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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ta-Da! Finally......Introducing Faith, a Raggedy Angel

So finally, I have finished Faith, my new Raggedy Angel!
 Faith is a 12 inch raggedy, with felt wings, button eyes, and a tinsel halo.  I love that she has her hands folded in prayer!
 Her pink hair makes her look even more angelic!
Her ballet slippers are painted on with bias strips for straps.

The pattern for Faith will be available later this week on Patternmart (see link above) and on Etsy (click here.)  The finished doll will also be available on Etsy, with special orders available.  Email or convo me with special requests.

Also this week, I finished another ornie wreath.
 I also finished another mailbox centerpiece.  I found the little mailbox at the thrift store.  It was shiny red but had some writing on it and it was just TOO shiny.  I pounced on some light buttermilk paint and filled it with holiday treasures.

I'm off to get this pattern finished up and posted.  Talk with you soon!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Centerpieces from Old Treasures

Still working on getting through my thrift store finds.  I love finding little gems and turning them into new treasures.  I found this sleigh for $2.  I transformed it into a sparkly centerpiece with foliage that I had on hand.
 Santa's Express has a snowman perched in the top.
 I love this little Radio Flyer Sled.  It looks really cute with the candle and snowman.
 This little mailbox has become a festive nest for this little burlap bird.
I also found this cool wooden snowman at the thrift store.  It was unpainted and pre-drilled for the lights.  I only paid $2, and the original craft store price of $9.99 was still on it.  I painted it and added the lights and a few embellishments:
I always like to embellish wooden pieces with cloth, buttons, bells, etc.  It gives the piece more dimension.

I purchase ornies for my wreaths at thrift stores, garage sales, and after Christmas sales.  Same with the ribbon.  So I finished up another wreath:
Wanna know how to do this?  You can find my prior tutorial here,  The prior tute was for a lighted wreath.  If making one that is not lighted, just omit that step.  The other difference is that this wreath is wrapped in tinsel instead of ribbon.  Either works!  Have fun with this one!

And finally, I saw this on foremost and favorite time waster ever (not a bad thing!)
Snowman Glasses.  Use as ornies.  I am still working on packaging for these.  What do you think?
 Still working on that pattern....Guess I'm the kind of gal who likes instant gratification.....So off I go to the studio!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Rainy Day...and Monday....

What a dreary day this has been!  Rainy and cold.....a perfect day to finish up some things in the studio.  Several weeks ago, I bought some panels at the thrift store.  You never know how these things are going to turn out.  And it took a while to get these made up.  Sewing, stuffing, and embellishing....

I added hats and scarves and glued on buttons and stars, even added the little circle tags.  The arms are made from brown paper covered wire, though the pattern called for twigs.  Twigs break so easily and when you are storing for shows, that becomes an issue.  Besides the wire can be twisted however you like it.

I also found some new tassels that I turned into angel ornies.

 And I made some more ping pong snowmen.  I sold around 100 of these last year so I am trying to build up my stock!
If you want a tutorial on how I make these, click here.

I had better get busy now.  I have so many ideas, and so little time!  Can't wait to show you what is next!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

What 'Cha Workin' on Wednesday???

I've been busy workin' on some more of my thrift store finds.....I bought a bag of metal cookie cutters for $4.

I saw this thing on Pinterest on how to make these into the cutest ornaments, using hot glue and scrapbook paper.  Well, no photos just take my word for was a great big FAIL for me.  Maybe I am just not skilled with paper, paper cutting, etc., so I decided to use glitter and ribbon and here is the result:
 I always have a small kitchen tree and I think these will look really cute there.

I also bought this bag of corks for $2.95 at the thrift store.  I had some little one inch wooden knobs so I painted them flesh and and screwed in a metal eye on top.

 I glued on some moss hair, dotted some eyes with sharpie and added ribbon wings and a halo.

 I didn't have enough of the balls for all of the corks, so next time I am at the craft store I will pick up more.

 I bought this little wooden "purse" at the thrift store as well.  It was unpainted and had a bamboo type handle.  The little purse became another snowman and I covered the handle with some homespun and accented with some floral.

This sleigh was another thrift store find.  I think it was only $5 and came complete with the lights.  I tore out all of the plastic floral and added my own, along with some bells and pine cones.

Well, I'm off to work on my new pattern.  It is part way finished, but not near close enough to list.  I just listed my third pattern on Patternmart and have had some success in selling so far.  Have a great week my friends!