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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Favorites! Camera Happy!

During the week when I am shopping etsy, I come across so many amazing items! I want to share a few of my favorites with you on my favorite day of the week!

I on occasion work as an assistant photographer for Photography By Renee. So I have become interested in all the cool things a camera can do. Of course, etsy has an incredible selection of gifts for people interested in this area of art, I had to share these unique and fabulous treasures!

I enjoyed not only these items, but shopping around these shops was inspiring! Such great items! Shopping through etsy is one of the best ways to shop!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Market Day! May 29, 2010

If you're in the Des Moines area the last Saturday of the month, May 29th, you have to come down to Market Day!
Here is a preview of Mimi Bird Jewelry and check out these unbeatable prices!

Market Day, May 29, 2010 9-2pm
Market Day is held at 300 SW 5th Street Des Moines, IA 50309.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

DIY Funday - From Yucky to Funky

Before: After:

Next time you're at a flea market or garage sale give a second look to things and try to see its potential.

I've been searching for a perfect piece for my studio, one with lots of space for all of my random supplies. I found something, it took me a few minutes to decide if I could see the end result, but I took a chance and am loving the outcome. I also love the fact that it took less than $10.00 and 2 hours to make it what I wanted.
The bottom is metal and the top is wood, they are not connected and the stains and permanent marker were a turn off but I looked past that.

First: I cleaned the inside and out with a spray cleaner and rag, I sanded off the words and some of the stubborn stains and put a layer of white (metal friendly) spray paint over the entire thing.

It already looked so much better!

I choose a yellow color to brighten up the room and to blend with the curtains I have in my studio. I didn't need to buy this much paint, a color sample, that they now offer at Home Depot would have been enough because of the way I applied the paint.

I used a brush and sparingly applied the paint. I used a rag to spread and wipe the paint to cover most of the surface. After that dried I invited a few areas of white to show through by sanding randomly. I did this to both the top and bottom pieces.

Fit perfectly. I can't wait to fill it!

After a couple days I was able to get not only this fabulous new piece organized, but my whole studio up and running.

This is one of the easiest ways to give a new look to your furniture. Later, I will show you other ways to refinish furniture using more paint, more steps, more tricks and believe me, you'll get a lot of compliments.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Its Creepy Animal Day!

When I go thrifting the number one thing that catches my eye are animal figurines. When I find a really special one I can't help but buy it! My friends call them my creepy animals!
There are so many of these wonderful little guys in the world and I want to share my finds with you. Maybe they will brighten your day like they do mine!

If you come across your own creepy animal finds send me a picture! - Mimi

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Favorites! Gifts For The Guys!

During the week when I am shopping etsy, I come across so many amazing items! I want to share a few of my favorites with you on my favorite day of the week!

Guys are, in my opinion, hard to buy for... but I love giving gifts and etsy has a very cool selection of gifts for everyone, including those hard to please men in your life.

*Click the photo for the item and the shop name for the store*

Shop: Rainwheel

Shop: Luxorama

Shop: asaborake

Shop: isotope

Shop: tinytins

Shop: inblue

*Next weeks Friday Favorites - Photography*

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Old Crow Farm Antiques

I love finding people out there who have the same idea to turn their interests and hobbies into what they do! Love what you do, do what you love!
Kasey and Jordana did just that, they share an interest for antiques and salvage and they have decided to share these things with the world through their business.

Three times a year they have a sale out on their beautiful land in Earlham Iowa. Last weekend my parents and I were able to go check it out. It was fabulous and inspiring. The market dates were May 15th and 16th. Mark your calendars for the next two: October 9th and 10th and their special "Jolly Junk" market date is December 4th!

They had great prices, an amazing selection, and a very friendly crew. It was a beautiful day and everyone there seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. My parents and I spent the rest of the day driving around the back roads of Iowa stopping at other sales and flea markets and we even made a stop at one of the bridges of madison county. Which my mom loved :)

I advise you to check it out in October!