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Sunday, November 3, 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!




Hey Y'all!
It's been a while.  I know.  I will try to do better.  I now have a newer phone so I may be able to write some from the app on it, if I can get that darn virtual keyboard to learn the hick language.

The weather now has a crisp in the air and the time has now slipped back into its norm.  When all of this aligns it is known to me officially as... holiday season.  With the self proclaimed season its time for me to start crafting holiday decorations to put at The Weathered Home.  Below, you will see my latest delivery, an 80 inch tall snowman complete with a top hat!  I was hoping to have a shorter lad to arrive with him but I forgot to predrill the holes for the screws in the eyes and they /both cracked. If anyone is in the market for a blind snowman, I can hook you up until I get him a new set made.  If you are in the market for a 6' 8" snowman you can find this one at The Weathered Home at 217 Avery Ave. Morganton.  Tell them I sent you and where you found this post and get 10% off the cost of this guy but hurry he may not last long.  There will probably be more that I will put the same deal on so check back often.

The Christmas open house at the Weathered home is next Saturday 11/9/2019 10am to 6pm.  Stop by and start your holiday shopping season with us!  We will be demonstrating all of our paint brands (Debi's Design Diary DIY, General Finishes and the newest brand Dixie Belle), Iron Orchid Designs moulds, stamps as well as other demos and you can pick up a little snack while you are there.  Stop by and say hi and see the hidden gem and talented artists Morganton has to offer.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will try to update more often.  In the meantime, the following are some local (to Morganton NC) Facebook pages I suggest checking out to get you inspired to create your own projects!

The Weathered Home

Recast Painted Furniture

The Hunny Hush Boutique

Have a great day y'all!





New Name = New Game Plan!

Hear ye!  Hear ye!
(That's fancy talk for HEY Y'ALL)
Everybody's Got Their Something webpage is now known as...

VINTAGE RUSTIQUES

Everybody does have their something, but not everybody can find the page with that long name, hence forth the name change and an amped up motivation.

The Etsy shop has now been renamed, a NEW FACEBOOK PAGE has been established (more to come on that later) and the Instagram page has been updated with the new name.  

Share it far and wide (with your friends on Facebook, Instagram and all across the land) that Everybody's Got Their Something is now know as VINTAGE RUSTIQUES!

Thanks Y'all!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

It's been a long time...

March 20, 2019

I can't believe its been almost a year since my last post! 

In the last year I have taken my Itty Bitty Shasta out once to Linville Falls.  It was a great time and I get to meet some really nice people from the vintage camper group that I joined.  I can't wait to go back and see my new friends again.  I have kept up with them through the power of Facebook to see what adventures that have been on during the long winter.  Itty Bitty looks so lonely down there, but this year I have two, possibly three camping trips planned.  I sure hope everything works out that I will get to go.  I enjoy taking her out so much!  People just love to take a gander at her.

Today is the first day of spring.  Finally the time has come to start shedding the cover of winter and loose those winter layers for some lighter colors and coverings.  I can't wait, but I keep in the back of my mind that here in North Carolina the weather changes like you change your underwear, so there is a possibility that there could be more snow that may make it down this way.  I mean, I have seen it snow in late April before.  At any rate, the weather will warm up a bit and I will be dragging that drop cord and water hose down to the camper cover and start spring cleaning in Itty Bitty.  Maybe, I'll camp out in the yard one night!!!  What Fun!


Ok so, Since I have written last I have stopped consigning in one of my regular spots and taken on a booth rental at a little place called The Weathered Home here in Morganton where I refurb furniture and make odds and ends to sell.  I'm doing surprisingly well with this and actually have some spare time now that I've given up one of the stores.  I feel like a can take a day off and not feel guilty because I've not made anything that day.  I bought me a new stencil cutter and can now make nearly any sign thrown my way.  Just recently a customer asked me to make a very long sign and the cutter did the work in about 4 minutes where it would have taken me hours upon hours and a huge back ache to cut just cut the stencil.  I'll post pictures of that when I get it completed which should be later on this week.

Here are a few of the things that I've got in my booth.



Ahhh lunch break is almost over so I will close out now and get back to my day job.  Happy hump day everyone!  I hope the next couple days fly by and the weekend will be very spring like.

G
  Low
              ...out!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Disappointing, but much needed weekend and past creativeness.

Well, after planning since December 2017 for a camping trip in my Itty Bitty planned for April 6th the event was canceled by the facility on April 4th because of the cold rainy weather coming in. I was definitely bummed out for a while but the weekend was not all a waste. After a night of sulking and eating my snacks from my canceled trip, I made a plan not to waste the time I had already asked off from work. I got up Thursday morning and started working on projects and finished several things that I had planned in my head but was not ready to actually work on until now.

These are just a few.
 
 They turned out great, now lets hope they sell!


 The last few weeks have yielded several good ideas that have came to fruition.  About a week ago I finished up this...
 
It sold before the store even got a price on it.  It is a old sewing machine base that I've had sitting around for nearly a year trying to find the perfect thing to make.  I've had this idea in my head but couldn't quite come up with how to get it to work.  It's not exactly how I wanted it but it got done and out of the house to clear up space for the next project.  This is a new paint technique I was trying out but don't get too attached.  There will probably not be much of this coming from my workshop.  It's a little hard to do and very time consuming.  But you never know what perfect piece is just waiting to be be painted with a chippy finish.

Then there is this beast...


It was huge and taking up a lot of needed space.  I finished it in a day and took it to the store in the rain just to get it out of the house and sooo glad I did.  It sold within a week!  I was a bit floored because I didn't expect it to sell at all with the luck I've had in recent past with furniture. 

Thats all the projects that has come from the girl cave in the past couple weeks.  Maybe more soon once I clear out some smalls that are cluttering up the work space.

Have a great week y'all!

Until next time...
G
  Low  OUT!

By the way...is any one actually reading this?  Leave me a comment if so.



Friday, November 10, 2017

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Monday, February 27, 2017

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Spring is in the air!

It was a good weekend...

With the warmer weather coming I'm gonna be working on more big projects between sign orders.  I lucked up and found this hidden treasure and decided to get my springtime projects started off with a bang!  

Bought a can of milk paint and took off to painting on Friday night.  Saturday morning came and I was up and at 'em again bright and early.  I did not stop until I was completely finished with my project and had it delivered.  


It was hard to give this beauty up,  If my kitchen would have been a little bigger it would have been adopted!  So, it's for sale at the Weathered Home.  I hope it sells, and it should.  It's a solid piece and the fabric on the chairs is perfect!




My next project is underway.  I started it late this evening but it's a little more extensive than just painting.  I've had to replace legs and do a lot of cutting to get it "usable" but the hard part is done. Be on the look out for the next post for the big reveal!

Until next time!
G
 Low OUT!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Business cards

I got cards!

Thank you Joanna Gaines...

Thank you Joanna Gaines and the Fixer Upper TV show for making these silly signs that I make a “thing” now. I am amazed at the people that have had an interest in my work and the orders I’ve received from them. I never would have thought this would be this popular.
You can find my signs locally in Morganton NC at The Weathered Home, Tea Tree and on my Etsy page at this link https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlowCusto....
Off I go to make more signs! So many signs, so little time!
Gretchen

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Items Added to Etsy Store

I have worked on getting more items added to my Etsy store this weekend.  You can find a link to them here.

More to add later!  Thanks for stopping by.

P.S.  Let me know you visited by telling me hello in the comments.  Thanks

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Etsy Store is up an running.


The Etsy store is up an running!  Click here to go to it!

There is not a lot up yet but I am working on more product and it will be added soon.  As always, you can go to the Weathered Home here in Morganton to see more of my work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Less is More

I love to do art.  Any kind of art.  It is no doubt, when I am off from my real job that you will find me in my basement working on the next big thing.  I will try anything.  I experiment with mediums and sometimes an occasional unheard of medium...like soot from the wood heater to make something look weathered, or mix alcohol with paint to see if the concoction yields the outcome I am wanting.

In school I had the most amazing art teacher.  Mrs. Myra "Katie" McNeely.  I wanted to be an art teacher like her...but I didn't want to be a teacher...that required going to school again and all I wanted to do was be out of school.  I was not a fan of school, but Mrs. McNeely was the coolest teacher ever so I went to school everyday just so I could go to art class.  The world lost this artist in 1998 and boy was it a big loss.

In class Mrs. McNeely taught me one thing that has stuck with me since she told it to me back somewhere between 1989 and 1991.  Less is more.  The less you put on the canvas or the less you embellish the more the eye is drawn to the subject.  I think a LOT of folks could use this philosophy when they are creating stuff...if they ever create stuff for themselves. (See one of my previous blog entries called "Just Try It" for my thoughts on folks that are afraid of trying something.)  If you find yourself adding more sequins and rhinestones to an already embellished jean jacket, step away from the glue gun!!!!  Now this does not mean don't try to craft or create. This simply means step back and ask yourself, what is my subject, and is it making its self known in the piece.  Are things in the piece fighting to be the headliner?  If so, then you may have went too far.

So, if you haven't figured out art is my thing, but art is a very broad subject.  It can be the art of decorating, drawing, painting, playing music, or even soot smudging! Everybody's got their something and mine is art that includes drawing, painting, music, writing (on occasion), and many other things that we will eventually get to in this blog.  That's why I chose this as the name of my blog.  

Find your art.  What is your something? The something, or somethings, that make you, you?  Leave your something in the comment section.


The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry David Thoreau


Friday, December 16, 2016

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign!

Signs, signs. Everywhere you go there are signs.  Some good, some bad, but these signs are good, they make you happy...well they make me happy any way. 

These and more are available at The Weathered Home in Morganton if you want to see then.  If you would like a custom sign contact me and I will see if I can work up something for your needs. 

I have decided to sell on Etsy so be I the look out for that link coming soon.  It takes a little while to get this all set up and get the postage set up for it but I'm going to get all that worked out Saturday and be online Monday ready to sell!  It may start out with a small amount of inventory, but it will grow (I hope).

Y'all have a great holiday, a merry Christmas or whatever you do at this time of year!  If you need a quick gift idea go out to the Weathered Home they have something for everyone!

More to come soon.
Gretchen

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gifts Galore!

If you are looking for a great gift for that special someone, or that one of a kind find stop by The Weathered Home in Morganton and see their huge selection.  They have something for everyone.  If you have an item you want to paint you can sign up for a class or if you just need to buy all the supplies they have advice and everything you need to complete your project.  The consigners have filed the place with many nice things but if you don't see what you want just ask. There is a good chance they can get what you need.  If for some reason you don't find that special gift they offer gift certificates!

The Weathered Home
217 Avery Ave
Morganton, NC
Check them out on Facebook too!
https://www.facebook.com/theweatheredhome/

Christmas has arrived on the hill!

Christmas has arrived at the house on the hill.  This week the tree went up and the living room got a new arrangement.  I absolutely love it!  Bring on the holidays, I'm ready!