Friday, September 2, 2016

Featured in Vintage Holiday Magazine!

Christmas Came Early!

One of my so called "bucket list" items has always been to have my holiday home selected to be in a real print magazine but I wasn't sure how to go about it.

Then, several months ago, Engaged Media Publications contacted me and asked if I would submit images of my home for their magazine, "Vintage Holiday"!

The editor, Devlin Smith, had seen my blog and thought my vintage inspired home decor would be a fit for their upcoming issue.

Of course, I was flattered and excited to be asked! 

My talented friend, Jennifer Hayslip generously agreed to photograph my home for the magazine.

Jennifer's home has already been featured in several magazines and she knows exactly what will look beautiful in a magazine spread! 

She is also a Christmas Queen, just like me!

I am so grateful to Jennifer for spending many hours photographing and editing so that my dream could come true!

Below is the entire room as it was decorated.

I think this picture makes the tiny room look much larger!  

Here is a close up of the turquoise tree centerpiece on my dining room table.

I made this tree just for the Vintage Holiday photos and it is available to purchase!

Here is another view of the room and of my grandmother's china cabinet.

A close up of the "magical" china cabinet!  

I revamped the banner that I purchased years ago by covering the old glitter with silver leaf paint and spreading fresh silver glass glitter on it.  

Below is the 5 tier shelf I purchased at the local Rescue Mission several years back and painted. 

Because it mimics the shape of a Christmas tree, I filled it with angels and mercury glass balls in bright and pastel shades and trimmed it with tinsel.  There are also star shaped LED lights strung along the sides. 

Here is a better view of the other side of the room.  

I set my favorite tulle tree, vintage angels and velvet santas on the buffet.  

My pink tree is one of the first tulle trees I ever made.  I hung the tiniest vintage ornaments all over it.  It's my favorite decoration that I will never part with!

I topped this fluffy tree with a special upcycled angel that I covered in 50's gift wrap with vintage chenille arms and an old rhinestone earbob and silver tinsel.    

Pink Santa looks ready for his close up!

In another corner, I decorated a silver tinsel tree, which is actually just the top of a 6 foot slim tree.  I adorned the tinsel tree with bunches of shiny pink ornaments, tiny aqua bells and mini spun cotton angels that I crafted.  

Lastly, I topped the sparkly tree with a petite feather angel holding a gold violin and bow. 

I hope you enjoyed these photos of my dining room!

I never realized how much hard work it is to fill up a page with pretty things, but I throroughly enjoyed the experience and would welcome the opportunity to do it again! 

I also want to mention the sweet author of my article, Michelle Prather.  Michelle asked great questions and wrote a piece that explained my childhood love for the holiday and described my haphazard, instinct driven decorating process (or lack thereof) perfectly!

Many of the handmade angels and the turquoise tulle tree will be available to purchase!

Last, but not least....

The cover of "Vintage Holiday" features the enchanting "Sugar Plum Dining Room" of none other than my friend, Jennifer Hayslip!

Jennifer is known for her fairyland living and dining rooms and bright nostalgic kitchen decor!

Several of her rooms are featured in this issue and they are indescribably beautiful and festive!

Even though we've lived in the same town, for many years, I actually discovered Jennifer's artwork and beautiful home on flickr about 8 years ago and we became friends.  

When I visit her home, my head is constantly turning to take in every sugar coated detail! 

Each year, I feel inspired by Jennifer's beautiful candy colors, jolly figurines and happy vintage blow mold collection!!  

I hope this post has inspired you to pick up a copy of "Vintage Holiday" to see all of the festive and colorful homes decked out for the Holidays!

The other featured homes and ideas for do-it-yourself projects are amazing!  

The magazine will be on newsstands Tuesday, September 6th.
You can find the magazine at your book stores, craft stores, grocery stores, or online at

Have a wonderful weekend!  



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Come Join Us! Once Upon A Christmas Art Event!

With Fall approaching, I am getting excited about an event I am attending in mid-November!

My good friend, Jennifer Hayslip of Eye Candy Creations is hosting this beautiful Christmas themed art event in Charleston, SC.  Charleston is one of my favorite southern cities and everyone knows I love Christmas and making Christmas art pieces!

This November, you can attend Once Upon a Christmas too and shop the vendor tables and make pretty art pieces with the fabulous instructors Jennifer has chosen!

Several different artists and I will be bringing our goodies to sell at the fabulous Vendor Night!!

I will have my trees, angels, glitter houses, ornaments and all kinds of other goodies and supplies on display to sell there! 

I have been busily crafting pretty pieces all summer and crunch time is upon me now!

Here are some of the special pieces I have already made!

I will have several vintage inspired angels to choose from...

This beautiful lady is covered with vintage gift wrap with MORE angels in pretty pink and aqua!

I got interested in making angels with satin thread ornaments and other items I found at estate sales this spring.  

The angel below is made from satin ornament and an old sugar coated Christmas tree bulb. He has a vintage spun cotton head and he holds a garland of mercury glass beads. 

This cutie glittery Santa is sitting atop a satin thread ornament and holding a chenille candy cane!

Here are several more that I made when that idea presented itself!  I think they are just so retro!  

I also made these tiny spun cotton angels that can be used in artwork, corsages, as ornaments and as package decorations.

They have always been one of my favorite vintage craft supplies but SO hard to find! 

I am really proud of them because I taught myself the technique to make them in the same way as the originals that were "Made in Japan" in the fifties and sixties.  My art is all about revisiting lost vintage crafts!

I will also be bringing several of the shadowbox ornaments that I normally make each holiday season!  

Below is one that I made especially for the event.

Here is a little detail of the colors and items inside the scene!  

The background of this ornament is a church in the woods from a piece of vintage gift wrap. The beautiful angel inside is a vintage piece too.  Everything is glittered and trimmed in tinsel and vintage mercury glass beads.  

It sure wouldn't be Christmas without my tulle trees like this turquoise beauty I made this spring!!

My friend, Jennifer Hayslip hosts the most beautiful events!

She is known for her beautiful assemblage artwork and photography

Her gorgeous home has been featured in several magazines over the years and she is especially known for her sweet and nostalgic Christmas decorations!  

If any one would love to join us in Charleston, there are spaces available and still time to register!

To find out more, please visit Jennifer at her website!


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Easter Bonnets and Goodies!

Hi Everyone!

Spring is fast approaching 

and Easter is only 

ONE MONTH from today!

Can you BELIEVE it?

There are some sweet additions in my etsy shop here.

This precious bunny creation is a flocked bunny in a basket
made from two fabric covered vintage tart tins. 

         This sweet easter chick is in a basket made from two 
             vintage tart tins and the bottom one is uncovered
                       to show the aging on the metal.   

        I used so many sweet millinery flowers and little beads.  

                         There are so many pretty details.

                          Light and airy spring time pastels.

I love these bright spring time colors!

Adorable Aqua Chick!

I have also listed several vintage Easter hats!

                  They are so pretty to display!  I love this blue!

I hope your day is as beautiful 
wherever you are
 in the world 
as mine 
 has been today!  



I'm going to join the PINK Saturday Party today!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hurry Spring!!

Hasn't winter worn out his welcome yet?  It seems like he has been lingering here since November!  

I live in the south and can't imagine how ready my friends in New England or the midwest are for sunny days and mild temperatures!

Since spring and Easter will be round the corner, I have been making things for etsy again.  

Just making pretty things in soft pastels covered with flowers makes me feel better and gives me something springlike to look at.

Happy PINK Saturday!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ghouls, Ghosts and Glamour Girls Halloween Swap!!

About a month ago, my crafty (crazy) friends Jennifer Hayslip of Pink Ellie Photography and Eyecandy Creations 

and Jessi Nagy of Scrappy Jessi Etsy Shop , who is also a makeup artist extraordinaire, 
whose youtube channel I really enjoy 

(Aren't they two of the prettiest glamour girls?)

Adorable Girls and Famous BFF's!!

 announced they were hosting a swap!

It has been ages since anyone held a swap!  I was so excited to participate!

These were the instructions and details!

So, Jess and Jenn paired us up with a swap partner.

My partner is the lovely and sweet, April Ortiz, who makes the cutest handmade items!!

            I had the most fun making her a glitzy black cat purse!!

I filled it up with some black and orange craft supplies 
like seam binding and lace.

I also got her some halloween sweet goodies and wrapped them up cute!

Here is April's package all ready to go to South Carolina!


Here is what April sent to ME!

Cute Spooky Earrings and Necklace Set!! 

Handmade Black Cat Felt Banner AND a Handmade SPOOKY garland!!

OH!! and A black and orange handmade soft and warm scarf!!

I love it ALL and so appreciate the time and effort it took 
for April to make and buy items for me!

This was such a fun swap! 

Thank you SO much Jessi, Jenn and April!!

Happy Halloween Glamour Girls!!