Friday, October 31, 2008
Have a blessed and safe Halloween.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
When you are feeling lonely
Or even feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift
And know I am thinking of you.
You never can unwrap it,
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box within you hands
It is filled with my love inside.
I have always tried to wrap my presents with a special wrap so that the package is nicer than the gift and one gets two presents in one. This year I am using cigar boxes that my daughter gave me from her collections. The one that has a red sheer bows actually a box that I get my bead containers in. It turned out so beautiful and I won't be too disappointed if some of them do not sell. My only problem is that they still have a cigar smell and I am not sure if that will offend anyone with a sensitive nose. But it is a good use for those beautiful boxes that are just laying around.
These lovely pin cushions were tea cups from my Mom and were not being used any where else. I left the message from my Mother in the bottom of the cup for someone to find in the years to come. It says that the cup was given to her by her friend in 1944 and it belonged to her great grandma during the turn of the century. Both of the cups are made of very fine china. The second cup is much smaller but makes a lovely, dainty statement on a desk. I just love their look. I used a stamp on the top to age them and soften the look. Dawn even made pin cushions out of old silver sugar bowls but I do not have any of those lying around....
Here is another "Fairy Jar" that I think is wonderful. ( I get so emotionally attached to the things I create) I made her wings from flowers from My wedding bouquet. They are so soft and feminine. I found some silver trays and have loved decorating them and they so lend to the Holiday scene. I left them tarnished to make them "feel" used and loved. I love all the trays but this NOEL tray really speaks to the holiday spirit.
I found this cute teddy bear and wanted to dress her for the upcoming holiday! Miss Priss is not as cute as Dawn's from The Feathered Nest.blogspot.com but my grand daughters both want her. Again another beautiful idea from Dawn. I have loved these fairy jars and think they will be so cute for a mantel at Christmas plus can be used all year long. There is a cute poem attached I have made and sold numerous Christmas ornaments for the tree. I even keep a few for myself or for quick gifts when friends drop in. I particularly like the "Santa's Magic Key" I got the idea from the Internet and I think it is such a good idea for those children that can not figure out how Santa gets into the house to leave their gifts. You may use any of these ideas, as we go along in developing my inventory to sell at my open house then these jewels will go to the Carriage House in Winder, GA.
I have been busy busy busy with Christmas gifts. I have soooo many ideas from the Feathered Nest Blog site. Please check her out!!! You must must check it out. This little shoe has been with me since 1984 and I have saved it to find something to do with it. Dawn Edmonson gave me this delicious idea that I absolutely Love. What a precious gift to give a new baby or just for someone who loves Victorian, as I do.
Friday, October 10, 2008
hundreds of twisted green matte bugles and shorter straight black bugles and it is so soft and comfortable too. My daughter gave me the beautiful irredescent button to close it with. What a fun look! I think it looks like a wooly worm so that is what I have been calling it.
I think I told you I will be having a bazaar/open house sometime in November and I have been forcing myself to lay down the beads and get busy on numerous ideas that are rolling around in my head. I ran onto a gal named Dawn Edmundson who has a blog called "The Feathered Nest" and she has such good ideas that I love so she says to use them and I sure have been busy. I went to Value Village in Buford and got these trays to try out a new technique she uses. I absolutely love love love anything Victorian and this is what I came up with. It takes hours for me to decide what to use. What do you think? Too much? Someone will like them, I am sure. I really like the way the lady came out. There is a clock face hanging from the bow but I am not sure you can see it very well.
There is a scripture (1 Thessalonians 4: 11&12) that means alot to me. I borrowed this idea from Dawn too but it seemed to fit.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
This one is my very favorite tray and I do not care if it sells. It matches my bedroom so well.
Isn't she a sweet little girl? I have, since taking this picture added a row of seed pearls between the small ribbon row and the large one. I think it added just a touch more elegance.
I am now covering cigar boxes for Christmas packages. Plus I made about two dozen cards this week. I will have to show them to you later because I have got to get to work again. Have a wonderful creative day!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I have attached some more of my jewelry creations for you to see what else I have been up to. The teal one is the back side of the twisted groups that I have been creating. The rope is a lot of work and very time consuming. I just guess I get bored with repetitious work and like to be challenged.
I loved making the pink and teal bracelets! They are so very Victorian and I closed them both with antique buttons of my Moms. The pink earrings are made with four crystals wrapped in rose colored beads. It is always great when I wear them and people comment about them. I have sold several of my things and it is always so very hard for me to part with them. My daughter, Melissa sold three pieces and I about cried. I needed the money BUT I don't know if it is worth the pain I go through when a piece is sold.
This "Pearl Twist" matches the bridal necklace that is displayed. It is so very pretty in the daylight because the swarvoski crystals shine bright next to the beautiful creamy pearls.
The Green twist is a fun fall creation. It is a herringbone weave and I twisted it with the flower as the catch. It closes with a hook and eye combination.
When I made this cuff I did not realize it would be this wide. It is around 2 & 1/2inches wide but it is so very comfortable to wear. I love the lacy look and I made it so that it would fit a larger or smaller wrist. In the center are fresh water pearls which I always love.
My favorite necklace, so far, is this copper choker. It was a lot of fun to create and it looks GREAT on the neck. I have closed it with an old antique button from my stash. I made this also in the pearls that are on the right hand side of the blog. Just a change of beads makes all the difference. On the copper one I used a combination of a ladder stitch and then a herringbone. The drops are small leaves and a coppery purple drop. I know this will be one that I will be doing again and again.