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Visit Creative Clay Cafe in Elkhorn this Saturday, May 31

Spring is a wonderful time to head out to the local outdoor events for some fresh air and shopping. The WHISTLE STOP COUNTRY STORE will have their Shopkeeper & Friends Antique and Artisan Market on Saturday, May 31 from 9am – 4pm. I will have my clay goods as well as my enameled copper jewelry (visit: TORCHED FUSION) there. I cannot wait for this event to arrive! Hope to see you there!

Some items to consider for purchase:
YARD ART
CLAY DISHES (some with moisturizing lotion bars)
VINTAGE SNACK TRAYS (painted & paired with clay toothpick holders for appetizers)
RECIPE / NOTE HOLDERS
OTHER CLAY HOME DECOR

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Handmade on Charles Street HOSTED by Creative Clay Cafe

Handmade on Charles Street will be held Friday, May 2 – 10am-6pm and Saturday, May 3 – 9am-3pm. This event will be hosted by Creative Clay Cafe and will take place at 7746 Charles Street in Omaha.

VISIT our sister blog, FRIENDS BY DESIGN, for more information.

We will have lots of our handmade clay items as well as some of these hand-painted vintage “snack trays” that we have made into appetizer trays complete with a shot glass toothpick holder.

Tiede’s in Overton, Nebraska

Serving Dish and Little 5″ Old Bottles

If you ever have a chance to take a day trip and are interested in antiques and flea markets, you should go to Overton, Nebraska which is about 10 miles east of Lexington just off of Interstate 80. The place is called Tiede’s and it is well worth the trip!! I was on my way to join friends and work at the yearly Log Cabin Boutique at Johnson Lake and I met up with my fellow artist/craftspeople for a visit to Tiede’s. This store has TONS of glassware, books, frames, fabric, LP’s, furniture… did I mention BOOKS? I hit the jackpot when I found a copy of Johnny Cash’s Volume I Hits (LP) album. (2 bucks and in great shape!) That was my best find (among others) for the day, but I will definitely be back.

Great prices and helpful staff! Hours are not daily, so call ahead. I know they are regularly open on Saturdays. Some of the little bottles in the photo are marked “Root Beer Concentrate.” They are adorable!

Another Table Project Complete

I found this table a couple weeks ago at a garage sale and decided to make it my next painting project. So many blogs are featuring furniture re-creations… I have a whole new respect for those that do these on a regular basis! Sand-prime-design-tape-paint-paint some more–and likely a coat or two of polyurethane is now needed for the top!! I do like the final results, but it’s back to clay for me and time to gear up for those fall craft shows we all love so much… Stay tuned.

Finally… Table for Patio Finished!

Table – After (see “before” photo in our May blog post)

“After” square table for the patio. Free-hand trees are not my strongest suit, but for us in the back yard, I am happy. Found one of the paint colors at a very reduced price (.75!) at the Re-Store. It is a place to purchase inexpensive DIY project materials. (I suggest you have some idea of what you are going there for, or it can be somewhat disappointing.) Second location is set to open mid-August in Omaha on 108th & Maple. Proceeds go to raise funding for Habitat for Humanity.
I’m pretty sure fall was on my mind while I decided what to paint on this and in the selection of color. It’s been brutally hot outside! I imagine coffee on the patio sitting next to this table when things cool down.

DIY Tabletop Solar Light for the Patio


Another layered glassware project super simple! It gives great light when it gets dark on the patio. This one has an upside down green pot for the base. White dish with glued on green gems and a white candlestick adhered to the middle. The candlestick provides a great place to glue in a solar light (minus the plastic stick they all come with…) I JUST LOVE MAKING THESE!!

DIY Solar Light Project

Simple Solar Project


This is a super simple and inexpensive garden or walkway project. I used an empty wine bottle for the base to slide onto a square wood dowel (purchased at Lowe’s) and used waterproof adhesive to glue it onto a vintage china plate. The bottle was adhered after first assembling the plate to an old glass candlestick holder (which are both accented in gold). The solar light portion was easily removed from the stick that it came with and the light was glued for a snug fit into the top of the candlestick. The AA battery can still be replaced as needed since it is encased in the top “lid” part of the solar light.

I was amazed at the bright solar light that lit so nicely from this last night! The glass candlestick along with the solar light cast a nice design onto the dish, porch & sidewalk. I now have one on each side of my porch. Love these!!