May 2, 2011

Show and Tell Monday May 1, 2011 (and Mother's Day giveaway)

Well I think this week is going to be a little Lacy as it is Mother's Day Week! (Yes , I think it should be a whole week , don't you?) First off, I received an exciting package last week that I have been waiting to share with you. It is the most beautiful apron I have ever seen! Handmade by Ms. Holly Stinnett . I wanted to show you all of the gorgeous goodies on this gal. Every part is just gorgeous. You can see more of Holly's creations here.This beaded piece is my absolute favorite part : ) !!!!!!!!!! Thank so much Holly =) Next, for a while now, I have been pondering what to do with this jar of flowers I got at Michael's. Why? I have know idea. It was a"I am going to use my 40% off coupon if it kills me moment" . LOL. I am not a scrap booker ,( I often feel a distinct sense of failure for that by the way! lol) , and usually I use almost all vintage elements . These little ladies needed "The treatment!" They couldn't just stay as they were of course . They had to acquire some rich patina, and weathering. For this I used lots of strong coffee, and then dried them in the microwave (few seconds at a time . Don't let them just go, or you could start a fire: ) . This drying method makes that wonderful staining , marbling effect. Next, came the fun part of adding lots of vintage elements! I sewed on Vintage lace, ribbon, buttons,pearls, and even a love note in a vintage jar. Adding layer after layer of vintage soft creams. Finally , I added a vintage button on the back, and added a pin back. These little 3 pins will be available on my Etsy later today. But , Guess What?
For Mother's Day, I am giving away a kit to create all 3 of these yourself! The kit will include the flowers , chain, pin back , bezel cup, buttons,glass domes,and all of the vintage elements you need to create the pins , including the vintage photos shown that are part of my personal collection. Gift wrapped from me to you :)

Just leave a comment if you would like to be entered , and I will draw the winner on Mother's Day (Sunday May 8th At midnight) I will announce the winner on next weeks Show and Tell Monday.
Also , you may want to check out the blog tour going on by Ms. Kerin Gale for her new book "Inspired Remnents Curious Dreams Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay". This book is so full of wonderful projects , using lots of wonderful vintage elements, and I can't wait to get started playing with Epoxy Clay! Clicking on the photo below will take you to Kerin's blog. Blessings,


  1. Oh me Oh my...what a beauty! You are my "talent superwoman hero of the year!" I love it and would love to win it! Is this being "greedy" for entering after I just won a beauty from you? Oh...Well...I'm feeling lucky! Thanx so much! Tiffany

  2. Oh but yes! Please enter me...loving those pins! I have the same flowers from back when I thought I was a scrapbooker (never was!) and gave mine the same treatment to age them. Such an improvement!!


  4. Thank you for a chance to win such a beautiful giveaway. I would love to win!
    enJOY a lovely evening,

  5. Hi Shari,
    I'm so happy that you love your apron! You must take a picture of yourself in it- I'm sure you look adorable. :)

    I LOVE your latest pieces. You have such a creative mind and I always love seeing what you come up with. And what a lovely giveaway! You are so sweet.

    Have a great day!

  6. Hi Sweetness!

    These pins are fabulous! Do enter me in your Giveaway!

    Your apron is lovely....Holly always does an amazing job on every apron she creates! I have 4 of her aprons now and love all of them to bits!


  7. Your pins are absolutely gorgemous!!! Please enter me in your give would be a thrill to accept your love-e-lees....Thank you so much for sharing so much of your talents with us....

  8. I am absolutely in love with those pins! Just beautiful!


  9. Don't we all wish we were scrapbookers and feel just a little guilty because we are not? I'd much rather use those flowers for one of your beautiful pins! How generous you are. Here you receive a lovely gift and want to return the favor by giving one of your own! Count me in please. And happy mother's day to you!

  10. Way to use those flowers girlfriend. You sure showed those scrapbookers "what for". LOL. Love your flowers pins. Hugs!

  11. Hi Shari,

    I have to say that the pretty brooch giveaway is gorgeous. What a great idea to give to a mom on Mother's Day. So nice of you. Please enter me into the giveaway. ;-)
    Have a great week,
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  12. What a wonderful idea - I love your pins. Please enter me! I don't scrapbook either, but I think there are more of us than we realize ... we just don't speak up about the fact. But now you & I have!
    Mary Patterson
    Mary's Cottage Treasures

  13. Love, Love and more Love! Shari, I just Love your designs and wish I could afford all your Jewelry, Art!! Please enter me for a chance to make something similar!! Off to your Etsy Shop!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  14. Ooooo! Shari...
    You are so creative! I love what you have done with the tea stained embellishments for the lovely pins! And the book about Epoxy Clay sounds fascinating. Thank you for sharing the link. Be sure to find the latest Art Doll Quarterly at your favorite book store (unless you already have a subscription, I keep forgetting to renew mine!). Anyway, it is a fabulous issue. Hope all is well.
    You are an inspiration!
    Blessings to you,

  15. I love the pins, they are gorgeous! Thanks for having wonderful prize for your giveaway!

  16. Hi Shari,
    Oh my goodness! Your pins are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to win! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway! Happy Mother's Day!

    Shabby Shan's Cottage

  17. Your creations are beautiful!! What a great contest! I am the same way with my coupons!!

  18. Sorry, for some reason my comment came up logged in as jwhite. It's cottage flair.

  19. Hi Shari,, thanks for holding such a fun blog contest for Mothers Day! Have a pretty week!

  20. Oh, how beautiful your pins are! Please enter me into the drawing. I would love to win!!

  21. I would just love to win your kits!! I am so glad I saw your giveaway, and thank you so much for hosting it! If I win, I am sure it will be the best mothers day gift ever (except for those cute handmade ones my kids used to give me when they were little)

  22. Quite amazing what you did with those flowers, the pins are just beautiful! I love all the beautiful details, those gorgeous vintage embellishments. It would be great to win a kit to try and make something as gorgeous as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Absolutely romantic! You are sweet I met you at Country Living Fair. I would love a chance to be creative.

  24. Shari, visit my blog to see the post of the giveaway that I won from you for guessing the is the Mother's Day Post...thanx again so the package! Tiffany from the Cranky Queen

  25. Hello Shari, Your work is always so beautiful. I hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful week. Happy Mothers Day! Hugs, Terri


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