Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Holiday Afternoon Treat

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Not much going on here in my neck of the woods.  I finished wrapping all my gifts Tuesday night, so I can really sit back and just enjoy the holiday time now.  I’m looking forward to catching some of my favorite holiday movies (and if they are not on at a convenient time, I’ll just pop in the DVD’s).

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Meanwhile, I’ve been saving my Christmas issue of The Cottage Journal for a quiet day and didn’t realize just how long I was saving it.  The new Winter 2015 issue came in the mail yesterday, so I decided to take some time to look through the Christmas issue before it was too late.  I got together a little tray with a gluten free chocolate chip muffin and a little egg nog.

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I used a small red transferware dish I got from Christmas Tree Shop and the glass mug is from our local grocery store, Kroger (from a couple of years ago).   It was a cloudy, brisk day yesterday so I lit the tree and the fireplace.

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And if that isn’t enough to warm me, I can always pull a throw over my legs as I enjoy one of my favorite magazines.  A nice holiday afternoon treat! 

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Are you done with your shopping?  Have you wrapped all your gifts up yet?  I am very glad to be done, having done my shopping both online and in-store.  It worked out very well for me this year doing both. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frosty Hat ~ Repost

This is a repost of the Frosty Hat I made back in 2012.

I’ve been wanting a Frosty hat for quite awhile now and when I saw this project over at Connie’s blog, Crafty Home Cottage, I knew I could make my own, too.  So, thank you, Connie! Let me start by saying take off your rings, say goodbye to your manicure, and have fun with it!

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Here is what I used:

  • White oak tag
  • The cardboard disc from my gluten free pizza
  • The cardboard box said pizza came in
  • A brown grocery store bag
  • Mod Podge mixed with water
  • Plenty of paper towels

I don’t have pictures of each step, but I cut out the top part of the hat {the tall part} from the oak tag.  I went across the shorter side of the oak tag and actually got three pieces to make three hats.  The cardboard disc from the pizza was the perfect size for the brim area.  I traced the top of the top hat on the cardboard box and cut that out.  I taped everything with blue tape just like Connie did.

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I ripped up the grocery bag into different size pieces and dipped them in a bowl of Mod Podge mixed with water, then applied them onto the hat shape.  After saying “Ewww” a couple of times, I just went with it!  It took me about an hour to cover the whole hat.  Once it completely dried {I left it for the day}, you paint it. 

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While I had everything on hand to construct the hat, I made a trip to the dollar store to get a few decorations for the front.   I used some red ribbon that I had.

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Some Epsom Salts to use as snow on the brim . . .

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And I finally got my Frosty hat! 

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I had enough supplies to put together a second one, but didn’t want to spend as much time putting the paper on.  For the second one I just applied the Mod Podge to the hat and used some red tissue paper and molded it to fit.  I filled in any gabs with some torn pieces.  This one wasn’t as messy because I used a sponge brush, but I wasn’t as happy with the final outcome.

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I didn’t mess with the folds in the tissue paper because I thought it might come out looking like a fabric hat once painted.  The tissue papered hat is on the left and the ripped paper bag is on the right.

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My daughter will be getting one.

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I have plans to make the third one into a Mad Hatter hat for my granddaughter’s nursery.  If you recall, Alice was a theme in this room when I did it over.   That one will have to wait until I have another gluten free pizza!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ Treasures of Jewels

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Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.

This morning I’d like to introduce you to Linda of Treasures of Jewels, new to Etsy this year. Linda makes beautiful pieces of jewelry and has quite a varied assortment.  I think her Gypsy necklaces are my favorite!  Take a look through her shop, I’m sure you will see something that catches your eye for yourself or as a gift.  Linda’s prices are quite affordable as well.

Hello, I am Linda Atkinson.

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I lived up and down the east coast,but now I reside in beautiful Utah. Where you are surrounded by mountains, a gorgeous sight. I live with my Daughter and her family. I have four wonderful Grandchildren...3 girls and 1 boy. Their ages range from 6 years old to 21 years old My grandchildren are a good part of my life. I watch over the two younger grand kids after school, work on designing my jewelry, and work a weekend job. Always busy on something ,not a dull moment.

A Turquoise and Gold Timepiece Charm Bracelet. A Gorgeous Charm Watch Bracelet with Gold and Turquoise Colors for Her.

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I started an Etsy shop with a desire to get my jewelry to a bigger clientele, I have been selling at homes,workplace,and by word of mouth. I know it will take time to build my clientele, but I am willing to work at it. I love the Etsy community ,everyone is willing to help any way they can. I feel like I belong here on Etsy.

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I can look at colors and textures that are in the fashion scene and from there my creativity explodes. My creativity starts with a theme and from there I choose colors and the designing begins.  I also have customers who like to be part of designing their jewelry and then between the two of us their treasure is created.

Black and Antique Brass Charm Necklace. Fleur de luis and Key Charm Necklace for Her

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I get so excited after designing a piece of jewelry. I know the love and time spent on creating that treasure. Designing new pieces, developing my own flair , and knowing that one of my pieces can be someone’s treasure.  I just had a customer call me from North Carolina today and told me how she loves her necklace. Wow ,that was a great feeling I had, to know a customer would call me to express her pleasure.That's what I love about creating.

Thank you for sharing your Etsy story with us, Linda!  You can visit Linda’s Etsy shop here.

This feature will be taking a holiday break, returning in January, 2015. 

If you, or someone you know, has an  Etsy shop, selling handmade items, and would like to be considered for a feature on The Artist Behind The Etsy, just send me an email (kpassarette(at)yahoo(dot)com) to let me know. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Very Simple Christmas ~ 2014

This is probably the first year that when I say I’m going to keep things “simple”, I really am keeping things simple!  I have left about 75% of my decorations in their bins and hope to go through them all after Christmas and donate some stuff.  So here are some bits and pieces of Christmas in our home this year.

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I just want to pick up a bunch of fresh greens at the grocery store, which I will put here and there (and on the mantel top).  It will fill in the “white” spaces nicely and I love the smell. Maybe next year I will be more in the mood and will just go crazy with my decorating!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ Laurie Ann’s Creations

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Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.

Good morning, friends!  Please welcome a new Etsy seller to the feature today, Laurie from Laurie Ann’s Creations.  Laurie makes some really cute things and offers them at very reasonable prices.

My name is Laurie Painter I am originally from a small own in Eastern Oregon (Baker City, OR).  I now live in a really small town of Amity, OR located western Oregon.  I have always loved crafting.  I learned how to  sew when I joined a 4-H group.  I don't really like to sew clothing but do really enjoy sewing dolls, toys, bags etc.  I am also a quilter but I just quilt for enjoyment. 

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I love the outdoors.  My family goes camping just about every weekend during the summer and I take my sewing machine with me.  I have 2 grown children, no grandchildren yet.  I am the Yamhill County Sports Manager for the Special Olympics which I enjoy very much.  I work as a bookkeeper, among other duties at a small newspaper in Keizer Oregon.  As you can see I am a very busy person.

LAURIEANN.3LAURIEANN.5 I opened a shop with etsy after a friend of mine suggested it since I really don't have time to go to all the craft shows so this seemed the best fit for me.  My shop opened about 2 months ago.  It's off to a slow start but I expected it and I am hoping it will take off soon. 

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What inspires me is children and our athletes in the special Olympics seeing things that might help them with everyday life or to bring a smile to there faces.  Also finding ways to recycle old things into new items makes me feel good.  Sewing is not the only crafting I do.  If I see something new that looks like fun I usually try it.  Basically I enjoy making  things that make people happy. 

Thanks for sharing your Etsy story with us, Laurie!  I hope you will visit Laurie’s Etsy shop (here) and check out some of the things she has made.

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