Posted on Leave a comment

re:Craft & Relic Show Sneak Peek

It shouldn’t be a surprise by now that I have a great love for the arts and supporting artists and their small businesses. In this new world of technology and conveniences I’ve noticed a great resurgence of art, craftsmanship and an over all appreciation for relics from the past. An amazing thing to celebrate and get excited about!

This “art and relic” resurgence is celebrated by a local Wisconsin show, re:Craft & Relic. The curated show is put on a three times a year and includes 150+ artists, junkers and makers who are selling their wares and treasures. This coming weekend (Nov 10 & 11, 2018), I have the privilege to hangout at the show, meet with local artists and shop for some wonderful treasures myself.

Show Information

re:Craft & Relic
Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, WI 53132

Saturday, Nov. 10th  – 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
(9 a.m. for VIP ticket holders)

Sunday, Nov. 11th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are within driving distance to the greater Milwaukee area, I highly recommend coming out and seeing the re:Craft and Relic show for yourself! It’s an artist and junker’s paradise! Need some convincing? We’ll look no further! I have an exclusive sneak peak for you of some of the vendors that will be selling this weekend.

Check out these wonderful makers and we’ll see you there!!

re:Craft & Relic Sneak Peek

20170315_153213.jpg

3 Wren Street

Business location: Racine, WI

Our family sells vintage and antiques as 3 Wren Street at flea markets, antique malls, vintage pop up events, and even out of our garage! We also sell online and have an Etsy shop.  Our booth spaces are a mix of everything we love – industrial pieces, primitive items, shabby chic finds, classic antiques, and more! We try to bring unique items to each show we sell at, but also bring the “staples” that our repeat customers expect to find. We are in the process of moving from Racine, WI to Door County, WI so we’ll be doing a lot more shows in that area starting next year. People can also find us on Facebook. We post pictures of new finds, links to items listed in our Etsy shop, and our upcoming shows on Facebook.
www.etsy.com/shop/3WrenStreet


IMG_20180709_115303_893

A Happy Thought Indeed

Business location: West Allis, WI

A Happy Thought Indeed is a mix of handmade jewelry, apparel, home decor and vintage finds all inspired by nature, literature and a bit of whimsy.  (large space @ The Bees Knees Homestead in Brookfield, WI)
https://www.facebook.com/AHappyThought/


DSC_2552EDIT1.jpg

Ava Grace Clothing

Business location: Mukwonago, WI

We sell quality, handmade clothing for Women and Children.
 avagraceclothing.etsy.com


CRP-BTD-00208-Edit.jpg

Bird’s Tail Designs

Business location: Milwaukee, WI

Meaningful, minimalist jewelry made by women, for women to empower women. www.birdstail.com


45567001_307508533414367_5806635684991074304_n.jpg

The Fancy Farmhouse

Business location: Hubertus, WI

Wisconsin-built quality handcrafted furniture with a farmhouse style! Message me for custom order requests!
www.facebook.com/thefancyfarmhousewi/


GBSJune17-52 WEB.jpgGBS_Shadowbox02.jpg

Green Beetle Shop

Business location: Wheatfield, IN

We create handmade, one-of-a-kind insect displays using exotic specimens from around the world. Ethically & sustainably sourced. {No, we don’t kill them…that would be sad}
greenbeetleshop.com


image2.jpeg

Hattie & Elsie

Business location: Janesville, WI

A wide variety of home decor, gifts, and vintage. Hattie & Elsie is best known for their signs made from antique ceiling tin.
hattieandelsie.com 

ACS_1891.jpeg

Hello Lavender

Business location: Woodstock, IL

I’m the owner and maker behind Hello Lavender. I’m a knitter, crocheter, indie yarn dyer, and fiber jewelry designer draped in mustard yellow and running off a steady intake of coffee (and/or wine, chocolate, donuts and pizza) to bring you modern knitwear & fashion accessories.
www.hellolavender.com 


IMG_1771.jpg

Inspired Scribe
Business location: Mukwonago, WI

Delight, inspire and encourage with Inspired Scribe’s fabulous word art on luxe paper and wood. Choose from a great selection of designs printed with love on greeting cards, t shirts, gift items, mugs, keychains, magnets and flour sack towels. Find something for everyone on your gift list!
www.inspiredscribe.etsy.com


re:Craft & Relic and
The Fancy Farmhouse GIVEAWAY!

45357099_487871295039607_718876503424630784_n

Win this beautiful Christmas tree stand box from The Fancy Farmhouse WI (valued at $100)! and 2 VIP tickets to re:Craft and Relic this Saturday and Sunday.

ENTER HERE >

 

 

 

Advertisements
Posted on 4 Comments

Learning to Love a New Home

Are you worried that you haven’t made the right decision with your move? It might be too late to turn back the clock now, but you most likely wouldn’t need to. It’s only natural to start doubting such a major decision, even if you’re worrying over nothing. Here, we’re going to look at how you can start to put those doubts behind you and to love your new home as soon as possible.

Plan for its weaknesses

When you’re uncertain about something, it becomes much easier to pick up flaws and to really start fixating on them. Is there an issue with your new home? Start planning for how you’re going to address it now. If there isn’t a lot of physical room, start planning on how to create a sensation of more space. If there’s less natural light, then think about how you’re going to change the window treatments to allow more sunlight in or how you’re going to add new light fixtures to make up for it. Obsess over the solutions, not the problems.

Give yourself time to acclimate (and unpack)

If you spend all the moving day packing, cleaning, and unpacking, you might end up spending your first night in a home that’s almost entirely empty. Make sure you arrange for movers to help you get your stuff there and unpacked all the sooner. That way, you can start adding your own design touches and enjoy your first night getting used to the home. Otherwise, you will be arriving in the dark, stressed out, and with few luxuries to keep you company.

IMG_3198.JPG

Engage the senses

Decor isn’t the only way to make your home your own. All the senses can play a vital role in helping to engage you emotionally and to make you feel at home. More and more people are finding that aromatherapy has a profound effect on their mood. Finding your favorite scent and lighting a candle or incense to help spread it through the home can give you something familiar to ground yourself with. What’s more, it’s a great stress buster. Once you shrug off that stress, you can free your mind to see the positive in your situation.

Surround yourself in what you love

Familiarity can be key, but there are new ways to engage yourself in familiarity, as oxymoronic as that sounds. You don’t have to decorate your new place exactly like the old one. For instance, you can look at ways to incorporate your hobby into your décor. Hang some of your favorite record covers on the wall or get your favorite movie posters framed. It helps you establish your personality and identity on the home but without feeling like you have to try and replicate the home you left behind. Doing that can only make you miss it more, especially if all your old stuff doesn’t fit the new space in the same way.

Moving into a new home is a naturally alienating experience for those who love their status quo. Hopefully, the tips above help you acclimate to it a little more quickly, so you can start to really love it.

Posted on 1 Comment

Maker’s Monday: James + McLain

October has flown by and we are already at our last Monday of the month. Boy, does time sure fly! I can’t help but get the itch to start changing up decor in the house to transition with the seasons. Down come the jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and spider webs for a much cozier, homespun atmosphere. No, I’m not going full-blown Christmas (that would be crazy!), but hints of evergreen, wood and other natural elements to slowly transition to a full-on Christmas wonderland. This Maker’s Monday featured shop has just the decor to get me there, James + McLain.

IMG_3779.JPG

James + McLain specializes in hand-painted wood signs and decor with a pleasing neutral palette and extremely high-quality. Their wood signs are the perfect addition to any gallery wall, fireplace mantel or coffee bar.

Here is a glimpse at some of James + McLain’s beautiful work:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

James + McLain, located in the heart of Texas, offers custom sign orders — perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or to welcome a new little one to the family.

Special promo

Enjoy an exclusive promo for James + McLain and check out these amazing wood signs. This week enjoy 10% off your purchase with promo code HAPPYFALL at checkout. Happy shopping!

IMG_1855Check out some of the other House Fenway Maker’s Monday Shops:

Dandelion Wishes Candle Co.

Curious Timbers

Gam Gam Handcrafted

The Vintage Nest

Posted on 2 Comments

Redecorating On A Budget

Every home needs a bit of revitalisation now and again. You see the same surroundings day after day, and so no matter how much you loved those floral curtains or that round dark wood coffee table when you first bought them, after time it is only natural that you grow tired of what you see. However, there is only one problem… we don’t all have endless pits of money. Most people don’t have the cash spare to turn their house upside down and completely change its image. But the good news is; you don’t have to. With the following tips, you can redecorate your home without breaking the bank…

Cushion crazy

orange-85821_1280
Photo Credit

Replacing your sofa represents a large investment. However, by simply changing your cushions you can give your sofa an entirely new appearance. There are so many designs available nowadays. You can play around with different patterns, various textures and an array of colors. Don’t go for anything too matchy-matchy. Instead, buy a mixed selection to create your own unique style. A great place to start is Linens Direct. They have a wealth of diverse cushions for you to choose from.

Grab a paintbrush

You wouldn’t believe how much difference a lick of paint can make! It alters the entire mood and feel of a room. Swap your pastel shade for a bold and bright colour – it will give you an instant pick me up. Or, trade in that dark tone for a lighter shade – your space will feel refreshed and relaxed. Why not go for an accent wall? You will save even more money if you only have ¼ of the room to paint! Yet, the effect is still as big because you are creating a focal point which is really going to pop out and bring the room to life.

Recover and renew your current furniture

If you can’t afford new furniture, why not recover what you already had? Are you sick of that dull and boring brown armchair in the corner of the room? If so, why not buy a fun and funky fabric and recover it yourself? Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will end up with a unique piece which nobody else has. This is ideal for someone who likes to embark on a bit of DIY and let their creative side shine. Don’t only think about what you can see, but all of the senses, from how you feel in the room to your sense of smell. If you have been meaning to call for an AC repair for months now, do this before spending money on your sofas. You will never be comfortable in the room if the temperature is not right. Deal with all the small fixes first!

girl-hanging-pictures-in-frames-on-wall_1398-4008.jpg
Photo Credit

 

Buy some new wall art

Last but not least, wall art can completely transform a space, but you need to think big if you want it to have a large impact on the overall vibe of the room. Thus, you can either purchase a large picture or you can opt to have loads of little ones together. The choice is of course yours. In fact, you don’t even have to go for a picture or a photograph. Wall letters i.e. the use of typography and wall stencils are really fashionable at the moment as well. All you need to do is search around on the internet and you will see that there are some really fantastic pieces available at unbelievable prices.

 

Posted on 4 Comments

Make Your Bedroom the Coziest Room in Your Home

bedroom-1078887_1280.jpg

Your bedroom should be the coziest space you have in your home. It should be your haven that is exactly as you want it. A place where you can do away with convention and be perfectly at ease. Some of the suggestions would make your grandmothers hair stand on end, but it is more vital that your bedroom is your space where you can be the real you.

Fewer Sheets

Sets of bedclothes usually have a top sheet included. This can be a nuisance. They never stay in the right place with your other bed linen, and can get very uncomfortable, so do away with them. You won’t miss them and in fact, will have a better nights sleep without it.

Choose The Right Window Dressing

bedroom-1872196_1280.jpg

Regardless of if you have a small window because your bedroom is in the attic, or a large window that opens onto a terrace, the window dressing can affect the whole atmosphere of your room. The choice is enormous from blinds at Carpet One to drapes that are flimsy or heavy. Pick the window dressing that you think best suits your room.

Lighting

Lighting is very important. Traditional lights and lamps can be boring, so why not try something totally different. Fairy lights look good and add a warm glow to the room. If you need something brighter to read by, have a statement light at the side of your bed.

Replace The Comforter With Throws

Big, chunky throws can be much more comfortable to curl up in than a traditional comforter, and they take less looking after.  You can have 2 or 3 on your bed, and then there are no arguments when your partner curls himself or herself up in one, there will still be plenty left to keep you warm too. There will not be so much bed making either if you use throws. There is no rule that says you must make your bed each day, and with throws that really is the case because as the name suggests you just throw them on and it does not matter how they land.

Headboards

bed-2167288_1280.jpg

Just a bed frame against the wall can make your interior feel cold. Invest in a headboard to make it cozier, or even make one yourself.  They do not have to be fixed to the bed or the wall as they can be totally free standing.

Add A Canopy

Placing your bed in a recess will make it feel cozier, but if that is not possible consider adding a canopy. That enclosed perception can go a long way towards you feeling snug and warm.

Use Cozy Colors

Bright colors will not encourage rest and sleep and will have the opposite effect, Use cozy colors that will enhance a relaxing mood, such as beiges, greys and even white.  Autumn shades are good for this purpose too.

Your bedroom should be the place where you go to relax, and not just for sleep. Make it a room that is great to be in for you, and your partner, as no one else matters in this particular space.