Friday, November 15, 2013

It was bound to happen

Hi Everyone,

We interrupt our regularly scheduled post to bring you an update.

Call it odds, misaligned planets, bad luck or as I refer to it as, s#@t happens, it happened to us on the way to our show Sunday morning. You can not expect to spend every single weekend on the road and not be affected somehow. Ours was Sunday AM.

Rule #1  I have screamed it from the mountain tops and my friends think I am a bit crazy about this, but Toyota's save lives. It's the frame and impact beams they use. There was nothing left of the Pontiac that was in front of us. It crumpled and imploded and so did all the other cars involved. We only had front end damage and even the police thought we didn't have much compared to all the others.

Rule #2  Always have an accident during a procession of 350+ tow trucks doing their annual Towing for Tots benefit on the Interstate.

Rule #3  Always have said crash while riding next to two uniformed State Troopers on Harley Davidson motorcycles, leading said processional of tow trucks.

It was the most surreal happening, troopers pulled over, tow trucks pulled in front of and in back of the scene and protected the lane the crash was in, everyone jumped out of the vehicles and promptly went to work, sweeping the road clear of debris, checking on everyone's welfare and organizing things so that when the officials who were going to actually handle the accident scene arrived, everything was in place. Just amazing to watch it all transpire. The entire time you could hear them say, "just doing my job and as long as everyone is safe and okay, we're good." And nobody got paid a dime, it wasn't their call but they worked like it was.

I am very grateful to all of them for their professionalism, their care and their compassion. It made the sting of what happened a bit easier. Despite all of the bruises and scrapes, everyone walked away just fine.

Two hours late to our show, it was a very long day indeed.

And we are back on the road for next weekend at the find market event. You would think we would have learned our lesson! NOT !


the Muze

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Life's Priorities

Hi Everyone,

So sorry for the lengthy absence but I have a really plausible excuse. I almost worked to death, not joking at all. Forget just doing shows, oh no, we decided to add more.

Some of you know we were involved for six weeks in getting the new the find market event open in Plainfield IL and it was amazing to see all the great goods that the many vendors brought in. Everything all of us DIYers dream about, raw materials to create with. There were bins of ceiling tiles, fabrics, doors, fragments and so much more for sale and lest I should forget, 132 chairs. It seemed all of us brought chairs, a lot of chairs! But wait there's more! Beautiful vignettes, great stuff and wonderful ideas, you need to see this market.

Their next market is November 21 - 24, so if you are anywhere in the area, make plans on stopping in and checking it out. I have it on very good authority that they are planning on presenting 5 different Christmas themes, vintage red and green, industrial, rustic/primitive, black/white glitz and shabby chic. Can not wait to see this.

We are also personally in the downside of moving into a new home. Talk about lousy timing, we got it in spades. But we are making do the best we can.

The good news . . .

I got a creative space in the deal! 

For many of you who know me, know that for the last five years I have been creating everything handmade for All My Musings in a space no bigger than 2' x 5' shared with a lot of other functions, on a mat no larger than 18" x 24" if I was lucky and really neat about it, yea right! 

This is a partial view of my incredible 10' x 13' room with a huge window and no, I have not completely unpacked

and today when I was in there, I just needed to sit and create and these guys are going to Indianapolis this weekend with us 
new tags and bows, just little things that made me smile. It felt good to just work with new found tools and embellishments from moving everything. Kinda feels like creative alzheimer's, I had completely forgotten about some of these embellishments and was excited to use them. A good side to moving I guess.

So off to Indy on Friday, back to the beautiful Fountains building and then to Chicago next weekend for Lycee Francais 9th Annual French Market and then a couple of weeks later we are back at the find market event.

I had better get the rest of that mess organized toot sweet. Just too many priorities right now . . . 

the Muze

Friday, October 4, 2013

this just in

Hi Everyone,

This cool poster was just sent out by the wonderful folks at Lycee Francais for their 9th Annual Fall Festival.

So you will find all of our goodies in Chicago here at the school on November 8.

Can't wait!

the Muze

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

makes you go hmmmm . . . . .

Hi Everyone,

Just in from the last show at Allegan MI and it was fantastic on so many levels. The weather started out at 2 AM raining hard enough to make us think we were in trouble and on the drive in from the hotel about 5 AM it wasn't letting up. But about 8:30 or so, everything changed, cars were backed up about 8 blocks, back into town and that didn't stop until late afternoon. Allegan Antique Market was the place to be Sunday.

I laughed, I cried, I shopped.

I will try to get a picture of some of the magnificent goodies I came home with as well, that walk to the ladies room someday is really good! LOL!

On the way to MI while driving thru Indiana, I was so embarrassed to see this pick up truck pass us with Illinois plates.

I guess you can do just about anything with these new designer duck tape products including body work for your truck.
Notice the coordinating tape taillight cover as well.

The cute couple wearing matching cowboy hats are snuggled next to each other in the front seat completely unaware I am snapping pictures at 70MPH. Oh, the joy of being on the road.

Next up the find market event in Plainfield, IL. You have got to see this one in person, it is going to be just beautiful. So we are getting things ready for it.

We have been invited back to the Lycee Francais 9th Annual Fall French Market in Chicago in November so a lot of work is on the horizon.

Back to work,

the Muze

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Boo !

Hi Everyone,

Back from Midland MI just in time to repack the trailer and head to Allegan MI for the last show of the outdoor season. Why bother unpacking the suitcases?

I am so sad. We love the Allegan Market for so many reasons, great customers, best friends and overall just a wonderful time. And it's over for another year. Boo hoo hoo hoo . . . 

Speaking of boo, amazing transition here. My fellow vendor and friend Jennifer Mahoney came up with this fall's entrance to our last Midland show. She explained the concept and really delivered. 

I give you, industrial farm pumpkins

Leave it to those pesky industrial guys to put their wares all over the pumpkins, but everyone enjoyed them regardless.

So we say goodbye to the outdoors and hello to indoor shows starting with the find market event in Plainfield IL on October 17-20, 2013.

Remember I am giving away a free pair of passes to that market, all you have to do is like the Facebook page to enter and post it here in a comment.

See everyone in Allegan, sniff, sniff.

the Muze

Friday, September 20, 2013

Look out Midland and a great give away

Hi Everyone,

Been super busy getting ready for 3 markets in a row, some of our favs and a brand new one.

We leave in just a couple of hours for our huge Shabby Experience in Midland Michigan at the Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival held on the Midland County Fair Grounds. It is a HUGE, spectacular show that includes our now famous The Shabby Experience and Industrial Way pavilion with several new vendors and a lot of your best favorites that everyone has come to love. So if you are within shouting distance, come see us this weekend in Midland.

The following Sunday on the 29th, is our last Allegan Antique Show for the year, sniff, sniff. This is hands down one of our loves, from the incredible staff to the perfect location, we just love our customers at Allegan. Can not believe it is over for the year.

Then we are getting things ready for the new market in Illinois called the find market event. This is going to be unbelievable. All of the vendors that are there are blending their fabulous wares in vignettes so that you are shopping settings, not endless tables of wares. Can not wait to see this open! It is a market that has never been done on this scale in the Chicagoland area, over 7,000 square feet! Take a look . . .

And guess what? 

I also have a free pair of passes to this show to give away to one lucky reader! Isn't that great? 

So here's what you have to do.

Simply go to their Facebook page, like the find market event and then come back here and leave a comment and tell me you liked them. Easy peasy! Then Mamie the Wonder Cat and  I will pull a name next week after we get back from our first Michigan trip and one of you is going to get to take a friend and shop the new find market event.

I need to get some rest, on the road in five hours!


the Muze

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Soapbox Time

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick follow up note to the market experience in Indy last weekend. Fair warning I am on my soapbox!

The music festival we showed at, and I used that word cautiously, was actually held in a neighborhood called Broad Ripple. Unbelievably cool neighborhood with great restaurants and shops. The best part is that they are all INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES. 

Now the reason I make such a huge deal is independent business is what we are, we breathe, we promote. All of our fellow vendors are independent businesses so we are all in favor of it.

Recently a Whole Foods try to sneak into Broad Ripple and the residents took up a huge battle to keep a huge chain out. They already have two independent food stores and are thrilled with them, so no big stores are welcome.

Here is the slogan we saw everywhere, especially on T-shirts.

Sweet Angelique let me take her picture and I promised her I would write an article supporting Broad Ripple and all their wonderful INDEPENDENT merchants. Keep strong and keep going, we like you just the way you are. Yes, let's KEEP Broad Ripple LOCAL.

I will now step down off my soapbox,


Friday, September 6, 2013

Ups and Downs

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I have been missing for a while but things here are a bit hectic, still. Wedding work is taking up so much of our production time and we have had long road trips.

Just got back from Indianapolis and I am going to try to be nice but it was a disastrous show from the get go.

First it was hot. Oh so hot, heat index into the triple digits.

So hot, the tree fell apart.

In the middle of the show. Really? and we have to fix it at 1 PM in the middle of the show? Who's in charge here anyway?

So they shut down our tent, our aisle and basically our business. It got reallllll slow.

Even the dogs agreed, Lola couldn't bear the boredom so she went to sleep!
Lola just gave up across the aisle from us. If there had been more grass, I would have joined her!

So our new goodies that we previewed, went unnoticed. Like our new doily bunting
It is gorgeous in real life.

We also had a visiting vendor in our booth. Eleanor and Grayce is run by our dear friend and fellow vendor Sharri Anderson from Midland MI. She sent down a huge assortment of her gorgeous spoon necklaces. They are hand stamped with cool phrases and the handles have just single words, like breathe, inspire and one of my favs, fearless.

Also loved the fact they looked so cool just hanging off a couple of nails on the top of an old onion crate.

You can also see Sharri at our Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival in our spectacular Shabby Experience and Industrial Way pavilion, directly inside Gate 4 on September 21 and 22. She will also be a fellow vendor at the find market event in Plainfield Illinois on October 17.

So we are all busy making and preparing our wares for all of you to visit. 

Catch up soon,


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

With a little bit of love . . .

Hi Everyone,

As promised, I was able to grab a picture of the newest creation my DH was able to finish before our North Shore Flea visit.

A little bit of background first tho. I really wanted to incorporate these windows into something more permanent when I found out who they were and where they came from.

And so our window frame story begins . . .

In 1880, in Grand Rapids MI, Charles Sligh had a furniture company that made furniture from imported Honduran mahogany as well as walnut, gumwood and maple. His pieces were unique in style and finish like this streamlined dressing table.
 The Sligh Furniture Company stayed in business for a little more than 50 years and after they closed, the huge buildings left behind went on to host a myriad of businesses.

 Over the years parts of the buildings required serious maintenance and remodeling and even a few of them were demolished. Our windows came from one of the Grand Rapids buildings. Today, part of the remaining buildings are home to some of the coolest antique stores, industrial goods shops and more. If you are ever near 445 Century SW, Grand Rapids MI, stop by Lost and Found Antiques and Buckley & Douglas, the most amazing new industrial store ever! Tell Mark or DJ, Susan sent you.

So I present to you the newest version of a tiny piece of the famous Sligh Furniture building, our window frame flower box,
I can see red geraniums or bright colored petunias or even a herb garden. Just so many possibilities.

The cool thing is that some of these boxes are on a mission and I will tell you more about that once they move and get to their new home.


the Muze 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

A video to make you go Ah ha!

Hi Everyone,

Just a fast note to share a cool video that I received today from another artist. It makes you go hmmm.

There has been many a day when I know I should create but something or someone gets in the way. The longer you stay away from creating, the harder it is to get back to it. Ask any if us that do it for a living, it really is a sad truth.

So next time you find yourself in a slump pick one of these twenty nine ways to stay creative.


the Muze

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New lives

Hi Everyone,

Well, we are juggling more than ever, shows coming up, getting items made for the new venue, the find market event for October, custom orders and weddings. Then on Friday, I am training wild animals . . . not really but I feel I can do anything anyone throws at me at this point.

While treasure hunting in one of our warehouses, we came upon these guys.
Last year sometime, we got these windows from a fellow vendor , Hi Tom !, and was thrilled to find out they had been rescued from the Sleigh Furniture factory in Michigan. We got about 50 of them at the time and had forgotten that we set aside the ones that were broken or needed help. They are over 50 years old and in need of some serious TLC.

The thing with windows is they are like cats, they seriously have nine lives. While they may not be great for a building anymore, they are hugely popular with artists, beautiful for wedding settings, make great photo frames, room dividers, the list goes on and on.

These guys are going to become part of new flower boxes if my Chief Carpenter finds his tools this week. I also thought they might look really cool on the outside walls of the General Store at the find market event. So I have at least 3 ideas and I will probably have a couple with us this weekend at the North Shore Fleas market.

So stop in and take a little bit of history home wit you this weekend.

See you at the NSF

the Muze

Monday, August 5, 2013

garden rivals

Hi Everyone,

Currently we are up to our alligators in coffee bean bags, making them into double wine bags for a charity event happening soon. We were so honored when they asked us the design a bag and tag for their event and with all the other stuff going on, thought we had better get out ahead of this project.

So, I have been nose to the grindstone and had not being paying attention to Mom's gardens until this morning when I noticed the 'glories' as we call them in full regalia.
They are called gloriosa daisies not to be confused with black eyed Susan's. Don't ask how I know the difference please. It is a painful story! LOL!

This is another group that if you don't cull them in the spring, they call a blitz in the garden and pretty soon, they are all you have! Her patch this year is about 2' x 6' and there are more little groups.

Pictures coming this week of new stuff I promise,

Here's the road:

August 11  2013  - North Shore Flea, Highwood, IL 

August 25  2013  -  Allegan Antiques Market, Allegan County Fairgrounds, Allegan MI

August 31 - September 2  2013  -  Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace with Warmfest at Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis IN


the Muze