Monday, December 27, 2010

Jewelry and Totes with Calypso Studios Coming Soon!

Hey Guys!

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!  We actually ended up getting a good amount of snow here in Athens on Christmas night which hasn't happened since 1882!

Well, I have some exciting business ventures coming up in 2011 that I can't wait to tell you about.  The first one is a new licensing deal I have with Calypso Studios.  They are manufacturing reusable shopping totes with my designs on them as well as a line of jewelry.  I was going to wait to share this news until I had the final samples in my hands, but when I opened up the new Gifts and Decorative Accessories today I was totally surprised to see the ad below!  Calypso will have the new collection available for order (wholesale to retailers) at the Atlanta Gift Show in January, so if anyone out there will be attending the show please stop by!

Atlanta Gift and Home Market
The Southern Link Showroom 1613
230 Spring Street
Building Two
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 through Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I will share more pics soon when I have samples, and maybe even try to do a little giveaway ;).  Here's to a happy and prosperous 2011!  Now off to work on designs for 2012...


Calypso Ad January 2011

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

Christmas Card 2010

Wishing all of you guys a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Etsy Front Page

Etsy Front Page 12/15/10

It was a nice surprise to sell a couple of brooches today as my little Etsy shop has been very bare and neglected lately! Thanks to ElleMoss for putting together this grouping that made it to the front page!  Will be working on some new pieces so stay tuned... ;)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fancy Feet

With all of the parties and gatherings coming up it definitely has me thinking of sparkly shoes and accessories!  My Mother-In-Law takes my husband and I shopping before Christmas every year and then wraps up what we pick out, so I have a pair of super cute black glitter heels waiting for me under the tree!  Maybe "Santa" will let me open that present early so I can wear them to a Christmas party next week ;)

1.  Kate Spade, 2., 3. Badgley Mischka

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Momma Locket

New Momma Locket
My friend Angie had a baby earlier this week, so I made her this locket to give to her in the hospital.  I left a spot on the inside where she can add little Winston's picture.  This project was super easy to do, so if you have any friends having babies soon and need a last minute gift, here is how I made this:

1.  Find a locket with a space for a bezel.  These can easily be found on craft supply sites or places like Etsy.  Just do a search for "Locket and Bezel."

2.  Measure the space where the bezel goes, and on the computer make 2 black circles in that size.

3.  Type out in white the initial of the baby's first name on one circle, and the baby's full name and birthday on the other circle.

4.  Print, cut, and glue into place.

5.  Cover the inside piece with Plaid's Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (it makes the design look like it is under a piece of glass).  Let dry and close the locket.  Repeat coverage for the front piece and let dry.

6.  Add a chain and/or beads of your choice (I used an antique gold chain approximately 35" long).

There you have it, easy peazy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gypsy Dens

Kind of makes me want to run away and go live in a tree...  Images found here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Before & After Jewelry Redo

Before & After Jewelry Redo

Before & After Jewelry Redo

Before & After Jewelry Redo

Before & After Jewelry Redo

Went antiquing Friday and came home with some fun finds.  Redid them into new necklaces, rings, and earrings.  Now the hard part is deciding whether or not to save them for Christmas presents, list them in my shop, or keep them for myself ;)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Harvest for the Homeless

For all you Athens peeps, if you don't have plans for November 18th there will be good times going down at the Rialto Room to raise $ for our local Homeless Shelter.  Check out for more info!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 Years and Counting...

Happy Anniversary, B!  I heart you ♥ ♥ ♥

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cute Treasury!

Etsy Treasury November 2010

Thanks so much to designbirdie for featuring my ring in her treasury!

Hope y'all had a great weekend!  After a less-than-stellar-week (whew, glad it's over) I'm happy to report that my weekend was pretty friggin' fantastic- fun Halloween parties, a rockin' Band of Horses show, and I received some samples from a new crafty collection I designed that will be on the market soon (promise to share more on that when I can, but let's just say that I'm SO SO SO excited about it...).  It's Monday, it's a new week ahead, it's a new month ahead (November already?!), let's do this...


Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween Weekend!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, Home-fries!  Hope y'all have a fun weekend!  For me it will consist of a costume party tonight (woot woot!), Band of Horses at The Fox tomorrow night (yeah!), and freelance work on Sunday (like my new feather pattern?)... oh, and a shoutout to all my fabric peeps at Quilt Market!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

GET YOUR CRAFT ON: Double Rainbow Guy Costume

Double Rainbow Halloween Costume

I thought I would share this costume I whipped up for Hubs for a Halloween party we went to recently.  The materials were super cheap and it only took me about an hour or two to throw together.  I started off with one of his white undershirts and a tie-dye kit I got at Wally World for about $8-$10.  The kit had a couple of pictures with instructions so I went with the "Swirl" method.  You basically take the center of the shirt, pinch it, and twist the shirt into a flat spiral.  Then you take 3 rubberbands and wrap them around the shirt to create 6 sections.  The kit came with a few colors of dye, but I chose to stick with the yellow, red, and blue and alternate the sections of color...
Double Rainbow Halloween Costume

Double Rainbow Halloween Costume

Next came the double rainbow part of the costume.  I found a plastic headband with springs and bats for a mere $2 (if you can't find a headband like this I'm sure you could use a plain one and just hot glue springs or wire to the top).  I took off the fur and the bats, leaving the plain headband and springs.  Then I cut two "U" shapes for the rainbows out of solid white stiff felt.  I also cut out 4 cloud shapes.  I painted bands of red, yellow, and blue onto the rainbows, and then sandwiched them in between the clouds and springs (2 clouds on the front, and 2 clouds on back to hide the springs)...

Double Rainbow Halloween Costume

Hubs threw on his Rasta-man wig and a pair of Glow-in-the-Dark glasses (that were later hijacked by his brother) and we were off to the party!  Party was amazing BTW- everything was Alice in Wonderland themed and completely over the top!  I might have pictures of that later to show...  So what are you guys going to be for Halloween???
Double Rainbow Halloween Costume

...and I'm sure most of you have seen these videos floating around the internet, but just in case you haven't and have no idea who the Double Rainbow Guy is, here is what started it all (the remix is priceless)...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Friday!

A coworker recently introduced me to the soulful sounds of William Elliot Whitmore.  I was instantly smitten.  While listening to his tunes I pictured him to be a 70 year old southern man sitting on his front porch singing the blues, but looking at his website I was shocked to see he is actually a 30-something dude from Iowa!  Anyway, check out some of his music, I think you will like it...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

FALL-ing in ♥

1 Fossil/Justin beauties, 2 and 3 gorgeous Lucchese boots (in case I ever win the lottery)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Look What Came In the Mail This Weekend!

Framed Geninne Print

Remember this post?  Well my pretty lil' bird prints arrived in the mail this weekend!  I mounted them on some scrapbook paper and painted some old frames I had with the leftover bathroom ceiling paint (please excuse the washed out photo, my good camera is on loan to a friend...).  Anyway, the bathroom remodel is now finally complete so I hope to share pics very soon...

Hope y'all have a great week ahead!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Music Monday

Currently in heavy rotation... "Electric Feel" MGMT

Happy Monday,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Things Seen in Blogland...

I confess, I subscribe to waaaaay too many blogs, but thought I would share some of my favorite findings from the past week.  Speaking of blogs, did you know Bloglines is shutting down Oct.1st?  Any recommendations for other blog readers/rss feed sites???

Seen on MakingChickenSalad

Seen on OnceWed (Is it weird I have been married almost 4 years, but I still love looking at wedding blogs?  They are just so pretty...)

Seen on SometimesSweet.  After doing more research it appears that this is officially called the Holstee Manifesto, and they even have a link of a printable pdf (which will be on my inspiration board shortly)

Wishing everyone a great week ahead... ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Before & After Nightstand Lamps

Before and After Nightstand Lamps

Before and After Nightstand Lamps

After finishing my dream bed I decided to complete the look with some pretty nightstand lamps.  I found a super cheap pair at TJ Maxx and figured I could spruce them up with something from my craft stash at home.  Then I remembered some fringe I had been hoarding... it came from a pair of curtains left in the house my brother purchased a couple of years ago.  The house was built in the 60's and still had a lot of the original decor- avocado green shag carpet, avocado green walls, avocado green curtains, etc.  The decor immediately went away when my brother bought the house, but my Mom chirped up before the curtains got tossed and said "Gen, look at that fringe! You might want to keep that for a project or something..."  Good call, Mom!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New to Shop - Gypsy Bird Necklaces

New Work- Gypsy Bird Necklace

Made a new batch of bird necklaces base on one of my fabric designs from my Gyspy Garden collection...Gypsy Garden Bird Fabric Genevieve Gail

Now available in my Etsy shop :)
New Work- Gypsy Bird Necklace

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dream Bed Complete!

Over the weekend Hubs and I constructed this headboard...
Custom Headboard

You may remember this original post showing the inspiration images I had collected over the past few months that prompted this project (see post for original image links/credit)...
Custom Headboard Inspiration

So Hubs and I went to Lowe's and picked out 6' pine planks in various widths.  I arranged them on the back porch and he screwed in cross beams for support...
Custom Headboard

Then using a piece of posterboard I cut the shape, traced it on the top of one side, then flipped over the template for a mirror image on the other side.  Hubs cut out the shape with a jigsaw...
Custom Headboard

Then came the staining... I selected a few different colors of stain and brushed on mixtures of each on the individual planks.  After I was finished I sanded down the edges and added a hint of distressing here and there...
Custom Headboard

Voila!  So happy to finally have a headboard!  It was a relatively simple project and cost just a little over $100 for all of the materials (compared to $1,000-$2,000+ for a store bought king size headboard).  I it...
Custom Headboard

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy Saturday!

Hay Field

Hope y'all are having a great weekend!  Today I think I will take the back roads home and play a little Edward Sharpe w/ the windows down... :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Crazy Quilting

Crazy Quilting

Crazy Quilting

Crazy Quilting

The other week I took a Quilting class at my local shop, Dragonfly.  I was a little intimidated since I had only made one quilt before, a rag quilt, but I thought it would be fun to branch out and try something a little out of my comfort zone.  Not to mention with the scrappy style of quilting we would be working on it would hide mistakes a lot better than a traditional style of quilt!  I decided to use a mixture of fabrics from both Flower Bucket and Gypsy Garden to get a good mixture of pattern scale and colors.  My teachers Mary Colley and Fay Rawls were so great and showed us how to cut, flip, and sew our squares together to make the scrappy blocks.  I started out a little ambitious thinking I was going to start a King size, but a few hours later I determined this would make a great throw blanket or the top of a dog bed ;).  Like I've said before, I totally respect quilters for their patience and the preciseness of their work, it amazes me what goes into making a quilt...

Once I figure out how I'm going to finish off my blocks I will share pictures of the finished piece so stay tuned!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!



Hope everyone has a nice relaxing Labor Day!  I will be taking it easy, listening to some good music (including the new Ray Lamontagne album ♥ ♥ ♥), and sittin' in my backyard on a picnic blanket working on some new designs...  What are you guys up to?


Friday, September 3, 2010

Artwork by Geninne

(images ©Geninne)

I absolutely love this lady's work...  I purchased the two prints above to hang in my new bathroom, I'm so excited!  Geninne's blog is really great too- you should definitely check out the amazing house she just built in Mexico, it's absolutely beautiful...