Monday, November 29, 2010

A GLIMPSE AT SOME SNOWY WORKS IN PROGRESS


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,
Cyndi

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ARE YA FEELIN' IT :)

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 weekend...it 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,
Cyndi

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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,
Cyndi

Monday, November 15, 2010

SO I GAVE MYSELF A CHALLENGE!

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'...you 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,
Cyndi

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'LL HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS......


What a pretty sight! Sharon from VINTAGESTUDIO included my Aqua Santa in this lovely Etsy Treasury. The colors are so yummy. Thank you Sharon!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cd8acb74f496d91898bd9fd/dreaming-of-an-aqua-christmas

Friday, November 5, 2010

IT'S JUST AROUND THE CORNER!

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

LAST PHOTOS OF HALLOWEEN......NOW ON TO THANKSGIVING! (& CHRISTMAS)

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".
Chow,
Cyndi