Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

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,
Cyndi

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MY OBSESSION.....

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.
Enjoy,
Cyndi

Sunday, October 24, 2010

HALLOWEEN GOODIES ARRIVED IN THE MAIL!

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

THE COLORS OF HALLOWEEN

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

JOL SHAKER WIPS


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!

FLU SHOT DAY!

Whew!
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,
Cyndi

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
Cyndi