Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Addition to the design party

As I increase my stockpile of awesomeness for some new additions to my Etsy shop (FINALLY!), I created this little morsel... only, I sold it locally before it could hit the shop. Good thing I took some photos first, because I'll be offering this one at the design party!

Silver plated chain with hand-crafted Italian beads!

Cost for the party: $18

Monday, January 30, 2012


I'm embarrassed to admit... I just downloaded Picasa and had oodles of fun using it to help make my new banner! (Above) What do you think?

See that awesome paper wreath? Yep, made it out of old book pages! Living with Lindsay has a super cool tutorial, although I made mine a bit differently than she did. Mine is gigantic and it kind of took me forever, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

I think I'll offer a smaller version at the design parties. Cost: $10. That's a steal of a deal, folks! More to follow in the design party. section.

In the meantime, here's another picture I edited with Picasa (the Manly Mechanic said it was too "dark" for my banner. Pshh!):

This necklace will be available at the design party!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

the design party.

Design Party Options: January 2012

I'm doing this a little backwards, but I'm posting a couple design party options for my eager students! The original idea was to post my informational flyer first, but it is still in the works! SO, for my seasoned vets who know how it all works, here are a couple items I'll be offering to teach this winter and spring. Remember I will have various color options!

Ask about discounts for more than ten participants, as well as discounts for bringing old jewelry and beads of your own! You can also send me images of your own ideas and I'll do my best to accommodate: deshadiane@gmail.com

Note: these items are made with specific types of materials. If you request the use of cheaper or more expensive metals and beads, I can accommodate and will give you a quote accordingly.

Crystal Necklace, Silver Plated Stardust Beads, Sterling Silver Chain and Crimps, Party Price: $35

Beaded Bracelet, Silver-Toned Findings, Swarovski Crystals and Various Beads, Party Price: $20

I'll be posting the flyer soon, I promise!

Monday, January 23, 2012


I am completely obsessed with Show and Tell.

I speak not of preschool activities, my friends. I speak of the. most. amazing. blog. ever. EVER.

She refinishes all kinds of furniture. She creates absolute masterpieces that make we want to take a month off and just try to come close to equaling her talent.

Do you see this?


She turned it into this:


That's right, go ahead and gasp in complete, unadulterated shock and pleasure.

How does she do it, you ask? My friends, I do not know. (She hasn't updated that part of her blog yet.) All I know is, I intend to find out.

This weekend, my Manly Mechanic was away at work while Cody and I (okay, mostly me) perused the blogosphere. It was therein that we found Show and Tell. I had so entirely indoctrinated  myself into the belief that, with little more than my own talent, Manly Mechanic's tools and a stroke of easy-to-come-by genius, I could accomplish these same types of feats.

My hubs came home to a grinning me, sitting on the sofa in computer bliss. "I think I want to try refinishing some of our furniture," I told him.

"Oh yeah?" He said, "like what?"

[Grins again.] "Everything," I cooed.

He was quite supportive until he had a sudden twinge of panic over where my preferred space might be. You see, he has a "shop," his very own home-away-from-home, where he can play with his boat and his tools and smoke cigars and drink beers and bang on his manly gorilla chest. You can see it here:

Yep, that's the old Cam Cam sitting out front.

Understandably, he was worried I might infringe upon his detached garage man-cave. I have promised, however, that I will not do so.

BUT, I did not promise that I wouldn't raid it for things to refinish!

Here are a few items I discovered in the gorilla-chest-beating man space:

An old table he found in the attic. (Excuse the mess.)

Another shot of the table, my first choice for refinishing.

A sander! Manly Mechanic hasn't used it since his surfing days!

Me holding the sander. To get a feel...

A GIANT medicine cabinet!

His buddy was getting rid of it!

Again, excuse the mess.

I could DEFINITELY find a use for this thing. (Too bad our bathrooms are teensy weensy.)

As you can see, the shop is full of all kinds of guinea pigs for my new found inspiration! The hubs has tried to convince me to start by refinishing this:

Old rocker from my folks. It IS vintage...

What do you think? I think the table would best suit my amateur abilities. And of course, as though I had to say it: all of this is ATW (after the wedding).

I'll keep you posted! Can't wait to destroy, toss out, practice on and eventually refinish into magnificence some old furniture. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cody's Tour of the Yard

Our yard is almost three acres of hard work. Boy, do we have ALL SORTS of fun plans for all that space. But, as with everything, that is ATW (after the wedding).

In between creating the wedding play list, researching where the guys will rent their suits from, and musing over cake ideas, Cody and I decided to take a little stroll outside.

Let me allow Cody James to take you on a tour of our yard...

Mommy's Shoes

Cody's Shoes

Try to keep up with me, folks...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fabric Dreams

Have you been wondering where I've been? Well, maybe not, but I'll tell you anyway: my several-month vacation from the blogosphere was filled with baby-having, baby-raising, house renovating, wedding planning and other completely enveloping aspects of life. The baby part, though- that's good stuff. Totally worthy of non-blogging, non-designing, and just generally doing nothing but baby stuff. I mean, look at him. You'd have the same problem.

Yep, just hanging out in Mommy and Daddy's bed (note the completely awesome framed Beatles poster in the background). He seems to like it there. Can't imagine why.

I have been dying to get back, though, so I guess this is the kickoff. I had something really exciting in mind for my first post, but somehow it has eluded me.
Ollie, Mango
Ollie Mango

Good Life Chintz, Spring
Good Life Chintz, Spring
I just purchased a couple yards of fabric from Tonic Living, and I'm so excited about it that I ALMOST spent the extra money for rushed shipping. But I restrained myself, as hard as it was.
 Take a look at my fabric choices, Ollie Mango and Good Life Chintz, Spring, respectively. Aren't they fantastic? I love GIANT prints.

I have a few undisclosed projects in mind, including making over a few of my living room pillows with the green fabric. I need a little brightness in my life.

I have used their fabric before for this purpose, as well as a super cool framed piece that I have hanging in our entry way (see below).

But, as my parents fondly say, those projects are "ATW." After the wedding. Right now, I have been instructed not even to purchase another book for my Kindle, for fear that I might get distracted and stop the endless wedding prep work.

In fact, I hadn't even given much thought to fabricy (fabricky?) home projects until I had the bright idea to get a custom drape quote from Tonic Living for the outdoor curtains we'll have at the wedding.

And actually, if I didn't think we were capable of creating them on our own, I would have undoubtedly had them make the drapes. The quote was around $600, for beautiful fabric custom-made into 40 yards of curtain! That's pretty incredible.

My framed Tonic Living fabric

The gal over at Rambling Renovators had some made for her living room, and they are GORGE! But I digress. Again, ATW.

So I've been perusing the Internet in search of outdoor-wedding-curtain inspiration, and have come up mostly empty.

1. sparkleandhay.com 2. beautifulblooms.com
3. casasugar.com 4. pinchpleatcurtains.org
Here are a few photos I happened upon, none of which capture the "fabric wall" essence we are aiming for.

What about you? Ever seen any giant outdoor curtains I might take inspiration from? I am looking for how-to's and photographic muses!

Anyway, I look forward to sharing our wedding/ new home/ new baby journey with you, as well as some new accessories on the Etsy shop! More to come soon, and I promise not to leave you ever again! :)