Sunday, November 20, 2011

Angel Collage and a Giveaway!!

 I had every intention of decorating some of my handmade trees and finishing a couple of custom orders yesterday. 

I ended up helping my son who was 
TEXTING every time I looked outside!!

He comes by it honestly, as I am also 
very easily distracted!

He was supposed to be raking and to keep him on task, I spent about 3 hours in the yard with him!
After all that, I was exhausted and the last thing I wanted to do was sew more trees!

That just seemed too much like work!
But there I was, painting a tree stand and the white paint made me think of a frame I was going to be using in a mixed media collage.  

I decided to paint that frame, then I pearl glazed it and then something happened

 I fell in love with Victorian Christmas images like this last year and knew I wanted to make a special piece for Christmas this year.

I've never made a collage before but have wanted to for SO long!
This beautiful image was the first piece collected.
I purchased it from a sweet etsy seller whose shop is appropriately named "I talk to angels" .

 I picked up the background paper at JoAnn Fabrics the little snowflakes at Hobby Lobby.  

The lace border came from etsy.

 My friend Julie Ann Hood 
designed these adorable 
little mitten ornaments
and I ordered two pairs from her.

They are still available in her etsy shop.
I knew they would be so sweet on my collage.

The mother of pearl brooch (above) and
large beaded brooch (below) 
were purchased
at a rummage sale!

Lucky me!

 I gathered little lace ruffles for the 
bottom corners 
to give another 3D element,
and a little frill!
 The element that tied it all together was the frame, which I purchased at the estate sale of a dear friend last month.  


Like me, she collected all kinds of pretty things.

Sadly, I didn't know we liked so many of the same things until after she died.

I think she would really like this use of her frame.

I assembled everything that I had so far onto the collage last night but something was still missing...
My angel needed a tree with packages to give away, so I made them today.

I'm really proud of it but still tweaking a little!



I'm in the Christmas Spirit.

I didn't sign up for any ornament swaps because I never have before and I forgot all 
about them!

Maybe next year!!

Anyway, I feel like sharing 
something that I make with someone 
in Blogland for Christmas,
I will choose a winner at random...

The winner will receive their very own retro
fluffy tree handmade by me!!!

The deadline is December 3rd. 
Winner to be announced on December 4th.

  The prize is a 12 inch undecorated tree to 
decorate yourself.

I will give you your choice of colors.

(pink is a popular choice! ;)

They make such pretty centerpieces... 

If you'd like to see an example, click my etsy shop in my sidebar.
Here's how to enter:



I hope everyone has a happy week and a Happy Thanksgiving!
I can't wait for the

It will be so wonderful to have extra time to work on fun things like decorating and crafting!!

I honestly wish I could get paid to stay home and make collages! Ha ha!!


Blog parties I joined this week are:


  1. Love those trees, they are so sweet!!!
    Please enter me in the giveaway I would LOVE a pink one!!!
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  2. Well, count me in! I love your little blue tree and your collage turned out great!
    Have a good afternoon.

  3. You did a wonderful job of putting together all those pretty things and making a special work of art.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    Ciao bella,

  4. Jenn,

    I ADORE your snow angel piece!! So so darling!! You know I am a FAN of your tree's! You've done a fabulous job making them look vintage and nostalgic! Fingers & toes crossed I win!
    Love ya girlie! Happy Thanksgiving! XOXO,Jenn

  5. Love this tree...I so hope I win! I'm a new follower, so stop by and follow if you like. Warm wishes, Lori

  6. I just found your blog and lucky me you are having a contest. I am now your follower.

  7. Oh my sweetness! YOur collage is GORGEOUS!!! Love the snow angel and her pretty tree! Oh my goodness your giveaway is to sweet! I just have to have one of these beautiful creations! Love love love!
    Happy Thanksgiving sugar!

  8. December 3rd is my birthday! What a wonderful birthday gift this tree would be! IN the trees you show here! What a beautiful creative heart you have. I love your collage! I am new following you! Now I need to put up my Pink Saturday post too! Hugs Anne

  9. I am going to borrow your pretty little tree to put a button on my side bar if that would that be ok? Let me know! I am in love with these trees. You remind me of my late aunt Ang! She had a crafty talent I wish I shared! :)

  10. Your blog is fabulous - those net trees are just like something my mom would have made so I am in love and going to visit your etsy store.

  11. Such a sweet tree - I have always loved these trees and yours are beautiful. New follower!!

  12. Just gorgeous! I just followed your blog.

    Pink Accessories, have a fun Saturday!

  13. I love your collage! The image and all the embellies are just perfect on it.
    I love your sweet trees and would love to win one :)
    Happy Pink Saturday

  14. Goodness, such a pretty blog ~ I'm in love here! So happy you found my blog so that I could find YOURS! I'm your newest follower!

    Your collage is awesome. Can't believe it is your first one ever. Love it. And my heart is racing seeing your pretty tulle trees. I'd so love the chance to win one ~ such a generous giveaway ~ please enter me!
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  15. Those tree are so danity looking.. I can see a pink one in my bedroom.. I am a follower and i say please enter my mane

  16. Hello, Happy Pink Saturday. Love your post this week! I found my way to you through my friend Steph. Love your blog, your collage is so pretty. I'd love to enter your drawing. I'm joining as a follower.
    Hugs, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  17. Love the collage!! So very nice! I am also one of your newest followers!

    Take care.
    Cheryl's Christmas Chattels, etc.

  18. This is so pretty-you really picked a beautiful image to work with. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday

  19. I wonna join the give away too! very lovely hand-made tree! so unique, beautiful and special! Have a nice weekend!Dropping by from PS. I'm a new follower :))