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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hats, hats, and more hats.......

I bought six paper mache witch's hats from Darice.  I had five of the snowman top hats that I purchased after Christmas at Michaels.  I sell out of these every year, but here's the thing.....they are horrible to store.  But I bit the bullet and finished them off so I can take them over to storage and get them out of the closet.  Now these pics aren't very good and I am truly ashamed especially since my son and daughter in law bought me this great photography backdrop for my birthday.  I promise before I list anything on Etsy, I will put some time into photography.

I will try to get some last minute postings done next week.  And I will be posting during our great adventure on the 127 sale!  Have a great weekend all!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy Monday!

Wow!  Here  it is Monday again......time really does fly, doesn't it?  So, on Saturday, Hubs and I went to Cheyenne, Wy where my daughter Heidi lives.  We went to Frontier Days with Heidi and her two girls and had a great time eating unhealthy food and riding rides with the kids.  After dinner, the two of us went back and attended the Miranda Lambert concert.  What a great time we had!  The only drawback was that we drove home afterwards and our heads hit the pillows somewhere between 2:30 and 3:00 am......too late for these old folks!  Do I even need to tell you that we did alot of vegging out yesterday?  We worked a bit on the garden since we have some rabbits making salads of my hard earned veggies!  Arrrggghhh!

I did stop at a couple of garage sales on Friday.....I bought some fabric (our secret) and in one of the boxes were some ornament kits.  Not really my thing but I sell hundreds of ornies, so why not?
There were only four of these little angels.  Being the rebel that I am, I left off the pipe cleaner hair and trim and the cheapo harps and added my own little organza bow.  Much better.....
 All I did to these little horns was add a ribbon for hanging.  The rest were already together.
 I bought these little angels from Darice and took off the cheapo hangers and added organza ribbon.  Sorry, this is not a great photo.  I took these ornies out in the yard so I could hang them in the pine trees for pictures, but of course, it is clouding up again....
I found these little mini mason jars at Dollar Tree.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but now, I can't wait to get more.  I simply drilled a hole in the top and threaded red organza ribbon through.  I added some greenery and berries, a tiny bow, and a small metal rimmed round tag stamped Joy.  The insides are filled with that sparkly Christmas snow. I love these and can't wait to hang one on my own tree.
So I am working on hats, witches and snowmen this afternoon.  It is best to do all at once since I use loads and loads of black paint.  Tomorrow it is groom day for the puppies and Wednesday it is groom day for me.  I will try to get enough done so that I can post more pictures later this week.  Here, too, is my preliminary fall show schedule.  I will try to put it up on the side of the blog later this week:
September 18,19          Unique Boutique, Shepherd of the Hill Church, Centennial, Co
September 25, 26         Holly Days Boutique, First Plymouth Congregational Church, Englewood, CO October 7-10                Grandmother's House Boutique, Wings over the Rockies Air Museum, Denver
October 31-Nov 1        Applewood Arts, Highlands Ranch HS, Highlands Ranch, Co\
November5-15             Christmas in the Country, Cheyenne, WY
November 7                 Conifer Newcomers and Neighbors Holiday Boutique, Conifer HS
Nov 10-14                    Grandmother's House Boutique, Tagawa Gardens, Parker, CO
Nov 12-14                    Red Rocks Country Club Holiday Boutique, Morrison, CO
Nov 13,14                    Unique Boutique, Shepherd of the Hills, Centenniel, Co
Nov 21,22                    Applewood Arts, The Ranch, Loveland, CO
Dec 4,5                         Holly Days, First Plymouth Church, Englewood, CO
My product will also be available daily at a Borgata, Safeway Town Center, Conifer, Co.

Wow!  I had better get busy!

Monday, July 13, 2015


I love snowmen, even in the summertime.  I have been cranking out some assorted snowmen over the last few days.

These little guys are made from those flat glass gems that you get from the dollar store.  I simply painted the backs and glued on magnets.  The secret in painting is that you paint on the eyes, nose and mouth first and when dry, paint the back the solid white color.

 Hot glue really doesn't hold well enough.  I suggest E4000.
They look good on my black refrigerator.

I also had about a dozen of those tiny little grapevine wreaths left over from another project.  What to do, what to do?  So I had a bunch of little hearts that have holes already drilled through them......

And ended up with the cutest little ornies:

I bought three of these mini muffin tins at a garage sale.  These are so much fun to hang in the kitchen during the holidays.  Here is my secret:  After these are painted I splatter paint on them and spray with a clear sealer.  To make sure I get both sides sealed and have nothing sticking to the table or table covering, I hang them from the clothesline.  Voila!
I also made a few of these lighted snowmen.  These are basically from my Seymore pattern, with some variation in faces and hats.

On Friday, I was at Sprouts and purchased apples and peaches at a really great price.  I canned all day on Saturday......but look at what I ended up with for around $15!  Yum!
Well, I had better get back to it......On to the sewing machine!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What 'cha workin' on Wednesday????

It has been a dreary week so far up here in the Colorado Rockies.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  But since I can't get anything done outside, I have been hard at work inside.

I purchased a huge box of ornaments a while back at a garage sale.  Along with the regular round glass ball, I also got these:
 Then I painted some wooden balls with flesh paint.  I always put them on paint brushes so I can paint them all around without getting paint all over myself.
 Add some ribbon wings, a halo and a ribbon hanger and you have a cute litte ornie~!
I found this 18 inch pepper mill at a garage sale for fifty cents:
 It is now a stately crackled snowman:
I've also been working on some flower angels but ran out of ribbon for wings.
These little cuties are made from dollar store flowers.  Add wooden ball heads, hangers, ribbons, etc.  A little tip:  I use small hooks (eyelets) for hanging that you can just screw into the top of the wooden head.  Screw them in before gluing to the body or adding the hair.  It simply makes it easier.

So, if you have been reading my posts, you know that I love going to garage sales and repurposing items.  So.....this year, in honor of my sister's big know, one with a zero as the second digit......she and I are taking a road trip to the annual 127 Yard Sale.  It is 690 miles long, stretching from Alabama to Ohio.  We have no idea what to expect or how far we will get, but we are very excited!  Leave me a comment or email me if you have been and have any advice on where to go, what to take, or anything else that is useful.