Inspiring Design Books

I'm a sucker for a good design book. I can walk in Anthropologie and want to walk out with 10! I've been walking around the house and gathering my design books. One of my recent favorites is Rough Luxe. It's a compilation of the Rough Luxe Hotels around the world and several other spaces that have the same aesthetic. One of which, is in Alabama! You can see some of the images from the Alabama space in this NYTimes article.

Another favorite that I've looked at hundreds of times is, "Decorate", by Holly Becker and Joanne Copestick. I found this one on Amazon. There are so many images that I have bookmarked. I'm all over white walls to showcase the unique pieces I've been collecting over the years. My husband is not a fan. We've built 6 houses and are working on floor plans for our 7th now. I have a feeling he is going to have a little more input this time around....

French Flair has so many gorgeous images! The cover drew me in immediately. This is a super thick book. I want to tear out all the pages and wallpaper my walls with them!

I bought this book last night because I saw it at Anthro the other day. I refrained from buying it then because I already have too many. I couldn't stop thinking about it and ordered it from Amazon! I can't wait for it to get here!!

Do you have any favorites that I need to look through? 

Stitching Smoking Glue Guns! Amanda and Krista prepared a delicious mexican menu including yummy margaritas!!

I was a few minutes late, as usual and Lori fixed me up a FULL drink! It was overflowing! 

Anyone need a needle? I picked these up at DWS one day. You never know what you will find there! I love how impressed they are with that needle and thread! :-)

The pile of chevron fabric to choose from. We are making pillows! Each month, Ashlee and I try to thing of something fun and functional for the craft. We also like to find something that is a challenge. This month, hand-stitching. Some brought a pillow from home and others ran to the local craft supply store for a blank pillow case. We had a large variety of designs. The state of Alabama was our inspiration. Some cut lots of individual fabrics and pieced it all together, while others took one fabric and printed a pattern on the silhouette. We had initials, numbers, Alabama, and one person did a question mark! I love the variety that comes out of this group. Not sure why but we didn't get a group photo. I only have 3 samples and one is the craft for May!

A sneak peek into what we are doing for May. Can you say statement necklace?

Lucy Lockets Re-stocking Event!

I've been making a few necklaces! I always get compliments on my Lucy Locket's. I was at Anthropologie today at a Holiday Workshop. I was a little disappointed when I realized I was working on their holiday display and not going to be taking something home. 2 hours later......ha! It was fun! I did learn how to make a cute garland, a polar bear and some add-ons for gifts! I took several photos and lots of notes. I hope to get a DIY tutorial up soon! Bug me about it if it doesn't happen! ;)

As I was sitting there hot-gluing and burning my fingers and asking a million questions, the girls noticed my necklace. They wanted to know what it was. A hinge. Where did I get it? I made it. Wow, they loved it! I told them about my scavenger hunt of finding cool pieces all over the place...yes, on the ground and in the dirt! This one is a favorite. It's the color and the rust and I think the simplicity that makes it special. It's not for sale. It's my private collection! #hathatsoundsofficial

What did happen was I got home and pulled out the little zip lock bags I had packed last week and started making Lucy Lockets! I made 5! I was making a 6th one and couldn't get it to look good. Decided it was time to walk away! This making little bags of parts is working for me! I have a spot at Greystone Antiques and am going to drop these and a few others I already had made up off tomorrow. If you are over that way, stop in and check them out! They are in a closed case by the front. Should be pretty easy to find!

I also LOVE to make necklaces for people. I have a customer coming by next week to make one (or two) because her husband gave her a gift card! It's a great gift for you or someone on your list! I would love for you to bring any trinkets or charms you may have that mean something to you. I have customers that have used skeleton keys from their grandparents house or brooches that belonged to a special loved one. We can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want!

Take a look at the Etsy shop for some ideas. I also have several jewelry organizers there. This is something I love doing! I find lots of architectural pieces and we can make something that would work for your jewels!

My daughter turned 13 yesterday. She is becoming a beautiful young lady. I'm so proud of her!
This photo was taken by Beth Bryan

 She's second from the left

Easy Street Resale

I am a procrastinator. I'm also crazy busy. I seem to have time to sit here and research facebook marketing on Mashable for the past 2 hours. ugh. my priorities are wacky!

Ok, so I am moving into a booth in Pelham tomorrow! I have a ton of stuff that I've been "collecting" for awhile and decided when we moved, I might need to sell some of it! It's a really cute place over on Hwy. 31. The kids and I were eating at McAllister's a couple of months ago and we walked in to check it out. I could tell from the outside that I would love it.

Rachel and Bo are the owners and they are adorable! They have lots of space and really awesome vendors! I decided I should take the plunge. I'm not very good about execution. I have great ideas and rarely follow through with them. I signed up for September and then, you know, we moved. I pretty much left a huge space open at the store for a month. After talking to Rachel via email the past few days and Bo on the phone today, I decided to get my butt in gear and get some things over there! I'm winging it. I have an idea of what I'm taking. I just have no idea of how I will style it to make it look like a million bucks! I have this issue of things looking a certain way.....or not doing it at all. I really can't wait. I hope it will turn into something and I can have that extra cash I need to stop in at Anthropologie every once in awhile!

Go like their facebook page! You can tell them I sent ya and then get in there and buy something!!