Friday, September 30, 2011

new peices before

So this morning me and the fire monster went out looking for new prospects for a redo. So we hit the thrifts in the local area and here is what I came up with.
A antique rocker. It is sturdy in pretty good condition but just not CUTE.
I also found a short 6 drawer dresser with all the drawers working perfectly!! I have been waiting for one of these to cross my path for a while. So this way may be staying home with me but I am going to clean, paint, line, and change out its hardware and we will see where we are after that whole process. :)

Anywho I am finally on the mend and actually got up got dressed and even wore make up today but I am looking forward to having a fairly relaxing day with just a bit of knitting and then tomorrow my lovely girlfriend Alison is going to model my cowls for some pics so I can put them up on my etsy page. :)
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

tons of ways to wear scarfs

Just saw this amazing video on my gf alisons pinterest. Love love love this for those of you who get stuck in a rut great way to try things in a way you wouldn't normally

Purse organizers and finished product Queen Anne chairs and chest

So I decided to add a new product to my shop both on my etsy and at Italy Ava. It is these great new purse organizers. I love purses but hate that all the really cute ones are basically a big black hole for my phone to disappear into so I search endlessly while it rings. Well this solves that problem.

Here is the zebra print one. It has tons of pockets. In this one I fit a check book, two card holders (one i used for medical cards and club cards one I use for business cards, a pack of gum (bribes for fire mosnter) not 1 not 2 but 4 lip glosses, mascara, and a pin , and my phone and there are pockets left!

I slip it inside my purse and it wraps around the out side and my wallet and coupon file fit in the middle :) If you have a smaller bag they roll up too.

I also made it in a khaki color.

Here is the finished Queen Anne chair after I glazed it :) It is currently sitting at Italy Ava for $68.00

and here is my great chest for the end of my bed after another coat of paint and glazing and distressing
I scrubbed the inside out with multiple products and lots of lung and sinus killing bleach :/ And then lined it with this great damask paper.
I also threw in a few drier sheets to keep what ever I throw in there fresh. :) Well I am off to knit some more cowls. I got all my custom orders done but I want to make a few more of the new colors to put out with my inventory :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

some new italy ava pieces and a find for my own abode

So I went on a adventure with my lovely ladies the other day and found a few new pieces to refurbish.
I got a few queen Anne chairs. I think they turned out fabulous.

they look just like this one from pottery barn except those are 249$ :)

I am loving them I didn't have the heart to leave them in the cold lonely garage for two days so they are sitting in my living room.

I also found a piece I have been looking for for my home for a long time. A chest for the end of my bed. I snuck this quick before my hubby went to bed. The clear top coat isn't fully dry (hence the spray marks)

I painted it pebble.

It has a nice little shelf inside but I still need to vacuume out the mouse poop:/ It really eeks me out but this bad boy was only 30$!!! and It is in great condition but was in a barn and had old stuffed animals and junk in it!!! I am going to give it a proper sterilizing tomorrow.

I just don't have it in me today. I have been miserable for weeks and drug myself into the minute clinic today. I have a TERRIBLE sinus infection and my ears are just bursting with fluid. Now on top of it all I probably have the hantavirus lol Oh well. I have kids to get to bed, a magnet board to finish decoupaging, two cowl orders to finish knitting, and a few purse organizers to sew :) Off to work

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

new cowls for italy ava

I have really been working on getting my fall inventory up now that I not only have my etsy shop but also Italy Ava. and one thing I knew my fall inventory had to include this year was these giant cozy garter stitch cowls. I have been seeing them since last year and I am in love with them.

I have a few made up and tried to take a few pics for a preview . They aren't the best pics but they are huge and soft and cozy and look fabulous with a pea coat or trench coat.
I think once people feel these it will be all over they are soo soft and cozy:)

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Friday, September 16, 2011

what i have been working on for italy ava

So I have been working lately on a few new projects to sell at italy ava. I started a few weeks ago with magnet boards. I have three our there a hounds tooth one in orange and pink with big pink flower magnets, a pink leopard one with scrabble letter magnets, and this damask one with paper flower magnets. I am loving these they are cute and who couldn't use them I have lots around my house.

another thing I used magnet boards for was this menu board. I purposely sectioned it off so that it would fit a recipe card perfectly. I also used scrabble letters for the days of the week so you can plan one week ahead of time. :)

I whipped two of these little guys together for my sisters charms in the store but they hang and I am making mine to hang by my front door so that I have some where for keys :)

and this one is the biggy. I decided it is time to start refurbishing furniture for the shop and I found this piano bench yesterday. It was sorta a dark reddish wood and I sanded painted it black and upholstered the top with a damask fabric.

but the best part of piano benches These is a little area for storage where I put some great cabinet lining that matches the fabric. I love this piece so much. It is cute and super sturdy.

lol just noticed where the little fire monster got lotion on the carpet in the girl cave in the lower right hand corner of this pic lol. Well I have lots of cleaning to do we have monkeys butts 8th birthday party tomorrow (she turned 8 yesterday it goes sooo fast) and I have to clean decorate grocery shop, we are also having grandpa Danny visit this weekend and I have another new piece to work on in the garage :D Soo excited. Well off to get to work

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