Monthly Archives: November 2012

Project Overload

Things are getting festive in my world. I’ve been getting ready for a Holiday Open House at the flea market and doing a bit of crafting for my one holiday craft show. It’s starting to wear on me. I’ve been working a LOT lately and when I come home, I have to sit down and be creative or I just won’t get everything done in time.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love it, I’m just tired.

Thankfully tonight’s project was fun and didn’t require too many brain things to make it happen. I have what seems like shelves upon shelves of vintage canning jars. Even if I tried to fill them all this summer with fresh pickles and canned veggies, I would not be able to find storage space. So, I’m left with these pretty little jars at the end of canning season and nothing to do with them.

Enter the beloved bottle brush tree. Don’t you just love those things? I’m really glad they are trendy right now because that makes finding some affordable enough for projects easy. Before it was a tireless search for vintage trees and when I did find them, they were pretty pricey. Now I find them at… hey… wait a minute… I can’t give out my sources.

You just think you’re that sneaky.

I saw a project over on Pinterest recently that looked cute. It used canning jars, bottle brush trees, and fake snow. Voila… instant snow globe but without the murky water. They are quite cute and will fit in well with the vintage aesthetic that is Junque Rethunque.

I’m honestly almost embarrassed by the ease of this project but sometimes you just need something simple. Oh, and sometimes you just need something laid out for you on Pinterest. Thank goodness for that.

What Pinterest projects are you planning for the holidays? C’mon, I know you have some. We can’t think of everything ourselves!

PS – I can’t promise a lot of blogs this upcoming week (unless I get busy and schedule some this weekend). I have a busy week coming up. I’ll be around though – so don’t be a stranger.

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Saturdays are for Thrifting

I don’t often reserve certain days for activities, unless that day is Saturday.  Almost every Saturday morning (unless I’m at work or out of town) I’m up early and out the door to hit up my favorite thrift stores and flea markets.

I don’t always find treasures.

But when I do, I find the best treasures.

A recent trip through Missouri resulted in this gorgeous piece above.

It also produced this McCoy planter.  I didn’t know it was a McCoy.  I just knew it was a sheep.  I like sheep.  It was also a planter.  I like planters.  It wasn’t until I brought it home that I discovered the McCoy marking.

It wasn’t in the usual place and had it been, I’m sure the seller would have wanted much more.

It’s my persistent hunt for treasures that results in great and unique finds.  That’s the trick with thrifting.  Do it often.  Your hard work will reward you.

Just don’t do it around here.  I’ve claimed this territory.

What’s your favorite thrifted find?  I think mine is the McCoy above.

Keeping Warm

Just popping in to say that once I finish this project, I’m never knitting entrelac again… at least, never with tiny yarn and never a long scarf.

This is seriously the project that never ends.

Ever.

I’m not finished.

I really don’t think I will finish.

I need to put this away until I have more time and concentrate on some of my chunky scarves for the upcoming Alliday Show.  They fly off the shelf at that show and I know I won’t be able to make enough.

So no more entrelec.  Time to trade my tiny needles and yarn for some 35s and 5 strands of thick, chunky yarn.  My customers like keeping warm and I don’t want to disappoint.

I’m sure I’ll finish this scarf at least by the new year.  I’d like to say by Christmas, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure.

What projects have you started and never finished?  I challenge each of you to join me in finishing it by New Years!  Take a few vacation days from work and get to it!

Let The Festivities Begin

Halloween has come and gone… and without much excitement, I’m sorry to say.  Last Halloween I went all out with a hand made costume and brought home the gold from the office costume contest (well, maybe not the gold, but I did bring home $75).  This year I took the easy road and went as a cat.

Yes… a cat.
I wore all black and had cat ears.  I even went the extra step and drew whiskers on my face with eye liner.  You see, we have Shrek in house this week and kiddos coming to the show were treated to some trick or treating pre-show.  Having to be kid friendly (not too scary or off color) stifled my creativity this year.  So my Marla from Fight Club costume will have to wait until next year.  I’m not sure smeared mascara and a cigarette hanging out of my mouth would be good for the kiddos.
So, a cat it was.
And now onto the actual topic of this post – it’s time for the Holiday season to begin!  I think today marks the beginning of my favorite 2 months of the year.  November and December.  I love the baking, the decor, the food (wait, does that file under baking?), the candy making, the gift giving, the friends, the family and the joy.  I just love this time of year.
I’ve always been my most creative during the Holiday season.  Not sure why.  Maybe tinsel really does it for me.
Who knows.
I think I’m most looking forward to continuing new traditions with the Sweet Boy.  Three years ago marked the first Christmas without my mom.  If you knew her, you knew she made Christmas extra special.  Santa still visited EVERYONE, stockings were stuffed to the brim with odds and ends suited for each recipient.  This will be the 4th Christmas without her and while I don’t think I’ll ever be able to recreate what she made special, I will be able to create my own special memories.

So far, I’ve managed to make her famous (well, famous to me) Swiss Steak each Christmas Eve as a nod to her.  She didn’t do that on that special night, but I think she’d love it if she were still around.  It’s a small thing, but it helps me look forward to the season.  Now, if only someone could sneak in and fill my stocking with candies, spatulas, mini screwdrivers and socks, I’d be completely happy.
What traditions are you looking forward to over the next couple of months?  Is it your grandma’s perfect gravy on the Thanksgiving table?  Is it a game of touch football with your siblings on the big day?  Or is it just enjoying the lights of the Christmas tree late in the evening while the snow quietly falls outside?  I’d love to hear what lights up the season for you.

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