Saturday, August 24, 2013

Last year, 
I was asked by our roaming reporter for my husband's company to write something about myself for a spotlight in their newsletter.  It was a 'secret spouse' kind of thing, so I knew the guys wouldn't be seeing it.  I figured I was going to have a hard time writing about myself, so I decided to be a little more creative and jot down 56 random things about me that most people don't know.  I thought I had thrown it away, but it randomly popped up tonight when I was looking for a document.  
After laughing, I thought I would share it with you.

Here goes...

  1. I love a good flea market and adore searching for old objects.  My best deal yet was a $5 chair which is sitting in my living room.  
  2. My favorite food is rice and vegetables. I crave it all the time.  Tofu scramble and raisin bread for breakfast is the best.
  3. My kids think I'm a Facebook addict...I prefer to call myself a Research Specialist.
  4. I lived in Alaska for 5 years.  It was a good experience at the time, but not my cup of tea.
  5. My favorite colors are white, peach and pale gold.   
  6. I swoon for anything French.  
  7. I love white, cream and grays together.  My goal is to decorate my entire house in those colors.
  8. I have a little kitchen garden in my backyard which is designed like a french potager.  I love growing my own herbs and vegetables.  
  9. Spending time in my studio and creating jewelry is something I could do every minute of the day.
  10. My first 'real' drawing was of a naked man.  That was in Kindergarten.  My parents had to meet with the teacher about it.  Hey…it was Art.
  11. I've always been creative.  (see #10) 
  12. I enjoy a nice glass of white wine.  
  13. I'm addicted to beads and love going to the gem show.  I make a list every year but have never taken it out of my bag.  
  14. I love to find things to paint and/or repurpose…spray paint makes me happy.  There's a special place in heaven for the person invented it.  
  15. I like to repurpose things.  It takes a certain eye to be able to pick out a piece of junk and turn it into something beautiful.  
  16. I love quiet.  
  17. I've never met a cocktail I didn't like.  
  18. My business name is Three Beads and a String.  Thank you Sheila for thinking of it.
  19. I LOVE to shop and have been called a 'speed shopper' by my best friend Liz.  She says she loves to draft behind me.  
  20. I love a nice hotel.  The fancier the better.
  21. Chandeliers make me drool.  I could have one in every room.
  22. I love to cook but have lost my passion for it lately. 
  23. I like my flower bouquets to be all the same color and all the same flower.  Preferably white.  
  24. I love taking classes and learning as much as I can about art, color and design.  I'd love to take a color theory class, a metal jewelry making class, a textile class and a photography class.  
  25. I dream about going to France and Italy.  I love the architecture and romantic feel.  Also, I want a man who will carry my bags for me.  (See #32)
  26. I'm not an outdoorsy girl.  I like malls and room service.
  27. I like to be different.  
  28. I love ruffles, polka dots and swirls.
  29. I love the smell of basil…it's heavenly.
  30. I love crystals and pearls together.
  31. I enjoy being alone.  
  32. I'm a hopeless romantic…it's the little things I adore.
  33. I'm terrible about keeping in touch when people move away.
  34. I prefer spontaneity over making plans.  
  35. I love to decorate.
  36. I move things around a lot.  Sometimes just a 1/4" and sometimes everything in the house goes on tour.
  37. Televisions bother me…its just noise.  
  38. I'm not a big fan listening to music when I'm alone.  (See #16)
  39. I love a good farmer's market.  Saturday morning coffee, a muffin, buying fresh flowers and fresh veggies, and talking to the farmers.  It's right up there with the flea market.
  40. I embrace change.  Bring it.
  41. Elegance is my favorite word.  I continually strive to have more of it in my world.
  42. I want to learn to speak French. 
  43. I'm a magazine whore.
  44. I was a strawberry blonde as a little girl.  I loved to wear dresses, ruffled socks and I always carried a purse.  
  45. I love the look of cowboy boots and a skirt together.
  46. I prefer vintage and shabby chic, but am eclectic in my decorating style.
  47. My favorite color of lipstick and nail polish is coral.  
  48. I had both my children naturally...but not on purpose.
  49. I love watching birds flitting around my yard.  
  50. I have two standard poodles.  One follows me around all day long.  
  51. I wanted to be a Interior designer in high school.
  52. I am a middle child with no syndrome.
  53. For my 14th birthday I asked my mom for an Ettique Book.  I still have it.  
  54. I love to laugh.
  55. I like mood lighting.  
  56. My boys are my pride and joy.  
Me in a nutshell.  

Patti xo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting Show Ready

I just got the boost I needed.  A sort of kick in the seat of my pants, if you will.  I'm the kind of person that has to have everything perfect before I can go into my studio to create.  Yes, we all know how that's working for me.  It seems like all I do is clean my house, put things back in their place and organize with hopes of having more time to do the things I want.  Well, as we all know, it's a merry~go~round and I'm jumping off.  Goodbye OCD...I have a show coming up!  

My friend Sharon Carlson, who is one of the owners of One Hundred Chairs sent me a message asking  if I might be interested in participating in upcoming show called the Vintage Marketplace at Rusing Square in Prescott.  After thinking about it for 2 minutes...I accepted.  It's been a while for me, but lately I've been feeling a little tingling sensation to get back into the show scene.   I shopped at this show last year and loved it.  I love the atmosphere and know many of the vendors.  
I am honored that I was asked to be included (thanks Sharon!)

Note ~ I believe the show is actually Saturday, October 12th not the 13th.  I will let you know as soon as I find out.  

So yesterday, I dug out jewelry from every nook and cranny and started tagging, photographing and listing it on Etsy.  
I figured while I was getting 'show ready' I would kill two birds with one stone and get some items listed in my shop.  
I've started my list of the things I need and am mentally designing my booth.  I'd love a ruffled tablecloth (do I have time to make one?) and of course, everything will be vintage and mostly white (I know… you're surprised).  Dress forms, silver trays, cool vintage stands, fun bowls full of eye candy and the lace garland I made.  Oooh, I can hardly wait to set it up.  

As soon as I get all of this listed, I will start working on creating some new items.
The problem is...I always make what I love.  Sometimes I love it so much that I have to have it.  So, I need to make another one to sell.  
See what I'm getting at?  

Oh, there's more...much, much more...

I have my work cut out for me, but it's fun and I have a little over 7 weeks to prepare which is awesome!  
I am so thankful that Sharon gave me enough time to get ready so that I'm not saying this...

Put the date on your calendar because 
you won't want to miss this awesome event.  
You won't be sorry...I promise!
Patti xo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Come see my new items 

The Marketplace @ Rusing Square

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Corner of W. Goodwin and S. McCormick streets

Fun and Festive Autumn event showcasing a creative mix of sellers including re-purposed painted furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, eclectic and unique items.
Located in the parking lot of Rusing Square office complex, corner of S. McCormick and W. Goodwin Street
I shopped at this event last year and it was a wonderful mix of vendors. 

Stop by and say hello!

 Patti xo

Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's Almost Time

I love
I always have and I always will.  I just wish I could slow it down.

Hanging out by the pool, going barefoot, sleeping in, long bike rides, no routines, spontaneity, gardening and our annual family vacation.  Its all been fun and I hate to see it come to an end.  

This year, I decided to take a summer vacation from making jewelry and I have to say... it was wonderful!  I wanted to make sure the kids had a great time, as well as my full attention.  I've loved every minute of it.  Now that it's coming to an end, I have to admit that I am really excited to get back to having some creative time.  

One thing I did manage to do was get my studio painted.  When my son talked me into switching rooms, I inherited his slate grey walls.  It always felt so dark when I was working, so I was delighted when our painter came over and sprayed it white from top to bottom.

Here it is 'before'...

 And this is 'after'...

I'm in love with the white walls and my lovely chandeliers.  It still wows me to walk in and turn the lights on.  What a difference! 
I have some cool finishing touches to do, but wanted to wait until I had some time alone to concentrate so I didn't mess up my pristine walls.  

I'm getting a little excited.  

The kids start back to school

2 days. 

This is where you will find me.
Hanging out with my mannequins and creating jewelry.  

My beads have been waiting patiently for me.

 I'm seeing some great fall colors on this platter, along
 with some fun new designs.

I can hardly wait to get back to soldering...

and have cases of vintage jewelry waiting to be repurposed.

 I've found a lot of new vintage crystals to play with...

do me a favor and wake me when it's Monday!  

Patti xo

Friday, August 2, 2013

Playing around in Paris

The Louvre museum  

Exhibition:  August 2, 2013

I can't begin to imagine the feeling of sitting in this room.  I hope to visit the heart of Paris someday to take in the magic of some of the greatest historical sights.  

My dream is to see Paris from the top of The Eiffel Tower.  

But for now... some fun.  

What a magical moment to see Paris from the top of the Tower! 

I cane gets an eyeful: it’s spectacular and romanticWhat a magical moment to see Paris from the top of the Tower! Everyone gets an eyeful: it’s spectacular and romantic