When I was in High School, I was in Speech Class (geek!) and one of the "performance pieces" that my best friend and I did, was the three witches from MacBeth. Only since there were just two of us, we had to modify to fit better. But to this day, those words still run through my head sometimes and I have a soft spot in my heart for witches.
So, as we begin the count down to Halloween, I'm getting ready to close up the Halloween box and move on into Fall. To me, its always a little sad and I always wish that I had started earlier. I did not get my vintage Halloween book made or my garland, but I guess there is always next year. Hopefully I will start sooner.
I've had so much fun playing with a great bag of paper goodies that my friend Kathy over at Country Chintz sent me. Lots of good stuff there Maynard! So, from that pile of goodies, came these three tags. Three witches, three tags.
This was probably my fave. I think. And I had gotten some great things off of Lisa Cooks Etsy shop as well.
And speaking of Etsy, I'm going to try and have a few more things loaded on tonight. I have some great vintage nut cups (sweet! Robin's Egg Blue), another great stitched piece, some wonderful pleated fabric lace, you have to see it and a baby book. So stop over and take a peep if ya get the chance. Click the shop button on the left.
Time for coffee.....now where did I leave my cauldron? ....... kidding.......
Yes, that's me. Guilty. I'm bad. Really I'm a bad owner. Someone should stop me. Make me see the error of my ways. I've been so neglectful and it shows. Because when I hit my Google Analytics last night and saw that my Etsy shop viewing had dropped a whopping 56%, well. I hung my head in shame. I'm a bad Etsy shop owner!
But! I hope to make amends! Truly I do. And over the next few weeks I plan to add lots of weird and wonderful vintage and supplies goodies to my poor, mis-treated shop baby.
Above is a new item I just listed tonight. Is that not gorgeous? I thought so.
The photo does not do it justice. The colors are bright and beautiful. And her handiwork was flawless.
I think this was meant to be a boudoir pillow. But the linen is so sheer. And a beautiful shade of mint green.
Addition #2. Fun.
#3...ewww. Creepy. Fake hands of any kind creep me out! Totally. Maybe because I saw this as a child. Yep. Scared for life. LOL.
Cottage Cute! To go to my Etsy, click on the cute kitty button to the left.
So, if any of this intrigues you, go check out my newly loved on Etsy. And look for more weird and wonderful later this week. I've got tons of things to list....honeycomb favors, vintage favors, cool Christmas vintage supplies and much more. You'll be amazed. And I'll be a better shop owner. You could give me a hand.
I made her from a sweet little kit that I got from "the other Cindy". I just fell in love with her and had to have her.
I made a few modifications here. As no glitter on her wand (sorry, German Glass Glitter just scares me!, LOL). I gave her orange and black stockings and a wee pumpkin. But that was just a few minor changes.
Here she is in her entire-ty! She is a little Halloween Queen! Stop over and see all the cute things that Cindy makes! She is a very talented gal!
As the title says, we are on a roll. On in a roll as the case may be! Or using a roll. LOL.
Here's a quick little "tut" for turning an empty paper towel roller into a cool candy holder for a party favor. Now, this is not my idea. This is like the popular British "crackers" but without the pop. Makes a cute candy presentation for when you want something other than the usual candy-in-a-paper-bag favor. (Click on pics to enlarge).
First gather your scrap and or vintage supply goodies, scissors, glue (I use The Ultimate) and a roll-on glue, ruler and a few empty toilet paper rolls.
Like these. Now, gather the goodies.
I managed to put in a ring, a sucker, a mini tablet and a gum into one roll. So if will hold a decent amount of fun in each one.
Load em in tightly. You could also add plastic trinkets or little notes, anything festive.
Lay the filled roll onto your paper of choice. I have already scalloped the ends of this paper. Measure about two inches on either side, so you will have enough room to tie off the ends.
Apply the roll on glue to the paper. I used The Ultimate on the edges, so it will hold good and tight. Now, carefully roll the tube along the paper, rubbing down smooth as you go (and be sure to keep your goodies in the tube).
Once rolled up, add glue along the edge and seal shut. I pinched the ends shut with a cloths pin for just a few minutes. (and I did change paper on ya here, this one I added some gathered crepe paper to the ends before putting the roll in.).
Once that is dry, slowly push down the paper onto the end of the tube, and then crimp in the center and tie off with a ribbon. Now do the other side. (Sorry, I forgot to take a pic here).
Now for the fun part. Decorate the top as desired.
For the top roll, I gave it a more vintage look. And the bottom roll is all done with scrap paper and scrap stickers. A little Ranger's Stickles gives it a bit of sparkle! And viola! Cute, festive favors that are more fun than scary!
Apparently it was NOT ME! that screwed up my Google Reader, but apparently Google Reader. As they are trying something new called "Sort by Magic". Which honestly, to me, is as stupid as it sounds. And I could be "rushing to judgment here", but hey, who knows. In this moment, I think its pretty dang dumb.
Now granted, much like an old hound dog (or cat rather, as the case may be). I don't like change. Nope. Especially when it comes to the computer. I hated all of Typepads stupid new changes, but I gritted my teeth, told myself not to be "old" and to suck it up, jump in with both feet and move on. And I did. I can almost, emphasis on the almost, get around in the new format as well as I did on the old.
But seriously, GR...must we change?....Gaaaahhhhhhhh. I liked it the way it wuz. I could catch up with every one, mark each one as read and move on. Awwwww man. *stomping ground, arms folded, frown on face*. Whhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
Sheesh. I've wasted a DANG Hour and a Half that I could have been MAKING SOMETHING for Pete's sake. Shoot.
GR. You used to be my bestest. I lurved ya. Well, now.....you kinda suck. Boo.
Thanks for all the great comments on the "craft gone bad". Yeah, they just need a little more tweaking I think. But you guys are so sweet!
Here is what happened yesterday. I was very honored to be asked to make some art canvases for my bosses, friend Dana.
Missy Dana is quite the diva and is celebrating her 50th birthday. My boss wanted to use the canvases as a center piece on the table. She got some great pics of "the princess" and we used those as the basis for the art.
She loves music, so this paper was perfect in style and color. Since I did these at work, I had to use what I had on hand. I found some crayons in the office and they were great for a burst of color here and there. Got some "bling" from next door for just a fun touch.
Sis provided the snarky saying on this one. Pretty funny. Specially since my boss is in retail!
Divatude. You can't really see, but she has a crayoned rose tucked above her ear. I finished these up with a rubbing of MicroGlaze.
My boss made cute place markers by using one of the crowns as a templet, blowing it up in size and then cutting several out. They turned out really cute. The perfect whimsical place cards.
I hope Miss Dana has a grand evening and a very, very happy Birthday. I was very happy to play just a very small part in the celebration.
Or Halloween in one room and Christmas in another? LOL. That's what its like here lately.
Case in point. Dining room table. Not even the cats want to sit here. Which is odd, cause usually if there is paper, there is a cat atop it.
These are all WIP's essentially. And that's "works in progress" for those that don't know. For the show, I thought I wold do the traditional red and green, but put a whimsy spin on it and do the apple green. Though it would be cute to mix with vintage (hence the Santa mug in the pic).
The flower pots, I'm not sure If I'm just going to fill with little trees or what...the merry sign needs glitter and lots of it. The church needs doo-dads added. And the little guys on the left....well, they were almost a case of when good crafts go bad.
I picked em up naked. OK, they were naked, not me. Anyway. They were in a bin at Michael's. Thought they could be cute. Oh brother. After NUMEROUS re-do's. They are almost there. I'm still not totally happy, but not too bad. I wanted them very whimsical, but they just don't hit the mark for me.
And seriously, I'm not fishing for compliments here. But you know how it is when you get it in your head that it should look a certain way...and it just never comes off. Well, frustrating. So...I'm glad I did not buy more.
Maybe they need a bell? LOL. A tassel? IDK. I thought it would be an easy thing to do and toss out for cheap...but once again, the Pokey rears its ugly little head. LOL.