Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas "Crush" Time...

Photo heavy post so I shall keep the words to a minimum...hopefully.  Short of time and needing more gifts I got out some of my favorite supplies...beads!

In a few hours I had made several pairs of earrings and some zipper clasps.  I love these sweet angels.

I needed to sew on my very old "cheapo" Singer which I use only for paper and crafty stuff.  What? It felt "Frozen" and wouldn't sew.  Mr. C the engineer to the rescue.  At first I panicked when he asked for a screwdriver and began "shredding" my machine.  I needed to sew a ribbon RIGHT THEN!!!

Very thourough is Mr. C and I just could not be in a rush.  

Still researching the problem and me searching for the manual.  Does this machine even have a manual?

Back together and sewing just fine.  Thank you very much Mr. C.  You have saved my day again!

 Meanwhile I hand stitched this piece of ribbon and I like it even better for my gift giving.

Here is a pair of Angel earrings on their presentation card ready for gifting.

Here is how I presented the gifts to my recipients.  Sweet, simple and unique...just the way I like!

This is a pair of "post" earrings and I am mailing these so to protect the posts I stuck little foam beads on the sharp metal.  Much safer for all now.

Ready for mailing and gifting.  I really like how my impromptu packaging turned out.  Scraps of ribbon and some needle and crochet thread.  You could also use some thin 1/8" ribbon.
Now as I review my year end I came across this little acronym that fits me perfectly...
S.A.B.L.E.  Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy.  I am sorry I cannot give credit as I have no idea where I saw it but scribbled it down in my notebook clear back in June 2013.  As Mr. C once again referred to me as a "hoarder" I merely told him I am surrounded by sable.  Sable sounds so much better to me!
Life is busy and even though I got my flu shot ths year I just spent two days having a nasty tummy bug. Thankfully it was only two days.
We are continuing to have rain every day and I am very thankful as we need it so desperately.  I would truly prefer some bright yellow sunshine to intersperse with all the rain however I shall merely turn on my Ott light and be happy.
Off to catch up and check off my many lists.  How are each of you doing this season?  I see you are busy decorating, baking, creating and even enjoying some wonderful holiday get-togethers.  May you truly be blessed with the Magic of Christmas...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Creating Christmas Chaos...

This is my room I like to call my studio.  I love this room which houses lots of my crafting supplies. Right now there is barely enough room to step around all the chaos.  I seem to have "stuff" all over every surface. I am busy creating lots of little Christmas gifties and I like to have supplies close at hand.  One minute I am cutting paper or fabric and another minute I am gluing or glittering.  This really makes me happy.

Here is one of two large containers I have which fit nicely under the storage shelves.  This one holds some bits of Christmas wrapping, bags, ribbons, bows and tags.  This year I am promising myself that it is time to use the "good stuff". I am also resigned to sorting through all that is jammed in so tight the lid barely fits.  I do love to savor my treasures.

I know I have shown you my very large island many times.  It is about 5' x 9' and it is almost always full.  Right now I am wrapping things and finding lots of inspiration for some future cards and tags.

These very simple tags I have cut from holiday cards received in the past.  I only cut up cards that are mass produced and not handmade.   I kept these very simple and merely tied colored string to the tops.  With a hand-written note on the back they will adorn packages.

These tags I had fun doing some extra hand-stitching along the edges.  I like the added dimension. It is easy to have lots of tags cut and then while sitting I can stitch them with a large crewel needle and some crochet thread.  No need to prepunch as the needle goes through the card stock fairly easily.

Here I am using some shipping tags that I got from purchasing items at a friend's yard sale a while back.  Black scribbled prices were on the tags so I gessoed them.  Mr. C came along and asked what are you doing?  When I told him he said to just throw them out and buy new ones.  What!  Tags are expensive and this way I can use them for something creative.  Silly Mr. C!  This allows my Creative Christmas Chaos to be more interesting while I think of how I wish to use these tags.
My studio will probably look like this until I hopefully clean and organize it just before the New Year arrives.  I do want to begin fresh with an organized space.  Do you work better in neat and organized space or are you happy to work in Creative Chaos like I have going on?
Our weather is very wet with rain and wind continuing.  We have had rain or sprinkles or drizzle every day and no sunshine. In the past I would be miserable for the lack of sunshine, however with the drought and our dry-well issues we had this summer I am so happy to have all the moisture we are getting.  It is cold yet thankfully it is not snowing on our property or town...yet.
Thank you for your blog friendship and wonderful sharing of creative inspirations.  I feel very blessed to be part of blogging.  Many are moving on to other forms of social media however I am still enjoying blogging.  I do admit to being lured by Pinterest.  I am such an online hoarder with Pinterest.  What am I saving it all for?  Will I ever have enough time?  What is enough time?
May each of you be safely accomplishing your lists of much to do.  I have done very well with making and checking off my lists.  That is new for me to even make the lists and keep up with them.
Blessings, Bliss, Peace, Joy and Love to all...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gift Wrapping Fun...

I am so happy that my sister and I like fun and eclectic.  This is her gift basket I put together and we exchanged last weekend when we got together for a day of shopping and lunching and visiting.

This basket is from our new Dollar Tree store and it did in fact cost only $1.00, so a bargain.  My sister carries lots of cleaning supplies in her vehicle as she cleans homes for elderly folks so I knew she could use the basket.  I also got out lots of holiday know the ones you can't throw away and absolutely must save.  Well now my sister can do some saving because she likes ribbons as much as I do.

I merely wove the ribbons in and out of the holes in the basket.  I tied random lengths to add interest around the basket.

Filled it with some wrapped gifts and called it done.

Oh yes...I also tied a little folk bird ornament to one of the handles.  I can honestly say it was raining glitter all over me and my room while I was weaving ribbons.  There is a red snowflake ribbon that was the champion glitter fest.
Sister loved her basket and goodies inside.  We had a much needed non-rushed visit and I am truly grateful for the time we get to spend together.

Here are some cards I prepared and mailed last week.  I did a baker's dozen cards...thirteen.  Just after dropping all of them into the mail slot I got a feeling that something was not right.  I should have Googled Snopes to confirm before I mailed these.  According to Snopes and a local news channel's report these will never be delivered.  I feel sad that my time could have been spent doing something that would have made a difference.  Please be cautious of any requests or offers and always check their reliability first.
Our weather is pure rain and rushing winds.  Snow is falling in the mountains and our water table is getting a good soaking.  We are finally having much needed rain storms and hopefully our drought will be drenched.  Praying for all in bad weather to stay safe and warm.  We have our generator ready if the power goes out.  I also bought some fresh batteries for a lantern I like to keep handy.
I must get back to my elf workshop for there are many things to keep me busy...paper, glitter, fabric, beads...just a few of my favorite things.  I see that each of you are busy with decorating and baking and making wonderful handmade gifts for giving.  Sharing Blessings, Bliss, Peace, Joy...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Creating Holiday Tags...

It has been said of me that I do not have focus and therefore do too many things instead of getting really important things done.  Hmmm...  Well I am probably guilty of this but I wouldn't change me. During this overly busy and hectic season with lists of too many things to do I find I keep adding to my lists and not checking off many items.  Every year I say I am going to "cut back" and then I totally overdo it all.  So I decided I needed to make some tags. Hmmm...  What???

Out came lots of supplies I already had and I just lost myself in creating some tags for gifting.  It was so much fun and I really don't think it kept me from doing anything else except adding more to my lists of too many things to do.

Here are a few of the completed tags.  Simple, Sweet and Handmade.  My very favorite kind.

Here are a few more I completed.  Of course now I feel I need lots more however I really must get back to checking some things off my lists.  Do you keep making gifts right up to the dash of reindeer on the roof?  I know I do.  I was paying for a purchase the other day and the young lady at the register asked if I do a stocking at Christmas.  I said, "Of course I do for I still believe in the magic of it all!" She then shared that the family next door to her have young children and therefore she will be putting out carrots.  I so love that and left smiling with wonder of the magic of the season.  Santa's reindeer love fresh carrots and they need lots of fuel for their long night of flight.  Of course Santa still loves his cookies and milk.  Sharing Magic and Wonder...
I am happy to report we are still having some rain.  There have been a few hours of dry but overall we have had rain every day.  Thankfully our ground is soaking it in very well.  We have gotten over 8 inches right here at our property.  Our pond is full and that is good news.  I am overlooking the huge mess of leaves and pine needles that are covering everything from gutters to grounds.  There will be time to clean it all up when the weather is drier.  What is keeping you busy and bustling?  Are you able to enjoy as well as accomplish what you need to get done?  Christmas tree lots are doing a very brisk business.  This year the trees are extra gorgeous as they are nice and fresh and not dry.  We truly have so much to be thankful for.  I wish for each of you Blessings and Bliss...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lace Cuffs...

Lace Cuffs are rather popular and come in all colors and styles.  I needed two in red and black for an upcoming event so off to the sewing room I went.

Here are my supplies.  I pulled out some red wool felt for the backing.  Some really pretty laces in red and black are my feature materials.

Here are the backs of my completed cuffs.  I finished them with a large black snap for fastening.

Here is one with a vintage black button that is very sparkly.  I do hope the recipient likes this.

Here is the other lace cuff with a vintage button that has rhinestone bling on it.  Another gift all finished and ready for giving.  These were quick and simple to create.
The holiday season is in full swing.  I am trying to enjoy all the aspects of everything that needs to get done.  I managed to avoid all the shopping crush and yet still accomplish some gift acquisitions. I merely put on my giant patience smile and let the days unfold.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the Chamber helping out.  Did I have the spare few hours?  Not really but I am so glad I made time since I enjoy my "volunteer work" there so very much.
We are having lots of rain.  Maybe too much rain in some parts of California however we have such a desperate need for the watertable I am thankful for any rain.  Prayers for all those in burn areas experiencing flooding and landslides.
May each of you be enjoying the magic of this wonderful holiday season.  I am enjoying your blog posts and seeing everything fabulous in decorations and gifts you are creating.  Sharing Joy and Jingles...