FORTUNE FEIMSTER!

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FORTUNE FEIMSTER!

I feel so incredibly lucky! My neighbor invited me to go with them to hear Fortune Feimster perform in Asheville on September 22nd and it was AWESOME!

Fortune has worked with Chelsea Handler, John Mulaney and Mindy Kaling and is hilarious in her own right. She is from my home county and went to the same small women’s college as my mom. This small world get smaller in that she babysat my neighbor’s kids when they were little.

My neighbors had a little reunion with Fortune and her mother after the show and we all got photos and t-shirts and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

I laughed until I cried and after all of the mess I have been going through before and after the latest car accident, I really needed a good laugh.

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ADDING TO THE COLLECTION

Another stroke of luck!

While exploring a local antique shop, I stumbled upon this small floral painting in an extraordinary frame. I was drawn to it right away.

It was so sweet and at only $20.99 I just had to bring it home with me.

It now hangs prominently above a china cabinet in my dining room and I intend to install a picture light above it to make it pop.

This is the second painting I have purchased for a song in a months time!
(SEE FIRST HERE)
You never know what you will find and love that someone else no longer wants!

I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT

Until last week, I had never used Craigslist before and I had never purchased anything through Facebook. I’m not sure what possessed me to look through the items for sale in my area, but I’m so glad I did! This painting listed for only $50.00 on Facebook caught my eye.

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I didn’t buy it immediately. I waited a couple of days. I hadn’t forgotten about it and I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been purchased yet. I decided to go for it.
I offered $40.00 just to get the conversation started and the seller accepted!

I met the seller in a bank parking lot and we made the trade. I couldn’t believe how large and beautiful it was in person!

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The frame has a little bit of damage, but I didn’t notice until I looked very closely. I really couldn’t keep my eyes off of the painted scene. The next thing I saw was the price tag. The painting was on sale somewhere previously for $400.00. I can’t believe it! I scored this beautiful painting for only $40.00!

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This just goes to show that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
This painting is going in my office and will make me so happy every time I see it.

ANOTHER JEWELRY REVAMP

The women in my family love jewelry and my grandmothers have been quite the collectors. My father’s mother has traveled the world and collected pieces everywhere she went. Each piece of jewelry she has, has a story that goes along with it. My mother’s mother has always a knack for befriending jewelers and they have certainly been friendships with benefits. (Note: Grandmother has not intentionally sought out jewelers as friends. She just happened to live in very small towns and everyone tends know each other very well) As a result of being the only granddaughters on both sides of the family, my sister and I have been the recipients of many beautiful and unique jewelry pieces.

Naturally, not every piece is exactly to our taste. By combining some of the older pieces with some new elements, beautiful stones can take on a new life. For example, I have an old pearl enhancer that I will never wear in a million years. It has a beautiful medium blue stone that I would love to wear more often. I’m not quite sure if it is an aquamarine or a sapphire, but it is stunning. I also have a pair of very pale aquamarine stud earrings from way back when I just had my ears pierced. The stones sizes compliment each other very well.

I first went online to find some inspiration and found plenty.

By just playing around in Apple Preview and cutting and pasting elements from photos I found online, I built a few designs to help visualize turning my pearl enhancer and old earrings into a ring. I made around 8 different arrangements, but these three are my favorites.

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I was originally considering a horizontal arrangement, but after playing around with the stones on my hand, I like the vertical arrangement better.

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What I need to decide now is which vertical version to have made. I was able to take a photo of my hand and overlay the design, but I’m still not sure which one to pick.

 

No matter what I choose, I just hope my design for this ring works out as well as the one I did for my mother’s wedding ring.

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS DIY

I have been radio silent lately because the holidays are kicking up and there is much to do to prepare! Where I work, we have a western wear store and I was tasked with creating a display for the window. The windows are small so I decided to hang something that would draw attention, but not completely obscure the store. After a quick search on pinterest, I found this wagon wheel wreath and I fell in love with the concept.

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This original wreath looked a little washed out, so I kicked it up a notch and voila!

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I used fake greenery, pheasant feathers, candied berries and a big, bright bow. It took a lot of floral wire and my hands look like I got in a fight with a chicken, but I was very happy with how it turned out.

I purchased the wagon wheels on Amazon (they were $67.99 when I bought them), but the rest of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby.

ANOTHER LITTLE PUMPKIN

Halloween is my favorite. I just love all of the pumpkins!

Unfortunately I had to go to the dentist to repair a filling that fell out and I took a little trip into Asheville to visit Lexington Glassworks. I had seen on their Instagram feed that they were making glass pumpkins. I just had to have one!

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They had so many colors and shapes! I had a hard time deciding which one to get! I really liked the tall orange one in the photo below, but decided to go with a more traditional shape this time.

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Everything they make is so beautiful. In addition to live demonstrations, they also serve wine and beer! It’s quite the hangout!

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TREASURE FROM IRELAND

My parents recently returned from a trip to Ireland and my mom brought back the most incredible pin! She picked it up in a jewelry store in the town next to where we once lived.

On one side it has an ivory carving of a castle and on the other, there is a tin photo of a woman. It rotates so the pin can be worn on either side.

It is such a unique piece!

Because the clasp is so flimsy, it is off to be worked on. The glass is loose and my mother is going to have a piece added so that it can be worn as a necklace as well as a pin.

It’s actually pretty hard to find nice old things in Ireland so this was a very special purchase.