-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!



Hey blog friends! First of all, thank you so much for your kind words about the bags. I know I have great friends and a beautiful family, but wow! I smiled with each of your comments. I feel so blessed.

Okay. On to the drawing for that cute bag on the bench. If you've been following the blog, you know that I'm still "old school" when it comes to technology. So this is how it works- I wrote down a name for every comment on my blog so far. Did you leave three comments? Well your name went in three times......

I put all of the names into this jellybean jar. If you're looking for the person who ate ALL of those treats? Let's just say her purse company rhymes with jellybean....... (Hey, it's stressful here people).

Meet my totally unbiased name drawer/chooser/picker - (the youngest)
Here he goes....Good luck guys!
And the winner is.........


Congratulations Christie J. aka (Six-pack Momma)! Inbox me on Facebook with your address and I'll send the bag to your home. Be good to her, okay?

Again, thanks again for following this silly blog. It has been a lot of fun to write. Keep checking back as I'll be giving away more fun stuff soon. 
Happy Monday :)




Friday, March 26, 2010

My name is Shellybean and I'm a bagaholic.....

Ok. So you know how girls just HAVE to have the latest bag? In all the latest colors and styles? Well...I'm really more of a shoe girl myself....

Instead, I love to MAKE bags. All kinds. Clutches and hobos, totes and purses....Anything that will store important stuff like lipstick and gum and wallets and pens and phones and loose change......Oh, you get it! I love to pick out fabrics and design patterns and try to build bags that are fun, useful and of course, adorable! Yep, and making bags is what I've been doing in that "now-very-messy" craft room of mine :)

So with the urging of some fantastic friends and family, I will soon be launching my bags on Artfire.com.  See that little button on the right that says "My Artfire Shop"? Well that is where you will be able to click (eventually) and see some of the bags I've been working on. My husband set the online store up months ago, but I've got to tell you.....I've procrastinated putting my bags up for fear of that little confidence issue I have. Will people like them? Are they the right size/shape/color/style/design....blah blah blah :)

Okay friends. I'm looking for feedback. Do you have one (or more) of my bags? Can you tell me what you liked about it? What could I improve on?...

Leave a comment at the end of this post. Even if you don't own one of the bags....Cause I'm hoping you will eventually want to :)

Oh and see that cute bag up on the bench in my header? I'm giving it (the bag, not the bench!) away to a random commenter. The drawing is Monday night. So leave a message and your name in the comment section.  If you're a Facebook friend, you can see a few of my bags in my photos......To those of you that have blessed my life with words of encouragement and love, I wholeheartedly thank you :)

Good Luck friends!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mini Redo-

On one of our "vintage" shopping trips, we found this adorable old mail center shelf. As much as I love to paint, I wanted to leave this one alone. First, I love the way each compartment has a simple white splash of paint with a stenciled number. Second, I would in NO way enjoy painting each of those little cubes....


In lieu of paint, I decided to back each cube with a piece of scrapbook paper. I went with pastels since it was going in the craft room. If I ever change my mind on color, (imagine!) I can always switch out the papers.



Now I have a neat little place to store my ribbons and things. Isn't it cute?





Happy Thursday friends :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"You know, we can buy NEW things sometimes....."

This is in no way an endorsement from my husband to run down to Anthropologie and shop like there's no tomorrow. It's not even an invitation to stop at Target for a few things from the dollar section. Instead, it is a small plea for me to stop shopping at garage sales and resale shops. To stop perusing Ebay and the Salvation Army for that one item I didn't know I needed until I saw it.

I'm a little obsessed, I tell you. I love looking at something odd and seeing how it could function in our house. I love that it belonged to someone else a long time ago, and that they too probably smiled when they found just the right place for it in their home. I adore vintage and antique-looking things; items that just may have a story. Now- you will not find me spending hundreds of dollars on something just because it was built 150 years ago. I don't really care who the architect/builder was, or the exact period things might be from. I don't have a "dealer". (I'm not buying crack)  Instead, I want to feel something when I look at it. I buy old cookbooks because they have handwritten recipes inside the pages, old sewing patterns because I imagine the excitement some young mom had in making the newest dress of the season. I love finding pieces of milkglass because it's what my grandmother had as I was growing up.

Orphan stuff. We own a hutch that someone's Dad made, an end table from my mother-in-law's garage because I found the shape and color beautiful. (and it was free!) I have a soup tureen from one of my dearest friends. It doesn't match anything in my kitchen, but it is displayed proudly and makes me smile each time I pass it- because it belonged to a gorgeous woman who loved her family. As you can imagine, our house does not look like Pottery Barn or a showroom from Thomasville. But it is warm, comfortable and loved. There are a lot of odd little pieces in this house and I wouldn't want it any other way.

My husband interprets some of my purchases/gifts/rescues as used and worn; dare I say it, junk. Why would I want that old thing? I'd like to say that he's not snobby, but he does have a distinctive look on his face when he walks into stores that have certain odors of the past. He's been known to ask me if I really paid money for some of what I bring home. I can't tell if it's embarrassing to him or not. Does it reflect his ability to provide for us? Absolutely not. Maybe boys just don't get it. Remember, this man loves shiny new gadgets that have megabytes and codes and stuff....

Though I joke, I love him dearly for taking a deep breath and entering those resale shops with me. For smiling when I drag something in the house that might be missing a few screws or pieces. I understand that he can't always see what I do in these things, but man o man, he sure tries. Most of the time he'll nod his head, shrug his shoulders and endure; not only because he knows how much these silly things mean to me, but because more than likely, our next stop will be Best Buy.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Hold me, Bob Villa...."

These are the words I imagine Martha Stewart screaming while witnessing any of my versions of crafting, sewing or home improvement. I picture both Martha and Bob hugging their knees and rocking in the fetal position, absolutely appalled at what lies before them.
"Why, why, why Bob, is she painting a perfectly fine sewing cabinet?"
"Did you see her nail that picture to the wall without using a ruler, level or a stud?"
"Did she really just sand and paint that piece of furniture without proper ventilation? Without removing all the pieces? Without a stinking drop cloth?!"
"Did she attach the hardware before the paint was completely dry?"
"Oh no, Martha.  Please say she didn't paint those drawers with stuff still in them?"

Yep. I kind of did. We bought the cabinet for 20 bucks over ten years ago at a resale shop. I wanted to paint it the day we brought it home. I know, I procrastinated a bit. But now it's done and I love it.

So, sorry Bob. Sorry Martha. I'm not the best rule-follower. But hey, while you're shaking your head at me in disgust, check out the chair I revamped too. Good news guys- I actually took it apart before painting it. Woo Hoo! I need my own show on HGTV ;)

sewing cabinet before-

 sewing cabinet after:

Chair before and after


Finished project :)




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