Monday, November 12, 2012

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas. . .

Well, I totally dropped the ball this week with marketing and blogging!  This was our second year to do Christmas Village here in town and it is both overwhelming and extremely satisfying.  I love, love, love this show and preparing for it but with the pace I keep with everything else going on in my life, I have such little time to get ready.  Because it is local I had the luxury of coming home every night and creating new things to fill up space the next day.  After 4 days of this I am completely exhausted.  But. . . we had a great show and I met some wonderful people who loved our stuff and the opportunity to buy handmade and vintage - 2 things that are not widely available at this show (except for some wonderful jewelry).  I made some jewelry too - some scarf style necklaces and sold almost all of them.  Of course I have no picture.  I need another "me" that is always walking around with a camera on her neck!
 
So here is a little overview of what has been going on in my studio (and every other available table in the house)!. . .
 
Old cabinet cards of children dressed up like reindeer . . .
 

Old cabinet cards of men dressed up like Santas. . .
 
 
Little nut cup ornaments filled with old paper shred, mini bingos (from the packaging card) and school girls dressed up like reindeer (I was a little obsessed). . .  Oh - and check out the Chalkboard Easel landscape behind them.  I lined the booth with these. . .
 
 
Little glitter trees to use in snow globes.  I bleached them then added the glass glitter with watered down Elmer's glue (some of which I tinted with my Stick Candy Ranger Ink). . .
 
 
And the snow globes . . . I had such great fun making these!  I have literally hoarded over 100 ironstone butter pats for 2 years waiting for the perfect project.  Of course for the larger ones I had to use full size plates.  I sold everything you see here and next - I made more each night and came home with 6 total I think.  I will be making more and offering a few on the website and in my local antique booths.  It's funny because I got my new Souvenir on-line magazine today and my new Martha Stewart Living and they both highlighted globes of some sort so I'm glad to see I'm on the right track!  I am very particular about what I use inside and having it all be vintage (if not the trees) so it has been had to find enough materials.  I love the hunt though and this just gives me more reasons to shop!
 
 
 
 
And lastly, every year I make little arrangements in old Santa cups, boots and whatever else I can find. . .  I cut the Bingos here out of the larger packaging card (now you know why I print that card on the same stock as the product)!
 

Feeling inspired?!?!?  Well the 15th is coming and that means our annual JBS Mercantile Christmas Open House!  I am working on several crafting kits (one of which will be a photo embellishment set complete with antlers and noses) and so much more.  We will have Flea Market introductions galore - all with a holiday theme so you can get ready to deck the halls and gift give!  Be sure to check back here on Wednesday as I will post all of the previews then (BEFORE the newsletter hits inboxes). 
 
It's going to be a great holiday season!

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6 comments:

Ashley Calder said...

Lots of awesome festive stuff. I would totally love to make it to one of your shows someday! :)
The snowglobes are awesomely awesome.

Rebecca Lovell said...

This is all so fun and beautiful!!! I sooo would love to decorate my house with these!! I'll have to see what I can do! Thanks for sharing them!!

hobbemom said...

wow...you got me all excited now...Looking forward to see what you have on the 15th...Those snow globes are so neat. I absolutely love them....

tenaya said...

The cards are very fun!!!!

Desiree said...

Your snow globes are beautiful and brilliant.

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