Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Happy!

I Love Sequins!
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Happy New Year to everyone! Hugs and all that good stuff!

Here's to a new year full of love, mucho crafting and a wedding!


Monday, December 29, 2008

New Felt Goodies

New Felt Goodies
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Once again, I have been the most creative while feeling like crap.

Yes, I am on a 12 day vacation for the holidays, but I think it's messing with my head. I'm mot sleeping right, and I'm probably staring at the computer way toooo much.

So, in an attempt to get away from the computer, I made all these lovelies within the past 2 days! I am so excited about them all.

Will be listing in my ShoeFlower shop!

Hugs and Happy New Year,

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all my friends!

FYI - from Wikipedia:

"Mele Kalikimaka is a Christmas song sung as a warm greeting from Hawaii. The song takes its title from the phrase of "Mele Kalikimaka," the Hawaiianized pronunciation of "Merry Christmas." The Hawaiian language does not include all the sounds found in the English language (notably the letter R). Thus the familiar English phrase of "Merry Christmas" when pronounced using Hawaiian language syllables becomes "Mele Kalikimaka" (note the substitution of L's for R's). "Mele Kalikimaka" is therefore not Hawaiian for "Merry Christmas," but simply a Hawaiian transliteration."

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Don't Mess With Barbie

Found the following artile on Yahoo! Buzz

"Let's get something straight — Barbie may look like a bombshell, but she's no pushover. Mattel, the makers of the iconic doll, recently won a prolonged legal battle with MGA, the manufacturers of Bratz. The outcome of the legal battle puts into question the future of the creepy-looking Bratz figures. A federal court ruled that MGA was to be banned from making and selling "the saucy Barbie alternative." Why? Apparently, the court found that the creator of Bratz came up with the idea while working for Mattel. Hence, the idea belongs to the house that Barbie built."

Although, I never did really like Bratz dolls anyway. It's like Barbie and Blythe had an ugly love child! LOL

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pretty Glitter Girl Magnets

Pretty Glitter Girl Magnets
Originally uploaded by Reyney
It seems I my creative brain works best when I am not feeling well. I have not been my self since Thursday night...just feeling a little bit off, flustered, angry, yadda yadda, yadda. It has noting to do with the wedding, and I'm not PMSing, so I don't know what it is.

BUT I did finish these lovelies this morning! They are my first set of magnets! They are so cute!

From top to bottom they are:
Pinkie Schminkie
Dee Dee

$4 each in my ShoeFlower Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Happy thanksgiving to all of my friends! I just finished making these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I burned the first batch! WHY? I have no idea! I was practically staring at them the whole time.

Love my little taggies too! Paper, vintage thanksgiving stickers, stamps, ink, glitter, and some toothpicks! YAY!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My brother is the featured seller on Etsy today!

My brother is the featured seller on Etsy today!

Please check out his shop and say hello!

He sells geeky stuffy like this Cat Clock made from recycled computer parts. We would battle over sales on Etsy and he has now surpassed me! Good for him!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pretty Friends Gift Tags

Pretty Friends Gift Tags
Originally uploaded by Reyney
I had so many extra copies of my little zine, that I decided to cut them up and do a little crafting.

They can be gift tags. Kiddies can color them, add a little glitter and hang them on the tree. They can even be bookmarks! (c;

I love them! I hope you do too!

Cleaning House

So, since Flicker is mad at me...I'll post a bunch of stuff here that I recently listed in my ShoeFlower Etsy shop. Interested in anything? Just let me know!?? I have too much stuff...need to sell off a little bit at a time! HUGS, Renee

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Flickr Sent Me a Warning

EWW! Flickr sent me a warning today that I am selling stuff through my account! Yeah - me and, like a million other flickr users too!

I had no direct linking under my items. The most I ever did was type "see my profile for details", "cleaning house" or "sold". Some items were tagged with "Shoeflower, "Reyney" and "Etsy" So much for that.

But they better open their eyes, and see that everyone's doing it! LOL Well, not everyone, but a lot. I mean what are all the "Etsy" groups for?? Just to look and appreciated each other's work, right? Excuse the sarcasm.

This is a bad mood morning! Thank God I have Tuesday off!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Pretty Girl and Her Friends Zine - Available Now

The zine is currently available in my store! I have lot's of copies, so if it's sold let me know and I'll list one for ya! It is available here:

A Pretty Girl and Her Friends Zine is based on the felt Pretty Plushies I have been selling in my shop. The first Pretty Plushie I ever made was named Noel. In this zine, she introduces you to some of her friends and says a little bit about each one, and why they are important to her.
You will meet: Pretty Pear, Pretty Apple, Pretty Heart, Pretty Matroyshka, Pretty Pea Pod, Pretty Egg, Pretty Bear, Pretty Gnome, Pretty Star, and Pretty Weather Girl.
There are 16 pages including the front and back covers.
Since it is black and white, it couild be a coloring book too! How lovely!
Measures 4.25" by 5.5".

Thanks a bunch!

Friday, November 7, 2008

One Word

I stole this from Cyndy's blog. Thank you!

Where is your mobile phone? bag
Where is your significant other? home
Your hair colour? brown
Your mother? loud
Your father? sleeping
Your favourite thing? doll
Your dream last night? fear
Your dream goal? peace
The room you're in? craft
Your hobby? art
Your fear? death
Where do you want to be in 6 years? happy
Where were you last night? home
What you're not? confident
One of your wish-list items? house
Where you grew up? suburb
The last thing you did? eat
What are you wearing? sweats
Your TV? flat
Your pets? allergic
Your computer? obsession
Your mood? calm
Missing someone? bill
Your car? black
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Favourite shop? marshall's
Your summer? splendid
Love someone? yes
Your favourite colour? brown
When is the last time you laughed? today
When is the last time you cried? whenever

Zine - Sneaky Peaky

Zine - Sneaky Peaky
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well- I haven't been this excited about my art in a long time. Finished the zine last night.

Have to decide on:

Will list next week, hopefully!


PS Thank you to everyone for their wonderful support, comments, love - it means so much!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Pretty Girl and Her Friends - Zine Coming Soon

A Pretty Girl and Her Friends - zine coming soon!

I'm too excited to type how wonderful I feel right now. But to sum this up quickly - a 14 page zine (16 with front and back) includes lot's of illustrations of my Pretty Plushie characters!

Just need to tweek some of the illustrations and get copies made, of course! And mailing envelopes too!

Check back soon in my shop:

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Here Comes the Bridal Party

Here Comes the Bridal Party
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Found this lovelies on Ebay last week. AND all for $11.99. I love these super finds! They are such a beautiful bridal party.

Going bridesmaid dress shopping with the girls today. I'm thinking green - same or different styles for them. It doesn't really matter to me. Whatever makes them comfortable.

I'll let you know what we pick...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Plastic Bag Crochet

Plastic Bag Crochet
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Long before Etsy, and long before I made jewelry I would crochet everyday, every moment, every time I possibly could!

I used to make bags out of grocery bags. I was addicted to making them. I would probably make a new bag every two days. I gave most of them away, and sold a few on Etsy.

Now I only make them for people who request them. They usually wind up waiting 6 months...LOL My latest is for a teacher I work with. She is giving it to her 11 year old niece for her birthday.

It came out so sweet. The gray bags are Pathmark bags. The white is a mix - mostly from Michael's, AC Moore and Pathmark. The green is a Barnes and Noble bag. The pink is a random bag I saved, because I knew I would need it someday. Approximately 50 bags went into the making of this bag.

This beautiful bag will not decompose for the next 300 years!

Sharing with you!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pretty Plushies - Everyone Squeeze in the Photo

So, what happens when I get sick? I make the most plushies I have ever made.

I still feel like crap. I still want to sleep all day. But, for some reason my plushie crafting has been at an all time high.

Here's a pic of all in my collection right now. Some are for sale. Some have already sold. Prices range from about $6 to $12.

I should get sick more often, not!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Home Sick

I am home sick today. Now, I know I am the first person who cannnot wait for holidays, days off, etc, but I'm feeling really guilty that I called out sick this morning! I don't get it....

Even though I was up all night, coughing, sneezing and trying to get that tickle out of my ears, I still feel the need to be at work. The last time I looked at the clock it was 3, and then my alarm went off at 6! Oh boy was my head spinning.

Not to mention the achy body, conjestion in my head, sore throat, cold sore forming on my lip, ewww, blah, blah, blah, I'm missing work! I hate to miss work!

I've missed 4 days in the past 5 years - and I can name each and every one! I was sick, I had to go to a museum, Bill's graduation and I broke my finger! And now this!

But I keep telling myself it's best that I don't spread these germs to my little kiddies, even though, I'm sure, one of them sneezed in my face last week, and well, here I am!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Art Classroom

My Art Classroom
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well - just about completed my third week of school since summer vacation! Need a day off already - not until September 30th.

The curse of the teacher - since we have so many days off - we're constantly counting down to them. I do enjoy my job very much so, just love being off a hell of a lot more!

Hre's a pic of my classroom! Haven't really hung much art yet - more to come!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Water Color Dog Walker

Water Color Dog Walker
Originally uploaded by Reyney
I was supposed to go to my brother's today to celebrate his and my sister-in-law's birthdays. We cancelled due to the storm that never really happened! )c;

My cable box has been screwed up since last night!

So, no going out, and no TV.

READ? Couldn't do it!

So, I painted a water color picture of my newest dog walker! I did not draw her first - just let the paint brush lead the way. I outlined her with my beautiful fine point sharpie marker.

Not sure what I will be doing with her yet, so I put a little water mark with picnic!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Kiss the Summer Goodbye

Well - after a lovely two months off I must return back to work tomorrow! As most of you know, I am an art and music teacher in an elementary school on Staten Island. I service all the grades, K-5 and the special ed classes.

Even though I am starting my 6th year, I always get nervous about the first day of school. It's almost as if I am one of the students - nervous to see friends again, who's in my class and the horrible question - who will I have to sit next to??? Hopefully not the annoying boy who picks his nose!

As a teacher, I never know what to expect. What is the new kindergarten like? (I had a lot of criers last year! What will my schedule be like? What duties will I have to do!?

This fifth grade is a very special one for me. When I started at my school - they were in the kindergarten. So, they are the first class that I have watched grow for the past 5 years. So exciting!

Now, I've prepared my lessons for the week all day. I've brushed up on my piano playing because I haven't played all summer. I've made my lunch. I've ironed my clothes. I know exaclty what I am doing tomorrow - yet still have those butterflies. And I know I will never fall asleep!

But tomorrow will come and go - and I will be happy to see all those little boogers and patooties again!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Seven Days Working Dolls - Somebody Pinch Me Now

I just have to write a quick blog about my greatest Ebay find ever!

I found these little dollies on Ebay on Wednesday night.

The seller had the cover of the box as the first pic, so you didn't see these little lovelies at first glance. Big mistake!

I clicked on the listing to wee what was inside. I nearly lost my mind.

They were asking $19.99 as the first bid. I immediately bid and then sent the seller a note if they would accept a "buy it now".

No reply!

They were ending Friday night at 8:00 - so of course I sat in front of the computer for an hour!

I can't even tell you how high my bid was. I even upped it at the last second. I considered using a sniping service, but I didn't want to pay the fee and give them my password.

The rest is history - I paid about $30 with shipping and they arrived this morning!

I'm still waiting to wake up from these dream...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

1952 -
Originally uploaded by Reyney
This is the most online fine I have had in a long time.

Go to this website

Upload a picture.

Add a few minor adjustments and you can put yourself in most years from 1950 to 2000.

This picture is me in 1952 and one of my favorites!

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Purple Thumb!

My Purple Thumb!
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Last Sunday were the playoffs for my softball team. I foul-tipped a ball off my right thumb. It was swollen, and purple, and painful, and yucky! But we did win the game!

I had to visit my hand doc today for my last check up on my left index finger anyway (which I broke way back of February 29th!) It's ok - still feels a little kooky, but because I crushed all the nerves, it's going to take a long time to feel normal.

So, I figured since I was there - I might as well see how my thumb is. After my $35 x-ray and visit co-pay, I learned that it is not broken! YAY! Just have to ice it and take some painkillers.

But it hurts...

So no sewing or crocheting or nice neat handwriting from me for a while...


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dear Ebay Sellers,

Dear Ebay sellers,

Please stop having to go out of town unexpectedly when you're supposed to be shipping my purchases.

Thank you!

This is so frustrating! Within two days - I've received the following notes from sellers:

"I'm sorry but I had to go out of town for a death in the family for 4 days, .. I hope to get it out tomorrow. I'll email you when I've hit the post office. Sincerely, Lisa"

"Hi again Renee...I am so sorry I had an emergency and had to leave town before this ended. I will send priority in the morn. Thanks again!!"

PLUS - I had to contact the first seller - because it was a week after my payment and I hadn't heard anything!

I HATE THIS! What is the problem? Maybe the fact they all live in TOWNS???

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Six Things That Make Me Happy

Well, since Andi of the lovely Superminx tagged me in her blog, I'm going to give this a try.

Six things that make me happy are:

1. My Fiance William and the fact that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

2. My doll collection.

3. Sushi, pizza, Indian, Thai, cucumbers, mango and avocado.

4. How I Met Your Mother - the TV show

5. Friends and just being with them

6. My students

Now, I am tagging some people:

Danielle, Jana, Cyndy - if you're reading this ladies, what are 6 things that make you happy?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bunka Bunka

Bunka Bunka
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Ok - my latest obsession is the Japanese Bunka Doll. I don't really know much about them. I believe there is some specific method to making them and there are definitely vintage ones out there.

The one thing I do know is that they are not for sale in the US. I don't know why. I wish someone from Japan would market them here.

So, I placed an Alchemy order on Etsy. (Alchemy is a part of Etsy that allows you to order something that you would like to be made).

3 bids were placed on my order and I accepted one from She actually made 3 different ones, and well, because I love them so much - I bought 2! Aren't they so cute! I named them Marci and Macy - my American Bunkas!

I also just purchased one from It's on it's way - so no pics just yet.

AND I am working with the lovely Gretchen of to acquire one from Japan on Rinkya.

My my my - when it rains it certainly does pour! I love them!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Results of the What is Your Favorite Color Poll?

Here are the results:

1 vote for yellow at 11%
4 votes for green at 44%
1 vote for blue at 11%
2 votes for purple at 22%
1 vote for brown at 11%

They add up to 99% ???

I voted for green. I think that will be the color of my bridesmatrons.

To answer my question from last week. Most of my students love the color blue. I can never have enough blue construction paper to go around.

Next poll:

What is your favorite season?

Cleaning Cleaning Cleaning

Cleaning Cleaning Cleaning
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well - here's few more beauties that were listed in the shop today!

They are all loved very much and are looking for nice new homes to be happy in!

They're in my shop:

Contact me if you have any questions!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Win My Talk of Love Necklace

Talk of Love Necklace
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Check out this blog starting on Friday August 1st.

My shop is being featured for the week and I'm giving away a free necklace!

Leave a comment there and you'll be entered into a drawing to win my Talk of Love Necklace - completely free! No stings attached!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Blog Goodieness

Decided to update the appearance of my blog today. Not a lot of changes were made, but I separated my links category. There's one section for blogs that I look at often. The other section is for some online shops that I adore! Please check them out and if you're a friend who wants your blog added - just let me know!

I'va also added a fun survey over there ---> to the right. What is your favorite color? Just curious. The survey is open for one week. Most of my students also ask for one specific color construction paper all the time- there's never enough of this color? Any guesses?? Tell you later!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wedding Color Inspiration

Wedding Color Inspiration
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well- to be honest with you I have not been the pickiest bride.

My linens are white.
My flowers are white.
My cake is white.

BUT if I were to be one of those picky picky brides on TV, these colors would be my inspiration. I just love how they look together.

I'm thinking of having my bridesmatrons in green and I think a bouquet will all of these colors would look stunning! (c;

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cleaning House - Dollies for Sale

Cleaning House
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well, it's come to the point where I have to let some dollies go! I'm planning a July 2009 wedding which means I need space and $$. My new hubby will be moving into my apartment so I don't want him to feel like there are thousands of little eyeballs staring at him. J/K He really doesn't mind my collection at all. I just need to clean out a bit for new ones - hee hee!

These dolls will be listed randomly in my ShoeFlower Etsy shop. Three have already sold. A few are currently for sale. Some are waiting to be listed!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in anything!

HUGS! Renee

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How To Have A Successful Shop On Etsy

Well, since I cannot sleep I'm going to write about Etsy.

Not only do I sell on Etsy,,, but I am also extremely addicted to buying on Etsy. Not to toot my own horn, but I've found that most sellers are not like me:

I've purchased a lot of items lately where I have received ZERO contact from the seller. Not an email. Not a convo. Not even a paypal tracking confirmation. I do not like this. I don't care how busy you are in real life, you need to send me something to let me know that you have received my payment, let me know when my item has shipped and when I can expect it. Personalization means everything, even if it is a cut and paste email, trust me, it will make the customer feel a lot better.

Sellers have contacted me in the past about mentoring info. Here's what I say to them:

First of all, selling on Etsy has to be fun! It's the spirit of the entire website!

Pictures need to be clear. Show fronts and backs of objects. Pick nice colored/patterned/contrasting backgrounds. I really don't want to see your TV set in the pic. Make it professional. You don't need a great camera or a light box for that matter. I use the sunlight in my window and the macros option. It enables you to take pictures of things close up.
Sometimes I include a penny in the photo or a ruler in the photos for measurement purposes. I've had a few requests to see pics of someone wearing the jewelry.

List often. If you have a lot of things to post, you must spread them out. Especially in the jewelry category. If you post everything at once, they will get burried immediately. Trust me! Spread it out during the day and during the week. I find that sales occur after I just listed something. Listing makes your store visible. I find that I have a lot of sales on Thursdays. I don not know why. I also find that I have sales when I wake up in the morning. I don't know why.

Descriptions need not be a book. I LIST the basics. Color, measurements, etc. Paragraphs are long and boring to read when you are trying to sell something. But please don't forget to list how big something is.

When something sells, I respond with an email thanking them for their purchase and to let them know when their item will ship. I ship USA orders the next day 99% of the time. I ship international orders once a week because the lines at the post office are almost unbearable after a long day at my real job.

I wrap my goodies in bubble wrap and tissue paper. I fill the jewelry bag with sequins. I decorate the packages with stickers. I include a freebie in all of my orders. I use pretty deco tape on the outside of my packages. I decorate all my packages with pretty stamps.

I include a little thank you note.

I sometimes include coupons for future purchases. 10%, off, free shipping, free surprise necklace, etc.

I include business cards. They're practically free at

I keep up with my feedback.

I do my best to make everyone happy.

I have fun!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I bought my wedding gown yesterday...

The Happy Couple
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well, I can't go into too much detail here for a fear of a significant other but I am so happy that I do not have to shop anymore!

To make a long story short, I tried on three dresses. Two I found on the website the night before and one I just liked in the store.

Bought the second one I tried on and the rest is history.

Planning this wedding has been too easy! Not one ounce of stress!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ikea Detolf Cabinets - Vintage Doll Collection

Well - my collection has been getting out of hand. I'm almost slightly embarrassed at how many of them I have. I'm not really into the clutter, but I'm just not ready to party with many of them.

I bought two of these glass cabinets from Ikea yesterday. I like how Gretchen's dolls of Shop66 look in them. They're called detolf and they were $60 each. Definitely needed Bill to carry them up the stairs.

I've put together lot's and lot's of Ikea furniture on my own, and these were the biggest pain in the ass ever. Bill HAD to help.

And since I live in a very old house, with very crooked floors and walls, they're slighlty crooked as well. I just hope they don't fall on me!

BUT the dolls look great in them!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Big Eye Art by Blonde Blythe

Big Eye Art by Blonde Blythe
Originally uploaded by Reyney
So, I was browsing through the crafts and art section in Barnes and Noble today. And there was this book, waiting for me. Big Eye Art by Blonde Blythe. How could I not have this book- especially since I am obsessed with big eye dolls!?

It's on Amazon too! Here's the link:

There are 19 customer images to browse!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Inspiration and Frustration

Inspiration and Frustration
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Inspiration comes from my green vintage japanese dolly box seen in the back.

Frustration comes from the fact that I just can't seem to get their faces right. When I paint the eyes like on the box they look like aliens. I scraped off the faces 3 times!

Calling it quits for tonight. I hate calling it quits because sometimes I never come back! )c;

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Happy Summer!

Sail Boat Necklace
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Well - Thursday was my official last day of work! I do not have to go back to work until August 28th.

Please visit my Reyney Etsy shop for lot's of additions and updates.

Happy Summer! I have not a responsibility in the world.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Had some extra time today to make lot's of goodies for the shop. I was feeling bad when I got home because I absolutely suck at softball, so I had to do something to cheer myself up.

It's not that I suck at softball, because in fact I used to be very good. I can hit that ball. I can hit that ball to third base. I can catch. I can run. BUT I guess we need to change "I CAN" to "I USED TO". Argh! I can hit the ball in the batting cages. Just give me a real live team, and well, I suck.

So, let me make my jewelry and be happy. I am very proud of my Etsy shop and how well I have done in the past two years. Honestly, I think the shop sells itself. As a full time teacher, I really don't have much time to promote. All I have is a myspace account for the shop (which I rarely check) and my flickr account and my Vista Print business cards.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the past two years. My first sale was on June 2, 2006 to my dear friend Dana. My first REAL "non-friend" sale was on July 2, 2006.

So, it's just about two years that By Renee has been running! Please keep checking back all summer long - lot's of goodies goodies goodies on the way.

Hugs to you all! Especially Danielle - because she's on my softball team, and is probably my only "real-life" friend who reads this! LOL


Friday, June 20, 2008

Stop the Presses...

I currently have 0 bids on Ebay right now. I cannot remember the last time I could say that.

Perhaps my will power is coming to life. But the last day of school is shortly approaching - June 26th to be exact. 4 working days, but who's counting? Probably every teacher and student I know...

Tee Hee...

Monday, June 16, 2008

What did I buy at the Renegade Craft Fair?

Well - I always get very excited this time of year - because I get to go to the Renegade Craft Fair in Williamsburg.

Unfortunately it took us over an hour just to get on the BQE, so we weren't in the best of spirits.

It was hoooottttttt and crowded, but I made the best of it.

I bought four things for myself and a t-shirt for Bill.

1. Print by Swallowfield
2. Felt ornament by Cherry Box
3. Vintage craft straw from Cathy of California
3. Soap sampler from Biggs and Featherbelle

I wish it were more than once a year. I wish it were in May so it wouldn't be that hottttttt.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I must not try to buy every vintage doll in the world...
I must not try to buy every vintage doll in the world...
I must not try to buy every vintage doll in the world...
I must not try to buy every vintage doll in the world...
I must not try to buy every vintage doll in the world...

Tee Hee

When I was in the second grade, the student teacher punished the whole class and had us write something a thousand times. Mr. Chu was his name. Unfortunately, our teacher did not like that and yelled at him! hee hee

I don't think it's working for me now, either...

Monday, May 12, 2008

My Latest Creation

Felt Bunka
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Iit's been a while since I made anything because of my broken finger. But I just found out on Friday that the bone is completely healed. I just have to wait about 4 more months for the nerves to get better and for the tingling sensation to go away.

Please say hello to my Pretty Bunka Gal. She's still awaiting a name.

Since these dollies are so hard to get my hands on, and I love them so so so much, I decided to make my own.

Now, of course she's a little different than the traditional bunka, but I love her just the same.

A little bit of felt, stuffing, and some vintage lace! (c;

Hugs, Renee

Friday, April 25, 2008

Save the Date - July 11, 2009

Save the Date - Test 1
Originally uploaded by Reyney
Ok - so I'm really ahead of the game with our Save the Dates! Love how these turned out! I have all the parts ready. Now I just have to make 100 of them! BUT I have plenty of time!

Brown kraft tags are from barnridgeblessings on Ebay.
Stamp was made by
Vintage wedding image from
Scrapping paper, ribbon and stamps were from Michael's on Staten Island.

Yay! I am so proud of myself. It was probably cheaper to order them somewhere - but this is so much fun!

They're about 6 inches long or so, and will fit into a regular envelope, I hope!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recycled Crayons - Gifts for my students

As an art teacher, I ended up with lot's of little crayon bits and bobs this year. And from experience, I've learned that children do not like to use these. There's nothing like a brand new crayon with that beautiful point. They Crayola sharpner helps bring them back to life, but it's still never the same.

I purchased two mini muffin pans on ebay and baked them away! One is in ther shape of stars and the other just has circles.

I put them in little baggies with some sequins and added a label. I'm going to give them to all the students on their birthdays! Yay!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Finds - All On The Way

The above dollies are Ebay finds.

6 vintage chenille ornaments found on

I'm starting to plan my wedding - so I'm buying as much as I can now. Does that make any sense??? I'm sure there's some logic behind it! (c;
BTW - My finger is pretty much the same. It's still very tingly and I have not done any guitar playing. My piano playing seems ok for 9 fingers, but I lost my voice yesterday and today! So no singing either for me! (I teach art and music - so lot's of this is important to me) Fire me now!