Friday, December 24, 2010

Decorate Yourself for Winter

Coldgull Pin from AnnaRubyKing

One of the wonderful things about winter weather,
and the parade of jackets and coats,
is I rediscover broaches and pins.
For me a coat without a pin is like Christmas without cookies…
it’s not necessary but it sure does make it better :=)

Here is a collection of some of my favorites:

(top to bottom, left to right)
Rustic Hammered Copper Tree
Silver Sleigh from the Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art (thanks to my parents!)
Grandma P's Christmas Tree,
Little Bird from AnnaRubyKing ,Recycled Optical Lens Jewelry
Grandma T’s Broach, Heart felt Wish List, Grandma T’s Broach

I love my mementos from my grandmothers…not only are they beautiful but I love glancing down feeling close to them throughout the day.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend…
may you all have lots of cookies!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Decorations

(the gazebo was a gift from my wondeful parents and
the winter tree was something I picked up
at the Popcorn Art Festival in Valpoaiso Indiana a year ago.
I wish I had the artist's information so I could share it with you!)

I am absolutely the type of person who loves the idea of having seasonal accessories.
Pillows, bed & bath linens, accent pieces around the name it …love it.
What I ultimately discovered is I am also the type of person that
is awful about putting them away at the end of the holiday season.
I was the person you would visit in February
and still see garlands and lights above my windows
(hopefully waiting till you got home to roll your eyes!).
Alas, I’ve learned that if I’m going to put out a decorations
they have to be minimal,
be pertinent for more than a few weeks
and be easy to put away.

Above is an example of one of my few winter decorations.
I’ve discovered it brings me the same joy
as a home full of ornaments, pine and bows.

Looking at this picture I have to ask the question...
do you know when the last time I had my coffee table cleared off as it is now?
....neither do I.

Monday, December 13, 2010

To be Added this Week

Here are a few items I will be listing in my etsy store this week.
As I list them I will include a link to the listing.

Clockwise from top left:
Green Florentine Garden Journal, Budapest Floral Garden Journal,
Lavender Fleur de Lea Garden Journal, Coral Stripe Journal


You know,

I just don’t think she is taking her job responsibilities seriously….

Sunday, December 12, 2010

December in Chicago

Marianne's garden lovely..

Art & Craft Shows are complete for the season.
I’ve made about as many journals and bracelets
that I will before Christmas for my online store
(I will be listing the newest items throughout the week).
And I will be spending a Sunday doing
what “normal people” do on a weekend,
cleaning, reading, drinking tea (lots of tea!)
and watching a beautiful snow fall.

Here a few pics from my garden
and my neighbor Marianne’s beautiful garden.

Happy December in Chicago everyone!

images of my backyard...not necessarily wonderful photos...but the snowfall itself is wonderful

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ah beads…

Finding the right bead for a journal can take weeks, sometimes months. When I have a successful combination all of the beads for that particular cover get set aside for that one journal.

In April/May one of my suppliers shared the news that the bead for the Silver Lotus on Celadon was discontinued. I quickly bought every bead left and began carrying a paper sample with me everywhere. I scoured my regular suppliers for an alternative, I searched the web for more options. Nothing was right.

Within a few days of my selling my last journal one of my customers, Amy, messaged me asking if I had any more. I explained my dilemma. Within 24 hours Amy suggested a bead I used on my geometric journal. Good eye Amy, I love the combination. Who would have thought the answer was right under my nose all along!

You will be finding this journal in my store within the next few days but I want Amy to get hers (along with a few gifts with purchase) first.

I think I’m even sleeping better now that concern is off my to do list. Ho, ho, ho!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stop by and say hello!

I love my etsy store so much that I rarely do art and craft shows. This year I’ve been asked to take part in two Holiday exhibits. One at the Oak Park Conservatory, where I do the majority of my Master Gardener volunteering, and the other at my favorite grocery store, Whole Foods. Mmm, surrounded by plants one week and fantastic food the next…now that’s the life!

To browse through my journals, jewelry and art prints in person at:

Sunday, December 6th 10am-4pm
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield Street
Oak Park IL 60304

Saturday, December 11th 1pm-4pm
Whole Foods - South Loop
1101 S. Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60607

One of the nice things that occurs when I am able to exhibit in person is I can offer a few items that don’t make a lot of sense to offer in my etsy store due to the cost of packaging and shipping. One of those items are what I call travelers. They are a little notebook, the size of a Blackberry, thin (20 pages, front and back) and perfect for notes to yourself or keeping your log ins and passwords safe and hidden away.

Also new, in honor of these shows I will be including note cards of select images from my Prairie Garden Studio. You can also find them in my studio for mail order.

Hope I see you at one of the holiday shows!