We had a drawing entry at the grand opening event. The three winners chosen at random are: FAE HOLIN, JANE ENGLUND, KATHY DREIER
Your bags are waiting for you at the shop – they are filled with Upsy-Daisy jewelry, St. Croix candles, Two Sister lip balm and more.
Grand Opening Event – November 7, 2013
Thank you to everyone who made it to our grand opening event. What a fun night. Downtown White Bear Lake was so festive, the wine was ready and excitement filled the air! Here are a few pics from the night:
BRICK & MORTAR – ANNOUNCEMENT – Sept. 26, 2013
Upsy-Daisy will soon be in a brick/mortar shop! *** Grand Opening: November 7, 2013 5-9 pm *** Location: 2176 3rd Street, White Bear Lake *** Please join us as we celebrate and watch our Facebook page for additional sale dates and to watch progress as work on pulling the shop together!
More on JUNK BONANZA’s Art of Junk – Sept. 26, 2013
Check out this segment on Fox9News this morning. They are in the Art of Junk area, where Upsy-Daisy’s “Clara Bow” necklace is on display with the other finalists. http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/23538200/ma-finds-junk-bonanza#.UkTkwbrSAY0.facebook
JUNK BONANZA OR BUST! Sept. 26-28, 2013
Junkers unite at Ki Nassauer’s Junk Bonanza!! “The twice-a-year Bonanza provides a gathering spot for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, beautiful antiques, and one-of-a-kind and artisan-repurposed pieces. The three-day, indoor events each offer best-of shopping experiences and a day of hourly cash coupon giveaways, drawings and special appearances.”
We saw so many familiar faces, vendors, friends, customers and made new friends too! If you weren’t able to make it – save the dates for the Spring Event: April 10-12, 2014. Junk Bonanza
The ART OF JUNK – FINALIST!! Sept. 26, 2013
I am absolutely elated that the Upsy-Daisy piece I entered into Junk Bonanza’s The Art of Junk was chosen as one of the contests 14 finalists! ”Clara Bow” is a multi-layered piece of mixed metals, vintage brass filigree/stampings, wire-wrapped crystals and a vintage rhinestone finding as the focal.
Mama’s Artisan Market (September 12-14th)
Mama’s Happy in Independence, MN
June 24, 2013
Winner Announcement: Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveaway
We are excited to announce the winner of the Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveway is: Mara Larson!
Thank you for all who particiapted. We are a word-of-mouth business; therefore we appreciate every comment or shared picture that you post on your facebook page! It helps us tremendously!
Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveaway -
We are giving away a beautiful piece to show your patriotic spirit – just in time for the 4th of July!! The focal is a WWII era button!
—–How to Enter—– Simply *LIKE* the Upsy-Daisy facebook page *AND SHARE* the jewelry giveaway photo (seen above) on your wall, leaving a comment about Upsy-Daisy Jewelry. (facebook search for Upsy-Daisy = “UpsyDaisy.Treasures”)
—–Winner Will Be Announced—– Monday, June 24 at 11:00am CST.
June 5, 2013
Where to Find Upsy-Daisy:
I am often asked where Upsy-Daisy pieces can be found. Here are a few ways:
* Mama’s Happy Occassional Shop – 7888 CR 6, Independence, MN
* Piccadilly Prairie - 5014 Xerxes Ave S Minneapolis, MN
* Home Trunk Shows – These are fun, relaxed events. Gather a bunch of ladies for happy hour and I will set up an Upsy-Daisy display. Girls get to try on and go home with their favorites!
* Contact me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
* My shop on etsy.com: (Search as “UpsyDaisyJewelry”)
* Upcoming 2013 (scheduled) Events:
—–Mama’s Artisan Market—–September 12-14th
—–Rusty Iron Ranch Junk Market—–October 4-5
New Spring 2013 Bracelets!
In MN we embrace our warm season because it doesn’t last very long. This year we are still waiting for it to arrive! I cannot wait to sit out on a restaurant patio and enjoy the company of friends, maybe even a glass of wine…AND…just to enhance the experience, how about a little eye candy on your wrist (of the hand holding that glass of wine) sparkling as the rays of sun touch it! Now, if the sun would just PLEASE come out!
Memorial Day Weekend 2013
The Olde Depot Junktion – Brainerd, MN
Clare and I had a FANTASTIC time up at The Olde Depot JUNKtion. So many great vendors and loved meeting new customers! Thank you to all who came and said “HI” to us. We loved visiting with you!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Old Funnel Christmas Tree
Okay – here’s a project for you that is quick, easy and non-messy! I think we’d all agree that the best projects are those that require little to no clean up…and this is that project!
I collected old tin funnels as I would see them at flea/junk markets.
They typically run $2 – $ 5 a funnel. (If you find a vendor selling more than one – don’t forget to make a deal for the bunch.)
I stacked them on top of an old lamp base and VOILA – an adorable rustic Christmas tree!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cookie Cutter Ornaments
While my husband (and his dudes) were busy cutting down sad looking trees in the backyard yesterday, I was nice and cozy indoors prepping for Christmas.
I have been collecting old holiday cookie cutters over the past year from various flea markets and antique shows. They average about $2 a piece these days – but occasionally I get lucky with vendors willing to make a deal when I am purchasing multiple items.
With some Christmas carol music sheets, jewelry parts that don’t fit my Upsy-Daisy needs, and some crystal glitter I was able to transform these old cookie cutters into super cute ornaments that capture the spirit of the season.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving – nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was the brainchild of American Express; created as a way to encourage holiday shoppers to support those small businesses who work tiressly to serve them and their community. I hope you were able to get out and “shop small” today, I know I did.
I took a trip out to Independence, MN and called on Mama’s Happy. I love this shop! The mamas are all so talented and creative – and MAN do they work hard! When inventory starts to run low in the shop – just know they are in their workshops working away to replenesh their inventory!
This is such a great time of year to visit occasional shops. Holiday music was playing, fresh greenery was abundant and the smell of pine filled the shop – so FESTIVE!
Below are some pictures – hopefully will bring you inspiration as you finish your holiday decorating. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
THIS to THAT Thursday!
Vintage Brass Dresser Pull
I am drawn to brass – when I am scanning antique fair booths – brass items typically catches my eye. This piece was no exception – it was screaming for me. I am in love with the honey, buttery hue of this antique dresser drawer pull. So scrumptious. Seriously – it makes my mouth water! Can you imagine how gorgeous it must have been on the piece of furniture it once adorned…like a piece of jewelry. Speaking of which I couldn’t wait to turn this piece into something spectacular. And here you have it…Enjoy!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
For the Bride….
I try to incorporte “something old, something new and something blue” into all bridal jewlery.” The vintage pieces give brides more feelings of romance.
Friday, October 12, 2012
I am so excited for the weekend. I will be spending my down time this weekend creating new pieces for a Holiday Trunk Show hosted at a girlfriend’s house (in November). This is going to be a fun group of girls so I am particulary excited to create some fun pieces for them!
I scored some great vintage pieces a couple weekends ago at an antique show over at the MN Fairgrounds…plenty of treasures to keep me busy!
Hoping you have a fabulous weekend!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Concert season (in MN) is here. This means enjoying live music with your honey or your besties.
And of course – what to wear? For me, I always put too much thought into my concert outfits. I can’t help it - looking the part helps put me in the mood.
I love singing along and throwing my hands/arms up in the air. Who doesn’t? It’s a way to signal to the band, “hey look at me – love this song – am having so much fun!”
I absoultely LOVE wearing bracelets to concerts. There’s something about the way they jingle as I clap my hands or wave my arms…and I get a kick out of the way they shine/sparkle under the lights. Bracelets are a concert must.
Here is some CONCERT BLING from Upsy-Daisy to help you get excited for the concert season. Many of these are at Mama’s Happy.
Head out for their October Sale and get blinged up!
Just some of the artists touring this year: Zac Brown Band (I’ll be at this one with some of my closest friends AND my honey!) / Rod Stewart / Rolling Stones / Brad Paisley / Carrie Underwood / Bruce Springsteen / Rihanna
Enjoy your concert!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
THIS to THAT Thursday!
Art Nouveau Belt Buckle
I came across this brass art nouveau belt buckle; and even thought it’s only one-half of the overall piece, I couldn’t resist. I’m a sucker for antique metal pieces (especially those with a fabulous patina)! Though, I don’t really feel like a sucker with this one…I feel lucky to have found it. It has a great shape, proportion, swirls, flowers…and that aged brass – just love it. So, what did I turn it into?
This darling multi-layered necklace. Can you imagine the attention this piece will draw to the lucky lady who gets to wear it?
If you have “liked” my facebook page, then you already know I have announced the winner of the necklace that was featured in last week’s This to That Thursday. If you missed it, here is that announcement:
Congratulations to Sue!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
What the JUNK ?
I’m very excited to share with you all where I was yesterday and what MN has to offer in the way of junking….the one and only JUNK BONANZA! This is my favorite shopping experience – I look forward to it each year! This is the place for vintage finds, antiques, repurposed and upcycled items, and other unique relics.
My girlfriend, Amy, and I have been going to the Junk Bonanza together now for about five or six years. It has been a fun tradition for us – we never ask each other “Do you want to go to Junk Bonanza this year?” Instead, we ask “Which day to you want to go to Junk Bonanza?” This year it was on Friday! So, Friday morning it was off to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN for our annual junking spree.
For those of you who are not familiar, the three-day event is host to over 100 junk vendors. These vendors are fabulous too! It’s not like going to a flea market out in the country where every third booth catches your eye….the Bonanza vendors ALL catch your eye, to the point you may need to circle each booth twice or three times so you don’t miss anything. It is a visually stimulating experience, no doubt.
The entire drive down I start going through my home visually in my mind…If I find a piece of furniture, where could I put it? Where do I need a storage piece? What about decor? What should I focus on? Bedrooms? Bathrooms? Jewelry studio? I should know better by now – when something speaks to you, it just speaks to you, it’s not something you can plan for!
So, once there, and about twenty minutes into our adventure, Amy and I had made two new observations for this year’s trip:
First Observation: BEVERAGES! This year there were these amazing bloody mary’s garnished with their finest meats and cheeses (a little midwest humor). We couldn’t resist, afterall the drinks do comes with a meal!!
Second Observation: We noticed there was an obvious increase in male shoppers/spectators/tag-alongs. I think one of us may have said, “what’s with all the dudes this year?” Seems that more women are able to get their husbands to join them. Of course, I am not implying this is no place for husbands, in fact, would love for my husband to join me – because I know if he did, more would be purchased for our home! But, what makes this observation interesting is that soon after Amy and I discussed what we had noticed, we then saw that the Casino was open this year. We had never noticed it was open during the Bonanza before – but certainly makes sense…If the hubbies get tired, they can be dropped off at the Casino – isn’t that convenient?
OK….I know, I know, get on with it…what did we see? What did we purchase?
Amy purchased this cute table – holding up the “crossing” sign. It has just the right gray chippy paint and pedastal legs for easy leg room.
This powder pink enamal table was holding this powder pink stool, which was holding this powder pink blender. All were that perfect pink from the 50′s. Too bad the photo doesn’t do it justice.
Doll parts seemed to be a trendy item this year. So what would one do with vintage doll parts, you may ask….
Here is an example of what one artist has created.
A friendly reminder that Halloween is just around the corner.
More tin pumpkins. How cool will these look lit up in the night?
This booth put me in my happy place! So many metals, textures, vintage hardware, brass stampings and findings! A repurposing jewelry designers dream!
What did I get?
When I got home, I placed all my my purchases out and assessed what I had, and what I could do with it:
Grain sack – for pillow covers. Will be cute at Christmas time.
Old funnels…I’ll stack them and make little Christmas trees.
How adorable are these little flash cards? Amy (she has a keen eye) spotted these. I can just picture them atop a gift.
Findings for jewelry making.
We had another good shopping adventure at JB – and good news was announced. Junk Bonanza will now be a TWICE a year event. They have added a show in April! This makes me say, “Woo-Hoo!”
Stay tuned – I will surely share what I create from my findings.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
It’s THIS to THAT Thursday!
Baubles, Baubles, Baubles….
Sometimes I am inspired by an outfit and design based on what would jazz it up…or by seasonal colors and try to incorporate them into the accessory I am working on…sometimes I just find a great statement piece and design in a way that will show it off…and then there are times when I just design based on my mood.
Today – I am feeling playful….and nothing says more playful to me then baubles and dangling beads that sparkle!
So, I picked out some chain with some sparkle/texture to it…added in some chandelier crystals, antique rosary beads…and other glass beads that reflect light….
But that’s not all I have to share on this Thursday!
I am feeling so playful that I have decided to give this sassy piece away. All you have to do is “Like” my Upsy-Daisy Facebook page to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the one-of-a-kind Upsy-Daisy necklace pictured above. The drawing will be held next Thursday. All ‘likes’ on my FB page will be entered to win and the winner will be announced on Thursday, September 20th.
Click here to “Like” the Upsy-Daisy Facebook page.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Girlie Outing to Mama’s Happy
I’m just like any other girl who enjoys time with her gals….and last last night was one of those GREAT nights. My girlfriends (Chris and Lisa) came out to support my Upsy-Daisy debut at Mama’s Happy in Independence, MN. We did some shopping…then headed to the Ox Yoke Inn for catching up over dinner and a smooth glass of wine.
It was really exciting to see my pieces all on display – and share it with imporant, special friends. I was really touched by the support and love I received from Chris and Lisa.
And – it was really fun to finally be able to share all the pieces I have worked on over the past few months. FINALLY – others get to see what Upsy-Daisy is all about. Each piece is unique from the next and each carries a piece of history.
But that’s not all – we so enjoyed shopping at Mama’s Happy and meeting and talking with two of “THE MAMAS” Sherry and Terrie, they were so much fun! These ladies are SO talented – and busy. Wow!
It’s no wonder Mama’s Happy was voted 2012 Best New Shop and Best Boutique by Lake Minnetonka Magazine! “Since bursting on the scene in June 2010 with their first-ever occasional sale, Mama’s Happy has been the go-to spot for all the handcrafted, upcycled and repurposed items you’ll ever need and love to have.” Lake Minnetonka Magazine.
These women have a lot to be proud of – the time they spend hunting, gathering, painting, and creating shows as you walk through the shop….and be sure to make a couple laps becuase your eyes will catch something new and exciting each time! Here’s a little window shopping for you:
I highly encourage you to make the trip to Mama’s Happy…if you can’t make this month’s sale – next one is October 10-14. And JUNKMARKET Under Glass will be there Oct. 11-13!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Do you know what day it is? It’s THIS to THAT Thursday!
I just created a new piece out of a fantastic find from the Oronoco Gold Rush Days. I love treasure hunting – and was elated to find this unique vintage brass candle sconce.ff
The shape, the patina, the details and texture – all just make my heart sing! But, finding unique pieces is only part of the rush for me. The other thrill is transforming my findings into wearable art…and each piece is a one-of-a-kind! So what did I transform THIS brass candle sconce into?
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Jewelry Debut at Mama’s Happy Occasional Shop!
I am so thankful today!
I have been given the opportunity to showcase my jewelry at Mama’s Happy in Independence, MN. Mama’s Happy is a super cute shop (located in a historic creamery – check out the floors in the entry when you first walk in – amazing!!) that is open the second weekend of each month, Wednesday – Sunday. Each month the finds are different from the month before and always fabulous!
Amanda Ficek is Mama’s Happy proprietor and resident “Mama”. She is a a cute little bundle of creative energy and describes her shop as “chock full of beautifully displayed handcrafted, upcycled, repurposed and altogether dazzling home goods and gifts created by an eclectic group of bargainistas and artists who, like our shopping guests, want a Little Happy. A little something beautiful for the wall, corner or wardrobe that delights and satisfies.”
When you step into Mama’s Happy you immediately feel connected to the creative women and other patrons who all share a similar interest for home decorating with unique, one-of-a-kind finds – and of course, doing so on a budget!
No better place for a fun girlie outing in my opinion.
Mama’s Happy Location: 7888 County Road 6, Independence, MN 55359
2012 Shop Schedule for the remainder of the year:
November 7-11 & 15-18
November 29 – December 2
December 5-9 & 13-16
Shop Hours, during the dates above:
I will be at Mama’s Happy Thursday, September 6th. Check back with me as I will be posting photos from my visit!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Look what came in the mail! I am absolutelty thrilled with my hang tags. The business card size will be used to hang earrings and the smaller tags will attach to my bracelets and necklaces.
They are gorogeous! Special thank you to Virigina Rulli of Paws and Pixels who worked with me to design my logo and graphics. She is fabulous.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Treasure Hunting – Gold Rush Days, Oronoco, MN
This year is the 40th annual Gold Rush Days. Oronoco has a popluation of less than 1,000. They turn the entire downtown area into a huge flea market – filling the streets with visitors and vendors!
Dilemma: I didn’t want to miss the opportunity for new treasure gathering; however my husband had a golf tournament same weekend as Gold Rush Days which meant he could not watch the kids while I went on my excursion.
Solution: Bring kids with. Am I crazy? We’re talking about over 3 hours in the car (round trip) with a 7 1/2 year old boy with lots of energy to burn and a 4 1/2 year old girl who once we get there will want to touch everything (breakables!).
Added Bonus: Bring my mother too! I’ll have adult company in the car and an extra set of eyes…this way I can focus on the treasures and not lose my babies.
Car ride was a success (minor detours from road construction and I may have missed an exit, oops)…but we were happy to get there.
The treasure hunting went well. The kids got money to spend. My son choose a darling Navy jumper for only $4! Grandma will take in the sleeves. He also bought a necklace for one of the neighbor girls (awwww!) and my daughter was thrilled with her chocolate ice cream cone – but did ask constantly “where are all of the toys?” She settled for a little heart pendant she picked out for $1!
I, on the other hand, fared pretty well with some brooches, brass hardware, chandelier crystals, tin findings, etc.
Oh – and I couldn’t resist these darling DAISY juice glasses! Precious.
This was a great flea market with TONS of vendors from all over the country.
Well worth the trip!
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