Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's That Time of Year

It's that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say,
"Merry Christmas, may your New Year
dreams come true!"

Take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy the peace of the season!

My Etsy friends have been so busy! SatinDollCo has created a beautiful Holiday Gift Guide on her blog. There are some gorgeous handmade gift ideas there!

Also, stop by and visit my Clevey group at ClevelandHandmade. We are all festively decorating our show booths in anticipation of a busy shopping season. Visit our blog for a complete show schedule and to view the lovely gallery!

EtsyBloggers are working together to offer a Fun Holiday Sale the week of December 1st through 8th! (Thanks to StormyDesigns for putting this together for us!)

The cute little santas above are the work of my brother, Chris. He handmade the ceramic faces and painted them, adding the chenille to replicate the vintage-style Santas of yesteryear! Aren't they cute? They'll be on my table at the Garrettsville Holiday Social, but please ask if you are interested!

Also, three cheers for my daughter, Sarah, who impressed a lot of on-lookers at my last show. She is crocheting her own little scarflettes for her Webkinz! Well done Sarah! Hazzah!

Not-So-Mean one Grinchy Scarflette!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Busy Busy Busy!

I must clean house and get ready for the feast! What a busy time of year it is. I love show season and this is the first year I've had my Etsy shop open at the same time! So far, so good. I just love the Etsy community. There are great groups, like ClevelandHandmade and EtsyFAST. Plus lots of wonderfully unique and creative people.

I've been making lots of new items to keep up with inventory. Here's a selection of neck scarves. I called them scarflettes and my husband giggled every time! Call it a cowl or button scarf...whatever you will. I like them because they are comfortable and I don't have the long ends to deal with. Pair one with some fingerless gloves and you're all set!

I'll be donning the fine china this week to make things extra special this year for the kids. This is the first year we're staying home and not going to my parents' house. It will be relaxing, I hope.

Take care and stay happy and healthy this holiday season! I'm hitting the yoga mat today : )

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Footballer's Wives?

I am loving my new Black and Gold Scarflette! I made one for me and one for my Etsy shop. It's an elegant way to sport your Steeler colors! Looks great with a Steeler shirt, or with a dress! My Mom would wear one to the club. I'd love to send one to someone special. Know any Steelers' wives? LOL

Friday, November 2, 2007

Ho Ho Holy Cow it's November!

Hello! I can finally take a breath and update update update! I have to admit that I have managed to stay pretty well organized, so far, with regards to my show schedule and keeping inventory in my Etsy shop.
If you're local and you would like to browse, I have a table set up in Mantua for the Rotary Club's Tour of Homes. Look for signs on Main Street in Mantua. It's an old school which is currently under construction. It will be open this weekend and next (through November 11th). I'll see you in Ravenna on the 16th and 17th for Christmas in the Woods at Maplewood and November 24th and 25th for Christmas Crafts at Yankee Lake. And don't forget to take the Buy Handmade Pledge.

I listed these two new pieces to Etsy. This chunky cowl started out as a hat, and I still may make one. When it got to the cowl stage I thought it was pretty cool and comfortable. It also makes a great dread band!

The arm warmers are snuggly baby alpaca from a discarded sweater. Tag it upcycled, recycled, reclaimed, you name it....poor baby!

On a craftier note, don't you just love it when things fall into place. I started working on a crocheted freeform cuff. It was pretty boring and I got busy making other things. Well, I jazzed it up with some red rick rack and it turned out to be a pretty start to my Christmas colors. These white berry button beads are calling me. I happened to spill some yoyos and thought these red and white ones could work together. I'm still thinking on that one.

Meanwhile on the other side of my desk there's a Baby Ruth wrapper, my pink ribbon mug with a red fuzzy from the rick rack, buttons upon buttons that just happen to perfectly match the yarn I'm going to make a cell pouch out handy!

So, everything's falling into it's far. May your days be merry and bright! Cheers to the kickoff of a most joyous season!!
Good luck and best wishes to all of my friends at ClevelandHandmade! Visit our website and click around. Check out the Gallery, Shop on Etsy, and Team links! We are creative Cleveys!