Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Past

I was packing up all the ornaments, Christmas decorations and items in the store today. Putting some away and donating others. I was sad the season was over and instead of ending with a bang, it ended with a thud. The bad weather over the weekend kept people away along with the ailing economy and the customers tendency to just head to a mall and not shop locally. I was sad. So many nice things that I worked extremely hard on, never found a home. I worked hard on the new ornaments and plaques--trying new things and ideas suggested by customers. They were never seen. I know I have no control over the weather or the lack of snow plowing along the street in front of the store but it still was quite bittersweet. Here's to a new year. I am turning my thoughts towards hearts, bunnies and easter eggs. Getting ready for Valentines Day and Easter. Happy New Year to all.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

May Christmas bring a merry heart

milk can

I did this great milk can for a customer that I have known for quite awhile. I thought it was a great idea she had and I like how it came out. I think I will be looking for some more so that I can do them for the store.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Wayne Valley Dec 14

Well it was the last show of the 2008 season. Everyone is usually in a happy mood but this year the other crafters were quite somber. The season had been disappointing for most. We all said our good-byes and for some people it was going to be their final show. It was a tough year. But we were happy to still be working and meeting people and getting through this turmoil of a year. We have made alot of close friends with the other dealers. We have become a family and it is hard to see some people discouraged and struggling. We hope everyone has a better 2009 and that the worst is behind us.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Greetings

A Christmas Wish For All

buffet makeover

I did this great little buffet for a customer who redid her kitchen and wanted to add this color to it. When we delivered it, it fit perfectly and the color looked beautiful in the room. She has a great eye for color. I loved the whole look.

more gingerbread

I did these great china pieces with gingerbread men. Their faces came out great. I used the enamel paint and then baked them in the oven so that the paint would be permanent. They can be handwashed. Their faces look beautiful even after baking.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Blessings

gingerbread ornaments

Love doing Gingerbread men this year. I just finished alot of ceramic with gingerbread on them and I also completed all these ornaments with gingerbread men. My new fave. Their faces all have different personalities.

dresser makeover

We did this great old mahogany dresser for someone who had purchased a piece from us previously and wanted another piece to match. It is roomy and well made and beautiful.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I have been doing this great childrens chairs for Christmas. I love to do the girly ones. People like them for presents this time of year.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Paramus HS

We did a Christmas show in Paramus HS on Nov 30. We had alot of doll furniture with us. We have this new Laura Ashley fabric that I love that I put on the beds and Kitchen table sets. It was a good show. A little quiet. The weather was against us. As we packed in the morning, the snow was coming down heavy (around 6am). As it grew nearer to 9am, it was an icy, pelting rain. I think that may have kept customers away. As we packed up at night, it was a cold, driving rain. We were soaked. All in all, it was good to see and talk to everyone.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

room for 3

Look at this bed! It is a bunk bed with a pull out trundle. We have handmade mattresses for all three so that an extra doll can sleep in the trundle bed. We also made 2 bedspreads and pillows and I handpainted pretty flowers to match the bedding. Just for the doll lover!

personal gifts

I did these great porcelain boxes and hand mirrors for Christmas and I can make them to order according to what type of colors you like and then add a name. I love the way they came out.


Laura Ashley Beds

I found this great fabric with pastels and then one with little rosebuds. I did 3 beds white and then made spreads and pillows out of the fabric. They are very pretty. One of my favorite.

Doll Kitchen sets

I painted these great little kitchen table sets for dolls and made tablecloths out of Laura Ashley fabric. They are very girly. I love them! I then did little tea sets to match. They are, of course, Pink.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Demonstration Wayne Hills

I have this great old student desk. All wood and in great shape structurally. We painted this as a demonstration in Wayne. It is great to talk to the people about old furniture and painting while I am at a show. I enjoy it. We did it a creamy white and added black cherry roses. It was fun. Hope to demonstrate next week in Paramus.