Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Items from my Hidden Cottage Craft boutique

I thought I would share some items from my craft boutique.  I have spent lots of waking hours on things to sell here.  It is over, and I did have a great time doing it.  The weather was cold and cloudy outside.  It was not as successful as I had hoped for, but we did get to see some ladies that we have not seen for a while.  And the atmosphere was so very Christmasy











 So here is the first sampling of what I made for the boutique.  I am working on getting lots of this leftover stuff in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My trio of Trees

 I came up with this trio of trees and they will be for sale at my upcoming Christmas Boutique.  The theme is I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.  I am busy busy crafting away.  I will share much more in the posts to come.  I am so happy that it will be the Christmas Season soon.
White felt pieces on top of styrofoam cones and attached to Glass pedestals, 
then glittered up to add a little sparkle.  






Saturday, November 2, 2013

For the love of November

Well, November is always a busy month for me.   I am getting ready for a craft boutique at my home. I am teaching some crafting mini classes. I am going on a friend retreat where I can. You guessed it,  CRAFT!  And of course it is Thanksgiving, when I will get to see loved ones.  I love the autumn. Our trees are just starting to get beautiful color as I live in the desert.  The mornings and evenings are brisk and the afternoons are perfect and this is what I did today. . .  I put up pomegranate jelly. I got about 20 jars done but it's just the beginning. I ran out if sugar and pectin.     
  I will be sharing some of my crafts that I have been doing soon.  So hope you will come back to see what I am up to.  Happy November!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween week

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL,  I thought I should share in the fun of the" Not for the faint of heart Matchbox swap" just recently completed and hosted by JoAnne of Vintage Dragonfly.  My partner and I both had fun creating the Halloween matchboxes and the other 4 items that were to be handcrafted.  My partner really spoiled me and sent me many fun things.  First off the following is what I created!



Here is what I put inside the box. . . . . . 
and I also made some other goodies for her. . . . . .
a swag in a vintagey sort of display
 A Halloween choker for my partners neck.
I also made a little snap purse and filled it with dove chocolate.  Then I decorated a small bottle and filled it with brown rich which was suppose to be Goblins Teeth.  




My Partner completely spoiled me and sent the items in two boxes.  Here are some of the cute things she sent to me.  
My partner was Jeannie of  jeankneen flickr.   o The matchbox goes well with the first machbox I recieved two years ago, when I started doing this swap for Halloween.  



Just look at this cute stuff.  So retro and kitschy and I love it all.  She even included some cupcake toppers, which I gave to my daughter for her Halloween party.  She also sent me my very favorite dark chocolate truffles.  
I think that this swap was. . . . . . . . . . .(spooktacular) DON'T YOU?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pretty Little Witches ATC swap


Hosted by Kimberly of Art Joy Stuff was this really fun ATC swap with pretty little witches.  It was part of the 52 weeks of ATCs
Here are the ones that I sent off.  We were to send Three, and I decided to do a Retro 
sort of theme with mine. . . . . . . . . .





And here is what delightfulness arrived in my mailbox.  
 This pretty little witch came from Liz Waring at lululizinlalaland.blogspot.com

The cute little sleeve that the above ATC was in came from Charlotte Smothers seahorseranch.blogspot.com
this one came from Peggy Recker  pmrecker1950@yahoo.com
And from Kimberly herself this way cool mixed media Halloween art.  I have it hanging in a special place.  
Thankyou Kimberly!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recent swapping completed

Here are two swaps completed.  I was involved with a crown swap on the Altered Place site with some other gals.  Cissy Prestige was my partner and here are the crowns we swapped.  It needed to be adult size.  How fun was this.  I love crowns! 
 The crown that I created for Cissy.  I used the top of an old spoon and dangly earring to embellish the top, after I glittered it up with german glass glitter.   She said when she recieved it she wore it around the house all day!

 Here is the back of the crown.
 I wanted it to have plenty of bling!
Now here is the lovely crown that Cissy made for me.  It has plenty of bling too!  Ooh I love it!
 And then she sent me all of these goodies to along with the crown.


The next swap was the Vintage Dragonfly's "Oh you beautiful Doll matchbox swap."

I posted my matchbox sent to Mercedes in the previous post and here is the matchbox I recieved from Sandy.  It took me back to when I was little and the Campbell's kids adds, plus she had everything Kewpie doll in there too.  My Mother taught me all about Kewpie dolls as that was from her Era.  Thankyou Sandy for such a delightful little box with goodies from the past.


I adore all of these sweet Kewpie doll and campbell's kids images (ephemera)
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