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Monday, December 28, 2009

Wonderful Christmas Gifts!

If you haven't check out my daughter's blog yet and you love knitting, sewing, fashion, and more, you must check it out http://www.linques.typepad.com/ . In this case, the apple did far from the tree-I really do not possess much in the way of crafting talent! That is not to say I don't try-but my daughter Lindsey (and Katherine as well) really did get their talents from my Mom and not me! My Mom even owned a needlepoint shop called the "Nasty Needles"!

Lindsey made this gorgeous green shawlette for me. I love the rich greens and hints of aqua in this, and it can be worn several ways!

One of my all time favorite colors is pink and this bright pink scarf is perfect with so many of my outfits, or just tucked in to my winter coat for a hint of color!

Lindsey also made these great washcloths for me-always handy, economical, and earth-friendly!

Where oh where did my reading glasses go? Oh, why of course, they're in this cute cute canvas glasses holder she also made me!

So be sure to check out her blog to see what she's been up to lately! I almost forgot to mention a few other things Lindsey has made! I have amazing quilts she has made me. She also made knitted/felted socks for my husband Bob and my son Mark!

If you were thinking of starting a project of your own maybe this will be the motivation you need!

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 25, 2009

New Years Resolution

Okay-I'm rushing things a bit! I should still be enjoying Christmas Day! But I can't help myself! My sister Susan bought me the cutest gift! Check out these oh-so-cute-spools of ribbon! It really makes me want to try try try to get organized this new year-2010!! Aren't these just the cutest!? If I can bear to part with these, I will use them to wrap orders. The good thing is, I can add new ribbon to the spools, so it will still look as cute as this! How many times have I used the word cute!?

Back to the new years resolution. You see, since I've started my two shops http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com/ and http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com/ I'm always shopping (what's new!) for cool new (old) vintage items for my shops. My husband, Bob, has been sooooo understanding and patient-and keeps building me more shelves! I still never have enough shelves and it's overflowing into every room!

So I received this set of 6 spools of ribbon in all sorts of fabulous colors and prints and that is, I'm sure, going to be the start of a fresh new year where I get organized and my poor family doesn't have to tip-toe around fragile vintage glass!

Tell me what your new years resolution is and we can motivate each other to follow through!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

p.s. my next post will be pics of the "cutest" (I had to use the word just one more time) scarves my daughter, Lindsey, knitted/crocheted for me!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is able to slow down by now and really enjoy this wonderful holiday season!!

I try to avoid the shopping centers and malls when it gets this close to Christmas, but there is always something that you just need to get at the last minute! I really find that people are actually kinder to each other-they try a little harder! I just went into a Convenient Store this afternoon to get some lottery tickets (I'm sure I will win the mega million tonight), and there was already a lady in line, and a gentleman; but the gentleman, insisted that I or the other lady go before him, and the lady insisted I go before her! It was all pretty funny-but still nice! Well, I did go first, and thanked them, and will thank them again after I learn later tonight that I did win the mega million!

So what was I saying? Oh-Merry Christmas to everyone! I want to thank all of my followers and would like to wish you the most wonderful New Year ever! If you think of anything you would like me to blog about, please let me know! If you haven't noticed yet, I do love to talk!

Have a magical Christmas!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Been Busy!

I was hoping to blog more and get some more Christmas vintage decorating ideas here, but I've been so busy with my shops these days! I've never been busier and never been happier! I get up by 6:30 am every weekday morning. One reason is to be there when my high school daughter leaves for school. Another reason is to check in on both of my shops and get orders ready ASAP!

I offer free gift wrapping and I can send directly to a recipient, so that can make it easier for you! I had several of those orders during this holiday season, and I know this may sound crazy, but I LOVE to wrap gifts! I even add a note card and will add a personal note that the gift-giver wants written!

I'm going to write another blog update this weekend-if there's anything you would like me to blog about-just let me know-within reason! I do want to write a blog soon about my Etsy experience and what I've learned! I also need to update my "beauty" blog http://www.fabfortyandbeyond.blogspot.com/ so if you have any questions, ideas, etc. I would love to hear about them!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Be Specific

I cannot say that enough. Twitter reminded me of this favorite quote of mine!

Be specific!

What do you want?

You're not sure!?

Start a journal. Start a scrapbook. Rip out pictures in magazines of whatever you love-fashion, cars, room designs, it's okay! It's not an awul thing to focus on material things! As long as you are balancing it with the core values of who you are and what you really want-besides all that "stuff"!! The stuff is great-but not without all that really matters! If all that "stuff" is gone-what's still there?

Answer: it's the "stuff" -the real stuff that matters! You!! Your family! Your values!

So go ahead-make your scrap book-add the car you want-the interior design stuf you love (I happen to love everything in "Traditional Home" magazine! Add all of it! Do not be ashamed! As long as your only focus is not on these "things"-you'll do okay!

So go ahead-make your list-check it twice-it doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice-
what you
wish for!

Dreams to come true!!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Milk Glass Christmas Arrangement

Busy Busy Season! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now ready for the Christmas season!

I've been busy listing in both of my shops and thinking of more ideas to show you so you can create your own one of a kind vintage decorations!

Here I took one of my thumbprint milk glass vase (you can find them at http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com/ ) . I started with some of that florist foam tucked inside the vase. I added some moss for filler and plenty of shiny pretty glass ornaments. I also tucked in several different colors of ribbon. I did glue gun most of the items just so they were securely on there! The only tools I needed were scissors and a glue gun! Glue guns are very inexpensive (you can get the smaller ones for about $7.00!). I need to do a little "tweaking" to this arrangement, the glue strands seem to be never ending, so I need to get rid of a few more of those random threads.

I may be putting this one up for sale in my milk glass shop soon!

So get your glue gun, a vase (doesn't have to be milk glass of course!), moss, ornaments, pretty ribbons (there are so many varieties out there)...and start creating!

Happy Holidays!!