Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just a quick one

And a teaser. I wrote a long and kind of cool post and all the sudden it all disappeared before I could saved it. It was going to be long with a lot of cool links. I didn't have the time to rewrite it again so this half baked potato is going to have to do for this week WW.

More on this next week.

                      I thought I showed you my finds from this past weekend.

  Condiment set, it is missing one of the bottles, who cares? I just love the patina.
 The shaving brushes, specially the big one, I love. I'm keeping it.

                             Now, can you believe the shades of green and blue in this eggs? I you noticed the ones in the left got little holes. My friend Rowena thought me how to blow and clean eggs. I am saving  them. You only get to scramble them but to me is the ultimate form of recycling. I have them all over the kitchen since I'm doing eggs, birds and twigs. By the way the chickens with the blue and green eggs are called "americana". They are the tastiest eggs and they are organic. Only 3.00 a dozen.

 Lastly I wanted to showed you how much Juju have grown. He is a fur ball and sooo spoiled. We are in the process of getting him fixed with the hopes of stopping him from spotting  all over the place.

This week I feel so much better. The blood pressure meds are working and I believe all your prayers too. I will be cranking it since I have to moved into my new booth in town next Tuesday.
Blessings, Marta.
PD Stop by Ms Kathleen @ Faded Charm for more WW participants.

Friday, February 18, 2011



No pretty pictures, nothing today, just bad news. I have been feeling sick, for a long time now. I get this shooting headaches, blurry vision, shortness of breath, dizziness, you name it. I keep postponing going to the doctor because getting busy usually will take the edge of the pain or discomfort. So I will get busy a lot and will ignore what my body was trying to tell me. This morning I was schedule for a pap smear. I got up this morning feeling the usual stuff I describe before. I thought maybe if a mention to the doctor she can do a quick physical or something. Well, I didn't have to explain anything, when they took my blood pressure it was thru the sky high. The first words out of her mouth were "I'm diagnosing you with hypertension and I prescribing medication to start today. Then they took a blood sample looking for diabetes. That came back within normal limits the only thing is that I was not fasting, so I have to go back on Monday for more labs and back to her in 2 weeks. I will have to buy a blood pressure machine and keep a journal and the most crushing thing, NO SALT. I wanted to die, if she only knew that this been going on since forever. I kind of knew too. I haven't felt this sick in years. All I can think was "No more kettle chips" is that sick or what. No, seriously. I know this have been brought by overeating and the lack of real exercise. This have been a struggle all my life but now as I grow older my body is just telling me no more. I kind of thank God for the chance. I could have found out after a heart attack. I hope this is just the only damage. I will have to change my lifestyle that is for sure. I just what to change this negative into a positive by trying my hardest to improve upon what I know I have been doing wrong. Please help my pray for grace, strength, self-discipline and God's character in my life. I don't want to just be alive, I want quality of life too. Thanks and blessings to you all,Marta.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I feel like crafting again

                       Many years ago, about 18, I used to craft everyday. I have always love the process of making something wonderful out of nothing. I used to make country wooden crafts, florals, victorian inspired pretties and everything in between. Then we moved to Fort Hood because of the military and my world was turned upside down. Moving to Killeen which back then happened to be this place in the middle of nowhere was not my idea of a pleasant move. There was no market for my product and people there seemed to be stuck in a nothingness for style. So I became a frustrated artist. I put my brushes away, sold everything in a yard sale and got a 9 to 5 job. Then The Antiques Roadshow change the market. I was very lucky because I have always been a hoarder and collector, I thought, hum...maybe I can combine my junk with my creations, and that how Marta's Room was born, That was 15 years ago, the first three as a dealer with a room full of good junk. I went back to paint, upholster, do florals, sew and used everything I knew to make a go of the new adventure. The rest is history. Then lately, for the last year or so, my time got so limited that I stop making things all together. I have more materials than I can probably use in this lifetime. I have it all, in excess. Last week after organizing my craft room I felt the urge to create something.Well, this is what I make, from 12:00 to 3:00 AM last Wednesday.

                              I have so many silver pieces, I can make so many of this pretties .
               I'm getting my bunnies ready, I lied, I keep my bunnies year around, anything garden, I love.

                I love coin purses, I keep the leather ones and sell the silk ones. I like to decorate them, I just pin things to them, I don't glue the stuff.

                                  I made about 10 of the little nest signs. I glitter the eggs too.
                                   I almost discarded this little shoe, that would haves been a waste.
 This past weekend I went to a sale and there was a linen basket. This beautiful lace collar was in the basket and it looked like a rag. I bought it, washed and ironed it and voile! Isn't it beautiful?
 This week I have been sorting my costume jewelry, trying to decide what to keep and what to sell or use in my projects.

 I have one box of blue and green bling, pink and red, amber and yellow and so on. I will post pictures of those for PS. I have been having fun doing all this and that is a good thing, I believe that I'm getting my groove back. Happy White Wednesday, blessings, Marta.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just a little pink for Valentines

Hello pinkies! Just a quick post in a little bit of a hurry. I have been working my behindny off trying to organize the shop, making the most of the limited space, not an easy task let me tell you. I got too much stuff, will probably need another lifetime to use half of it. Do that mean I'm planning on downsizing? NO!!!
What can I say, I love stuff. Let me leave with a few shots of some of the pink Valentine vignettes around the shop.Enjoy!.

                                             Love the combination of hot pink and red.

  Can you believe I added a whole bunch of stuff to this corner today, all pink and yummy. I forgot to take new pictures.I just  keep having fun setting up the craft space.

 The little pink corner, most ladies just think little girl when they see this room. Not me, I think Princess, me, all pink, love, love.  I already have some Spring and Easter out.
That is all for this PS. Go and visit the other PS participants @ Howsweetthesound for more fun and eye candy. Have a blessed Valentine day and let us not forget, everyday is a chance to love, love abundantly. Blessings Marta.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mess, no more!

As promised,  I will show you the progress in my checkout/ craft room. This space will have to do until I can afford to buy a a small barn building. What I will really love to find is a very shabby cottage that I can bring into the property. My home closets are pretty much still full, not big change there. I hope that having all the cute stuff for all to see will not create any kind of wanting issues. Then again, I might be open to sell some of the stuff for the right price. I hope you like. (click on image for a larger size)

 Have news to share too. I have been considering taking on a booth Downtown. They stay pretty busy and I love the folks there, actually that is where I started as a dealer. I thought that since we moved to the middle of nowhere having a booth there will be a great advertising tool for me plus the owner have no issues with me doing so. So today I went in to discuss the plans further and I was blessed with a better offer. They will give me the window, just like that and for a great special price. I feel so honored, usually people have to work their way there. It will be a little more challenging than what I have plan but I believe God always have my back, so I'm going full steam ahead, sooo exciting. I will post more photos of the pink around the shop for PS.  I will love to hear what you think of the progress.
Have a blessed WW and for my fellow Texans, brace for the bad weather and stay safe, blessings, Marta.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bad weather

No big complaints here. We are so spoiled. We  encountered bad weather not very often, still when it happens we will discuss, talk, complaint...for days. We forget our friends to the north, those folks really get hit hard, a lot. My shop front porch was destroyed by the high winds, can't put anything of value there. My water lines froze, thank God no leaks. This is how the outside looked after the storm.

Now, brace for this one. This is how the inside of the store looked after a storm named Marta's Insanity.

Ok, I am coming clean after showing you this. For weeks now I have been using  the move as an excuse for my mess in the space I have reserved as a checkout area. It is a tight space, 8x8. Week after week my costumers got to see the worst mess, disorganized, there to see, rats nest of a space, ARG!!!.
Last week I decided to make the most of the time, having no costumers coming because of the bad weather. I sort, organized, trash, almost killed myself working kind of time. I love the results, more so because I turned the space into an efficient machine of a craft room and checkout. It looks pretty good, it will not get a post on "Where women create" but I'm pretty happy with the results. Those pictures I will leave for next White Wednesday reveal. So make sure you come back then. Blessings, Marta.