Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Love Is In The Air

I love all of the decorations that go with Valentine's Day: hearts and lace and pink and red and ribbons...yum! So, when one of my favorite customers asked if I could make some ornaments for her Valentine tree, I think I swooned a little.

I had so much fun picking out fabrics that were just right for this job! I made her a set of 24 adorable upcycled ornaments out of baby blankets, sheets, bandannas, scarves, pajamas, a child's dress, and a men's shirt. Each one has a little pink flannel heart patch on the back, and is hung with a coordinating ribbon. I had never considered decorating a tree for this holiday, but I just might now that I see what a sweet tradition it can be!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Tall Lidded Container- Check!

My custom order for an 11" high, 6" wide lidded container is complete! My customer chose such beautiful, earthy colors; soft light brown, sage, and slate/stone. They blended beautifully (if I say so myself!), though pictures can't totally capture the subtle texture of this piece. You can view more pictures HERE.
Next on the custom agenda: a 2 foot by 4 foot rectangular rag rug in whites/blues/grapes, and a set of 20 upcycled ornaments for a Valentine tree. I'm SO excited about both of these special orders...stay tuned for pictures in the coming week :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kitty Heaven!

Goodness gracious! How cute is this? To my delight, Baxter is quite fond of his new bed.

To his owner's surprise, however, Baxter's "brother", Sammy, has been chillin' in the basket, too!

Many thanks to Taryn for sharing the photos of the kitty bed in use. What a treat to make two cat-men happy for the holidays :)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

All Wrapped Up

I had a request in my Etsy shop yesterday to make 3 brightly colored upcycled magnets. My customer asked that they be wrapped separately, and that I include a note about what they "used to be".

They came out so cute that I just had to share the wrap job! Wouldn't these be adorable as party favors? I could make all of the magnets out of baby blankets for a baby shower! Or all out of a particular color for a bridal theme! Or all red and pink for a Valentine party! I wonder if I am the only one who gets so excited over possibilities and cute little things? Say it's not so :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Kitty Bowl- Check!

My first ever custom kitty bed is complete; I love the way this turned out! The flat base is about 12 inches across. The sides go up, out, and curve back in making it 14" across at the opening, and 4" high.

The colors of this bed were chosen to match a specific decor. Click HERE to see the link my customer gave me. How did I do?

I sure hope Baxter likes his new sleeping quarters. I should know in 2-3 days when the package arrives at its destination. My customer has promised me a photo of the kitty in the bed; I can't wait to see that!

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Wacky Week In Review

Last week was craaaaaaazy! My husband was out of town, my parents were here from Florida, I had tons of presents to get wrapped, and I sold 21 items between Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th! As if that wasn't enough to make an already nutso person flip over the edge, I was one of the artists featured in the Storque's *shop local VA* article by Mel at backwoodsophisticate. Click on the link to see a photo of me and several other VA artists. The same day that came out, my friend Amanda at sygnetscreations sent me a message that one of my bowls was on the front page of Etsy! Thank you adornbyamysingley for including me in your collection!What a rush!! I'm still all full of adrenaline- better use it to get crocheting, huh?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Feeling The Love

I have reached a point in my holiday preparations where I can step back from the stress and feel the joy of the season! This doesn't mean that I don't still have 5 million things on the to-do list, just that I know I have at least that many things to be grateful for this Christmas. How fitting, then, that my dear friend Robin at BeadNestDesigns recently blessed me with the honor of this award. I can't think of anything I'd rather do than spread the love right now! So, without further ado, I'm off to do just that :)

A couple of rules for spreading the love:
(1) Post a copy on your blog
(2) Mention who gave you the award.
(3) Pass the award on to 6 others.
(4) Leave a message on their blog letting them know the honor has been bestowed upon them.

It is my pleasure to pass this award to the following people:
1. Deb at Blossoms
2. Mannie at MannieMandible
3. Karen at RunsWithScissors4
5. Jenn at MondrysYKnot
6. Nikki at KaleidoscopeKorner

Love yas!!!! Smoochies!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

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Take a peek at my video debut!

Custom Coaster- Check!

I'm an avid list maker. I LOOOOOVE to check things off. I do that thing where you put something on the list that you have already done, just for the satisfaction of checking it off.

What a big check mark I got to make after completing this whopper of a coaster rug! It was finished by the due date, Dec. 2nd *wipes brow*. I wrapped her up and mailed her off the next day, and now I'm waiting breathlessly for a message from her new owner.

In the meantime, I have two other really fun custom orders to work on! Stay tuned in the coming days/weeks for photos of a 6" wide, 11" tall lidded container, and of my first ever pet bed :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Never Lose Hope

My orange and purple nesting bowl set got to be in the spotlight last night: Etsy front page, baby! Even better than that, they now get to go live in a new home. I made these back in September with Halloween in mind. In October they got lots of exposure and lots of hearts, but no buyer. I changed their name from Halloween Glow to Harvest Moon Glow at the beginning of November, still no buyer. And lo! On December 2nd, the right customer came along. Thank you to lusitania for giving them a final push in this beautiful collection. The moral of the story: never lose hope that a creation and its perfect owner will be united :)