Friday, December 18, 2009

Years of Christmas

Christmas is about
Family and friends and the time
We spend together…..


It is about childhood years


Good years

and just because it is cute years…

Christmas is about celebrating

New homes

New life
And friends like you…

Christmas is about

a few surprises



And trying to be wise in the upcoming year…

Christmas is the keeper of memories


Of a tiny sister

And moms and dads that are no longer here….

Christmas is about



And a wee bit of magic…

May you all have the Merriest of holidays
And find peace and happiness in the New Year…

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dance of the Fairy Slippers....

(slipper from Laura)

Gale of paperwhimsy hosted a swap...
a wonderful swap that I wished didn't have to end...

One by one they came to my house.

(slipper from Theresa of t martin journal )

each one as beautiful as the one before....

(slipper in the middle by Gale....)

(slipper from Marti)

each carrying a tiny gift

When the last slipper arrived
I put some greenery up and added some tiny stars. One by one the fairy slippers danced to its place.

Merry Christmas


Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Christmas doll........

It is beginning to feel like Christmas....
It is amazing what a little snow can do this time of year.

This is my Christmas doll list this year…I will not be getting any of these but like
a child I enjoy the fantasy dream…


by Hildegard Gunzel

Fairy Mother with Baby
by Judith and Lucia Friedericy

Summer Rose with Teddy
by Lynne and Michael Roche

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mignonette in waiting …

A project that has been in the planning stage will at last begin, that is right after Christmas.
This sweet little mignonette has waited for years for her presentation box and a place to call home.

First things first, she needs a new wig; the Donald Trump look just doesn’t work.
Should I get braids or long waves?

A cardboard stationery box found at a tag sale is perfect

for this this little one.

Well almost the fit is a little tight.

That’s better, the book style is just right.

What I really love about this box is that a drawer is underneath, which is suitable for tiny treasures. The outside will be covered with pretty paper and the inside with silk.

Inspiration and patterns have been gathered. As well as
a pile of fabric to be considered. Mostly in pinks, however her shoes and sock bands are gold and green. I will have to give this more thought.

Stay tuned this is going to fun…

To be continued in the Year 2010....

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fairy Slippers

My five Fairy Slippers.....

I have been busy making paper Fairy slippers for a swap I joined in on
at PaperWhimsy …..
I signed up for the antique slipper group in colors sepia, creams, and gold’s.
There was also a mermaid group, a grunge group, a dirty pink group and two winter wonderland groups.
A paperwhimsy image and two trinkets or elements from the Paperwhimsy shop were required on or in the slipper.
We also had to make a small gift to tuck under the vamp of the shoe.

a close up of the gift...

Each shoe came to my cobbler’s bench and was designed one at time.
I decided to use the image as my slipper’s sole and used antique and vintage laces for the top part as well as vintage candy lace paper, vintage buttons and gold Dresden paper.
For the gift I make flower lace pins that have a gold leaf or star on them, I also added a holiday wish in a
gold fairy cone.
The slippers also have a slot to string a ribbon through so that a garland can be made.
I keep one shipper and send off the other four to my swap
partners. I cannot wait to get my four and put my garland together….
the slippers before I added the gifts and gold fairy cones.....

I loved doing these slippers and often would think of Nancy of fete et fleur the famous cobbler to the queens. I remember one post she did about editing her design. I kept this in mind as I worked away and would ask myself do I need more, do I need less…
I hope I have time to make a few more of these for Christmas ...I think they would be nice on a gold wrapped gift....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It is time to begin

Making tags.....

I have pretty pink metallic Christmas paper that I will use with this double
gift tag. The dyed tags are from
magic moonlight studio and the matchbox template is from here

The top matchbox will hold a tiny token, the second matchbox with hold a Christmas wish.
Each double tag is made using 4 dyed tags. I glued two tags together for strength for the top tag and used a second tag to cover the raw edges of the lace on the back of the bottom tag. I also removed the inside paper reinforcements around the holes so that the tags will glue together flatter...

I have spent my days stringing
and unstringing my instrument
while the song I came to sing
remains unsung.
-R. Tagore
I found this quote over a year ago and it really made me stop to think….
Have I sung my song, what song do I need to sing?
I took this quote to heart
for there was one song I still needed to sing.…and now I am happily singing.
Until another song comes along......

a few projects that I am working on....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Haunted House


There's a house upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.

Tonight they have their party,
All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
"Come join the fun," they shout.


But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

~Jack Prelutsky


Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Fashion Patisserie Party

The Invitation...

The Party...

Last Saturday we celebrated my granddaughter turning ten with a funfabulous fashion patisserie party.
Sixteen of Emmalyn’s friends and classmates came to an evening of music, food and crafts. The party theme was Fashion Patisserie inspired by these digikit-fashion-patisserie-labels, party colors were lime green, orange, pink, and turquoise blue.

PhotobucketThe party table was set in lime green, Emmalyn’s favorite color. Instead of name cards, paper Hermes Kelly purses were placed at each seat; I found them on the Hermes website during the summer. Inside the purses, I tucked beaded bracelets and flip-flop rings.

Green paper lanterns hung over the table as well as large green and blue flower fans.

(The purses are no longer on the site but if you would like one I can email a PDF to you...)


The crafts...

(colors of paris cowgirl bags)
After pizza and the opening of birthday gifts, we made fashion crafts.
We had two tables with different accessories to make.
Table 1 had Paris Cowgirl bags, I was so busy I did not have time to snap a picture of these, they came out so cute.
The bags were made from orange, hot pink, turquoise blue and lime green bandanas.
We used two colors of bandanas for each bag.
Directions here ...

Tags I made for the bags

I printed out tags with the girls names on them so that the bags wouldn't get mixed up...
The dyed in coffee and vanilla tags came from magic moonlight studio. The girls had fun smelling these tags... they were a big hit..... guessing what the tags were dyed in became a game ......
On Table 2, we had Feather Head Piece, the girls loved doing this craft, we showed them this you tube video first.
All the guests looked so cute with these feathered barrettes in their hair. They decided to wear them to school on Monday. Every girl in the fifth grade of this school looked like they spent the weekend in Paris.

The Patisserie...


My daughter Willow, Emmalyn’s mom made all of the bake goods,flower cookers, brownies, cake pops and birthday cake. Look at that cake it was just beautiful and tasted so good …
Willow spent many late nights baking, because
she returned to teaching this year after being a stay at home mom. In fact, half of the party guests are in her class. I was told I could not spy and asked her students questions about her as a teacher. I had to laugh because I did have a plan and I did try but got caught… teachers do have an extra pair of ears and eyes in back of their heads…even when it comes to their moms....



At the end of the party, each girl was giving a pink bakery box to fill up with all the yummy goodies from the patisserie table …Bakery boxes are from the Country Kitchen and the Blue Raspberry rock candy I found at oh! nuts.

This party took months to plan and put together…

The pictures do not do this party justice, the presentation looked so much better…
A lot of hand work making tags, bakery box labels, paper purses, cookie bag toppers , party favors and precutting
bandanas for the bags …Add to that the baking and set-up…
In addition, the shopping on the internet as well as local party stores….
My daughter and I make a good team. She was especially sweet doing this party because she knew I had a version and she worked hard to help me achieve my party dream.


The big hug and thank you

that the grandmother got....

In the end, what it equaled to was a priceless smile on my granddaughter's face…

Happy Ten Emmalyn,
Wishing you a magical year….

P.S.... one of the girls asked if she could adopt me as her grandmother....she said it was the best party ever...