Sunday, November 25, 2012


Give away time everyone!
     Here is the first of two give-aways I have planned for the next few weeks....
so lets get right down to it. This package will include:
1. ONE Halloween Shaker (which I promised back in October - better late than never!)
2. ONE Santa Ball Ornament
3. TWO sheets of reproduction vintage-style scraps from The Evergreen Press.
Yippy, three super cool gifts!
     This years Halloween Shakers are black cats. Each are painted with a traditional vintage cat design. The eyes are glittered. The crepe paper ruffled collar was hand gathered and slightly bleached at the ends to give it a worn, vintage look. There is a rusty bell and ribbons adorning the black and white striped handle. Of course, there are a few beads inside the head to add a bit of sound when shaken.
YOU PICK! Either the left shaker in the photo with white whiskers, or the shaker on the right with orange whiskers. Both are a fun tradition Halloween design.
See photos below!
     The Santa Ball Ornaments all slightly different. Some have the holly leaves on the right, some on the left. The beards are all unique, and of course, because they are all painted by hand, they each have slightly different personality, but all adorable. These original design Santas are hand-sculpted from paper clay onto a paper mache ball, painted, antiqued & aged with random splashed of real vintage mica flakes. Light weight (balls are hollow) so they will work on any type of tree or branch.

     Since I have five of these, and it would be hard to notice the slight variations in pictures, let me pick-out the perfect Santa for you! They will let me know who wants to go home to the winner!
     As a bonus, I decided to add some Reproduction Christmas Scraps for all the talented crafters out there. You know who you are!!! I bought a bunch of these sheets a few years ago from a lovely shop on Etsy, which has since closed. The scraps are very well done, have the look and feel of vintage scraps, but where made in Pleasant Hill, CA by a company called The Evergreen Press.....still in the plastic wrapping - never opened!
They are quite large, so these would make stand-out holiday statement pieces. One sheet is Santas, the other Angels, both in a Victorian style. There are so many amazing uses for these in your Christmas craft projects, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
     So here is what you do! Easy Peasy as always, leave me a comment letting me know you want to play! Make sure you tell me what shaker you want! You will get one chance to win. If you let me know you are a follower, or become a new follower, you get a second chance. That's it! On December 2nd, I will pick a winner. One week to play so let's get started!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


I know this is a busy week for all of us what with the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, so I wanted to check-in with you all to wish you a spectacular week, and update you on what has been going on at the LaChance household.
Mom is home after her pace-maker surgery and doing very well. One more thing to add to our "thankful" list this week! Halloween, though belated from the storm, was a festive night of spooky magic. Julia was a Genie, complete with fake eye lashes.
The craft fair went "OK"...relatively quiet, but I didn't mind at all. It was for my church, and it was their first ever fair, so I was there to support the effort. I sold a few things, but most of my pieces are better suited for a larger scale fair. I brought just a few creations along, knowing it would probably be slow. That saved time on packing and unpacking. I'm all about easy! My "neighbor" with the table behind me was such a sweet woman. Chatting with her made a long day much more fun.
The pieces I have left will be hitting my Etsy shop by Sunday. But, I did promise a give-way for Halloween, so I am going to make it a combo Halloween / Christmas theme. This Sunday, the 25th, will be the official start of the Give-Away, so please come back an check out the pics! I think you will like what you see.
Oh, and by the way, I am sooooooooooo being overtaken by the huge collection of books and craft magazines. Are you? I am grouping them in 2's and posting them for sale on my Etsy shop as used books and magazines. I have tons and tons to list. Today's posting are just the beginning. So, if you are looking for some back-issues of any Somerset Studio, etc., stop by and check out what I have. You might find an issue or book you have been looking for.
Enjoy your week of cooking and baking. Wishing you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Chow for now!

My table at St. Monica's first ever craft fair.

My table at St. Monica's first ever craft fair.

Just a few of the ornies on display.

One of the finished Santa ornaments