Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Arts and Crafts Show

I've been away too long, but have been busy preparing for, and hosting a sales event.
My boutique (A Bit of Heaven), located in an antique church building, is open only a few weekends a year, and last weekend was one of them!

I like to divide my shop into different color palettes; browns/blacks/beige. sherbet colors, and brights, and during Christmas red/green for the traditional soul.

Personally, I Loooove these soaps, and quite honestly will rip off all the prettiness just to enjoy the use of these "oh so wonderfully smelling Almond, or Mandarin soothing shea butter soaps".

Paper covered letter (below) directions:
1) Purchase pre-primed flat letters from a hobby store, and scrap booking paper, (one per letter). You can also paint your own letters.
2) Turn letter over and trace unto backside of paper.
3) Cut out paper in letter shape.
4) Brush aa thin coating of white liquid glue to the front of the letter, (modge podge, Elmer's paper and fabric glue is my fav. for this project).
5) Position paper on letter and apply pressure, especially to the edges.
6) If you like, add a little dimension to edges by rubbing with stamping ink.
7) Check all edges and secure with a little glue if needed!
8) You can modge podge over the top, or leave as is. I like to leave it as is. Sometimes I struggle with modge podge bubbling.
9) Just imagine a little rose and seam binding added to the corner of a letter....sweet!

There will be more pictures of my shop next week. Here's a little sneak peek!

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
My week has already been wonderful as my oldest son surprised me and came home. Lots of hugging going on around here:)


Just Between Us Girls said...

I love all the photographs of your shop which looks like heaven to me.
I also enjoyed your instructions on how to cover the letters. I want to try this. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Unknown said...

Hi Ele! I have missed you!!! OH your shop looks so yummy!!!! I adore the colors! Thank you so much for the directions for the letters! They are so pretty! The soaps are so pretty too!

Love ya,

Unknown said...

I forgot to say, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your son is feeling better too!

Pink Slippers said...

What a blast. A wonderful SURPRISE.
Happy THANKSgiving.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Ele,Glad your back,As usual,everything is wonderful.Iwant to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving .Hugs Marie Antionette

Connie said...

Hi sweetpea, everything you do is exquisite, honey!! Thanks for posting the instructions for those letters. I think I'll do some and put in our living room. It'll be rose paper though! ;-) Can't wait to see the rest of everything.......
Happy thanksgiving and enjoy your son while he's home........

Beth Leintz said...

Your boutique looks so pretty- hope you sold oodles!

Brown Bee Studio said...

Ele, your shop IS a bit of heaven right here on earth! I'm happy for your wonderful surprise, and wish you a blessed Thanksgiving. xoxo Andie

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
Your shop looks wonderful, a Happy Thanksgiving to you how wonderful to have your oldest son home.
Cheers Linda

Secondhandrose said...

Oh Ele, that's so pretty and looks like so much fun. So happy you got a surprise visitor too. Happy Thanksgiving.


vivian said...

great pictures ! I love that your studio and shop is an old church.. you are soo lucky. Im trying to get my daughters bedroom set up as a craft room, but i have nothing for the room yet.. may need to wait until after christmas! anyways.. I'm hoping that it will be sweet and cozy when its done! how great that your son came home! mine isnt going to make it home for thanksgiving day but will be here for the weekend. I just hate the thought of him staying by himself for a holiday! he has to work wednesday and friday and its about a 3 hour drive .. not worth 6hours of driving to come home for a day. besides, its supposed to be snowy..as much as I want him here, I dont want to worry about him driving in bad weather!
happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

Alison Gibbs said...

H Ele it all looks fabulous.
i haven't forgotten that I need to do my pay it forward but with everything being so crazy around here at the moment I will have to wait a few weeks first.
Take care

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Ele, your shoppe is way wonderful. Each and every inch is so yummy. Love the letter project and your great directions. So happy for you to have your son home.
Thank you for stopping by, I have missed everyone and hope to be back to normal soon.
Happy Thanksgiving.
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Unknown said...

Ele, your shop looks wonderful, can't wait to see even more goodies! Your work is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing instructions on the letters. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Jennifer said...

Ele Your store looks so pretty.I love everything in it.Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your family.Thank you for the directions for your sweet letters.Hugs,Jen

Unknown said...

Your photographs are all so lovely! I wish your studio and shop were closer to me! I would love to come visit you and all your beautiful goodies! Good to see you posting again! You've been missed, but it looks like you've been busy! :)

Farmchick said...

Hi~ I tried commenting here last night but something was goofy with it!!!

I am glad that you got such a wonderful surprise for Thanksgiving! Did Mr Pink Heaven know or was he surprised too?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving....

Lori said...

that does look like a bit of heaven...Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Ele!!!

Suze said...

Oh your last picture is screaming out to me...so love the dresser. I was just sniffing my sweet lavender sachet you made that I bought early in the year. It's almost a daily ritural before I being to work. It hangs on the door handle of my studio. I love that when it gets brushed against you can really smell it.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Shirl said...

Hi Ele, thank you so much for stopping by, I'm so glad that you liked you lolli! Your church looks beautiful, wish I could have been there. So many pretty things, and it's just the type of shops I like to go to! No problem on the link to my selling blog, I forgot to do the same thing so thank you for the reminder. I don't think I've added anyone's selling blogs to my list. I will have to get to that this week.
I'm so glad your son made it home and I wish you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Blessing, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage
Shirls Velvet Attic

HippieDog said...

Everything looks lovely Ele! Wish I could have been there :( Happy Thanksgiving.....so glad your son is visiting for the holidays.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

This is soooo lovely! Wow, everything you make is so beautiful...hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cathy said...

Hi Ele,

Wow I'm such a soap lover. Especially pretty soaps. I can almost smell those lovelies from here. I hope you and your entire family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xo Cath

Caleen said...

I wish I could be shopping at your shop. Everything looks so wonderful and so beautiful. I love the soaps and thank you for the tutorial for the letters.. How special to have your Son suprise you for Thanksgiving! Have a lovely day and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Ele! My oh my, you have been one busy gal making up all of those pretty things! Your shop is so sweet and so pretty.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


Unknown said...


I sure wish I lived closer so I could come to your Show in your Beautiful church..can't wait to see more pictures!


Vintage To Chic said...

Ele, Your set up is awesome, glad your sale was a sucess, hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving with family and friends,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Ele! What gorgeous pictures. Oh how I wish I could fly to your church to shop!! Can't wait to see more pics! So very glad that your son surprised you with his visit. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Much Love,
Angelic Accents

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Your shop looks SO pretty Ele!! hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving day. xoxo Heather

Fleur de Bee said...

Aww thanks so much for your sweetest comment. I kinda got my Thanksgiving post up late lol! FAB Dress form...of course what eye candy ON it! I just love it...I have that kind of chicken wire in my kitchen for a French feel! I may have to steal her away one of these days LOL!

Happy Thanksgiving...please send me the soap! LOVE!

xo Molly

Cherub Kisses Boutique said...

Hi Miss Ele!
All I can do is s*m*i*l*e when I visit your blog!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope you and your family are having a blessed time together.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Ele ~ quick question ~ how do you do #6 "add Dimension" with the stamp pad? I'm not sure I understand!

Angelic Accents

Tara said...

Glad you are back...nice your son surprised you! And I love your shop! You must be beating people away from the door!

Sandy said...

Your shop looks wonderful! I can't wait to see the rest of the photos. Thanks for the tutorial. Have a great weekend.

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Lori said...

Ele, Everything thing is beautiful! I miss visiting more often and have to find more time to do my happy time in blogland! The soaps look yummy! I have had some beauties that smelled so good I opened them too!! Love,Lori

Betty said...

Oh!! I want to come and shop Ele! I wish you didn't live so far from me. Did you repaint your studio? I could have sworn it was pink. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!