Thursday, December 23, 2010

Joyeux Noe'l !

I know that we are all busy with preparations for our Christmas celebrations, but I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to each one of you that has followed my blog this year. As 2010 comes to a close I am reflecting on all the wonderful people I have "met" through blogging and the blessing of friendship you have extended to me. I appreciate your kind comments and emails more than you know...and I appreciate that you take time from your busy lives to read along, encourage, and inspire me.

I also want to take this opportunity to say that I am so very grateful to all my customers for your patronage over the past year. I love to hear how much you love the things you have purchased and the ways in which you display and use them. It warms my heart to know that you find such pleasure in the things I make with my own hands. So, thank you for that. I have some lovely things planned for you in the coming year...including a giveaway in January, that I'm sure you'll love.

I began this blog because of an "epiphany". I believe this is the path I was meant to follow, and doing so has brought so many good things into my life. I want to encourage each of you to follow your path...whatever that may be. I hope that you will continue to "walk along" with me as we begin the new year together. Here's to adventure!

Until next year time...

Wishing you a Joyful Christmas Season, and a healthy, and prosperous 2011!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

~Tuesday Display Chain~Winter Whites~

Each Tuesday Misi, of Gable House Musings, chooses a theme and invites bloggers to play along with her "Tuesday Display Chain" by featuring items from their collections. The theme this week is Winter Whites.

This theme was a challenge for me as my decorating style tends to be a bit on the dark and somber side. I've tried, really I go with a more neutral pallet, but the truth is I just can't resist mixing in splashes of reds and blues. These are the things my eye (and heart) are drawn to.

Still, I was able to find a few little of puddles of light...

When my boys were small we made an entire village using chipboard, glue and instructions from Martha Stewart LIVING magazine. I cut all the pieces, they painted and glittered. The little white church is  always at the center of our display.
I found two pairs of these cotton lace stockings at an estate sale. Just look at the beautiful workmanship. Click on the photo for a better view of the lace patterns. I can't imagine wearing these, can you?
This lone baby sock, from the same time period, was found in a box of "junque" I brought home.
I love the textures of the linen, cotton lace and the old glass next to each other.
A simple ironstone bowl perched high on a shelf of the buttery.

Turn of the century stockings, and mercury glass beads, hang in the back hall.

A precious little bell from my Grandma Beulah's tree.
A closer view of that beautiful cotton lace.

A snowman, desperately in need of a makeover. He used to be an angel...but tells me he would prefer a top hat & something festive to hold in his icy little hands.
Old glass against a child's calico dress.
And for those of us who are not fans of the white stuff (I'm speaking of snow here), this plate of orange pomanders, studded with cloves, adds a bit of winter sunshine to a corner of the buttery.
See the other Tuesday Display Chain participants at:

Until next time...

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's beginning... look a lot like Christmas all around blogland. It's been so much fun to see the different ways that everyone incorporates their family and vintage pieces to make their homes cozy and inviting for the holidays. You've all been so generous in sharing photos of your beautiful homes that I thought I'd join in. Slowly but surely I have been decorating. I am going for a much simpler, natural look this year. Of course some of the old favorites must make an appearance.
This jointed Santa was a very special gift from a dear friend. It is one of a set. These were hand carved and painted by her father. I love unwrapping them each year because they remind me of my friend who was called away to ministry. This time of year California seems especially far away. I'm sure some of you know what I mean...
This is a photo of the buttery...just a few holiday additions with the smaller of our two trees in the background. This tree will be decorated with beeswax hearts and old children's dishes and kitchen ware. I warned you...I'm decorating slowly.
~A wool star, orange pomanders, and a favorite Christmas portrait of our boys decorate the buttery shelves~

~Bottle brush trees, old lead deer and a handmade village dot the buttery landscape~

A dry sink in the kitchen entry, decorated with pottery, bowls, granite ware and a small potted fir.
And because I know you were hoping I'd show's the other Santa.

Well, I'd better get busy. Those trees won't decorate themselves you know!

Until next time...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

~Bead and Needle~

Once in a while I discover something really wonderful and want to tell everyone I know about it. That's how I feel about Tanya's unique and beautiful work at Bead and Needle. When I saw this beaded pendant necklace, made from an old tintype, my heart went pitter pat...and I just knew I had to have it. So I saved my pennies and hoped it would still be for sale when I had enough put aside. Lucky was!

Just days after placing my order my necklace arrived in the mail. And I must add here, that pictures do not do it is even lovelier in person. Don't you LOVE when that happens? Add to that...Tanya included a matching pair of earrings to go with the pendant. I know...can it get any better? Well, yes it can. Not only is Tanya's work beautifully and meticulously executed...but she is just the dearest person to deal with too!

Here's a closer view of the necklace. I've already worn it a lot. The fun part is making up a different story about the identity of the pretty lady pictured, each time I get complimented.

Here are some other examples of Tanya's work...

Sparkles and Beads
Beaded Cameo

Beaded Porcelain

If you hurry, you just might be in time to call one of these beauties  your own...
Still for sale in her Etsy shop.
 Beaded Antique Tintype Necklace

 Glass Beaded Button Pendant Necklace

I'm sure there's someone on your Christmas list who'd love to find one of Tanya's pieces under the tree. Or maybe YOU'LL be adding to your own wish list. Either're welcome. 
Until next time...