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Merry Christmas

Wow it's Christmas Eve! How did that happen? Things have been a mad rush the last week but I guess that is just part of the holiday season. Today thou I'm staying in and keeping warm and enjoying a little baking and relaxing with my sweet hubby. 

We had a wonderful Christmas Party at our last guild meeting. A Dirty Santa swap and swapping beautiful hand crafted gifts. 
I really was blessed with my gift. We fill out a tiny form saying what we would like to get. Type of fabrics etc. I just asked for a small zipper bag made from Tim Holtz fabrics. 
Look what I got!
The beautiful big tote bag and it's 2 "babies" were a wonderful surprise.  Jenny made these treasures for me and I'm just crazy about them.  The formed zipper bag is made all of selvage!   The flat little zipper bag is in it's new home in my purse. 
 Look at all the great big pockets!
And with a bit of aggression I scored this in the Dirty Santa swap.  (yes I had to steal it from another guild member)
I did …

Back To The Machine

With all the shows this fall/winter I've not had much time for creative sewing. So I really enjoyed making this wall hanging. I really needed to get back in touch with my fiber self. I have had a quilty quilt on the machine for months that needs quilting, but it didn't draw me back like this little wall hanging did. I became pretty absorbed in this project. I have my normal layers of textures and embellishments that I so love to work with. 
 First thing - I pull out my wood burning tool and attack a section of sheer fabric.  Note: put a section of card board under the fabric!
This is what it looks like after the fabric is de-stressed.  I love the look. Then I free motioned over it. 

Then I start auditioning all the different components I have gotten out for this piece.  The background fabric seemed too light so I de-stressed it with Instant Antique. 

It all came together just like I wanted and I  love the finished piece. 
Here is a closeup of the embellishments.
The back complete with a sm…

Shows During The Holidays!

Having a few shows lined up back to back is one thing. Planning them during the holidays is another. Determined not to let this oh so fun pastime become a stresser I have to do a lot of planning ahead. As I mentioned in my last post I steer clear of over booking myself with other activities and strive to put all my energy into the fun stuff. That would of course be my creative life. I have 2 things planned for the weekend. Tonight I have my first home show and getting my quilt guild Christmas swap present well under way. 
I can't post the guild present yet but here are a few of my most recent jewelry projects. 

Earrings from tiny spoons
Beaded 3 strand pearls and crystals This is a style I seldom do but saw these beads and they just lead me down this road. 
Pretty cross in earth tone crystals
My personal fav right now Amber and brass
Brass and crystal earrings
My new favorite thing - Guilders Paste This stuff is wonderful and comes in a ton of colors. After it sits up (about 24 hours) it won&#…

My Perfect Holiday

Is sure not what it used to be. In years past I would start decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and spend DAYS decorating almost every room in the house. This year I have a 4 ft tree in the living room a little garland on the mantel and my Jim Shore Santa's and Angels. DONE! in under 2 hours. 

I would have been stressing about Thanksgiving dinner and what I would make. Is the house looking wonderful. Is every little thing put away. Oh who cares. The house is clean (pretty much) and our simple Thanksgiving dinner will be just as yummy as one I spent days dealing with. And I'll have energy left to play with Ian. 

It seems to me that I just don't have enough time in each day to get the things done I want/need to do. As I've gotten older thou I have figured out that not all those things really need to get done. So I don't have time to put up all my customary Christmas decorations without staying up half the night and killing myself. Who will care? I will …

Cold Weather Didn't Hamper Our Show

It was really cold yesterday morning. 28 to be exact, but with my long johns on and a love of craft shows I started off the day in good but cold spirits. The shoppers were out in full force and sales were brisk. This was my last outdoor show and I have to admit I'm glad.

I had a cherry spot thanks to my friend Jim C who is a extraordinary wood carver.  I love his beautiful work.   Here are 2 of his beautiful wooden bowls I have.

My friend Becky (also a jewelry designer) came out to endure the cold and help out in my booth. She is a real trooper to put up with the weather and the not so exciting day of sitting a booth.  Thanks Becky!

Fall is the Time For Craft Shows

Well fall is here - loving the weather we are having. I just don't like summer heat. Fall on the other hand is a beautiful time of year for me. With fall comes prepping for the fall / winter craft shows. The jewelry I've been making all summer now is getting tagged and new booth display being set up to see how everything works. 
This pile was on my dinning room table for days getting everything tagged and listed
Working out the bugs for the additions to my display. It looks like I'm opening up shop in my spare room.

Tomorrow I will be closing my Etsy shop. It's been fun but as I mentioned more can be sold at shows so I will let go of Etsy and hopefully have more time for other fun stuff. 

Last week we went back to the zoo for the first time in over a month. I had missed these outings. That have a new area open with Kangaroos that was so fun. I'd never seen one in person before and they are so laid back. Us humans stay on the path (pretty much) and the roos come over and …

A Day Off & New Goodies

Well hopefully I'm ready for a creative weekend. Yesterday I worked half a day and did a bit of shopping afterwards. A yard sale find were these tiny spoons which are on my jewelry bench. Their end use is unsure at this point, but they look like they will be fun. 

Then a quick stop at Red Dog Beads in East Nashville and new goodies. 

 A Etsy order for some chainmaille components came in too!
I am also back to drawing and have started this doodle. Can't wait to get to the color part.
Next week is the Grand Opening at our New JoAnn's so it will be a busy week.  So for now I play.

Back To Normal - Finally!

Well the weeks of working at the new JoAnn's getting it ready for the opening are finally behind me. What a workout that was! The first week I was so tired when I got home from the 8-5 day that I just turned into a lump on the couch. Dinners were sad but dear hubby was such a good sport. Our soft opening on the 30th was very crowded and there were over 50 people waiting for the doors to open. We ran out of shopping carts within 30 min. I'm sure the big buzz will calm down soon  - but it seemed a lot of our local crafters really missed our store. I worked to get the new classroom all set up and it's so very pretty - open and so well lit. 
So with a normal work schedule starting this week I can plan to again hear the hum of the sewing machine and click of my jewelry tools. Also the comforting feel of pen on paper to draw again. All this has fallen by the way side this month and I've missed it much more than I would have thought. 
This past week I had my 4 minutes of fame a…

Fabric Road Trip

On Tuesday Susan and I hit the road and went to the quaint little town of Fayetteville TN. Our main reason was to go to  Sirs Fabrics. Sirs has been around since 1948 and is well know for it's priced right fabrics. They have all kinds of fabrics but the home dec is very affordable. Susan was wanting drapery fabric and I needed pillow forms and fabric to make my sister in law some pillows. 

Fayetteville is a small town with not quite 7,000 people. Has some great old homes that are civil war era and just beautiful. We wished we had more time to see the other shops on the town square. Got these great fabrics for just $4.99 a yard. Yes you can order on line. I'll be making my little monsters with this. 

After shopping in Sirs we needed lunch and I suggested we eat at Honey's I had lunch there the last time I went and really liked it.  Honey's has over 50 years of good food and friendly service. 

 The inside hasn't changed much from the old photos on the wall.  After lunch we…