Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like . . .

CHRISTMAS!!  Boy, is it ever sneaking up on me fast . . . where did the fall go?!?

Good news and bad news:

NO, I don't have my tree up, presents bought, or decorations beautifying my home yet.  But YES! I get to see my daughter in just 10 days!  Not having her home at Thanksgiving was hard on all of us, so we are really excited for Christmas to have her home from her first semester far away at college. YAY!

I've been working on a few things in the meantime.  First of all, our annual Holiday Bazaar was again lots of FUN, lots of WORK, and gave me some Christmas spending moolah.  I sold almost everything I had, and the few things left went in my Etsy shop (just yesterday...it takes me so long to list stuff).  I'm doing a different version of my soldered shadowboxes, with weathered old watch faces, bits of Scripture from a vintage Bible, and crosses:

Available HERE just in time for Holiday Gift-Giving :-) !

 I still have a few more of those to list.  Need some good sunlight for photos...been waiting for that for a while!  Also I'm finally doing something I've been meaning to do for quite some time now: making miniature prints of my angel paintings for my pendants:

Available in the shop HERE

So far, I've used just two of my angels for the necklaces, but eventually want to have lots more with many more of my paintings represented.  I added a touch of real gold leaf (talk about holding on to stuff forever: I saved up for the gold leafing kit back in 1968 when I was in junior high!  I've been a serious crafter forEVER!!) to the halo:

The gold leaf really catches the light when the angle is just right. Love that stuff! And love how it looks 'crumbly'!

I also participated in a holiday tag swap over at BlissfulARTswaps.  I did a little snow angel, with LOTS of glitter (I'll be vacuuming that up forever :-)):

Trust me... my carpets SPARKLE!!