before making a purchase.  My favorite moment was when a little girl, about 7, walked up and exclaimed "I want to live here!" as she pointed to my table.

Overall, the show was a success on many levels.  I sold a good amount of course, but I also met some great people, handed out a ton of business cards, collected 2 pages of emails from new enthusiasts and received a request for submission from an editor at my favorite publisher...Stampington!

I loved this show as an attender in the past and now I hope to continue to be a part of it as a vendor!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Problem with Pretty Plates!

Oh dear.  I must address my current obsession with beautiful plates, antique or otherwise.

Now this isn't really a new obsession, heaven knows I've been collecting them forever.  But once I realized I could make something really cool to sell at the craft shows, give as gifts, etc. my obsession took a ridiculous turn, dragging me along for the ride!

Once given a legitimate reason for collecting these little gems, my addiction went full throttle!  I started buying them up by color, by size, by thrift stores, antique stores, yard sales.....anywhere I could get a good deal.  They began to collect on the bed in the guest room, forming rickety towers in the hallway....heck, I even cleared out shelves in my linen closet.  Who needs towels when you have a stack of Liberty Blue beauties in need of a home!? 

Well, okay.  Enough said.  Now take a look at a few of the incredible serving pieces I have been creating with all that china.....just in time to sell at......GLITTERFEST!

Aren't they GORGEOUS!!?  I really enjoy making them too....and it's a good thing since I have enough product now to make a gazillion!!

Be sure to stop by Glitterfest if you can and have a peek at the beautiful works of art I've been creating with my Pretty Plate Obsession!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Hello friends and vintage lovers!

I hope you're ready for lots of fall festivals and holiday boutiques because it is now OFFICIALLY AUTUMN!!

Truth be told.....I'm not as big a fall lover as some folks I know, but once those adorable autumn decorations start showing up in the stores, I know that my FAVORITE HOLIDAY is not too far away........CHRISTMAS!  Please don't hate me, I know it's too early for most people to even think about, but I just love it!  Can't help myself. 

I've been working on Christmas stuff all year to sell at Glitterfest and other holiday craft shows.  Check out these sweet vintage-y ornaments I'll be selling at Glitterfest:

Come by and check out this really cool show if you can.  You will be amazed!!

Oct. 11, 2014
10:00 - 4:00
Admission: $7
1960 South Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Hello everyone!  We're having a crazy hot indian summer out here in southern California!  Can't really complain, though, since the summer as a whole has been beautiful.  Besides, I've been spending most of my time burrowed in my craft room under the cool shelter of air conditioning.  That's because I've been busy making beautiful crafty treasures to take to GLITTERFEST!

Before I go any further, let me just extend a happy invitation to everyone to come and check it out!  Here's all the info:

Oct. 11, 2014
10:00 - 4:00
Admission: $7
1960 South Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA.

And here's a sneak peek at one of the gorgeous Christmas Villages I've been making:

I just love making these pretties!  They are loaded with detail and sparkle and are pretty enough to keep out all year!  You will definitely fall in love!
That's it for today, but stay tuned because I will be posting more pics of the delightful treasures I'll be selling at GLITTERFEST!  Can't wait to see your sweet faces at the show!!!
Love and hugs,
Sandy the Vintage Mouse