Thursday, June 30, 2011

I love Treasuries - Firecrackers!!

Another little help to prepare us for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

UWIB Blog Hop - Red, White & Blue

Once again the Unique Women in Business are joined together to create a blog hop. This month is Red, White & Blue.

Those colors always bring pride rushing to my heart. I was raised in an era where each morning our class would stand at attention, hand over our hearts, facing our flag saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I believe that simple act on a daily basis helped to instill a profound pride in us. It reinforced the honor that should be bestowed on our national flag.

This flag helped many a valiant soldier as he went in to battle to ensure our nation's freedom. Since then the combination of these three colors will forever symbolize freedom to many proud Americans. The upcoming July holiday will be embraced by a myriad of items in these specific colors.

The UWIB team will have some special handmade items for you. Now here is my challenge to you. Peruse this Etsy team by searching using the tag uwibteam, then pick out your favorite item. Respond back here with a comment telling me which shop and what item you have found. I will use to find the winner. The winner will get a Free pair earrings (yes, you will get a choice).

Here's a list of other blogs to check out.

Blog Hop Participants
Rita Wetzel -
Judy Woodley  -
Linda Stranger  -
Trudy Miller  -
Wendy Kelly  -
Ann Rinkenberger  -
Miriam Nelken  -
Robin Koehler  -
Cory Trusty  -
Audrey Fetterhoff  -
Janet Bocciardi   -

Monday, June 6, 2011

Good Guys Car Show - Rocky's Ride

How many of you have attended the Good Guys Car Show??  It happens every year and it actually happens in several locations across the United States by the Good Guys Rod & Custom Association.  This show is also called the Colorado Nationals for the Loveland, Colorado location.  My brother, among many other car buffs, prepare for this event for an entire year.  I have attended this event with him for a total of three years and it never ceases to amaze me when I see everything these people go through for this big event.

These avid automotive buffs will spend hours and hours in their shops trying to get their chosen vehicles back to pristine condition.  Well, most of them do, some actually surprised me with their vehicles; but we will get to that later.

I believe I read that the newest year for a vehicle to be included in this show was 1972.  So, for many of us, it was like taking a step back in time; back to high school or back to the old movies we used to watch.  I have taken a few pictures and will share some of these with you.

First, I need to let you know that the 'secret room' clean up did happen and Rocky, my brother, had a nice place to sleep--I may post pictures of the finished room later.  He needed a nice relaxing place to rest each night because this was a very busy four days for us.  Thursday started with check in and then a big cruise and party at the famous Pinkee's Rod Shop.  Pinkee's has been featured on TV many times for some of his million dollar paint jobs.

There are many of these auto buffs who have the money and pay big bucks to get their vehicles brought back to life.  Then, there are just as many that build these vehicles from rusted out junkers.  My brother is one of the home built editions.  He is big into 1955 vehicles and brought his '55 GMC pickup this trip.

It's all about the display, by the way, show cars are just like our art shows!  Check out the engine.

Flames on the air filter, on the engine, on the oil cap, etc.  The theme is consistent throughout.

Battery cover with flames and Rat Fink
The infamous Rat Fink travels with Rocky to all the shows.  This is the battery cover that he built and painted.  Notice the model truck on top painted to match the life size original.  Did I mention flames?
Tiny truck on air filter
There is even a tiny model painted to match that sits on the air filter.  Can you see the flames??
Flame seats

Special seat covers were made with red flame stitching to match.  I think there is a theme going on here.
Home built trailer

He has a home built trailer that he has painted to match the truck. Now, come on, you can't pull a trailer behind that doesn't match, right?  Just wait until you see the bed of the trailer.
Rat Fink
My brother was trained as an 'authorized' Rat Fink painter and has the beloved Rat Fink on many items to keep the theme going.  Rat Fink was originally painted by the legendary painter, the late Ed Roth.  His cartoons continue to be published in each Good Guy magazine.
Rocky's scooter is painted to match the rest of the items--have I mentioned flames yet??  Oh, you haven't seen anything.  The next post will cover all the various flames I found at the show.  To stay within the theme of this event, my friend and I made some flame dog collars for the buffs to make sure their pooches were matching their paint jobs.
Flame dog collars

Okay, stay tuned for tomorrow's lesson on FLAMES!!!!  Wow, not all flames are created equal!!
Leave me a message and let me know if you enjoy these old cars.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Etsy Twitter Team Shop of the Week - Pretty Whimsical

The Etsy Twitter Team features a different member each week to be in the spotlight.  This week is Pretty Whimsical and I must admit that I just want to order one of everything when I peruse her shop.  She has such wonderful little scrabble tile pendants and she has made something that will be a perfect gift for each and every one of your friends. 

I spent the day outside today--the entire day for the first time this year--and I am once again enthralled with Mother Nature and her wonders.  When I shopped through the Pretty Whimsical shop I found some gorgeous pieces that reminded me of nature and the great outdoors.

Bee Collage

 I found this gorgeous collage featuring a bee and the illusion of a honey comb and many flowers.  This piece comes in an organza bag and is ready to slip on to a ball chain and is only $7.95.  That is a great price for such a work of art.

Hummingbird Pink Flower
 Next I found an adorable little hummingbird with it's little beak stuck in a pink flower.  The hummingbird and flower are vivid colors with a really nice antiqued background that truly makes the foreground pop with color.  Again the price is right.

Day at the Beach
My last selection was a tough one to make.  In keeping with the nature theme I found some Koi fish in a pond, more birds, bees, etc., but finally settled on the beach picture for those of you near the shores.  Just a wonderful way to spend the day!!

Stop by Stacey's shop this week and see what you can find.  She has a special for us:

Use coupon code: FREECHAIN
to receive a 24"   silver ball chain with each pendant ordered.
(Yes, she does ship internationally.)

I will also list her other venues so you can 'like' her, 'follow' her . . . you get the picture.