Wednesday, November 18, 2015

GIVING THANKS



It's probably one of the busiest times of year, preparing for Thanksgiving, making arrangements and plans for Christmas around the corner, shopping, planing, meal and merry making... and lots of unfinished projects hoping to get completed by Christmas. It's also the time of year that I make a myself a promise to lay down my brushes and paint, to say "yes" to somethings and "no" to a lot of things. I stop everything to pay more attention to my surroundings, to my family and my friends that are so important to me. To speak to neighbors and to "notice" the flood of blessings that cover me daily. I don't want to be too busy to "notice" and to say Thank you for what others do for me and how people care for me, even down to the mail person and the checker at the grocery store. It's important to me to stop and "notice" what a blessed life I have and those that help to make that possible.




If you are here, then you are my friend and/or you care what I have to say or share and for that, I "Thank You" for reading, for commenting, for being a part of a community that supports each other.



Thanksgiving will come and go quickly, but I will do all I can to slow it down, to enjoy it, to speak to friends, to give hugs, to share smiles, to be eternally grateful for this time and quiet reflective moments....before the rush of the Christmas holidays are full blown. 



 From my grateful heart to yours,
Kim~*


After Turkey... and  a NAP.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

RE-PURPOSE your VINTAGE ORNAMENTS




Years ago rummaging through antique shops, I came across a women who was moving out of her space that she rented in a little hidden treasure antique shop. She graciously told me to feel free to look at her items as she was packing them up. To the side I noticed a pile of what looked like paper and boxes that might be going to the trash and on top of the pile sat two card board boxes of vintage Christmas ornaments. She said they never sold, she had no use for them and for $4.00, the two boxes were mine. Some have been broken and just worse for wear, but the ones left have been calling me for a new life.
 They were old and faded and I could imagine that they were full of stories and memories. 




I didn't collect them, but I couldn't stand to see them thrown out. I have used them several times on my tree through the years and I have cherished them like old friends. 





This year I made the decision to permanently display them on a wreath that could be enjoyed every year regardless of the dressings of my tree.



 They were quite easy to make and when Christmas is over, I will tie a trash bag over them and hang them in my garage for safe keeping.


Not to jump ahead of Thanksgiving, which I absolutely love,.... but if you haven't noticed, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....  
 To be continued after Thanksgiving!
Kim~*

Sunday, November 1, 2015

MATCHBOOK SWAPS

 

Today I finished up matchbooks and have them all ready to mail out for some swaps I am participating in. 

They started out as blank matchbooks that you can order from Amazon in a box of 50.

The first thing I do is my backgrounds, then I go back and add images

 After the images, I paint the front bottom tab black to use as a background for writing or adding printed words. Then I add washi tape to the tops and the back. There are many ways to alter matchbooks, you just have to add your own style.

 

Matchbooks are fun to make and don't require a lot of time, unless you are making 50 of them. They are fun to trade with other artists and I especially love leaving them places around town and restaurants for others to enjoy. On the inside flap, I write my Etsy shop.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you didn't forget to set your clock back!
XO