Come, feast your eyes upon the BEAUTY, SPLENDOR, & MAGNIFICENCE that is my STOCKING STASH! Do not look directly at these items, for they are dazzling and may blind you with their sheer brilliance!
There's a lot here, lemme break it down for ya ( **click on images to see larger version **):
This sweet bear is a Boyd's bear, and her tag says her name is Libby B. Ladybug, not sure if that will remain her name or not yet. Any suggestions?
CANDY and its arch-nemesis: Mr. Toothbrush! Gingerbread tin is filled with different kinds of jellybeans; candy cane is CHOCOLATE!
Toys & Games & a Movie, oh my! I'm going to become a black velvet painter. First subject: Elvis or a Sad-Faced Kitty? Phone in your vote now!
Arts & Crafts! Can't wait to try! Here's a close-up of the pattern on the notebook:
Household goods and personal edification! Measuring spoons are for a Drop, Smidge, Pinch, and a Hint. Green circle has an eyeglasses cleaner in it & is also a keyring. Red camp cup reminds me of, well, the camp cups we used when camping as kids.
A little carved beaver... an inch long from stem to stern, half-an-inch wide
A little lava lamp, so cute, and it sparkles in different colors!
MY Santa is the best Santa in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Thank you Santa!!!
A few more things, click on pix to see 'em big-like:
Drapes are in the Cath Kidston fabric that I got on my birthday weekend , very simply lined with muslin, with curtain clips on rod. Here's a close-up of the picture you see above the chair:
I got 20 squares of redwork for a measly 5 bucks at a church fair. Isn't this girl tending to her Chernobyl daisy a real gargoyle? Suddenly, even I felt pretty...
Here's the one on the other side of the door out to the deck. Cool find: these frames are from Michael's Craft Store, only $4.99 a pop! Spray-painted them cuz they were originally black. Other cool thing that I read in the last issue of Bargain Style magazine? Album frames are (usually) the perfect size for displaying handkerchiefs, yay!
This is the right built-in (oh, yeah, hafta get a plant for that pot)...
... and this is the left one. These built-ins frame the door into the kitchen.
Here's a little vignette in the left built-in. I don't usually think of decorating with glass, but I'm loving the way it makes things look icy, and how it distorts the lines of what's behind it.
I like decorating with red & white & hearts & snowmen because they translate well through February. I don't know about you, but the house always feels a bit 'sad' to me after Christmas is over, when all the decorations are taken down. So, in order to get past my own particular brand of SAD (Seasonally- Affected Decorating), I like to keep some stuff up!
Just in case you forgot sometime during this holiday season: EAT. This sign is from Sundance Catalog. The enamel pans are from a funky little antique shop on the main drag in Warren, RI. The proprietor allows his pet mouse, Mousellini, to crawl around his neck. I'm of the mindset: Mice are cute in children's books and in cartoons, but crawling around in my hair? That's stomp-worthy. The lace on the fabric on the dresser is from his shop, too. I'm pretending that the mouse didn't have access to it. (Other side of cut-out "window" is my studio.)
The dresser is from my childhood and houses linens. It USED to be the setting for my town Beetlegrass I made when I was a kid. Tablecloth, napkins,Coke glasses, milk glass vases/candlestick holders and chairs are from tag sales and a second hand shop; straws and chicken juice glasses are from Crate and Barrel; cherry cushion on chair: Anthropologie; drawer pulls: Restoration Hardware. The "silver"ware is from the grocery store (!) and the potholder was made by Mom. Do you like my funny "milkshake" under the Eat sign?
Close-up of Christmas Coke bottles, the 2004 edition. Don't. ever. throw. anything. away. Ever.
Left-hand side of French doors-- Living Room is through that door. I say this so the burglar knows his way around, Dad. Pillow on chair was from eBay, someone was making pillows from vintage Christmas linens. AND it had ball fringe. How could I not get it? Ornaments on doors held up with thumbtacks, and then Buttons or Bows hot-glued to the tacks to disguise their thumb-tackiness.
These are two of the four-person 4-Inch Somebodies package I got from The Small Object. She sent along fun things, including: Bazooka gum,and tied the whole package up with red & white bakery string. I love them, they're so graphic and fun!
This Santa ornament was made by my sister Jane. It's counted cross-stitch with beads interwoven. It is incredibly detailed and is treasured. (**Click on any image to see it larger **)
Here are my SEVEN (haha!) days of Advent stockings that were inspired by several people's blogs (Allsorts, Little Birds, and SouleMama). The other 17 are cut out and ready for... um... next year!
Some presents from my friend Chris! How cute are these things??? Love the Land of Nod puzzle, I'll be playing with THAT for hours, TRUST ME! More Plan Toys cars, so psyched cuz I don't have the race cars yet, and, red suitcases? Come on! It doesn't get any better than red suitcases (check out the froggy/crown pattern inside, whoa!). Thanks, Chris! (It's a wise woman who knows her friend hasn't yet grown up.)
Current # of Identical Norman Rockwell Calendars from My Insurance Company: 2 Number of Trips to the Post Office: 2 Number of Packages Mailed: 2 Number of People Ahead of Me in Line, First Trip: 5 Number of People Ahead of Me in Line, Second Trip: 9 Number of People Mailing Hideous Animatronic Santas: 1 Number of Pages of Sketches Faxed: 29 Number of Unasked-for Opinions in the Fabric Store: 2 Number of Times I Took that Advice: 0 Number of Times I Was Given Someone's Credentials So I'd Take Their Advice: 1 Number of Times I Countered with My Own: 1 Number of Side Mirrors Sheared Off My Car While Backing Up Out of Garage: 1
It's been a very productive day-- the numbers don't lie!!!
Some more close-up shots (click on 'em to see 'em biggah):
This wreath is essentially made up of all those ornaments that you put at the back of the tree, if you catch my drift. I had quite a few of these, and I augmented with other families' "less-than-favorite" ornaments that I'd get at tag sales. Other items used are floral picks, some jewelry, and lots of florist wire to attach everything to the wreath base.
Something happens to these ornaments when you put a ton of them on a wreath, I think. They look cuter or something.
My sister calls the more vintage of these ornaments "Li'l Uglies", and she immortalized that name by creating this for me from one of her five billion rubber stamps:
Christmas Card Update:
Cards Sent: 0 Cards Received: 3, and those three are:
My Stalker (oh, yes, I have a stalker-- pesky phone calls, Christmas gifts sent in June, yikes.)
Ok, just a quick post today, as am working under a tight deadline, and I have the adrenaline of fear coursing through my veins.
I was going to say that I am the foster parent of this snowman, AND THEN I found out that this is a Cody Foster reproduction. I found this out by reading Turkey Feathers' blog. She shows a link for Backporch Friends -- check out all the cool stuff.
I am the foster parent because I gave this snowman to my sister Jane last year, and she thought he'd like living in my home better (he might melt in California?). But he's not mine. He's just eating all my food and hogging the remote.... whatever.
I like getting gifts for people that I get to keep. So, this year, YOU GET A NEW CAR, AND YOU GET A NEW CAR, AND YOU GET A NEW CAR! (Cuz, see, I would get to keep them.)
(Oh, yeah: crocheted doily by my Aunt Peg, poster is an Arnold Lobel, of Frog and Toad Are Friends fame, stars are stuck on wall with teacher's tack. Thank God for teacher's tack is all I have to say.)
On another, TOTALLY UNRELATED NOTE: Bravo TV has started its second season of Project Runway .
I. Love. This. Show. This season promises some really talented designers, some innovative designs, some colorful personalities,lots of stress, and lots of creative thinking/strategizing. And one RISD grad! (Whoo-hoo, props to RISD!) Watch this show if you can, even if you're so sick of Reality TV you could just stick a pin in your eye.
A sunny day! Quick, get the camera! Here's the living room in its current state. To see the "BEFORE" picture, click here. More pictures of the fireplace and mantle (click on any photo to see larger):
Pez angel at top of childhood mirror. Mantle cloth is a runner I got on eBay, the cloth covering the fireplace is a curtain panel I got at an estate sale. As luck would have it, it matches the cloth above it! Sconces on either side of the mirror: another estate sale find.
Little presents: painted wooden cubes with balsa wood bows. Tree behind Godzilla: styrafoam cone with pieces of paint chips pinned to it.
Tree on top of can: styrafoam cone base, with fabric, ribbon, and trim gathered and pinned in place. Tree at edge of mantle: styrafoam cone covered with a felted high school sweater.
More sweater and fabric trees. The "treeman" has boots made from prescription bottles at their core.
I did these for my brother's company, Strategic Treasurer. He likes to use children's literature to explain complicated financial issues, so here are a couple of Alice in Wonderland-influenced pieces. He wanted me to keep the color palette to blues and grays (more corporate) and not my usual let's-use-all-the-colors-in-the-rainbow palette. It was a bit trickier for me to think this way, but kind of fun, too, like working a puzzle.