Monday, December 21, 2009

Vintage Fabric Tags

Every Christmas it is my goal to dress up the gifts so people don't notice that we used grocery bags to wrap them. Remember last year?
Well, this year I didn't have time to paint on them (what was I thinking?) so I came up with the max amount of cuteness, for the least amount of work...
Vintage fabric tags!
Here's how:
• cut your cards and punch a hole (heavier note cards or card stock works best)
• pick out your fabrics and notions
• sew them on!

...see how easy that is?

Happy Holidays to all!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


What a lovely day!
My sweet husband took Judah for the morning so I could take about a billion photos for a bunch of fun stuff I made last week. I had to stop and empty my memory card to keep going!
Now after a yummy dinner with friends, I'm wiped out, and smiling while I recap the day's events.
While sifting through the pics from today, I found this... look who wondered into the shot:

Isn't our Judah such a cutie?! He's a tiny little man in this photo.
Can't wait to post the new goods. Stay tuned!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Medallion Necklace

My Nana has been sweet enough to keep me supplied with boxes and bags of her old jewelry to pilfer through, keep, remake, sell, etc. A few months ago she sent me an entire jar filled with buttons that belonged to my Grandmommy (her mother-in-law). I remember eying that thing when I was a little girl! What a treat to have that on my work desk now. Sometimes I'll just get them out and rummage through, picking out my favorites, imagining the sweater she wore them on. And now in their second (or perhaps third or fourth) life they add the perfect touch to purses, jewelry, and brooches. Santa might use them in gifts this year! ✻wink wink✻
While I was sifting through my new jar of memories, a group of mixed golds and textured black buttons stood out to me and became the inspiration for my latest necklace: The Medallion Necklace. I'm so thrilled to share these little gems with you all!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

North Pole Earrings

Things are looking quite festive around here...and last night I went on a jolly earring-making spree!
I just listed these sweet North Pole Earrings...complete with sparkling beads, vintage lace, and curious little polar bears (from my Nana's jewelry stash).

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Husband, The Celebrity (Part 2)

Do you remember this? Well, he's done it again!
This time in the Holiday Promo Gift Guides, as well as a little cameo on Etsy's front page last night...such a stud.

Congrats to Noelle of Xenotees...since it's really her shirt that got him there! ;)
P.S. we have at least one tiff a week over who can wear that shirt! It's soooooo comfy!

Monday, November 23, 2009


The new Poppytalk Holiday Market is up and running!
Click Here to check it out!

Click Here to go directly to my table.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A NEW Banner!

Just in time for the holidays! Spread some joy with this reusable vintage linen banner...
use for birthdays, holidays, entertaining and special days...anytime you need to celebrate. Or hang it year-round in a window, office, child's room, or doorway...any spot that needs some cheer!
"The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads"

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Alvaro3, Locket Style

I was rummaging through my jewelry and came across this old locket with a prepubescent photo of me and my hubby. This picture was taken right before we "hooked up" (for lack of a better phrase) at the ripe ol' age of barely 16. I love this thing! But it was high time to add the third member of our unstoppable force. So Judah (and Winnie the Pooh's ear) got trimmed down, laminated, and tossed in to the mix.
In an effort to make it longer, and not purchase a new chain, I jumbled together three old sterling silver chains. Oh, and the marigold lace is just because I can't help myself.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Smallest Pot Necklace

Peculiar, adorable, and one of a kind...

This sweet little trinket is curiously wonderful. When I saw it on the shelf at one of my favorite vintage shops, I knew immediately that it wanted to be on a necklace...preferably a long one.
Bonus: you can always stuff your grocery list in there if you're out of pockets.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Work Space

I was invited by Mod3rnArt Jewelry to participate in a project called iStudio:
iStudio was born from the idea that, "where the artist works is sometimes just as interesting as the work itself." After seeing several workshops/studios we quickly came to the conclusion that this was also an art form; more of an anthropological art form.

Coming up with one photo was a toughie, but this one pretty much sums it up:

Click Here to go to iStudio and see them all.

Friday, October 23, 2009

NEW! Tea Party Necklace

This charming little necklace reminds me of something...CLICK ME
Come quickly March!
For more Alice In Wonderland fun, check out this lovely photo series. (Thanks Anne!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bags Part 5: The Test Clutch

...the final bag in the series.

In addition to being my favorite of all the bags, this was also a test run for a birthday gift.
Jenny's bag had a little cursive "J" patch on it, and a way better loop-handle-thingy. See the embellishment on my handle? You might be thinking, "Oh that Corrie, she's just so creative, adding that little star and lace there." Or maybe it's more like, "Ew, that Corrie, she's always adding stuff like that star and lace and never knows when to leave well enough alone."
Well, that little addition is actually a cover job for some violent thread snipping that went awry. I was so annoyed turning that dang handle inside out that when I went to (frustratingly) cut the loose threads, I snipped right through the fabric, leaving a gaping hole. I wasn't about to spend another 20 minutes turning another handle inside out, so I patched it up right nice with some white cotton lace and a vintage star button.

I would say, "and no one will ever know!"
...but now you do.

Monday, October 19, 2009

JUST LISTED: Sundry Necklace

sun•dry (sən-drē )
of various kinds; severalThe Sundry Necklace is my favorite design as of late. It is so versatile (and comfortable!) and gives you that rad layered look without all the tangles.
Made from a mix of (mostly vintage) metal chains, these have been grouped together and secured to a soft turquoise woven ribbon tie.
You can seriously wear this with ANYTHING. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bags Part 4: The Snack Bag

Out of all five bags, this one was definitely the easiest. I used a good ol' brown paper lunch sack as a pattern. It's not lined, it's not fancy, it's not original... just functional, reusable, and washable. And wouldn't you know, I've had more requests for this one than any other!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My Husband, The Celebrity

Check this out! Remember how we exchange clothes for pics with Noelle of Xenotees? Well, John Jay (and Albie) made the front page of Etsy today with the Collective Names of Animals Shirt!
Congrats, effortlessly snagged the coveted spot with your rugged good looks. Well done.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

INTERVIEW with Evie S.

I'm taking a break from the bag posting marathon to tell you about my interview with Evie S.!!!
Come find out things like...
• I am an art school drop-out
• What inspires me to create?
• Tips for Etsy success
• Ideas for my next Etsy store
• I put pancakes on my face

Click Here to read the full interview!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bags Part 3: The Daisy Zipper Pouch

This is my miscellaneous bag. It holds my hand sanitizer, lotion, and other lady products. It even has a little interior pocket for back-up lip gloss, should the other four get lost. The heart button and lace trim are both vintage, and all of these fabrics were leftovers from other projects.

This was actually the first bag in the series of five. I loosely followed this tutorial on lined zipper pouches and learned (the hard way) not to let your fabric be shorter than the length of the zipper.

Three down, two to go!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bags Part 2: The Leaf Clutch

Since my two year old faked us out with the potty training and has now decided he wants nothing to do with it, I still have to tote diapers and wipes around everywhere.
Problem solved:

This is a simple fold over clutch with button and elastic closure. There are two different vintage heart buttons at top and bottom so it can be closed no matter how many diapers you stuff in there.
This will probably become some sort of bathroom/toiletries bag whenever Mr. Judah decides he's ready to say goodbye to diapers. God speed to us.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bags: Part 1 (of 5!)

Okay, so I went a little bag crazy... I just started sewing and before I knew it, I had FIVE NEW BAGS! But for good reason...I wanted to replace the grimy old diaper bag I've been lugging around for over two years (never washed it once - ew!).
Finally, FINALLY, I did it. Ta Da!

Bag No
. 1: Mama Bag
This may look like your average over-the-shoulder bag, but I had picky list of requirements for this thing.
1. I want it "sling pack" style, able to carry it across the chest, but didn't want it to hang any lower than the small of my back.
2. The strap needs to be W I D E in order to distribute the weight evenly over my shoulder bones, which are currently recovering from the diaper bag's mean
ol' skinny strap.
3. The inside pockets must neatly accommodate my necessities: Burt's Bees, lip gloss, note pad, pen and phone.
4. It has to look awesome, in a
not-trying-too-hard-to-look-awesome sort of way. Not too much to ask of a bag, eh?
5. It must must must be washable. I promise I'll wash this one...well, I'll try.

*The fabric is a heavy canvas I picked up from IKEA in ATL this summer, lined with a salmony-coral solid from my local fabric store.

Well, Mama Bag has been designed, sewn, photographed and blogged...Baby Bags to follow.
Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Silly necklace, coasters are for drinks!

This little lady falls into the "can I turn this into a necklace?" catagory. I found the vintage cork-backed coaster at my favorite downtown trading post and knew immediately that her drink-holding days were over. It also falls into the "love it or hate it" category (just created). Feedback has been wide ranging...from features to crotchety complaints from certain male friends (who shall remain name-curt!-less).
To each her own, eh?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Newest Listing

Another vintage chandelier prism creation.
Click Here to see it!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Will Model For Clothes

Remember this little bartering deal I had going with Noelle of Xenotees? Well, she sent some more fun shirts my way last week. Check out the Saw Blade Shirt and Animal Groups Pullover - which I'm completely in love with. I may never take it off. Her designs are so clever, and the shirts fit perfectly...go get you some!

Thanks Noelle!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lucky Lady

The Autumn Rose Necklace was chosen by one of Lucky Magazine's online fashion editors to be featured in the Lucky Magazine's Picks on Etsy! It's also highlighted on NBC Los Angeles!

Wowzers! Thank you!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Newest Design...

This little beauty was created just a few days ago. The ribbon ties make it adjustable and so comfortable to wear!
CLICK HERE for description and more images.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Martha Says It's TIME TO VOTE!

A Note From Etsy:
(taken from this post on The Storque)
"UPDATE: It's time to vote for your favorite DIY Wedding Crafts entries. With over 3200 beautiful projects submitted, Etsy and Martha Stewart want your help highlighting the best of the best!
To vote, login to Martha Stewart Weddings and use the 5-star rating system to give props to the entries you love. Voting ends September 21, 2009 at 9 a.m. ET."

1. Click here to sign in (or register - it's free, quick and painless)
2. The following links will take you directly to my entries. You'll see "RATE IT" just below the image. Vote for a few, or all if you have a few minutes... I appreciate any star you give!
Vintage Rhinestone Wrap
Blue Belle Flower Wrap
Vintage Key Necklace
Felt Rosebud Necklace
Marigold Necklace Offset
Taffy Flower Wrap
Red Rose Garland
Rosy Rosebud Necklace
Sugar Sugar Icing Drops
Jessie Mae Necklace
Cream Lace Headband
Sweetie Pie Garland
Sweet Heart Rose Garland
Marigold Necklace
Linen Charm Necklace
Secret Love Earrings
Lady Lace Earrings
Girlie Bow Necklace
Vintage Key Necklace
Butterfly Necklace
Golden Rosebud Necklace
Felt Boutonnieres

Thanks a bunch!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Not For Sale

A few months back, my sweet Nana sent me a box full of old jewelry to pilfer through, remake, keep, sell...etc. Her pieces have been quite a hit - remember the Nana's Charm Necklaces? (One, Two & Three)
Well, I finally made something of my very own. These silver flower ball beads are from a necklace she bought on a reservation in Arizona (while visiting our family years ago).
And that's my cutie little No. 7 jar from Anthropologie that I bought on my birthday...there's a No. 2 around here somewhere.
Thank you Nana!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Here's the deal...our school bills are expensive, and you need to look good. So, I'm doing an impromptu FREE SHIPPING SALE for two days only. Sale ends Friday September 4th at midnight. Get it while the gettin's good!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


This is for the very few of you who are interested... (Mom & Nana).
Here are a few sweet spots that have been so kind as to feature me as of late:
❥ Kind Over Matter: Five Kind Etsy Finds
❥ The Sunshine Studio: Alluring Artisans
❥ S and O Productions: The Eight Elite
❥ Etsy Gift Guides: Shades of Sapphire
My Little Aura: In My Lemon Tree

Photo courtesy of Kind Over Matter

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Interview...

The last installment of my interview has been posted!
Click here for Part Four.
A special thanks to Maranatha for all her hard work and mad interviewing skills.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Guest Blogging...

Just dropped a line at The Handmade Artist - check it out!
Now I'm all blogged out for today.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back in Poppytalk!

I'm so happy to be a part of the new
Poppytalk Market: School Days!
Here are some of my faves from this month:
➢ leah giberson
➢ floridity
➢ trampoline
➢ seana gordon
Check 'em out!

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Very Own GIANT FORK Shirt!

Remember this post?
My sweet husband - who I recently accused of never reading my blog - was perusing my latest posts and ordered the Giant Fork shirt for me from Xenotees!
Well, the sweetness doesn't stop there... Noelle (of Xenotees) sent a little green kids shirt for Judah too! She said to model them and she would send some link love my way.
So here we are in our super fun shirts!

More Interview...

Part three of the interview was posted today!

John Jay The Bumble Bee

This little guy was thrown together one afternoon during nap time with felt, stuffing and the leftover pinstriped linen from Judah's bed skirt.
Judah affectionately named it "John Jay" and added it to his stash. John Jay has replaced my socks, which are now stuffed in the driver's seat of the dump truck.
Again...what a crazy little kid.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Etsy Mom-preneur Of The Week!

I will be the featured Mom this week at Etsypreneur!
Come check out Part One of my interview...more to come!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Judah's Stash...

Since most of my Etsy friends don't frequent Judah's blog, I had to share my latest post from Little Me, Big You...

This started a few weeks ago and has grown into quite an odd little collection.

Since Judah liked to nap with one of his cars, I would hide his favorite (of the moment) under his pillow for him to find. Then we started putting his passie there, since it’s only in use during nap time. After that, he added a laminated picture (from previous “photo booth fun” post). All this seemed quite normal and endearing. Until…

Yesterday, he asked if he could nap with a pair of my socks.

“Mommy’s socks?…nap?….pillow?”

Um…okay. (???) Sweet little weirdo.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Fun with Photo Booth...

Click photo to see it bigger. Not quite life size, but close.
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