Friday, February 3, 2012


No , not words of wisdom or nuggets of truth. Reflections, as in mirrors. Along with all things personalized, chairs, finials and anything turquoise, I love mirrors.  Could there be an unconscious egotist lurking inside, seeing my name on everything possible and then actually seeing me , might need to check that out.  LOL .Oh well, in the meantime, mirrors.  As an accessory there's not a room in your home that couldn't be enhanced by adding a mirror, or in my case two.

While these two mirrors are probably my favorites, they certainly weren't the first ones I made. The first mirror that I made was inspired by the famous ( yes, if it's featured on the  Better After blog, it counts as famous in my book) zebra chair.  Okay, in case you missed it, the chair that is, just click on the link on this page for zebra mania.This led to quite a few touches of zebra in my home. The mirror was the most exciting to make since it led to me learning to etch glass using Amour Etch. Run out and grab a bottle and start personalizing vases, wine glasses, etc.  Oops, there I go again with the personalizing thing... Anyway, here's the Zebra mirror:

It was made with moulding, plywood, mirror squares, the etching creme, and you can figure out the rest. What do you think?

In a previous post I showed a picture of my dresser which has a number of mirrors over it.  Here are some of them...

A few great looking mirrors:

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I can't wait to make one of these!!
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Clean, simple, yet elegant lines.

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Grouping mirrors is always a hit.

Hope you like my choices, cruise the internet and find one you like and go for it?


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Initials Galore!!

I revisited a favorite of mine this weekend... all things personalized.
Maybe it's the fact that growing up with an unusual first name I never found my name on anything. Remember the small  license plates for the back of your bike, nope, never. Or the pencils, personalized christmas ornaments or keyychains, nope, none of those either. Just never saw anything that said, MONTINA. Go figure. Oh sure, I'd sometimes find TINA but that's just not the same.

 Well, in 1995 I bought a Tajima( that's a commerical  embroidery machine) and Motor City Embroidery Works, Inc. was born.  I had to practice so... of course I put MONTINA on as much as I could!!

Still working a full time job and as a mom  of 3 kids and a wife, I kept it small and manageable. But I still did a decent amount of embroidery all over Metro Detroit.  Moving to Georgia put this business on the back burner for a while.  But I now have my machine up and running and am glad to see that folks are still in love with seeing their monogam and name on just about everything!!   Here are a few personalized items that caught my eye this past weekend.
Monogram It!

Classic chair, classic design!


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Isn't this a cool gift for a teacher!!

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Who doesn't love to see their monogram !!