PinkyLouLou Party Girl

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Ooodles of Gumball Charms! September 1, 2009

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Wow, summer’s ending, school’s starting, time to get back to work! I had a lot of fun looking for treasures to sell/play with, and I came across a CRAZY amount of vintage gumball charms. It was at an antique show, and the woman was selling them by the scoop. I asked her how much for the entire box, and she asked me if I was serious. My husband just rolled his eyes and walked away… guess he didn’t want to encourage the loopy lady who wanted to by at least 1,000 old plastic littles.

(these whistles really work!)

I assured the woman that I was indeed serious, and we agreed on a price. I very happily carted away the heavy bags and couldn’t wait to go back to the cottage and play.

That was 4th of July weekend. When I had that happy adrenaline buzz you get when you find a treasure, I didn’t think of how long it would take me to sort through those 1,000+ charms and toys… I would start out very motivated, then start to go cross-eyed after about an hour and have to stop. Did that over and over and over, etc, and finally it was finished.

I have them listed in both my MLouIsPink shop and my PinkyLouLou shop, as some weren’t charms but would make fabulous cupcake toppers.

Here are some, but you’ll need to visit my shops to see them all. Have a charming week!

(I know I am a pacifist, but I LOVE these!)


ZNE at Castle in the Meadow Event July 9, 2008

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Wow! I know this was a few weeks ago, but I went to the funnest altered art event at Meadowbrook Castle, organized by the absolute QUEEN of altered art fun, Chel from ZNE. That’s her tattoo over to the left by the way.

We started with a tour of the Dodge Mansion (the castle), which was really amazing. I’d have pics, but we weren’t allowed to take any, and I was a bit afraid of our tour guide (we think she was a former nun/teacher), so I didn’t sneak any.

Then we had a yummy cocktail hour and got to know one another before getting down to creating. We each received a large bag full of goodies donated by ZNE vendors and other members, which included vintage glass glitter, papers, charms, fibers, and more. I’ll give detailed credit to those who filled the bag soon, as I don’t have the info in front of me right now. I provided some sheet music, fibers, tiny vintage images, & a couple of vintage plastic charms &/or milagros.

Here is pic of Chel and myself at the end of the day. I wish she lived here in Michigan, she is so much fun!
This is me with my finished product, and the pics below are of some other projects I really liked. I know the pics aren’t the best, but I brought the wrong flash, and it was a bit dark in the room because of the storm raging outside.

This is my new friend,
Cookie Sunshine, who is originally from Alabama and who had me in stitches for most of the afternoon. She really reminds me of some of the fun and eccentric Southern women in my family. Good thing laughter is the best medicine, because it hurt to laugh!
Oh, I had fallen and cracked a rib 4 or 5 days before, but no way was I going to miss this day. I left my pain-killers at home (had to drive), but it was well worth it. I was also a memorable day because we were so busy creating that we didn’t realize that there was a bad storm.

It had been sunny when we arrived, but when we tried to leave we were told that there was a tornado warning and the police would let us know when it was safe to leave! The ballroom where we were was on the lowest level, and we didn’t notice the other people coming down seeking shelter… It was pretty funny.

What a fabulous day, and I treasured meeting more creative souls and making new friends, including Chel, who I wish would give me some of her boundless energy!


Nearly Forgot About Becoming A Pink Artist February 5, 2008

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OK, this is a great collaborative project I’m going to tell you about!

I am a member of ZNE , and I found this through the blog of a fellow member, Shabby Cottage Studio. It is a group of artists joining together to create one art doll to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.When the doll is complete, it will be mailed in to Art Doll Quarterlyâ„¢ before finally being auctioned off on eBay at a later date, and all of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Each artist participant will create 1 or more 2″x2″ cloth-based squares that will be made into the doll.

Please see Girl Gone Thread Wild for complete details.


Cake Toppers for Your Party!

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I’ve been busy lately, FINALLY having time to create what I’ve been dreaming of for months: Cake Toppers. They are made of mainly vintage components, and I am thrilled with how they are coming out. What do you think?

I’ve also been stocking lots more vintage treasures and supplies in my Esty store, as there’s no way I could ever use everything I find and just have to have! Check it out for newly added vintage printing stamps.


Vintage and Retro Gumball Charms August 24, 2007

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I love old plastic gumball charms. I collect them, sort them, play with them, and even sometimes even make things with them. I recently acquired a huge bag of metallic-colored plastic gumball charms that I think are from the 60’s, but made from much older molds. I separated my favorites and made some necklaces, bracelets, and lots of earrings. The Buddha Baby necklace in my etsy store is my most viewed item. I have one that is similar that I wear, and I always get a lot of comments. Here are some earrings that I will list tomorrow after a good night’s sleep. (Maybe the photo glitches on Etsy will be fixed by then, too)