Thursday, October 13, 2011

Scary Stuff

I had a living nightmare the other morning.  When I have to ride the bus to work, I get there more than an hour early and inevitably end up at one of the nearby thrift stores.  I thought the luck of the mighty bald eagle (I don't know where this stuff comes from) was with me when I spotted an almost full rack of beautiful vintage dresses.

I took an armload to the dressing room, where something horrible happened.  None of them fit me.  Some were too big, some were just a little too small.  I couldn't zip them the last couple inches.  I don't have very good altering skills, so I couldn't talk myself into buying the too big ones.  I knew they'd just sit there and never get altered.

I'm sure at least some of you vintage lovers will understand how that morning took a page from one of my scariest dreams.  A rack full of vintage for cheap, and none of it fits!!  Ahhh!

Oh well.  50% off day is coming soon.  I might be able to talk myself into buying one of the dresses that was too big if it's still there.  In less scary news, I got a message from them on facebook saying I won a $10 gift certificate.  Not sure how I pulled that off, but I'll take it!!

Back to scary.

Felix loooooves Halloween, and so do I!  I decided some spooky decorations were in order this year.  We took a trip to Hobby Lobby and Big Lots, and this is what we came up with so far.  The lights are candy corn colored!

Felix is obsessed with this thing.  The LED eyes change colors and move back and forth.

And let's be honest here, I might be obsessed with taking pictures of it.  They all end up having maximum awesomeness.

In Hot Butter news, I'm still working on a big stack of Half-moon Handbags.  I've also been contacted about doing a wholesale order, so there will probably be new wallets in the future (if I ever finish those bags!).  Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Horseshoe Review and Spooky Mountain Fun

Last Saturday was the last Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market of the year.

I made a new Hot Butter bunting the week before.  My old HB sign was approximately 8"x10", which means pretty small.  I do have sentimental attachment to it, but it was time for a bigger sign!

You can count on seeing a ton of awesome dogs at the Horseshoe.

I didn't bring any vintage stuff this time.  I just didn't have any time to get it ready.  Oh well!  It also didn't go as well as I had hoped, and I'm starting to feel kind of discouraged from doing markets (except for the holidays, of course).  They cost money to get into, and then if only make my booth fee back it's not really worth it.  Maybe it's the economy?  I don't think I'm the only one who's been having market troubles.

Ok, I'm done telling you the whiney, sad truth about all the markets I did this summer.  Onto other things!

We took a little trip up to the mountains last Sunday for leaf peeping.

We stopped in Nederland to eat lunch and ride the Carousel of Happiness with my dear sweet girl Laureal.

I rode the peacock!  No glorious action shots.  The Chainsaw took some, but they're awful blurry due to the moving.

My only leaf shot is this from the road to Laureal's house, where we filled our water bottles with fresh delicious spring water.

We didn't have enough time to get up to Rocky Mountain National Park, so we settled with a stop at the Stanley Hotel.

Oy, this is getting long.  I'm working hard on more Half-Moon Handbags.  The others cleared out fast!  I hope you're all having a great week.  Any plans for this weekend?

Friday, September 30, 2011

September Shenanigans

The last day of September is a good day to talk about what you did in September.  Mostly I worked a lot, but I did some other good stuff too!

Felix is officially in Kindergarden.  He catches a bus at 7:25, which means I get up at the exact time of 6:18 most mornings.  Sometimes Chainsaw does it, but usually it's me.  One morning I had the deluxe pleasure of waking up to this sight:

It was glorious!  I've also caught some fantastic sunsets lately.  The clouds have been doing a great job of catching those last rays of sunlight.

Before you start thinking that I spent all month taking pictures of the sky (you'd be right), I have a few other things to tell you about also.  Chainsaw went on a weeklong road trip, so I took the week off.  I don't make enough doubloons to make it worth my while to pay a babysitter while I work.  I had a girls night the first Saturday he was gone.  I didn't happen to take any pictures at the actual event (and for good reason, haha!), but I did get Felix addicted to proscuitto.

The next day we went to the Gem and Mineral Show in Denver.

The rooms with the phosphorescent minerals reminded me of Electric Lady Land so hard.  Electric Lady Land is my favorite of all places in Amsterdam and I highly recommend you check it out.  Not ashamed to admit that drugs increase it's awesomeness, but it is almost just as mind blowing without them (done it!).  I tried to rob a picture from their website, but it doesn't work so well.  So do me a favor and click on that link.

We went to Boulder Falls and had the whole place to ourselves. Zero idea why this picture uploaded itself in such a tiny manner.  Sorry.

And this is getting pretty long.   I might also be out of pictures that are not of the sky.  Oops!

Don't forget that this is the last day of my 20% off sale.  Enter coupon code THANKYOU20 while checking out of the Hot Butter shop.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

100 Sales!

I am so excited to announce that I sold my 100th item in my etsy shop earlier this month!  It's taken me a bit to celebrate because I wanted to get my shop stocked, but the time is now!  Without further ado, I'd like to offer everyone 20% off anything in my etsy shop as a thank you for your love and support.  Just use the coupon code THANKYOU20 when checking out.  I have a craft fair Saturday morning, so this sale runs until Friday night.

Back to business.

My creating hiatus is officially over.  I've been making tons of  awesome new pouches, such as these beauties:

I also made four Half-Moon Handbags from Keyka Lou's awesome pattern, which appears to be out of print.

I might have accidentally kept this one for myself.  Oops.

And this one was claimed by a friend, but I have two other adorable half-moon bags in my shop.

These aren't newly created, but at long, long, long last I have gotten some photos of them that aren't the worst ever.  They aren't very good, but that's beside the point.

I do have more messenger bags, but those three were the only winners in the photo department so far.  It's like the universe wants me to keep them all for myself, but I already have one!

Anywho, Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market this weekend in the Highlands.  Be there or be square (or too far away to come).

Here's some crazy doubloon eyes as a parting gift:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I did on my summer vacation- San Diego edition

Oh hi you guys!  It's been many moons since I've laid my eyes upon this blogger page, and I thought I'd fill you in on what I've been up to.  Although it's not the only trip I went on this summer, my San Diego trip is fresh in my mind (and the Chainsaw has our other trip pictures on his computer...need to look into that for myself).


My best girl Laura and I are both Aries, so I was pretty excited to see this horoscope the last week before I left.


We went to the beach every day, including not one, but two special sunset trips.  This was from our hike to the beach on the first beachy sunset trip.


Just feast your eyes on that majesty!


Sunsets, ocean frolicking, and cliff hikes can make a lady hungry for diner food.


And a giant milkshake.


We went to Kobey's swap meet, which was super fun.  Laura found her very own magical crystal, which she may or may not love almost as much as she loves me?


I bought this badass cobra ring.  Unfortunately it turned my fingers green.  Any tricks for this?  Can I paint it with clear nail polish or something?  It's hard to be a badass cobra ring wearing lady when you're worried that your own fingers are turning snake-like in color.  I may or may not have also bought a Mexican wrestling mask.


Sunset number two was viewed at the appropriately named Sunset Cliffs.


Laura and I bought big floppy hats at the swap meet (and I got extrabigass glasses), which turned us into movie stars.  It is impossible to not be glamorous in this costume.  It's also really hard to take best friends forever self portraits while wearing big hats.



Unfortunately that little cloud bank stopped us from seeing the sun disappear behind the ocean, but oh well, it was awesome anyway and we saw that magic at sunset viewing number one.


Laura serenaded me with a Metallica song at the beach.


And then this happened.  Tell me how many times you got to hang out at an impromptu beach jam with your best girl and an awesome accordion playing gentleman.


We also went to the zoo, where we got to take in the sweet sights of polar bear dumpers.


And HOLY CRAP panda bears.

Ok, I think that's good for now.  I just got my shop updated with all the creations I made this spring.  I haven't made anything new all summer, but apparently I had a righteous stock pile just hanging out, waiting for its debut.