Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year Means You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

When my parents used to say things like "time goes by so fast" and "where does the time go?", I used to wonder what they were talking about. Now as I LIVE and FEEL every word, my college-aged daughter has that same look upon her face as I lament over the fleeting days.
In keeping with the old adage that there is no time like the present, I decided to try something new for 2011. I'd like to experiment with new techniques, explore new mediums, stretch outside my comfort zone - and I'm hoping you'll join me in this quest.
How many times have you looked at some wonderful creation on a blog and wished you could make something like that? The truth is we could all make that something with a little shared knowledge.
And with that thought in mind, Tutorial Tuesday is born.
I envision this as an avenue for not only sharing our ideas and talents, but for creating new friendships. It's also a great venue for sharing your blog with a whole new audience!
Here's how it will work:
Email me with a brief, concise tutorial of ANYTHING! It could be paper, mixed media, collage, fabric, jewelry, graphics, a recipe - anything!
Remember, what may seem very simple and basic to you, is brand new and unknown to someone else.
Include photos of the work in progress and finished project.
We can do this a couple of different ways: you can post the actual tutorial on your blog and I'll provide the link, OR
I can post the tutorial, still with a link to you.
I hope you're all enthusiastic about sharing your talents and being a part of Tutorial Tuesday. I look forward to being your host!
Please help spread the word by displaying the Tutotial Tuesday button on your blog. It can be found at the top of the sidebar. I've received questions in the past on how to link buttons that aren't html coded. So here's the first mini-tutorial! These instructions are for blogger.
1. Right click on the button and save to your computer.
2. In the design section of your blog, click on "add a gadget".
3. A window will open with options; scroll to and click on "picture".
4. A "Configure image" window will open. Click on "browse images" from your computer and upload the saved image (button).
5. In this same window there is a field for linking. In that field you can either copy and paste the name of the blog you are linking the image to, or type it in manually. In this instance it would be

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?-Benjamin Franklin

Happy 2011 My Dear Friends!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Let us keep Christmas,

holding it close to our hearts,

for it's meaning never ends

and it's spirit is the warmth and joy

of remembering friends.

Merry Christmas and every happiness in the New Year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

...and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Look how festive day 23's box is from Amy, of

Christmas Eve and the box from Angela, of
Pages By The Sea
couldn't be more perfect! It's vintage charm...and that Santa Key stole my heart.

Speaking of heart stealing, Christmas Day's box from Becky, of
Don't Look Back
had this precious hand knit mitten inside!
Many thanks to Amy, Angela and Becky for wrapping up this countdown so beautifully.
And HUGE holiday hugs go out to our wonderful swap hostess, Linda, of
A Swap for All Seasons.
Linda had 75 of us, each making 25 matchboxes and gifts, and had them packaged and swapped out to all, with time to spare before our December 1 countdown began.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Vintage Freebies & Days 20, 21, 22

Santa has some more sweet treats for me!

He brought this little gingerbread boy and house on day 20 from Becky, of
Patchwork Posse

And on day 21, this cutely decorated box from Genie, of
Buttons For Baga

Amanda, of
Whispering Christmas Dreams
asked the jolly old elf to leave this lace trimmed, sugared, tinseled parcel on day 22.

All wonderful gifts! Thank you Becky, Genie, Amanda and Santa!

Christmas Greetings to all!
I'm linked to All Things Merry & Bright at
All Things Heart and Home.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Cheer Freebie as The Countdown Winds Down

Let's play catch-up on the last few days of matchboxes.
This gingerbread cutie on day 16 is from Shannon, of
Quilting in Pinks, Bulldogs at My Side

Day 17 brought this creative toy train box, complete with holiday earrings from Denise, of
Christ is the Heart of Christmas

A sweet angel flew in on day 18 from Patty, of Blooming in Kansas

Michelle, of Faerie Dust Dreams
created this charming vintage box and bottlecap magnet.

Thank you all for these wonderful additions to the countdown!

And as promised, a bit of Christmas cheer... Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's The Little Things........

a cut glass bowl of eggnog potpourri...
Santa's timepiece nestled in the corner...
a reindeer in a birdcage...
another bowl of miscellaneous holiday sweetness...
a vintage picture loaded with charm (purchased for 10 cents at an estate sale!),
and even the harp gets a mini holiday makeover...
It is the little things that make you feel warm and happy.

It's time to catch you up on some other little things that are helping to make the season bright-Countdown to Christmas matchboxes!
Day 13 from Carol, of Heirlooms For You

Day 14 from Jill, of File Under Misc.

And Day 15 from Kim, of Blackberry Crows Prims

Many thanks to Carol, Jill and Kim for my new lovely little things!

Today I'm linked to White Wednesday at Faded Charm and
All Things Merry & Brite at All Things Heart and Home

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bloggers Embrace The True Spirit of Christmas

About 8 months ago when I tentatively approached this blogging journey, I didn't really get it. I mean, I knew about the sharing of ideas and inspiration from like-minded individuals, and I figured everyone throws in a touch of self promotion. But friendships?, camaraderie? Really didn't see that happening. Maybe there was a bit of The doubting Grinch in me. Well today I'm ready to join hands with all of you and sing a chorus of "Welcome Christmas"!

This past October I won a giveaway from Linda, of
Olde Baggs 'N Stuft Shirts. The other day I received this lovely card from Linda wishing me happy holidays.

Saturday I received a package in the mail, a very pretty package. It was from sweet Wendy, of Bliss Angels.
Inside was this unmistakably whimsical Wendy creation. It already found it's way to my tree!

Jill, of Feathers & Flight, who always brings the word gracious to mind, is one of the most gifted digital artists I've seen. Always willing to share her designs, she's gifted all of her visitors with

In today's mail was a package from Kim, of Tabby's Place.
Kim and I have been swapping art for a few years now in various groups and she has always been supportive of my artistic and blogging endeavors. I was fortunate to be chosen as one of the winners in her Happy Holiday Giveaway. The prizes were surprises. I'd say a GRAND surprise!

This was so very generous Kim. Thank you so much!

So as this blogging journey continues, I find myself extremely grateful. I am blessed to have each of you in my life. Your warm spirits and kind souls make me a better person. To each of these wonderful ladies, and to every single person who passes through and leaves a kind word or thoughtful comment, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Silver Sunday Vignette as The Countdown Continues

I have this vintage-style silver tray I purchased at Michael's a few years ago that has evolved into my seasonal living room table top vignette. I didn't buy it with that in mind. It was one of those 'oooh that's pretty, don't know what I'll do with it, but I'll find someplace to put it" purchases. How funny that it's now a focal point! The candelabra is an antique store find that I dress up with a touch of greenery this time of year. The silver teapot is from a church rummage sale. I perched a gold glittery bird on top. A couple of silvery garlands are strewn throughout.
An old textile spool with glittered lace, pheasant salt and pepper shakers (estate sale find) and other assorted bits and pieces are thrown in. The Christmas topiaries are from my days (actually 11 years!) of selling Christmas Around The World. Anyone remember them?
I'm linked with Silver Sunday at Gypsy Fish where you'll find links to all sorts of wonderful Silver Sunday bloggers.

How about pinking it up a little with the next Coundown to Christmas matchbox from Tracy, of Sunset 97
I love the retro look and pink/green color combo. And the sugared earrings are adorable!

Kelly, ofLove of Laundry
made this cute Santa box and snowflake bobbypin.
Thank you Tracy and Kelly!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Very Vintage Christmas & Days 9 and 10 of Matchbox Swap

I discovered a new blog, and magazine Creating Vintage Charm.
The cover was enough to sell me but the testimonials from those who have already received an issue (this current issue is only #2) should have you clicking the "purchase now" button too. AND it's on sale through the end of the month. AND you can enter a giveaway to win 2 issues!

That find inspired me to share a little of my own vintage-style Christmas decor.

More to come as the season progresses.....

On to my Countdown to Christmas Matchboxes.
Day 9 brought me this little darling, from Erica,of
Zunky Chic.
Perfect timing for a snowman as we have a big storm heading our way this weekend!

My Day 10 box is from Amy, of
Crazy for the Country.
Some nice traditional red and green bling! Thank you both for the Christmas cheer!

If you're still in the mood for more Christmas (and who isn't?), I'm linked to
Debra & Common Ground

Tinsel & Company's Deck the Halls

Or scroll down through December's posts - lots more Christmas here!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's a White Christmas Miracle on Day 8

It was meant to be! I received the most lovely vintage white and shimmery box from Freda, of
Sew What's New.
The part that's "meant to be" is today is White Wednesday at
Faded Charm and I planned on linking to show my Christmas Village. With that in mind, I sifted through my remaining matchboxes to discover Freda's little white gem intended for Day 8. Okay, maybe not a Christmas miracle, but let's at least call it a sign! So thank you Freda for your beautiful little gift and for the
tie-in to White Wednesday.

I've been collecting these village pieces for many years, and of all the holiday decorating I do, amassing the village (I believe it may have grown to city status) is indeed a labor of love. Just bringing the boxes up from the basement is a job! It's extremely difficult to capture the charm and serenity of this snowy vintage winter wonderland. I hope you enjoy visiting nonetheless.

I'm also linked with All Things Merry & Brite at
All Things Heart & Home.