Thursday, December 29, 2011

Play, Play, Play

We are enjoying these wonderful lazy days now that Christmas has come and gone. Playing choo choo, staying in our jammies all day watching videos, and playing more choo choo! Wren has made this Christmas extremely magical and so much fun. That is why I am so greatful for this past week and all the memories we've made.
Hope you all were able to enjoy some lazy days in your pj's too.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ornaments And Friends

Where has the month of December gone? It is the most wonderful, yet hectic, time of year. In a span of a couple of days I attended our annual DIY ornament exchange and was part of an amazing handmade holiday open house.
Getting up to that point was a lot of preparation but heaps of fun to be a part of. Tiffin hosts the ornament exchange every year and this year she just made her home a wonderland. A wonderland of crepe paper and vintage baubles. Each one of us had our own personal ornament boxes to put our creations in. I couldn't wait to see what everyone came up with this year. It really truly amazes me. Even those who say they are not creative end up making the best ornaments. This year mine were a decoupage of pages from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and glittered to the hilt :)

A jump to a couple days later, Jenni, Tiffin, and I got together at Jenni's home and hosted a handmade holiday open house. It was so much fun. And we turned Jenni's already amazing house into a boutique. All of her beautiful paintings, jewelry, and wonderment that she does paired with Tiffin's amazing hand drawn botanicals, re-purposed vintage lamps and sweet, sweet embroideries. I couldn't have been happier to be among them. It was a nice success and I think we may do something else this spring.
Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope your holiday is a very blessed one.
sorry for the dark picture but it still looks like a crepe paper wonderland doesn't it?

my own personal ornament box

it was filling up fast;)
I got to set up in Jenni's amazing pink dining room!!

my newest creation! crocheting on chain! I am in LOVE!!!

also preserving vintage baubles on cuffs! another LOVE!!!

one of Jenni's amazing paintings!!!

also her necklacs with my faves.... birds :)

her sweet message heart ornaments

Tiffin's amazing botanicals

her o so sweet embroideries..

Tiffin is a true jill of all trades... jenni's art tiles in the back ground

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Looking a lot like Christmas

I love pulling out our Christmas decorations! I am a cheese ball and always tell the ornaments I missed them. Which is what I used to do as a kid. Instead of my sister laughing at me my husband does that now. :) I can't help it I always get so super nostalgic around this time. And this year Wren really understands what is going on. When we lit the tree he just kept saying wow, wow, wow!
I found these amazing vintage ornaments at the thrift! I had to rescue them. They are on a smaller gold tree. The little gnome on the right is in Wren's room. He calls him gnomeo.

Love our white retro tree! We have a real one in another room. Pics of that one coming soon.

At an estate sale I went to this summer I came across a box of vintage foil reflectors. I knew I could do something with them and at 2 bucks for the whole lot it was a no brainer. Then as I was researching them I found out that they are going for up to $10 for just 5 reflectors. Wowssa!

Monday, November 28, 2011

An Invitaion

Hey everyone, my friend is hosting a Holiday Open House. Featuring Jenni (the artsy hostess), Tiffin (Linwood Avenue), and I.  And ya'll are INVITED!!  We all have so many wonderful handmade pieces for that someone special.  So, join us for this wonderful holiday event.  If you live in the area and want to attend e-mail me for the address!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Falling For Fall

Lately our weekends have been full of playing in the leaves and scouting out as many acorns as possible. Wren is at an amazing age right now where everything is so wonderous and extraordianary. It is so much fun seeing everything through his eyes. My cup runneth over and I give thanks for my family everyday. I hope all of you have a wonderous and extraordinary Thanksgiving. xoxo
Falling for fall is wren's favorite song right now. Love Moose and Z on Nick Jr.

This was just the beginning :) his wagon is now  full of  acorns. Need to put them back in the yard for the squirrels :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Trying New Things

I have been holding on to a box of silver clay for about four years now. I had no idea what to do with it and all the goodies that came with it. So, it just sat in my crafting closet. After a funny talk with my friend Elizabeth about how long I have had it she and I were hoping it wasn't dust. She is a super talented jewelry designer and was ready to show me how to use it. She works with silver and has experience with the clay and the crazy torch that you have to use to fire it once it is dried. Wowsa! No idea that it would be so addicting once I finished my pieces. I know it has been around for forever but I was just too busy with all the other ideas swirling in my head to play around with it.:) Plus for those of you who know me I am so impatient with directions. I am a visiual gal. So, 20g made these four pendants below. The large piece is the Jane Austen pendant I made out of a stamp that I bought at her home in Chawton a couple of years ago. I can't wait to bead and chain it.  I put the other three together on one chain and absolutely love it. Now I have to buy some more silver clay and keep practicing. But to be honest with ya'll the torch to fire the clay freaks me out just a tiny bit. Will work on not burning down the house. :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Ya'll

The little guy who just turned 19 months is all about this holiday. He loves pointing out every pumpkin he sees and he calls them pumpkits. He also calls Halloween, EEEN :) So sweet! This year I made his costume as opposed to last year, because was so little still. But this year he made it very clear that he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear. So Buzz it is. I loved making his costume and we were lucky enough to find little inflatable wings for him to wear with it. I will post a pic after Halloween. We just can't wait to got trick or treating with him. This is such a great age. He is soaking everything in and it makes this time so magical!! Happy Halloween ya'll!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Country Living Fair Was Here

So last weekend was the fair of all fairs. The Country Living Fair right here in Atlanta! Of course I had my early bird ticket and was there bright and early to get my shop on!!! This amazing booth was the first to catch our attention. And BOY did it ever. You just wanted to move right on in.

There were so many amazing re-purposed items that just made my head spin and my heart swoon. I wanted this couch so badly. Love the vintage suitcase and train cases also.

The sisters on the fly were there with a couple of their refurbished campers. So amazing how they brought them back to their original state. Inspiring that the journey isn't over for these amazing pieces of Americana!!

Look how romantic and cozy!!

There was so much to look at that after a while my head was spinning. I think I could have really gotten carried away. Good thing I had a really strict budget :) Below we literally turned around and was smacked in the face with a booth dedicated to nothing but buttons and vintage trimmings.

I wanted all of the these spools of vintage velvet ribbon!! I cannot tell you that just walking away with three yards was just not enough. O' to dream!! All in all this was an amazing event and after it was all said and done. I was pooped. Did I mention I came back the next day. But, this time it was to help my friend Jenni at her booth, which i cannot believe i didn't get a picture of. What a fun time though and wow do i have a lot of ideas swirling in my head.