Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Sale!

Details - Buy one item get the second item of equal or lesser value at half price.
The discount will be refunded via paypal after payment has been made.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Taking the show on the road...

The Art Show season has begun!
This past weekend we were blessed with beautiful, sunny and dry weather for the Sun Prairie Art Fair. It was my first time at the show and it was a success. Happy I had the opportunity to participate! Here are a few shots of my display...

I shared the tent with Heidi from Storyline Design and The Fairy Garden along with Cyndi from Prettifications. Check out their lovely shops as they are lovely ladies!

Goodness from my tent mates!
Coming up next for Whimsy House...
I will be at W Cupcake, Winnebago Street, on Friday, October 2nd for Gallery Night in Madison. Over 50 retailers and galleries will celebrate local artists and their work in various locations. Allison and John invited some of their favorite talent in the handmade world to participate in a trunk show from 5 until 10pm that evening. Should be artsy and fabulous... cupcakes and wine for everyone! Hoping to see you there...

xOxO Molly

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Where did summer go?
So sorry to be MIA for so long... We moved in August and had a kindergartner and freshman start school this year so it's been a busy few months. I hope this finds everyone rested and relaxed after summer break. Hope it was a Hoot!
Be sure and check out Whimsy House as it begins to fill with Autumn goodness... my favorite season in every way! I will be at the Sun Prairie Art Festival this weekend and have a show schedule falling into place for the fall and holidays. I will be sure to post the dates and places. Also, watch for a give away soon... it's about time, don't you agree?!?
XoXo Molly

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Giveaway Time!

Lily Pad Vintage Button Ring Whimsy House

Jennie and Clara at Clover and Violet were sweet enough to post an interview with me on their blog. They are a mother daughter team, making fabulous soft flannel blankies, darling knitted hats and pretty quilted items. My Sophie has a blankie and adores it - it's extra large and keeps her covered at night plus it's softness can't be beat! Be sure and check out their blog and Etsy shop out. An added bonus, you can enter to win a Whimsy House ring... enter today!

Clover and Violet

xOxO Molly

Goodness from Clover and Violet

Friday, June 19, 2009

Meet Wendy at Creole Collection

Creme Brulee Net Top by Creole Collection

I discovered Wendy's shop on the front page of Etsy just a few weeks ago. I had my eye out for clothes as my closet is beyond pathetic and I wanted to shop Etsy so when her fabulous tank top showed up on the front page I jumped right over to her shop and instantly FELL IN LOVE! Not only are her designs full of detail, they are relaxed and feminine, soft and sweet in style yet a little rustic and totally unique... everything I wanted and more. Her style is Creole inspired, creme brulee if you will, and every piece is one of a kind as she upcycles and reinvents thrift store finds. She has a great eye and I quickly found out her heart is genuine and super fabulous too! I was nervous about trying things on Etsy clothes wise as far as fit. Wendy is MORE than accommodating as far as trying and returning if need be and she offered me much needed style advice to boot. She started on Etsy with her shop Margaux Designs which is fabulous and, lucky for us, she added many more shops to her repertoire... ahhh, so much to choose from! Check it out... you won't be disappointed. There's truly something for everyone and if you have questions convo Wendy - she's happy to help.

1) What is your craft and what led you to take it up?

My craft - hum...taking something old and giving new life to it I guess. I love thrifting and I always find great items that I can't seem to pass up - so I use all reclaimed or vintage items in my designs. Sometimes I will totally remake the piece, but most of the time I hand dye it and add special details. Well that is in my shop. My shop I also use reclaimed fabric, clothing etc. but these items have a lot more detail. I started the CreoleCollection to complement Margaux but it seems the Creole shop has taken over most of my time.

I always loved crafts from an early age - my mom was an artist and always had her hand in different mediums. So I guess you could say I knew nothing else.

2) What part of your work do you enjoy the most?

What part I enjoy most - the designing and shopping of course. I love to dream it up and then make it happen. I don't like making the same item twice. That is one of the reasons I use reclaimed items.

3) What part of your work is the hardest?

The hardest part is a creative person this seems to be my down fall. I like to jump from project to project.

4) A top ten list of your favorites

...handmade possession...

My dad made me a rocking horse when I was about 15 and also my handmade cards from my children would have to top the list also.

...item in your shop...

It would have to be this vintage slip dress.

...item on your favorites list...

Black Silk Top by Mollusa

This black top by mollusa - to die for!

...Etsy purchase...

Black Knock-off Button Mat Cuff by P8 Button Art and Accessories

...item you've sold...

Vintage Creme Brulee Dress

My ultimate favorite - very hard to sell it - the good thing was it was too big for me :)

...Etsy shop...

Vella... I love her bags and her photos. or website...

WOW - these are so hard to answer - I have a lot of favs...

danny mansmith
lori marsha
metal and thread

...source of inspiration...

The Internet...

etsy - flickr - stylehive - facebook - twitter - smashing darling

...piece of advice...

Do it for love not money and then you will make money. Treat your customers how you would want to be treated. It is really rather simple. Trial and error. Don't give it up. Try something new. Don't ever be afraid to ask someone. Learn from others. Make your own way. Have your own style. Do something different. Use flickr, twitter, facebook, stylehive and I'm sure there or others. Most of all make time for your family and let the rest fall in place.

...rule to break...

i break all the rules

Creme Brulee and Lace Mini Dress by Creole Collection

P.S. In addition to
Creole Collection and
Margaux Designs mentioned above, I highly recommend a visit to Wendy's sister stores... She is one heck of a busy lady!

sweet summer tank from o baby love

lace top from modern austin

scarlet summer top from modern scarlet

the romantic at heart top from modern noir

ponchatoula memories - 3 from a vintage butterfly

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Whimsy House Yart Sale

Yard + Art = YART

The 2nd Annual Etsy-Wide Yart Sale is on NOW! Woo Hoo! Running June 10th to the 14th, now is the time to snatch up some awesome deals on Etsy... be sure to start with Whimsy House :) 30 items marked down and put into our Yart Sale Section for your shopping pleasure.

An added discount bonus for all my dedicated blog followers...
Simply mention "WH Goodness" in the "notes to seller" box at check out and receive FREE SHIPPING too!! That's right, unlimited free shipping on ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING at Whimsy House so shop to your hearts content and save, save, save! I will refund your shipping costs through PayPal or you are welcome to wait for a revised invoice.

Watch for new sale items daily! I love to get a good deal... love to share them too!

Cheers! xOxOxO Molly

Monday, May 18, 2009

Buttons, Buttons...

...the stash...

Finally! Spring has arrived in Wisconsin.
Yes, It's a long time coming in our neck of the woods but all the snow is gone and we hardly ever have frost warnings any longer at night. (well, we did last night but that was a fluke - ha!)

The arrival of spring can only mean one fabulous, fantastic, stupendous, butterflies-in-the-tummy thing... FLEA MARKETS! Woo Hoo! One of my favorites close to home is located in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. I get to do some serious button shopping there with "the button lady under the bleachers." She's been collecting her whole life and is now set to sell. I have a really great husband who "let's me" shop by taking the three kiddos and buying them popcorn and snowcones to keep them busy while I hunt and gather and spend too much on my obsession. It was opening weekend and the weather was beautiful to top things off. Perfection! I had a very blessed Sunday - how lucky I am.

Now, I cannot wait to start crafting... Keep your eyes out for new creations coming your way. And if you're ever in Southern Wisconsin on flea market Sunday, let me know. We can wrestle over buttons and share a brat and cheese curds (unfortunately I don't think they serve beer there!) Cheers!

xOxOxO Molly

...more of the stash...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother's Day Sale

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."

In honor of Mother's Day...
FREE SHIPPING on all Jewelry Items
if you mention MOM in the notes to seller box at check out - your shipping will be promptly refunded through Paypal.

One week only - April 26th through May 2nd. Enjoy!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mamas out there - Cheers!

xOxOxO Molly

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Meet Ellen at One Ripe Peach

Pretty in Pink Wedding Photo Album by One Ripe Peach

I discovered artist Ellen's shop, One Ripe Peach, at the very start of my love affair with Etsy. Her items are incredible! Unique with vintage flair, feminine and fanciful... pure girly goodness. I just love the way she uses vintage fabrics, trims and images to make her fabulous treasures. Each item at One Ripe Peach is as irresistible as the next and Ellen always has something new to offer. She made custom baby shower invites for me - the new mommy was thrilled as was I. I can't get enough of Ellen's talent...

1) What is your craft and what led to you to take it up?

Mixed Media artist. I love creating with vintage fabrics, papers and trims....recreating from vintage pieces. I guess I am just really drawn to creating...I love the process of creating...taking something old and vintage and giving it a totally new and fresh look...yet keeping with the vintage flair.

2) What part of your work do you enjoy the most?

Finding bits and baubles....searching for vintage treasures is probably my favorite part. I love finding something that someone else has long forgotten...and making it my own with other elements.

3) What part of your work is the hardest?

Putting your artwork and creations out there for people to see and judge. I am my toughest critic when it comes to what I create.

4) A top ten list of your favorites

...handmade possession...

A Christmas tree skirt that I made this past year from pieces of my Grandmother's tattered tree skirt.

...item in your shop...

A little girl wall hanging sign that I am posting the sweet frame-like scroll work.

...item in your favorites list...

That would probably have to be the Butter Cream Pedestal by Greenware Design.

...Etsy purchase...

ABSOLUTELY HANDS DOWN....RachelRene Lip Butters....they are absolutely the best!

...item you’ve sold...

I love creating custom any custom orders are always fun and allow me to create possibly something I hadn't created in awhile.

...Etsy shop...

DollFaceDesign...I adore all of her digital creations. The frame work on her creations is absolutely divine! or website...

(WH note: check it out - it'll be one of your favorites too!!)

...source of inspiration...

My main source is what mood I am in at the time. I tend to design with mostly pinks,aqua's and neutral tones though...and tend to lean more towards girly designs with ruffles and such.

...piece of advice...

Love what you do and what you create. You gotta love what you are is too short to do something you don't like or can't be proud of.

...rule to break...

It doesn't have to be perfect. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Another one is...when's definitely appropriate to be messy. Show me an artist who has a clutter free studio!