Favorite Thing #1: my Converse shoes.
Several years ago, I was given my first pair of Converse - Jack Purcell's. I love them. I've worn them to many flea markets (buying and selling), on vacation, grocery shopping, on and on. And - they look it, poor things. It was one of the best family Christmas gift exchanges ever - thank you Matt!
I finally decided it was time to find a new pair since these are looking pretty ratty. I won't get rid of them, mind you, but I should wear something out and about that looks - let's say, fresher. It took me months to find the color(chocolate brown) in the right size. I have "baby feet", size 5 1/2. Couldn't even find a kid size that would work. It's hard to find them, but I was successful last weekend. I just happened to look at Target and there they were. Annnd, I got a $5.00 gift card as well! How great is that!
So, yesterday my extra, special elf Patti - AKA Sparkle Farkle (SF), came over to spend the day and as it ended up most of the evening. She has been a such a help to me this fall. Without her help I wouldn't have been able to produce as many pieces. I gave her the nickname Sparkle Farkle (a character from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In - which really dates me) since she does so much of my gluing and glittering. The other day she had a lovely coating of sparkle across her cheeks. She said when she got home her friend would wonder where it came from. I told her to tell him is was stripper make-up and leave it at that. Can't hurt to keep them wondering and on their toes! Anyway, I digressed - again. Yesterday SF and I worked on a new item that I will be taking to the Monticello Antique Marketplace.
This little tree is about 4 feet tall and will have a mate if all goes well today. It isn't quite finished. I plan to add some mica flake glitter to the edges of some of the "boughs" and add some type of tree-topper. The garland is rusted wire threaded with mother-of-pearl buttons. When I started yesterday morning, I wasn't sure how I was going to do it. Once I got the framework underneath
formed, the rest was easy. Especially with elf SF cutting the cardstock and papers for me. Like I said, she has been a lifesaver. Sure glad Santa could spare her this fall! Note: Miss Zoe always manages to sneak in the picture!