Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Sales and just one more holiday craft project

I have never been an after Christmas shopper! But this year something has come over me and I am going nuts compiling garland, ribbon, ornaments, and a popcorn tin. All on sale (the popcorn will  certainly be eaten by next year ;)).
It is crazy but I blame it on being a new mom. I want the house to be as festive as I remember my child hood home being as I grew up. It probably already is but I had all these new ideas for next year. As I am writing this I need to write these new ideas down, as well as the whereabouts of all this new stuff :)
So, Tuesday I had no intention of looking or buying anything holiday oriented. We were out getting a suit for Kenon when low and behold I passed these gorgeous vintage style ornaments at JCPenneys. I couldn't believe how cute they were and I snatched them up immediately plus it didn't hurt that they were 75% off.  As we were driving home I remembered that I just read a tutorial on making yarn-wrapped wreaths the other day. And how pretty they would look as the centerpiece on one of those wreaths. With that thought I headed to Hobby Lobby today to get all the fixins to make this craft project a go. :) I cannot wait to finish these them and I will have pictures when I finish, but until then here are the FABULOUS ornaments I found! Oh, and the hubby found a really nice suit too! Win win day :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Gals and Beautiful Homemade Ornaments

Every year a handful of my girlfriends and I get together for our annual homemade/handmade ornament exchange. It is so much fun! We eat, drink and eat!! I was so stuffed and had such a sugar high from the yummy whoopie pies and peppermint cupcakes.
Every year, I think all of us rack our brains on what we are going to make or create to top last year's ornaments.  The girls blew me away with what they came up with. This year did top the last. I am so proud of the creative juices that flowed thru each one of us. We all definitely took home really beautiful ornaments. But I have to say it is the gathering of friends, laughing, sharing, and just being that really makes this get together such a wonderful tradition. So with no further adieu here are this year's homemade ornaments :) Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Etsy Update: Whimsical Necklaces

I just updated and listed new necklaces to my etsy shop! They are so whimsical and lovely. This past year I was fortunate enough to have found some really wonderful vintage component to repurpose. Re-working and designing these lovelies was fantastic. Now that festival season is over for the winter everything is finding its way into the shop. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fabric Circles O Plenty

Okay, I don't know about you but when I see a scrap of the past it stops me in my tracks. Well this time I found a boat load of scraps but just not any scraps. I found bags of pre-cut fabric circles from the 60s. Some bags had solid fabric and others were patterned. I bought four bags. I do think I lost my mind but I just couldn't leave them there.
I found them at a local antique store as I was browsing around. I turned the corner and there in a baby cradle were bags of these circles. The booth owner was there and told me she purchased them at an auction and  that she wondered who would want them. HELLO I would! And I told her my friend Tiffin would want them too! So after I filled my basket with my treasures. I called Tiffin to tell her what I found and that she needed to see them for herself.
I had a flurry of ideas on what to do with them. I knew I would definitely be making flowers and rosettes out of them and adding them to my crocheted necklaces. But what to do with the rest? No matter, I know they will become something unique and beautiful.
So I have to pose the same question to you that my friend asked on her blog: What would you do or create if 1,000 circles of  fabric suddenly landed in your lap?

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Wow, sorry for the blogging absence! We have been battling the seasonal cold around our house. The baby got it, which was his first cold, and then we got it. I can't remember the last time I was sick and it was miserable. I hated it more for Wren.  But now we are all feeling much better and able to start enjoying the holidays. Which means my obsessiveness with lists. I am very behind in all I need to do, that I have started making lists left and right. But as crazy as it sounds I love my lists. I think with out them I wouldn't be able to function :)  And what a satisfying feeling it is when you can cross off all the things that you have accomplished that day. 
So whatever lists you have hanging around your house. Have fun accomplishing what ever it is you need to do and enjoy the season :)