November 30, 2009
November 27, 2009
Cones are easy to make and can be hung on the tree, a cabinet knob, or set in springs holding candy or treats.....
Winter foot snuggies.....cream, black, cranberry, blueberry, and pink.......so warm!
Cloche crochet cotton hats....in oatmeal or black......
An assembly line of tags.....
November 25, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 22, 2009
November 17, 2009
I was very fortunate to find this gorgeous piece at an out of the way indoor flea market several years ago.....it was always a faux fireplace and has a wonderful flickering fire behind the ceramic wood logs. I adore the wonderful French carvings and ornate detailing of the entire piece. It lives in one of my guest bedrooms flanked by my husband's Grandmother's side chairs. I pile as much "stuff" on it as I can and it never seems to mind........
November 16, 2009
I had some time today to finally get to the stack of Sommersets that have been haunting me for what seems like weeks. I used to bring one home and devour it at red lights, being almost finished before I walked in the front door......but not right now. With the shoppe, with the house and the changes that are being made there, the holidays, and of course, my precious Tater.....it just all seems to run together leaving alot of time to feel very inadequate. Inadequate because there is so much to be done, so very much I want to do, and so many ideas running through my head constantly. It is in times likes these that I have a tendancy to just "shut down" because it is all so overwhelming......reading everyone's blogs and seeing their successes as well as their creations......learning that there is so much I don't know......and just trying to keep up is a daily chore........I always get through these times with self encouragement, meditation, and self forgiveness.....but that usually takes a couple of weeks. That is why I was so blessed while reading a Sommerset Studio magazine today to run across a wonderful quotation......and from all people.....Judy Garland...
November 13, 2009
Want to see more beautiful pinks? Jump over to Beverly's How Sweet the Sound and see what our host has prepared for you this week. She does a wonderful job of keeping us on track and sharing it all with you. And be sure and check out the post below for a fun challenge with great prizes as well.....Thanks, Beverly.
November 12, 2009
My last post was about "repurposing" items making the ugly blouse into a Victorian lampshade......and that is what the challenge will be. I would like to see what all of you do with the things you come across in your junkin' time. It's not the kind of challenge where you find an old chair, repaint it, and reupholster it.....that does take talent and vision, but not that much of a creative mind. I want to see you make that pair of chairs into a chaise lounge, or that birdcage into a lamp, or that baby bed into a porch couch....or whatever .....get the jest here?.......it's about "repurposing" not "redoing" SO......take a quick before picture of your basic item and pictures of your finished piece and submit to me via email by midnight January 15th, 2010 to be judged for three top winners. Because I want to make this very special, and very worth YOUR effort, especially during this busy holiday season, I am making the prizes what I think to be desirable...at least I hope so.
The first place prize will be a custom made altered couture sweater sold under my brand of "Heart & Soul". This prize is valued at up to $250.00 in the shoppe........the sweater will be made after the winner is chosen and has submitted their size and preferences, and should arrive within the first two weeks of February......some samples are shown below...some of these were made as inventory, while others were special order, but all will give you an idea as to the style and design of my creations.
The second place winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for use in my Etsy or my website at http://www.collectedtreasues.com/
The third place winner will receive a gift certificate valued at $25.00 for use within my shoppes online as well.
I can't wait to see all the fabulous designs and ideas you have locked up inside those little ole' heads of yours.....and to give back to all my wonderful blogger friends that are so supportive, so encouraging, and just so wonderfully nice..........isn't it a great world we have found.....it's like having secret friends, and I love it!
NOW.....get busy with all that creative genius that is flowing rampant with all you wonderful people I have met.....and feel free to pass this on to others....the more the merrier, I always say!
Please don't forget about the monthly giveaway as well......I'm just a "giving machine" these days, but you know......I think it helps your karma to give back when you receive......
Comment for one chance for five Victorian cones
Comment and follow for two chances....
Comment, follow, and mention on YOUR blog for three chances......just easy greasy!!
and.....thanks for indulging me!!!!!
November 10, 2009