Thursday, March 29, 2012

So, do you love the Pic's of the Blue Bonnetts and a few paint brushes Yes the Rain has filled up the stock ponds,the lakes are filling up. The flowers are in bloom. Take a ride to Central Texas this is the pretty time of year. Thank you .....rain has brought to life so much and it is all in green(one of my favorite colors, Green has so many meanings- Just think about it)
Hello Ya'lll, So if you are from Texas,that is perfect. I sometimes slip an say it. I love Texas whats not to love,it's so Big. If you are in Central Texas,like us then 2.5 hours to Dallas area,Houston area or San Antonio...it is a big state.Have yu every driven from Cental Texas to Colorado,it is a long trip on it' own to get out of Texas. But I want to stay here and have for over 36 years. But I can say Youuuss Guys just as easy,I am a midwest girl to start,and home is still kinda ....Do yu know where Mt Rushmore is? and do you know what the name of the state means...I will tell yu down the road. For those that read my Blog,would love your comments and following. I am working to make it a success and all is learning in progress. PS Marta sold so many items,yu should check out her SHOP! Plus take a PIC of the Blue Bonnetts.

 Paint brush,a pretty orange and the contrast with Blue Bonnettso so pretty!!!!!!!!

See I told you, very pretty when mixed together and if yu travel the back roads of Central TX. you will find so many pictures .....So go smell a rose,or in our case a wild flower.Thank you to the wild flowers,they really can make your day better......

 Pretty sunset,over Lake Belton and yes down 9ft.last summer,Now they are running lots of water out and down to south Texas,as it is really full.

 Love the colors,and the lake was like glass so smooth after rain yesterday. Makes you want to get one the lake and take a ride....

Monday, March 26, 2012

The show was a success. Both Marta and all her Friends we're happy. The event was busy both days,and  all vendors felt very worthwhile and plans are for a Fall show. Marta's Shop is now back on the map,her past and new customers now know where she is. We both look forward to painting and crafting new surprises. I sold the Wedding Cake in my previous post,I also sold the Ballerina Fairy.The Wedding cake sold to Stephanie who owns Gathering, located in Georgetown..You'v  got to see her shop, wow she has an eye for some great stuff. The Ballerina also sold to the owner of Simply Paris located in Vineyards Antique Mall in Colleyville Texas. Both vendors are ordering more from me in regards to thier upcoming events. This includes Bridal season,so more cakes just not as large and another Ballerina. Plus as always thank you to Marianne of Miss Mustard Seed,no I have not sold my Christmas Skirt.But I have a special order for one, so if one as a example makes another sale then that is what I am after. The idea of special order's is exciting but I am not ready for say Etsy yet.

This is just a small example of what you would find shopping at Gatherings in Georgetown TX. Stephanien places  the garden item shown on her sidewalk outside her store. She is down from the square in Georgetown.

Your going to love these two pictures,Rowena has such a good eye for unique looks. The green is really Real grass in silver serving pieces If you love this look you can still find a  few left and now located in Marta's shop. The whole look is so unique,the table is also located at Marta's Room. The top is a frosted glass,overall iron work and simply beautiful. Add a Bunny and it's perfect.

Check out Rowena's Pattern board,perfect idea for a fashionista...a blow up of original vintage patterns placed on a hangable board,a really cool idea and those dresses are too cool.
 Do you love this one,a perfect pantry. So very special,and retains all the hardware,and  features that made the kitchens of the past work,but I bet your glad you have your multi cabinets and flour in the bag,probably tucked in the freezer. This one did not sell , I believe you can find this at Moore and Garrett. For the true collectible,your past treasure would look great with this item. Still has the original glass,you can see the waves.
Do you love the Nautical styling,this table was in the Blue section on the porch. The aquarium was filled with some neat jars full of shells.The cubby shelf I painted using ASCP Paris Blue,then used dark wax and hit it with my sandpaper(old school). The 123 is perfect for the organized gal,and I love the Provence Blue by ASCP.

OK this is a little of the paper delights I made,yes the swan as shown before is papermache and I added the details,my ruffled lamp shade with pearl touches,and the ruffled tree skirt. The frames are all great and plaster details all in good shape.I set this whole look with a wedding idea.

I think the cake and ballerina made a great presentation and the overall look was really pretty. The one thing that was a surprise, my garland swags did not sell. I sell one a month on the average at the store so now I am caught up and have them ready for the future,plus I left one at Marta's.

The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day,this pic shows off Marta's painted chairs. Yes she did paint the chairs including the fabric. She found with using a really fine sandpaper it works out just great. The Hall tree is beautiful with a marble shelf. The cubby you see on the table includes a Paris hotel idea,with decopage and skeleton keys.Great for your collectibles

This was shot from the porch and shows a lil of the view,check out Marta's Blog for more about the show. Hope to see you in the fall and if the weather was as perfect as this last weekend we will all have fun. Now it's time to take those items that did not sell, darn. Back to Moore and Garrett

For those who came out we hope you enjoyed yourself and we want to say THANKYOU!!,plus a Big Thank you to all the vendors that participated. You made the show a success

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This is a fast post,The  show was so much fun. Lots of Response. My sales good,not great, but you have to have your first event  and then spread the news. We know this will only get better. I can say my Wedding cake was a hit,and sold plus special orders for 3 more on a smaller scale. I will show you when done. I will get some pics posted tomorrow. With some luck my camera is now working again. Well off to get some sleep as tomorrow hauling everything that did not sell back to Moore and Garretts and back up those darn stair.The workout should loss a pound or two,a girl can dream.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The event is rolling and the Mdse....is great .SO much to chose  from and so many items If you live within a 2 hour drive and love great old stuff. We have it. We have seen a wide variety and thats what makes this special. We know we put together a great show. So many said Wow beautiful.  So sad the camera died...but now a new one....so soon you will see pic....Just hope you trust when I say,take a ride in the country and come to Marta and Freinds.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The day is arriving for Marta and Friends and if your are a lover of .....Creamy Whites,the Romantic look seen in so many magazines today,then you want to shop Marta's Room as it truly is a Jewel in the country. The blue bonnets are blooming and the weather is going to be spring perfect. Thank you rain this past weekend,Lake Belton is Full and looking beautiful. Their is so much to enjoy on your way to and from this special event.The trucks we're rolling in all day bring so much good stuff. I hope I sell some stuff as I may be buying some. Their is over 35 vendors and all types for every collector out their. So are you looking for furniture,many styles from ready to use or some needing a lil TLC. We have pieces to use in remodel or repurpose ideas,like doors/shutters/windows the list goes on. Tomorrow I will take more pics,Darn battery died on me today. Plus Marta's internet service went down yesterday after she had taken pictures to post. We hope you enjoy the show for those who come and those in Central Texas don't miss this one. PS the Wedding Cake I showed you on my Blog has sold already to a fellow vendor and special orders for more versions. I'll show you as I complete them,my hands are going to be busy and hopes for no more burned finger tips-watch out when using that glue gun.

PS -Please stop by Moore and Garrett Antique Mall after your trip to the show for more great collectibles,fine antique's and so much more within this 90 vendor location. This shows work in progress Marta and I worked so hard and starting last Monday  time to clear the porch,start setting up all the looks to love. The weather we worked around and now the shop is ready along with the Porch and grounds. This is just a lil taste of what we have for you. See you in the country this Friday and Saturday. Please leave comments so I can reply and thank you for your input on making my Blog successful

Monday, March 19, 2012

So whats up,Marta and I spent the day working on the property and setting up for our upcoming Marta and Friends...Don't miss this as it will be special. Looks like our prays will be answerred,we may be doing some work in the rain on Tuesday,but we have looked into this Friday and Saturday event...and looks like a wonderful spring day with clear weather. Marta has blue bonnetss blooming and they would make a great spot for a picture....
Now to my stuff,how about this fairy ballerina below,yes a vintage mannequin that is now dress up for her performance.This one was a BIG project but is a great display example of my paper talents and what I can come up with,when I let my creativity go. A mix of musical sheets with several folds,then burlap used as a accent and roses galore with pearl touches.

This shows off the neckline,a row of ruffles handmade using paper filters.
Lots of romatic pretty,The back of the dress shows off a fairy wing effect and more RUFFLES, then your seeing the door that I have created to use in a dining room or kitchen with the white dress side,and the reverse side is spring blue,both sides feature chalk boards for great note and messages. The ruffle lamp has been dressed with ASCP paint on the stand and then a row silk,row of ruffles with  pearl embelishments. Perfect for a vanity or night stand. We hope to see you this weekend,and remember Marta's Room is on FM 439

Monday, March 12, 2012

This is the start of my posting and building my Blog, O'my this is all new to me. Many years in the retail world, having done a long listing of events,seminars,telecasts,training manuls ect. you get it. But now being self employed ,opens other avenues and wanting to be successful in this challenge I have been inspires by so many of you in Blogland.So baby steps in building my post. I plead for patience with my initial steps and remember I remind you I am a terrible speller. P.S. I will give credit to my inspirations and please accept my thanks.

Take a look at some of my recent creations for the upcoming Marta and Friends

That's my grandmother clock in the background,boy does it have a fun story. From a church in Woonsocket,So.Dak. they we're going to toss her. O cry,but Dad saved her and she traveled across the state in a box usually used for a coffin. Dad cleaned her up and yes she still ticks and keeps time,but the ticking is very loud. So I don't always keep her wound up.She reminds me of many happy family trips and will stay in the family forever....She may have to make another trip someday.
This started out as a basic paper-mache swan. I just had to make it prettier...so out come's the Mod Podge,and tea water. I do a all overr decopage using vintage music sheets. Then a little folding of paper for wings and the tail. She had to have a garland to highlight that beautiful swooping neck. Then a little crafting paint in champayne rubbed in with ModPocge to give her a luster to swoon over.
This is a short example of my paper garlands,or swags. I make these double and triple in length.Then use burlap ribbon that has wired edges for shaping( I find the burlap ribbon only at Michaels)

This is a box that started out 60's green,now ascp CoCo and Old White with a fun Graphic,depicting French Chocolates,the inside is Burlap wraped over foam board so you can pin to the inside and use for keeping notes, I fun box for your treasures and that might be your chocolate to go to box.
This is a wedding cake I did all in paper. The body of the cake is a vintage 60's world book dictionary. I have to dig through blog land because I have seen a example on a smaller scale.NOW...  How to,first expect you will spend a lot of time on this creation depending on how big you make your cake. This is the first one I ever attempted and I went for go Big or go home. I started with removing the cover but retain your spine of the book you are working with. Now cut a thickness of the book careful to retain the spine again. The tall center section is the full height of the book. I then rolled each sheet fully to the center and hot glued each sheet,working around the book to create a circular shape. I used a brush of tea and coffee to add staining to the paper. Next I cut another section of the book and then cut that down to create a smaller layer to the cake,I used the same method but folded to the center and then folded again and glued. The botton section I used a papermache hat box so I would have a level surface to build from. This layer of the cake I decopaged completly then along the side,I rolled individual sheets of the dictionary and created a rolled cake look. Then comes the Pretty stuff using ribbon and handmade coffee filter roses,and cupcake liners and again lots of tea staining,adding pearls ect. The other touch's are the vintage doily's, my grandmother was creative in her own time always crocheting and making pretty's. I tea stained one and left the other in crisp white.So now you have a brief low down on how to make one. I placed the cake on a vintage silver platter and now it will make a great presentation for a wedding buisness,or a vintage wedding event.