Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
After finally making it back home, I decided to stay there and catch up on some reading. I've been anxious to read this issue of Somerset Studios because so many of my favorite artists featured like Sally Jean, Pam Garrison, Lori Oles, Corey Moortgat, Melissa McCobb Hubbell, Leslie Riley, Anahata, Roben-Marie Smith, and Tricia Scott. So I made myself a cup of hot cocoa and curl up by the lighted Christmas tree for a moment of relaxation and inspiration. Hope you can find time to do the same now that the hustle-bustle of Christmas is over.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Today's gift is from Kari, otherwise known in blogland as Artsymama. The paper she used to wrap her gift looks vintage to me. And inside that pretty wrapping was more vintage goodness. This lovely wallhanging is made from what appears to be a page from a vintage photo album. The color is the most heavenly shade of blue and it coordinates quite nicely with the brown tones of the vintage photo and the snowflake, button and ribbon accents Kari used. It really is gorgeous! Thank you Kari! And thank you again to the rest of the 12 Days gals ~ Cerri, Holly, Karin, Tia, Marilyn, Martha, Donna, Shosh, Tammy and last but not least Heather, who arranged this entire fun event! BIG HUGS and Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!
Monday, December 24, 2007
The bright spot to all of this cruddy stuff is my 12 Days of Christmas Swap gifts. They have really kept me focused on the good part of Christmas as opposed to the ugly part. So without further adieu, I bring you Day 10's present:
Isn't the packaging lovely? This is from Marilyn over at Outside the Lines. She used a page from a vintage (German?) book to wrap her little box. I was ever so careful when opening it hoping I would not tear the paper so I could reuse it. And these beautiful handmade earrings were inside! I knew that Marilyn was having fun making earrings for her etsy shop, so what better gift for her to give us! They are very pretty ~ but of course everything Marilyn creates is pretty. Thank you Marilyn!
Day Eleven brings us a gift from Martha of Destination Unknown. And again, the packaging is a creation all its own! She made this beautiful fabric pouch to hold her gift.
And can you guess what's inside?
A bookmark perhaps?
No, it is a fabric wrist cuff! Please excuse the model's hand though. I am posing at a weird angle for some reason. I guess any hopes for moonlighting as one of those hand models is out of the question! But isn't Martha's workmanship beautiful? It's so lovely and the colors are great for me too. Thanks Martha!Well, I've got to get going on some last minute preparations now. I'm sure everyone is way too busy to read all of this anyway! Have fun tonight!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I made this shadowbox ornament using vintage ledger paper as the background and then covered it with glitter, tiny glass beads and a few pearls. Then I attached a reproduction of a vintage postcard on top. I covered the shadowbox with a sheet of acrylic (can't see it in this photo) and then trimmed the whole thing with tinsely garland.
This was my first idea for the swap. I made small soldered charm/ornaments of everyone's blog or etsy shop banners and added an initial charm too.
On the back of the charm I used Heather's blog banner image from the 12 Days to Christmas blog to commemorate our fun little swap. I couldn't decide which gift I liked best, so I sent them both!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Look what Heather made each of us. . .A fabulous collaged apron! What a fun idea this is! I'm loving the colors and the workmanship. What a labor of love. I was going to model myself wearing it in the kitchen, but no one was up yet to take my picture when I opened it.
Here's a close up of the detail. I told Heather I think I want to try making some of these for gifts for friends and family next year. I'd better start on them right after the first of the year though if I want to finish by Christmas. Thank you Heather!
Well, I'm off to pick up a few last minute presents ~ there is always some thing that I forget to buy.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Well, today I got to open this lovely present which is from Donna of Under The Red Roof . I love the paper she used (probably because I used the same paper to wrap my day 9 gift in).
And just lookie what I found inside! Isn't it pretty? Isn't it sparkley? Isn't it joyous? I love the colors as they are perfect for my studio. Donna used her special "all time favorite" vintage wallpaper for this piece. I know how hard that is to part with. I can see why it is her favorite too ~ it's gorgeous!And this is the back of her plaque. It's just as pretty as the front! Thank you so much Donna!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Can you believe it? It's my very own princess bird that Cerri is famous for making! I really couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the box and discovered this sweet little miss. I have admired these princess birds for practically forever and now I have one sitting in my house to enjoy admire up close!
And she's every bit as glorious as I imagined she would be. The colors are so beautiful and Cerri tells me that everything is vintage, so that just adds to how special she is. Thank you Cerri! :)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Inside the pink wrapping was this darling vessel of magic! Isn't it wonderful? The little tinsel wire inside is shaped like a spring, so when you shake the tube, it goes up and down along with all the sparkley goodies inside.
Here's a close up of it. As I told Tammy, who couldn't use a little magic in their day, right? Love it! Thanks Tammy!
Monday, December 17, 2007
After going ga-ga over the wallpaper, I unwrapped this little scrumptious wall hanging! Oh the colors are just perfect for my house, but I am going to hang it in my studio. . .I think. Love the vintage flowers and wallpaper, and you can't tell in this photo but the outside border sparkles!
The inner rectangle is made so you can insert a picture (or a vintage postcard as pictured below) into the seam binding corners. Isn't that clever? Oh Holly, you are so smart. . .and creative!! Hugs to you Holly! I love it!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
And this is what was inside. . . It is a teeny-tiny spoon backed with vintage paper and a German glass acorn all embedded in resin. Again it is difficult to see the detail of the acorn in this photo, but take it from me, it is quite amazing. Most of us have hung it on our tree, but I thought it would make a darling pendant after the holidays are over. Thanks Shosh!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
And yes, indeed it truly IS a lovely. . .Oh Karin, this is a beautiful journal. The vintage wallpaper and glittered initial and the rose. . .I am speechless! I adore journals and this is the prettiest one I have seen!
Thank you so much Karin. . .I love it!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Today's gift (gift number 1) is from Tia over at Miz Smoochie Lips . Her packaging is so clever - don't you love that vintage sheep music?
Ta-Da! Here it is! Isn't it the cutest little thing? Love the sparkley bird and those tiny jingle bells hanging from the wire. The birdie is nesting on a darling little glittered baby shoe (or perhaps it's a St. Nick shoe) and I placed the whole thing on top of a little nest I have. Don't you just love it? Thanks Tia!!! And thanks again to Heather for organizing this swap. These next few days are going to be so much fun!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Many thanks to Karla for arranging the "What I Love About My Holiday Home" party yesterday. If you missed it, you can see my post here and links to all the other party-goers on Karla's post here. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom half of her post for the links. And you might want to grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate because she has ALOT of links.
Tomorrow is the day! For what you may be asking? For opening the first present in the 12 Days of Christmas gift exchange.
Sweet Heather organized this fun little game and we all have been having a ball creating our presents and sending email updates about our progress. The anticipation is at the MAX ~ well except for those who may have already opened their gifts (tsk-tsk) to sneak a peek and rewrapped them so they can act surprised. Mine are still sitting in the original box they were shipped in, in order to avoid the temptation to rip them all open! (I think I hear them calling out to me saying, "open me!") So, starting tomorrow and for the next 12 days right up to Christmas, we will all be posting photos of our gifties on our blogs. I can't wait to see what all these talented artists have created.
I am hoping that by tomorrow I will feel a little better so I can fully enjoy the festivities. This YUK that I contracted is bothersome. Icky stuff still coming out of my nose and an annoying cough is dragging me down. I feel like I am doing everything in s-l-o-w motion. No wonder not much is getting accomplished!!! I hope this isn't the same bug like the one I had last year when it took 3 rounds of antibiotics to purge it from my system. UGH!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Yet another section of the tree.