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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tea in the Craftroom #5 -Snowman Ornaments


Welcome to Tea in the Craft Room.
 Before we get started I want to give
 a Big Thank You! to Bev at How Sweet the Sound
for featuring my post
Thanksgiving Joy. Mid 1960's
from my main blog
eclectic shorebird

 I am using this pretty china cup by Joann Haviland. 


Today I want to show you the snowman ornaments I've been making.
They are so easy they need no instructions.
Just a touch of glitter. Glitter makes everything better, right?


I like his jaunty attitude. 


And here is the Missus, bumbershoot in hand.


Here he is is gracing a glitter house.


I adore  snowman vignettes like this one. 

snowman box:

Perhaps I will create a special setting for my 
stylish snow lady.

 Snowmen make the long cold winter seem friendlier, don't you think?
Thank you for joining me for tea in the craft room.
See you soon.
Susan

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Joyuex Noel



Ah, Paris!
Only you can make a cold, rainy, dreary afternoon romantic.

 
At least the Paris of my imagination.


 A mythical Paris, part film noir, part 1930's mystery novel,  

 with a touch of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn thrown in.

 
I am sharing some inspiration images. Every year the Girl Child comes home for Christmas break to a bedroom  that has been transformed into a wonderland of some kind. It is not always easy to have a step mother, even when you are Mostly Grown. It is a little way to say,
 I want you to feel special.


Right now I am thinking a black and white French theme. Lots of little lights,


Sweet vintage photos tucked here and there.


French Typography in little frames could grace the tree.



 Silver and white stars and trees, and clear ornaments would add glamour.


Maybe a little French village ?


Like the one I made from the children's page of old French newspapers?

And there must be an Eiffel Tower!






And a banner that reads
Joyuex Noel


 There will bunches of greens, and (faux) mistletoe tied with ribbon.


Now, I will tell you a couple of my favorite Christmas Children's books are

Image result for babar and father christmas


So they may come into play also.

We shall see!

I am off to seek inspiration from Botantic Bleu  PennyWise, and Creative Home Expressions my go-to for french inspiration.



Have you any ideas for a French inspired Christmas bedroom?

I hope you'll share them!

Susan

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tea in the Craft Room #6 - Reading Nook & Snippets of Christmas



Welcome to Tea in the Craft Room.
Grab a mug, and make yourself at home.

Today I want to share the little changes I've made in my office/craft room, and how I use some Snippets of Christmas 
to decorate my office tree.

I've brought a little color into my
office sanctuary. 

Some bright red, and some buffalo check.

A cozy nook for reading, or watching a Christmas movie.



I made the top for this little wrought iron table with strips of old cedar planks.


A cup of tea and a stack of books ready for perusal.
I love stories set at the Christmas season.

 Don't mind the mess behind the curtain! The working half of my office is beyond the wall.Christmas gifts are collecting in a weathered basket. Stacks of vintage cards in archive boxes are placed within reach of my desk.

 Here is a closer look at the little tree in the galvanized watering can.



Slips of paper with snippets of song, Bible verse, and quotes are tucked among the branches.




I simply printed the Snippets of Christmas, cut them into strips, then added a little glitter 
because glitter makes everything better, right?


I am working on some Snowy Day Snippets for another project.


And here is a peek at something new to my craft room.
My super-duper yard sale wrangling mom found me a white Christmas
 tree in very good condition. Love it!




Thank you for joining me.
See you soon!
Susan



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things - Plaid


 A Big Thank you to Jann
at Have a Daily Cup if Mrs Olson for
featuring my post
Tea in the Craft Room - Glitter Houses 
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Mad for all the fabulous plaid we're seeing this Christmas?

Me too!

I always think of Scotties when I think of plaid!



 Plaid goes well with  my Spode Christmas dishes, the bright cheerful Retro Santa Christmas I love, and with the woodsy 


rustic, or the "English Country House" decorating I enjoy. 



Plaid is a great friend when your love for the holiday is big but your budget is small.


Plaid Tins


Depending on condition and time of year, plaid tins are still to be found at reasonable prices.
The doll trunk pictured here, was $5.00 at a yard sale. The picnic basket tin beneath it was won on eBay. The round tin above was  thrifted.


How cute is this Walkers Shortbread tin I just bought!  It's price tag -12.99 at a discount home store, isn't my idea of cheap, it is a good example of the Walker tins one can find at thrifts and yard sales for 50 cents and a dollar.



Although large tin picnic baskets like this one are presently going for between 14.00 and 44.00 USD
on eBay, depending on condition,


small tins like the one below are being listed as low as a couple dollars.




This red plaid lunch box is list for 10USd right now... so tempted to bid on it!
 Although it has some condition issues I think it only adds to it's charm.
(No one is paying me to say this and it's not for sale by me, or anyone I know)

 Fabric

Add some plaid to a rag wreath you already have.


If you don't have a rag bag, it is seriously time you started one. I use one of the picnic basket tins we were just discussing to store reclaimed fabric. After I wash and remove buttons and zippers, I cut the  still usable portions of the shirt/jeans(whatever) into squares or rectangles for future use)

 OR
Make a bunting using scrap and reclaimed fabric.

 Go check out this beauty by Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson. No one, and I mean no one, not HGTV, not BHG, does plaid better than Jann!
 Lace, Tartan and Plaid Bunting
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
I am SOOOO copying this 1st chance I get!




Last year I bought a few yards of this great buffalo check. With my half price coupon it was 4.99 a yard.
I made some pillow covers using the indoor/outdoor pillows from the patio so I didn't even need to buy stuffing!


I made a  cover for my desk  chair with a ruffle off an old valance.


I like how well the black and white check works with other plaids.



 Ribbon


As garland on the tree, tied to everyday objects, as a runner 
on the table, with greens on the backs of chairs...what can't you decorate with a spool of plaid ribbon.
 
Source

One of my favorite pictures this year!

The Many Colors of Christmas 


How great will similarly wrapped gifts look under my tree?
Brown craft paper and some spools of ribbon are added to my shopping list.
 A walk around the neighborhood should net me a few pine cones...

Visit my Pinterest board
Plaid
for more great Plaid Inspiration

And check out these great
bloggers
who are

Mad for Plaid at Christmas

Whew! 

Thanks for hanging in!
 Have a great week!

Susan

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