Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s Cold!

It may not be Winter by the calendar, but it certainly feels like it with the frigid temps and wind!  This poem pretty much says it all about the weather in Ohio right now.

I’ve had the fireplace on and the electric blanket at night!  With an unplanned day off from work today, I think I will bring the tree down from the attic and get it set up.

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I usually set the tree up in front of the window in the living room.  I like the way it looks next to the fireplace, but I do wind up having to move that furniture out and over to make room.  There’s a corner in the sunroom that might work, too. Maybe we’ll change it up this year!

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While I usually wait until Friday to start my Christmas decorating, I am working Friday, so I think I could use a head start.  Although, I like to think I have a head start already with some presents hidden away and more “in transit”.

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Meanwhile, let’s enjoy the current holiday.  I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving, enjoying time spent with family, friends and food! 

Happy-thanksgiving

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ Laughter & Lemon Drops

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Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.

This week’s artist has been very busy working on custom orders.  Especially at this time of year.  I think you will understand why once you take a look at her creations.  A visit to Caroline’s Etsy shop, Laughter and Lemon Drops is like being a kid in a candy store!

My passion is creating one of a kind pieces derived from bits and pieces of unique vintage treasures I’ve picked up in my travels over the years. I have so much fun taking old items and bringing new life to them.

Similar Pieces Available Contact Me Through This Listing for a Custom Order Christmas Putz with Snowman Deer Bottle Brush Trees Cottage Pink

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My newest items include vintage inspired putz houses and vintage inspired decorated bottle brush trees. My Vintage inspired bottle brush tree arrangements include vintage ornaments and vintage pottery planters that I've collected over the years.

SOLD - Contact Me for a Custom Order Similar to this One - Elf on the Shelf Bottle Brush Tree Vintage Christmas Ornaments Sleigh

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RESERVED for Gregory Vintage Inspired Bottle Brush Tree with VTG and New Blue and Pink Ornaments inside White Boot with Adorable Pixie Elf

I also love to create pins out of vintage yo yo pieces from grandmothers quilts that were left unfinished, cocktail rings designed from clip on earrings found in jewelry boxes that are no longer worn (but too pretty not to wear), headbands embellished with lace, flowers, buttons and feathers. 

RESERVED Vintage Inspired Red Yo Yo and Crocheted Lace Headband

RESERVED for Rena Vintage Inspired Feather Hairband Created with Costume Jewelry and Beads

Thank you, Caroline, for taking time out of your busy schedule to share a little bit about yourself with us.  Your creations are just lovely and have definitely gotten me in the Christmas mood!  You can visit Caroline’s Etsy shop here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Altered Altoid Tin Christmas Craft

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While I’m not decorating for Christmas yet, I have been itching to get started on some Christmas crafts.  To digress for a moment, I’ve been in a funk for quite a while and, to keep myself from napping as a part of that funk, yesterday afternoon I decided to pull out some supplies I have in my craft room to make a few things.

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I took an empty Altoid tin from my stash that I didn’t paint, because the red works for Christmas. 

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I also grabbed a Christmas scrapbook pad, a small bottle brush tree, a mini penguin, some glue, and a couple of other odds and ends.  After tracing my papers for the tin, I laid everything out before gluing to make sure how I wanted this to look.  I used a blue and white snowflake paper as my interior background.

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I added a punch-out snowman from the same scrapbook pad to add some interest and another layer to the background. This pad also had ready-cut strips that I was able to use to line the inside of the tin.

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On top of that I used Merry Christmas text (also from the same pad) but I put that on some foam tape to give it a little more dimension.

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I did the front of the tin before I put the tree and penguin in.  For that I used a different paper I had with ornaments, but that had the same blue as the interior paper.  I used a little tag I had with a clear snowflake embellishment.

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I also had the thin Christmas ribbon and added that to the outside rim of the tin.  I used Aleene’s Craft Glue for everything except the penguin, tree and beads I added to the tree. I used hot glue on those.

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I love this package of little penguins I picked up.  I am a fan of the Penguins of Madagascar, which is what I think of when I see this little guy.  Can’t wait to see their new movie!  These penguins will be back for another project I have in the works, too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Not Ready Yet!

Monday morning had me waking up to this little black and white picture of my world.  I took these pictures shortly after I woke up through one of the sunroom windows.  I know this view is not new to some of you who got some snow last week.

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The early hour and the snow did give off a black and white visual.  As beautiful as it looks, it was a forecast that I hoped would be totally wrong.  Since I have been working part-time since June (in the mornings), I was not looking forward to driving in this.

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Just like I won’t decorate for Christmas until I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, I’ll thank Mother Nature to keep her snow until at least December 1st.

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I am definitely not ready for this yet!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ Faith Adams Ceramics

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Being a part of the Etsy community, not only as a seller but as a customer, I have come across many talented individuals.  With this series, I hope to introduce you to some of these creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.

Happy Sunday morning to you!  It has been brisk and cold here (with some flurries intermittently sneaking in) this week.  I have been blessed to suffer my first cold of the season.  I was thinking that with six weekends of shopping until Christmas, all of the shops I have featured in my series would be wonderful places to purchase holiday gifts.  Faith Adams Ceramics are no exception and would make for beautiful holiday or hostess gifts.

My name is Faith Adams and I live in the Hudson Valley of New York with my three cats Lucius, Julius and Titus.  I’ve been an artist since the age of three when, after giving her a particularly fine drawing of a unicorn, my mother told me I was, indeed, an artist.  I started working with clay ten years ago as I was completing my bachelor’s degree in art history.  When I finished my education I decided I could not give clay up, so I cleared out a corner of my parent’s garage, bought a used wheel and pulled an old kiln out of a dumpster (well, a friend did) and went to work.

Honey Bee White and Gold Porcelain Tea Cup & Saucer or Mug-Wedding Gift, Gift for Mom, Hostess Gift

Feather White, Black and Silver Porcelain Tea Cup & Saucer or Mug-Christmas Gift, Wedding Gift

I began selling my work on Etsy after I had some success selling my work locally at a couple of shops, fairs and shows.  I didn’t place too many expectations on the endeavor, I decided if I had one order at the end of the first month, that would be great.  I ended up with four.  So I kept going.  The positive response to my Etsy shop continues to surprise and delight me. I’ve shipped my work all over the world, Canada, Australia, Japan, the UK, and Europe.  That is kinda crazy. 

One Luna Moth White, Black & Gold Porcelain Tea Cup, Saki Cup, Tea Bowl-Candle Holder, Halloween Decor, Moth Art, Moon Moth

Honey Bee White & Gold Porcelain Teapot-Wedding Gift, Gift for Mom

Inspiration for me comes from strange places. The death of my aunt inspired me to start painting bees, my mother inspired me to start painting butterflies and the love of drawing shiny objects inspired me to paint handcuffs and keys.  I find a lot of inspiration lately from contemporary jewelry, of which I have a large collection.  I love hand made pottery, but even if I’m in a big box store I tend to check out contemporary manufactured pottery and take note of features that may appeal to me and why.   

Seahorse White & Silver Porcelain Jewlry Dish, Ring Dish, Dipping Bowl-Wedding Favor, Hostess Gift, Bridesmaid Gift

One Grasshopper Gold & White Porcelain Tea Cup, Tea Bowl, Saki Cup-Candle Holder, Wedding Favor, Good Luck Gift, Graduation Gift

Mostly, I’m the chick who paints bugs and weird objects in pottery.  I don’t love bugs, but I love the reaction people have to the bugs violating the interior of the pottery.  I love the contrast of an elegant teacup with something subversive chilling out just inside the lip.  I love the contrast of the white and black, silver and gold palette.  I love that I get to design in three dimensions when I throw my pottery, and in one dimension when I paint the interior designs.  I love the rhythm and structure of throwing the same form over and over and refining it after months and months.  I love turning mud into something lovely, elegant, and a little weird that you can hold in your hand and drink your morning coffee out of.  To me, that is also kinda crazy.

Just beautiful creations, Faith!  I think the only way I would hold a bug in my hand is on your pottery. You can visit Faith’s Etsy shop here.

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