Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Swarovski Crystal Tree

This year, my 18th annual star/snowflake will go on my Swarovski tree.

Once it starts to snow, I am ready to put it up on the mantle!



I am continuing my mother's collection which she began in 1996 (Swarovski designed the very first in 1991).  All of the odd years are STARS and the even years are SNOWFLAKES.  

I purchased the tree from Pier 1 a few years ago:


I also added mercury glass lights so it will twinkle at night!


Each year the ornament is dated:


And I have some favorites...




…especially this one:


These photos do not do it justice and it is so difficult to get a good photo in the window over the mantle:


But I was able to catch the "blue hour":


Do you have a favorite holiday decoration that you look forward to pulling out each year?



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Touch of MacKenzie-Childs Checks….

These are my latest completed projects this past week:


Every time I think I have completed holiday orders, another sneaks up on me!


And I am sure there will be a few more!




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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Almost finished with Christmas orders!!

This was one of my favorite makeovers this month:


This was my inspiration, a $575 table top sleigh from MacKenzie-Childs.  They are similar in shape and size!


It was originally an wooden sleigh with holly painted on the side and brass runners, so I painted it all white, added my favorite checks, and lined the inside with gift wrap paper:


Hopefully these are the last 2 skates I will paint for this season:



Now, I am looking forward to decorating my home for the holidays!


sharing with http://elizabethandco.blogspot.com

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Monday, November 11, 2013

What I accomplished last week….

I have had a busy week.

I painted 6 checked switch plates, 6 checked ornaments, decorated my dining room Christmas tree (which still in the basement), cleaned out 2 closets and made these:

Sleigh with arrangement of greens and poinsettias:


Door decoration in copper and red:


 I painted and old table black and adhered a vintage tray on top:


I made "mini" bird's nest spoons:



I made 2 burlap banners for a friend's daughter's wedding, they will be carried by the bride's son, one down the aisle and the other on the way out of the church:


and I even found time to make 75 cake pops!


and so it's a new week….thank goodness!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Ugghhh - The first snowfall in CNY





All I can say is UUGGGHHHHH!

About 5 more months of this :-(

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Silver Ladle



I glued a bird's nest in the bowl of the ladle with some greens and pinecones - so simple and sweet!

I brought it to the gift shop and it sold the next day!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

This Was a First!

One of my good customers, Vicki from Kentucky, sent me this MacKenzie-Childs blue creamer and asked me to paint it in checks:


My first thought was "WHAT?", paint a real M-C to look like a real M-C?

I am always up for a challenge!

So, I disassembled it and primed the outside….


…and I pulled out my checked creamer for inspiration, and here they are:


Not too bad, huh?


I kept the inside in its original state, so she can use it as a vase for fresh flowers:


I have a few pieces of old yellow and blue enamelware - I just might do the same to my pieces!!


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