Doodley Doo - Why Don't You?

Morning! Oh my it's really not morning at all!
In fact I believe it is past 1 in the afternoon
I guess that's what happens to you when you take
a strong pain killer at 2 in the morning
this post was suppose to be sent out yesterday
but as I was under the weather
and then the weather its self made me frightful
to keep my computer on
I am just now getting around to it :(

You may notice that I've been working on my blog
not 100% finished yet
I do apologize that its loading slower than before
but I am really happy with the look I created :)
I'm curious - if it is translating properly for
Internet Explorer users?

This post is to invite all my artist pals
to join me in a little project I started to help myself
be more diligent in creating art on a regular basis.
The idea is really simple
Each Monday a new topic will appear at the top of my right sidebar
This weeks topic is friendship
(Click on the "Doodleu Doo" tab above this post
for all the topics this month?

The idea is to use the topic as a starting point to create from
You can create in any media, and your work can be at any level of completion
from a rough sketch in your sketchbook - to a finished illustration
If you would like to join in
simple add your work to the Doodley Doo Flickr group or e-mail me
There is no pressure. Play along one week and skip the next
work ahead or even work behind
I just hope a few of you will join
because it will make this a whole lot more fun!
I've made an HTML grab button for your blogs
if you would like to share that you are participating

Every Monday I will post my weeks work and perhaps maybe even yours :)
Well I best be off to start my day

~ Chelsea Ann

Summer Frills

I am quite late in sharing this very exciting news...
my work was published in this Summer's Altered Couture

As I love fashion it seems fitting in some ways
that this would be my first appearance in a publication
yet I don't sew a lick and this has pretty much been my one and only
altered fashion experiment

I did find it amusing that they "altered" my piece
by taking the ribbons off the brooch
I wonder why? hmmmm

It was a very unreal and exciting honor for me
and I hope it will be just the first of many ^^

So now that Summer is finally here
I am excited to adventure outdoors and find great places
to photograph my Project Dress Up looks

I'm working on a collection of photo-shoots at the moment to showcase
my Yoyo Headbands
I was lucky enough to have two photographers for this shoot
but in a matter of 5 minutes I was eaten alive by mosquitoes
this shot was accidental - I was either itching or slapping at a pesky squeter
I'm not sure if I was ill that night from the bites or my dinner
but either way it was quite unpleasant :(

These were taken at the Black Canyon Dam
would be such a pretty place to have a wedding
Yesterday was our 3rd Anniversary!
Unfortunately Jim was off on a business trip

I was just reflecting this morning on how much I love our new life in Idaho
It's been such a good change for both Jim and I
My anxiety is so much better
and Jim is - well he is so much more the young man I fell in love
with almost 7 years ago
City life was just not for us
nor was all the rain!
I hope you all have the courage to follow your hearts
if you feel like you just don't belong where you are

P.S. My blog may or may not be under a bit of construction in the days to follow

The Cherry Festival

Hi Everyone!
First off omg you are all the best blogging community of peeps ever!
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes!!! You made my day :)

Last Saturday was the end of a long four day festival
in the town I now call home
Why they have continued the cherry festival is beyond me
there is not a cherry orchard to be found in this small little valley
my grandmother said when she was a young girl
the valley was just thick with orchards
the locals I spoke to when we first moved here all implied that the
festival is a bit of a joke... with all the cherries being imported in for the event
but in a small town like Emmett this is the highlight of the year
and it was pretty fun
all the tradition fun of a small town fair without the rodeo
(which in my opinion the rodeo is the best part of the fair.)
The best part of the festival were all the great folks I met
and maybe even a few new friends ^^
but I don't think I'll set up a booth next year
the demographic was either too afraid to enter my little pink bubble
or between spending all their money on sweet carny foods and the rides
they were simple max-d out

I'm really happy with how my booth displays turned out
as I haven't had a job in a while I had to think outside of the box
and turn rarely used household items into one of a kind display pieces

I couldn't accomplish even half of my hair-brain ideas if it wasn't for my hubby
I always think things are going to be really simple
but I'm pretty much always wrong
but the sweet guy sticks by me and sees the projects through :)
How to display the headbands was the biggest challenge
they are so top heavy and well honestly who really
has ever seen a great headband display?
So I am so dang proud of - it was pretty simple too
Just two large estate sale frames, some plastic coated chicken wire,
spray paint, and tiny cloths line clips
Sorry I forgot to get a picture of it
but you can see it in a bunch of the pictures

I purchased this blanket stand from Ikea last year but really never used it
a few eye hooks and bracing and wha-laa
I started off by hanging my cards on the lower portions
but later switched it too more headbands

This plastic holder was given to me by a doctor who was moving his practice
I truly lucked out that the size of my items fit perfectly!

I really can't say enough on the subject of spray paint
before you throw something out
try giving it a fresh new color!

These crowns ended up being a total flop
but then again when I just started giving them away
it made me smile from ear to ear to see the happiness it brought to others

I think I will work on making templates to share online :)

While I didn't make very many sales
it sure was overwhelmingly special to see my work on beautiful girls
and to see their eyes light up when they tried on my headbands

This little girl stopped by twice
she knew instantly which headband she wanted
oh my goodness isn't she the cutest most adorable little girl ever!!!?

a few times a group of girls would come in who just got me
or I got them! It was fun to share in their excitement
I guess in a small town everything is always the same
and I would imagine year to year not much of anything truly unique come through
but watch out Emmett - this gal isn't afraid to be different! ^^

Doesn't this girl have the most rock'n hair for my headbands?

She was wearing a mickey mouse t-shirt
so well I instantly loved her -haha!

I wish I had taken self pics each day
but for some reason it slipped my mind and I only got the last two days

Hubby agreed to buy me a cowboy hat at the fair
but I think he thought I wanted a "real" hat and not a $6 carny hat
but I knew it would be perfect for my Cherry Rodeo Princess look

The last day was my Cherry Merry Muffin look
oh how I love any reason to dress up
haha not that I really need a reason :)

My Aunt who shared the booth space with me
rocked a kilt the last day!
We were quite a pair :)

I'll be adding tuns and tuns of new items to my etsy shop this week
but for now my house and lawn are in desperate need of my attention :(

The Big 2Five!

Well the big 25 has finally rolled around
wow! Time just keeps speeding by
the older I get the faster it goes
not sure how that works!?
The day has started out quite to my liking
can you say SPOILED?!
Because I can!!!
My parents got me the small Shark Steamer
I already have the mop and it Rocks!
They also are recording there entire Disney collection for me!!!
That is like 50 movies that I can click and play!!!!
Jim got me a Record player for my 33s! YEAH!!!
& Tonight we are having cake and beer with some new friends :)
A very Happy Day indeed! YEAH :)

Make sure you stop by
for a really insightful interview
with Linnette of Paper Glitter
She is adorable - just like her creations
She creates the sweetest kawaii b-day kits
some of which you can grab for FREE!

Digi Kits from the usual suspects!
and a bit of lil' ol' me :)

A Room To Build A Dream On

I can't explain the way I felt
when we pulled up to our rental in Idaho
Our place in Portland was so modest in sizes
no closets, scary steep stairs,
and not even a proper place to put the fridge
haha no wonder we haven't found a renter
but I loved it! It was so cozy and charming
Our new place is quite different
the closets alone could amount to half of our Portland home.
From the road it looks like a giant castle-
it's huge! So much so that I can't fill the rooms!
The living room and master bedroom are entirely empty
It seemed more fitting to put our small miss matching
bedroom set in the guest room
and if we stay long enough and our wallets expand
the Master Bedroom would be ready to fill
when and if the time comes
same goes with the living room
so in the mean time I dream of how they might come together
here are a few pieces and ideas for my bedroom
***I'm thinking cottage cozy with a touch of whimsy***
of coarse the reality of purchasing new furniture
will not be so glamourous.
More like a Costco deal we just can't pass up
oh-well maybe someday I can afford luxurious sheets and a Thonet bed
(Click on images for sources)

P.S. The little mirror giveaway
goes to Julie of Splendidly Sweet

Happy Weekend!

Picking Apples

Just a quick little post
after 6 days on the road
(haha my mind just went country)
Love Sawyer Brown! they put on one great concert :)
anywho tuns of laundry and such what to catch up on
but I do have a little giveaway!
My last contribution to Lollishops Spring Design Team
The supplies for this challenge came from gumball vintage
If you win you will receive the vintage card mirror and decorated box
All you have to do is leave a comment
and friday I will draw a winner :)