Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Treasury Time

To see the full treasury and get links to all of these awesome shops click here.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Light Me Up

Yesterday, I posted some truly fantastic shop windows, and to continue on the theme of all things magical and wonderful during the holiday season, I present to you lots and lots of holiday lights.

(Source: Grandin Donovan)

(Source: Grandin Donovan)

(Source: laserbub)

(Source: BratoDB)

(Source: CW Ye)

(Source: Grandin Donovan)

(Source: dasoaz)

(Source: LLudo)

(Source: arnauBCN)

(Source: Barbara Piancastelli)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Window Shopping

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to walk around any city and peek in at all the creative and well-designed window displays. Not only are they a source of artistic inspiration, but it's fun to let childlike wonder take over and get caught up in the whimsy and delight of the holidays. Here are a few dazzling storefronts from around the web.

(Source: GKofNYC)

(Source: Alison Medd)

(Source: MDAY212)

(Source: hhn360)

(Source: hhn360)

(Source: Stephanie Moisan)

(Source: Stephanie Moisan)

(Source: Viridia)

(Source: Stephanie Moisan)

(Source: Me, taken at Vinçon in Barcelona)

(Source: Jussi Salmiakkinen)

(Source: hamadryades)

Okay, so that last photo isn't technically a shop window, but rather the ceiling of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. But it's too pretty not to share.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Feeling Festive

Last weekend, I went into hibernation mode because I have a lot to do around the house before we leave for Christmas vacation.

Wall-E entertained me while I wrapped a lot of presents and got many packages ready to be shipped out.

I made a big pot of vegetarian chili; nothing tastes better to me on a cold night.

I also made a special brooch for a very sweet Etsy customer. She requested a Cousteau brooch in custom colors with a happy face. He turned out pretty cute.

Then I got to open an early Christmas present from my boyfriend - new boots!

Finally, we put up our Christmas tree Sunday night. Everything looks prettier under twinkling lights, doesn't it?

Did you guys have a good weekend?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Treasury Time

To see the full treasury and get links to all of these cute shops click here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Speaking of Snow...

This is the view from my window this time last year. If you look at the photos in the previous post, you can see quite a difference!

It snowed today too, but we only got a couple of inches. I, for one, am doing a secret happy dance about that because we have holiday travel plans, and I'd rather not get stuck at the airport. However, it has been unseasonably cold here, and as one kid on the news put it, "If it's going to be this cold, we might as well have snow." I can't argue with that kind of logic.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Last night I made some snowflakes while we were hanging out on the couch watching a movie. There are lots of ways to sketch and plan out your design, but I prefer the little kid method of making random cuts and then unfolding to see what you get. It's more fun that way because you get to be surprised, and each one is unique.

I used a bit of double-stick tape on each point of the snowflakes to stick them to the window. It helps if you put them in a heavy book for a little while to flatten them out somewhat before taping them up.  I took some photos this morning as the sun was rising so that I could show how they look different as the light changes.

Everyone has made snowflakes before, but in case you need to refresh your memory on how it's done, I found a really great tutorial here. If you haven't made them since you were six, you should try it again. It's really fun!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ornament Wreath

I wanted to share pictures of past diy Christmas decorations, but despite a massive search (and by massive, I mean about 10 minutes of file browsing), I have only managed to unearth one or two photos of this ornament wreath. I would do a tutorial on how I made it, but it's been several years now, and I really just made it up as I went along.*

*For those who are curious, here's a brief recap of how I made it. I started by bending a wire hanger into a round shape using pliers and a lot of determination. Then I secured the ends together with strong tape. After that, I used leftover white yarn to wrap around the whole thing to cover up the hanger and make it blend into the wall (so that the ornaments "popped"). Next, I added glass ball ornaments of different but coordinating colors in several sizes around the wreath. This worked best by removing the top loop from the ornament, putting it in place, then sliding the loop back into the ball. The yarn helped keep the balls in place as well. Finally, I tied some gold mesh ribbon in a bow at the top. Voila!

I initially wanted to make an ornament wreath using many different sizes of balls in one color, or perhaps different shades of one color (for example, burgandy, red, magenta, etc.). But I didn't have enough ornaments in any one color, and the whole point was to make decorations using things I already owned, that could easily be dismantled and stored away in my tiny apartment after Christmas. I frequently get ideas for projects that are too large or over-the-top for our cozy little place. If I ever get a house, it's going to be out of control because I've got many years of pent-up craftyness just waiting to get out.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Treasury Time

To see the full treasury and get links to all of these fabulous shops click here.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cute Toadstool Tutorial

I found a tutorial for making these ridiculously cute toadstool ornaments out of old plastic spools on knick knacks & ric rac by Hannah.

I don't have any of the type of spools she used, but you could probably use something else...any suggestions?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kat Hannah

Several people asked me if I got anything from Etsy for my birthday a few weeks ago, and my answer is "Yes, of course!" (I guess by this point I've made my addiction to art and all things handmade obvious, haha.) I ordered this print from Kat Hannah called "Over the Rough Spots." The colors are so pretty in real life. Now I just have to get it framed.

I still have a little birthday money left over, but I'm having a hard time deciding what to buy next. My problem is that my Etsy wishlist is about a million miles long. When I make up my mind, I'll do another post. Oh, and I've already ordered several things from Etsy for Christmas presents for family, but I should probably wait until after I give them away to post about it here.

If you like this print, you should check out Kat Hannah's shop. She also has another art shop called In a Pale Place.

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