Sunday, May 22, 2011

Trailer Dreams or Homes Away from Home


Trailer Dreams????? What?????????? Those of you who know me KNOW I am NOT a camping girl!!!!!! Well, not in the typical camping style…

My idea of roughing it is a hotel with no room service!!!!!!

I have friends that have amazing LITTLE trailers (the one above in named BOSS LADY & belongs to my friend La Verne)that they have fixed up into little dream machines! And they travel with other girls that have this sort of trailer & they play, shop, & visit the whole weekend long. Many of them belong to a group called Sisters on the Fly. I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT!


This beauty is a little dream done in western style. Click HERE to see more of this treasure in an earlier post. The inside (see it in the other post) IS ADORABLE! But, Laverne doesn’t have just ONE of these tiny jewels but, TWO!!!! The second one is named Lillie Pearl (after her Grandmother) & is decorated in a very Magnolia Pearl decor!


To the left is a peek at her bed that is decked out in luscious vintage fabrics. And to the right above is the sink area. Notice that there are marble countertops! NOT CAMPING!!!! It’s more glamorous & is called GLAMPING!


The seating area (which folds down to make another bed) has the table removed & really shows the amazing fabrics she has used on the sofa cushions. And LACE everywhere!!!!! I adore the beautiful pillows once again using luscious fabrics

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The walls are covered in old rugs & carpets that have been cut to fit. And I LOVE all the different light fixtures. Note the vintage one in the photo of the sink area above.

Carpeted Wall collage

And let’s look at the stoves… Styles so very different! The one on the left is Lilly Pearl & the one on the right is Boss Lady (also, note the difference in the walls/paneling in each). The little details like the velvet pin cushion on the little yellow stove is 2 Die 4 cute don’t you think? And the use of the teal colored vintage tin used on the front of the stove in Boss lady & the weathered wood siding with of course…. Texas Stars for handles for drawer pulls. Stoves collage

What does all of this have to do with my Trailer Dreams?????? Well, I can’t do the Sisters on the Fly trailer for me right now but, Hubby & I did finally find a trailer for us! For us to be able to take to the lake for the weekend to use with our deck boat (platoon boat/party boat… call it whatever you want) & to ESCAPE the horrible TEXAS HEAT in the summers!

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Our new Home Away from Home… My new cottage on wheels. She is 34 feet long with two slide outs that make her feel VERY roomy! I have a LONG WAY TO GO in getting her where I want her….. And since I have to share with Hubby I can’t fou fou her up toooooooooooooooooooo much! But, I can tell you one darn thing… there will be redecorating & fluffing going on for months before she is anywhere ready for my taste!!!! Glamping here I come! As I do start our travels I am hoping to be able to finally meet some of you girls (that I blog with all the time) in person. As we travel… I can plan visits to meet so many of my new (& OF COURSE CURRENT ) friends. I’m giddy with anticipation.

I am linking to Ceilo’s Show Off Your Cottage Monday Blog Party to show my new “Cottage on Wheels”. Click the button to go visit her & the other girls playing! And come back soon. Maybe next week I will show you LaVerne’s daughter’s adorable trailer Lolita!!!!! And of course… I’ll be showing other photos as the decorating begins.

Have a beautiful week my precious friends!

HUGS! Charlene

Thursday, May 19, 2011

PINK & Twisted!


Back in March when I went out to California for the Moulin Rouge Art Event I needed a THANK YOU gift for my precious friend Cynthia. For as I told you in the post about The Mission Inn (Click HERE to see) Cynthia was a tour guide extraordinaire! So it needed to be special!


I bought her a deep pink purse covered in roses (which you can see as the back drop for these photos) & in the purse I put all sorts of goodies. Including this necklace I created for her. Cynthia is a girly girl & loves everything feminine. I started with sterling silver wire & did a very open version of the TWISTED SISTAH Necklace taught at Adorn Me (in March 2010) by my amazing friend & mentor Diana Frey.

Pink Czeh Buttons

I had been buying some luscious Czech Glass Buttons & thought she would really love the colors & sparkle that these little gems have. Some beautiful pink & lavender crystal beads along with some wonderful soft lustrous pearls went into the “Bead Soup”. And to add some texture… vintage pink seam binding. The cherry on top of the cake… the glistening faceted crystal prism at the very bottom. That little treasure had been in my stash for a very long time just waiting for the right occasion to shine!


I hope you enjoyed seeing one of the things that I have created. And Cynthia, I hope you LOVE wearing it as much as I loved creating it for you!

HUGS! Charlene

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Havanese or Diva?


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about Ms Elle! And I’ve had folks asking about her. Well her latest adventure is shopping… for a new PINK stroller (better to go bye bye with my parents thank you very much) which I will show photos of later. But, she has new outfits! So here is the first of many…

Top & tutu collage

A Tank Top & Tu Tu!


I’m one stylin POOCH!


Spoiled???? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cute???? I know I’m cute!


So, back to hanging out watching the world go by in front of my house…

So what’s going on at your house? Stay tuned for more outfits!

HUGS! Charlene & Elle

Friday, May 13, 2011

Treasures Found at Round Top for Spring 2011


Did the BLING catch your eye? It did mine!!!!

I’m back to trying to finish up my posts for this spring’s fun at Round Top. I did the post below & lost about 9 comments while Blogger fought 2 days of troubles. No one could sign in… it was in “read only” mode & when things came back up… well not everything did… but, thank goodness the blogs are all still there so let’s move on. I want to share with you what I bought this trip (sorry I forgot to photograph my 2 Magnolia Pearl pieces but, I’ll show you those another time).


I have already had a collection of vintage cut crystal items & couldn’t resist this cruet set from Clutter! The one piece is missing a stopper but, I probably have one that will work. I LOVE THESE for stylishly holding German Glass Glitter. And to the left is a biscuit jar (in the photo below you can see this better) that will hold my gold/silver mixed German Glass Glitter. And another beautiful cut salt shaker that has a wonderful silver top!


And my darling little perfume bottles that will be made into necklaces. And I ADORE VINTAGE COIN PURSES! I found a wonderful shabby leather one & a 2 DIE 4 beaded one. The purple beaded on is so sweetly shabby where the threads are bare.


PURPLE…. seemed to be the color of the day that day as I found these treasures too! The bracelet below seems to have been made to go with the old shoe clip above. But, alas they were just lucky finds that will marry into something GRAND! And the rosary is beautiful. I wish you could see the whole thing.




Anyone who knows me knows I ADORE PRETTY BUTTONS! And I thought these were wonderful! And the beautiful lace under all these treasures was a SCORE TOO!

Petticoat collage

And next to those buttons is the sweetest little dolls petticoat. The work/stitching on it is fabulous. I need a cute little Altered Art Hanger with just the right images on it to hang this don’t you think?

Boo Boo collage

Do you know what a “Boo Boo Face” is? Well that cutie on the right is the QUEEN OF BOO BOO FACE! That is none other than my Sandy… And she uses this face most on her hubby when she NEEDS something that he just doesn’t get! And she uses it when she can’t buy something she wants (that face is for a MEGA $$$ vintage French grain sack that she couldn’t buy) & she even used it on me when she wanted ONE of a PAIR of amazing vintage rhinestone shoe clips (shown in the center of the first photo above) & when she found that amazing blue brooch… I PULLED THE BOO BOO FACE & SHE CAVED! That sweetie GAVE me the brooch she had found. WHY did I need it???? Well, while in California I bought not one but TWO outfits this goes with. We saw jewelry in the making & she gave it to me. Below is the amazing blue floral coat made for me by Deb Hodge.


Yep! LOVE that jacket! And who is that sweetie with me? None other than my amazingly talented friend Diane Cook! She & I call ourselves 2 Peas In A Pod as we LOVE so many of the same things & have sooooooooooooooo much fun hanging out. Our hubbies have become buddies & this makes for many happy times. Anyway, Diane had a booth at Maurburger Farms where she sold some of her amazing jewelry.

Mani collage

Here are some pictures of her goodies. Above are her “watchful” pieces which are created using images in an old watch case. I took resin classes almost a year before Diane yet, have I DONE SOMETHING with the information other than my pieces? NO! But, like Diane… I am going to get back into this medium because I really LIKE how they come out.


She was selling balls of silk! Wonderful colors for creating jewelry or art of your own. I bought 2 or 3 different neutral colors from her. But, those pinks/blues are speaking to me so I may need to contact her to order some more & you should too!


Hand collage

And since I think this is probably the last of the Round Top posts I have to share just a few more photos…

Riki Necklace collage

My precious friend Riki made me this amazing necklace as a thank you for taking her to the airport in Austin when she left to return home to California (yes, she is showing her new Magnolia Pearl outfit being worn IN CALIFORNIA in that photo above). I ADORE THIS NECKLACE & WEAR IT Soooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH! THANK YOU RIKI! And Riki is the reason we got our precious Elle Elf for Christmas because she told us what amazing dogs the Havanese are. Her own Maddie shown below…


sent our little Elle a present when her Mommy went to Round Top… I think Maddie was just glad the hat & dress went to Texas so her Mommy would stop putting her in them!!!! Thank you Maddie & Auntie Riki!

Elle's gift from Maddie collage

And I had to use the photo borrowed from my sweet friends Karen & Joy


This was the trailer they filled & drove home to California after the show. It sort of sums up all of our shopping adventures! Susie said she was afraid her suitcase would POP OPEN on the airplane tarmac & doily’s would FLY OUT & scatter in the wind!


And as a last note… you know those crazy girls all took up cash to send me a spa certificate for being the tour guide, chauffer, room mother, organizer…. GOSH! You shouldn’t have but thank you!!!! I’d do it again anytime just for the fun of all being together again! Spring 2012 here we come!!! LOVE YOU ALL!


Photo above done by sweet Sandy!

Have a great weekend… HUGS! Charlene

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Decor To Adore at Round Top


I KNOW Round Top Antique Festival was weeks ago… but, LIFE just doesn’t slow down & so many other things have been done/posted about yet, I have to share some of the amazing decor from this years show! Now remember… we’re talking fields & tents…


See I told you fields & tents. Yet there was wonderful goodies in so many places.


The beds above were in the tent & I LOVED they way things were displayed. The name of the store is Sweet Pea & they are located in Athens Texas in a store called Winnie & Tallulha’s. But, for this show they pack up the goodies & hit the road. Let’s go take a look at some more luscious stuff. I liked the very first photo but, grey is not in my color scheme. LOVE the white but….


WHITE LINEN & CHOCOLATE VELEVET…….. BE STILL MY HEART! I soooooooooo want this for my room.


And major likey the chair covers don’t you?


Clever design ideas abound! Let’s move on to some other vendors to see a few more.

reat chairs collage

Are you noticing the color grey is BIG this season? LOVE the frames on the wall shown in the photo above left. Those could/should have come home with me!


This vignette was done by the amazing Judy Hill Design. She always does amazing things. Creativity oozes out of this girl! Again I am loving the long linen skirted bed. I’m thinking this is certainly in my NEAR future.

Book Stack collage

Just look at the vintage wonder of these displays. I LOVE the stack of books on the spindle there on the right.

Baby Shoes collage

And talking clever… that mirror made with all those sweet little shoes! That truly spoke to me. Wonder what hubby would think of that one? Sweet sisters of my soul Karen & Riki loved it to (OH HOW I MISS YOU BOTH! Why do we live sooooooooooo far apart?). See the mirror in the background? LOVE IT!!!!


Old buildings like this one.

Barn Interior collage

With the old ceiling tiles still amazing inside. And filled with all sorts of treasures!


Ms Karen has the right idea! A cool Corona while she lounges on this cool chair designed from an old bath tub that had been cut down. This guy was UBER talented.


On to The Junk Gypsy’s! No one decorates like these girls! Go HERE to see more about them! And HERE for their website.

J Gypsy collage

And a couple of things that I am still thinking that I wish I had purchased.

Ribbon Storage collage

An old store display piece for holding RIBBON!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A mere $1,600.00  

A wonderful old JP Coats chest. I can just see all the BLING & Buttons I collect nestled in these drawers…

JP Coats collage

Don't you love the details on the back? I am thinking there is a phone call to be made. You see I have this dream in my head of how I want my studio to be & these two pieces FIT so well!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmm a birthday is coming in about a month… I’m thinkin a “road trip” may be needed to pick one of these jewels up.

Are you wishing you were here? Well this amazing show happens twice a year. Spring & Fall. Come join us!

HUGS! Charlene

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