My booth is spruced…my house – not so much.

I spent this dreary Friday rearranging my booth at Art Angels and making sure that my Valentine’s Day items were well-stocked and ready to rock. Here are a few shots of 2+Hue at Art Angels this morning.

 

 

For the sake of awesome display, I brought one of my vintage suitcases into my booth to house my custom made greeting cards from a previous post. Each fold-out card is handmade and comes with a heart stamped envelope for only 3 bucks!

A large glass pedestal cake platter holds a handful of my clay tags. They are a perfect way to add a sweet touch to a Valentine’s Day gift. And, the best part, they are only two bucks a piece!

If you find yourself in the area of SODO, definitely stop by Art Angels and have a gander. As for me, I will take advantage of this gloomy weather to clean my house which has been terribly neglected as I worked day and night on getting 2+Hue squared away.

Cards and tea towels and furniture, oh my!

So, I have been more than a little busy lately. In addition to creating a couple of new lines of tea towels, I was asked to make a slew of custom cards for Valentine’s Day. I was happy to oblige, considering my obsession affinity for all things doily. Rather than going all-out traditional red and pink, I chose a sophisticated grey cardstock with a white doily accent. A sweet “Love you so!” stamp completes the card and a small heart stamp makes the envelope that much cooler.

I will be burning the midnight oil making sure that the cards will be available in my booth at Art Angels beginning on Friday, January 27.

Brand Spanking New Valentine’s Day Tea Towels

Fresh off the press, here are the two options in 2+Hue’s Valentine’s Day tea towel collection:

 

‘Love is sweet.’ and ‘You’re my cup of tea.’ Simply stated, vintage, and lovely. Both of these designs will be available in my booth at Art Angels by mid-week. I try to check on my space at least twice a week; however, If you find yourself in the shop and are unable to locate the particular design that you are looking for, feel free to email me and I will make sure to restock so that you can get your hands on what makes your heart sing.

A tea towel for the birthday girl…

I was asked recently (and by recently I mean yesterday) to design a mini-line of 6-7 tea towels specifically for birthdays. Being never able to sit still, I cheerfully agreed to whip up a few samples. I had some guidelines to adhere to as far as requested graphics and wording but the end result was at my discretion. Here is a sneak peek at the first three towels in my seriously brand-new birthday line:

  

There you have it; three down, four to go. I will be headed to Art Angels on Friday morning to do a little rearranging in my booth and I will include several of these birthday towels in my collection already available for sale. Speaking of rearranging, due to the fact that I am, shall I say spatially challenged in my booth, I will be swapping out the aqua dresser that is currently taking up landscape and replacing it with the newly-refinished antique white dresser from one post ago. I will also be hanging a Mason jar single drop pendant light in the booth. This light is a swag that does not need to be hard wired to the ceiling for all those – like myself – who would rather not electrocute themselves in the name of fabulous interior design. I am so excited to change things up and if you find yourself driving down South Orange Avenue in the vicinity of, say 5515, stop by and say hi. I’ll be the one fretting about the minute details in the 2+Hue booth.

So long, pink dresser, hello booth redo!

Well, the pink French Provincial dresser lasted all of 48 hours at Art Angels. I understand that it went to live with a trio of young girls – how perfect! So, Mr. Hue and I loaded up the lovely aqua dresser and the newly-refinished antique twin head and footboard into the truck and made the trip to SODO.

 

So, in addition to my staple furniture pieces, I have been able to tap into my creativity on a smaller scale and repurpose these Mason jars into a triple pendant bar. And, yes, they really do work. All you need is some power and three bulbs!

There are even antique ‘Ball Blue’ jars that became part of a fabulous lighting fixture.

And just a couple more shots for good measure…

 

My Art Angels Home…

Today was filled with shoving a ton of coolness into my new space at Art Angels. Unfortunately, not everything fit so I will be rotating stock frequently. I am so excited to share with you my brand new digs. Here are some shots of 2+Hue’s booth. *If you are super detail oriented like myself, feel free to click on each image for a better view.

   

 

  

  

 

Art Angels is located at: 5515 South Orange Ave, Orlando, just three miles south of SODO. Their hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 10:30-6 and Saturdays 11-4.

Sneak Peek at Tea Towel Awesomeness…

Here I sit, two days and counting until the {actual} move-in day at Art Angels and my house is bursting at the seams with with items destined for the 2+Hue booth. Among the bounty are: my entire line of vintage tea towels ($8) – ten different designs and counting , handmade clay magnets ($4), handmade clay tags ($2), various antiques, tons of amazing repurposed lighting and a few other surprises up my sleeve. I will be there tomorrow getting the walls ready since the existing exposed pegboard is not really my bag. I will have an entire post devoted to the pics of my booth coming up on Sunday so definitely stay tuned. And, if you are in the SODO area tomorrow or Saturday, be sure to stop by and holla at me. I’ll be the one frantically double sided taping torn book pages to craft paper and squeezing a truckload of coolness into a 4×6 foot space.

As for my line of tea towels, well, there’s a story there…

It hit me as I was nearly destroying totally rocking Christmas dinner that I had a bevy of personal kitchen disaster stories to share with the world. So, fresh from the vault o’ shame came seven actual Kitchen catastrophes which I have created. All of the towels in this particular line will feature the same vintage flatware graphic with simple text as seen below.

My culinary missteps include:

Kitchen catastrophe #26:

That moment, about 45 minutes into baking a lasagna, when you realize that you forgot to add the ricotta.

 Kitchen catastrophe #18:

That moment you figure out that you were supposed to drain the water from the macaroni before adding the cheese and butter.

 Kitchen catastrophe #4:

That moment you peek into the oven and realize that you definitely should have used wooden toothpicks instead of the now-melted plastic ones to bake bacon wrapped scallops.

 Kitchen catastrophe #19:

That moment you pull the brownie bricks out of the oven and realize that you forgot to add water to the mix.

 Kitchen catastrophe #2:

That moment when your mother-in-law hands you a cookbook full of four ingredient recipes and wishes you (and the rest of the family) the best.

 Kitchen catastrophe #12:

That moment you realize that ‘rolling boil’ and geyser-like, stove destroying ‘boil over’ are, actually, not one and the same.

 Kitchen catastrophe #7:

That moment you realize that pre-wrapped cheese singles are, unfortunately, not an acceptable substitute for grated cheddar.

I figured that I cannot be the only girl who has made herself look less than intelligent in the kitchen…

Right?

Seriously, I’m not the only one, right?

Graphic Flour Sack Tea Towels ~ Made by 2+Hue!

  

Now, I love vintage and antique items in their pure forms; but, sometimes, they could use a little punch of personality. While in Alabama, I discovered my love of vintage tea towels. One day, I decided to take a few of these babies and add even more character to them. Before I knew it, I was cranking out towel after towel of humor and style. Above are just two of the designs in my collection. One is an homage to fearless women and the other acknowledges my general lack of cooking skills. Don’t you just love ’em?

And, not to be outdone by the towels, I also created a line of home decor using vintage metal embroidery hoops. Here is one of the designs in that collection.

I dug back into my childhood days of embroidery to whip up this little number. Vintage bike and ‘wanderlust’, sounds a bit familiar!

Yep, I’m still around!

With Christmas quickly approaching, I have put the brakes on 2+Hue for a couple of weeks. I have been wrapping up all of my custom pieces and getting my own children and home ready for the festivities. I am looking into branching out even further in early 2012 so check back in January for the best place to find my pieces! Until then, I wanted to share with you one of my latest creations:

Is she not lovely? This was an antique crystal decanter that Mr. 2+Hue and I found while thrift store shopping in college several years ago. I had not found a place for her yet so, on Sunday, I decided that she would be beautiful as the lighting in our dining room.  Here is a shot of her in the dark:

I plan on making more of these custom pendants (along with an absolute slew of other creations) available for sale beginning in January. I wish all of you a peaceful holiday season with you and your family and I look forward to meeting many of you next year!

Until then,

Sarah