Tuesday, November 29, 2011



it's true.
this is a blog dedicated to Smashing Rubbish Studio & Vintage General Store
And to crafting, design, art, decorating, making, styling, collecting, sewing, parenting, travel, music, food and whatever else suits my fancy!

so today it's about wolves!

you know, on PBS...


you haven't?!!

well, you must!  right now!  as soon as possible!

all photios from google images

it's called Radioactive Wolves

i thought it was amazing.   and beautiful.
just really stunning and awe inspiring.
gotta love her!

in the studio making gauze covered wreaths.  will show you soon.


Friday, November 25, 2011

To Wear

there are many new items in the shop, to wear, for sale!
like the beaded pouch above that is being put on a chain to wear around your neck!

i just pulled these vintage heels out of my personal collection.
they are too big for me anyhow so they are bigger than 7.5 or 8

this gorgeous beaded silk crepe dress found it's way back from Nashville in my suitcase!   it is really lovely!

these fantastic little vintage lace up heels are to die for.  if you don't come buy them soon i may need to take them home!

here is another stunning beaded silk crepe dress i brought back from Nashville.   i just adore it so much!  if it doesn't sell soon i will wear it for my birthday!  the goddess Kelley Rush has a crush on this one!  and really, it has your name all over it!!

you know you want these fringe boots! 

i also brought these little vintage velvet Sunday shorts back from Nashville!  if these don't sell soon they will be made into a bag!

i did not bring these back from Nashville but every girl should have a great pair, or two, of cowboy boots!

i am such a sucker for vintage velvet! this vest would be great for a holiday outfit!

this boho skirt has mirrors and a great look and colors!

this sweet embroidered shift would fit a small person or lucky kid!

if it sparkles, glitters, or shines, i want it!
i brought this cork back pin home with me from Nashville.  it would be great as a hair clip too!

i found this vintage shirt, with deer and birch trees, in Nashville.  i wore it once and am ready to pass it on!

last but not at all least, these vintage swim trunks came straight from Nashville too! 
Are they not the cutest thing ever?! 
would look so great hanging in a beach or sea inspired bathroom!

i'm in eastern washington enjoying some quiet down time with my family.  the shop is open and full of unique gifts if you are trying to get your holiday shopping done.  we have some lovely soaps, plants and candle holders that i myself would be delighted to receive!  come and get em!

preparing to watch a favorite movie, The Royal Tenenbaums, for the 2nd time this week!,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

To Carry

guess what?!
Smashing Rubbish can handle all your carrying/holding/containment  needs!
we have bags, cases and baskets galore!

we have repurposed leather and textiles!

we have vintage baskets!

we have upcycled fur and leather!


we have granny-chic!

We have travel gear!

we have slings!

we have totes!

we even have vintage leather camera bags!

bags, purses and baskets make great gifts!

come find what you need at

Smashing Rubbish
15922 Main St
Duvall, WA

Wed - Sat noon - 6
Sun noon - 5

(closed this wed and thur for thanksgiving.  will reopen friday, day after turkey day, regular hours)

restocking the shop,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New & Noteworthy

Smashing Rubbish has some new finds!
succulents, log candle holders, wood mushrooms

bristol glass bedside water server with painted eggs in a nest
so lovely!

unusual carved wood goddess/momma statue.
perfectly weathered.

dried seaweed specimens framed behind glass.
could also be used as a tray.

brought this painting back from Nashville.

large wooden painted bird tray.
and chalk dogs from Nashville.

miniature mould

handmade totem pole postcard holder

vintage velveteen rabbit toy

an embroidered silk and velvet vintage shoe

and a gorgeous little coin purse.

all up for grabs at

Smashing Rubbish Studio & Vintage General Store
15922 Main ST.  Duvall, WA  98019

Wed-Sat noon-6
Sun noon-5

come say hi, see what's new, and get some holiday shopping done.
we will be closed wednesday november 23 and thursday november 24.
we will reopen on friday november 25 for regular business hours.
and all our vintage holiday decorations and supplies will be out!

working on stocking stuffers,

Monday, November 14, 2011


saw these old bee skeps at Anthropologie over the weekend and love them.  wish i could add them to my personal collection!
i was there to buy this stack of salad plates:
which i love a whole lot!
and i left with 2 new dresses, a pair of shoes and a magazine too!

chad helped me bottle my honey on friday night.
this is a honey hand!
here are some more pix from this endeavor:
pouring honey into the honey heater and dispenser.  you fill the walls of this amazing galvanized homemade device with hot water and then pour your honey in the middle and it makes it just warm enough to easily pour thru the attached spout.  brilliant!
thanks Jim for the loaner!
it was so exciting to bottle our knotweed honey!  we cant wait to do it again next year and are hoping to have twice as much! 
there are two reasons i became a beekeeper.  one was that i had a huge fear of bees and being stung so i got a bug in my britches and decided it was time to conquer that fear.  hello fear, aaaand, goodbye!
and two, i wanted my own bees to make my own honey to use in my own elderberry mead making and for my preserves i put up each summer.  i wild harvest my elderberries and make all my own jams and i wanted my own honey to use.  this batch isn't enough to use for either mead or preserves but it is great in tea and on toast! 
thank you bees!

i found my dream work table on saturday morning!
this photo doesn't do it justice but its the perfect height, is on wheels and i can put a shelf across the bottom if i want.  its almost exactly what i had envisioned!

so it's monday and i got new tires on my car.  also found out i have a leak in my radiator.   oh well.  not getting a lot done in the studio today.  gotta go pick up J soon to take him to his art class.  i want to remind those of you who are still reading that the shop will be closed the day before Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day but will be open friday-sunday after Thanksgiving.  kathy will be here to take care of you!  whew!

i will try to get photos up of the new treasures i found this weekend that are now for sale in the shop.  and i will be working on getting out all the holiday/christmas/solstice decorations before i leave for thanksgiving weekend. 
shop local and support your communities brick and mortar shops this season!
we need you!

working on a metallic gold leather bag,