Monday, January 30, 2012

Will the Project Ideas Never End?

And will I actually get something done?

Hit a thrift store after Baby Bee's basketball game Saturday afternoon and picked up a few items to sell on my etsy shop.

And there it was.....

another distraction to keep from finishing projects I already have and at the same time inspiring me to get started on a new one.

A vintage globe.....
yes, a vintage globe that Worker Bee* can not get his hands on.  
I have plans for it.  

Hmmmm.....what to do......what to do......
 Chalk paint?


Adding some words?
(all images found via Pinterest)

Don't worry Mr. Globe.  You are in good hands.
(cue the maniacal laugh - ba ha ha ha ha)

If you're looking for an art project at home like this one, try looking for arts and crafts materials here.

(trying something new here with ads - let me know what you think)

*Worker Bee is a globe collector.  You can click here to see his collection.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Lack of Progress on Baby Bee's Room

I had hoped it would be done by now.

But frankly, we still seem to be in the dreaming stage.

So.....why not share with you some more of our dreams for her room.....

Thanks Pinterest!
(You can follow this board here on Pinterest.)

 Sweet little light treatment.
Refurbished jewelry boxes - love those saturated colors.

 We'll have to have some sort of beach sign!

 And this sweet little lantern isn't in our price range, but I bet I can figure out a way to make something similar.
 I know I'll be making this for my girl!  Those peace signs!  Where did she get that obsession?
 A little ceiling inspiration.....
 and some wall inspiration.

I think that's half the problem.  Too much inspiration making it a bit hard to make final decisions.  

But Baby Bee's birthday is at the end of February, I have a couple of three day weekends coming up, so we better have some action around here soon.

Thanks so much for buzzing in for a visit today!
I'm so delighted to see you.
P.S.  And please, if you haven't already, take a moment to enter my giveaway for some sweet little treats.  Click here to enter!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sympathize With Me Please - I Put Something I Adore on Etsy

Well, it happened.  

I put one of my favorite hidden away pieces up on etsy.  

It's something I bought from the Old Painted Cottage on ebay several years ago.  Got into a bidding war over it and I won.

But then it came to live with us here at Sweet Bee Cottage and it just never quite fit in.  (Not the message, mind you, the message still rings true for our house.)  
I tried it in our bedroom - just didn't go.
Put it in the guest room/studio and it was too much.

Tried the living room, and it's just not my style.

I even tried the go. (Or no va in Spanish - I love that story about trying to sell the Chevy Nova in Mexico, but it means "no go."  There I go again digressing all over the place.)

But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but, 
still love it.

However, should I keep it stashed in my closet when someone else would actually display and not just hoard it?  
Is it good enough to just know I have it, but it never sees the light of day?
Would that be - gulp - hoarding?

So, you see, I'm really doing it for the good of the print.  And for someone else's house.

It's okay.  
You can call me noble. 

So have you ever parted with something you really love, but it just doesn't fit in?  
Were you sorry?

Will I be sorry?
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Disappointment Turns to Joy

A typo.  

A stinkin' lousy typo.

A stinkin' lousy typo kept Baby Bee's name off the basketball list.

The day after all the sadness and disappointment,  Baby Bee was called out of her after school program class and was told that her name was inadvertently left off the team list and she could join practice that very day.  

Baby Bee was sooooo ecstatic.  She told me she prayed that there was some sort of mistake.  And there was.

So now I'm a Dance Mom, a Piano Mom, a Swim Mom AND a Basketball Mom.  What's next?  Oh, I know what's next.  Shopping for basketball shoes.  

P.S.  Thank you for all your kind words for my girl.  They helped a lot!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Baby Bee's Disappointment

Today the results of the tryouts were posted at school.

Out of all the girls who tried out for the school basketball team, Baby Bee's name was not on the list.

Baby Bee hasn't played basketball until this year.  She practiced hard and listened to everything her coach said.  Her dad (Worker Bee) has worked with her on learning to be aggressive and pursue the ball.  She also joined the city rec league basketball program.  (Where she's made 2 baskets in her games!)  And I've seen tremendous improvement in her playing.
That's Baby Bee playing in the white jersey!

But sadly, it wasn't to be(e).  She didn't make the cut.


Baby Bee has not given up.  After all, she is a Bee.  

She has decided to write a note to her coach asking her what she can work on for next year to help her be successful.  She still loves basketball and vows to keep practicing and practicing and getting better and better.  

I love my Baby Bee - or - I should probably call her my Young Lady Bee!  
My, she is growing up!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Fun Funky Find for My Etsy Shop

I've been working on my etsy shop lately and I haven't had a lot of projects to share with you lately.  Although I intended to paint my newish corner cabinet today, it was just too cold and I got started too late so it will have to wait for another day.  Maybe a day with more daylight.

So, I thought I would show you this fun coverlet or quilt I found at an estate sale. I've decided I just don't have room to keep it, so I put it up in my etsy shop.  

It looks like the sewer of this used decorator fabric samples to create this.  It's quite heavy.

Let me show you some close-ups of the variety of fabrics used.

 So many colors.....
It's like a step back in time.  Some of these definitely remind me of my grandparents.

Thanks for buzzing by today!  
It's supposed to be 22ยบ overnight tonight (very cold for these parts) so I'm making tummy warming Taco Soup for dinner tonight. 
What are you making to keep your tummy warm?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My Friend, the Fabulous Phyllis

I have mentioned my dear friend, Fabulous Phyllis a few times here.  I've mentioned before that she owned the most delightful shop, Sawdust & Stitches.  Well,  you might have noticed I used the past tense----- owned ----- and sadly the economy has taken its toll on her wonderful shop and she had to close her doors in December.

Well one of the things I love about Fabulous Phyllis is that she doesn't give up.  Yes, it was very, very hard for her to close her doors, but she has chosen to follow her bliss.  And her bliss is finding sad outdated furniture and transforming it with paint and embellishments.  She has a wonderful eye.  

Luckily we have this wonderful consignment store in town and she has rented a space out of High Street Boutique!  
She's already sold so much, her space looks empty!

Let me show you a few things she has set up!  Can you believe it?  She's already sold a ton of stuff out of her new booth!  She's got to restock!!!
I LOVE this vintage enamel table.  Sadly, I just don't have a single spot in my house to put it!

And since I was there I thought I'd show you a few vignettes set up around the store too.....
Cute little cabinet!  They've done a great job mixing all the aqua, teal, and turquoise in the shop.

These are probably from all different sellers, but they've put this together quite nicely.

This cute metal cabinet looks so cute in the window with the old window above it.  My picture doesn't do it justice.

Drooling over this stove too!

This display is tablescape ready! 

This booth owner repurposes and designs furniture, quite a bit of it from Mexico.  Don't you love these colors?

The owner, Carolyn and her daughters do a wonderful job setting up charming displays.  

And these are a couple of my personal favorites!

Thank you for coming by!  
I'll be sure to show you more as Fabulous Phyllis continues to follow her bliss.  
Oh!  You can also check out her etsy shop.  She sews too!