Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In the meadow we can build....

I wanted to share my new Christmas wreath with you. Actually, this one will probably stay up all winter. I was so happy when I opened the box from Deb at Say It With Letters and saw this wreath shape!

 So many ideas came to mind.
My first plan was to make a variation of the famous Martha Stewart clothespin wreath...

I covered the wreath shape with my favorite ledger paper...

but I could not for the life of me figure out a pleasing pattern for the clothespin placement!
I finally decided to wipe the slate clean and start over.
 This meant recovering the wreath shape and then decorating with
Wonderfully fun snow people!

The little song line was done on the computer and trimmed with a digital cardinal.
The snow folks were made with the Cricut (of course) and are from a cartridge called Snow Friends which, I'm afraid, is out of production. Some punched glittered snowflakes were the final touch.
Sometimes re-thinking a project and changing the plan can be a good thing.
Please take time to skip over to Deb's blog and see the beautiful creations for the other design team members. You will come away inspired!


Monday, November 14, 2011

The Craft Shows are over but there are still orders to fill....

In the last 2 weeks, I have participated in  one very successful craft show and a not-so-successful one. It's always a gamble to know what buyers will find appealing. The second show was at the Garden Club of a friend and I had a great time, spoke with really nice women and listened and watched a very interesting speaker. The day was not a loss by any means. You just can't be a winner everywhere. I still have several orders to make and fill so I don't have time for a long post but I thought you'd like to see some pictures of what has been on my desk....and the kitchen table....and the coffee table....and in the living room (where my Cricut machine is for now). I have been churning out banners like mad and my shoulders and neck are paying the price. Still, I wouldn't change my craft for anything. I am constantly inspired and already thinking about some spring projects!

Some of the cake/candle stands

The banners...remember that you can click on the picture to enlarge

(Sandy, the mice are cut from the Winter Frolic cartridge and the saying was done on the computer in mixed fonts...I knew you'd want to know)

I missed photographing several banners, some of them can be seen hanging at the fair. I would be lost without the 3M hooks and mini clothespins...they make life so much easier!
For the Garden Club ladies, I wanted to offer some items that I thought would appeal to
gardeners and flower lovers...some decorated journals

Here are some better pictures of the wipe-off boards...

Each board is a 7X7-inch acrylic scalloped square, back with pretty paper and tied with vintage seam binding. They came with the stand and the pen.
More banners....

I've gone through a ton of paper and rolls and rolls of adhesive. I love making banners and will make more Christmas themed ones cause my peeps at work want to see them.

Let me ask you....do you have a favorite banner?

I hope to be visiting and commenting more this week but for now, I must get back to the banners.
Eight banners are almost complete and just to give you an idea...

there are 55 pieces to each Give Thanks banner. I have made 6 of them.

Thanks for taking the time to stop for a visit...I've missed you
but will visit soon!



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