Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!

Here are some wreaths I made with some of those boxes of vintage ornaments I can't seem to resist when I find them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I haven't blogged in so long I feel this great pressure to write about the "right" thing! What if I forget about something?!

OK, let's just get up to date. I have been very busy
getting my new Lollishop store up and running, not to mention trying a bunch of on-line marketing thingies to get ready for the holidays. I am actually relieved that it is a week to Christmas, as I can relax a bit! (Until my family arrives that is....)

Lollishops is the delightfully charming new marketplace created by SadieLouWho. Precious little shops with everything cute and vintage and pink and glittery. Really wonderful selection. It's only been open a couple of weeks, it's still in beta, and I have had a ton of traffic and some sales, and I am really happy to have gotten in at the beginning.

I have obviously been lurking around oth
er shops in Lolliland, and I have found some TREASURES! My absolute favorite so far is La Donna Papercuts. I am in awe and just envious of these amazing pieces. I love them all, but these are my faves:

I am so amazed and inspired. She has WAY more patience than I do. I have always wanted to do this, but I doubt I will ever take the time to try. I've been talking about pop-up books for 2 years now... OK, I digress.

"The majority of La Donna's artwork combines the arts of scherenschnitte, papercutting, and paper sculpture. Each piece is hand cut from fine artist’s paper. “Scherenschnitte” literally means “scissors snipping,” and refers to the papercutting aspect of the art. Scherenschnitte is cut using tiny scissors and craft knives, and sometimes pins are used to prick designs into the cutting." This is from her explanation of her work. I sure hope it's ok to quote her, as I couldn't explain it as clearly!

Anyway, check out La Donna's beautiful work, then sit back and take some time to explore the other fabulous shops on Lollishops.

Don't forget mine! ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reorganizing, or Trying to Maximize the Net

Sorry I haven't been around much- I did a fun etsy at the market in Ann Arbor last Sunday, and I am frantically getting ready for by far my biggest event of the year. It's Giftorama at Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills a few days after the election. It is 2 1/2 days, and last year was just crazy. I almost ran-out of goods, plus I was still using my walker bc of my foot. I am determined to have 3 or 4 times more merchandise this year. It is so much fun, inside, and a definate money-maker. Can't wait!

I am always fiddling with the computer, seeing what's out there, changing things around, and I have yet another new plan!

I have done ok with, but I have done really well with Etsy, especially for supplies. So, I am going to just have be an ad with links to my selling stores. I feel that being a part of a marketplace is best right now for me. I feel like when I put handmade items in my Etsy shop they get lost. So, I am dividing my things into 2 different names, one for supplies and one for my handmades, with the same names wherever you go on the world-wide net.

PinkyLouLou is for handmades.
PinkyLouLou etsy. PinkyLouLou at ShopHandmade. And PinkyLouLou at LolliShops (not open until late November). Oh, I've also put some things up on Cafepress.

MLouIsPink is for supplies.
MLouIsPink on etsy. I'll also have a vintage supply store on Lollishops.

I feel like I am forgetting something....

I have gone back a little bit to my millinery roots in the past couple of weeks and made some fancies for your hair. I am using feathers, millinery leaves and flowers, different kinds of French netting, vintage shiny baubles, and more. It is so much fun! Hope you like them!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Back In The Swing of Things

Ok, I 'm back on track, creating as well as finding lots of fun goodies for all of you to play with. I have been stern with myself and haven't bought anything new this past week because I HAVE to get all of the things I already have listed. You know it is so much more fun to hunt for treasures than to actually photograph and edit and list, etc, but I don't have much room to create in my studio because all these vintage supplies have taken over.

Here are some of my favorites that are on MLouIsPink.etsy as well as PinkyLouLou. There is a lot more, so go shopping!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Happily Back In My Studio

Ah, I am feeling more relaxed and happy now. Now that I am off the steroids for my hearing I am feeling much more like myself. Yeah! I have gotten my creative energy back, too. I still can't hear of my left ear, but I'm getting used to it. Sorry for being so crabby last time.
Yesterday morning I made a little pillow with one of my collages printed on fabric, and I was so happy with how it turned-out that I stayed up half the night making a bunch more. The first one is a present for a dear friend, so I am not showing that one yet. They are all around 5"x4", plus the hanging parts.
Anyway, a few months ago I went to an estate sale and walked away with 4 storage units of little plastic drawers FILLED with mainly vintage plastic beads. Who doesn't need thousands of those in every color of the rainbow?! I just couldn't leave them... Some of the other drawers had newer jewerly/craft supplies that I will someday get around to listing for sale.

So, most of these small hanging quote pillows are trimmed with the fun beads. The one above has glass leaf and flower beads that I bought and just love, too. I used vintage barkcloth and a vintage tablecloth for the fabrics. I have ideas for incorporating vintage hankies, too, especially for baby ones.
I also went through my ginourmous stash of fabrics, and I can't wait to start plowing through it. I used to be a milliner, hat designer, until I got really burned-out, so I put my fabrics and sewing stuff away for a while. OK, years. Now it feels like I have all this new stuff to play with, so that's good. I'd forgotten how relaxing and sort of meditative (is that a word?) sewing is for me. I am even thinking of making some more hats. I'll post some pics soon of some of the hats I made when I had my millinery store.

So, I'm going to list these in my etsy store and see what happens. I wish my pics didn't turn-out sort of washed-out. I use Photoshop, but I'm afraid to tweak them too much bc they start to look too messed-with. Any suggestions?
I hope you are having a creative and relaxing day!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ears Don't Fail Me Now

I have been having a hard time keeping up lately, and I would like to explain why. I started this blog for my business, and I have been trying to keep it from being too personal. That has been difficult. I don't want it to be about me and my life but about my art, but I suppose there's no way of drawing a line between the two. I also didn't want it to be boring!

The past couple of months have been really challenging for me, so I have had a hard time keeping up with my on-line life. I tripped and fell the first week of June (days before the Castle in the Meadow ZNE event) on a step in my house and cracked a rib. I was taking strong painkillers that just made me sleepy, plus I couldn't move (or breathe) too easily, so creating and marathon training were off the table for a while, except for the Castle in the Meadow, of course. Then, once I felt somewhat mobile once again, I woke-up three weeks later with most of my hearing gone in my left ear.

I didn't worry too much about it until that evening, when I learned that it is considered a medical emergency. Off to the emergency room again. They couldn't see anything that was causing it, so an appointment with an ENT was made for 3 days later. 2 days later I was back in the ER with a stunning headache and vertigo. They said it was not related to my ear, so more painkillers and anti-vertigo meds.

The next day I had a hearing test and then saw the ENT. I had lost all low-tone hearing in my left ear, which means no speech recognition. I could still hear high-pitched sounds, which included running water and my shrieking 4 year-old. It was so strange. You don't think about how sounds are combinations of lots of different tones until you can only hear the piercing ones! Anyway, the ENT couldn't find anything either, so she gave me steroids and a vasodialator and set me up with an MRI 2 weeks later.

We had planned a trip up to my parents' fabulous lake house for the Fourth of July, so my brother (who was visiting us during all this and definately helped save my sanity by helping with the kids, etc) drove me and the munchkins up so I could stumble around (trying not to fall on my ribs again) and try to sleep through the piles of pills I was taking. Let me tell you, I HATE to rely on others and play invalid, but I was really grateful to be able to sleep and rest so much. In the meantime, I learned that it can be a great benefit in a Victorian cottage with little noise insulation to be able to sleep on one side and not hear a sound! I also remembered some subtler hearing/balance problems I'd been having even before I fell, I just didn't put it together right away. We figure that that is what caused my fall in the first place.

OK, so I had the MRI last Thursday, and I was desperately hoping that the results would be available quickly, as my hubby and I were leaving early Sat with another couple to surprise a high school friend for her 40th in DC. The ENT suspected a growth/lesion/tumor, so of course I wanted to know ASAP if brain surgery would be in my future! Luckily, early Fri a.m. she called with the news that the MRI was all clear. I did ask for a copy of some of the images after the MRI, so I wasn't surprised, as I knew what she was looking for looked like.

Tuesday I had another hearing test scheduled, and a follow-up with the ENT the next day. The hearing test was administered by another wonderful Audiologist who spent a lot of time explaining everything to me about the first test and then this one, as I had been too overwhelmed the first time to even ask questions. It was the same tests as previously, and before I was finished I was fighting tears and panic, as it seemed to me to even worse to me. The audiologist was on the other side of a tinted window, and I saw her leave the room and then return with a man and show him the results.

She came back in the room and said that the tests showed a sharp decline from 3 weeks previously and the head of Neurotologic division wanted me to stick around they'd squeeze me in instead of coming back the next day. Of course I was sobbing at this point. I realize that losing hearing in one ear is not the worst thing that can happen to me, but any change like that is a shock. Plus, of course it freaked me out also that this doctor wanted to see me immediately.

It really was almost immediately, and the nurse, Physician's Assistant and Doctor couldn't have been nicer, more patient, and explained everything to me and answered all the questions I could come-up with at the time. They believe that it is mostly caused by a virus or an autoimmune disease. The chances of recovering my hearing in the left ear aren't great, but I was sent home with a form for lots of lab work and another prescription for a course of steroids- much longer and much stronger than previously.

I had the blood drawn yesterday morning and started the steroids, and I have been a bundle of energy since. Nervous energy, not giddy energy, but at least I can try to begin catching-up from the beginning of June. I figured I might not need Benedryl to sleep on the first night, but I should have taken it. At 1:00 this morning I had a panic attack about the possibility of losing the hearing in my right ear, too. The tests show it pretty much in the normal range, but there was a small decrease in that ear, too. I didn't want to wake my husband up to watch me cry and try not to hyperventilate, so I went in the guest room and tried to read and calm down. I finally fell asleep and was back up 4 hours later.

So, here I am. I am a bit uncomfortable sharing all this as I don't want to sound like a whiner. I am just really distracted and overwhelmed. I am off to take my morning prednisone and use the energy it gives me to clean my studio and try to get back into the creative groove after more than 6 weeks off. Hopefully I have some things to photograph and show.

The above picture is of a bathroom cabinet that my mom and I altered a number of years ago. I can't take much credit, as it was all her idea and I just did some of the painting of the cabinet. It is in my parents' summer house. It really just occurred to me during this last visit that it was a piece of altered art.

Thanks for "listening" and have a great day.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

ZNE at Castle in the Meadow Event

Wow! I know this was a few weeks ago, but I went to the funnest altered art event at Meadowbrook Castle, organized by the absolute QUEEN of altered art fun, Chel from ZNE. That's her tattoo over to the left by the way.

We started with a tour of the Dodge Mansion (the castle), which was really amazing. I'd have pics, but we weren't allowed to take any, and I was a bit afraid of our tour guide (we think she was a former nun/teacher), so I didn't sneak any.

Then we had a yummy cocktail hour and got to know one another before getting down to creating. We each received a large bag full of goodies donated by ZNE vendors and other members, which included vintage glass glitter, papers, charms, fibers, and more. I'll give detailed credit to those who filled the bag soon, as I don't have the info in front of me right now. I provided some sheet music, fibers, tiny vintage images, & a couple of vintage plastic charms &/or milagros.

Here is pic of Chel and myself at the end of the day. I wish she lived here in Michigan, she is so much fun!
This is me with my finished product, and the pics below are of some other projects I really liked. I know the pics aren't the best, but I brought the wrong flash, and it was a bit dark in the room because of the storm raging outside.

This is my new friend,
Cookie Sunshine, who is originally from Alabama and who had me in stitches for most of the afternoon. She really reminds me of some of the fun and eccentric Southern women in my family. Good thing laughter is the best medicine, because it hurt to laugh!
Oh, I had fallen and cracked a rib 4 or 5 days before, but no way was I going to miss this day. I left my pain-killers at home (had to drive), but it was well worth it. I was also a memorable day because we were so busy creating that we didn't realize that there was a bad storm.

It had been sunny when we arrived, but when we tried to leave we were told that there was a tornado warning and the police would let us know when it was safe to leave! The ballroom where we were was on the lowest level, and we didn't notice the other people coming down seeking shelter... It was pretty funny.

What a fabulous day, and I treasured meeting more creative souls and making new friends, including Chel, who I wish would give me some of her boundless energy!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Find Me At Found

For those of you who are lucky enough to live in or near Ann Arbor, Michigan, you HAVE to visit Found Gallery in Kerrytown. You will go nuts! Mary has a really charming shop that has original altered art, unique home accents, and lots of vintage treasures to make your own creations. She also has fun events at the shop, including workshops and trunk shows.

Sally Jean herself will be teaching workshops at Found on July 20-23. Sign-up soon, as spaces fill quickly! I myself am counting the days until the Soldering for Virgins class. I learned soldering when I attempted stained-glass, but I am far from good at it. I would love to attempt a tiara like Sally Jean does, but I believe that I will need far more than just that one class!
I am lucky enough to have my designs in this fabulous shop, including my cake toppers and one-of-a-kind bobbi pins and one-of-a-kind magnets. You can also shop at Found on-line, which is where you can register for the Sally Jean workshops as well.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Party Blooms

I happened to see some fun party goodies that I thought I'd try for myself. They are usually called Surprise Balls, but no one I have talked to thinks that is a good name at all, so I decided to give mine their own name. So, I call these my Party Blooms, as they are a bit flowerish.
These Party Blooms are made of yards and yards of crepe paper in different colors, and you and your party guests can unravel the crepe paper and discover confetti, little plastic vintage charms, and a hand-stamped fortune as you go, as well as a little bottle of bubbles in the center.
I finished them off with a rosette on the top made with more crepe paper, vintage sheet music, old plastic beads, and Vintage German Glass Glitter. Wouldn't these look great on your table at each place, or even in a cupcake tower in the center of the meal? Everyone loves a little souvenier of a fun fete.

Don't forget, you can find little plastic vintage charms and Vintage German Glass Glitter in my shop, as well as other little goodies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wire Mannequins and More

11 inch dress forms
There is just something so appealing about these wire forms! They are nice and lightweight, yet very sturdy. I was reading last night about upcoming submission requests for Stampington Magazines such as Somerset Studio and Belle Armoire, and one or more of these could be used for any of them. They are easily altered and added to, and the possibilities are endless! I just stocked them in my store in the "Alter Me" section.

If you use any of the wire forms that you buy from me (or anything else for that matter) and credit PinkyLouLou when you get published (think positive!) I will send you a nice little thank you bag of goodies.

13 inch wire dresses
You know, I have been working so hard on my new store- photographing, listing, organizing, etc, that I haven't actually made anything in what feels like weeks... My challenge to myself is to get back to my happily messy table and create. I mentioned Somerset and the other mags because I bought a huge whiteboard yesterday and wrote down a bunch of calls for submissions to them and others, up there in big letters, to give me a starting point. I also haven't done ANY inchies yet, and that's a big thing right now.

OK, I have a plan, now I just need some sleep.... :) Happy Creating!

5 inch wire mesh birds

Small wire mesh flower wraps

6 inch wire mesh dress forms

Very large wire mesh bird cage (entire back opens!)

Large wire mesh flower wrap

Sunday, March 9, 2008

My New Site Is Up & Running!

Hurray! I opened my new store today, and I am really excited! I am also completely exhausted, and I am cross-eyed from staring at the computer for days on end... I did it all myself though, so I am happy.

I am offering my original designs, but I am also selling lots of supplies for altered art, mainly vintage, but new things, too. I have vintage and retro gumball charms, ephemera, vintage glass negatives (these are fabulous), German glass glitter (see pic on left), vintage playing cards and other vintage game pieces, and much more. I will be listing trims and vintage buttons this week, as well as ArtGirlz pewter charms.

These gorgeous porcelain beads and charms are handmade by Earthenwood Studio, and I use lots of them in my work. They are beautifully glazed and sturdy.

Please check it out and let me know what you think!

p.s. I promise to get to the tagging I received at least a week or 2 ago!

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