Friday, November 30, 2012

Freebie Friday Christmas Printables

I'm on a deadline creating last-minute Christmas invitations for
one of our good friends. So I only have a few minutes to share 
five Christmas free printables with you!

Christmas trio to frame @
(check out thrift stores for frames)
Letter from Santa @
Letter to Santa @
Christmas Organizing Calendar @
Christmas Gift List @
Hope they come in handy!
The #1 tip to staying well this season is washing your hands often--
each and every time you are out in public!
Have a lovely week-end!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

12 Easy DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

Are you thinking about decorating your home for the holidays and find
you need a few fresh ideas? I have some for you that are so easy and very
inexpensive, in fact, you may already have these items on hand!

Display extra ornaments or baubles in a glass cloche or vase
Source: Real Simple  

Burlap candle centerpiece
Source: Tradgardsflow

Pinecones, branches, acrylic icicles, clear lights

Decorated window with garland, elves, lollipops, and candy
Source: Trendy Tree

Free printable Christmas banner for the mantle
Source: Holiday Haven

Lighted garland made with fabric scraps for the staircase

Santa can floral arrangement
Source: Sew Many Ways

Pottery Barn Inspired Noel Wooden Sign

Apple centerpiece

Look closely at this.
Glue an ornament to a small mirror from the craft store,
or dollar store. Take off the top, fill with water and
embellish with flowers.
Idea from Better Homes and Gardens.

Spray paint mismatched vintage brass candlesticks
from the thrift store in various metallic colors.
Use spray adhesive on one or two and dust
with the same color glitter as the paint. 
Source: Family Circle

Window decorations 

I hope you have found something here
that you can incorporate into your home.

Do you have an idea for us that you have used in the past?

We'd love to hear about it! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How To Tuesday

I hope  you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week-end. We spent ours in
Gila Hots Springs, New Mexico with our daughter and son-in-law. Pretty
much the entire community was invited to a potluck at the Wilderness
Bed and Breakfast Lodge to share Thanksgiving dinner. Can't get much
more of a true neighborly spirit than that! It is an amazing group of caring
people who are always so willing to help each other with any project or in
time of need.

I hope to be back at my computer and crafting table more regularly as soon
as I can get over this virus/cold which is going on two weeks now. I still am
not up to par.

How about some How To's today? 
   How To Store Fresh Produce @
How To Read Labels--What Expiration Dates Really Mean @
How To Care For a Cast Iron Pan @
How To Make An Easy Christmas Treat
For Any Event @
10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions @
Have a wonderful day and stay well.
This virus is nasty and does not go away easily.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Wish for You

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For every thing Thy goodness sends.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dale Chiculy and His Glass Sculptures

One of my most memorable experiences here in Phoenix was visiting the
Botanical Gardens shortly before Christmas in 2008. The Gardens was
hosting an exhibit of Dale Chiculy's works of art in glass. Although I had
never heard of him, I soon learned that Dale Chiculy is a reknown glass
artist in Tacoma, Washington.. You can read about him here.

The exhibit, entitled The Nature of Glass, highlighted beautiful glass
sculptures which were artfully placed to complement the plants and
environment within the Gardens.

Pictures can in no way do the true beauty of this exhibit justice, but I still
love looking at the pictures that I took that evening. I hope I may have captured
a bit of the magic in it for you to see.

The Nature Of Glass, Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ
Dale Chiculy Glass Sculptures
Part One

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Another Lost Week

Thanks to those of you who have inquired about my absence! I was just
about recovered from the boutique when I came down with a virus this
past week. I still am not back to normal but am getting better. There's not
much I can do other than ride iit out with fluids, sleep, and over-the-counter
meds. The doctor said one study showed extra Vitamin C may help, yet another
study showed it doesn't, so who knows. Just take it and hope for the best!

I still haven't done any crafting since the boutique--I needed a break. But I'm
starting to think about it. The boutique could have been better, but I was happy
that four of my six wreaths sold and I could have sold more. I only made one of  
each kind. The vendors we talked to thought that the sales were down this year
in general, and we saw a lot of inventory being hauled out by them at the end of
the third day. Anyway, it's over, and it's the only one I am in. I think it's a love/hate
thing. I hate how exhausting it is, but I love when someone likes something well
enough that I have made to purchase it. It's also the challenge of figuring out
WHAT it is that they like and will buy. What they like this year may not be what
 they like next year!

My Best Advise

I would say my best tip would be to not make too many different things.
Do not over-crowd your space, and remember that by the time they have gotten
to you, they have already seen a lot. How you display your select items is just
as important as the items themselves!

Please come back tomorrow. I have some awesome photos to show you from
our Botanical Gardens. Thanks for hanging in there with me during my down

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day Rembrance

Today in church we sang America the Beautiful
and said The Pledge of Allegiance.

My goodness, that felt so good!

No better place to reflect upon our blessings.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Craft Boutique is Here!

I've been missing in action, I know. The final countdown has been on this
past week to prepare for the Church Craft Boutique which begins this evening
and runs through the week-end. The name of our booth is Bee-Attitudes.
So naturally we're all decked out in yellow and black!

Pam and I set up our booth yesterday (my birthday), and there is just a bit of
tweaking to do. There has to be a way to fit more stuff into a 6' x 4' space!
(my side).It's basically the size of a long table and a chair behind it, if you're
skinny. My problem is that I have a peg board setting on the table so I cannot
sit behind the table.

Then there is the problem of the tags. A lot of my items are too small
for these big tags, which are the minimum required size, so I am going to
have to bag and tag them as they sell, IF they sell. Lots of putsy work
with NO place to do it.

I didn't sleep well last night thinking about all of this!
My brain is on....


So you may ask--"Why not rent more space?" My answer is that it is expensive.
If I ever do this again I am going to have to re-think it,
because I cannot stand the.....
This is supposed to be fun, right?
It's my second show, so I must have had fun the first time
to do this (to myself) again!
But you can forget a lot of pain in two years!
Wish me luck, ok?
This will be me on Sunday.
Have a wonderful week-end!
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