Monday, October 19, 2009

At the Last Retreat...


Well, not the LAST retreat, but the one we last had at the beginning of this month..

I made 20 Christmas ornaments. Sure, it's only October, but when we woke up that Saturday, there was 3-4" of snow on the ground and covering the cars! So, Christmas ornaments it was!!!



This was my "station". What a mess, huh? But, I played here for four days. Made a mess. Tidied up. Made
another mess. And so on, and so on. You get the picture.


I wasn't the only mess-maker though. Kay quilted - to my right. Judy sewed and cut out lots with her Cricut - across from Kay. And Janice - well, Janice did LOTS of things. - SHOPPED AND SHOPPED AND SHOPPED at the local quilt store, made a complete wedding scrapbook for her co-worker, scrapbooked, sewed, ironed, etc....



So, here is a photo of my new entry way ceiling. It's tongue and groove pine planks. Off the subject? Well, NO.


These are the little end cuts from when I installed the ceiling. Cute, don't ya think?

If you remember, last year, I made Christmas ornaments out of scraps. I have a ton!

So, I packed up a handful and took them with me. Along with an assortment of holiday paper, stamps, buttons, paint, Mod Podge, ribbon, etc...



Christmas Joy.

Warm Holiday Wishes.
Crinkle-torn-stamped tissue paper.


A Warm & Friendly Wish for a
Very Happy Holiday!


I Believe in Santa.
(The "dark" metal charm reads - Believe)


Merry Christmas.
Crackle finish Vintage Ad paper.



Love Stamp.
Crackle finish Teddy Bear stamp.


Naughty or Nice? Yes....
A favorite re-make from last year.


I Believe in Angels.
Lots of glass glitter, buttons, and fiber.


A Holiday Classic - Don't Peek til Xmas.


Let it SNOW!
In classic black and cream.


Who doesn't love a Snowman?
'Tis the Season.
Glass Glitter. Looks just like a sugar cookie.


Tinker Toys!!! Just what I wanted!
Crackle Finish vintage Ad paper.


Believe in Christmas Magic.


Dear Santa, I WANT.
Oh, come on. What else? Isn't that what all letters to Santa begin with???


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more Beautiful.


Star Light, Star Bright -
A Wish for Peace on Earth Tonight.
Layered paper stars.


Christmas Cheer.
Another crackle finish .2 cent stamp.


Happy Holidays.
December 25 Postcard.
Crackle finish tree stamp.


Last but not least -
SNOW!

That's it so far. I still need to drill the holes for the ribbon hangers (thus the "blank" areas at the top of each ornament), but wanted to share.....Maybe a bit prematurely, but ... oh well.

I've been asked by more than a few people if these are for another swap. Not this year. I'll be keeping these for the family tree.

You see, I swapped last year in an online ornament exchange and was less than thrilled with the majority of what I received. Granted, it's the thought that counts. But let's be honest here - it is my blog after all - with all the talent and great ideas I always see out there in blog land, and man-o-man there is talent galore, I truly did not expect to get a 1" styrofoam ball covered in dollar-store glitter with raw wood toothpicks poked in them, or a knotted (not knitted or crocheted, mind you) piece of yarn on a hook, or a bell cut out of waxxed paper - and only waxxed paper. Can anyone say...KINDERGARTEN?

I should have learned my lesson from a few years back when I did a 50 holiday card swap. Oh well....I'm still hopeful, I guess....I still have visions of opening a swap-box and being excited!!! Has any body else out there  been bummed-out by an exchange? Or is it just me???

Happy Monday!


*** Updated on 11_09_2009 Just linked up to "I Can Make That" Party.











8 comments:

Julie said...

Hi,
Found your blog at Just A Girl party. I love your ornaments. I may "steal" a few!!!

Sunny Tuesday said...

I've been in a swap where I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in what I got. However, the past two swaps I was in, I was completely blown away by what I received and what some of the other people sent. Christine at A Work in Progress http://ipokedabadgerwithaspoon.blogspot.com/ hosts some pretty great swaps with pretty talented crafters. You should see the album I got in the Trick or Treat Swap!

patinamarie said...

Julie - Feel free to "steal" away. Nothing in this world is truly original anyway - right? Like I said in the post though, they aren't quite finished. I still need to add the hangers!!!

Sunny Tuesday - I'd love to get in on a GOOD swap! I'll go check out the link. I'd also love to see the Trick or Treat album. Feel free to email me pics

patinamarie@gmail.com

Sandy said...

My goodness but you've been busy.Can't decide which one I should copy before I break out and create with new ideas.

patinamarie said...

Sandy -

Oh, what the heck, it's cold out! Stay and play indoors and copy them all!!!

Then, break out and create with new ideas...Then, send me yours so I can copy!!!! hee hee

Gotta love blogland.

Tina

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Love your ornaments, what a great way to use up wood scraps.
I was once in on a swap where I sent out a great package and got NOTHING. I guess they're risky, huh?

Kasey Hunt said...

Great idea. Haven't seen this before. Very clever!!

Robin said...

I found your blog thru Just a Girl party and those ornaments are way too cute!!!! I feel the same way about swaps. I have only been in a few and most I've been pleased with what I received but a couple were almost embarrasing to even open. I know it's the thought also but geez...some people just shouldn't even sign up. I've been burned more than once too on not receiving anything at all and no email/note, etc...it's like they fell of the earth.........I've learned my lesson, prob won't participate in anymore. :-(
robinpich.blogspot.com

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