Thursday, October 25, 2012

it's falloween folks - jewelry, screens & selling things

Hello Friends! Or shall I say, Happy Falloween! Can you believe it's already the end of October? I mean where has the year gone? It's crazy how fast time flies and how on one day you think "man, that's so far away." But then suddenly you are either days away or the day is HERE! But I guess that's when we take a look around and thank God that were alive to see the day we had been waiting for.

Speaking of long awaited days (or at least a long awaited weekend) - today is my FRIDAY! I love that moment when you're snug in your warm bed and you realize, "Hey! I don't have to go to work today!" It has to be one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. 

It's not morning yet, so I figured I'd do a little posting to bring everyone up-to-date on all things eb!

First off, if you don't currently follow me instagram, please do (if you wanna). My name is eb_bumbleanddola.

It's certainly nothing fancy, but I like to post about a little bit of everything. Mostly things pertaining to fashion, design, and photography - the things that create and inspire the life of me. In fact, I'm attempting to use it as a way to sell and promote pieces that I find in my travels.

As you all know, my mom and I currently have an antique booth at 763 Meeting Street in West Columbia. Unfortunately, because of space limits and legal documents, I'm not always able to sell things there; or more accurately, sometimes I don't have the room! If I can create another way to get the word out about my inventory, I'm all for it. I mean I can't keep EVERYTHING I find - even if it kills me to see it go... (like the gold tea cart that I just put at the booth that I forgot to take a pic of, but I will as soon as I get back over there.)

I've also opened an online store at Storenvy. You can find it here: I don't plan to use it for large pieces, but I think it's perfect for some smaller things.

While I'm working on getting that up and running, I'm keeping busy with other things for sure. For instance, the Stella & Dot party I had last night. Can I tell you how much I <3 their stuff?? It's so incredibly cute! I wish I had an entire jewelry room of their products. If you wanna share in my envy, check out their site (which also happens to be my party site, so feel free to purchase something until 10.31. 10% of the party proceeds will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank!) - Some of the things I have on my wish list are:

Of course these are among the 50 things I want, but a girl will have to dream for now.

Anywho, I had a great time at the party and was able to do a little Halloween decorating which is always fun. In preparation, I rearranged my patio and added a new design element - a screen door. But in typical eb fashion, not in the expected way...

At first I had it like the picture above, but do you see that cute little flower pot sitting in front of the door to the right? Well, that's no longer there. Not because I had a wild hair and decided it looked better somewhere else, but because as I was walking out to enjoy my patio, a large gust of wind came through only to push the door over and on a path to break everything in its way. I was unsuccessful in my attempt to beat Mother Nature, but I wasn't going to let that get me down. Nope, not me. 

After about 30 good minutes of figuring out how I was going to get that sucker back in a decorative position, I finally came of with this.

Which actually turned out much better than the vertical way I must admit. Even though I lost a pretty unique pot, it was worth putting my mind to work to come up with a much more user friendly idea. Now, I'm able to hang things from it without fear of it meeting it's demise with a gust of wind. Heck it may have even fallen victim to the fact that my patio is apparently now a squirrel's playground (don't get my started on those beasts. let's just say, I'm 100% against animal cruelty, but if I had a gun, goodbye alvin's cousin.)

Anywho, because of the wind debacle, my more sturdy design has allowed me to hang lanterns (that I stole from a yard sale for $1.00/each!). I also added some curtain finials to the top for a little extra character. 

How did I get it up there, you ask? Well, after my 30 minutes on the patio, I probably spent another 30 at Lowes in the plumbing aisle. I KNEW there was a way to get this thing to stay up there and I was determined that it was going to be with plastic piping.

I finally figured it all out and quickly ran home to paint and assemble my creation. A 1/2 day later, spent on a project I hadn't anticipated, and I had a cute little red backdrop for my cute red chairs. I just threw it on top of the railing, wrapped the bottom with my handy, dandy zip ties (one of God's greatest creations) and BAM! Crisis averted. Blow away my Mother Nature friend! There's no bringing this guy down (well maybe with a tornado).

Once that patio was perfect and the house was Southern Living ready, I was ready for a party. I had a lot of great friends and yummy food and it turned out to be a great ladies night. I look forward to doing another one in the future!

Finally, speaking of making things perfect. In my last post I took that awful, farm-ridden drawer thing I found and gave it a quick makeover. After I posted the transformation, I decided I wanted something a little more fancy for the handles. After some pillaging through of my extensive button collection, I landed on this:

Some fancy buttons and a hot glue gun are all I needed to take this gem up a notch. So much better, right? Now it holds some of my jewelry unrulies. Perfecto!

Ok, enough for now. Just because I'm off tomorrow, doesn't mean I don't need my beauty rest :). 

Happy Falloween, everyone! I look forward to seeing everyone's fun costumes this year!! I leave you with Gracin's costume:

He's a male model :). Night!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

a win for everyone

Wooohooo! If you haven't already heard, South Carolina beat Georgia's B-U-T-T last night. It's so wonderful to be the "liked" guys. For so long, USC has had just a run of bad luck and lord knows we've had our fair share of hiccups, but FINALLY, it looks like things are turning around. I still probably won't go to the games (it's just so much easier to watch on tv), but I'll continue to cheer for them for sure :).

While waiting for the highly anticipated game to begin, I began the beautiful day running a 5k for Palmetto Health's Walk For Life.

This is my 3rd year participating and it's wonderful. The weather is always awesome and it's a way for me to give back and support such a terrible disease, breast cancer. I didn't make my best time, but I felt like a winner none-the-less :).

Cluck, cluck...

To continue my productive day, I worked on a couple of crafts. Easy ones, but enough to keep me busy. The first one was a redo of a little drawer-thingy I found at a thrift store. Now if you like chickens, then this was your piece...

I mean, look at the detail! 

I know I could have sold it as it, but I saw more for this tragic case of farm decor... I did a little spray painting and wahla!

A much more modern country piece. I'm not sure what I'll use it for, but we'll see.

And the winner is....

Also in the makeover department - trophies! If you haven't see the new thing around town, then you're missing out. Painted trophies. Go ahead, pintrest it. It's a real thing and it's cuuuuuuute!

So, I did a few of my own! I found the baseball one at a thrift store and the cup one came from the Fox for winning a golf tournament. Both were small, but I wasn't looking for the holy grail of trophies for trial one. I grabbed some gold spray paint (actually I have like 6 cans of it as I bought it when it was on sale...shame) and went to town.

 The end result is nothing short of awesome! I created a fun little gold vignette to help show it off. Cute right? I paired it with a hat mold, some gold dogs and a picture of my grandparents.

What a fun way to give a new life to something that otherwise would have made it's way to the trash bin. Wouldn't it be fun to do them in a kid's room? Pink for girls, red for boys. FUN! FUN!

And that was my Saturday, folks. Another successful, didn't go to the game weekend. :)

Until next time. I hope everyone is enjoying this incredible weather and getting ready for Halloween! It's just around the corner!!