When I count my Blessings--you are all included, what a warm and loving bunch of people that I feel so privileged to have become friends with!!
Big Christmas hugs all around, and wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
How about this--do you have a favorite Aunty who always got dressed up for Christmas, with her pearls and her favorite hat? This ornament was inspired by my Aunty Dolly.
I met a couple new people this week. Lauren recently opened up her Etsy shop. She ordered an item from me and we discovered that we are both from Minnesota, yeah! She also started a blog, and was sweet enough to do her first Etsy shop feature on my shop! yeah! Swing by and say Hi to her, she is really sweet!
The other person is From My Cherry Heart, she also has recently opened up an Etsy shop--REALLY cute stuff! Swing by and check it out! She has a fun blog to read too and is doing a giveaway so swing by there too and leave her a comment!
Well, I should go. I've been telling myself that I need to get to bed earlier--been burning the midnight oil AND rising before the sun! A gal needs her beauty sleep you know! Hugs to all!
Guess what? I sold a planner yesterday--that cute brown and blue one with the dragonflies. So, I guess I'm not the ONLY old-timey gal who still uses a PAPER planner! lol This is my newest one--in pink and gray. Check out that pretty floral fabric. I was snooping around at an antique shop one day, poking around looking for cool old sewing stuff, and found it kinda smashed up in the corner, poking out from behind a basket of buttons. It didn't look like much, but it had potential and she only had it marked for $5 for about 2 yds of it. I brought it home and washed it up and pressed it--and it's gorgeous!! Yeah!!
Let's see what's on the to-do list today:::
1) Design a stocking for custom order--brand new little baby girl needs her Christmas stocking! She wants all pink, green, and white--I feel honored that she asked me to make it for her, to make something that will be part of her Christmas tradition. Yeah! It's going to be like this little ornament stocking, only bigger and fancier--and with some lace and her name embroidered on it OF COURSE!
2) Leslie, from AlphaStamps has sent me a big package of her new felts and collage images and wants me to put together some new ornament/Christmas designs for her to use on her website--samples of what people can do with the products she offers in her shop. This is a fun project and I look forward to jumping in to it.
3) Go around and change my avatars to this cute Christmas one that Sam made me! Isn't it adorable?!
4) Go to lunch with my sweety. He has the day off, and, he doesn't know it yet, but he's gonna take me to Mitch's for a big juicy burger! Oh, and HE is driving! lol
Have a fun day!!
This is a 2008 planner--with a handmade colorful cover and lots of pockets, ofcourse!!Retro Verde Coaster Gift/Desk set. I reached back--way, way, way back--to my high school years , the 70's, for the inspiration for this newest desk set.How about some really colorful cuteness?? Another little tin bucket pincushion--in such a fun fabric, not for shrinking violets!
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I've been doing up lots of little stockings in pink and blue.
I took a little trip down to my fav little antique shop--she always gets the cutest sewing and crafting stuff in there! I found these fun buttons this time--they are white milk glass and have a raised design of a grand piano in gold! So cute. I did up a crafting goody card with 2 of the buttons and some vintage white/gold rick rack and some vintage wedding dress lace--it's listed in my Etsy shop. I also did up a new needlebook with another patch made with my new toy! I did have a few people asking about it--it's not an embroidery sewing maching thing--it's just a little patch maker. I got it at a second-hand shop. It's really easy to use, and I think the end product is nice! The biggest problem that I forsee is that the thread cartridges are not refillable, so I have to try and find them online (I've found some on Ebay, and they are a little pricey, but I think they last quite a while each) and it comes with special leather like fabric that has a bunch of holes punched in them to hold them in the little frames that they go in while you embroider. I have been experimenting a little to see if I can somehow make my own fabric patches and save a few bucks that way! Here is what the machine looks like--Well, that's it for me! I'd better go get dinner going. Big hugs!!
The kids just got done with Spirit Week at school--they are enjoying the high school experience so far! Can you guess what their school colors are?? lol
I worked on a new bag design this week too, this one has 4 good size pockets on the outside (2 on each side) and the inside is divided into 2 sections. A good bag for keeping organized. I did it up in a hot little houndstooth wool blend with a retro jacquard trim! Classy and sassy! It's listed in my Etsy shop.
Old World Romance--with roses and cherubs and swirly scrolly things--and such a soft, pretty palette! Sigh.Prettiful Pansies--I love pansies! With their little sunshiney faces! I used some of that gorgeous rayon rick rack that I got from Ginny--and a pretty, pretty crocheted pansy that I got from Ang at Norththreads. So this one is pretty special--a lot of friend love going on here! Chintz Roses, vintage art deco lace, and a polka dot yoyo--need I say more? And last, but not least, is another stitchery that I did up "Prayerful Reminder". This one is based on a favorite prayer of mine--a little way to remind me to pray and listen. Here is the prayer--found in an old little prayer handbook that I found at a garage sale several years ago. It really struck a chord with me. Written by D. Sue Jones Horton
Speak loudly, Kind Shepherd,
Lead clearly the way,
For this once wandering sheep
Does not wish to stray.
Stay near, oh, so near me
So, most surely I'll know
That the path I am walking
Is where I should go.
Give deliverance, Kind Shepherd,
From the course of the foe,
To this wee clinging sheep
Who does love You so.
With Your constant direction
Guiding all of my days,
I shall safely abide
In the path of Your ways.
I just finished this new bagkeeper today and got it listed in my shop. I call it "Getting together for Drinks-old style" I did it up in turquoise with touches of red. Don't you just love these vintage patterns with the animated dishes--I never get tired of them!
KJ, from the Eye-dyllic blog, recently asked me to make a framed stitchery for her with a motif from a bag I had in my shop. She is a singer --and the happy little lark struck a happy chord with her. She was kind enough to do a blog post on it, if you want to have a peek! It was a fun project to work on--especially knowing that it was going to such a sweetheart of a gal!