Thursday, November 29, 2007

5 Random Things

The amazingly talented Christy of CC's Whimsies tagged me to post 5 random things about me... so here goes :-)

  1. I was quite the actress when I was a kid. When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I had convinced myself that I was Darla from the Little Rascals and made my parents call me Darla half of the time. If there was a stage anywhere I would embarrass my two older sisters by jumping upon it for an impromptu performance. Despite not knowing how to tap dance, I would wear tap shoes picked up from a garage sale and bounce around the house thinking that I was the next Shirley Temple. I think it drove my poor family crazy. As a teen, I did tons of community theater, tried starting a theater ministry at my church, won best actress awards for plays I did in high school and at some point was in a low budget commercial! Ha! That was my 15 minutes of fame I think :-). I dreamt of pursuing acting as a career for a long time, but when I hit college and realized that my skin wasn't quite thick enough for rejection that goes with a job like that. So I changed my major to English, and decided to become a writer. So funny that my "real life" job has absolutely nothing to do with either of those creative pursuits. I now work in the non profit health care sector. Never dreamt of that! I am so thankful that I get to exercise my creative energy through pixie making :-)!!!!

  2. I love love love books on tape. I listen to them when I am driving, cooking dinner, scrubbing floors, you name it. I especially like Maeve Binchy audio books. There's nothing like having a story read to you in a lovely Irish accent.

  3. I also love love love love music. I would hate to be without it. I can distinctly remember buying my first album (U2's The Unforgettable Fire... still one of my favorites!) when I was 11 years old. When I am not listening to the books on tape you'll find me strapped to my Mp3 player. I have pretty varied musical tastes and LOVE the oldies that swing like the Mills Brothers and Fats Waller , but am really really loving indie Canadian bands like The Arcade Fire right now. I have a soft spot for English rock bands too, especially Radiohead, and I am loving their new downloadable In Rainbows album (and you can pay whatever price you want for it... Really!!!!). They the most incredibly innovative artists !

  4. I don't have many vices, but I have a hard time leaving the grocery store without buying a magazine. They get me every time. I keep promising myself that one day I will do a little magazine purging since I must have amassed at least 1,000 of them over the years.

  5. My wonderful husband and I got married very young (he was 21 and I was 19), and started our family right away, so we will be in our early 40's by the time they are in college. What we dream of doing after the kids are through school is to become gypsy like and live in the following places for one year only!: 1. San Francisco, in the North Beach nieghborhood so that I can walk to an Italian bakery and eat cannoli everyday! 2. Galway, Ireland 3. Ferndale, California 4. Brighton, England 5. Orange, California (so that we can go to Disneyland everyday!!!!). After that we can move back home and be ready to be grandparents. :-) Maybe then I can try the acting thing again too! Hee heee ;-)

Okay my turn to tag!!!! (sorry if you have already been tagged!)

You're it......

Elaine Thomas (Artful Spirit)

Lori (Fairie Window)

Marie (Marie's Muses)

Phyllis (Shabby in the City)

Sadie (Craftily Ever After)

And one last plug for the bluebird giveaway. I'll pull names when I get back from my business trip tomorrow night!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Think Snow!!!!

Just a quick post today to say hello and remind you to go down a couple of posts to participate in my Bluebird giveaway! :-)

Above is a picture of our house all dressed up for Christmas last year, thickly iced with that wonderfully cold and fluffy stuff. So far this year we haven't even had a trace. The entire state I think is desperate for any kind of precipitation so please THINK SNOW!!!! :-)

Friday, November 23, 2007

It's a Christmas Craft Fair!!!!!

Merry Christmas! And welcome to my lil' Christmas Craft Fair!!!

Thanks to Phyllis of Shabby in the City for coming up with this brilliant idea! Below are the items I have on offer. Shipping is 5.50 for Priority Mail in the US. If you purchase more than one item, I will combine eveything and ship the next item for .50 cents more.

If you live outside of the US, please email me for shipping rates. I will happily accept Pay Pal, a personal check and now thanks to the fabulously easy ProPay, I am proud to say that I can accept Visa, Mastercard Discover and American Express!!! Items paid for by the end of the day today will be shipped on Monday( sorry, my post office is closed tommorrow). Anything not sold by midnight will be stored away until next season. Please email me at if you have questions about anything you see here :-).

Okay here goes!!!

Snowman in Black in White.

Snowy fella sculpted in papier mache over a recycled glass pop bottle. Painted in acrylics and dusted with sugary glass glitter. Sold! Thank you :-)

Shabby Pink Santa
Sweet Shabby Santa sculpted in papier mache over a recycled glass pop bottle. Painted in acrylics and dusted with sugary glass glitter. Originally priced at 19.99. Sold! Thank you :-)

Big Party Snowman.

This guy is big at over 19 inches tall! He was sculpted in paper mache and he stands upon a hand painted box for storing bigger sweets! Sold! Thank you :-)!!!!

Santa goes Green!

Elfish Santa sculpted in Paper Mache and Paper clay. Sold! Thank you :-)

Red Polka Dot Santa.

This little guy was originally priced at 34.99. No longer available :-)
Snowman in Red and White Polka Dots.
Snowy fella sculpted in papier mache over a recycled glass pop bottle. Painted in acrylics and dusted with sugary glass glitter. Sold! Thank you!!!
Thanks for shopping handmade!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Happy Thanksgiving Giveaway! And Going to the Ball!!!

The Policeman's ball that is! My sweet husband has invited me, his wife of almost 15 years, to the annual Policeman's Ball in December. This is the 1st time we have been able to go, so I have been stalking eBay to find the perfect vintage dress (that will fit me, arrgh!!!!). I feel like a girl going to the prom, I am so excited!!! I love the look of these awesome vintage inspired frocks from "Stop Staring" ...
Aren't they sweet??...but the bare shoulders thing makes me feel too exposed, and a sweater wouldn't work for dancing.

Then this morning, I came upon these lovely 1950's vintage beauties on eBay, and lo and behold, both my bids won!!! Now.... I'll have to decide which to put away for next year and which to wear this year. They are both so pretty. Help me decide!!!

In other news, I am almost sold out of everything in my Etsy shop. Thank you thank you thank you so much for buying from me!!! I am terrified of stuff getting broken in the mail, so if you have ordered from me, please do let me know when everything gets there safely.

I'd also really like to express a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased from me and to everyone who has kept me going this year with your sweet comments and encouragement. I have been so bad at reciprocating with the comments lately. Now that my holiday shows are over, I promise to be much better about posting and leaving comments.

In order to express my gratitude, I'd like to offer up a custom made sweetie blue bird (like the one below) as a Thanksgiving giveaway. Leave a comment and I will draw names on November 30th.

Check back in on Friday for Shabby in the City's craft fair!!! I have a couple of cuties that I held back on especially for this event. Hope you can join us then!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and may God bless you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Santa Making Mode...

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. We had a steady stream of superheros, pirates, ghoulish goblins, and fairy princesses demanding candy on the front porch of our eerie abode this year. Below are a few pics of the inside of our 1895 Victorian home in her spooky holiday best...

Even some of my vintage books got "spookified"...
And speaking of vintage books, I received a few more pics that I will be uploading later today to the original sideshow below. Thanks again to all who participated and sent them in!

Like so many other bloggers I seem to be absent lots lately. Some of this is due to a heavy workload at my regular job, but mostly it's due to that little studio I posted pics of recently. Meaning, I am in it all the time! Recently the studio has been covered in fabric scraps, and Cotswold fluff with bits of polymer clay ground into the floor as little Santa's emerge at 3am... here's a peek at a custom Santa I created for my neighbor a couple of years back....

The jolly guy above stood about 30 inches tall.

This year I am making my Santa's on a smaller scale (along with fat snowpixies and cheerful winter blue birds) and will have them available for sale at the Mountain Campus Holiday Fair on the beautiful campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. If you are in the neighborhood please some say hello!

Also... On November 18th I will be reopening my ETSY shop and will have fantastic prices on everything! Please stay tuned for more details!