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11/17/2013

WEE TREES



I LOVE WEE LITTLE TREES


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10/20/2013

Christmas Pre-view

QUICK TOUR of our recent visit to see the Christmas Display at Rogers Gardens.

I make sure to visit early each year to glean some inspiration and see the trends.  Out in the garden shop, this nature themed tree caught my eye.

HALLOWEEN IN SILHOUETTE

10/06/2013

THE EYES HAVE IT....

WHY DO I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE IS WATCHING ME?.....


Been a little creeped out by eyeballs ...

10/04/2013

TWIGS AND BONES.....


...things that go bump in the night...


My plans for a houseful of creative and fun Halloween decorations went out the door when the water started pouring out from my baseboards.  With baseboards ripped off, walls opened and hardwood floors buckling, the trick or treaters will be lucky to find a jack-o-lantern glowing at them from my front porch.  

9/07/2013

SOMETHING WICKED

WICKEDLY CREATIVE, THAT IS....

Rogers Gardens, Newport Beach, California
my first stop for inspiration  
for the approaching holiday season
first stop.... Halloween

6/10/2013

TRUE TO THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE

Yikes.
It's happening again....
NO TIME TO CRAFT!
I must stop this... now!
Thankfully my friend Christina asked me to help her with a project for our women's group.

We were inspired by these posts on Pinterest....

1/20/2013

LITTLE HOUSES


You didn't believe me, did you?

When I said I was going to start Christmas crafting in January .....
I was completely serious...
[You can call them 'Winter Crafts'
or 'Valentines Crafts'
if it makes you feel better....]

here's what I'm trying first....

I fell in love with these houses as a little girl.
My parents had a row of them (the old putz houses) they would put lights in at Christmas
and set up on Angel Hair snow on a shelf.

A few years ago I began picking up a few old ones here and there on ebay.
Being over 50 years old and made of cardboard, they were a little bedraggled,
sometimes in strange colors and missing windows.
Still, they were adorable.

  About that time, I started seeing reproductions by Cody Foster and others - wonderful, glittering reproductions - and they weren't cheap.  The thought came to me that I probably wouldn't be that hard to make them.  How hard could making a little house from cardboard be?
[I may or may not have also fantasized about making gingerbread houses from cardboard - more permanent and less caloric]
wouldn't they be adorable?
Or maybe from that cinnamon applesauce dough that smells amazing....
just need something longer lasting than cookie dough...
but - back to subject...

I found I wasn't the only one loving the little houses and wanting to create them.
 I found patterns, and tips and started collecting materials...

they looked complicated and time consuming, and while I don't mind taking time and exploring
I wasn't sure about which ones to try 
and then wonder of wonders, I found Melissa Frances.  Literally.
I went to the CHA show last week
and met this lovely lady
who has a company that makes these kits


in fact, these houses have all been made from her adorable kits:



aren't they adorable?
ready to assemble
ready to decorate
ready to embellish!


I think that I will still try using the online patterns I found, but in the meantime...

 this is a great start!
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