Tagged: Christmas crafts

December Daily 2017

I just finished setting up the basic structure of my December Daily junk journal for this year and I thought I would share it with you. Please ignore the fact that one of my “O” rings is missing, I need to order more of that size. 

So here are just some basic things I have done so far.

I used covers from a hard back book and glued a piece from a vintage ornament box to the front.

I used a variety of papers for the pages. I always like to do my December Daily journals for the entire month and usually put in about 40 sheets of papers in varying sizes. 

A calendar for the month was added right inside the front cover.

I also added a December Daily prompt list I got off Pinterest in case I need some inspiration on those less than interesting days.

A little hand painted paper bag was glued to the inside of the back cover to put elements in that I don’t necessarily want to glue, tape or staple.

I added glitter glue to the candle flames and gold glittered letters that read, “Christmas 2017” on the front cover. I’m still debating if I will add any other graphics to the front. You can see how skinny the book is now, but I will keep you updated every once in a while during December to show you my progress.

If you are interested in purchasing a December Daily from me please leave me a message. I still have several to choose from and have time to mail them out before December 1st.

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So Busy, But Having Fun In A Manic Kind Of Way!

This time of year always makes me somewhat frantic. I have two big Christmas shows, The Vintage Home Market and the Holiday Craft Fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. At the Vintage Home Market I can bring vintage Christmas items as well as handmade items with a vintage flair. I don’t feel so stressed about stocking my booth there because I always have a lot of vintage Christmas items I bought throughout the year and squirreled away. The Holiday Craft Fair is another story. Everything in my 10 x 10 booth for this THREE day show has to be handmade! That is quite intimidating. I helped a friend do this show last year and she practically sold out on the first day!

So this is the reason I have not been able to blog as frequently as usual. Every waking hour I seem to be making stuff, thinking of stuff to make, pricing stuff I made, packing stuff I made and generally freaking out in the mess my house has become. 

Here are some pictures of the chaos which has become my life.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

This tote is absolutely stuffed with handmade December Dailies, Gratitude journals, altered mini compo books, junk journals and up-cycled denim and cashmere flower pins.

Some of the finished arrangements.

Some of the finished arrangements.

This is just a sampling of the arrangements I will be selling. As you can see, they are mostly finished. 

Empty arrangement containers.

Empty arrangement containers.

These containers are patiently waiting for me to make their arrangements.

Empty containers.

Empty containers.

These are waiting too.

More empty containers.

More empty containers.

Yep, these are too.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

This is where I will be spending the good part of the next two weeks. I hope to have all the container arrangements done and the totes that are full of supplies emptied, or mostly emptied. 

So now you can see the glitz and glamour that is the life of a crafter! If you would like information about either of these shows, please see my upcoming events page.

 

 

Out of the Mess

Just a quick post today as I am in the frantic last days before the Vintage Home Market in Richmond. I am going to show you the dark side of crafting. Intrigued?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a neat nick. I like things tidy, organized and generally uncluttered. Neatness helps me stay calm and think clearer. This past week I was not calm or lucid because I was working here….

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I had about 12″ square of uncluttered surface to work on.

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I literally had to make a path to negotiate around the floor.

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In the kitchen I had my “helpers” who absolutely do not add to my calmness when I’m working!  I have a few hanging wires to add to my altered bingo cards and some finishing touches to add to some of my larger pieces and I’ll be done for this weekend. Here are pictures of some of the items I finished yesterday.

Altered Bingo Cards. They still need wire hangars.

Altered Bingo Cards. They still need wire hangars.

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Tiny vintage arrangements.

Tiny vintage arrangements.

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So this is just a sampling of what I will have at the show this weekend. I hope these things make you smile and get you ready for a great Christmas season. 

For now I have cleaned up my studio and have restored a little calm and order. I will enjoy it for as long as I can. Next week it will all be dragged out again as I get ready for a show I’m doing on December 4th. I’m not complaining, though, I love my job and I love seeing what comes out of the mess even more!

P.S. I was so verklempt by the mess I used the wrong setting on my camera when I took these pictures.