December 27, 2014

The 'After' Christmas

I absolutely hate to see the Christmas Holidays end. I love having all of my kids here and having the husband home. 
Our kids from left to right: Anna 9, Becky 25, Audrey 28 (she's our handicapped daughter), Cristi 31, TJ 32, and Tate 9 (making his funny face with his fart blaster! Oh my gosh, what was I thinking?!!!!)
I love the relaxing days after Christmas. It's such a busy time for all of us before the actual holidays and, as I get older, I'm just not able to accomplish what I used to. But putting up my feet's the best!
I'm looking forward to the new year. I'm making  a few changes in my shop. Adding some new items and getting rid of old inventory that hasn't moved. My family is always willing to take my 'left overs'!
I worked on a few last minute pieces and wanted to share these guys with you.
 They are from ORP (Old Road Primitives). Kim's patterns are SEW easy to read and make and these guys were fun to share with my family members.
My husband loves to shop clearance and bought me a few things from our local Sam's Club that I can use in my crafts. I now have in my possession some lovely reels of ribbons and these trims that I can use with various designs I make.
 Aren't these great? Ideas are whirling inside my head!
I'm keeping my Winter Village scene up through January. I have to climb a ladder to get this all up. Wish I could take a decent pic of it for you so you could see it lighted. Blues in the background and the houses and stores are lighted with whites and colors. This is my family's fav décor of Christmas!
The weather here is wonderful as you can see in my pic.
We're in the low 70's. Hoping it continues so I can start my wood cutting. Kids won't be back in school for another week so I'll enjoy it all while I can.
Hoping your Christmas was pleasant and memorable and the 'after' provides you with some time to put your feet up.
Stay Tuned!

December 11, 2014

Prepping & Finishing

I've been busy preparing for the Holidays. I'm nearly finished with the purchasing of gifts. I've actually shopped more on the internet this year than in the past years. I get so excited to see my packages arriving via USPS and UPS. Keeping things hidden from curious eyes is the hard part. Empty suitcases come in handy!
 I finished the last of my 'Made To Orders' and that felt good. My shop is still open until next week. I'm offering a 30 % coupon for purchase of $15.00 or more. Still have some great items to look over (169 items in my inventory right now, excluding custom orders). Stop by HERE to take a look!
Finished up some of these pieces for our gift baskets. Last year we were so sick with a viral flu that we were unable to do much. I didn't even send out Christmas cards....which I still haven't done that yet either.

You can't see the glitter on these too well but they sure are shiny!

These 2 guys are spin offs from my other elf Make-Dos.
This is a replica of a cheese box that I made. I'm going to start selling wood plaques, etc. this next year for the decorative painter. We'll see if that's a wise decision. It sure is an easy one for me.
I have a few more personal gifts that I need to finish and I can't show them on here cause you never know who might be watching! It's those 'curious' eyes I'm wary of!
Thought I'd leave you with our Florida version of the song 'Winter Wonderland'. It's chilly here and has been for the last several days but at least it's not white!