Sunday, November 27, 2016

Let the holidays begin!

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  We did. Ben came home for a few days and we loved seeing him.  He rested, helped around the house, and bonded with the kittens!

I also spent the holiday weekend happily working on a swap for Christmas. I had to do six White Christmas themed ATCs.  Instead of using a vintage image like I normally do, I went with a tiny Christmas tree that I created from tulle tied to a toothpick.  It sounds a little odd, but I think it looks really sweet.   Here's the prototype, which I made into a tag rather than an ATC:
It's kind of hard to see it in a photo, because the tulle is so light and wispy; when I get the rest of the swap in the mail, I'll try to take better photos for you!
I also treated myself to a trip to the thrift store, since everyone's putting out their Christmas items!  I love this new/unopened box intricate plastic figurines of the Three Wise Men!
I think the camels they are riding are incredibly interesting -- and I also really love the posture of the Kings.
And angels galore!  Like this 1970's style angel -- it's not a candle holder, just a figurine.  And some little kitschy decorations:
 a tiny angel orchestra...
and this little plastic house with decorated wooden angels in front -- it's probably from the 70's, too. Some of them have already ended up in my Etsy shop.  It's a lot of fun to have my little shop open again.

No luck on the job hunt, so far.  It's given me some time to relax and play with the kittens, and regroup.  I have taken a part time job at a retail store right here in my little town, so I don't have to drive all the way into the city. The commute is WONDERFUL -- literally 5 minutes.  The job helps to keep me busy and put food on the table!  But, it will surely be a lean Christmas this year.
Today we managed to get our tree up and lit.  We won't be putting out the usual, breakable and precious decorations due to the kittens!  Simon and Garfunkel are a real home wrecking crew.  They don't mean to be, but they still are! 

How about you?  Have you started your Christmas preparations yet?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

My Christmas craft booth

For the first time in many, many years, I had a booth at a craft fair!  It was a large show at a local high school, and I signed up to do it at the last minute.  Rebecca crafted some wonderful gifts for the booth, but couldn't be there on the day of the sale.  Dennis helped me -- and he was a huge help!  It was fun!
We set the tables up the night before; they were very simple, but pretty with lots of white, and lights.

 Besides the handmade stuff, I sold some of my vintage Christmas items -- like the angels and caroler statues.
 This photo was taken late in the day, after we'd sold quite a bit!

Some friends stopped by, including Jeanelle -- who is looking so fabulous after regaining her health/surviving breast cancer!  'Makes me so happy!
Rebecca did the canvases with deers (this one says, Sparkle), and we painted the stars and our husbands cut and put them together for us!

In the afternoon the sun came through those large windows and it was pretty unbearable for shoppers and sellers alike; so, morning was definitely our best time for sales!  We did very well, and I came home feeling much "lighter" of vintage Christmas!
 Some of the tags I made...
and, ephemera packs...

Very few tags or ephemera packs sold, though.  I may put some in my shop if anyone is interested!
I copied this tag after one I'd received in a swap a couple of years ago; I'm not sure who made it, unfortunately; she signed it on the back, but her name is hard to read.
These pumpkins were the only non-Christmas items I had in the booth!  Two of them sold.  I think I'm going to keep the ones that didn't!
 All but one of my jeweled Christmas trees sold, and I really enjoyed the conversations I had with shoppers over them; the vintage items sparked many reminiscences!

 The tart tin and Jello mold ornaments sold very well, too!

The snowman ornaments are already in my Etsy shop!
If you have a chance, please do me a favor and click on that link -- my shop has been so neglected over the last year that I've lost a lot of ranking and really need some hits!
Thank you!
Best of all -- since these two mischief-makers will prevent me from much Christmas decorating this year -- I was happy that I took a few weeks to get elbow-deep into all of my Christmas things and enjoy all the beauty and fun of them!
We'll see how much I'm able to restrain myself when the holidays roll around!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Vintage Christmas-a-go-go

It is like Christmas at my house right now -- as I've been making delightful crafts to sell at a fair in town NEXT weekend!  Everywhere you look there are piles of evergreen and sparkly things, and old stuff that many would consider trash: true ephemera!  And in that Christmas spirit, as I've mentioned before, I, who needs NO MORE, have happened upon some treasures at thrift stores I just couldn't and wouldn't resist!  Let me help you get in the mood:
 vintage Hallmark gift trims - never used! 
old stickers and tags
 This "cutter" tablerunner
 card-table sized tablecloth
 I love that Santa and the Noel in different colored letters!
 another tablecloth!
 Odds and ends from The Bins (Goodwill)

 All of the above, except for the Hallmark trims, were a total of $2.23 at The Bins!
So, you see why I had to rescue them!
I ran into my friend Kathy there, and she gave me some good pointers as she is a regular!
 At another thrift store, they were just beginning to put out the holiday merchandise, like this little herd of deer...
 a new, but fashioned after an old, Vera towel

 and a "putz" house in the original box! - this I'd never seen before!

even with its shattered windows, it's a prize!  I think I'll put it in my Etsy shop, which I have newly re-opened and am just beginning to fill!
 beautiful old glass birds
 boxes of tiny ornaments -- I already have one like the blue one, so I think I will part with it, too!
 mid-mod angel candleholder
 really unique!
I bought this from my friend Linda from her eBay shop -- it's a 5+ foot string of vintage tinsel in a rainbow of colors.
So, besides crafting, applying for jobs, and thrift shopping, I devoted a lot of time to watching the World Series with my husband.  What a hoot!
I could really get used to this being unemployed!
I hope you are having a great weekend!