The candy at left is from Target, bought it just because I loved the colors and thought it would be the perfect decor to get me through fall. Much cheaper than flowers for a month. When I was checking out, the lady ringing me up told me that they might not taste good, when I told her that I didn't care, I was just using them for the color, she thought I was nuts. Of course she did. Well, she can just get in line behind all the others, ha ha. Aren't they pretty? The glass candy jar is a new reproduction. I think maybe by Two's Company? Not sure. I long for a few old ones, but they are really expensive at flea markets. Behind the candy jar is one of my favorite buys ever...the ironstone cake pedestal. Love it, chip and all. Can not believe that I really thought long and hard about buying it years ago for something like $35.00 (!!!). I have seen them go for $500.00 on ebay, but of course, that's in perfect condition. Martha did have a reproduction ironstone cake pedestal for sale at KMart a couple years ago, not sure if she still does, in case your interested.
It was also my dear friend Kathy's birthday recently. I gave up holding on to her gift until I treat her to lunch or dinner, because our schedules have been so off, and gave her this until then. It's another cookie tray magnet calendar for October countdown. Lots of you have asked about these from the previous post about them. Let me just reiterate that I copied Teresa McFayden who made these for Christmas last year. You can see them in her November archives. Also, a woman named Jennifer Duncan has an article in the current Sommerset Home magazine where she too was inspired by Teresa's advent calendars to make a perpetual calendar, and even gives you premade months in the magazine if you want to make your own.
As I said the last time I made these, my favorite part is the numbers. So fun. The gloss you see in the above photo is Diamond Glaze (I think you can get it at Stampington.com or maybe even Micheal's). Love the finishing touch it adds while protecting the paper numbers.
Speaking of Teresa, I recently bought her Paperbella kit (Bellaween), to make with my daughter, Ali. But Ali's been to busy with homework and soccer and gave me the thumbs up to get started on some of the projects. Here's Jack!!!
Don't you love him? I changed a few things a tiny bit (because I lost my marabou pom pom!!! HOW? Oh yeah, because everything is everywhere, that's how!) And I put brads in some of his joints so
I the kids, can move him about. The kit includes enough extra glitter that I covered the little star he holds in it. The bad news is that she sold out of these kits in a flash, the good news is that she is coming out with a friend for Jack in a second Bellaween kit next week. Can't wait!!
This paper star was also part of the first Bellaween kit. Fun and easy to do with the kids, although I couldn't stop myself from doing it alone. I love making holiday decorations for my family to have for years to come. I guess it is because it is what I yearn to have myself. I have a few things that my Mom made, and treasure them each year when they are unwrapped at Christmas. I want to leave lots and lots of things for my children and grandchildren. Maybe someone will love vintage things, and by then, they'll be really vintage, even if made with new scrapbook paper now. With all this in mind, I try to always remember to sign what I make, and have the kids sign it if they make it. Just a simple note like this so they'll always know I was thinking of them.
Over the weekend Ali and I did get to craft a little, she started decoupaging buckets to give to her friends as "boos", secret presents left at the doorstep near Halloween. Of course, I had to make one.
In the Bellaween kit, you make something similar using empty food cans. I used buckets from a few years ago. My friend Kathy and I used to have little 'bucket parties" where ladies would come over and learn how to make these, playing creatively with a group a friends. We still had some buckets left over, so inspired by the Bellaween kit, out they came. ( I think we bought them from a paint store for there smooth surfaces.) Yep, it's the same Kathy who just had her birthday, and the same one that does the wallpaper packs with me. (Yes, we're going to do some more of those someday soon!) And the same Kathy that I'm co-hosting the appetizer portion of a progressive dinner in honor of a neighbor friend tonight. Inspired by an article in Blueprint Magazine, we are having a little wine tasting challenge. The birthday boy is a gourmet and is quite fond of fine wine, so we thought it perfect. We are going to see if people can recognize what type of white or red they are tasting, be it Chardonnay or Fume Blanc or ... should be fun, (I bet the wine connoisseurs get lots wrong) the winner gets a prize.
So, that's what I've been doing. How about you? I leave tomorrow am for a fun little creative adventure, I'll be back midweek with photos and stories to tell. Have a great weekend!