Monthly Archives: December 2012

It’s Snowing Again!!!

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Okay…enough already. We had a white Christmas…now can it be sunny and warm again? Okay here is a little somethin to warm you up.

I created this cheeky little Valentines card inspired by a teal and red color scheme.

IMG_0489Oh yeah and another Middy bag folded to look like an envelope : )

IMG_0490I added a vintagy bingo card, a doily and some die cut shapes.

IMG_0491Using Score Tape I attached some red pom pom trim to a very glittery heart. This is all layered over Red Wrinkle Ribbon all from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0493Matching red buttons on the ribbon and an accent button on the bow.  Last but not least a sweet little sentiment die cut.

IMG_0494Lot’s of yummy layers with a retro feel.

I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

Merry Christmas to all……

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Well the kiddos are still sleepin in and so is the Dear Husband. We are definitely going to have ourselves a white Christmas here after a lovely snowstorm yesterday. Our plans are not taking us too far from home so it should be a calm and simple day. 

This little project I’m sharing I created to decorate my shop. I turned my Christmas village shabby chic : ) Lot’s of glitter and flocking and paint. And of course some beautiful trim from RRR. I had the perfect little shelf to display it and it’s got my favorite pink in the background swoon.

IMG_0534              The little trees I bleached last week look perfectly shabby with my little houses.

IMG_0537Of course the village looked like the typical set. I started out by spray painting them to neutralize the background then gave them a base coat of winter white. Next I mixed the paints I liked to tone them down and give them a vintagy look. I used several types of glitter and flocking to create the look of a Putz house. As usual the glitter was EVERYWHERE. I’m sure I even ate some with my lunch lol. I’m sparkly on the inside : )

IMG_0542In order to maintain the look I wanted…I didn’t get crazy with the details…relying on subtlety to tell a quiet story of shabby chic. This little church is the centerpiece…as it should be : ) Just a bit of silvery glitter to dress the windows was all it needed.

IMG_0535Tinsel glitter was the perfect choice for the roofs. Along with flocking  where the snow would have been.

IMG_0532I used a small picture frame with a book page as a backdrop. I’ll be on the lookout now for some other little treasures to tuck into the scenery.

IMG_0529Are you thinking to yourself that it must have taken a long time to paint around all those details? Yep it sure did lol. But since this is going to be a display I put up every year…it was worth the extra effort.

IMG_0533All of the houses have little windows so next year I’ll be adding lights to the inside.

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I dressed the front of the shelves with my new favorite Juliet lace in natural from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0538All the pale colors were making it look a bit floaty. I decided to add some of the unbleached trees in to anchor the light colors.

IMG_0546The fun part of starting a new collection is not having every little bit right away…I’m looking forward to the hunt for more key pieces to add to fill in. I think I’ll be looking for some lamp posts and signage along with some characters to stage in the scene. OOHHH and also some vintage deer.

IMG_0522There’s the little tree I added garland to.

IMG_0509I’m planning to add signs to the tops of the doors here. I think this one will be Polly’s Paperie.

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From the side you can really get the feel of the different glitters. I just love the curve of the shelves….very girly.

Well I hope this inspires you to take a second look at some of your seasonal decor. Maybe you have outgrown the style? Why not give it a makeover. My little village was not a valuable collectable….so I wasn’t too concerned that it might not turn out like I had hoped. But it certainly did and I’m so glad I made the old new again and gave it a new life : ) Who knows…maybe I’ll leave it up year round.

Thanks to all of you who stop in to visit me in my little corner of the world. I’m so very privileged to share my creations with you all. I hope they inspire you to take the time to be creative everyday. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed Christmas and New Year. I hope you have a day full of magic.

P.S. thanks for all the well wishes for our little Tinker. He is home now and on the mend : ) That is truly a gift indeed.

Plans are changed….

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Plans are changed with one day to spare before our family vacation to sunny Florida. Our poor little kitty baby Tinker wasn’t looking so good…so I took him to the vet and they urged me to rush him to emergency. Thankfully D.H. Kenny was able to drive us the 45 minutes it took to get to Milford to the pet hospital. The Dr. shared with us that he had a completely blocked urethra : ( literally within an hour of it being a life or death situation. Luckily Tinker pulled through his emergency procedure just fine and is resting comfortably in the vet hospital for the next three days. We will be staying here instead of going on our trip   so we can bring him home on Monday.  It just goes to show…you should always trust your instincts when it come to your pets. It would have made for a very blue Christmas if we had lost Tinker.

20121220_190232-3So now that we’re staying home I guess I should put up a tree and deck the halls a little bit for my boy’s who were really looking forward to spending Christmas day on the beach. I’ve already gotten my gift….a happy healthy furry Tinker baby : )

Okay New Plan….Everything goes in a Middy Bag

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Just popping in to share another  Valentiny card. I am now convinced that every project can be made better if you just put a middy bag on it. : )

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I turned my Middy Bag into a faux envelope and filled it with pretty vintage images and beautiful trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon . Juliet Lace on the envelope. I glittered up the chipboard  heart and added some pretty pearl stems. I big poofy bow and vintagy flowers. I kept the background neutral so it would have a shabby chic look. I’ve got another sweet and cheeky retro styled card to share tomorrow so check back soon : )

Vintage Valentines

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I’ve been saving up my vintage image printouts just waiting to get to work on some lovely Valentines creations. 

IMG_0479I topped a nice chipboard piece with this sweet little guy, and gave him a nice big chipboard frame that I painted, inked and stitched.

IMG_0479-001While I still had the glitter out for Christmas projects I thought I might bedazzle some little chipboard hearts.

IMG_0483This Pink Chevron Trim from Really Reasonable Ribbon matches the vintagy pink perfectly. A nice generous strip and poofy bow really anchor the bottom of this card : )

IMG_0488This card has lot’s of layers and is very dimensional : ) and it’s pink!!!!

That’s it for me today….I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative. G

White Christmas

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No snow here yet….but I’ve made a few shabby chic ornaments in white for my shop tree.

IMG_0378I started this by painting and inking a chipboard frame. There’s a bit of book page as the background and a pretty vintage dress form image. A sweet little Paris clipping peeking out behind the star.

IMG_0381I layered a glittery star with painted jingle bells and some trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I choose my favorite Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon and Shimmer Satin in Charcoal. I used the stem from the star to make a few twisty elements for dimension. There’s a few additional chipboard pieces that I added on to create a nice layered look. They got the same paint and ink treatment.

IMG_0380Really need to talk to someone about my need to add three buttons to everything I make lol. I added a border of pom pom trim in Ivory.

IMG_0382I have enjoyed this ornament on my shabby chic shop tree. this one might get left out when all the seasonal decor is put away lol.

Hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G

A Day Well Spent

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I’ve indulged my need to make myself busy in the kitchen today. I would traditionally be knee deep in Christmas cookies and casseroles and rolls. Life is a little  bit simpler now. A little bit quieter. Jonathan had a friend over. Dylan : ) Nice young man. We had a  sleepy morning with pancakes…then they spent their time playing video games…and football in the yard : )

So I puttered in the kitchen. Something a little bit bready sounded good. And something a little bit creamy???? Don’t mind if I do.

IMG_0465Homemade cream of mushroom soup. Chopping and dicing and then saute. Then a nice long simmer. Strangely enough…I don’t like mushrooms….but I love cream of mushroom soup. I’m so conflicted lol. For those of you worrying that we’ve fallen off the wagon….don’t panic…it’s vegan : )

IMG_0472-001A lovely foccacia to dunk in the soup. Isn’t bread baking in the oven the most divine aroma a house can have???

IMG_0473The recipe makes 2 foccacias. The little bread nugget on the top is what’s left of the first one 5 minutes after it came out of the oven. Did I mention we had 3 teenaged boys today ??? Happy children with full bellies is just the best blessing you could ask for.

So as you can tell…I’m having a wonderful day….hope you are too. Huggs G