Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I'm taking a bit of a break from blogging and such for the next couple of weeks. I hope you share a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends and I'll see you in 2014!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A few holiday images from The Garden Shed

...instant downloads that are lovely for do-it-yourself gift tags, Christmas photo cards and holiday memories~ come see!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

First Snow

We had our first snow this week and it was simply lovely!


Friday, November 29, 2013

How did I ever do this before?

Pass me those red earrings.

This one is going to France.

I'll check for more packing tape.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Visions of Sugar Plums...

...danced in their heads!
Colorful 'sugared' textured acrylic reminds me of mouth-watering candy!
Available in earrings and necklaces, they make a yummy gift for your sweet-heart!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Holiday Table ~ Rustic Handmade Elegance in Red, White and Black

  ~ Some more ideas for setting your table for Christmas dinner, a holiday brunch or winter get-together -
start with fabulous red dishes! 
 I found these in the sale section at the supermarket a couple of years ago.  They were a great deal and are so pretty on the table! 
Choosing a theme or colors will help organize you and tie your decorations together making your table the talk of the party! Pick something you love or already have pieces on hand to use - this should be fun to prepare! I never throw out anything I think I might use on a table and am always picking up little bits and pieces on sale.  Just this week, I found four wooden 3D snowflake ornaments, three aqua blue and one pale golden yellow - I just know they will find a place on one of my tables in the near future!

For this table (and party), I found the most gorgeous heavy cotton fabrics in patterns of fresh red and white - they have an almost Scandinavian flair. I designed three patterns for ornaments, one each for a heart, dove and skinny evergreen. Handsewn and decorated with snowflake cutouts and stamped initial charms, they are a charming personalized party favor as well as pretty decoration for the table!
I usually set the table in layers. Here, a Christmas red tablecloth is the base.  Brown kraft paper comes next - it's great for sharing an inspiring quote, having guests sign or leave a message as a souvenir of our dinner or a canvas of entertainment for the kids to draw and color.  I use this a lot! Wide ribbon or wrapping paper runners are a colorful, easy and inexpensive way to add a third layer of interest. This sparkly red and white striped ribbon was in a gift wrap basket at the grocery store (and will reappear this season somewhere else!).

Black felt snowflake place mats anchor the centerpiece of the table. A mix of ornaments, candles, branches, holiday napkins, white candles and a sprinkling of silver glitter finish it off!

Let's Eat!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas at the Market, November 14 & 15

Join us in Fredericton
this Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15
 for a show and sale
of beautiful local and New Brunswick
Arts and Crafts!
Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fabulous Stocking Stuffers for Your Guy!
Check out these great Stocking Stuffers from the Artisan's Collaborative
for the man in your life!
1.  Chunky Cowl from Little Shop of Crochets, $20
2.  Fire Plane Photograph from Bleu Oiseau, $34
3.  So It Goes, Typography Print from Islays Terrace, $12
4.  Italian Silk Tie from MeshuMaSH, $18
5.  Retro Pep Band Tee from Dotto, $10
Click on the main photo to see all our shops' gifts for Him!
Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Table Setting and Friends for Brunch

 Saturday dawned sunny and bright and a perfect November day for a brunch for friends! We have a long and deep history and I just love preparing the table for these wonderful women.  I thought I would share the décor for this early November morning!
 Felted acorn ornaments are a charming favor to remind us of delightful day!
Meaningful words help us find our spots.

 The colors outside are carried in to the table linens and centerpieces.
...a hint of red for the holidays to come!

  Our kitty swatted these acorns all over the dining room while I was creating the centerpiece!


I had a delicious day! Thank you, my friends!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Uniquely Personal Earrings for that Special Holiday Gift!

Personal and inspiring, metalwork, paper and glass earrings and pendant necklaces are a unique gift made just for her.  Their individual themes will speak to her passions and interests - the photographer, traveller, beach lover, gardener, philosopher, seamstress, recycler, earth lover, teacher or graduate!
 Each pair is carefully and entirely fabricated by hand in my little home studio using copper, sterling and fine silver.
Earrings will be packaged on the cards shown in these sweet little silver metal tins tied with a pretty ribbon - entirely ready for gift giving!
Have a special request? Drop me a note through my Etsy shop and I'll do my best to help!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Holiday Orders Updates!

I've had a couple of inquiries and wanted to let everyone know the 2013 HOLIDAY SHIPPING DATES suggested by Canada Post!
Check out the details here:

Also, my last order dates for Custom or Made to Order HOLIDAY ITEMS by location are:
* Australia, New Zealand, Europe and International Destinations: NOVEMBER 15
* United States: NOVEMBER 22
* Canada: NOVEMBER 25

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Holiday Lights...

...yes, BEFORE Halloween!
I love decorating for the holidays! Lighting the house and yard is one of my favorite things.  As I'm hanging the lights, I can see the night of the first snow lightly falling, gently illuminated by the sparkling white lights against fresh magical!
A little story unfolds inviting you in from the beginning of our driveway where an Austrian Pine is draped with strands of tiny white lights.  Two shingled posts are wrapped with lights and hung with simple evergreen wreaths.  Two large and simple rusty iron stars are spotlighted on the lawn that leads you to our yard.  All the flower boxes on the house, garage and garden shed are filled with evergreen boughs - fresh pine and spruce cut from our own trees.  More lights beckon you to come have a peek!
 Our house welcomes you with large tin containers filled with boughs, an evergreen tree draped in lights and pinecones, more wreaths and a festive holiday mat at the door. The story says we are glad to have you here!
 I know it's only October but Sunday dawned sunny and mild, a perfect day for a walk in the woods and some tree trimming in the yard.  Our huge pines needed a haircut which resulted in a pile of boughs just begging for a holiday home.  So...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ethel @ Work...

 I'm pretty sure I caught her on a break.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Artisan's Collaborative Counts Down to Halloween!

The Artisan's Collaborative, a new team on Etsy, is dedicated to bringing you the most fabulous in handmade and vintage living! We're counting down to Halloween and I'd like to share a few of their gorgeous creations! Boo!!!
1.  Black and White Urban Decay by TheShutterbugEye
2.  Folk Art Bone Sculpture by 86home
3.  Vintage Wooden Spools by gardenofsimples
4. Men's Silver Bracelet by theBeadAerie
5.  Dandelion Fluff Silk Scarf by klaradar
6. Organza Flower Barrette by Joliejye

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bloomers Earrings are NEW!!

Bright and beautifully fun Bloomers statement earrings are now available on my trapeze earwires! I love these
unique lampwork
beads - spots, dots,
waves of happy color - perfect for the wild woman in your life!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013