Monday, November 11, 2013

What a GREAT Weekend!!!!

My weekend started off on Thursday this past week with a slumber party with my friend Deborah. She took me out for a BEAUTIFUL dinner at the Capitol Grille in the Biltmore, complete with a decadent dessert! We were the last ones out then back to her house for more gabbing and fellowship. he plan was to leave earlier in the day but we ended up having fun until around 5pm. Thanks Deborah for 24 hours of girl fun!

Saturday was a busy day starting at 4:30am!!!! Bryanna and I had a garage sale at her house. We each made a little money, had a little excitement and just enjoyed hanging out. Lizzy even brought some stuff over and hung out for the day. That evening we had a memorial celebration for a friend of the family's that lost her mother this past week. It was such a nice evening - not morbid or sad just a good celebration of life!

And this is what I did on Sunday. . . 
 There is no real significance to this piece - just the joy of creating something. I am calling it my Vintage Dental Curio Assemblage (not a super clever name but oh well). 
 I got the box from Bryanna for my birthday last week - one of my Goodwill treasures. I took the front doors off and took the glass out of the side doors and replaced them with rusty metal screens. I off course gutted out all of the jewelry box elements and painted and distressed it. I love how the finish turned out!
 Then I started filling it up with all kinds of dental goodies that my bug man Ron got for me a couple of months ago. So all of the pieces here are authentic except for the medicine bottles. I even made some toothpaste that will never smoosh - gotta love moulding paste!

 That funny tool on the right is what they measure your teeth with for false teeth - and then of course there are various dreaded drill bits there at the bottom. 
 More drill bits and a tooth shade guide on this side. And can you read the vintage label at the top? "Cocaine Toothache Drops" - can you imagine?
 Just some detail pix for you so you can see all the interesting items packed into this one. 

When you open the drawers you get to see more teeth molds, some temporary caps and copies of vintage dental catalog pages. 

 There's a close-up of my toothpaste. It's one of my favorite parts!

This is what the box looked like when I got it - quite a transformation!

Well I better get moving - I hope you all had a FANTASTIC weekend also and are enjoying Veterans Day!

till we meet again. . . 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rusty Gold Celebration

I will officially be a piece of "rusty gold" this Tuesday! What does that mean you ask? I am turning 50 years old! But since everyone has school or work to deal with during the week my family made today the day to celebrate. For the past few months they all asked what I wanted to do to celebrate my "big b-day" and all I could come up was to spend time with them and maybe play some board games. And that is what we did. 

My Bug and my Liz

We had Chick-fil-A (a family fav) for dinner

And then during dinner the Brass Armadillo (an antique mall) came up and next thing I knew all of us but Monkey, Bug and my Mom were loaded up in Bryanna's car and on our way for a treasure hunt!
 Gary & Richard
 Darwin, Bryanna & Liz

After we paid for our treasures I had the clerk take a quick picture of us all. 
 Once back at the house it was game time - Monkey got to pick the game. So we all plaid Disney headbands. Have you played it? It is fun but a little hard if you are not up on your Disney movies!
 Doesn't everyone look adorable with their Mickey Ear Headbands on?

 Even my Mom plaid - although she didn't follow the rules!
 Next was homemade cherry pie - YUM! This is my favorite so I made my own birthday dessert this year. But Bryanna was sure to pick up the big number candles to put on top. 
 I enlisted the help of my granddaughters when it was time to blow out the candles. 

 Here are my treasures I got while we were at the Brass Armadillo - a couple rusty old locks, some rusty pulleys, a set of S&P shakers, mini pie tins and a great selection of clock numerals. 

This was an unusual find - I found this Hebrew alphabet in with the clock numerals and I just had to have them!
 Back at home Gary had a dozen red roses waiting for me
 And Liz & Richard got me these way cool Steampunk Mickey Mouse ear ornaments while they were in Disneyland last week. They are just so fun!
 So that was my evening - a wonderful time spent with my family! 

But my day started off with another treasure hunt! My Mom and Bryanna & Darwin had given me spending money to use gathering treasures at the Goodwill 50% off sale today. And here are my prized finds. . . 
Several wooden picture frames, a couple wooden clock cases and jewelry boxes. Some vintage roller skates, several wooden shoe stretchers, some metal and silver trays. Several brass and wooden numbers and three china dolls (that I will be "parting out" and using in some art). Six candle sticks, a bag of nuts and bolts, an old alarm clock and so much more!

Here are my favorite treasures from the day - 2 bronze hands (they are so heavy)! I just can't wait to get in my studio to play!!! So be on the look out for some or all of these things to show up in my creations. 

So that was my day - it was wonderful and I felt so loved by all of them - that was truly the best gift of all!
I hope your weekend was as grand!
till we meet again. . .