Tagged: vintage Christmas

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.

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What’s Up?

My blog posts have been far and few in between, however, that does not mean I’ve been slacking. Oh no, I have been keenly aware that Christmas is approaching faster than I can eat chocolate the speed of light. That means I’ve got to make, make and make some more Christmas items for my upcoming shows. This is what our kitchen looked like last Thursday.

Explosion of vintage Christmas items.

Explosion of vintage Christmas items.

 

I was working on these tart tin ornaments. They were a pain fun to make with all the tiny bits and bobs involved!

Cutie retro tart tin Christmas ornaments.

Cutie retro tart tin Christmas ornaments.

 

Then I made these vintage style Christmas corsages. I think these are so cute. They are like the ones your grandmother  wore and you thought were tacky.

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And these things are just the tip of the iceberg. I have a bunch of other things I need to make as well as finish making embellishments for a swap I’m doing with a friend.

Please excuse my lack of posts, but know that I will try to keep you up-dated on all the Christmas goodness I am making!

Remember December

Wow! I know it’s been a while since I last posted a blog but this lady has been very busy making, taking and selling. I had a great show in Richmond and now that the dust has settled I am ready to make some great Christmas memories. The problem is, I won’t remember all the great stuff I did even a year from now, never mind 20 years from now. So I found a wonderful and easy way to keep my memories for each December. I will have to add this to my “day late and a dollar short” list of paper crafts because apparently this specific type of journal has been around for many years. I’m talking about a December Daily which has a page, or space, to write a little bit about what you did for each day in December.

Most of the December Daily journals I’ve seen on Pinterest and Youtube use nice new paper lines with all the coordinating embellishments. If you know me, however, you know that is not my style. I decided to create my December Daily in the Junk Journal style using only stuff I already had on hand. I won’t bore you with a page by page description because it would be January before I got it all written down. Instead I will just let you look at the pictures “gallery” style. 

Before you look, however, I just wanted to mention a few things. First, the cover is made from the top of an old ornament box that I layered over some vintage wrapping paper. Second, there are envelopes, manila file folders, a piece from a box of cards, a manila mailing folder, a brown paper bag, a little white paper bag, old Christmas cards, a coin envelope, old book pages and tons of embellishments in this journal. 

I had a lot of fun making it and plan to add more embellishments and doodles each day I write in it. Even though you won’t be able to make your own December Daily for this year, I encourage you to grab a notebook and write down the highlights of each day this December so you can remember all the good, bad and ugly times you may have. I guarantee you will be glad you did in the years to come!