Pet portraits, Stephanie MaceraLast week I packed up some pet portraits and some hand-made hairpins I made using up-cycled vintage earrings, pins and scrap jewelry.

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Every yard sale or thrift shop ends in the purchase of scrap jewels.  At some point, I turn them into other things.  This week, it’s hair clips.

2014-04-29 07.55.21I consign my art, jewelry and vintage goodies that I purchase to re-sell at a wonderful shop here in Wichita,  Absolute Vintage Boutique.

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Every quarter of the year since they opened, rain or shine, these talented and sharp gals have an outdoor vintage market right in the parking lot of their boutique.  I love that this year, a new vintage trailer called Time Traveler was front and center.  This was my favorite booth this year.

2014-05-10 13.37.32I can’t explain what it’s like to go to one of these events, but if you click on the link to Pinterest for Absolute Vintage– you can get the feeling!

If you want to get a bit of the vintage – the gals sell milk paint and paintings here.
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This week, I remembered a wonderful pin from Pinterest that I have wanted to try.  Mother’s Day was the perfect opportunity!  I love this tip:  Create a grid on any vase using clear, Scotch tape

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I used two  nice grocery store bouquets to create an arrangement.  Just clip the height that works for your vase.  My vase was a left over from my mom – so returning it full of flowers will be welcome!

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The grid makes all the difference!  I can’t imagine ever making a flower arrangement without using this trick.

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My mom also collects charms..  So I made a charm from a photo of my sister, mom & dad and our family pets in front of one of our houses as a gift.

I love the saying: “Home is where your mom is”.  I believe that is very true.

It was so much fun looking at the small photos of the house and the casual family portrait while visiting with my parents and my sister.  It is amazing what just two tiny photos can get everyone talking about.  We all noticed different elements about the photo, the house, the animals and even they mystery – who took this photo?  I loved laughing with my family as we pieced together the story around this one picture.  We finally decided that it must have been my grandmother that took the photo – the rest of us could never manage to get anything developed and in one spot long enough to be found.

I hope you had a wonderful, creative, inspiring, wonderful weekend / mother’s day.

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This is a photo of my mom at around age 9.  I cherish it.  To me, it captures many wonderful things about her spirit and personality.  She is adventurous, creative, brave, imaginative, daring and outspoken.  You can see in this photo that she is already very confident and assertive, even as a child.  I love the many things I have learned from her over the years.