Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Look Back and a Clearance Sale

I was just looking back at some of my old posts and projects...and I figured, since it's Thursday, why don't I do a Throwback Thursday post?  So, here are some of my favorites from this last year of creating, blogging, shopping, photographing and all of that other stuff I do.

My soft pastels in the studio...lots of pretty colors.

Collecting fall leaves at home...

Pumpkins at Burris Farm Market...

Meeting Miss Mustard Seed...



The "man mannequin" that wore a dress...
the things you see in a thrift store...

Some of my artwork...

More of my artwork...

Some of my vintage button rings...

A newly finished sterling silver cuff bracelet that I made...

A "soldered necklace" that I made using
a vintage stamp.

Painting my dining table and chairs...

The candy I made at Christmas time...

Our beautiful library in Bay MInette...

Making denim bracelets for the shop...

Finding treasures...

Some of my funky art...

Wow!  I could go on and on...I'll save some for next Thursday!

If you're in the Mobile, Alabama area this weekend (or next) we will be starting our Purple Tag Clearance Sale at Antiques at the Loop tomorrow.  Juju Queen's Junk will have lots of purple tags, so come on out and grab yourself some bargains!  I'll try to post some pics on fb and instagram later today...

I'll see you in a couple of days...Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Playing With a Sharpie Pen--A Tutorial

So, I've been trying to get the "ingredients" together to do one of the image transfer methods that I've read about on Pinterest...you know, the one where you use laser printed copies, then a xylene pen...Well, I finally got the xylene, then I went to my local print shop and asked if they used toner in their copies (as was dictated in the tutorial) or if they used a laser printer.  The girl working the front didn't know, and nobody was there to ask...I was going to go back after lunch, but that was quickly forgotten and I drove home.  I'm getting to the point where I forget everything if I don't have a note or something to remind me.  I'll have to get back to playing with that technique when I get some prints...

Since I didn't have my printed images to play with, I tried to come up with another idea.  I just wanted something simple to add to the top of this little peg coat/hat rack.  I wondered what would happen if I simply did it with a Sharpie pen...I mean, this little piece was inexpensive, so it was a good piece to use for experimenting.  It didn't have to be too perfect, because I knew that I wanted to sand the image anyway--it seemed like it could work.

Warning:  Wearing sunglasses is recommended to view this so that you're not blinded by the old yellow and orange beach towel that I used to protect my table!  Sorry it's so bright.....

When I found this little piece, it was painted white.  I mixed some chalk paint by adding plaster of paris (just a little) into a beige color of acrylic latex paint and painted it with two coats.

It looked like this:

I don't know where I found this design, but I had saved it a long time ago to my computer. This would be perfect!  So I pulled it up on the computer and put it where I could see it while I sketched the design onto the piece.

Now, I feel like I should tell you at this point that the Sharpie marker is a permanent ink.  So there's no erasing or going over something to make it better...unless of course, you're going to make it fatter or bigger.  You will have to paint over it until it's gone if you decide you don't like it...

Because I was nervous about the permanence, even though it was a small cheap piece...I decided to first sketch with white chalk.  I measured to make sure key parts were in the general place where I wanted them.  It's hard to see the chalk drawing in the pic, but it's there!

And then I started marking with the Sharpie!  I used the chisel point big one.

...and played.

Once I was finished with the "painting" part, I hit it with some sandpaper.  I used a big grit to get a really worn look.


I also sanded down the other parts of the piece so that the white would show through.

After a coat of satin poly finish, I called it done!  Here's the finished piece.

I was not compensated in any way by the Sharpie people.  

Just think of the possibilities...Now I'm wanting to try it on something big!

This little rack will be going into the shop, Juju Queen's Junk, inside Antiques at the Loop in Mobile, Alabama.  

Thanks for visiting me today!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday--A Garden Party Look

I should rename Fab Fashion Friday to Finally Finished Fab Fashion Friday for the post today...since it's 9:30 p.m. and I'm just now getting around to publishing it!  It's been one of those weeks...So glad to see the weekend here.  

Now, let's just pretend for a minute that we've been invited to a fabulous garden party...This could be a nice look.  And, this great looking dress is under $20!  I'll have to work on trimming down the waistline before I can get into anything like this again, but for you slim, skinny waisted ladies out there, this dress is a winner!

Garden Party

Short dress

Floppy hat
$23 - newlook.com

John Richard home decor

Crate and Barrel patio light

Patio decor

Potting Shed Creations patio decor

Everyone have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here in a couple of days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Closer Look--Silver Plated Smashed Spoon Necklaces

I shared a quick look at a couple of these silver plated spoon necklaces a few days ago in a Fab Fashion Friday post.  I have finally finished the series, which consisted of six spoons I bought at an estate sale, and they will be going into the shop on Wednesday.  

I wish I could find more of these old soup spoons, but they are just rare.  Silver plated teaspoons are plentiful, but the end result is more of an oval shape, and I'm going for something closer to round for my necklaces.  As soon as I find more spoons, there will be more necklaces...

For this simple but grungy look, I've mixed a variety of metals with the silver plated spoons. Giving the pieces a professional and finished look is a copper eyelet through which I've threaded a long strand of black polished leather string (29") that is hand-tied at the nape of the neck.   A bronze colored bead completes the look.  The finished piece slips easily over the head creating a casual jewelry statement.







If you see these on the blog and would like to make a purchase, you can  email me at judypimperl@yahoo.com.  Each piece is $35.  Update:  I have lots more spoons now, so just let me know if I can do a custom piece for you!

Thanks for checking in today!  I appreciate each and every reader and as always, I hope you've seen something that made you smile or inspired you in some way.  I hope you'll come back again soon.

Just wanted to add an update...I returned from Birmingham late yesterday...I'm afraid the trip to Juju Queen's Junk in Mobile will have to wait until tomorrow...I am tired.  The necklaces will be available then, shortly after noon.  Also, please note, ENJOY THE JOURNEY has sold.

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