Saturday, December 25, 2010


I have been taking it slow these past few weeks to enjoy the holidays with family. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and hope you had wonderful moments with family and friends that will add to your Christmas memories.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Yep!! An unexpected trip to the Hospital is never fun. One that lasts until Tuesday night is even more "unfun"!
I had been feeling out of sorts for the last few days. Nausea, light headed, dizzy, and I was patiently waiting for the stomach bug to hit after so many friends had caught it. Saturday morning I was miserable. I felt if I didn't stay still I was going to pass out or heave, or both. My husband brought me to the emergency room and while I was there discussing the possibility of vertigo, they had been monitoring my heart. My heart had an unusual beat. Since it seemed to happen randomly, and they could not pinpoint why, they admitted me to monitor my heart. They were concerned that my heart may have caused the symptoms I was having. After every test in the book, they felt confident that my heart was not the issue and final released me last night.
Needless to say, I was ecstatic to be home. All I wanted was a hug from my little one, a kiss from my hubby, and a nice hot shower.
My boss was nice enough to let me have the rest of the week off. And it is sooooo appreciated.
I am going to relax, make a follow up visit to my primary care doc and see if I can get to the bottom of the nausea and lightheadedness.
One positive note out of this whole mess. It sure put Christmas into perspective. I am going to reduce some of my "to-do" lists and really enjoy the next few weeks of festivities. Join me! This time of the year is always hectic, but I am going to only do "what I have to" and leave the rest for another day. Now is the time to enjoy the wonders of Christmas.
I will share my adventures as they happen.

Till Later,

Friday, December 10, 2010


Congratulations to Garage Sale Gal for winning my First Give-Away. I will be contacting you for all your shipping information. Santa is anxious to move into his new home.

I also want to THANK ALL OF YOU who entered. I have enjoyed each an every one of your stories. They brought so many wonderful memories to life. I must admit, I was a little nervous about taking on a Give-Away. The fear of no one joining in was in the back of my mind. But you have all made this soooooo much fun. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
I have more ideas and Give-Aways on the horizon, so keep checking in. This maybe addicting :)

And if you haven't had a chance yet, read some of the Christmas memories of favorite ornaments and traditions. They are all worth check out.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Many of you know that blogging is a very new experience for me. I have truly enjoyed the experience and now wonder why I waited so long to join in the fun. I want to celebrate the holiday season by having my first Give-Away but I wanted it to be something special....something meaningful. (More on that in a bit.)
Since so many of you have made lovely comments about my vintage holiday domes, I have decided to keep this one off my Etsy site and share him.

Now more on the “meaningful” part. I originally was going to offer up a hand-molded paper mache piece (and I still will before the month is out – hint, hint) but the FIRST Give-Away had to feel “special” to me.
Christmas is about our family and friends, our faith, our traditions, and nothing sums up the season more for me than a glittery gold, vintage, dancing Santa. Gold Santas. Not red, not green, GOLD!
How strange, you say? Why?
Because these were the most glorious, shiny, magical, cutest things I ever saw when I was a child (and they still are to me). My mom tucked these away in every corner of the house and there was always one sitting in the fresh poinsettia plant on the dining room table. I sat for hours staring at him in the glistening light of the Christmas tree.

So, with that long winded story said, what better way to send out some of my family holiday spirit than to send you a vintage, bedazzling boogie-boy Santa dome! HOHOHO.
I hand-molded the mushrooms at his feet from paper clay, and covered his snowy base in mica and glitter…or should I say “glitta” for us Massachusetts girls.

Oh goodness…..stop talking and give the details on how to win, right???!!!

1. Leave me a comment and you get one chance.
And please share with me what your favorite holiday decoration or ornament is. I love hearing your stories.
2. Follow me and you get another chance.
3. If you decide to share this Give-Away information on your blog, you will get a 3rd chance.

Good luck everyone. I will pick the winner's name on Friday, the 10th.

Till later,

Monday, November 29, 2010


I will be working on these this week, in between decorating and shopping - LOL
Hoping to have them painted and embellished by the weekend.
I have 3 out of the 5 vintage domes complete, and I will be listing them tomorrow night on Etsy.

Till Later,

Saturday, November 27, 2010


This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I LOVE THE WEEKEND AFTER THANKSGIVING. Don't get me wrong. It has nothing to do with the shopping. I loathe Black Friday shopping. I don't even leave my house on Friday. I stay home and recover from the huge amount of food I ate the day before.
What I DO love about this is time for the Christmas decorating! Yippy.....heaven. I am sort of old school. I don't put out any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. And this year made me nuts because holiday items were in the stores even before Halloween. So wrong!
This morning I started lugging up the plastic bins from the basement to get started. It's an adventure ever time. I mark each box, but the unwrapping of each piece covered in tissue paper makes it so exciting.
Here is a glimpse of my kitchen table covered in one of the opened boxes of Christmas goodness. Only 6 more bins to go :)

When my cats were still among us, I would pile the tissue paper up on the floor and they would hide in it and play for hours.
This year, I think the spirit of Yogi and BooBoo took over my daughter. I found her in the living room doing this!

I did venture out for a little bit today. The traffic was a little crazy, but I only hit Target for a few things and headed home. They had these adorable felt snowman ornaments that were so cute. And just $2.00!

These ornaments were very elegent. Look at those prices! Granted, they were not glass, but how lovely would these look on a tree if you had to decorate on a tight budget.

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving. Tomorrow will be more decorating....and finally finishing up some WIP items to post on my Etsy shop next week :)
Till later,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It is about 6:00 on Wednesday night. Today, I have been busy preparing for Thanksgiving. The pies are baked. The brownies are made. The stuffing is yummy and the bird is prepped. All is well.
Tomorrow we will be all busy with family fun, eating way too much, and making memories.....oh, and did I mention eating way too much!
I have so much to be thankful for....too much to count. My list probably sounds much like yours. I am thanksful for my family and friends when so many in the world are lonely. I am thankful for the food on our table when so many in the world go hungry. I am thankful for my health when so many are sick and dying.
Here is my Thanksgiving wish to you all.
May your home (and heart) be filled with all those you love; a bountiful table; and much joy and laughter.

Till later,

Monday, November 15, 2010


This past weekend I was to attend a craft fair. Though I had some great paper mache sculpted pieces to bring, I wanted to put together some quick "fun" pieces to go along with them. And as I fished through draws and draws of craft material, I thought to myself, "Girl, you have way to much stuff!!" Well, maybe, not in those words. But nothing I would be able to repeat without possible offending someone. LOL
So my personal challenge came to be! Use nothing but what you already have in the house. Get rid of the "collection" of craft material that sits in the boxes and drawers and finally do something....anything with them! So, tonight I will start to share some of these creations with you. And as they are finished, I will post. Hopefully this will inspire all you creative souls to try the same.
Think of it this way. It will free up some space so you can buy new stuff!!
So, where to begin....
Well, I had bought a bunch of glass domes ages ago. They were in AC Moore in the clearance section. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but at the time, I "needed" them. They have sat in a box for almost a year. So much for "needing".
I wanted to find a base for them, but none of my wooden bases were big enough. Go figure.
And then I noticed my paper mache boxes. I have tons of these around the house waiting to be painted. The dome actual fit on the smaller box if I flipped it upside down. And the cover held it in place. Perfect!
I grabbed my box of vintage "kitschy" christmas love and got crackin' know you have the same box....admit it!
There were a tons of vintage paper mache snowmen that had seen better days. Some were missing parts, Others had their plastic hats broken. I never had the heart to throw them out (oh no!) so I gave them a little tender loving care, and tah dah.....cute winter wonderland scenes.

The cutie on the right is still waiting for his dome and "bling" trimmings. I had to cut the box down because he was a tall one!
That poor guy had half a hat, and his head was almost decapitated. So sad. He is happy now.

Till next time,

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


What a pretty sight! Sharon from VINTAGESTUDIO included my Aqua Santa in this lovely Etsy Treasury. The colors are so yummy. Thank you Sharon!

Friday, November 5, 2010


Now that Halloween has come and gone, my mind is focused on Christmas. I have several shows to get ready for, and I have been making tons of Christmas Magnets. These are Thank You gifts that I include with purchases for all my wonderful customers. These magnets always get me festive when I see them all grouped together. They are simple to make, and fun to look at. And I love including them in my packages as a fun surprise. Oh, how I love the holidays!!

BTW, Sharon, if you are out there reading this...your magnets are in the mail!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


One quick photo of my two loves .... Senorita Julia and Daddy the Chicken Man. Not sure why my husband decided to be a chicken (other than, he is crazy!). Julia loved her fancy dress and we jazzed it up with some hand made crepe paper flowers. It was a shame it was so cold and windy. We had to put on a shirt underneith and a jacket ... which always spoils the "look".

Sunday, October 31, 2010


56 more days till Christmas!

Whew, it is almost 9:00, and I am finally able to sit down from a crazy fun night of Trick or Treating. We had over 250 kids tonight. The weather was cold and windy, but it didn't stop the neighborhood from coming alive with Halloween Spirit. Julia was a Spanish Senorita. I will post a few pics tomorrow. Mom is too pooped for anything else tonight. Happy Halloween to you all!

Till later,

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I admit it. I will not lie. I have become obsessed with owls.
I have always adored them, but lately, I have crossed the line from mildly fascinated to completely enthralled. October always brings out the owl fanatics. Something about Halloween and owls just seem to go together. But, for us year round lovers of these nocturnal animals, I would like to share with you these amazing creations. Below is a Barn Owl and Mouse. The fantastic owl was made by Helen Priem and the "too-cute-for-words" mouse was made by Barby Anderson. Does it get any better than this?!! Really??!! Look at those cheeks on that mouse....and those eyes!

The next photo is also from Helen Priem.
What these talented ladies can do with felt is remarkable. If you would like to check out more of their work, please see their websites.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


My sweet friend, Mary Buckler always sends the most adorable gifts. I met Mary on Flickr. She is hilariously funny and super talented.
She never forgets to send a little something special in the mail to brighten up my day. And these really made my day! How cute are these!!! She made these from vintage picks. I just love them.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Orange, black and green - my FAVORITE colors of the season. I love creating for Halloween. When I was a kid, everything was always hand made - even your costume! Now-a-days, kids want to buy expensive fancy costumes; and it is rare to see hand carved real pumpkins anymore. So sad.
I have been making crepe paper collars for my Shakers in all my favorite colors. I might even use some of these collars to create some ornaments for the feather tree with some scraps or vintage images.

The Shakers have their collars and ribbon. (Don't you love the pom-pom ribbon!) I have aged their faces for a vintage look and even added some black ric-rac around the faces. Now it is time to finish up the the rest and, start some last minute "ghosts". I have been dying to break out the glow in the dark glitter again :)

Monday, October 11, 2010


Finally started to get back into the swing of things after a long couple of weeks at work. To get my creative juices flowing, I like to paint. It is the instant gratification (verse waiting days for your paper mache sculptures to dry!).
Every year, I make some shakers for Halloween. Nothing crazy....just fun little pieces to decorate the house and give out to family and friends. And if I make more than I need, I throw a couple of listings on Etsy.
Yesterday, in between loads of laundry, cooking, a trip to the craft store, and other regular Sunday shenanagans, I was able to paint the dowels, fill the "heads" with rice (it's not a shaker without some NOISE!) and paint some funny vintage inspired JOL faces.
Tonight, attach the dowels, rub on some antiquing gel, add some crepe paper and ribbon embellishments, maybe a hint of glitter.....who knows!
Got to love those vintage faces!


It has been a hectic week!
The first week in October is National Customer Service Week. Each year, the supervisors and managers (of my day job) get together to plan a week long celebration for all the men and women who work so hard in our call center, inside sales department, and order management departments.
The party has come and gone (pictures soon to follow) and I can now get back on track.
I have just come back from getting my yearly Flu Shot. I think of it as a way to stay healthy and an excuse to get a "free" cookie afterwards - LOL
I encourage you all to go do the same!

More new posts to follow soon,

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Morning Music - MANAMANAH

My husband Jeff plays in a band every onces and awhile. He loves being able to get silly, play music, and hang out with his friends. After all these years, last night was the first time he ever played this song in a band. Made me laugh. Brings back fun memories. Enjoy!
Happy Sunday

Monday, September 27, 2010


I spent the weekend trying to decorate the house for Halloween and finish up on some Halloween pieces! I am knee high in "spooky fun" and praying that I actually get all the pieces done by the end of the week. I will be listing this Boo JOL tomorrow on my Etsy site. He (or she) is full of sparkle and you can't see it very well in this photo, but the crackle on the body and face came out really nice.
You never know what the crackle will look like until you is such an adventure!
BTW- big THANKS TO Sharon at My Vintage Studio for blogging about my JOL.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC - Jason Mraz doing a cover of Elton John's Rocket Man

Musically, I am all over the place. I love jazz, rock, pop, big band, metal....depending on my mood at the time.
I have, for years, been a huge Elton John fan and love "old-time" Elton. This is one of my favorite covers of Rocket Man. Every singer and wanna-be singer as sung this tune, but this is one I really enjoy.
Happy Sunday Morning everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010


I received an email from one of my favorite stores on the planet!
D Blumchen and Company
They are showing a tutorial on how to make these amazing hats! I HAD to post for you all, just in case you have never stopped by this amazing shop. I cannot wait to make these with my daughter.
Here is their link:

Monday, September 20, 2010


I have been busy finishing up on some Halloween pieces. The cooler weather just gets you in the mood! I took a quick picture of this one and thought I would share. I love old vintage holiday postcards and wanted the pumpkin girl to have the same adorable look. She has glitter on the black edges of the base, and everything, including the pumpkin, have been crackled. I will list her on Etsy later on tonight.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I cannot believe that it is September 16th. Time is flying at lightning speed. I have so much to share with you all and I can't seem to get a minute to do it all. So, just to keep thing fresh, I wanted to share my Sneaky Kitty for 2010. As you can see from my avitar, I use this little guy for lots of fun pieces. He is just so stinkin' cute, and probably one of my most popular items on Etsy. He always flies out of the shop. I didn't want to do the "same-old-thang" with him for 2010, so I decided to use a moon for the base this year. He is made from an adorable chocolate mold that I have in my collection of never ending "stuff"!! I love to make something using old molds in between hand sculpting my pieces. There is just something so charming about them and sooo vintage. But I am never happy to just paint-and-go, so I have to add some special touches. This year it was a hand molded moon base. Hope you like him. You can't see it to well in the photo, but he has glittery polka dots on his collar in black - tone on tone - very sparkly. Oh, I wish I was a better photographer.
I have another black kitty coming that is sitting on a pumpkin base (very traditional). And, of course, I have several OOAK JOL's that are all hand sculpted and waiting for there final touches. I so hope to get them done by the weekend.
I don't know how anyone else feels, but I seem to ALWAYS be behind!!! Maybe it is because I start so many projects at once, and feel like I am not getting anywhere with any of them - LOL
And now that Julia is in school and she has homework every night - jeez, I have even less time......oh to have a few more hours in the day,
Chow for now,

Friday, September 10, 2010


Sylvia Smiser was my partner for the Halloween Tea Party Swap. Boy did I get lucky!!!! Look what she came up with for me. I love love love!!!! She looks amazing in person. I stink with a camera in my hand!!! And I noticed that I forgot to take a picture with her witch hat. I was so excited, I didn't know what I was doing. How cool is she???!!!! The workmanship on this was spectacular. I will say it over and over - I LOVE HER!!!
Don't be jealous now.
Check out her blog at: THANK YOU SYLVIA!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


I have never signed up for an "official" organized swap before. I have traded with artist friends in the past but have always stayed clear of large organized Swaps. Not that I wasn't interested! Quite on contrary. My fear was that I would not get it done in time, or I would have a partner that I knew very little about and would make something they absolutely hated! LOL
But, I have stuck my feet in the water and sent out my first "legit" swap package for fellow artist Sylvia Smiser from Anabo Creations. I hope she likes it....keeping my fingers crossed. It should arrive in her mail today.

The theme of the Swap was Halloween Tea Party.

I used paper mache to give the JOL Tea Pot a textured, old time feel. The box has a hand painted image similar to an old Halloween postcard that I loved. The tag was tea stained and stamped. And inside there are tea bags in stamped brown craft paper bags as a little surprise.

This JOL has a little devilish friend trying to hide inside and steal your drink out from under you. Watch out!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Julia returned to school on the 3rd. Ever since she was 3 months old, she has gone to daycare every weekday while I was at work. Out of the house at 8:00 and not home till after 5:00. When the summer arrived, my husband and I decided to give her a "real" summer vacation by letting her stay at home with him during July and August. Thankfully, he works from home, and was able to arrange his schedule to fit some playtime in for the summer. Now, at the age of 6, she is ready for 1st grade and attending a new school. This is an enormous change for her, and I have been very apprehensive about the outcome. She was so excited to start, and had a difficult time sleeping that night. If truth be told, "mommy" didn't sleep well either! Here she is in all her glory on her first day. The eyes say it all....excited with a touch of uncertainty. She waited in line with all the other kids until her teacher arrived and they were walked into the classroom. No tears from her ...... tons of tears from mom! She looked so small. The school looked so large. And I hoped that she would make new friends and have a good day. She did! The second day was not as easy. She missed the routine of her old school. She missed her friends. But each day will get better. It always does.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Calling all bloggers! Have you heard the buzz about The Hive?

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The Hive is a dynamic social community designed to help provide a connection between everyone in the arts, crafts and hobby industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, professional artist, hobbyist, retailer or consumer, you have a voice. By providing a place for everyone to grow, build a community of like inspired enthusiasts and connect creators to consumers our hope is that we continue to strengthen and grow the industry as a whole.

I have had a great time connecting with new artists and sharing some fun with some old friends. Come on and join me. And don;t forget to "follow me" so I can see that you have arrived and "follow" you to :)
Click on The Hive logo to the right and check it out!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The last few days have been rainy and cold; a far cry from the hot and humid weather of the summer. As my Mom always said...."it smells like school!" For me, it felt like Halloween today. I have been working on new fall designs, but while I wait for them to become reality, I wanted to share one of my favorite local artists with you. Mister Reusch
A few years back, my husband and I attended one of his art shows. Jeff had met him through some mutual artist friends and they share a common interest in poster art (both being very talented gigposter artists). My husband fell in love with this pieces and of course, being the good wife, I purchased this original painting for him. My poor photo does not do it justice.
Mister Reusch is a freelance illustrator, poster artist, and teacher at Massachusetts College of Art.
If you would like to see more of his artwork, check out his blog at

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Last week, I was able to take some time off from work and visit my parents for a few days. They have both reached a point where travel is out of the question. My mom has two bad knees but refuses to have surgery at her age, and at 78, I can't really blame her. My Dad has become quite fragile and requires constant care. He suffers from Pulminary Fibrosis and needs the aid of an oxygen tank to breath around the clock. Now in his 80's, he is quite cranky, and frustrated with his lack of independent life. But these few days were filled with laughs and joy. My daughter does not get to see my parents often, and they enjoyed watching her silliness. She was more than willing to sing and dance for them; and enjoyed going through my mother's jewelry collection. She is such a girlie girl!
While there, I was able to go through some old photos. I grabbed a stack of photo albums to bring home. The next few days will be tied up scanning all the important, funny, and memory-filled photos. My hope is to use the digital print-outs for hand made ornaments this upcoming Christmas. They would make wonderful gifts for my brother and sister, and I would love to have a tree filled with all these family tree! :)
I will share the progress as I go along. It might inspire you to try something similar with your family photos.
Here are a few of the old photos of my parents that I came across. They looked so young and ready for life. Dad, looking so handsome in his uniform; and my Mom beaming with my Dad as they begin their life together. The beach scene below with the older cars in the background was taken about 10 years later - the cars are a hoot to see.
Thanks for letting me go down memory lane.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


A lovely collector of my pieces, Sharon from My Vintage Studio, had requested a special design. She wanted to incorporate roses into the theme and offered up some ideas, but really left me to do whatever I thought would like nice. This is a close up snip-it of the design I shipped out to her a few days ago. I hope she loves it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
I was in the middle of creating Christmas items to post on my Etsy shop for the month of July, and when she emailed me, I was thrilled to have a new "outlet" for my creativity. How fun to do something other than a holiday theme for a change! The only ideas.....the recipient loves vintage china, roses, pinks, etc.
I was leaning toward a "cone" filled with roses, etc., or something sculpted in an old tea cup; but as with most of my designs, they take on a life of their own, and I ended up changing to a base that could stand alone on a table or be hung from the twisted copper wire. Why not be able to bring it in any room of the house, right?!
The container is covered in various scrapbooking paper with pink roses and text. It was toned down with some random splashes of texture medium and lightly crackled and aged. I hand sculpted and painted the small doll head to be similar in style to the vintage Frozen Charlotte dolls (which Sharon seemed to like). There is rich moss, lovely pink, cream and lavendar paper roses, ribbons, and hints of vintage mica flakes throughout the piece. I hope you love her Sharon! She should be at your doorstep any day now.
For all of you vintage girlie-girls out there who enjoy drinking your tea from an exquisite vintage rose covered teacup, please stop by My Vintage Studio. There is a link under my favorite blogs on the side bar. Sharon has a beautiful blog that you can truly get lost in.
Until later,

Monday, August 2, 2010


For those who don't know yet, I have a deep fasination with all things Santa. I love that chubby guy! These are a few of the one-of-a-kind Christmas pieces in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Here I am. The beginning. The FIRST post.
I have read some wonderful blogs over the last year, all the time wondering, should I venture into this myself? Do I have anything interesting to share? Will anyone want to read it? Do I even have the time to devote to keeping it fresh and new?
Well, here I sit, with no real answers to any of these questions, but I am sticking my toes in the water. What's the worst that can happen, right?
I have just spent the evening with my 6 year old daughter watching ICarly and eating the warm cake she helped me bake and decorate (pink frosting with teal, yellow and mint green sprinkles). It is girls night. No boys allowed.
Daddy went out to a concert and we had the place to ourselves. We got to act silly, have a pillow fight and giggle. Now, I sit here, exhausted, ready for bed but wanting to get this web page started before I change my mind. LOL
So, I guess the best place to start is to let you know my stats. (You will get to "know" me as time goes on.)
I am a fourty-something (too close to 50 for comfort) married, artist from Massachusetts.
My husband is a full time Graphic Designer and Illustrator who has been giving the "self-employment" route a try. Though not easy, I think with time, it will prove to be a positive turning point.
I, on the other hand, still work a full time job for a screen printing company, and create my holiday designs during the free moments I have, and the late hours when everyone is sleeping.
I hope to keep things interesting for you as I go along. I will post some photos of my one-of-a-kind holiday pieces, share some of the wonderful vintage finds I pick-up, tell some stories, and hopefully not bore you to tears.
Till next time,