Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally a Driftwood Mirror

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Yes.. I finally finished one of my long standing projects.. ! This one was a difficult one...but I was a trooper and never gave up.. though at times.. the thought did cross my mind! Not only was it like a huge wood puzzle...but the trips to the beach here were MANY to find just the right piece of wood to fit...First you have to clean and disinfect the wood..make sure no little bugs are setting house in the wood..let it dry.. than the layering begins!! Exactly 3 layers .. first one is the larger pieces of driftwood screwed on the the base.. a vintage glass mirror frame... then the second layer are the puzzle pieces of the medium ones , that interlock between each other.. those are screwed or nailed in depending on the size of the wood.. Then.. the last layer are the small decorative pieces which are carefully glued on top....I was really pleased with how it came out... took it and hung it on the mantle at the shop..The pictures really do not do it justice...I have already in 3 days 2 customers that have measured , photographed it see if it can go in special place in their home...! I am beyond happy! Not only that I finished it.. AND that it has been so appreciated! Now on to the next one! Have a great Day!

Monday, July 12, 2010


Well..finally posting...I have a new name and look for this blog...lots of new furniture finds
and jewelry coming to the shop and will be posted soon! I promise..the shop is full of new and exciting changes..we are working on expanding on the coastal theme and I am adding new
fun jewelry..I posted on my other blog jujubescoastalcottage.
the reason for my disappearance...but things are slowing down and I am going to be back
doing what I love to do......looking for treasures..posting what we find in the shop, and making all my new jewelry..I also am in the process of setting up my ETSY lots of new and exciting changes coming my way!
I have added a sneak view of the new look in the shop..more to come! Have a great day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


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Seaside Cottage in Cambria

Well..I finally am Posting on his blog...even with all the best intentions to keep this blog as a record of all my creative endeavors..and my booth...I found myself in a waiting mode..waiting to see what path I was going to take since a change was definitely on the horizon for me.....and then..the Seaside Cottage a beautiful shop in our small coastal town crossed my path unexpectedly! I have decided to sell my jewelry and the cottage furniture and accessories there that I love to collect..and so far I am very excited for this new beginning...Here are some pictures of the shop and some of my current pieces of jewelry and cream furniture...Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Amazing jewelry class!

Gwynnie of "Gwynnie B Designs " jewelry artiste extraordinaire and friend joined me in the class!

Riki amazing artist and teacher!
Diane our second teacher and talented artist that brought the most amazing fruit tart yum!!

Finished a super 2 day jewelry class with two amazing artist Diane Frey and Riki Schumacher. I learned so much and had a wonderful time in the process meeting and working with such a creative group of women..can't wait until the next class ! During the class we lost power 3 times due to this storm ...I thought we were in the middle of a hurricane! with Hail no less!
I have been making jewelry for some time now but boy did I learn... that I needed to learn sooo much more...of course we can never ever finish learning...that's a life long process!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rainy Day Projects

Well I bought some vintage bottles and I have been trying my hand at embellishing them..I found these glass like phrases to apply which I thought were simple but cute
My favorite bottle is the aqua bottle with lace and shells.. the purple is my wild child..I never really work with purple but decided to be adventurous :-)Next I will try my hand at using more lace and buttons and music paper or vintage pictures and cards!.I am having fun with many possiblities to be creative..

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Blue Spring Window!

Well I have been busy lately fixing and fussing over my Sewing room..
check out my post Jujubescoastal,
I have not been feeling very creative when my work room was in total upheaval !
Not finding what you need..can put a damper on your best laid plans ...but I think I am actually getting to a good start now with my room! Anyways I did get a chance to score some fabulous Linens in a thrift shop this week and some old vintage bottles!
I did manage one project..which I really was very happy with the results.. I went to Paso Robles and visited Sandi at " The Cottage" and found this fabulous paper...which reminded me of a vintage window I had saved in a soft blue.!.so I decoupaged the paper and it just came out so cute.. I want to keep it! I also bought the cutest clock knobs that I have a special project in mind for ..( for a future post) All in all not a bad week...!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Peak into my case...

I really enjoy fixing up my case at Hwy 41 Antique Emporium. ( I think I actually enjoy the fixing up and creating a look more than actually selling! but that's another story .....) In this case I place my crochet purses I create with recycled yarn and vintage jewelry pieces ..I also have there other small treasures I may find in Estate Sales and garage sales...I will soon be going to nearby auction houses which I have been hearing are really great in our area..and I am looking forward to holding up my number and bidding over pieces ( I hope its not like gambling and I get carried away...bidding..I can get very competitive... oh dear..I can just see my car full ) anyways... I am looking forward to this, and am bringing a very seasoned friend which has gone to auctions for many years.and I am sure she will be able to hold me back should I get carried away with it all!!!!.I will be sure to post pictures with all my finds....So until then here is a Peak into my case.... have a great day!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Please stop by and say Hi!!!!
New Antique Mall opens in Morro Bay , CA!!
We were so happy to see this article by " Collector Network Magazine" January 2010 Publications.....introducing the new antique mall in Morro Bay.

"Hwy 41 Antique Emporium"...... The wonderful vision of the very knowlegeble and business savvy Francine Esposito! The new antique mall and its 12,000 square feet of
antiques and collectibles will be a feast for the eyes for all who come through its doors!!! I have attached a copy of the article..please click to enlarge!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Chloe and Lace Blog

A newborn...A baby blog...just starting out its new life
.. created for the New Year.!
Introducing "Chloe and Lace " ! The namesake is my beautiful mannequin Chloe..she sits in my bedroom always covered with lace and jewels and pearls!

Chloe and Lace is my business name..I like to create vintage style crochet handbags..and Jewelry and all my things I like to make with re purposed items! each piece I make takes I hunt..( and you all know about the joy of the Hunt?!!)
to find "just" the right piece of old vintage fabric or old beads and trinkets...and then the creating begins..! I have so much fun with each piece.I started making them only for myself and family and friends...then their friends started asking they wanted pieces, and pretty soon I was selling ! I would like to show my pieces as I finish them here..also share my this new blog will slowly evolve..into what it needs to grow up to be...with my nurturing and my patience (and yours) I hope you stop by and visit and share my journey here!