Thursday, December 29, 2011

Class Sample

Made one if these yesterday for a private class for Valentines day. I am finally going to put some stuff in my etsy shop. It's seems so easy but it can be a lot of work!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Girls day out for Christmas!

{Kim Caldwell and me}
Okay so we have to admit, Christmas is pretty much all down hill from the point you turn 13 until you spawn kids of your own. Tyler and I have pretty much decided Christmas to us means cuddling on the couch watching our favorite shows,  sipping coffee and making a nice dinner for two with a nice bottle of wine. We don't buy gifts really...other than to make an excuse to buy ourselves a big ticket unnecessary item (this year Me= 2012 Subaru Outback,  He=a core drill of some sort). I know some of you might say, what about the new Macbook Pro he bought you....but to call that unnecessary? Never! But I digress, a little old fashioned fun and anticipation does exist for the over 13 crowd and it comes in the form of Kim Caldwells annual Christmas soiree. Girlfriends, crafting, food, desserts, swaps, gifts, are you kidding!? I truly look forward to being giddy each year, so thanks you Kim for hosting this wonderful day for all of us. Now onto the pictures! I will blog about the swaps and gifts in another post, because I have like 50 pictures!
{Kim made these table setting from salt shakers filled with little bottle brush trees and angel wings, so cute!}

{table gifts and supplies}

{feathered center pieces}

{Kims sweet decor}

{and this little sweety too!}

{Holly, Jenny and me, table mates}

{Kims always beautifully attired dress form}

{me Terry and Holly}

{Andrea; LIKE seriously, how do I unwrap this??}

{my sweet little decoupaged birdie}
Class was taught by Karla Nathan, she was so generous with her tips and ideas, thanks Karla! Please click on her name and check out her blog and shop- A-mazing!

{more of Kims decor}

{one of Kims trees! Oh how I wish I could have a big tree! No room and Juno and Pippi would destroy it when they play fight!}

{one of my dearest friends Andrea}

{and this was a little extra gift from her, I saw when she blogged about these cuffs she made and not-so-secretly wanted one!} BTW it came and an engraved box-hugs Andrea- I love it!
{Me and Cheryl}

{and the desserts! To die for especially to the lemon bundt cake in the front, took half of that home with me and refuse to share!}

One last look at Kims beautiful sugary sweet Christmas decor. Being in your home was like being in a Christmas Fairytale Kim, Thanks so much!
Can't wait until next year

Friday, December 9, 2011

Victorian Stocking Swap-hosted by Sherry Bamsey

Okay So I am totally cheating, we were all supposed to open our swaps tomorrow, but I am driving to Colorado and juts HAD to open mine a day early so I could ooogle over my goodies and hang my stocking by the chimney with flair! I was sooo lucky to get my friend Julie Gordon Weller as my secret stocking maker. Actually I would not have minded ANY of the fellow swappers stockings, but I know Julies style so was excited to get a box from her! So without further adieu and before we hit the road, here is the precious stocking that Julie made me... a stocking I am sure to treasure for years to come:
{sweet anticipation!}

{love the vintage card cute!}

{what a great detail, a vintage lady skiier, nice job Julie! Swaps are always so special when there are those little personal touches}

(a bigger pic}

{loves these little vintage lovelies peeking out!}

{a box full of vintage cupcake pics, now Julie is the cupcake queen and I love she added a little of herself into this!}

{I just love these little guys had to do a close up!}

{she added lots of fun vintage embellishments, loved these unique cards}

{more fun embellishments and beads}

{more vintage treats to create with, I loved the spool you cant really appreciate the shiny thread on the spool, can't wait to create some fun ornaments with all of this!}

{here is my stockings honored home, below my memorial to my sweet Temper that passed away last year}
Julie I love my stocking and everything you filled it with, a big virtual hug to you and I hope you and everyone else has an wonderful peaceful Holiday!
And thanks Sherry for hostessing this great swap!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Workshop? Bracelet made with Vintage Finds..

If you will remember a few posts back I went on a weekend girls trip to Cayucos in the central coast. Andrea took us to this amazing store filled with vintage buttons and trims called Lena G's. I bought this bag of goodies (above) and I FINALLY made the piece to go with it. Thinking about doing this one as a class....only have enough for 5 kits though.....thats how it goes with Vintage you just can't run down to Target and buy 10 more!

Pale pink vintage trim, a great vintage pink pearl button, antiqued gold finish metals and hand-wired rosary chain. This looks so good on too, but for some reason the pics of it on my hand looks all weird. *Note to self, look at fashion magazines and learn how to shoot a bracelet on a wrist!
Let me know if you might be interested in a workshop the make one!