Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just a few quick pics...

Hi All! Been MIA for awhile but still have been busy at work. Here are a few recent projects I have finished. I know they all tend to look the same after awhile. But hey, build it and they will come, is my motto...okay, in this case paint it! These combo's sell so well so I stick with what works. Excited for another big Canton shopping trip tomorrow. Will post any exciting finds. I do have amazing news that I hope to be sharing after the first of the year. I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and will have just as wonderful Christmas. Alway remember the 'Reason for the Season'!! 

Coco & Old White-Classic

Paris Grey & Old White

Another vintage window this saying!

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Cameo Silhouette far.

I recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo and was so intimidated by it that I didn't even open the box for 2 months!  I don't even know half of the stuff it is able to do but have been having so much fun playing with it. I have learned a few cool things though, like how to make unique tags and stickers (that match my business cards) for my shop, how to make cute little pill boxes, (that I handed out at the Haven Conference with chocolate in them) and how to make really cool vinyl lettering for signs. I love the look of old windows so I have created several 'window signs' to sell in my booths.  

I have a whole pintrest page dedicated to all the projects I want to do including super cute Christmas tags, vintage recipe cards and gift card boxes. Here are a few pics of my recent creations.

These are the boxes I made to take to the Haven Conference. I attached my biz card and put chocolates in them.

I made at least 125 and STILL ran out!

Here are the matching stickers my friend Colleen, at Sweet Sosbee Designs, made for me before I got my machine. She is super talented so check her out for all your invitation/party needs.

I used twine to close up the boxes-didn't want the chocolate falling out!!

Here is one of the old window signs-Eat Local!

A phrase coined by Sara, at Sweet Magnolias Farm is one of my favorites! I am in LOVE with her etsy shop and carry a lot of her items in my booths.

Paris Flea Market window
 I am contemplating opening an etsy shop within the next year but not sure I will have the time or energy to do that AND both of my booths...(a possible third in the works too..shhhh). I am not sure these would ship very well either. I am now working on a " is Well...with my Soul" window and a vintage one for the laundry room. 

If you are interested in placing a custom order just message me on facebook, SkyBluPink Creations or email me at

I am having SO much fun with my new Cameo....are you inspired to get one??

I sometimes party with these peeps!

coastal charm , todays creative blog , sugar bee crafts , crafty confessions , Farmhouse Porch - Cowgirl Up

Monday, September 10, 2012

End of Summer thoughts and another Annie Sloan Coco transformation...

Now that summer is over I am so excited to get back to work! I have so many posts to catch up on I don't even know where to start. It is almost impossible for me to put a coherent thought together in the summer that I don't even try. I just consume a ridiculous amount of white chocolate ice storms from Nordstrom's Cafe, take the kids to the bookstore, avoid a bathing suit at all cost and think of EVERY excuse NOT to play Candyland 'Just one more time!".

ahhhhh Fall is almost here...

I have finally organized and edited all my pics so they all ready to go. I went to an amazing Lavender Farm Festival in the Spring, Haven Conference in June (yeah..still haven't done that post, leave me alone!) and opened a new booth at High Street Antiques. My baby started kindergarten, I post-poned my surgery, was going to sell both houses, now keeping both but moving back into the one in Frisco. Lost 10 lbs, gained 15 lbs, started planning our Disney trip and completely renovated the Frisco kitchen for $1200...wait until you see the drastic results! I will review the Rust-o-leum counter top transformation kit, tell you how to transform your wood cabinets without stripping or painting AND defend my decision to send my kiddo to a private school (fists up..;)

Whew..lot's to catch up on!  Let's just start off easy with the ONLY furniture transformation of the summer. It is the first piece I put in the new shop and it sold in 2 days. I have a feeling the Plano mall is gonna' love them some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

The lovely before pic...dirty and messy!

Lot's of potential for sure

It was missing 2 of the pulls so I had to scramble

Isn't she purdy??

Love how the pumpkins brought out the Old White detail

details, details, details

I loved these pulls sooooo much that I really tried to find the such luck!

I still have almost a can of Coco left so don't be surprised if my next 3 pieces are the same color! I know boring.....but beautiful!

Again...So glad to be back in the swing of things! I hope you stop back soon and follow along with my ever so late updates on all my crazy doings!

I sometimes link up with these fun parties!

Primitive and Proper , Domestically Speaking , Savvy Southern Style ,DIY by Design , Not Just a Housewife , Restore InteriorsThe DIY Showoff , The DIY Home Sweet Home , howtonestforless , coastal charm , todays creative blog , the kurtz corner , home stories a to z , carolyn's homework , Tip Junkie , shades of amber , Farmhouse Porch - Cowgirl Up , Miss Mustard Seed

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Coming Up For Air....

This summer has been ca-RA-zee! I can't seem to get my act together no matter how hard I try.  I haven't even had a chance to do a Haven recap, write about having to reschedule my surgery or how we are about to sell our two houses. The kiddos are running me in circles and I am in a constant state of....'what the, what the..???!' I said ca-RA-zee!!!

I have been able to do a tiny bit of painting. The back holds up for short spurts and I try and take advantage of those times as much as possible. I was in desperate need of something to put my tv on in my office/craft room. It needed to have a bunch of storage and HAD to be paris grey. Not to long ago I found a great, ugly, 70's dresser with a bunch of swirls on the front. I painted that one graphite with old white detail and it sold in a day. While combing craigslist I was excited to see a similar piece listed. Unfortunately my before picture was pre-mac and pre-hard drive failure so I don't have photographic evidence of it's ugliness but I am sure you can imagine it in all its orange wood glory....(sorry, for the pics..see disclaimer.)


Pardon the shadow....I took a great photography class at Haven and adjusted my camera to Lord knows what settings!! I am probably the only person EVER that takes worse pictures after sitting through a photography session given by some seriously skilled photographers...

Some of the knobs weren't salvageable so I added some clear how it gives it even more of a girly touch

The original plan was to keep this in my office. Why do I bother? I sold something quickly in my booth and needed a piece to fill the hole. So this is where this beauty now sits.  While my TV and a bunch of other crap sits on the floor. Oh well, such is life in the furniture biz!

Linking up with the great parties...

 The DIY Showoff , howtonestforless , coastal charm , Primitive and Proper , 
Domestically Speaking , Not Just a Housewife , Restore Interiors , The Shabby Creek Cottage , Miss Mustard Seed , Friday Feature @ Redoux

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My '25 Things' List...

I love meeting new people. I especially love meeting new people who love meeting new people. Although I am extremely excited to go to my first Blog/DIY conference I wish I knew a few things about my virtual friends. I would love to be able to turn on my computer after I meet them and put some facts with the friend. Nothing too personal, mind you..(unless you are REALLY into sharing:) but something that goes a little deeper than a business card and a smile. So here I figured I would make a list of 25 things that may (or may not) be interesting about me. I hope I can find 25, but I guess I will give it a shot!

1)  I am a Believer

2)  I come from a large family, 4 sisters, 3 brothers.

3)  I am originally from New Jersey but have lived in Texas since 1993

4)  I want to eventually move to Colorado

5)  I am 100% Irish, red hair/freckles and all

6)  I am terrified of Spiders (no roommate pranks Brandi!)

7)  My favorite movies are The Notebook (so predictable) and The Shawshank Redemption

8)  I have an amazing husband who I have been told looks like Donny Osmond

9)  I secretly love John Denver (but my fav music is classic rock)

10)  I have 2 amazing sons..Ryan (7), Sean (5)

11)  We found out Ryan had Down Syndrome when I was 12 weeks pregnant.

12)  I believe in miracles....see #11

13)  I was voted Most Athletic my senior year in High School

14)   The name of my business is inspired from my Grams. We loved to go to flea markets and garage sales and when we would be driving there early in the morning the texas sky was a beautiful landscape of colors. "Look, Franny...SkyBluPink"...she would always say.

15) I hate hot weather..yes, does make #3 a tad confusing!

16)  I never painted a piece of furniture until I read MMS post about ASCP. Addicted!

17)  My starbucks order is Grande Nonfat Green Tea Latte

18)  I love to read

19)  I love coffee ice cream, coffee fraps & the smell of coffee...but hate actual coffee.

20)  I still watch Friends all the time

21)  I am terrible at math

22)  I hate 80's music (except classic rock)

23)  I have super, super curly hair that I straighten

24)  I am a french fry snob

25)  I am doing exactly what I want to do with my life!

I thought it was going to be hard but I guess I know more about myself than I thought;).

10 Days to Haven. Can't wait!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Teacher's Appreciation Gift {Mason Jar Vase}

It is 3:45 in the am and I am wide awake..yay. Since my surgeon has changed my pain medication my sleep schedule is completely out of whack. The new meds are making me soooooo sleepy and I struggle to stay awake during the day...which in turn makes me awake some during the night. Ugghh. I am trying to do some projects here and there but man I am like a walking zombie!  Countdown to surgery is 6 weeks! Extremely anxious to get off all these meds and see what the real me feels like! 

Schools out and now a whole new level of intensity ramps up on the home front. Ryan is, to say the least, energetic and since Sean has turned 5 he is right there with him. For someone who has a tough time staying awake during the day this should be interesting:) Routine and repition is extremely important for Ryan and it will be a challenge to, even remotely, keep up with what his amazing teachers have been doing the whole year. He loves school so much and Ms. Duncan, Ms. Cotton and Ms. Moore are the reasons why! I was trying to think of something super cute to give them for Teacher's Appreciation Week when my friend, Melissa, asked me if she could buy a large mason jar soap dispenser from me. She was going to do a 'spa in a jar' theme that she saw on pinterest. I really liked the jar idea but decided to go in a little bit of a different direction. I sell tons of mason jars in my booth at Frisco Mercantile and also have the flower frog lids that are great when looking for a unique vase. So I decided to fill up the jar with just a bunch of little stuff that I thought they would love...just happens that it was stuff I love too...go figure! 

       I added pretty purple flowers and yummy Godiva Chocolate/Strawberry lollipops

Just a few gifts for them, mentos, gum, chalk pen, starbucks gift card, chocolate covered graham crackers and a Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake book mark.

I can't thing of any group of gals that deserve a cupcake more than them!!

                          I bought the small chalkboards and pretty magnets from
                                           Funky Junk at Frisco Mercantile.

Cute pic of the final project!

Ryan will miss his teachers so much over the summer but man do they deserve the break!!!

                                 What did you do for the teachers in your life??



Monday, May 7, 2012

It's been awhile...

It seems like I haven't posted in forever. The last month has been full of quite the distractions..good and bad. First the bad, while sanding the edges of a table I hurt my back. Well I shouldn't say I 'hurt' more like irritated a back that has put me through the ringer most of my life.  Most don't know of my back struggles and I won't bore you with the details. Generally, I was born with scoliosis, had reconstructive spinal surgery in 2003, pain got worse, found out in 2010 that it never fused. This latest incident has forced me to have the revision surgery and has limited any extensive furniture projects until the fall. My doc has started me on a nerve pain med and a muscle relaxer that seems to get me through the day without wanting to cry. I have been able to paint some but in short spurts and luckily have friends that are willing to step in and help out some. The surgery is scheduled for July 5th. Can't wait to get it over with and on with life..hopefully with a lot less pain!

Another sucker punch was given to me by my computer..or hard drive to be more specific. It just died. No warning, no goodbyes..just flat out flat lined. Never good when you turn on your laptop and there is nothing but a black screen and blue letters that look like they are from the early years of DOS. Even the geek squad couldn't save it. All of my pics and files since August are lost in the black hole of cyber space. So stinkin' sad. I know, I know. We should have been backing things up and you are right. Just allow me to be your example and BACK UP PEOPLE!! The geeks said they could send it off to their 'team' and see if it can be saved. It would be somewhere between $500-$1000!!  

The Good. Love my new Mac computer. Still a learning curve but man is it fast! 

The Good. Had an amazing time in Austin with a bunch of friends. We went for a 3 day weekend to the Country Living Fair and had an absolute blast. Please don't ask for pictures since I had just downloaded them onto my computer the night before the crash. I had sooooo many blog posts planned (misty eyes).

The Good. The meds the docs have me on will allow me to still attend the Haven Conference in June. I am so excited! I can't wait to meet all of my blog friends and find out how to step up this blog of mine. Since I will be laid out most of the summer I think it will be the perfect time to concentrate on the writing aspect of it. Can't wait to share the party with you!

Up until surgery time I will be focusing on some projects around the house, hanging out with the kiddos, getting this out of shape bod ready for surgery and preparing for Haven.  

I guess God has a way of telling us to slow down, take care of yourself, your house and your kiddos. He sure isn't subtle about it either. I guess he knows the stubborn ones.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My discouraging day in court...

I don't normally cry. So pissed they made me do it today. I know they think it was about the stupid $140 I was forced to pay. Please. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am still in tears as I write this. Why can't we just get to the point where educated adults can decide this is right and that is wrong? What happened to common sense and decency? It certainly was nowhere to be found in The Colony Courtroom today. Being a a parent and advocate for a special needs child is one of the hardest jobs there is. I try to never stress over the stares, questions, idiocy and ignorance of people. But today was about my little boy and how he needed me to be his mom.

Prosecutor Chase Griffith, could anyone be more smug, heartless and condescending? The second I sat down he wanted to show how 'smart' he was. Guessing my 'crime' like it was some kind of game show. Yes, he has seen this same citation walk through the doors many, many times. I knew from the second I met him he was a class A jerk. Yes, I made an illegal right turn into the driveway, but do you even care why?  You did it, period, end of story, who cares if your kid has a medical emergency while the driveway is blocked, who cares if you can't get to him if he needs you. You make that turn you are getting a ticket.

A little background. Ryan, my 7 yo, has Down Syndrome, OCD, Hyperactivity, Implusiveness, Sensory Processing Disorder, Chronic rectal prolapse and is on the Autism Spectrum. He goes to  Morningside Elementary in The Colony Texas. Morningside is an amazing school with an amazing special ed program. What isn't so amazing is the design of their parking lot.

Ryan had been riding the bus since Kindergaten but recently he was having some anxiety/behavioral issues that caused me to start driving him. Life is not easy for this little guy so if I can reduce some of his stress, than of course, I am going to do it. Now let me see if I can explain the craziness that is Morningside's parking lot. During afternoon pick-up the car pool line starts backing up pretty early. Sometimes as early as 2:15 the cars are already forming for a 2:50 dismissal. When the line starts forming there are about 8 cars that are physically in the parking lot then the rest start forming a line down the drive and onto the street. The entrance to the driveway has two lanes, an entrance and and exit. Since the bell doesn't ring until 2:50 no cars are ever exiting between 2:15 and can't move until you get your kid, right?

When I told Ryan's teachers he was going to stop riding the bus they said 'okay, our kiddos get let out around back at 2:30'. Now the special-ed driveway is not accessible from the street. You have to drive into the main parking lot to get to it.  So therefore, in order to pick him up at 2:30, I, along with all the other special-ed parents, sometimes have to make a right hand turn into the parking lot by-passing all the cars in the carpool lane. This is just the lay of the land at this school. I have seen it be done a MILLION times since he started there. There is only one way in and one way out so when the only way in is blocked by cars we have no other option but to go around them. I honestly thought it was understood that this is how it was done. Evidently not. Since this incident I was informed we can pick our kiddos up after the bell. But that doesn't solve the access to my son issue.

One afternoon as I was making my 'illegal' turn to go pick up Ryan. Officer Simmons of The Colony PD followed me behind the building to where the Special Ed kids are let out.  He pulled up behind me and waited while I struggled for 10 minutes to get Ryan in the car. It was his usual yelling and dropping to the ground routine that we often go through when getting him to do something he may not want to. He literally stood there and watched me have a anxiety attack over my childs behavior. I didn't know he was waiting on me so I asked him..'Are you needing me?" He said 'Yes, but I will wait until your done." Seriously?? So I pulled up and he proceeded to tell me he was giving me a citation for making an illegal turn into the school. I was speechless. I thought that was how we were suppose to get to our kids! I asked him how I was suppose to pick my son up. His response."I don't know, you should ask the principal". And my favorite..."We are really cracking down on this so I am not going to give you a warning.". Thanks, buddy, like I don't have enough stress in my life right now. Of course they are cracking down so much that I haven't seen one cop pull over another car since that day. And believe me everyone is still doing it.

I, of course, decided to fight this ticket. Why is it okay to block the only entrance to a school? What if my son's colon prolapsed and I had to go to him immediately? What about the American with Disabilities Act that says all public buildings must have an accessible entrance/exit?  Fast forward to today and my meeting with Prosecutor Griffith. Who had an answer for everything but said nothing. "Yes, if a lady is having a baby and her husband is speeding to the hospital they can get a ticket"... zero common sense left in this world. How can it be that the only way I can get to my son is to break the law?  I asked several legitimate questions that he of course did not have the answers too..."Why is it okay for all of the cars in the carpool lane to block the only entrance?", "What about the ADA act and my son's right to have access in and out of the parking lot?", "What if there is a medical emergency and I had to get to him?". Mrs. Forman this is a traffic court I don't have the answer to those questions. Of course not, it is real easy to do your job when you don't have to think very much. "I only have to prove you made a right turn, doesn't matter why you did it.". 

 No of course it doesn't matter, to you. And there lies the problem.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Burlap Hutch-Old White}

I am so glad I love what I do. Although sometimes it is quite exhausting trying to keep up with things, I wouldn't change it for the world. I could never imagine going back into the corporate world and being a 9-5'er. I am so grateful that my husband has been able to provide for our family, allowing me to stay home with our crazy kiddos. I have to remember every now and then to show him some gratitude and to thank him for allowing me to do pretty much whatever I want with my time. So, this weekend his brother is in town and they are going to celebrate his 40th birthday. My hubby is somewhat of a beer snob. He loves all aspects of it is made, what to eat with it, what glass to use and where it is comes from. This Friday we are getting together with a bunch of friends and having a beer tasting. Well the guys will be tasting and the girls will be yapping. Then on Saturday he and his brother will be heading to an all day beer festival here in Dallas. Good luck going to a beer festival the night after a beer tasting. We will see if those 40 years have caught up with him yet!  I think I will just sit back and watch the show.  Drink up Honey, you deserve it!

Well we all have our obsessions and my latest one, for sure, is old white & burlap hutches. I love making them, I love how the burlap adds texture and rusticness to what would otherwise seem like a simple hutch. This one is quite the biggin'! It is really a 9 drawer dresser with a random hutch added to the top. Once again, I wish I was in my 'forever' house. I really love this piece and will be quite sad when it sells. My hubby always laughs at me when I pout, just a little, after something sells but this one may bring the all out tears. I know, I know kinda' ridiculous to have a business selling furniture then being upset when you do. I never said I made much sense.  I, again, being the terrible and impatient blogger that I am forgot to take before pics. Again 70's , blah, orange, blah, scratched up, blah, blah, blah...

I had this idea to do burlap hutches for quite some time. I did get some inspiration from some crazy talented bloggers that I follow. Unfortuantely it was pre-Pinterest for me and I can only find one.  Kathie at a A Few Good Pieces did an AH-mazing job on this one!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Vintage Desk-Coco}

Yes, I did it again. Another piece in coco and old white. Things have been a bit crazy around here so I haven't had a chance to get as many posts done as I would like. I finally got my new silhouette cameo and have been spending any free time trying to figure out how the heck it works. Just a tad intimidated. I think the best thing to do is to just jump right in and learn on the fly. I scored some free pallets this past weekend and I am so excited to see if I can make some signs out of them. I will post my inspirations sometimes this week. There are so many crazy talented gals out there and I have been reading a ton of tutorials and how to's that hopefully, I can pull something off that is good enough to sell in my booth.  We shall see...

This desk is your run of the mill, beaten down, good bones, great hardware piece. Again another craiglist steal. I forgot to take pics of the inside of the drawers but I lined them with some super sweet floral patterned paper that matches the coco and old white perfectly.

Just added to my booth at Frisco Mercantile!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Vintage Chest-Coco}

I am always on the look out for anything with amazing detail. I can't wait to get a brush to it and add the perfection that is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. When I saw this little beauty on craigslist I about killed myself getting to the phone! My hubby thought something was wrong, I guess I shouldn't knock over one of the kids next time..;)(jk). Well as luck would have it I was the first one to respond!! Seemed like I always hear "You are next on the list' or "I will call you if they don't show up". (btw..they never call).  But this time it was mine and I couldn't get hubby in the car fast enough to go get it. It really is an amazing piece. A true antique. Heavy as all get-out..(where did that saying even come from??). The drawers needed some repairing but nothing my MacGyver of a father in law couldn't tackle. I decided on my new favorite color combo. Coco and Old White.

One of my challenges was trying to find matching eustacheons (my big new fancy word that I learned this past week;). MacGyver found the one that goes to the middle, upper drawer that needs the key to open, but I failed miserably when looking for ones for the other two. I could have ordered some online but I decided it kinda' gave it more of an antique feel without them so I just left it. If it doesn't sell I may add something, we'll see. I again really contemplated keeping this one for myself because it would be the perfect first piece for my front room makeover. I really do love it and still may do just that. I have to start on my house sooner or later..wanting to live in your booth can't be healthy.

 I know some people are just yelling at their computers right now.."How could she paint this gorgeous piece!!!" So sorry, but I just love to paint & believe it or not it really needed it.


Just look at this...

Great hardware too...

Here it is in my booth..

Not only was it one of my favorite pieces that I have gotten off of CL it was an amazing deal as well. I think I am trying to talk myself into bringing it home. Not that I need much convincing.

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