Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Events this Weekend !

I know, your thinking, "It's not even Thanksgiving !!". 
What's with all this carol-playing on the radio?  
Is it my imagination
or is it starting earlier and earlier each year? 
Holiday gift shows, light-hanging, so on and so on.
Instead of avoiding it all and
waiting until December 24th,
embrace and enjoy the holidays by
shopping early and
take advantage of 2 of Salem's great
decor and gift buying opportunities.

First, the Annual Gift Sale at
Historic Deepwood Estate

Friday, November 18 & Saturday November 19 
10 am - 3 pm
Featuring seasonal wreaths, unique jewelry,
hostess gifts and more!

1116 Mission Street SE, Salem, OR
Free Parking at 12th & Lee Streets

Second, the Heritage Holiday Faire
at the Willamette Heritage Center (Mission Mill) 

This event, hosted by Roost Reimagined
and Danner & Soli, 
begins November 18 and goes through the 20th. 

On the 18th there will be a pre-show party that includes wine by Duck Pond Vineyards,  pulled pork sliders from Adam's Ribs and other appetizers to tempt you with.  And as always the first picks on all the great merchandise ($7 entry fee). 
Show opens with free admission on:
Saturday the 19th at 10:00 am-6 pm and
Sunday the 20th 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

The Willamette Heritage Center is located at
1313 Mill St. Salem, OR

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Big Holiday Thank You!

Our Holiday Treasures Show was such fun this weekend.  It was great to see old friends and get acquainted with new!  Diane and I would like to thank you all for coming to her sweet, little barn in the Sublimity countryside.  Your support means more than you know.

I know its too dark, but those waiting to come it were warmed by a inviting fire. It combined with the twinkley lights really got you in the holiday mood.  Diane and her husband, Matt, really outdid themselves to make the setting special.

Here are a few pics of what was inside.

Diane has posted some fabulous pics.  So be sure to check out her blog.

And, again ...

Thank you & Happy Holidays !

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Frosty's Friend

Each year I make a new type of snow man.  This year, I decided I wasn't going to invest in expensive foam balls as my base. Instead I experimented with wads of newspaper.  I think the result was even better than before!

This year's snow man reflects my love of old & recycled items:  newspapers pulled from the recycle bin, an old rusty funnel "hat", a belt salvaged from on old pair of roller skates, neck scarf from an warm woolen blanket.  He is perched on an old book of Christmas stories.  He is just one big repurposed hunk of snow man!

He and a few of his best friends will be at the Holiday Treasures Show this weekend hosted my Diane (Molly Mo's) and me.  Show details are on the left.  Hope you can make it!  M.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Frosty's New Hat

We all grew up with Frosty the Snow Man
and have come to identify his
iconic black top hat with him.  
Of course, being so famous,
even Frosty needs a new look 
for all the Holiday gatherings. 
Something a little ... lets say ...
special ... for festive soirees. 
Something a little over the top (hat) ! 

These glitzy, tree-topping top hats are just the ticket!
The Royals have nothing over on old Frosty.
These toppers are fit for a King (or Queen)!
Come take one home this weekend at :

More show info on the left!  Hope to see you. M.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Good Luck Mushrooms

Some people have their own interpretation ...  
but the German culture have long used mushrooms
as good luck symbols. 
They are displayed in honor of the people's reverence
for nature and hopes for good luck in the coming year.

I don't know about you,
 but I think we could all use a good luck mushroom! 
 I walked through the yard to retrieve the mail and
all the sudden there was one ...

then two ...

then a whole mess of them!

To get your good luck mushroom, hurry out to the ...

See you there! M.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On to the Next Season

A Season of Change.  It has been an unusual Fall - to say the least.  I have had to learn to adjust and accept the way I usually go about things.  Something I don't do easily.  I'm not inflexible.  I CAN accept the things that cause the change and go forward.  However, it does require some serious reorganization of what is in my brain.  So with that ...  My husband has had some health issues that have required some changes.  Nothing awful - just change on his part and, for me, adapting to how that affects me and this little business that I love. However, I love him more - so you take care of what is most important and realize that everything else is just not such a big deal.  What is precious is apparent really fast.

Not to worry!  He is much better!  I, however, am adapting to a different plan for the next season of creations and shows.  Again, it takes me a bit to wrap my tiny, little brain around this stuff --  but I AM doing it.  If I hadn't said anything, no one would be the wiser, but I feel it.  I am a planner and organizer.  Changes of "The Plan" put me in a spin.  The good part of this is that I am being forced to work smarter and more efficiently.  No time for creative indulgences that can take precious time. 

Since this post has been all about change - there has been a big change in my workroom.  A change from black glitter to mica flake and silver sparkles - everywhere!  There was a little "snow" storm in the workroom this weekend.  Even a little bling - and - we all love bling!

Last year Elf Patty ordered the publication, Holiday with Matthew Mead.  A beautiful collection of eye candy for the holidays.  One picture in particular caught my eye - two blingy, blue trees created by Debbie Dusenberry of  This year I decided to had to make a few of these.  What fun and I think they turned out lovely. 

These cuties and many other creations will be waiting for you at  ...

Keep checking back for more new things coming out of the workroom.  The glitter is flying about and everything is a-sparkle! M.

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