Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Christmas Mantle

Hey y'all!! I'm back to show you my mantle for Christmas. Yeah, I know Christmas is over, but my decorations are still up, lol. And besides, there are only a couple of Christmas things on the mantle which can easily be swapped out for something else :)

The newest addition to my mantle is the big window that I attached chicken wire and then burlap to the back of. I hung the "Merry" banner to the window with clothes pins.

I added the gold snowflake and star among the ceramic birds, candlesticks, little red lantern and a big glass bottle.

I've seen the Mason jars with bottle brush trees in them on Pinterest and of course had to copy that! lol
I used small white bottle brush trees and "snow" that I had already to make these "snow globes" :)

I put green glittered Christmas balls inside this cloche that I have had for a while. I bought it at a really neat greenhouse/gift shop in Hilton Head, SC. It is metal and is a little rusty, just what I love!! The candle stick on the right just has a red and gold glass mosaic vase that I put a candle in.

I have not worked on any crafty things for a couple of weeks now, but hope to get out to the art house in the next few days to work on a few things. I promised my Mom a canvas piece for one of her Christmas presents, so I must work on that! There is also the big mess that must be cleaned up from creating things for the craft fair that I did. I didn't clean after each project because of the time crunch I was in, so it's more like a junk house than an art house at the moment, lol.
That's it from me today! Hope y'all have a very Happy New Year!!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

Sorry I have been slacking in blog land lately. This time of year is just so crazy busy at work and home that I barely have time to breathe!
We celebrated at my house today with my parents, my kids, their spouses and my sweet grand babies!! We also had a special guest, my son-in-law's mom, who is just the sweetest lady :) Even the dogs had fun (my parent's dog came to visit with my dog, lol) I did not get any pictures as I was busy holding the grand babies almost the entire time :) This is one picture that my daughter, Amber took on her phone.

I added the candy cane border and caption using Then I noticed they had a new feature for the holidays and played around a little, so this is what I did :)

Cute, huh?!
My daughter, Mariah AKA The Photographer took lots of pics but I am sure she has not had time to edit them, yet. But I can't wait to see them all!! When we were opening gifts, Grayson got some awesome toys, but all he wanted to do was use a box as a drum, lol. At one point, he and Elizabeth both were beating on the box and singing! It was so cute!! We had an awesome day, but I am exhausted! Tomorrow, we get to kind of do it all again, but without gifts. We always go to my parent's for breakfast and we'll get to see my brother, sister-in-law and some cousins :) Can't wait!!

I wish y'all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree!

How lovely are your branches?! This year I went for a whimsical, cutesy theme for my Christmas tree :) Having two grand babies gears me toward decorating through their eyes and I wanted the tree to be cute and magical for them. I wanted it to be colorful and look like it came straight from the North Pole with elves and candy and cakes on it.

I bought a slim 7 foot tree this year because we bought a huge sectional sofa that takes up most of the living room and I knew the other tree would not fit anywhere. I actually had to put the tree in the dining area right next to the front entryway, but this tree fits perfect there! I added the multi-colored lights first and then two long garland pieces made with white mesh ribbon. Then the real fun began! I added large candy and cake ornaments and large whimsical flowers and the cutest elves :)

A cute little girl elf to represent my
sweet granddaughter Elizabeth
And a mischief little boy elf to represent my
cute grandson Grayson. Notice the boy elf
is hanging upside down :) 
The tree top is colorful and whimsical, too, of course!!

I bought almost everything on the tree from Carolina Pottery, one of my most favorite stores! They always have the cutest tree displays and I based my tree on a mix of two or three of the trees that they had on display. I loved the elf tree they had and the candy/cake tree was adorable!! I have done something different with the mantle this year, too. We can't get to all of my Christmas decorations so I am having to make do with other things, but I am pretty happy with what I came up with :) Come back later this week to see that!! Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Craft Fair Display Pics

Well, the craft fair has finally come and gone and I though I would share some pics of how I displayed everything. I did not make a bunch of money like I had hoped but I had fun hanging out with my daughter and her sweet mother-in-law and other friends that dropped by to see us! If you have been following me for a while, you have seen a lot of the items that I made for the craft fair. And if you are interested, it is all for sale!! Just send me a message via email or Facebook! There are a lot of pics, so I will stop talking now :)

I used my altered suitcase to hold coaster sets, flower
pins, picture clips and one of my banners. Two window frames
hinged together display another banner and a decorated
snowflake door hanger.

A bi-fold louver door behind the table holds the large stocking
and chicken wire wall hangers. 

I used a wire mannequin to clip my
handmade greeting cards from.

Memory Wire bracelets are displayed in a flat wicker basket
that I lined with a vintage crocheted edge napkin. 

A close-up shot of some of the items for sale.

A close-up shot of the suitcase. 

My business cards :)

I used a vintage eyelet bed skirt over black table cloths to
cover my tables. To hang the candy canes, I stuck an ornament
hook in one of the eyelets and just hung them on the hook.

It's kind of hard to tell, but I used
a tomato cage to hang my Christmas
ornaments from.

This is a creation that I haven't really shared
with you yet. It is a chicken wire "wine bottle".
It was a happy mistake and I will share that with
you in another post.

This is the little tree that I decorated last year with
cute little cakes and candies (fake of course). I reworked
it to add lights to it :)

Close-up of the window frames hinged together with my "Merry" banner.
Last week was really busy at work getting ready for our company Christmas party and between that and preparing, setting up for the craft fair, etc., I was exhausted! I didn't even unload my car for a couple of days! I did manage to fill a few orders of some custom bows and get my Christmas tree up and decorated. I am only putting up the tree and decorating the mantle this year. Things are too crazy busy to put up the village and other decorations that I normally put up. I will share pics of my tree tomorrow and my mantle as soon as I finish decorating it :) Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Altered Suitcase

I have had this suitcase for many years. I removed the lining because it was discolored and ripped. And then I did nothing with it for a couple of years. My daughter Mariah was using it in photo shoots. Here is my grandson Grayson sitting in it for his Halloween pictures. Isn't he the cutest thing?!  :)

I changed the inside of the suitcase but left the outside as is. I like the color and patina of the outside, but the inside needed some work.

Do you want to see what I did to the inside??

Yep, you see burlap and lace :)

I used a printed burlap ribbon for the sides and an eyelet fabric with lace trim for the inside bottom and top.

I will be using it as a display case for some of my creations at a craft fair next Saturday. I set up my tables today so I could see how I wanted to display everything. This is what I think I will do with the suitcase :)

I have a few more coaster sets made to add to it and I think instead of the ornaments hanging on the top I will display some flower pins I made. I still have quite a few things to make for Saturday. I did make a couple things today and will share those soon. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Christmas Card of the Season

I bought an Authentique paper pack called Merry several months ago and have used several sheets so far for Christmas ornaments so I thought it was time to make a few cards. This is the first one I created. It all started with the piece of burlap ribbon that I brushed some white paint on and cut a v on the end. I was going to use it on a tag or possibly a canvas piece but it turned out the perfect size for a card :) The card base is Old Olive card stock with two layers of the paper from the Authentique paper pack. I tied scrunched seam binding around the layers card stock where they are put together and then added the piece of burlap ribbon. 

The tag  is also from the same paper pack, was cut out with a Tim Holtz tag die cut and is inked around the edges to distress it. I added a double tied bow to the tag. Above the tag is a chipboard snowflake that I painted with Tim Holtz shimmer white distress paint and then inked it to distress it, added the green button with red twine. Below the tag, I stamped "be merry" in Timber Brown Staz-on. I added Stickles around the edges of the card and the snowflake to make it sparkly :)

 I made another card and some other projects that I will share with you later. I gotta go and work on another creation that has been stuck in my head for a while :) Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I caved...

I just couldn't stand waiting to give my sister-in-law her Christmas gift! Considering it is a Christmas decoration, I really wanted her to have it to before then, so I caved and gave it to her today! I gave you a sneak peak of it last week. Here is the whole thing :)

I hope you like it Lisa!!! Each piece is coaster that is covered in Christmas paper from an Authentique paper pack and the edges are painted with white paint to look like it's dusted with snow. The J and the Y are chipboard letters from Darice, that are painted white, sponged with red paint and then I applied Irridescent Ice embossing powder. The O is actually a wreath ornament that I received in a swap. It is made with a bunch of punched snow flakes and some of them have small bling pieces. It was light blue, so I painted it with the same paint mixture as the letters. The bow that was on it was also blue, so I swapped it out with a pretty Old Olive ruffled Stampin' Up! ribbon one. I added big eyelets to the corner of each panel and attached them together with a vintage red eyelet ribbon. I accented the red ribbon with the same Old Olive ruffled ribbon and some pretty cream colored lace. Here is a close-up of each panel.

I love the little red bird peeking from behind the J and the Santa behind the Y. I cut the papers so those would not be hidden :) I love this paper pack!! I wish I had bought more than one!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I ate way too much and think I will go take a nap :)

Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Elf Stocking Floral Door Hanger

I have been seeing a lot of burlap stockings on Pinterest and since I adore burlap and love Christmas stockings, I thought I would make one :) But with a twist! I made it a floral door hanger instead of just a stocking. And of course I had to make it whimsical!!!

I made the stocking by drawing the shape directly on the burlap and cutting two pieces, then stitching them together and then turning it. Cute, huh? I stuffed it with fiberfill and inserted a floral foam block and then started filling it with fun, whimsical stuff :) There's a cute little elf hanging onto the stocking while hanging a jingle bell garland to it.

Then there is the sweet little candy house that I got at Carolina Pottery. Love that place!! They always have the cutest decorations, although sometimes a little pricey. Also, I added some cute sparkly sprays in green, red and white.

I do think it needs something on the right side of the little candy house, maybe a funky candy cane. I will be on the lookout for something this week.

I started a new project tonight and hope it turns out great, just have to let it dry overnight. It involves burlap, of course!! I will share that as soon as I can. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!