Swan Lake

Hello my darling friends! Welcome to “Swan Lake”. This post is dedicated to a very special little seven year old girl named Laura that lives all the way in the U.K. 

I do custom jobs often, but this custom creation is truly one of the most special one’s I have done thus far. I received an email from a very sweet lady many months ago regarding a custom ballerina bunny box for her daughter who was about to take her first ballet exam ever. Her daughter loved bunnies and all things pink and sparkley. πŸ™‚ Her Mom wanted to buy her something really special to show her how proud she was of her and wanted it to be something that she can always treasure.     

So, I decided to create a ethereal and magical bunny box called “Swan Lake”. 

The gorgeous vintage swan planter I found at Goodwill and paid a $1.50 for it!!! I could NOT believe my luck!!!!  

With her Mother’s permisson she has allowed me to share these ooooooh sooooooooo SWEET photos of little Miss Laura with her bunny box.

Lookie at the BIG swan in the curio cabinet!!!! Oh my!!!! 

Laura and her beautiful Mother Maria. 

Look at her beaming smile! So proud and happy! Just MELTS MY HEART!!!!

I got a BIG giggle when Maria explained to Laura that I was going to show off her photos on my blog. Laura quickly asked her Mom. “Am I going to be famous?????” tee!!! hee!!! Soooo cute!!!  

CONGRATS Miss Laura for passing your exam! Enjoy Miss Ballerina Bunny!

This week I’ve had the WONDERFUL opportunity of meeting two of my friendly blogging girlfriends. It is such a treat to actually stand face to face and meet someone that you chat with online. So fun!

Sita Riddle of Silver Spoon Scraps was in town for the gift mart show. This was her first time as an exhibitor and displaying her new line of vintage inspired baby bedding. OOOOOHHHH her booth was PRECIOUS!!! 

I ADORE her vintage inspired party hats! They were a HUGE hit!   

Sweeeet baby bedding!


The GORGEOUS Miss Sita and ME!

We had the best time hanging out and enjoying a yummy dinner in HOTLANTA!

The next day I made a little road trip to pick up my new BEAUTIFUL buffet created by mosaic tile artist Penny Carlson of Lavender Hill Studio.   

SQQQUUEEEL! I looooooove it!!!!!!

Oh I cant wait to find the perfect spot for it!!!!!

Penny lives in NC, so instead of me having to pay MAJOR shipping charges she was so kind enough to offer to meet me half way so I could pick it up. It worked our PERFECT! Penny and her super nice husband Kent treated me to a wonderful lunch and we had a ball just chatting away! I think Kent barely got two words in. hee! hee! Penny is such a dear kind sweet person and an AMAZING talented mosaic artist. You must take a sneak peek her gorgeous site!

I just finished working on my itty bitty swap book and the theme was vintage prom gown. Here is my muse I created. She was an excellent model and not a DIVA to work with! hee! hee! πŸ˜‰


Lot’s of little “1950’s Prom Queens”. 

I received two YUMMY packages in the mail this week. 

The first one was from Miss Lori of Vintage Flair. I LOVE Lori’s style and her gorgeous blog. She collects the most beautiful treasures and her artwork is the epitomey of femininity! Oh and NOT to mention she has been featured in Somerset how many times??? AND is a contributing editor. Amazing! So I felt EXTREMELY lucky to have won her blog drawing of this beautiful collage she made. Love the trim!!! YUM!!! Looks so sweet and pretty hanging in my bedroom.

The next package was a HUUUUGE surprise! It doesn’t happen often but it sure is fun to come home to find an unexpected package waiting by my  door. Well, my BIG SISTER Miss Jessi aka Scrappy Jessi sent me a small package of the most lovely vintage goodies. Jessi has the BIGGEST HEART, and I commented on how much I looooove the vintage talcum powder and the aqua bling earrings. SURPRISE! They are MINE now!!!! I stood there with my mouth wide open and in shock!!!! Than…. I let out a HUGE squeel!!! LOL!!!! 

Oh I feel like the LUCKIEST girl with such gorgeous gifts! A HUGE THANK YOU!!!!  

Ok sweet friends Im busy finishing up some NEW creations for my oooooh sooo neglected Etsy shop. I have a beautiful summer piece I just finished and MORE girlie doll head brooches!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until next time have a wonderful weekend and HAPPY CREATING!!!!

Hugs & Kisses! XOXO,


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I am a huge fan of Penny Carlson’s work and I am just L-O-V-I-N-G!!!!! that stunning mosaic buffet! Wow, soooo pretty. And those photos of Laura with her bunny box just made me smile. Too cute!

What a lucky little girl to receive such a precious box. You did a spectacular job as always and a what a wonderful mother she has too to recognized such an important moment in her life. I’m sure she’ll be talking about the beautiful box she received as a child when she is older as she recounts this day to her grandchildren…doesn’t that just amaze you that you will be apart of this little girls legacy. You Rock!

oh my! all so wonderful and precious! thanks for sharing!!! many blessings!

I adore the side board made by Penny. She is fabulous. The swan box is beautiful. Great work as always!

That bunny box is darling. I bet the little girl felt so special to receive it. What a lovely keepsake.
LOVE the buffet.. I’d love to have something like that in my home! Wow!!

Two lucky girls,, well lets say All of the girls here are lucky, talented in various arts!!! Great Moms too!
I love everything and thank you for sharing!!!

oh my goodness!!! That ballerina bunny box is magnificent! You did a wonderful job… I can see why she’s happy with it… it’s stunning!

What a lucky little girl!
That bunny box is soooo precious!
Jenn you made such a wonderful treasure for Miss Laura!
She looks so happy to have it!
Ouuu I have the perfect spot for the beautiful buffet if you can’t find one you can send it my way! πŸ™‚
I love it!!!!
Penny is a wonderful artist!
I am still drooling over Miss Vivs cherry swimsuit! πŸ™‚
I want one for my grandbaby!

Ahhhhh you are so lucky that you got to see Sita’s booth in Atlanta ~
She is a friend of mine and I was dying to be there ~
What fun !!!

The box is beautiful!!What a lucky girl πŸ™‚

Ok now Jenn, soooo… much to comment on, first off the “Swan Lake Bunny Box” is just to die for, you are are such a talented one. It is just perfect, you have a very clever mind (: And the new buffet is a charming cottage chic piece, where is it going??? You must share a picture when you decide. And I just finished my Real Estate Exams…
passed all five and now I am good for another 4 years, thanks for your positive wishes. Your site is always great Thanks for Sharing
HUgs, Diane

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures – I loved your bunny/swan box and it was so fun to see how much the recipient loved it! Your new piece from Penny is fabulous! I’m sure you will find the perfect place to show it off…as usual, I am leaving your blog feeling very inspired! xo, Nan

Hi Jenn! Wow, it was one cute picture after another! I loved EVERYTHING! Pennys cabinet is really beautiful. I am so glad it went to live in a special place. I just love your blog. It makes me happy to visit! Have a wonderful weekend. ~ xoxo ~ Joy

Girl your creations are so magical! I love your bunny box and even your dolly ATCs! How sweet that Jessi sent you those items. That’s what ‘big sis’ are for:) BTW, I posted your doll pin on my blog.Tootles!
Sandy XOX

Beautiful swan creation for a sweet little girl. She’s holding it so proudly. How fun to meet some onliners in person! Pretty mosiac!

What a gorgeous swan lake box! Such a lucky girl!
Sounds like you had a great week! Love all ur creations and ur sweetness. Jessi is a doll too!
Pieceful Bits

So great to see you and Grant while you were in town!! Hugs to you all!!!

Boy oh boy do you ever know how to brighten up my day! I must say I got a little teary-eyed over this one (the symphony playing in the background definitely contributed!). This is the most charming, special piece for the sweetest little girl. My goodness, I am so impressed. Thank for sharing everything here today. What fun!
Have a wonderful weekend,


I have been reading your blog for the past few months. It is always fun and soooo beautiful. In an older post you spoke of teaching etiquette to children. Is there a training course or book for that? I have a friend that is a foster parent and we were throwing around the idea of mini kid-friendly workshops. Any ideas you may want to share?
Kiss your family and take care,

The bunny box is just precious!
It sounds like you had a great time in Atlanta and Sita’s items are exquisite! I will be sure to have a look at her site. ; )
Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven. It has been my pleasure to visit.
Cheers! =D

I just love your Swan Lake Box! I think my favorite part are the sweet ballerinas skating on the mirror ponds!
So delicate and pretty!
I *LOVE* custom orders!
Don’t forget the Christmas in July event the CSST is having!
Maybe you could make something sweet and Christmas like?
Love your Christmas goodies…
~Sadie Lou

Helloooo Miss Jenn! Jacqui and I are just loving the music on this post, so perfect and very emotional! Little Laura is such a cutie and you can see how much she adores your STUNNING piece! Exquisite lovliness Jenn, we adore it !! Jessi is such a honey sending you those pretty things, she is so sweet! Penny is an amazing artist, we love her, and that piece is a treasure πŸ™‚ Our favourite too! Perfect in color and style for your beautiful home. Loving Sita’s booth, my gosh I wish Jacqui was a baby again! lol Such a gorgeous post Jenn and lovely to visit, we had to come back twice! tee hee! Huge hugs! Jenn and Jacqui xoxox

Love the itty bitty book pages. What a simple concept.

Jenn your Swanlake box is beautiful. And the sideboard is to die for. I also love old containers—I have a metal Johnson and Johnson baby powder with the powder still in it. Beautiful blog, you are truly gifted. Pat

Hi Jenn! That swan bunny box is absolutely gorgeous!!! Laura is beautiful and looks so sweet in the pictures! What a lucky girl to have such a special piece made by you!
Your new pretties are gorgeous! I LOVE the sidebaord by Penny! You are so lucky to have gotten together for lunch, how fun!

Wow, what is there not to love in this post!!?? Your swan lake creation is just heaven as is the little girl’s room where it will reside! Love your gorgeous mosaic buffet table! Vintage inspired baby bedding is just darling! Oh, your prom swap is just amazing. Did you print them yourselves? The quality is exceptional.
The goodies that came to you in the mail are enough to make any girl smile!

Hello Miss Jenn~
OOOOO You are spreading you sweetness all over the world and lucky Laura is beaming with happiness and accomplishment! She must feel great having finished her Ballet Exam and then to receive such a Sparkly girly gorgeous Heirloom~Swan Lake. It’s really stunning,Jenn!
Penny has made you a dreamy buffet and it will be perfect in your lovely home. Lucky you! How nice that you both met each other!
Looking forward to seeing your pretties on etsy.

Heyya Jenn!!
The swan lake box is soo darlin!! You lucky girl you that sideboard is sooo amazing. Isnt Jessi just the sweetest thing! She was a true doll to send you the pretties!! hugs

Jenn, your ballet box is just beautiful!

Lots of Eye Candy for sure!
Love the Swan Lake Box…
So full of charm!
And Penny’s work is stunning, I love your piece!

Victoria xxx

Jenn, Swan Lake is one of my all time favorite pieces of music. How gorgeous is the box you made!!!!! I adore it. Sheer perfection as always.
I’m so glad you got to meet Sita and Penny. Aren’t they just the sweetest. I met Sita in Chicago this spring.
You have been one very busy lady as usual. Keep up the good work my sweet.
xo Cath

the bunny box you made for laura is so sweet and she is such a pretty little girl!

Oh Jenn! That box is truly magical! Look at the little girls face…she is over the moon! Just gorgeous! And love your side table as well! WOW! beautiful!
Lovely photos and you are stunning!

Jenn, that box is A-MA-ZING! Wow. And I love the buffet too!

Hello! I just found your blog via Lavender Hill Studio…and I of course, love the Swan Lake theme…as a former ballerina. (I’ll always be a dancer though!)
Sweet sweet posts on all of your meetings, creations, etc. And how great you helped Penny “meet” Natasha! I’ll be back!

I thought I had made a comment, but don’t see it. Let me just tell you that your swan lake custom made box is just extraordinary! The pictures of the little girl and her home are just fabulous.
Love, Love, the mosaic table! Your prom swap idea is great and a good idea. You are something else!

Jenn, you made the cutest bunny box, I’m so amazed at your work you are soooo.. very talented. This little lady is so lucky to receive this precious gift.
xoxo Shabby Susie

Wow!…I don’t even know where to begin!! I feel like I just stepped into a magical kingdom! The smile and shining eyes of beautiful, little Laura just warms my heart. You can tell she REALLY loves her gift. And what a gift….you are amazing. Coming to your site is such a treat. I will continue to stop by every day and get “in touch with my feminine side”. You truely have a gift! Happy Wednesday!

Your “Swan Lake” is just as beautiful as the music!!
M ^..^

Oh that is very cute~~~

Sweetie, only us again! We HAD to come by again to see the Swan Lake box and listen to the music, truly gorgeous!! And LOVE that first image on the post of the ballerina in pink, she is soo sweet!! Hugs!! Jenn and Jacqui xo


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Hi Sweet Jenn!!
Sorry this is so late in posting, but I had company and they just recently left. I am so happy we got to meet in person. You are so charming.
OH!!! That bunny box is just beautiful!

Wow, the buffet turned out FAB! What a nice sister! I have that exact powder/perfume container, I love it!

Oh, God, that’s what I call a booth!!!!!
Great work!


That swan box – Oh what an astounding piece of work!
I’m sure it’s something she will never forget! Especially as she can keep all her lovely things inside! How useful! x

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