Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waltz of the Flower Fairies

I added some fun and whimsical things to my Etsy shop this weekend. First of all, I cut these vintage snowmen out of extra heavy cardstock so they can be used at gift tags or tree ornaments. Having just spent a week with my little 18-month old grandson in California, the snowmen remind me of his cute little face.

Then I did the same with these flower fairies.

I took the flower fairies a step further when I remembered I had this vintage sheet music entitled Waltz of the Flower Fairies. I thought they would be perfect with it so I mounted them onto the scanned sheet music. I left them as tags and tied the strings into bows to add texture. The piece is ready for an 8 x 10 inch frame.

Here they are framed.

I think I will be making more framables like the flower fairies. I have many pieces of vintage sheet music with really fun titles to adhere vintage cut outs onto them. My mind cannot stop thinking of creative things to make for the shop. It's so much fun!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sunny San Diego

We escaped from Indiana for a few days to San Diego to visit our son and his family. What a nice change of weather, from cold and falling leaves to sunshine and the ocean.

When we arrived at the Indy airport for take off, I saw this adorable retro bus full of cosmetics in the hallway leading to the gates. Have you heard of Benefit Cosmetics from San Francisco? Much thought went into this adorable packaging for beauty products! (Later, while shopping with my DIL at Ulta, we saw this brand that took up a huge area of the store! Oh, well - where have I been?) Sometime I'd like to try it out.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Logan Village Mall Christmas Open House

This weekend, the Noblesville Main Street shops are having their annual Christmas Open House. Logan Village Mall, which is on Logan Street, is offering 15% off almost everything in the 50 shops under one roof! Karen, Shannon and I have been creating a festive look to our booth as you can see in the photos below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Happy List: Etsy, Halloween, and My Birthday

1. I'm enjoying my new adventure in learning all about having an Etsy shop. It's amazing how nice and helpful people can be. When one of the shop owners noticed that I had opened my shop, she immediately took me under her wing. Many thanks to Lisa Cook for helping me and even visiting with me on the phone. For a long time, I have been in awe of her wonderful shop as she offers beautiful "inspiration kits" that can stir the imagination. You can find her shop here. Speaking of Etsy, here are some of my latest additions to my PattyAntlesPrettys.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Happy List: Art, a Book, and Pretty Chairs

1. Ashleigh Antle Art: Here is one of Ashleigh's latest commissioned charcoal drawings. Dan had her draw his colleague's family to take with him on his business trip to Korea. Her art always makes me happy. The recipients of this drawing were happy too!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Etsy Shop Now Open!

I took the plunge and opened an Etsy Shop! It can be located here. Since the name Patty's Pretty Things was already taken, I had to go with PattyAntlesPrettys. Right now it is stocked with vintage themed paper products such as my handmade greeting cards, gift tags and journals. Additional pretties will be added soon!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Indiana Antique Guide: Covington Serendipity

On the last beautiful Fall day in Indiana, Dan said, "let's go to one of your little towns in the Indiana Antique Guide." I chose to explore Covington, which is west of Indianapolis. What a fun day it was discovering Covington. There are two antique shops that I want to share with you today.

The first one is House With the Lions ANTIQUES on 314 Liberty Street on the town square. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Trip to Chicago & Frankfort, Indiana

I recently got my Chicago fix when I joined Dan on a business trip. We stayed at The Drake Hotel. The late September weather that week was really fabulous. Chicagoans were relishing in the last bit of enjoyable weather. Some were walking the streets wearing T-shirts and shorts, and some bare-chested guys were playing volleyball on the beach.

There are always a few things I have to do once I step inside The Drake Hotel: check out the huge floral centerpiece in the hotel lobby (where soon an enormous Christmas tree will stand), marvel at the chandelier, gaze at the tea room cherub fountain and note any other fresh flowers sitting around. As you can see, the lobby was colorful and ready for Fall!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

French Lick Fix

We recently spent a weekend in French Lick, Indiana, with some friends. At the French Lick Resort there are beautiful rooms, grounds, good food, shopping and a casino. There are two gorgeous places to stay: French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel. I wrote about our stay last year at West Baden Springs here, so now I will show you some scenes from our stay at the French Lick Resort. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Greeting Cards

Having fun making Halloween greeting cards on this chandelier cardstock from a Recollections paper pack with photos and embellishments.