Monday, January 18, 2010

Tomorrow is my Birthday!

And I have so much to be thankful for! 2010 started with a big bang and seems to be getting better everyday.
So many exciting possibilities ahead.
The Mermaids Mercantile has been a wonderful blessing and a great success!
 The new classroom/classes is something that I have wanted to see come to life for a very long time.
It seems that Porch magazine  will be featuring my shop in an upcoming issue along with Deb Hodge of Deb the angel that she is submitted me... Thanks Deb!
 And we are all very excited (myself and The Mermaids Mercantile girls) about the possibility of being published in Altered Couture this fall!
Today I sent in my audition video and potfolio  for the 5th season of HGTV's Design Star.
I am really happy with my audition tape, I think that it is the best ever! ( I have tried every year so this is my 5th submission. The deadline is tomorrow AKA my B-day... so I am thinking it's a sign! Say prayers, think good thoughts, it would be so fun to get on that show (and win of course)!
I will keep you all posted!
Pictured above are vintage shoes that I altered with seashells rhinestones and beading from a vintage handbag. The flowers on the toes are also made from shells. The vintage dress was dreamy to begin with, I added twisted roses and tulle to the bodice using fabric taken from the under skirt. The sholder strap is a vintage pearl necklace wrapped in tulle and the leather belt and buckle was added to give it a little gypsy flair!
 I made these pieces along with many others for the new Altered Couture boutique in my shop, A beautiful little room filled with vintage and upcycled dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry and so much more! 10 boxes went home with Beth Livesay from Stampington to be considered for publication! I can hardly wait to create more, the last week has been dedicated to my HGTV audition, I m ready to get back to work! Maybe I will make some birthday shoes to wear on design star!
thanks for stopping by!


  1. Happy Birthday.....looks like you are starting off the year with many new fun adventures!!

    Enjoy the day tomorrow!!!!

  2. LOVE it! You are going to have a Great year!
    I got the Winged Muse up and running...check it out.
    You might even get a sneak peek of your Birthday Present there...
    Hugs, Lisa

  3. Happy Birthday and oh my gosh those shoes are extremely pretty!!! I love them!Thanks for visiting me! xo Andrea

  4. P.s( what are you doing with those shoes?? Are you selling them, he!he!)

  5. thanks Andrea,
    the pretty little shoes are with Beth now waiting to be discovered! They would look cute with your lovely apron!