Monday, November 16, 2015

From My Studio-And a Heavy Heart

Hello Friends

I am busy designing and creating Christmas pretties, and am really loving the whole process.

I finished making these last night, and will be back at it hard after I spend some time on schoolwork with our 17 yo daughter.

I love the elegant woodland look of them!

 These take about 15 steps to complete, along with time to let things dry. 

I hope that when you see people's handmade
creations you see them with a heart that truly
appreciates all the time, creativity, and attention to detail that goes into each creation.

There is quite a process involved with
each of my original creations.

~I have an idea that just might work!
I may sketch it out, or just work off of what
is in my mind's eye.

~I set out to source just the right design elements needed to create it.  {hours, days, weeks!}

~I purchase all I need and often wait
til it is shipped


~I work with the elements until I have one
made that I love.  {hours, days!}


~Then the easier, but still quite time
consuming process of assembling, with 
lots of attention to detail, 
{and a spoonful of lovin'} 

Taking good clear photos {usually 5-25}, editing the photos, creating the listing and putting them in my shop.

I buy handmade and vintage all the time from small shops,

And buy at least 65% of my supplies from other small business owners!

Don't get me wrong, I love me some Hobby Lobby and Home Goods but there is just something about supporting small businesses that gives me a deep sense of satisfaction,
simplicity and connection.

I saw this, and it sums up how I feel
about shopping handmade.

I am sure you, like me, are burdened with
a heavy heart about the tragedy in Paris.

I am praying for Paris, and all who have
been affected by this horrific act of terror.

We do need to realize that this can happen
at any time right here in our nation.

We need to be praying for the whole world
 that this scourge of terror will be stopped,
and that people's hearts will be open to and
receive the truth of God.

We also need to be becoming increasingly aware
of all that is going on around us in public places.

I'm not saying be paranoid, but just be aware,
and be sure to notify authorities immediately if you see anything suspicious.

With Love and Prayers,

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Creating Christmas!!

Hi Friends!!

Happy Thursday!

You know, I think my most favorite things to create are Christmas pretties!
Maybe because of how much I love God, and love all that happens at this time of the year.
Don't you?

Here are a couple of new items in my shop
for Christmas!

Some vintage inspired skeleton key ornaments
or gift tie ons!

Distressed and embellished, they also
can be tied on jars, knobs, used as
stocking stuffers, and teacher and hostess

Just a reminder that I am not taking custom
orders until next year, so if you see something you love in my shop, scoop it up.

I will only be selling what is in stock, which means there are limited quantities of everything.

Hope you are going to simplify your
holiday planning, too, and focus on
those treasured people in your life
and home!  It really is all about relationships, you know?

Have a joyful rest of the week!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Velvet Pumpkin Giveaway at Common Ground!

Hi Friends,

I am back from a weekend away with my hubby, 
am refreshed, and so excited to be in preparation for the


My lovely friend, Debra, over at Common Ground is hosting a giveaway of a set of my velvet pumpkins!!

To enter for a chance to win a set of
{3} velvet pumpkins in a lovely, soft, neutral
shade of antique gold, please hop over
to her blog and check it out!!

She is so delightful, and
has a gorgeous blog, too!

You can go see the giveaway and enter at

Have a fabulous week!!
Hugs and Joy!

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