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On the days leading up to Christmas…

On Etsy I purchased for ME…

A lovely wrap from Idea2lifestyle that flew in from Japan.

Wild Rose artist patchwork shawl

A couple of stripey scarves from Prettypanda.

Green stripy scarf

Candy Cane Scarf

And a crocheted slouchy hat with an owlie appliqué by dahliasoleil.

New...The Irie Owl Slouchy Hat

I was thrilled when I opened my presents on Christmas morning!  Santa knew just what I wanted!

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I blogged about the scarf that I knitted while I was dog sitting and snowed in a couple weekends ago.  I mentioned that I thought it might need some felt flowers and two ladies agreed with me.  It was almost like they were reading my mind as the ideas they had were the same as mine. 

This weekend I had some time and decided to finish it.  I dug into my felted wool sweater stash to find some green and blue.  Then I dug into my button stash to find green and blue buttons for the centers.  I cut the wool in strips then gathered them to make the flowers I then used craft cord to sew them onto the blooms and the scarf.  It hid very well among the yarn. 

 

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Now it feel like it is finished!  Don’t you agree?  I love the mismatched buttons.  How about you?

DSC02744 (615x1024) There is a nursery rhyme that talks about a dish running away with a spoon and a cow jumping over the moon, but in the case of this spoon it is staying right here with me!

I bought the spoon at my local Goodwill thinking it might be sterling silver.  After some research, I found it was silver plate.  As I had set it aside to return it to the Goodwill I looked at it one day and thought it would make a great altered doll. 

I used wire to make the arms and legs and covered it with brown twine to make it match the spoon’s tarnished color better.  To the bowl of the spoon I added an image that I rubber stamped onto a sewing pattern and then used mod podge to adhere it to the spoon.  I like how it looks like I stamped it directly onto the spoon and fades into the spoon. 

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Her dress is made using scrapbook paper that I glued together to sandwich the spoon inside.  I added bits of lace to the bottom, the sleeves, and gathered it a bit for the collar.  I made a lace apron and finished it off with a button to add a bit more jazz. 

I really like how she came out and plan to make some more as I find other interesting silverware pieces.  What do you think?

I have them by a few feet and several inches, they have that living with Santa thing, but I think that I can match them brushstroke for brushstroke and item for item.  This year for my annual tradition of ornament giving on Christmas Day I decided to make altered domino ornaments for the giving. 

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I started by painting the back and the sides of the dominos with gold Plaid acrylic paint letting it dry between each coat.  I then rubber stamped the back and added silver embossing powder to give it a raised design.  The images on the front are vintage Christmas images from the Flickr Collage Images group and are adhered with Mod Podge.   

I drilled the top then screwed in a small eye to hang the ribbons from.  I finished it off with some fancy red/gold trim and green ribbon. 

I made then ornaments and passed them out on Christmas Day.  They were very well received!  Everyone was curious if I painted the design on the back of the domino. 

 

 

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I was very pleased with the end result and plan to use this technique a lot more in the near future. 

Me thinks he might be mental, though I applaud the stunt!

 

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” 

– Roy L. Smith

to be nice to Santa as it is Christmas Eve! 

You can see more here.

DSC02733 (701x1024) ..and boy are her little wings tired

She flew all the way from the UK,

Got delayed along the way,

Perhaps a heavenly par-tay,

But she made it today,

Isn’t she lover-lay? 

 

This little lovely is the other angel from my swap on Art & Soul and she was created by the great Meggymay

On my way to dog sitting this weekend I decided to stop at the Goodwill in Mechanicsburg since I was going right passed it.  It is a hit or miss kind of store.  I either score really, really big or I score nothing at all.  This trip was the really, really big score!

DSC02726 (757x1024) In addition to this lovely old vintage hand pieces and embroidered barkcloth crazy quilt for $4.99, yes, a vintage handmade quilt for $4.99, 

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I scored a brand new with tags Vera Bradley purse from this past summer’s collection and a brand new looking (barely used) red and blue Vera Bradley backpack purse. 

I must be living right! 

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"What this world needs
is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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