Vintiquties Boutique

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vintage Halloween Charm Swap! 2015 Come Join Us!!!


Hello all! I'm really excited to announce the Vintage Halloween Charm Swap for 2015! 
YAY!!
I did a vintage Halloween Charm swap in 2012 and it was so much fun I've decided to do another one.

Anyone can join! And I hope that you all will...

Here are the rules for the swap...
1. Charms should be no larger than 1 1/4 inch in any direction (not including the jump ring) Think "charm" not focal piece or pendant.
2. Charms should be inspired by "vintage Halloween" style, vintage Halloween images, and subjects.
3. Charms need to be well made with lots of detail (no all paper, or "a few plastic beads on a string" entries will be accepted) -use this as an opportunity to learn some new jewelry techniques or pull out a few old faves. We want to see charms that we can wear year after year. Think glass beads, soldering, Ice Resin to seal paper, Wood, Wire Wrapping, Painting, Layers, tiny details, repurposed, etc, one or all.
4. Package each charm labeled with your name clearly displayed (to avoid confusion once I start swapping them all) (please do not label them with nothing but your blog name, it's too confusing. Feel free to put your name AND your blog info on each charm, we would love to visit) :)
5. Make the packaging for each charm pretty, spooky, etc. We all love to receive a pretty package. Do some stamping, stitches, painting...whatever floats your boat.
6. Create 10 charms (they do not all have to be the same, they can be different styles if you prefer, or 5 of one and 5 of another)
7. Charms should have a medium/large sz jump ring attached (lobster clasps are awesome for quick connect though not required)
8. Send charms along with $5 for priority shipping (check or cash) to Thespoena McLaughlin, 5130 Silent Grove Rd, Springdale, Arkansas  72762.  Charms must reach me no later than October 5th so that I have time to sort them, package them, and send them back out in plenty of time for Halloween. And it is Halloween so there will be goodies in your return boxes! :)
9. Have FUN! ! ! !
This is not required for participation because some people don't have blogs etc. But PLEASE share a link back to this blog along with the swap image so we can get lots of people signed up. The more the merrier! 

 So I hope you will join in, please comment below and let us know who's coming!

See blow for some of the charms and packaging from the 2012 swap!
 I thought the packaging on this one was really great! They enclosed this repurposed charm in white wax paper and sewed the edges with black and red thread, even sewed a little bobbie pin embellishment on it. Adorbs!

 This book of spells charm was made out of textured copper sheet with clay sculpted eye, so AWESOME!

 The little wire wrapped pumpkin made from a glass bead was cute and the copper etched medallion was the coolest!

 I thought the packaging on this eye charm was genius, made to look like the stamped skull was looking our at you, VERY COOL! ( a great example of making awesome packaging to go with your charm) A soldered charm with a soldered spider stuck to the front was unique and fun, and the witchy charm sealed with Ice Resin with the witch hat details was perfect!

 The potion bottle charm worked perfectly with the poison label and the other charms were very charming additions to our bracelets (some folks made a nice detailed charm and then sent accent smaller beaded charms to go with them)...







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

$25 FREE clothes! plue FREE Shipping! Check it out!

Hey guys, I don't usually post non art related things on my blog but this deal is too good to pass up. And every little penny counts so I wanted to share it with ya'll, my frugal blogger buds...

You can get $25 worth of FREE clothes with FREE shipping for a short time. You gotta go get in on this!
Click the link below to get started!


They have kids and adult new and gently used clothing. They have a promotion right now where new accounts get $15 free clothing. (existing accounts get $10 free)
Then after you have created your new account go to Collections and create a collections list for an extra $10 FREE clothes. 

It's super simple! 
I got clothes for my daughter and my son.

Another awesome thing is that they donate a percentage of each purchase back to the schools that sent in the clothes. Awesome!

when you have made your purchase be sure to check the amount to be sure your credits are already applied and your total is 0 then enter your credit card # for verification and it won't be charged. They are a reputable company and I have done this several times with no problems. 

Good luck ya'll! Hugs!

Let me know what you found!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Winners! Free Classes!

Just a quick announcement...
All who entered my giveaway for free class packs as of May 15 please send me an email so I can send you a link to your free classes and thanks for sharing!
Have a happy day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's time for a GIVEAWAY ... YAY! And some fun news...

Hi ya'll!

So it's spring, and it's beautiful (if you don't count the 20 minute hail storm that ruined my already thriving garden)
Today the sun is shining and I'm in the mood for a giveaway!

I'm giving away 5 (count them FIVE) online class packs.
Each class pack includes three classes as follows...

Textured Solder Online Workshop

 Textured Solder 2 online workshop
 And the Metal & Rust Tag Journal online class

 All you have to do to be entered to win is share a link to this post then comment below with a link where you shared. You can share on Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, Face Book, Wherever you like.
You may enter once per day to increase your chances but you may only win 1 of the  5 prizes.

I will choose the winners on May 15th!

Also I want to share a little bit about my hubby and I. We will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year. I'm currently running a blog about getting ready for our vow renewal in Las Vegas on The Rockabilly Bride
We just signed up to win a little help with our trip through a Stayful promotion and we would really appreciate your VOTE! Your vote has nothing to do with my giveaway, the giveaway is happening no matter what and a vote will not increase your chance of winning, I'm just asking PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE with SUGAR ON TOP! lol. HUGS!
click the link above and wait a second for the page to load a pic of me and my DH then vote. Very simple, just takes a few seconds, and know that I would do it for you.
 
Also a little more fun news, my blog is now going to be Vintiquities.net ! Yay!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Junk Ranch ... Prairie Grove Arkansas ...

Well hello you guys!
I know, I know, it's been a while...
Yeah, I'm still here, and things are getting better all the time...
I'm still blogging off an on but my focus is on my upcoming 20 year anniversary and vow renewal in VEGAS! If you want to check out my progress check out my newest blog www.therockabillybride.blogspot.com
Yes I'm so aware that I have too many blogs, lol.

It's spring and today is just gorgeous! I love it!
Last night I came upon information for a seriously cool junk show in my neck of the woods.
Yay!
It's called The Junk Ranch and it's in Prairie Grove Arkansas.
Their next show is Jun 12-13 and then they will have one in early October. 

You guys know me, I can't pass up good junk, and if I didn't need to purge so badly I would totally be shopping this event (and may anyway ;-)
But seriously, I'm sending in my application today to be a vendor. 
I am doing a huge purge of cool junk, old furniture, vintage goodies, mixed media found objects for your art and much more. 

I'm totally letting go of all this junk surrounding me. Much like I did many years ago when I was all about scrapbooking and needed to let go the stuff I would never be able to use in a lifetime. I'm doing it again, only it's COOL STUFF! like metal baskets, old wood boxes, rusty metal, shopping carts, pretty furniture, and more. 

If I'm accepted to be a vendor I'll let you guys know! But still I hope you can go check out this awesome event anyway!

Hugs! :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

!!!! RED HOT Holiday SALE !!!! Online Classes at AMAZING PRICES !!!!

!!!! RED HOT Holiday SALE !!!!

For a limited time classes have been reduced to only $20 each!!!
Check out it out in my online store in Square Market. Link at the top of my blog.

And this week only you can get all 3 classes for only $45



on Square Market

Christmas Decorating...and a RED HOT Holiday SALE!!!

 I cut a bunch of hickory branches and sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled German glass glitter over them. I then tied the branches together and placed them in an old teapot, stuffing tissue paper inside to steady them up and finally placing shredded tissue paper at the top.
It really doesn't photograph well but it just sparkles like the Dickens when in the room.
 I wanted to use a few of my collection of vintage ornaments and got the idea to hang them in with my mason jar chandelier. I love how it turned out but boy did it take a while to get them all hung up there.




 I didn't want a copycat version of the Mason Jar Chandy so I collected different antique jars from flea markets. Took me quite a while but I love the assortment I found. Gray, different colors of blue, and clear. Ball, Mason, Kerr, Atlas, an extremely rare Swayzee, and even a Jumbo Peanut Butter jar. Really adds interest with all the different ones hanging together.

 Our family ornament, picked up in  MS while visiting my mom.

 My mom got this white tree at a great price last year at Dillard's after Christmas sale. 
I'm really loving this tree.
 It goes perfectly with my living room and my hand made ornaments.
 One of my handmade poinsettias, find the free tutorial on my tutorials page (find it in the tab bar at the top of this blog).
 I found some brass butterfly cutouts from the 80's, painted country blue of course, and applied glue then added lots of German Glass Glitter to them. They looks amazing tucked into the tree here and there.




 I'm still in love with this old typewriter I picked up last year. Each season I find something to tuck behind the keys and this vintage santa postcard was just too good to pass up. my handmade santa art doll is right at home here. (and that artwork in the background was the piece my youngest placed 1st in the state art competition for 2nd grade a few years ago. I just love it)


 Another glittered branch tucked in behind my grandmas old clock. I wish it worked but I just love it's charm.
 Still loving my Ardex countertops!



 Also I'm starting my megasale on my online classes today. Lowest price they have ever been.
Get them for only $20 each or for a very limited time get all three class for only $45!!!!

on Square Market

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall Fun Sale! 25% OFF all online classes! Order now above!

I'm so excited Fall is nearly here! I can't wait! So Im started my fall sale early in the hopes that it will bring on the season! Yay!

So I am offering 25% off all my online classes! Woo-Hoo!
Just enter coupon code FallFun at checkout and you will recieve 25% off your entire order at my squareup store above!

And be on the lookout for new classes coming soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classes are up and running!

Ive been working to get my Square Market account up and running and I'm happy to say that my new store is now open! Yay!

To purchase any of my classes simply click on any item at the top of the posts section of this blog under Vintiquities Boutique.  You will be transported to my Square Market online where you can safely purchase classes, and coming soon... digital content such as blog designs and templates, invitations, fun artful images and much more. 

So what are you waiting for?!  Go get your art on!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Holes...

Have you ever seen that movie Holes?

It's kind of about a bunch of troubled teens in a "work camp" and they go out in the desert and have to dig a bunch of holes and each one has to dig so many holes before they can go back to camp that day. The landscape is full of huge holes. 

The last eight months it has seemed at times like I was stuck in that landscape. Not digging the holes myself but falling unknowing into one as I tried to stroll along. I would claw my way out of one hole finally resurfacing in the fresh air and light, dusting myself off and beginning again only to fall into yet another dark hole. Holes placed in my path by others, placed by the unpredictable nature of life, holes that just popped up randomly for the heck of it, and sometimes I even fell into holes that were destined for someone else. For whatever reason I fell into every hole imaginable and it left me pretty down for a long time, unable to regroup, or think, or move. Like there was a giant boa constrictor around my life.

For now my feet are on firm ground and I'm trying my best to get myself back. To get back to that place where I can make art, where I can feel art in my soul again. It's frustrating to think that I may have lost my muse in one of those holes I had to dig out of. But sometimes I get a glimpse of her and like a mirage, when I reach out to her she disappears again. Like every artist there have been times in my life where my muse took a vacation but I always greeted her warmly when she returned as she did not stay away long. Now I worry that she moved without telling me. I miss her, I miss the creative spirit that used to flow from me so freely, and I miss all of you here online. I miss the support and the comfort and the friendships. I am lost but trying to find my way back.

Anywho, for anyone struggling out there I wish you quick reunion with your muse, as I still search for mine. 

Hugs!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday and MORE Sale!!!!!! Happy Holidays!

I'm having a Black Friday Sale in my Etsy shop. Only it lasts all weekend!

Just enter coupon code BlackFriday at checkout from my Etsy Shop and you will recieve 25% OFF your entire purchase! That includes online classes, jewelry, art, home decor and more!

But hurry, sale ends Monday!

Happy Holidays from Vintiquities Workshop on Etsy!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Connie Crystal Blog Hop with the ICE Resin Creative Team...

Welcome to the Connie Crystal Blog Hop with the ICE Resin® Creative team!
Today is the start of the blog hop and I hope you will visit each of our blogs to see the fun creations showcasing Connie Crystal!
Please go visit Susan Walls to continue on the blog hop journey: http://wp.me/p2IN5n-7m

Today I want to share with you some amazing products made by Connie Crystal and used with ICE Resin® to create some wonderful wearable pieces that can be used for everyday, a night on the town, or even a special event...

 IceLander above, is a really fun piece full of sparkle and shine, the Glass Glitter under the ICE Resin® really sparkles and the Connie Crystal just sets this piece off when worn.
To make it...
1.Choose a bezel from the Media Mixage line.
2. Brush in a layer of Enamel Medium
3. Sprinkle in Silver German Glass Glitter, let dry.
4. Glue an old rhinestone earring into the center of glittered bezel.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to package instructions and pour into bezel. Let cure.
6. Use wire wrapping technique to create a beaded chain using Connie Crystals.
7. Attach chain at the ends.



Vintage Molly is a layered piece that is highlighted very well with the Connie Crystal Drop. 
To make it...
1. Choose two nesting bezels from the Media Mixage Line.
2. Brush Enamel Medium inside both.
3. Sprinkle ICE Enamels Ivory Relique Powder inside and pour off the excess powder. Let dry, then heat with a heat gun to melt the enamel powder.
4. Glue vintage rhinestone jewelry pieces inside the smallest bezel, then glue the small bezel inside the larger one with E-6000 Jewelry adhesive.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to package instructions, pour into bezels, let cure.
6. Use wire wrapping technique to create a dangle drop and attach to the bottom of the bezel. 
7. Use wire wrapping on torn fabric to create the neck piece.

Upcoming events...

I have some VERY Exciting news to share soon. Can't wait to spill the beans!