Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday rolled around quickly this week! Our New Year's Eve plans are usually pretty simple here as we do not like to go out. This year, our daughter is having a few friends over with a couple of them sleeping over. We love having a house full of laughter so I know my husband & I will both enjoy our night. Dinner will be simple...baked ziti....with lots of snacks to follow and sparkling cider to ring in the New Year! So what are you doing?

Wishing you all a safe New Year's Eve and a Happy Healthy 2012! See ya next year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

IA Challenge

The current challenge on Inspiration Avenue is the phrase...something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. There is a Mr. Linky here where you can add your link and see all the other entries. Here is my interpretation:
Something old...the art of French Beaded Flowers began approximately in the late 1700s to early 1800s.
Something new...the beads are new Czech glass beads.
Something borrowed...Mother Nature's artwork.
Something blue...the rose was made with rainbow cobalt blue beads.

Thanks for another fun challenge priti.lisa!

Monday, December 26, 2011

What's off my knitting needles!

I finished my Baktus scarf from a free pattern on Ravelry by Strikkelise and certainly inspired by several that I have seen on Flowermouse's Blog. You can see one of Lone's here. Now, mind you, mine took longer than 2 days..but I am happy and proud of it! I did mine in stockinette stitch which is knitting every row. It was a fun project in from of the TV at night! I love how the colors shaded!

I also crocheted a cute little bird that was another free pattern on Ravelry--this one by Attic24. I changed it up a bit and turned it into a crow as a little gift for Stacy of MagicLoveCrow. It was very easy to follow Lucy's pattern and she has a cool blog where she shows off many projects, here.

Just another week to take advantage of my Etsy sale of free shipping or 20% off your order (not including shipping). Details and coupon codes in my shop announcement!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Nativitys

Hi Everyone! I thought I would share our two nativity sets. This first one has been in my husbands family for eons--well maybe not that long, LOL, but we have been treasuring it for the past 20 years! The figures are made in Italy. The stable is very special because my Mom made it. Now you may be thinking (or not) "what happened to the manger & baby?" Well, it is our family tradition to put that in on Christmas morning, before anything else is done. He is, after all, the reason for the season!
This second Nativity scene was carved out of a single log. The back is covered with the natural bark. It was made in Bethlehem, and we purchased it on our trip there in 2009. I just love the natural shading in the piece of wood. This one stays out all year long and has a place front and center in our living room wall unit.
Wishing you all Peace, Joy, and Love this Christmas season! And, of course, a happy, creative weekend, too!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah and Thanks!

First, I'd like to wish any of my friends and readers celebrating tonight, a very Happy Hanukkah. We are close friends with a couple where the husband is Jewish & the wife, southern Baptist. For the last 20+ years we have been fortunate to be included in their celebrations and they in ours. We already celebrated Hanukkah with them earlier in the month because they were going away; and this weekend they will come to our house to celebrate Christmas with us. Just a funny aside...when our daughter was young they always included her in the giving of gifts and chocolate gelt. After this went on for many years, I said to my daughter..."You do know we are not really Jewish, right?" She says, "We're not?". This from a girl who is raised Catholic and had made her Holy Communion!

I want to show you what I won in a recent giveaway from Stacy from MagicLoveCrow. Not only was I lucky enough to win her giveaway which was the adorable sledding baby crow, called "Wheeee!"...but I won her Mom's giveaway, too, for this hand knitted dish cloth! I told Stacy the baby crow reminded me of when we used to take our daughter sledding and that is what she would say going down the hill! Sweet memories. The dish cloth is so beautifully shaded--I am going to enjoy it! Thanks again Stacy & Mom!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Some new goodies!

A month or so ago I won a $20 giveaway to Bead Crafty bead store from Indigobead's blog. Even though I haven't had a chance to create anything yet, I thought this was a good time to show off what I selected.

First let me say, that I received excellent customer service from Bead Crafty and would not hesitate to purchase from their website. Despite the fact that they are located in the UK, my items arrived quickly & very carefully and artfully packaged! They were wrapped in red tissue paper & tied with a bow--it felt like Christmas. So here is what I picked:
Five bags of red seed beads that will most likely find their way into Valentine's Day roses. Two packages each of red, black & smokey 6 mm faceted crystals; a very pretty purple cabochon, a resin cab with adorable bumble bees & flowers; a swarovski
rivoli; a crystal snowflake; and a bail. Oh, the very generous bag of beads at the top was a free gift!

Thanks Bead Crafty and Indigo Beads!

Friday, December 16, 2011

On The 12th Day of Christmas...

My True Love Gave to Me...Drums!

I hope you have enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas Treasuries! I hope you have a happy, creative weekend!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the 9th Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to Me....dancing dancers! Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

IA Challenge

The subject of the Inspiration Challenge this week is Christmas Balls! Over the years I have made dozens of ornaments and we enjoy having an almost all hand made decorated tree. The question posed was What is on your Christmas Ball? Why, Beads, of course!

I hung this on our, as yet, undecorated tree and took the best photo I could. It is actually deep royal blue & vibrant yellow beads & each drop has a little elephant at the bottom.

Busy weekend ahead for us, so I will continue with the 12 Days of Christmas Treasuries on Monday. Have a happy, creative weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On The 7th Day of Christmas Treasury

My True Love may not always be getting it just right...but at least these swim!

Here are #6 and #7:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On The 6th Day of Christmas Treasury

I'm really having fun making these! Glad you are enjoying looking at them. Here is the 5th & 6th Day Treasuries:

Monday, December 5, 2011

5th Day of Christmas Treasury

Hi Everyone! Well, the craft show was a big success as evidenced by the smaller inventory in my Etsy Shop and the empty tubs I came home with! All your well wishes must have worked--Thanks! I've decided to list any Christmas/Winter items I have left on Etsy, so take a look if you get a chance! In the meantime, enjoy the 4th and 5th Days of Christmas Tresuries:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

4th Day of Christmas Treasury

This widget requires at least two treasuries to here are a repeat of the 3rd day & the 4th:

You can click on the treasury to view it full page!

The craft show was a big success--thank you for all the well wishes! Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

3rd Day of Christmas Treasury

Happy Saturday! I'm at a craft show, but I scheduled this one for you. Showing here are 2nd & 3rd Day of Christmas Treasuries!

Friday, December 2, 2011

IA Challenge-English Literature

Here is my entry this week--a bit bungled. The first thing I thought of when I read the Inspiration Avenue challenge was English Literature was that I would never come up with anything for this one! I was totally blank! My daughter is an Anglophile, and our home is filled with many things British, but that didn't help either. Finally I had it...I created this ACEO as a tribute to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnet:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

What you might not know is that this is also called, "Sonnet 43". So what is the bungled part? Well, my great idea was to draw 43 hearts all woven together with a leafy vine. So far, so good...until I didn't check before I started drawing & thought it was Sonnet 46! So there are 46 hearts, Mea Culpa, Mrs. Browning!

2nd Day of Christmas Treasury

A big thank you to Gloria from New End Studio for helping me get the treasury on my blog. This widget lets you see multiple treasuries, so I have included the first two here. You can click on any treasury that you would like to visit.

I am off to my last craft show tomorrow so my shop will be empty until Saturday night. Hope you have a wonderful creative weekend.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treasuries

I stated a treasury series of the 12 Days of Christmas. You can see the first one here. Maybe before the 12 days are over, I will learn how to share them here and on facebook without the links, LOL.

Hope you enjoy!