Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Finally Finished

No... I'm not finished decorating the house for Christmas, but I did want to take a minute to show you a few things I have finished to put in my Etsy store.  The problem is that some of the items listed I really would rather keep for myself instead.  I use to have to shop for Christmas presents twice because I kept the first round of purchases!  Why would I buy something for someone if I didn't like it? Ha!

I have had more fun altering these bottles.  I wouldn't mind keeping this one.

 This is a sweet vintage bottle.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy for all the wonderful labels.  They are so fun to use.

 Wouldn't these angel wings look cute on a package or a Christmas tree?

 I had lots of fun designing this.  It is a take off of a design from Carol at The Polka Dot Closet.  I thought this would be fun to dress up a craft room or sewing room.

I hope you enjoyed my show and tell. More later....

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Just do it!

Every year I seem to go through the same emotions.  Because of having a business where I sell my work at various art shows, and probably more than 50% of my items are Christmas items, I have been working on Christmas since June.  It is really sometimes hard to get that excited about dragging out another batch of Christmas decorations in December, especially when the house is in such chaos with art show stuff still sitting around. 

I whine and complain about having to put up the Christmas tree and even catch myself thinking that I won't even put up one.  Well, I know full well that I couldn't stand not to put up a tree and I actually used to put up 4 trees when I had a much bigger house!  Anyway my husband graciously puts up the tree one more time and I begin to decorate.

That's when it starts... the excitement of seeing treasured ornaments that were packed away so carefully the year before, and a plan begins to take shape.  My plan took a little bit different turn this year as I decided to change the color of my decorations.  I normally put Santa ornaments and carousel horses on (I know it's a strange combination but it works) but this year I have decided to do some different things.  My new favorite color is aqua/turquoise and silver (with a touch of red) so that's what I have decided to do and I wanted to share some photos with you...

Did I mention bubble lights?  I absolutely love the clear bubble lights and the clear ones are hard to find.

This is a Santa card I made for an art show and decided to keep one for me!


 Another ornament I decided to keep :)

 And another :)  I just love the Old World Santa images.


This is a carousel horse I painted several years ago.

 Here is where the carousel horses and the Santa s make the connection.  It makes sense when you could see the tree all together.

Here is the one lonely little porcelain ornament I painted a couple of years ago.  I had really good intentions of painting several. :(  Sorry about the glare!

This is the tree without lights.

And this is the tree with lights.

Oh, but wait.... something new this year!

TINSEL !!!!!!!!

In for a penny, in for a pound.  Isn't that what they say?

I'm not really a tinsel kind of girl but I just couldn't help it.  It just goes with the theme of the tree.  I found some of the old style silver tinsel at an antique shop and I had to have it.  This picture just doesn't do the tree justice but I hope you have enjoyed my decorating.

I'm in the mood now!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

More treasures uncovered...

As I continue pulling out boxes to decorate the house for Christmas, I continue to find more "treasures" from by-gone years.  I purposefully forget that I have certain treasures (as I get older it's not that hard to forget) and am entertained anew each year.  By all of this rambling I mean I have found some more vintage Christmas cards that I'd like to share with you. I hope you can enjoy them with me and can find a use for these wonderful images.

 This is a beautiful vintage card

This one did not copy as well as I had hoped.  The bell is actually gold foil.  You'll have to use your imagination.

 Isn't this a great face?!

I love soft Courier & Ives-type winter scenes.

These next 4 cards are not vintage aged but are made to look like old ones.  Several years ago I started to collect snowmen figures and images and thought these were particularly cute.

I hope you enjoyed looking at some of my collection.  Be sure to click on the images and make them as large as possible when you copy the image.