Saturday, October 31, 2009

Birthday Birdies

These are the birdies created for the birthday girl~matching her new big girl bedding.

...and this is said birthday girl who enjoys biting the heads off my son's army guys.
happy birthday, bunny!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Faves

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who's the fairest of them all?
You, of course with your chipped up frame,
You're all mine, original, not one the same.
Paint a new coat? No, I'll never.
I think I'll keep you like this forever.
Worn and distressed hanging up on display,
Not perfect, but lovely and I like you this way.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dove Delivery

Forget the eagle.
The Chubby Dove has landed.
the front of "winter whimsy" ornament (both sides personalized for free)

the cute backside of "winter whimsy" ornament

"kelsey" crown frame

the front of "snowy flakes" ornament (both sides personalized for free)

the sweet back of "snowyflakes ornament"

"funky zebra" mini frame

"howdy partner" altered antique frame

" simply shabby chic" crown frame

All these things are now for sale in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

10 Easy Steps to Caramel Apples

After a failed attempt at making caramel apples you'd actually want to eat, I finally figured it out.
Yeah, I could have bought the tub of caramel at the grocery store, but where's the fun in that?
This project, my 5 year old did himself (all I did was operate the oven and took pictures).
Super easy and he was so proud of himself. There was no mess to clean up. Well, except for his face when he was finished eating.

I present to you 10 easy steps to caramel apples~ the old fashioned kind on the stick...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Good morning!

*Here's what I found when I opened the new jar of jelly*

Have a happy day!

Monday, October 26, 2009

NC Bloggers Bash

How stinkin' fun is it to meet a bunch of ladies you've never even seen in real life, but only know a little via the internet?!

I surprised myself.

I wasn't nervous at all to meet them and we had the best time.

~Bocci's Italian Restaurant in Durham, NC ~

My new blog buddy, Gretchen of New Every Morning. I heart her!

And I also met:

Kellie-La Vida Dulce

Susan-The Carpool Queen

Tracey-The NC Brownings

June-Bye Bye Pie

Amy-My Bambino Bliss

Janel-Dandylion Dayz

Kristen-KR and Company

Heather-Life with the Lords


Rachel-Blog by Rach

Sandy-Seasoned Sister

and Kecia who is a blog reader and secret agent-loved her!

My only regret was not being able to stay longer to chat.

Hopefully, we'll get together again soon.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fab Finds

My friend, Tami and I had soooo much fun yesterday! We left early and drove to Selma, NC with plans to hit the antique stores. If you don't know this already (and I didn't until yesterday), Selma was struggling to survive not too long ago. The city has invited antique dealers to come and open up shop with a promise of free rent for a year. So honestly, most of the stores in Selma are antique stores and they are chock full o' treasures. This particular weekend, they also had some of the streets blocked off, hosting other dealers who came to sell their stuff. It was quite a glorious site!

We did a lot of shopping and alot of talking.

Everyone was so friendly and talked to you like they'd known you for years. It's a really nice little town.

And in case all that shopping and talking makes you thirsty, they even sell:

Who doesn't want to sip on a cold soad?

I just love me a good sign.

Anyway, these are the finds I brought home yesterday. I really behaved myself and came away with:

The sweetest ever little door. It measures 5'4, cost me $15 and needs very little TLC. I may make another table out of it or hang it on the wall and turn it into a gallery for my boys' artwork. Not sure yet, but I knew IT HAD TO BE MINE!

Just look at the!

These two also got a good home. I can't wait to bring out Christmas and use these guys!

I'll post pics of my a"door"able door when I get him spiffed up and in his proper place.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Early Bird Special

The early bird catches the worm. Or in my house, gets a pile o' pancakes for breakfast.

This is a little sumpin' I whipped up this afternoon and is now for sale in my etsy shop. It's perfect for holding your recipe card while you cook up a storm.

I'll be the early bird tomorrow morning, but no worms for me.

I'm hoping to find some good deals on some great stuff as I go junkin' with my friend, Tami.

Night, night...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday Faves

Years ago, my mom gave me this old skinny door
complete with chippy paint.
It leaned against the wall in my studio for a long time.
One day, I realized that it would make the cutest console table.
We had another table that we weren't using at the time, so sweetums did some surgery
and removed his legs (not his own, the table's) and attached them to the door.
Our boys LOVE to play with their toys on this table
and mommy never has to worry about the finish.

Speaking of boys,
I recently painted this table and have been looking for the perfect drawer pull for it.
I think the search is over.

One of my guys shoved a rubber tube into the holes in the drawer
and clipped his Playmobil surfer to it.
Thanks for the decorating help, buddy.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Boutique Bound

The Chubby Dove has been working her tail feathers off!
These are boutique bound today:
"Blast Off, Baby!"

" The Princess Lives Here"



"Wild About Baby"

" Happy Fall Ya'll"

"Birdie In The Tree"

"Sweet and Sassy Me"

" Pink Crowns"

"Pedal Power"

"Dancing Queen~ Ballerina"


"Radical Mechanical Robots"

"Hoo's Your Friend?"

" Budding Buttons"

If any strike your fancy, let me know.

No two items are alike, but I can do my best to create a similiar one for you.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Marley's Cat Tales

This weekend there is a kitty and dog adoption event in my area called
Marley's Cat Tales.
Here are a few things I made that will be on sale:

I hope along with a new cat or dog, someone takes home

a little a pet love from The Chubby Dove (feathers crossed)