Friday, August 15, 2008

What I've been up to....and some news


I've mainly been watching the Olympics at night which has gobbled up most of my evening art time. Definitely worth it, but I'm not used to watching so much tv and realizing how little sleep I'm getting and little art produced. I've also been settling back in after my outing to Oregon last week. Indeed it was an amazing time!The news is that I will not be making the trip to Pleasanton, California for ConvenZioNE next weekend. My class did not get enough registrants. I'll really miss meeting up with so many of you that were going. Have fun! I'm moving on and will be selling my house of inspiration kits in my etsy shop. I hope to have a big update by the end of the month. I'll keep you posted.I hit a tremendous estate sale today with lots of fun, quirky goodies.Love finding a pile of old stuff to sort through!Was thrilled to find some new witches boots for my Halloween decor this year.Bought this neat table, took off the glass top and made it into a "discovery table" for the kids. It tucks right under our front windows and I will change it seasonally. I love this kind of thing. They seem to as well:)

Have a great weekend!

37 comments:

Wendy said...

Great finds! Love the idea of the discovery table too.

Gina2424 said...

What a cool table and boots and those little tulle thingies are so cute!

m i c h e l l e said...

Your finds, as always my dear, are magnificent. That discovery table has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. And that crepe paper? Oh be still my heart. I love that old stuff! I have a bit of a stash...it was my obsession one week. :-)

Hope you have a loverly weekend!
Big hugs to you!
Michelle

Paula Clare said...

Hi Kari!
What a bummer your class didn't "make"! I can't imagine! *I* want to sign up and I'm not anywhere NEAR California! I'm SO GLAD you'll be making the kits available on your Etsy shop...they are SO cute!

Your finds are always so wonderful...I don't know if you're an excellent shopper (which I suspect) or if Minnesota is the home of all things FABULOUS when it comes to estate sales?!?! Either way, I see a trip north in my future!

Blessings!
Paula Clare

Diane said...

Woderful Estate Sale Finds (:
Hugs, Diane

Fiona said...

Shame about the ZNE classes.....

Those boots are fab, fab,fabulous!

I've been obssessed by the Olympic tennis. You're right, the art does suffer in terms of giving it time. Oh well, its only every 4 years!

Keep arting and estate saling!

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

OOooooh! LOVE all the eye candy. You always find the best things!!!

The discovery table is such a wonderful idea! I may have to do that for my little ones too! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs!

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Just Love all your QUIRKY goodies
great fun~~
Love coming to see you at your pretty site..
Hope you are having a great weekend (:)) Hugs, Patty ..

Jane said...

Kari, I can't believe your class didn't "make"! I'm sure the kits will make many happy when you put them on Etsy, but it doesn't seem quite right that you had to prepare way ahead & then just get "dropped"! Bummer for sure!

Your resiliant nature shines through, however -- look at all the beautiful goodies you found estating - and see how many got on board for the "Sweet & Sinister" blog/swaps! You are such a bright spot in Blogland!

Love your Discovery table - and those boots - wow, like the "Wizard of Oz" witches!! Beautiful crepe paper too!

Keep on being YOU!!
Jane - Jacksonville

natalie said...

That's it! Vintage crepe paper, and Witchy boots...I'm mov'in to Minnesota!!

jen said...

WOW, such fun finds! LOVE the witch boots, they will be adorable for halloween!

Lisa said...

What a fun, colorful post. Love all the great finds. Lucky you.

Robyn said...

Well first off...that is a shame about your class! There will be next year! No worries there!!!
And secondly love all your finds as well!
Cheers!

theresa said...

well, bummer! I was looking forward to meeting you. Sorry about that. You always seem to have the luck for thrifty cool finds though.
;-)

Holly said...

Such fabulous finds at the estate sale! And, I love those House of Inspiration kits. I might just have to snag one for myself when you add them to the shop. :0)

Shopgirl said...

I have been watching the Olympic games also. I have been doing some cut work while watching. I think it is good to know a little about China too. That old saying keep your friends close and your enemy closer might apply here.
But it has been beautiful and I do enjoy almost all the events.
As ever, I love your blog and your pictures are worth a thousand words. Mary

Katie Trott said...

great shoes! And I love the table for your kids. I know mine would love something like that too. Especially with the magnifier!

laura dodson said...

your finds are splendid and i love the discovery table!

Grace said...

Amazing you find the greatest things! I am so jealous. So do you randomly just find these estate sales or is it posted in a paper or someplace? Hugs Grace

Maria said...

Love those witch's boots!!

Maria

Malphi said...

Lovely things...very inspiring! Nice blog, Susannah x

Emily said...

Wow! Great finds! Love the Witch's boots. That's such a great idea!

Sharon at American Harvest said...

Hi Kari....you will be missed in Pleasanton! I was so looking forward to meeting you in person.
Sharon

Amy said...

Graet finds!

Dana said...

I am loving those boots, I need to get started on the halloween decor as well. You have inspired me to go all out this year.

Romy said...

boo! I won't see you at zne! You don't want to come out and play?

Lani Robertson said...

wow...such wonderful finds! i love the table! your blog is really great and i am adding it to my blogs list of favs! :)

Lani Robertson said...

oh yeah...i love the witch shoes to!

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

Kari Love the goodies you've found awesome shoes and crepe!
Love the DIscovery Table! I hear you about the Olympics and tv watching!
See you soon I've got a 2 year old who just woke up very upset...
Hope it's only a bad dream we can work out!
Warmly
Stacy

Susan Reaney said...

Lovely, lovely things! Because of a pain disorder, I am not longer able to take good advantage of Minneapolis/St. Paul estate sales like I used to but aren't we lucky?

I loved your project and will keep my eyes open. You are so talented, Kari.

Many thanks,
Suz from Saint Paul

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

what a fabulous post sweetie! love the pics and the discovery table!! hope you have a great day!!xoxo Britt

Anonymous said...

Those boots are the BEST Kari! Wouldn't you have loved to have walked a mile in those shoes? I bet they could tell some good stories! So glad you got them to add to your Halloween collection.
Camp Susie

Robyn said...

Come by when you get a minute and check something out...I thought it was really cool and wanted to share! Part I & II!
Cheers!
Robyn

Laume said...

What a lovely idea with the table - reminds me of the Waldorf's seasonal children's table/altar, whatever it's called. I tried to keep something similar for my kids as they grew up and they really loved that they could help set it up and were allowed to touch things in it.

I found some new witch shoes too recently, at the thrift shop, and I was so excited because they are for a "little witch" - kid's size

tess said...

Sorry to hear you won't be making the trip. What yummy goodies you found. The photos are yummy too. I loved the witches boots. That table is a wonderful idea. A great way to keep the littles ones learning without them knowing it.
Tess

tamy/simplymein said...

I am sorry to be missing the convenzione too! Hubby has to go out of town this weekend - hopefully I will make it to Convenzione 09...
I love the goodies that you found - that Dennison crepe paper is absolutely fabulous - I love the colours of each piece you found.
Have a great week!
xo

Roxie said...

Oh wow, love the witches boots. I would love to find a pair. How awesome is that table idea, I bet the kids love it.
Roxie