Theres no place like here: Luxton Lake feature on etsy!



"Tina grew up in an old schoolhouse in rural Wisconsin. As a child she would find evidence of the history of the place by the names carved into the bricks and old bottles she would dig up in the yard. Tina likes the things in her house to have a history that she can tell as well as a practical use. She utilizes her collection of old bottles as vases for the flowers she grows in her Narrowsburg garden.

This vintage glass bottle from opendoorstudio would make a lovely vase for your fresh-cut flowers."

 I hope you will view the wonderful video below!


My Beautiful MOO necklace! We did it together!

   I would love to introduce you to a wonderful artist!  Her name is Jean and she is a talented metalsmith.
   I first noticed her work when we were featured in a treasury together about a month ago.  Since then she has been the artist that brought to life a little idea I had.
    Please visit her shop for other wonderful designs!

Here is her description!  I so... appreciate the shout out!!!

 "   "I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!" -- Daniel Day-Lewis in the film “There Will Be Blood” It started as an idea in the mind of http://opendoorstudio.etsy.com, became a collaboration between two Etsians, and resulted in a very cool functional piece.  Moo MiniCards are little works of art and deserve to be seen. This necklace is the perfect way to carry a few, and display them at the same time. Three random windows provide intriguing peeks at your card inside. Cards slide in the top and can easily be switched out whenever the mood strikes.  Looks great without a card too, with the front in nickel and the back copper, both oxidized for an aged appearance. Steel bolts and copper tubes create the space inside. A thumb notch on the back is handy when switching out cards. Pendant measures approximately 1 ½” x 3” and hangs from a 24” copper chain, finished with a lobster clasp. Your necklace will be made especially for you. It will be unique and could vary ever-so-slightly from photo. Many variations are available to suit your card design. Perhaps you would prefer a horizontal orientation, or sterling silver, or circular windows. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a custom order."


Talented local artist that you should know!

I want to introduce you to a fantastically talented artist. 
 She specializes in using Vintage pieces, buckles, beads,clips and 
other unique findings ... to create one of a kind pieces.
     Lisa Strecker
 is so amazing at what she does.
  Her beautiful pieces have been shown in New York, Long Grove, Chicago, Wheaton and Yorkville.
  Those of us who know her ... appreciate her genuine uniqueness 
and her wonderful personality.
              She will be entering the etsy world with her newly created shop
 And her new blogspot . 
 I hope you will check her things out and be sure to contact her for a private view of the wonderful Jewelry pieces she lovingly creates.
          Lisa is an artisan you should know!


Etsy Bloggers shout out!

A Special thanks to LazyTcrochet.etsy.com from the etsy bloggers street team, for featuring my vintage blooming candle sticks in her latest treasury.
  It is so nice that other Etsy Bloggers support one another
 please stop by and check it out!
                  thanks bunches,


Vintage is alive and well... At least while these wonderful Sellers are around!

Thought it was time to introduce you to some wonderful Vintage sellers on Etsy.

  I love them because they are incredibly talented and caring people.  Believe it or not, one can make some terrific friends selling on Etsy.
 Kathi, the shop keeper of  5gardenias.etsy.com and Kathiroussel.etsy.com
has become a friend.  She is kind enough to think of me and  to feature something from my shop in her fresh treasury's. 
 Her photography is outstanding and 
I admire the way she carefully stages each piece
 for her photos. 
 Her care and attention to detail is apparent in everything she does.
  Kathi is currently donating 10% of her sales to a fellow etsian who has been striken with cancer.   
 Now that is what it is all about!
Lauren at
has become a friend as well.  The approach she takes in developing her etsy shop creates such a fresh, 
clean look. 
 Clean lines and that shiny apple, which always graces her photos, are her trademark. 
 Lauren is so kind to alert me whenever she sees my shop featured... she also lets me know when something needs attention. 
 Misspellings and bad links, she notices when I have not posted things for a while.  Whenever I hear from her and she mentions that... I am sure to jump back in and do some listing.  She is keeping me going ( I don't know that she knows that) 
 But I just LOVE that and only wish we lived closer so that we could get together for coffee to discuss fresh ways to keep motivated!  Thanks Lauren for your encouragement... Always!     vintology is currently having a sale...be sure to stop by and pick up a fun vintage find! 
One of my newest Etsy friends is from the U.P. Michigan... Heather runs
She jumped in with both feet recently, and has caught the attention of the Etsy Admin staff. She has been featured in many front page treasury's as well as gift guides.  
Her kind convos brighten my day. 
 Her eye for selecting items and staging her photos is wonderful.
       Heather has added some fresh, fun repurposed finds like the one seen in the photo above. 
 Clicking on her shop ... you will see what I mean. 
Sandy has become friend and I am so lucky that she lives in the area.  Her shop, 
features some fun finds.
  We have gotten together, when we can, to chat about what's new in our shops... we have shared techniques and tips and she has a great eye for finding some awesome things while vacationing with her family.
Sandy's eclectic mix is sure to spark your imagination and I am sure you will find something you enjoy from her shop!  
She has some great vintage chairs, fans and luggage too!
I can't wait to feature some of my handmade friends too...Stay tuned!


With a family name like " STEWART " one can't help but LOVE plaid.  This latest treasury is dedicated to family ... mostly on the East Coast... whom I miss LOTS!