Monday, December 16, 2013

Rue de Noel - Christmas Paris Street Market

This year the Paris Street Market indoor Christmas show was held at Southwest Plaza on December 6 and 7. Vendors and shoppers alike were very pleased with the new location and larger space. There was a great turnout and a fun time was had by all. Below are a few of my items that were displayed in Vandel Antiques' booth at the show. Following are photos of some of the other vendor displays at the show.

Vintage Hanky Dresses and Christmas Stockings at Rue de Noel

Winter display by Vandel Antiques at Rue de Noel

Bill and Terri always have such a gorgeous booth. I simply love her decorated dress form!

Another lovely and fun booth with burlap and lace.

Amazing one-of-a-furniture and decor items!

This vendor had so many pretty items with which to deck your halls!

Mother and daughter team had so many wonderful items to offer.

Snowmen of every shape and size could be found in Vandel Aniques' booth. Many a frosty found a new home that day!

There was even a Santa to watch over my Hanky Dresses.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Thank you Sandi and Tim for the Paris Street Market and for another successful show!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Creative Uses for Antique Doors

I couldn't help but notice all the creative ways the vendors at the recent Rue de Noel Paris Market used antique doors. Following are a few of my favorites.

Patrice and Anita of  The Checkered Corner created this spectacular piece of door furniture.
Notice it says, "Cheers" on the glass.
Every old door is unique in its own way.

 Look at this lovely wreath display arranged on hinged antique doors.

Love those light bulb wreaths!

Metal brackets at the base of this wired screen door make this display free standing. Perfect for this vendors clever upcycled word signs.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

More Fun Making Hanky Dresses

Trina holding her Hanky Dresses
Here is Trina holding the hanky dresses she made from my Hanky Dress Pattern No 101 - 102. Both designs are included in this one pattern.

Notice she chose to add real buttons.  Nice touch Trina!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Show at South Suburban Christian Church

I've been very busy creating new items for this show. There will be framed Hanky Dresses, a few very special Christmas Hanky Dresses, patterns, and some sweet Christmas ornaments that you can put a small gift inside....all made from vintage hankies, of course.
Hope to see you there!
7275 S Broadway
(just north of Dry Creek)
9am to 5 pm

Thursday, September 26, 2013

On Display NOW at FRAME IT

Check it out! Look at what the ladies at "Frame It" did for me! Nancy Hallowell is the owner of Frame It ... the favorite custom framing shop in Littleton, Colorado. They do such exceptional and creative work.

In this first photo Nancy is holding a Hanky Dress that I made from a bride's wedding hanky. I gave her the dress and she worked her magic. And, what magic it was! The frame catches just the right amount of light and accents the style of and the lace in the hanky so perfectly. The glass she used was so amazingly clear that I had to touch it to see if there was any glass there. You probably can't see it in the photo, but the small Swarovski crystals I put on this dress sparkle beautifully through this glass. You'll just have to stop by the shop to see for yourself what I am talking about.

I knew she was working on one of my wedding dresses. But I had no idea of what she was up to beyond that. She totally surprised me by framing my feature in the current edition of Flea Market Style Magazine. I was so surprised and am still a little numb. What a thoughtful act of kindness. Thank you, so much, Nancy!

Zoom in and get a good look at that whimsical framing she chose. I just love, love, love it!

If you do not already know these wonderful people, I hope you will stop by and check out what they do. Frame It is located in the Broadridge Shopping Center at the corner of Broadway and Ridge Road. They have been in business here in Littleton, Colorado since 1979. Visit their website at 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halloween Offerings at the Paris Street Market

Look at the fun things I found for Fall and Halloween at the Paris Street Market

There is Jeanne peaking through from behind her Fall decorated buckets and watering cans. Aren't they simply fantastic!

Her business name is:   The Woodcutter's Wife

She does custom art and hand painted furniture.

Below you can see some of her reverse intaglio painting on antique window panes; as well as some other charmers.

Then I found these spectacular antique cans...ready to light up the night this Halloween season. They are the clever creation of Carol Konz the owner of CK Designs.
Her can pumpkins are also available at the Mainstreet General Store and at This And That
 in Castle Rock, Colorado.


This spooky screen door was the creation of Laura Gabriel of Vintage Magpie Designs, Littleton, Colorado.
What a wonderful decoration for your front porch or back patio !!! 
I just love it !

Monday, September 9, 2013

September Finds at the Paris Street Market

Meet Lorraine, proprietor of Lorraine's Basket. She comes down to the Paris Market each month from Fort Collins. She is just the sweetest lady and one of my sources for vintage handkerchiefs. All her linens are so perfectly prepared for the pretty, clean and fresh, and lovingly pressed.


This is the front of Lorraine's booth. She had some wonderful pieces of painted furniture.

That patio grouping with the lovely yellow mums was so pretty.

This charming piece of folk art was offered by Bonnie. She is a regular at the Paris Market; and she also sells items at the French Corner vintage shop in Eaton, Colorado.

 What a fantastic idea for a wall shelf !!!

This table and chairs sold fast out the Pine Needle Creek booth. Sonia's booth is always a good place to start if you're looking for that special piece of furniture to spruce up your home.

Doesn't everybody need a
wild turkey
on a
bed spring???

Just resting with my BFF !!!

Next Post - I'll show you all the great Halloween stuff I saw at the market.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Published in Flea Market Style Magazine

I have some wonderful news to share with all my followers and friends…you know who you are…those of you who have been quietly buying my Hanky Dresses for many years, those of you who have complimented my work, sold my work in your shops, and encouraged me along the way. One of my framed dresses has been featured in the Flea Market Style Magazine.

I have been a fan of vintage and upcycled décor for many years; and, I am so pleased and grateful to have my work showcased by Flea Market Style Magazine. I have enjoyed this magazine from the first.

If you are not familiar with FMS, I urge you to have a look see.  The Winter Issue is available in stores now. There are many fun things in this issue. I particularly enjoyed two wonderful home décor articles. One is about a 1920’s Mississippi home with a love story behind it and the other is a colorful article (pun intended) entitled HUE Make Me Happy.

You can visit the FMS Blog here:

Thank You Flea Market Style Magazine, Ki Nassauer, and staff!

Here is a picture of the magazine cover and my feature page.

Friday, August 23, 2013

DIY Hanky Dress Pattern at Willow an Artisans Market

If you are not already familiar with Willow an Artisans Market in old downtown Littleton, you need to check it out. The Willow is all about Fun - Funky - and Functional Art. My original Hanky Dresses have been available here for many years. My new DIY Hanky Dress pattern is now available here as well.

Full size examples of each of the pattern designs are here for you to view and help you in making your selection. There are five different patterns containing two designs each. In addition there is one value priced pattern which includes all ten of my designs.

Helen Rice, Proprietor - Willow - at the corner of Prince and Main
in old downtown Littleton

Pattern Display


Shown here are examples of four of the designs available.

Remember - if you have a family member's hanky that you would like made into a dress, you can take it in to the Willow and Helen will coordinate with me for your special order.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fun Making Hanky Dresses

These are just a few examples of the many variations of Hanky Dresses one can make from my five different do it yourself patterns. There are two dress designs in each pattern that can be used over and over. You decorate the bodice to coordinate with your hanky...then put the two together and you have your own one of a kind creation. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Two young friends of mine had seen my dresses and wanted to make their own. Shown here are Kodey and Adison with their finished dresses.  The big girls, their grandmother and I, had as much fun as the little girls.
You can use paint, pens, or pencils to get the look you want.

Kodey had a style that was definitely all her own. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Meet Gus

This is Gus - my neighbor's new Newfoundland puppy. There is only one word to describe Gus and that is simply ADORABLE !!!

Gus and me

Mary and Kevin with Gus

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Old Glory Antiques Fair - Littleton, Colorado

Once again this year I was fortunate to help out my friend Sonia in her booth pictured here at the Fair. Sonia is the talented proprietor of the Pine Needle Creek Shop. She is a regular exhibitor at the vintage and antique markets. If you're looking for great home décor and painted furniture, she's your gal.

In addition to my usual Hanky Dresses, I was pleased to be able to show two new items this year. My new Hanky Dress Bodice Patterns for displaying your own hankies and my new Hanky Cottage Pillow Covers. I use bits and pieces of damaged hankies to make these cottages.  I can't  bring myself to cut up a perfectly good hanky. Each cottage is unique and oh so charming!

Following are some things displayed by the other vendors at the show.

I just loved this vendor's furniture.

More lovely furniture and a simply precious angel.

I'm always a sucker for old linens!
Loved the flowers and loved those colorful rolling pins.

These antique quilts were simply wonderful!!!
Thanks so much Genna for bringing them.

This is what can happen to you if you don't pace yourself at Old Glory!
This lady just got plum tuckered out!

Another great show thanks to Old Glory Antiques
Thanks so much Holly.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Bicycle Wheel Garden Art - Steel Magnolias

We recently had to do something with our overgrown fitzers on the corner of our front yard. We hired someone to bonsai them for us...unfortunately, we lost the one in the middle.  What to do now??? Well I love bicycle wheels and the thought came to mind that I could make giant flowers out of them. So I explained my idea to hubby, Ron, who put the mechanics to the idea and this is what we did.

So many people have stopped to take pictures and comment that we decided to make some to sell. They are now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in downtown old Littleton.

It was a neighbor who came by and said, "Hey! I like your steel magnolias!"  So the credit for the names goes to him.

You can get them in many variations and colors.  Red, white and blue ones were available for the Fourth of July and Americana decorators. We also make sunflowers, which have been very popular. If you, don't see what color you have in mind, just tell Vandel's the color and size you want and we can make it special just for you.

My Steel Magnolias

Pink Posies at Vandel Antiques


Now available for purchase at Vandel Antiques in old downtown Littleton