Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My New Tree Toppers and Birds!

This is always the BUSIEST time of the year for me and for some reason I never seem to get things made ahead, even though I know it is coming!! So I don't have as much as I would like to at the moment, but am excited about what I do have!! I have so many patterns, material, partially started projects, drawings and ideas in my "to do" pile, but so far, I have just been able to do these birds. I call them SIMPLE BIRDS, and SIMPLE TREE TOPPER BIRDS, and I just love them!! I try to use vintage fabrics as much as possible and was able to find this great old piece of woven red fabric to make some of them with. I also had some really lovely red print that I got at a quilt shop, and used that as well. I used a great old pattern from Sweet Liberty Homestead and since it is so simple, that is where I got the idea for the name of them! I also have a large stash of old bobbins and used those for the topper bases. Unfortunately, since the holes are smaller than I thought, you have to use them on smaller trees, but I have hopes to try to find some bigger ones with bigger holes for the larger trees. The SIMPLE BIRDS are small hanging birds you can use as ornaments, or just to hang from your favorite cupboard or shelf peg. They are done in the same fabrics as the tree toppers. I have them displayed on a small tree so you can see how great they look grouped together!! I hope to have more things made soon, so keep checking back. Even though this is a very busy time of year, I am trying to remember to enjoy the season and to let all the special people in my life know I love them and value them.....people like you!!! Thank you for taking the time to be part of my heart! Be blessed today!!

Open House at New England Saltbox

The Open House at New England Saltbox on November 14th was supposed to officially start at noon, but when I arrived at 9:45AM to open, there were already some anxious shoppers waiting to get some early shopping in! The shop was decked out in all it's holiday finery, with Christmas music playing in the background and no doubt visions of sugarplums dancing in each shoppers head!!
Marlene, the owner, was able to find some wonderful things at Market this past year to offer to our customers, and they were not disappointed with the many choices to choose from! She got some WONDERFUL Grapevine Trees, from 2' to 6', and they really looked beautiful with the display I was able to put together! We also had some wonderful Christmas greens, from picks, to garlands, trees, and wreaths, and so much more!! The aromas of potpourri and candles was enjoyed by all and there was so much holiday spirit everywhere as people laughed, smiled and shopped!! It was so much fun to see old friends and meet new ones too!!

The whole town of Sumner participates in this event and happy shoppers went from store to store, searching for the perfect treasure to add to their Christmas list. Our shop served some delicious hot cider made with a mix we sell, and a variety of yummy treats, including the most chocolaty brownies and some adorable Christmas mice, specially made for the event!! As always, Marlene did a first class job and the open house was a huge success!! Hope you enjoy all the wonderful pictures Jeff (my husband) took to give you a small glimpse of this great event!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Funky Junk Sisters Show

For my very first post ( am I really doing this??) I wanted to share about a show New England Salt Box (where my things are displayed) participated in called Funky Junk Sisters Show! Unique name to be sure, and unique items as well. For those of you who do shows, it is a HUGE undertaking and this was no exception!! Unfortunately, our WA weather was blustery and rainy, typical for this time of year but not good for setting up a show! We had some mishaps, but all in all we got things in and set up and I think it looked great! Even though our shop does not really do the "shabby" look, we fit in just fine with antiques and some handmades and had lots of great comments! It was a fun but very tiring experience and I must admit I was happy we could return to the Saltbox and be where it was warm again!! I hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!