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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cream Puff Disaster and Cute Valentine Tutorial

Oh I knew you would click on that title!  :) Given your delight in reading about embarrassing stories I thought I would share my recent Long Beach Flea Market adventures. I also have a fantastically cute tutorial for you at the end of the post too.

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Andrea and I began our day last Sunday at 3:3o am. By 6:30 our simple booth had been transformed into a sea of pink frothy loveliness. Soon after we received a visit from Kymberley Fraser of 3 Fine Grains. The delightful Mrs. Fraser’s designs can be found in a lovely store to adore, A Beautiful Mess, which is located just outside of Malibu. The store was recently profiled by the New York Times in their Home and Garden section. She runs this fantastically unique store with the ever inspiring Junk Girls.

Over the course of the day the temperature grew warmer and warmer. I saw a lovely sprite of a lady pushing a wonderful oak cabinet through the crowded aisle. I imagine the last thing she wanted was to be stopped. But I piped up “Excuse me, are you Miss Emily?” A ray of sunshine crossed her face. "Yes, I am.” I invited her into the booth for a refreshing glass of pink French lemonade and she accepted.  My hands were shaking horribly as I poured her beverage. For it was this EMILY!

I was oh so ecstatic when Mrs. Henderson won the most recent competition of HGTV’s Design Star. Sometimes nice (and very talented) girls DO finish first! Here is a quote from Ms. Emily’s blog
“I believe strongly there is always a time and place for fresh flowers, and that nothing is more important than simply being nice to every person, every day.”
You may know that I feel kindness does count and manners matter. This lovely woman has both in spades. And I am NOT just saying that because she graciously gave us a shout out on her blog. (SQUEAL!) Her new show, Secrets From A Stylist, will begin soon this spring. I will keep you posted as it will be one to watch.

Emily Henderson Secrets From A Stylist Behind The Scenes Photos HGTV Design Star

Not a minute after she left I was still reveling in my bliss when I said a verbal faux pas along the lines of “Well, that makes up for Eddie not coming by.” (When will I learn to keep my trap shut?":) Low and behold at that moment Eddie’s dear friend and amazing designer, Amy Meier, was in our booth. You may recognize Mrs. Meier’s tremendous design work from recent articles in both B H & G and Woman’s Day. She has clearly mastered incorporating line, texture and color (the best elements) into her designs. A true talent, I imagine we will be seeing much more of her in the future.  (The following image is one of my personal favorites showcasing her talents.)

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I somehow redeemed myself  by revealing to Amy that we had prepared a large basket full of Metis goodness in the hopes that Jaithan and Eddie would stop by. Amy graciously called Jaithan who was indeed at the flea market. Due to scheduling Mr. Ross had to remain on the East Coast, but the ever so dashing and handsome Mr. Kochar stopped by for a visit accompanied by his lovely mother.

In the excited bustle one of Andrea’s yummy cream puffs jumped off of the tray and onto the floor. I then proceeded to step on it and somehow all of its chocolaty center sprayed onto the front of my pant leg. While I tried to discreetly clean my jeans I just had to laugh and thank the good Lord for keeping me humble. Afterwards Andrea said it was probably a good thing Eddie hadn’t shown up as I probably would have peed my pants, versus just cream puffing them. I have to agree. Let it be known that when I am excited, I am quite enthusiastic in sharing my joy. All of the star studded images will be on the Metis blog along with our booth shots by Monday. 

Now onto the tutorial. I adore Valentine’s day and this project is one of my favorites this season. The inspiration came from Lori Marie of  Pretty Little Things and the ever popular Christmas cracker. Here is the supply list:

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TP rolls (What will I do when they are finally gone?)
Acrylic paint/brushes (I used Craft smart Espresso, Anita’s Tomato Red and Apple Barrel White ~plus a bit of mixing of the two to create pink)
Egg carton  (Wooden craft discs might also work well.)
Cardstock printed with the words “I Pine for You!”
Heart shaped paper punch
Rayon seam binding in Valentine colors
Vintage spun cotton mushrooms, faux birds, bugs and flowers.
Various small bits of bliss~toys and candy~ wrapped in paper shred to fill the empty tube.

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Paint the tp rolls and cut egg carton cups in various shades of Valentine colors. Let dry. In a complimentary color paint a faux bois (fake wood) image onto the tp roll and tree rings inside the egg cups.

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Take an egg cup, add a bit of glue and seal the end with crazy psychedelic happiness.

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Turn over the tube and add goodies and paper shred to the empty roll. Then, add another crazy cup (without glue) to close.

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Slide the printed paper punched heart onto the ribbon and tie around the center of the roll. Glue on the mushrooms or other bits of bliss to finish.

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Remember to share the love.

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I will keep adding all of the creations shown each week to the grand giveaway pile. Two more projects will be revealed next Friday and the Valentine giveaway will be held on February 4th.

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Who or what do you “PINE” for?
Linking to:


jeanette from everton terrace said...

You sassy girl! I saw the title and thought no way is that Mrs. Gunn's blog title :)
I would have cream puffed my pants for sure. So super exciting for you both, grinning from ear to ear over here (couldn't resist the rhyme). I'm pining for my sweet husband as always, and Nutella of course.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOODINESS!! Sounds like you had an AMAZING weekend and a funny one too with the pants story! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE those pine treats!! Soooooooooo cute! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Terri said...

LOL, I PINE for your life! How cool to meet such inspiring people! Love it!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

But of course we were going to click on that title, Laura! What kind of bloggers would we be if we didn't???

This was a great story, and I'm just glad that naughty cream puff didn't fall on the thigh or somewhere more noticeable like the... well, you know. LOL! At least you could speak afterwards. I have a tendency to become catatonic, particularly in the presence of my crushes.

Glad you got to meet these fun bloggers, and I will be sure to check out the links. Eddie and Jaithan I know from their blog and others' blogs (love them!), but I will be sure and visit Ms. Emily's blog as well as Andrea's. Thanks for the heads up and for the laugh!

And next time? Serve cheese straws, and you won't have any trouble. ;-)



Karen said...

I gasped and laughed, what a great story! I can so imagine it all going down. Emily is my favorite and I am so jealous you got to meet her!My daughter Katharine and I just adore her and rooted all the way for her. Don't you love her "voice" in her blog! Thanks for making me laugh and I want to try the the faux bois cracker, it's adorable. Hugs

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That was funny, what fun to have all of those brushes with stardom!! It's not what you know, it's who you know! what great people to connect with!!


Blondie's Journal said...

I had to laugh during this entire really are funny, Laura. I think I would have done the same thing and then sat in a corner for the day!!

How nice to meet the celebrities in the design world! I love Emily! And I would love to meet Eddie! What fun!

Love the pine treats {I couldn't find the name!}. Wonderful tutorial!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great story, Laura! I hope you got a picture with Miss Emily! Fun project ~ perfect for Valentine's Day.

Linda said...

You live such an exciting life!!! What fun :) Loved reading your story and the craft at the end is marvelous.


Miss Sandy said...

Oh my goodness how great was that to meet Emily? I adore her design sense and she seems to have a down to earth personality. Glad you did not slip on the cream puff and do a fanny plant in front of your illustrious guests ;c)

Happy Weekend!

AshTreeCottage said...

Love, love, love all of these inspirational pics and ideas!

Susan and Bentley

Mary Catherine said...

Wow, oh, wow! That is so exciting that you go to meet both Emily and Jaithan! I too get enthusiastic about seeing people, so I can only imagine what would have happended if I were in your shoes!

Happy weekend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, what a funny story and sounds like such a fun time. I can't wait to hear more about it tomorrow. See you then. Hugs, Marty

ImagiMeri said...

Hi Laura,

How lucky you are to meet miss Emily! I watch HGTV constantly (24/7)and Design Star is one of my favorite programs. I didn't care for this years format though, but a true designer was still the winner. The toilet paper tube tutorial is so cute. I've never seen this before, so kudos for showing me something new. The idea of the shadowbox class never materialized, but now I would like to host a Arizona bloggers potluck luncheon with a make and take. How does that idea sound? Have a great day!


Teresa said...

Apllying to be your best blogger friend ever, here... no way I was going to click in such embarassing title ;). But then "Flea Market Adventures" kept bliking in orange neon "teresa Teresa TERESA TERESAAAAAA" and I couldn't hold any more.
Glad I did as it put a smile that crosses the Atlantic :). Lovely people, gorgeous stuff, a quote that is a mantra and the privilege to witness such a great day (minus the cream puff ;) - I'm still your bbf and if a giggle escape you must blame those sinful pastries you know I can't resist).
Wishing you a happy, joyful and Sunny Weekend.

Whimsey Creations said...

Honey I pine for one of those cream puffs! LOLOLOL What a cute cracker idea - I never though about egg cups for the ends. I'm going to have to bookmark this one. Thanks!

eddieross said...


Of course, had I been able to make it out to Long Beach last week, I would have most definitely stopped by your beautiful booth--shoppers in tow! From what Jaithan, his mother and our friend Amy told me, you and Andrea were the nicest, most gracious hosts around! Thank you for the beautiful gifts as well! I especially love the antique linen with my monogram! THANK YOU! Looking forward to seeing you on our next trip!


LUCKY 7 DESIGN said...

You lucky lady you got to meet Emily and Jaithan...I love Eddie too. What a great day for you! The project is adorable and I save the rolls as I use them for my home accessory line. Thanks for sharing your fabulous day!

French said...

hahahaha I am rolling with laughter and must post the pics as proof of said meetings! It was all tooo much fun....

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OOOOH Laura!
That is just amazing! What a neat trip and meeting those talented people, you go girl!
And your tutorial is as cute as can be!
It was so nice to see you in AZ. and I hope to see you next time I'm there!
P.S. I sure loved your outfit too!

Dawna said...

Sounds like you had a great week end....cream puff and all!! Have a wonderful week end :)

Kathysue said...

What a fun post and what an amazing weekend. I have had the pleasure of meeting Eddie and Jaithan and aren't they just the most endearing young me and the talent between the two of them is beyond amazing. What a fun weekend, Love Amy Meier!!! You are one blessed lady to have so much fun in one weekend. Hope this weekend is just as much fun!! Kathysue,by the way love your blog!!

Jerri said...

Lovely post! And a really cute project!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I definitely have to make one of those to send to my daughter at college. (I've started hoarding my TP rolls!)

I'm glad you and Andrea had such a fun day, cream puffed pants & all!

Shirley said...

Special days always send me flying high too! A day you will recall many years from now! Hope you were able to have one of those delish looking cream puffs (beside wearing one).
On another note my husband so enjoy your Wednesday postings. I just had to show him. He loves all the cars, coaches, and carriages. He will be peeking in on Wednesdays too!
Have a great day,

the cape on the corner said...

what a funny story, and way to be positive about that. i know it would not have been the way i would think about it...and how wonderful to meet emily!

i love faux bois, so i love that craft. adorable!

The Boston Lady said...

You received a comment from Eddie! You received a comment from Eddie! Now along with all the fun and hardwork, that in itself is worth getting cream-puffed!

And I pine for the day when I can attend one of these events and surprise you at your booth! Then your cream puffs will really explode! Ann

Bettyann said...

That's what I like about you Laura, you don't take yourself too the i pine for you goodies...thanks for sharing...if the cream puff had landed on me I would have gained weight lol

Marydon said...

Laura, I just love coming over to enjoy your writes, moments & events ... you have such a 'way' in writing & are so refreshing, my friend ... but I won't forgive you for not bringing me those pastries, chuckle!!
What a wonderful trip you've had ... anxious to hear more & see more of it all.

Have a beautiful weekend ~
Hugs & love, Marydon

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

This is fantastic, you are so fun! I love love love your craft!! Your tutorial is great. Co grata to Emily it is wonderful when good talented people come out ahead! Thanks for leaving me such a nice are so sweet.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Laura- What a great day you had! I am laughing over the cream puff! I headed over to Amy's blog and she is just wonderful. Thanks for the pointer!

I am a big fan of Emily H and her dead-on and varied sense of style. So nice you got to meet her! I saw her first show and it was great, can't wait for the second!


Linda M. said...

Hello Laura, Thanks for stopping by my Pink Saturday post to say hello and invite me over. Thanks too for the cute tutorial, and to think I've been throwing my tp rolls out! You've reformed me. Have a wonderful week

Alexis said...

I love it! and that Pun is right up my alley.

Kit said...

Oooo, I just love this craft! I want to see more too. Your story had me laughing and just imaginging you and the cream puff.....LOL You floor me! Kit

IPOHC said...

OMGosh! These are adorable! "I pine for you!" I {Heart} Valentine puns so much! Thanks again for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower!


Kathy said...

How wonderful! I always enjoy reading your posts - you're terrific

CareyAnn said...

Thanks for the nice comments you left. Your post was fun to read and your pics were eye candy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Privet and Holly said...

I just LOVE
Emily's style
and am excited
to see that HGTV
went further than
the first pilot
for her show ~
hooray! Sounds like
you had a star-studded
day at the FLEA : )
Hopping over to Metis,
now, to see what is
xx Suzanne

LV said...

What a wonderful showing of the pinks. I loved your blog and all the great things you featured in pink.

Genie said...

Laura...Thanks for the great tutorial and for your visit to my Buttons for Baga blog. I was going to start the “I Pine for You” today, but apparently had thrown out all of the TP rolls I had ben saving...darnit! It is going to have to wit a few days and then i will begin.

Marydon said...

G'morn, sweet Laura ~ DETAILS! DETAILS! I'd sure try, trust you I'd try ... you just melt my heart, sweet friend.
Hugs & love, Marydon

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Laura Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share you have posted. I can just see you know, trying your best to clean that stain. Still the excitement of Emily. Oh what a treasure. I know you had the BEST time ever though.

I am so tickled that you can laugh about it today. Sometimes it's hard to do that.

Excited to hear about a tea luncheon, but I probably will not be able to make it. Most of the get togethers that you all celebrate with are during the week, and unfortunately I am unable to make most of those. I work 10-12 hour days and this is a busy time of year for me at work, so I really can't take off. We'll see. Thank you for the update though.

Long week of training, exhausted this weekend, my plans for today are washing and relaxing and doing nothing that takes thought. I have no thoughts this weekend.

Many hugs sweet one. You remain in my prayer for what this year will bring to you and the family. I pray you keep me posted sweet one. Thank you for being so kind. It greatly touched my heart. Love, Sherry

Lisa said...

I still pine for the Long Beach antique show!
My girlfriend Becky and I were always among the early birds and we always seemed to race along with Terri Garr & Diane Keaton to a most fabulous booth in the back.
I live in Lexington now and am surrounded by some of the best antique dealers in the region but like I said, my heart still pines for Long Beach!
I had to laugh at your story. I would have said the same thing and made a mess out of myself too. Sounds like you are such a great gal though that all is taken in stride.
Oh, before I more thing. I am so happy for Kymberly! I won one of her beautiful pillows via Willow Decor & Kym called and we had the nicest visit.
It's great to see her hard work paying off!
Love your blog!

luluslovlies said...

Laura, Where in Long Beach were you? The antique swap meet at Vet's stadium?? I live close by and could have stopped by to see you! If not where were you in LB I could have come by, Hugs Marilou

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

I loved this post! You are so funny. I adore the way you keep things real. Sounds like you had an exciting day.
The Valentine treats are so cute!

TRay said...

SO, SO FUNNY, my Pod!

Love the craft, too!

your Pea

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Sounds like a day to remember!!! ;) Cute little craft too!

bj said...

ooo, I am so in love with this entire post...EVERYthing!!
I dream of owning some of those beautiful pillows...
alll the pretty.

Mary Ellen said...

Laura it was so much fun getting to meet you in person on Saturday!! What a lovely lady you are!

We were traveling when you put this post up so I didn't get to see your cute Valentine treats! They turned out just darling!!

So wish I could be there when you guys get together again- you ladies are just a blast!

bee blessed

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

What a grand time you had! The cream puffs (the ones that stayed on the table;)) look divine. You were so funny with your jeans story--I hate to be forced to deal with humility...! Hugs, Kim

Sandy Ang said...

How absolutely darling! And thanks for the tutorial. I'm pineing for hersey kisses right now.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

You are so cute. and funny. Any plans in the future for you and the amazing Andrea will do the Irvine market???xo

Counting Your Blessings said...

Wow - what a great show! How fun that you got to see everyone. And your tutorial is darling!! Thank you for sharing it with us. Hope your Valentines is super sweet!

Blessings... Polly
Counting Your Blessings & French Cupboard

itmom said...

We loved your tutorial SO MUCH we featured it in our Valentines themed Tutorial Tuesday. Keep the crafty genius coming!! :)