Sunday, January 22, 2017

Organized Chaos

That is what my sewing/craft room is.  I am fortunate to have a tiny escape room for my stuff. Not that it all fits in there, but I have spent about 6 months editing, labeling, sorting, tossing and now I am ready to get sewing again. And, now I will know where everything is. Wahooo, love January. The dreary days, the sickness/germs. The nothing to do and no money.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gilmore Girls' Confession

I am Kelley and this is my Gilmore Girls' confession.  I never watched it. Never wanted to.  And I don't like the name Loralei (sp??) At all.  Still don't.  And how is Rory a nickname for that? Maybe.  Still not sold after about 140 hours of GG binging.

How did it happen you ask? I was in between crime/violence/mystery dramas and I got sucked into the hype of the reunion episodes.   Binge watched all 7 seasons in November.  Nice diversion from life and election! Quirky. Silly. Happy. Cute guys, pretty clothes, romantic chemistry.

Annoying.  Bad acting. Flawed characters. Plots that were just obstacles.  And Hellooooo. I binge watched Parenthood over the summer which probably melted the ice a bit on my attitude towards GG.  Hello. Lauren Graham's character dating her daughter's teacher?  Helloooo?  of course, GG did it first.  But I was already trying to keep the Bravermans outta GG. Enough I thought.  But I kept on watching because Luke. I loved him. Hated him.  Loved Loralie (sp, still not sure!) hated her. And Christopher.  Hated him.  Never liked or loved him.  Loved Logan after I stopped cackling over Carey Agos (Good Wife anyone?) with the hairdos!  And Paris.  (HTGAWM anyone?)

The quaint town,  the bumpy, weird lives, I love it all. Toile wallpaper, mismatched upholstery + my dream of having an inn, swoon!

So I watched the trailers, and then the spoilers. I agree and disagree with them, which is so November 2017, right?  And I am now an expert on GG, old and new. And I watched it seamlessly - They aged 10 years overnight for me.  So I think I am having less of a letdown.  No meltdown. I don't think they wasted precious GG minutes on the oddball characters, nope. Those crazy plots and Kirk-isms are what kept GG light and easy.  Not heavy, L&L drama.  The musical. Loved  L's reaction.  Just like I loved the karaoke scene.  Which is 3 minutes of great TV and bad singing.

And I am 1/2 done with last episode. Still no Dean? I was such a fan... still no Suki? come on!

But they just snuck a bit of Parenthood in there, so ha!!  I caught it. Thank you casting agent.

I am going to watch the end. And I'll be back to comment. Because I like to amuse myself.  And all my TV shows are colliding...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Junquey Gal: Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

Junquey Gal: Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

So. I have been MIA for almost an entire year in blog days.  I can hear the crickets. Nah, even they have left the building.  But, I am not a quitter.  Regardless of what you may have heard!  So I am back with a mission. I want to capture my recipes here. Yawn. I know. Food blog so 5 years ago.  But, it is for me. So I can have an actual record of my successful vegan offerings. I know. Vegan.  Yuck. Right?  How did that happen?  One daughter with a soul for kindness and ethical treatment of animals.  The rest of us are just vegetarians.  We are shamefully consuming butter, eggs and cheese. Not often. Just enough to gorge ourselves with our favorite pizza. And cookies. So the vegan child doesn't waste away to her birth weight, I am on a mission to redo our recipes into really good vegan offerings.  So. Warm from the oven on a brisk Autumn eve, banana cake.

It is a yummy first attempt.  I can't believe I am saying this but I will cut the sugar next time.  Crazy, huh?  I didn't factor in the natural sweetness of the bananas. I usually make a zucchini or carrot base cake.  It did turn out soooo good when warm from the oven.  Here's the recipe:
Subject to improvements the very next time we have over ripe bananas. First, let me mention.  Along with the vegan thing, we are all about the organic, non-GMO ingredients.  If you aren't. Start with one ingredient and work your way through.  

  • Okay, preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mash bananas to equal 3 cups. Should be nice and soft.
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, non bleached
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unrefined sugar (too much, I know. Try 1 cup next time). 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
  • 13 x 9 pan.  I prefer to use parchment paper. If you don't, you'll want to grease and flour the pan
  • Sprinkle with dairy-free mini chocolate chips.  Enjoy Life is the brand. I can find 'em at Krogers. 
  • Bake about 30 minutes. Maybe 40.  You know. Start sticking it with a toothpick at about 25 minutes to gauge.  
  • Enjoy.  Seriously.  You will not miss the eggs and greasy butter taste. The coconut oil gives it a pleasant crust.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rosary Bead Earrings

I have mixed emotions.  I wear my vintage rosary bead earrings most days.  They give me peace. I don't know why, as I am a lapsed Catholic and don't specifically pray to Mary.  But, I know my customers have told me how nice and calming it is to reach to their prayer beads during a hectic or stressful day.  In my opinion, that can't be wrong. And, I have just as many people that just like the uniqueness of them. Several pairs are available on Etsy, just follow link on the right. (If you are on a mobile app, you mat need to follow the link at the bottom of this page to go to the Full Website)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Junquey Gal: You be mine

Junquey Gal: You be mine

You be mine

I am seriously in love with this stack of vintage pretties.  My favorite is this quaint hankie!!

 Flea market find. All mine.  For - drum roll - $10!  An entire Marshall's shopping bag full. Luckily my partner in crime has eagle eyes for boxes of neglected old stuff.  Stay tuned to see what they become later!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bucket List!

I can't expression enough what an honor it was to be chosen to participate in the 2015 Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH!!I am still thinking it all through
 to see what worked and what didn't. Here are some pretty pictures of my space and the venue. It is an unbelievable event!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

What day is it??

Not sure, it is just a blur. Sew, buy supplies to finish sewing projects, sew, repeat.  It is less than a month until the Columbus Country Living Fair .  O M G.  Me.  Pinch me again, right??  Just a little tease of the clutch/wristlets that I have been making. 101 of them to be exact!  Now I am on aprons... photos tomorrow!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Shades of red, white & blue...

From my studio, lots of toile, texture, linen, lace... All recreated into pretty but functional purses & totes. I can barely see my dressform, Viola!  If you see something that interests you, just leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Exciting news X 2!

Okay, I have almost finished pinching myself!  First the super-duper news that I hinted about previously... drum roll please...

This Junquey Gal, and an entourage of family and friends, is heading to Columbus, Ohio this September because I have been selected to be a VENDOR at the Country Living Fair

I know!

Thrilled, honored, scared, intimidated... yep.  And so busy - or shall I say sew busy??  Here's a little peek at what is on the work table.  As soon as this week's round of kid's softball games, chorus and honor programs is all over...

And as if that isn't the absolute best news ever, I found out today that I will have a purse and apron in the September/October issue of Somerset Studio Magazine .  I can't wait to be able to share more info about it.  I am not 100% how they are being featured - both are literary inspirations and could fit several different calls they had reently.

I know!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Big news!

There was a time, not long ago, that I was ready to put my creative, crafting days behind me because I didn't think I could do it by myself.  I even went as far as to sell all my pretties for nearly nothing at a local flea market.  But, that backfired when a customer, who loved my style, ended up being the owner of a really cool & ecelectic fabric store... and I was able to push myself in different directions as I freelanced for them.  And it gave me courage to branch out.  And then I found my way to a co-op of amazing artists and crafty types.  And that experience once again pushed me to different levels of my creativity.  And, I learned new techniques, pushed myself artistically and was able to purchase my own tent and haul it all over the city - with a little help from my girls, my parents and a few friends.  And now I am thrilled beyond belief to be selected to be a vendor at a really big deal show, news to follow shortly, but let me just say:  O M G

Here's a little peek at some of my button earrings on vintage playing cards.  I am not straying from my textiles, these are fun little diversions.  Over this long winter I was able to make a few hundred pairs while watching TV.  I am such a multi-tasker - I was probably on ebay at the same time!  The playing cards for my earrings = a new thing to collect.   

I think what I keep finding out is - do what you love.  Even if you are alone.  Especially if you are alone.  Be okay with not making money.  Don't be afraid.  Go to places you never dreamed of visiting.  Ask for what you want.  Subscribe to emails from for daily inspiration.  Hang with other creative types.  Laugh.  Make a mess.  Be yourself.  Forget about what others think.    Cheers to glitter and salt... and laughter and keeping it real...

Monday, November 17, 2014

'tis the season!

Back to back weekends of shows can be exhausting - but I love it!  Especially when one was in the city and the other in the country - and people were excited about my stuff at both... Much is going to Boutique 208
I met great people at both shows - customers and vendors.  I am always humbled and inspired by the creativity and passion I encounter.  This is my passion - it is pretty and trivial, but that is okay.  I make my stuff with love from a happy place & the kindred spirits that buy it are sure to experience the same happiness... a great post-weekend feeling on a Monday.  Need to keep that focus as the chaos of the holidays comes barreling at us.  Happy. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trunk Show - you are invited!

So happy that I am a vendor a this event! It is the first year and I can tell you - it will be a great shopping experience!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A stitch in time...

Saves nine, right?  What does that saying mean - minutes, days, hours?  Anyone know?  I know I have not saved any time this year.  It has just been moving, cleaning, moving other stuff around, painting, moving stuff around, painting other stuff and moving stuff around again.  I have not plugged my sewing machine in since February! I did some fun little hoops.  Almost instant gratification.   I am hoping to get back into the creating mode more routinely... wish me luck.  I miss it!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pink and Paris - perfect!

What to wear for a special Valentines Day dinner at home?  Heels, pearls and perhaps something fun and flirty...

your invitation to Handmade with Love!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What I didn't give you for Christmas (aka Pinterest FAIL!)

I have an old Martha Stewart Living magazine that I have kept for years, probably decades if I do the math, because I have always wanted to make a homemade snow globe. I never could get past that exotic ingredient, glycerin, of which the importance was stressed, so that the snow/glitter floated instead of dropping.


Flash forward to the age of DIY and of course, there are a ton of tutorials for how to make them and someone mentioned that glycerin is available at the the drug store. AH HA! At the same time, my aging cat Rocket has developed a serious baby food addiction. For a while she tricked me into thinking that she could only digest the $1.09 Gerber yucky chicken pasty stuff that makes me heave. And was eating 3-4 jars a day. Do the math! I don't spend that much on my own food everyday! But, the pile of adorable little glass jars were so perfect for my beads and baubles as mentioned here previously. Then, I remembered Martha's snow globes. Yep, just in time for the holidays.   First step, find little trinkety items that wouldn't rust, melt, mold or get icky in water and could fit in the tiny jars. I found trees at at Michaels and adorable miniature sleighs ($3 each - ouch!). The tress were flocked if I do say so. Remember that. And it rhymes with, well, if you ever crafted or shopped or dined or talked to me, you know what I'd say next. After about $60 on supplies - fine glitter, colored glitter, water proof glue - two varieties in case one failed, MS's pearly paint for the lid - adheres without sanding - (look closely and you will see the Ragu lid where it didn't!)!  
I marched right up to the local pharmacy counter and asked the young girl behind the counter, where to find glycerin. And she walked me over to the suppositories, which by the way, are very expensive. And explained that was what was inside. I remember muttering that I didn't read that in the directions and I guess I could just squeeze them in. She quickly alerted the manager nearby to my predicament as, "can you help her? she's working on something big and needs a lot of glycerin and doesn't know how it will work..." As I stood there with the box of suppositories I quickly said that what I was working on was a CRAFT project before he thought I was really constipated. He put the box back on the shelf and took me to the next aisle, first-aid supplies and ta-da - a cheap little bottle of glycerin. Score!
We assembled for a craft afternoon and made them. Or tried to. The timing didn't have the instant gratification that the kids wanted - wait for water-proof glue to dry fully? I'd missed that pre-planning. It quickly became a two day craft. Luckily it was all spread over mom's table not mine! I made mine extra special. With my German glass glitter in a perfect shade of pink. Fab-u-lous. By the following day that one appeared to have some type of chemical reaction - while the rest just looked a bit murky. The glass glitter looked really like toxic waste. After another day it was the murky river water we're known for here in the 'Burgh. Most of them turned out okay. A bit murky no matter water combo of water proof glue, distilled water and glitter I used. After a few days they all look good as long as you don't shake them and make them all murky again. Which makes them the saddest snow globes ever... and only $80 on supplies for these special gifts.  You're welcome!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things!

Once upon a time I had a fabulous collection of vintage bulbs, all acquired for next to nothing at yard sales.  Found sadly in dusty boxes with the cellophane missing, usually with a mix match of newer bulbs.  One day a very bad cat decided they were so pretty that he would like a much better look and climbed the tree.  On Christmas morning no less!  Shards of broken pretties scattered on all the presents.  The sound was pure sadness.  And then the vacuum. 

 I have been much more cautious with what is left of my collection ever since!  I've come up with this much safer way to display and enjoy them.  The small pale pink bulbs at the top of the pink ladies are clustered together with silver leaves and are very delicate.  There used to be pale blue, green and silver too.  I've seen a few like them at antique stores, but the prices for old bulbs are crazy now... 

In my little condo cottage I don't have room to display all my holiday decor or we wouldn't be able to walk!  I have a few golden globes from my grandparents' house that I scooped up before they were donated.  They are about 6 inches and look handblown.  I never saw them on display there - my memories at my grandparents' house was a huge silver tree with blue bulbs.  The gold ones are packed away this season.  And so is my pink ceramic tree, a fabulous yard sale find!  I love that someone in the 1960-70's broke tradition and did a pink tree with pastel bulbs instead of the basic green!  Someone was very shabby chic before there was a name for it.  
I have a vintage silver tree too - also packed away.  I love that each branch goes back into its kraft paper sleeve.  For now this one will do, the girls have the mate to this small silver tree in their bedroom.  I like the scale of it.  And I L-O-V-E that I finally painted this trunk a pale white-washed blue.  It was my first real antique purchase back in 1992 and I paid top dollar at an antique store in Winchester.  Ouch - they saw this Yankee coming!  I haven't loved it since I left VA in '94 because it was just too country for my French Provincial, Shabby Chic style.  Now, I love it again.  The porcelain bisque items - also acquired in the 90s - during the Party Light candle party phase.  So happy that I ran out of space for 3-wick candles and bought something that endured!  Off to do some pierogi making and sewing... 'Tis the season!  Merry Christmas to all!  Thanks for stopping here!