Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mosaic Monday

Got back from Destin last night to find several new boxes of goodies waiting for me on the kitchen table.  Most of the new merchandise will be headed to the new store (opening in May) but I just had to share with  you these fabulous driftwood crabs!!
So cute!  They totally remind me of our trip to Dewey Destin's in Florida and how we all
gorged ourselves on fried crab claws.  Yummy!
Here are a few more fun pics I found on Pinterest and Google.  I'm going to search out these crab movie posters to put in my new shop.  Wouldn't that be a hoot? 
The blue crab artwork reminds me of my promise to my Encasutic students.. I said we would do a crab painting so I need to get one of those done soon as a sample. This mosaic has been linked to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.  Have a great week ya'll!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Week 8... The Color of Relaxation

What is it about seeing the sign of your destination that makes you completely relaxed?
Brice and I headed down to Destin yesterday to meet up with Olivia.  Lucky girl has been down here since Saturday with her BFF.  Their family has generously offered us the condo next to them so by the time you read this we will be on the beach sipping a cold one!  Hope you are enjoying your winter break too!!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fixin 8 Jefferson...

Just a few shots of the interior before the demolition crew gets in here on Monday morning.  First this is the picture of the 2 large windows which will be replaced.  There will be transom windows put above them for extra light and character.
As soon as I walked in the door the very first time and saw this exposed brick wall.. I knew I was home.
Here is where the brick ends.. the green box in the middle of the rooom will be torn down on Monday to make for more square footage.  This was used as an office at one time.
Here is a picture of the inside of that said office.. I'm debating on keeping the bookshelves.
Okay so here is the other side of the room.  I'll have to put some kind of wood treatment inside the niches so that art work can be hung. 
Here is a picture from about 1/2 to the front.  The panels above the windows will be the future transom windows.  Under the carpet tiles is concrete that will be sanded down then either painted or stained.
Still 1/2 way.. turning around to see the rest of the building.  Green box (to be torn down) on left and yellow office (storage room) on right.  Here you can see all the exposed duct work too.
Just outside the office and this is what I see of the back space.  The blue room is part of the green box which will be gone.  The 2nd door is the bathroom and then you have a kitchenette space.  A 10x4 wall will be constructed to hide the kitchenette more.
Today I sat under my favorite brick wall and watched paint dry.  I  painted several paint samples on the wall to see what works best in the sunlight... I think I am down to 2 now.
All from Sherwin Williams.. Versatile Gray, Collanade Gray, Mindful Gray, and Repose Gray.  Which one do you like??  As I mentioned before, demolition starts on Monday so I'll get back with you all soon with new pictures.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mosaic Monday...

What do you do with a box of Pom Poms?
Why you make a Pom Pom garland, of course!  And how do you make a Pom Pom?
Why you use the Clover Pom Pom Maker, of course!  Seriously, this product is AMAZING!  I first read about the Pom Pom maker here and thought.. could it really be that easy?  Yes.. Yes it can.
First you open up one side and start wrapping yarn around..lots of yarn.
Then you open up the other side and do the same thing...lots of yarn.
Close both sides (they snap shut) and start cutting down the center.
It'll look like a yo yo right now.  Take a piece of yarn and wrap it around the center notch.
Tie a knot.. real tight.
Start peeling off the arms like your peeling an orange.
Finally separate the two halves and you have 1 perfect pom pom.  This is the most fun my kids have had doing one of my crafts.. not like I force them or anything.  psshh yeah right!  Here are some other great ideas that I found on Pinterest using Pom Poms for my Mosaic Monday.  Time to crack the whip.. get the yarn kids!!!

This Mosaic Monday has been linked up to Little Red House.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Week 7... The Color of a Big Event

If you read the post yesterday.. you would definitely know which big event I am referring to!!! 
I can't stop grinning from ear to ear!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Champagne Toast...

Have you heard the news???  This is a small town you know so it seems everyone has heard the rumor going around at one time or another.  Yes it is true!!  My husband and I purchased a historic building downtown Newnan.. the future home of Gillyweed! 
 We started our search on a whim last November.  When I sold The Vintage-Flea in 2010, I signed a non-compete contract which will end this coming May.  I've always known that I wanted my own store again and owning would be better than renting this time around.  One day my friend Noelle and I were eating lunch and decided to check out a building for sale across the street.. did I mention she is the BEST REALTOR EVER. (click here to see her website)   The building was beautiful but the inside was divided up into many small offices.. so much needed to be done to gut the inside and it was priced out of my comfort zone.  As we left the beautiful building, we saw the runt on the block for was for sale.  Honestly it had been for sale for over 1 year but it is so ugly, nobody even looked at it.  As soon as I went inside I knew I was home.  So......
I am now the proud owner of the ugliest buildings in downtown..seriously it is Fugly!! 
With that in mind, I will be doing a series of blog posts over the next few months about the highs & lows of renovating a building from the 1900's.  What is behind that nasty 70's aluminum siding??  What is under that dreadful awning??  Lord only knows!  I can show you my first purchase for the future store was this amazing door handle from North Coast Driftwood.  I purchased it back in November and have been looking at it everyday with anticipation.
So read along.. follow the progress and hope to see you for opening day in May.


Monday, February 13, 2012

I Heart Butter...

The new Spring Shades are making their debut at Gillyweed.. just in time for your Valentine's Day plans!  Butter London's line of 3-free nail lacquers manages to embody both rich, vibrant color and a complete lack of the chemical nasties, eliminating such toxic ingredients as formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP. The colors available delightfully imaginative and saucily named place your nails in the spotlight, making them your ultimate fashion accessory.  And this is why I HEART Butter!!
$14 each.. Colors are Union Jack Black, Trout Pout, Toff, Yummy Mummy, Hen Party, Fash Pack, Teddy Girl, Jaffa, Lady Muck, and Primrose Hill Picnic.  Also back in stock are the Nail Foundation (basecoat) and Hardwear (topcoat).  Call 770-683-2825 to have us hold your color.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mosaic Monday...

Recently a customer came into The Vintage-Flea and asked Sally about my lamp that I had hanging in my Gillyweed booth.  You see I hung this lamp over a table full of Christmas decorations a few months ago and it was stunning.  Anyways she had asked Sally how much it was and since it had no price tag.. Sally called me.  Well, you see.. this lamp was so easy to make I didn't want to sell it.  Sounds a little strange, right??
I would feel bad about selling something that was so easily made at home and besides, I have greater plans for my little lamp.  Instead the customer bought 6 yards of the shade material and instructions on how to make it herself.  First you get a Tomato cage, Tree Guard, Plant Stake.. whatever.  I actually found mine in the neighborhood trash dumpster.
Then you cover the fencing in the burlap fabric.. (I sell them in 3yard sections in my booth for $16.00).  I actually tied the burlap onto the frame with twine.
Use some of the twine to hang your new shade from your ceiling, drop in a hanging bulb et voilà, you are done.  Here are some other fantastic DIY light projects that you can also do at home...
The Crab Shack in Tybee Island had these light fixtures all over the place.. all apple baskets.
Wired egg baskets are drilled into a piece of 2x4.. If you want one completely finished for you, Resurrect Antiques has one for sale in Opelika, Al.
I'm loving this colorful twist on the basket pendants.
Finally look no further than your hardware store for some other great DIY lights fixtures.. I think these are from old duct vents.  Still need more inspiration??
For my Mosaic Monday I have put together some industrial fixtures that are full of texture and whimsy.  Wire baskets, industrial sieves, factory wire whisks, and one perfect basket.

This Mosaic has been linked up to the Little Red House.  Images found on Pinterest and Google.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Coffee Cup Scrambled Eggs...

This has changed my life.. seriously!  I am NOT one of those mothers that gets up at the break of dawn to make pancakes, biscuits, sausage.. whatever for their kids in the morning during the week.  I make FUN of those mothers!!  Now weekends are different- I can whip up some mean crêpes that would make my French mother-in-law do a happy dance!  But I digress...back to how this recipe has changed my life.  Now my children are enjoying a hot cup of scrambled cheesy eggs and it only takes 1 minute 30 seconds!!!
You will need 2 Eggs, 2 Tbsp. Milk, Shredded Cheese, Salt & Pepper. 
  1. Coat coffee cup with cooking spray
  2. Combine eggs and milk in cup; beat until blended. 
  3. Microwave on High for 45 seconds; stir. 
  4. Microwave again another 45 seconds until eggs are set. 
  5. Scramble with fork and top with cheese. 
  6. Season with salt & pepper. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Count down to Valentine's Day...

Some new lovelies have come into the Gillyweed booth this week!
14" Driftwood Heart... $34.95 (only 2 left in stock)
Pear candles in assorted colors... $6.95 each
Beautiful lightweight scarves in assorted colors and patterns... $12.95 and up. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Week 6... The Color of a Surprise

Visited my favorite salvage yard this past weekend looking for some great props to use in a future display.  I wasn't sure about getting all these vintage suitcases even though they were only $5.00 each!!
Then I saw the label on one of suitcases.. I was SOLD!!
A wonderful surprise indeed!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mosaic Monday...

I'll take you to the candy shop.... errrr, I meant the bead shop.  Plus I spent more than 50cent!!  Okay bad joke- stop the eye rolling. LOL!   Olivia, her BFF, and I spent Saturday at the Intergalatic Bead Show at the Gwinnet Convention Center.  This was my first time at the bead show and boy was I impressed.
We found precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, gold and silver beads, copper, brass beads, findings, chains, charms, pendants, lampwork glass beads, swarovski crystals, pearls, hand made jewelry and much, much more.
My favorite finds were Sugar Beads.. They look like Skittles, don"t they?
Last year I introduced the Sweet Tarte Collection for Spring. 
These beads are going to be perfect for updating those designs for 2012!!  Other great finds were gold plated beads in every shape & size,
seed beads, 
unusual clasps and toggles,
and these beautiful pearl creations.
I've taken several of my favorite pictures from the bead show and paired them up with some fun pictures found on Pinterest this past week for Mosaic Monday.  This mosaic has also been linked up to Little Red House.  Hope you have a colorful week!!