Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Home #3- The Half Bath

Here is the 3rd installment of the home tour.  The half bath.  This guy is pretty big for a half bath.  I have had many a full bath with less square footage than this big boy.  Yes, there is a handrail in this room.  This community we live in has been know for housing the older folks.  Part of the "charm", part of the "charm".  I'm posting the after first this time.  I guess people thought that the before was the after on my #2 post. 


This is the after.  Here's what I did:  peel and stick tile, painted vanity, painted the towel rings (oil rubbed bronze), had a cheap $35- faucet installed, and touched up the walls.  I was fortunate that the previous owners left the lid of this color and so I took it to Sherwin Williams and got some more.  When you use a roller with touch up paint it looks like the whole room has been painted.  It is a real time and energy saver.  Notice the vintage Lion's Head pull knobs.  Those were here.  The community we live in is called Lions Head.  Perfect touch!!!

 The before.  The original tile was original to 1973 and there were a bunch of cracked tile.  Flooring is so expensive but, the peel and stick is very affordable.  I spent under $40-.  So if at some point I want to change it to something else in a few years it wasn't a big investment.  The folks we bought it from were older and didn't do much to the place so it was a blank slate for that I am thankful.
 
 Hanging on the outside of the bathroom door.  There are 8 doors in this hallway.  I didn't want anyone to have to guess.  I found this little brass sign on Dot & Bo.  A great little new online home furnishing store.  It did take quite awhile to receive but, when I inquired they were super nice.
 Close up of the wooden shoes.  I have had a few pairs over the years.  Once when my Mom went to Holland, Michigan a place we love to go to.  She came home with a life size pair of shoes for me that I could wear and I wear a size 11 womens.  They are hanging on the wall.  The 3 row from the top where the mirror starts.  I had picked up a lonely green one a long time ago while thrift-ing and then I kept noticing more and more and I recd a few as gifts and before I knew it I had a collection.   
 These tiny had soaps were my first etsy purchase years ago.  This is the first time I have had them out.  But, no one dare uses them.  HA!
 I needed big piece of art in this room and I had nothing so I made this one.  It is my favorite girl that I use over and over "Dori".  She is saying "We love wooden shoes, it's true, we do!"  Goofy I know but, it is how "Dori" feels. 
 Best trash can in the house.
 One of my favorite pairs.  I love that Jane Tatman wood engraved her name on her shoes.
 This one has a matching brush.
A friend who lives in another state heard of my collection and was purging and so I got the plain pair she had gotten on a trip to a real place where they actually wear them  I also recd these Mary Janes as a gift!  Who doesn't love a good pair of wooden Mary Janes.  I have to say that the collection is closed.  Once the wall was full I have put a full ban on the wooden shoe. :)
 
Thanks for going on the tour! xo

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Home #2 - the Dining Room

I promised a "tour" of my new place.  We moved into our  circa 1973 condo on March 12th of this year.  We don't have a lot of natural light in this room partially because it only has one window and partially because there is a huge pine tree outside.  I don't mind, I like the tree.  Here is the way the condo looked when we came to see it with our Realtor back in February.  BEFORE:

AFTER:


 Okay so here is what happened.  (other than it became dark...I wonder what kind of lens their Realtor used.  I can't get a wide picture) So, I had painted a room in our other house the same Cracked Pepper paint it is a Behr color from your local Home Depot store.  I also, sold the light fixture that the previous folks had and replaced it with a Pottery Barn fixture. I normally never splurge on anything but, when Ed was on some heavy duty pain killers I asked him if I could buy this.  When it arrived and my handyman put it up for me Ed was like WOW that is really cool.  (he had no idea permission was given...Im bad)  I LOVE it though!  I also added a gold curtain that I used in a house 2 houses ago and a rod I bought at JCP.   The beautiful parquet floor and the paneled walls and crown molding were already here.  Now the close ups.
 Sharing the wall. Obviously, I have been collecting and making work for many, many years. Some things have been given to me, inherited, made, traded, gifted and purchased.  Lots of original art, outsider art, a doll by Mimi Kirchner, old school map, wood cut print, art by Josh Johnson, an old A from a screen door and more....  
 There are a couple of pieces that I have done over the years.  A great painting by Judy Jarrett, my fav ironstone platter, a nest, a basset hound, a print of Abraham Lincoln with sunglasses on and another favorites is a framed autographed hankie from July 18th, 1900.   

 I bought this primitive cabinet before I knew my husband for $200-, the luggage came from an old friend of my Mothers and the little dress a day painting was a treasured gift from a friend.
 Such a sweet painting by Liz Tran.
 I love folk art.  This wood carved beauty is a creation of outsider artist Harry Jennings from Kentucky.
 The bust was Ed's from before we married.  It made the cut!!! :)  The pear is a heavy metal sculpture (another gift from my friend) it is covered in wax.  The little doll table was a thrift find that I can't part with.  My cousins and Aunt and Uncle have always lived in Florida and these starfish just remind me of them and all the fun we had on our annual trips to visit them when we were growing up.
 I am realizing that everything I own has a story.  I found this old chair years ago and I had held onto my dad's denim jacket after he passed.  It is upholstered on the back of the chair front and back.  The upholster added the Polo label that wasn't me.  She also made the little fur pillow.  (I have a little fur thing, no judgment)
 I bought this years and years ago on a trip to Chicago.  It's a great little light.  Who doesn't love MONA!
 China Cabinet holds my Dad's wooden tool box on top.  A head by James Kelly, some hand carved birds, thrift store wood log coasters and green wood candleholders and an heirloom parrot lamp.
 I made this table while I was in art school.  My heating and air conditioning brother was able to take my plans and have my 2 legs made at a sheet metal shop.  The wheels came from an old shopping cart. 

 The is our salt and pepper "trolley"  They fit perfectly on there.

 
Thanks for coming along for the tour! xo
 


Friday, July 18, 2014

It's a GOD thing.....

I don't remember not knowing her.  She is my friend Yvonne.  Friend seems too casual for her.  She was Family to me, to my Mom even to my brother.  She was always at our little "country" church with her two girls Leslie and Denise.  Partially because she lived right across the street but, I think she would of been there anyway.  Now looking back to when I was growing up, the church because of the people that were there at that time gave it almost a magical quality.  I didn't know it at the time but, I have never had those kinds of friendships since. 
 
There is so much to say about all the fun times we shared.  Birthdays, Holidays, Lake House, Nightcrawler Trips, Youth Fellowship Meeings, Fundraisiers, Corn Roasts, Games, Trips, Showers, Weddings, Dinners, Lunches and so much more.  We were Family.
 
At the end of May this year Yvonne, had a routine surgery that most women have.  Within a few days it was evident that this wasn't routine for her.  She had many complications.  Spent many days in the Intensive Care Unit and on June 20th calls were made and all were told that today would be the last day.....I had just arrived before the girls were to talk to her about stopping meds and taking her off the ventilator.  I asked her minister to walk down with me to tell her Hello! before I tell her goodbye.  As I was walking out of her room and down the ICU hallway back to the waiting area I see someone from way back in my past.
 
An old classmate from Center Grove whom I haven't seen since 1982. (I have moved from the area and never been to a reunion, my bad)  We hugged, we cried. She was with her husband who had been fighting a long illness.  I felt moved to contact her when I got home.  Another reason Facebook is wonderful.
 
 I know a GOD thing when I see it.  I felt like he had a hand in all of this.  Yvonne was such a dear friend and it has been a big loss and there has been much sadness that she is no longer here.  She was always so pleasant and friendly and I truly feel she in on   this reunion with this old friend.  :)
 
Today I attended the Memorial service of my old classmate's husband.  The services couldn't of been more different but, they, both Yvonne and Chris were generous, loving and funny people.  So many stories that made everyone laugh in both services.  No doubt these 2 people who are not here on earth loved so willingly and deeply. 
 
I want nothing more to grow my friendship with my classmate and to keep in touch with Yvonne's girls.  In these days of doing too much and feeling stressed to keep up.  I hope we all make time for each other.  Hug your people tightly.  Do things that make you happy and love deeply.  xo 
 

 
From the service today.  (49 years old) smiles!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Home #1 - Wooden Work Bench Entertainment Center

When we lived in an our old house in Irvington we had hung our big 52" Television on the wall above our fireplace.  When we moved to our condo this March I really didn't want it on the wall. We also wanted to be able to move the TV to see it from our desks.  I had previously been inspired by a Pinterest pin of a wooden workbench someone had made.   I knew I wouldn't be making something from scratch when you move you are doing good to unpack. But, I knew I wanted something with a primitive look and I didn't have the money for an expensive one.  But, I wanted to really like it.  So I looked and looked online at all the standard places, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel...I looked at Amazon, Target and more.  Then I hit the online Hardware stores and B I N G O!!!!  I found it. 
 
This is my Harbor Freight find.  I paid $139- during a sidewalk sale In March (2014).  Bought the casters there, too.  Of course it comes knocked down in a flat box.  But, luckily my Step Dad is always up for a challenge and he put it together for us.  Added the casters and we were in business.  I later changed out the handles to these black ones that were bought in the hardware area at Lowes I think they are usually used outdoors. We had to drill a new hole for one side of the knob but, it hid well.  The extra hole that is.     
 
 
Here's what it looks like without a TV and casters and new knobs.
 
 
Here is another view.  Everything fits and we love it.  Especially the price!!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

our little guy turns 2

 My little great nephew turned 2 yesterday.  He's such a sweet baby (yes he is our baby).  Such a happy guy, who has so many people who love him.  My niece Katie has been planning his little party for awhile now pinning things to her boards and looking for cookie cutters and decorations.  I didn't take photos of everything but, of many things.  To the left is the party hats with construction paper ears attached.

Of course we had HOT DOGS!!!!  My Mom, his "GIGI" watches him twice a week and they usually sing along with Mickey.
  These cookies were so good and HUGE!  Sugar cookies with Red sprinkles.  Katie did a great job. At 25 she is never overwhelmed that 40 people are coming to her house for lunch.  I don't think people entertain much anymore and I am glad that she is willing to do it. 

 My nephew Mark, step dad Jim, Mom "Gigi" and my brother, Roger his Grandpa.  All came ready to party with little LUCAS in their Mickey Mouse t-shirts.
 Great balloon!!!! 
 
 

 Little chocolate cupcakes with white icing and mini oreos to go along with the Mickey theme and they were YUMMY!!!
 
 
                                                    
So I made this Mickey Mouse photo op canvas and decided to write Happy Birthday Lucas on it to double as my birthday card. :)  Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo with him in it.   I had this canvas on hand  24" x 48" canvas painted with acrylic paints.  Then I just cut out the hole.  You could do it for any theme party. 

 

It was all too much for him.  So many presents, so much l o v e.  Happy Birthday little Lucas. xo

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello it's me!


I have always had good intentions to BLOG....after looking through old photos lately and realizing that we have very few physical photos on hand.  Having a blog and being online writing about my LIFE experiences is MY scrapbook photo album and I need to make an effort to give it the attention it deserves.  So why not start today!

 
If you haven't met me before let me introduce myself.  My name is Jenny Elkins.   I just turned 50 this year (blog post in the near future)  I am an artist, wife, doggie momma, daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend.  I maintain a studio in a old neighborhood east of downtown.  I also, have 476 square feet of retail space at the Olde Shadeland Antique Mall at 3444 N. Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN open 7 days a week 11am to 6pm.  (devils in the details!) I have 2 etsy stores www.jennyelkins.etsy.com all vintage and www.jennyelkinshandmade.etsy.com all handmade by me and my assistant Sue (aka Mom).  I have been making things my whole life (no joke!) and I have loved every minute of it. If you are a creative person you know what I am talking about when I say it is my lifestyle.  I think about what I am working on what I will be working on and what I want to be working on.  I have been married to Ed Angleton for 11 years.  We met online through Match.com only after I had stopped my membership.  They (Match) called me and asked if I would like a free month.  I gave in and said yes.  Ed was the only person who contacted me that month and I was the only one he went out with through Match.com.  We married 6 months later.  The rest is history. We are as Sugarland says STUCK LIKE GLUE.  He's a pretty interesting guy too so I am sure he will get some bloggie time.  We have recently made a move from our historic eastside neighborhood that we loved to a more practical condo on the northside and in the near future I will start to show you what I have done to the place. I will be sharing with you all of the new vintage items I have for sale and all the art projects I am working on including for an upcoming show called "Art on Music".  I hope to share with you some tips and how to's of different art and craft methods.  I also adore my 4 legged GIRL she is LUCY and is so funny.  I have to sneak pictures of her because she doesn't like her picture taken anymore.  You'll continue to see more of her
She's a trip!  I took this one from inside while she was outside.  Stinker!!!!  Until next time! xo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

instagram auction for Catherine Thursby

Wow...if you saw my blog you would think I have been eating bon bons and watching daytime TV for a month. My husband and I moved....but, we didn't just move we are remodeling and we moved. So after over a month things are better and moving along and I am hopeful before long we will have it all together and I can share some of my new spaces. In the mean time. Jenn from Noodle and Lou and myself got our heads together and decided that our friend Catherine Thursby of Red Shoes Home Goods in Ann Arbor, Michigan needed some help. She is in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. AKA kicking cancers ass. So we have started an online fundraiser for her (link at the top right hand corner of my blog) online at youcaring.com. Jenn has been putting together an art auction that starts this Sunday on Instagram. So follow @auctionforcatherine on instagram and bid on the items and then the artist will send the item to the highest bidder when the auction closes. catherines sweet daughter Fiona has donated a piece as well. See you Sunday on instagram!!!!!!