Friday, December 12, 2014

My Happy List: Acquisitions

1. Here are Ashleigh's latest commissioned pieces. They are portraits of one of my dearest friend's two sons. We're so glad they got completed in time for the holidays. We love how she captured Brad's beard. And Ashleigh remarked that Beau must be a really cool guy since he has Bill Murray on his shirt. Ha!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Simple Holiday Home Touches and the Memories They Bring

I haven't put out many holiday decorations this year so far, although I keep going through our Christmas stash and bringing out more little things here and there. 

I get sappy when I think about the things I've made, received or purchased over the years that make our holiday home. For example, I blogged here about how I painted this Goodwill angel (several times - ha - and she has remained this color for some time now) and just love seeing her at this time of year. She is placed with other items I have salvaged: the $3 vintage brass wall hanging and the painted globes and dog.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Melody of Love

I really enjoy the creative process. It takes quite a bit of time to design a project, but the satisfaction it brings cannot be measured. I'll show you how I transformed the card on the left into the card on the right. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our Thanksgiving Holiday

Our son, DIL and 18-month old grandson from Southern California spent Thanksgiving week with us. It was the first time our Little Grandson (LG) had been to our home since he had been walking and I wondered what it would be like. I was very excited for their visit and had a wonderful time thinking of ways to make their stay special.

Since I knew they wouldn't be with us for Christmas, I put up a tree and brought out some festive decorations. To keep the tree simple and safe, I scattered giant pom pom yarn ornaments, clusters of various sized jingle bells, two handmade glitter ornaments and a snowman on the tree. The snowman would greet LG at eye level. As it turned out, they all loved the decorations and LG had a great time carrying around the snowman and using his pointer finger to jingle the bells on the tree. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Waltz of the Flower Fairies

I added some fun and whimsical things to my Etsy shop this weekend. First of all, I cut these vintage snowmen out of extra heavy cardstock so they can be used at gift tags or tree ornaments. Having just spent a week with my little 18-month old grandson in California, the snowmen remind me of his cute little face.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sunny San Diego

We escaped from Indiana for a few days to San Diego to visit our son and his family. What a nice change of weather, from cold and falling leaves to sunshine and the ocean.

When we arrived at the Indy airport for take off, I saw this adorable retro bus full of cosmetics in the hallway leading to the gates. Have you heard of Benefit Cosmetics from San Francisco? Much thought went into this adorable packaging for beauty products! (Later, while shopping with my DIL at Ulta, we saw this brand that took up a huge area of the store! Oh, well - where have I been?) Sometime I'd like to try it out.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Logan Village Mall Christmas Open House

This weekend, the Noblesville Main Street shops are having their annual Christmas Open House. Logan Village Mall, which is on Logan Street, is offering 15% off almost everything in the 50 shops under one roof! Karen, Shannon and I have been creating a festive look to our booth as you can see in the photos below.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Happy List: Etsy, Halloween, and My Birthday

1. I'm enjoying my new adventure in learning all about having an Etsy shop. It's amazing how nice and helpful people can be. When one of the shop owners noticed that I had opened my shop, she immediately took me under her wing. Many thanks to Lisa Cook for helping me and even visiting with me on the phone. For a long time, I have been in awe of her wonderful shop as she offers beautiful "inspiration kits" that can stir the imagination. You can find her shop here. Speaking of Etsy, here are some of my latest additions to my PattyAntlesPrettys.