Monday, December 27, 2010
I love all the stamps, collage sheets and mixed media supplies offered by Alpha Stamps. They have such beautiful things! Now until January 2nd they're having a daily giveaway...so head on over and have a look around. All it takes to enter is a comment on their blog...good luck!
I haven't posted any of my Vintage Gluebook pages recently. This is one of my favorite go-to projects when I just want to have a little quiet fun for myself. Here are my Christmas pages I made while everyone was resting after our big Christmas dinner. What have you been working on this week?
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Lights please...."And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'"
"......That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
Today's beautiful beyond belief matchbox was made by Linda our gracious swap hostess. It has a gorgeous Nativity scene on the cover trimmed in gold foil. Inside, lying in the hay, snug under a small blanket adorned with the tiniest gold cross is Baby Jesus peacefully sleeping. I couldn't have hoped for a lovelier end to this wonderful month long joy fest! Thank you dear friend. I hope you know how much pleasure you've brought to all of us. Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Oh my...how did it get here so fast? Well, there are only two remaining matchboxes...this swap has been such fun. I've enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs, peeking inside your homes, listening to your stories and sharing the joys of the season. Thanks again go to sweet Linda for dreaming this up and making it possible for all of us to share this happy time. Today's matchbox is a sweet gem from Michelle of Wood and Fabric. She has transformed a matchbox into a small book with a vintage image and silver snowflake on the cover...so charming! Inside she's tucked a beautiful pair of pearl earrings. I love the vintage look of them. Thank you Michelle...this is such a special box!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Today's match box comes from Erica of Zunky Chic and it's just the cutest thing! There's a red polka dot background and the sweetest image of an angel with her arms around a dear little sheep! How did she know I'm a lambie lover? Isn't it fun to think that however random the process you still may receive the one thing that's perfect for you? From the polka dots to the little sheep...this box was made for me! Thank you Erica...I love it! Oops...I almost forgot to mention the wonderful little JOY ornament tucked inside...it's very cute and perfect for my tree. Just two more days...can you believe it!?
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We have blue skies today in the Pacific Northwest. The weather changes quickly here so I don't know how long this will last but it's always a pleasant surprise this time of year. I hope you're enjoying blue skies today too. My matchbox today is from Michele of Something Special and it's truly something special! Outside there's a vintage Santa trimmed in gold with a small white rose. And inside is the sweetest little scene with a small fawn walking on a cloud and looking up at a bright red star...it's magical! Thank you Michele for making me something special! Only a few more days to go...be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see the rest of today's matchboxes.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Today's lovely matchbox traveled all the way from England. Jan has dressed it up with patterned paper, a Christmas dove, some sweet yarn trim and a little red button. Inside is the prettiest pair of angel earrings. Thank you Jan...I love it! Be sure to visit Jan's blog and see all the snow she's having and stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see the rest of today's matchboxes. Linda's already sending out teasers for the next swap...sign-ups start in January...you won't want to miss it!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today's matchbox was made by Peace of The Art of Peace and it's just beautiful! It's covered with gold holly paper and has a lovely Madonna and Child image on the front. Inside is a button dangle...I love it! The sentiment on the matchbox is "blessings" and what a perfect reminder for me to think of all the blessings that have come my way this year...my family, my good health, a steady job and all of you, my wonderful art friends! I am truly blessed...I don't stop to realize and be thankful for that often enough. Thank you Peace for the gorgeous matchbox today. Have a wonderful day today!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today's gorgeous matchbox is from Valarie of Glittery Daze and Nights. I love the old sheet music, vintage Santa and tiny ivy vine she used around the bottom...so pretty. Tucked inside is another Santa...this time a shiny little ornament for my tree. Thank you Valarie...I love it! I hope you're enjoying this final Sunday before Christmas. We're heading to Tacoma today to see the Christmas Revels. This has been a tradition in our family for years dating back to when we used to live on the east coast and would go up to New York City to see it. The Christmas Revels is performed in many cities across the country each year and every year there's a different theme and location. This year it's a 19th century English celebration. The Revels celebrate the Christmas season in song, stories and dancing. It's a wonderful time...if you get the chance you should go experience it yourself! Whatever you're doing today...enjoy yourself!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
December 18th...one week until Christmas! I'm sure there will be lots of people out shopping today...me, I'm on my way to work! I work at our local blood center....if you have a few minutes this Christmas season and you're able, think about donating blood. Our blood supply is very short right now and it's a relatively simple way to give a life-saving gift! Today's matchbox comes from Christine of A Work in Progress and it's so cute! On the cover is a vintage spun cotton snowman wearing a jaunty top hat, a big red bow tie and carrying a chenille candy cane. Inside is another snowman...this time in the form of a sweet resin pendant necklace. I think I'll just wear this to work today...it will keep me smiling for sure! Thank you Christine...I love it! Be sure to stop in at A Swap for All Seasons to see all the rest of today's matchboxes. Have fun today!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Today's matchbox comes from Freda in Chicago. That's just one of the things I love about this swap...these little match boxes have come from places near and far. I've had one come from my own state and another come from as far away as the UK. Isn't it an amazing thing how the internet and our shared love for creating these little treasures has brought all of us together? I've really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs and reading your stories, sharing in your holiday preparations and learning a little about you. Thank you Linda for bringing all this about for us...it's more of a gift then you might know! Now, Freda's made such a pretty matchbox...it's covered in music paper with a Christmas greeting written on it. It's trimmed in sparkly silver tinsel and decorated with a silver star and ornament...so pretty! Inside is the sweetest shiny snowman ornament...perfect for my little tree. Thank you Freda...I love it! Be sure to check out the rest of the matchboxes at A Swap for All Seasons.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Today's matchbox is a delightful creation by Wendy of Bliss Angels and it is truly one blissful little matchbox! The cover is decorated with the sweetest Christmas tree fairy all decked out in green wings and star on her hat! It's just the most precious thing! And it get's even better...tucked inside is a little bird's nest charm. I love this little box...thank you Wendy! Only nine days left to this wonderful countdown to Christmas...be sure to stop in at A Swap for All Seasons to say hello to Linda and see the rest of the matchboxes!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
December 15th...how did that happen? Busy days for busy elves! But, let's stop and enjoy today's matchbox. This one is from Lizzi of Buttercrem n Roses. When you have time stop and spend a few minutes looking around Lizzi's blog...it's full of lovely things Lizzi's created. Her matchbox is a sweet one with a cute postage stamp inchie on the cover and an old milk bottle cap inside. I love it...thank you Lizzi! Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see the other matchboxes.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Hi everyone...today started out with pouring rain but it looks like the sun has finally come out for awhile. This is the last day of my 5 day mini vacation and it's so good to see the sun even temporarily! What's your weather doing? Today's matchbox is from Pam of Treasures-n-Textures and it's so sweet. The matchbox is covered in old sheet music, accented in red, trimmed in gold braid and sprinkled with sheer glitter. It's so sparkly. Inside there are three tiny candy canes (somehow only two made it into the photo) that will be perfect for my little tree. Thank you Pam...I love it! don't forget to take a look at all the rest of today's matchboxes...the links are at A Swap for All Seasons.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Day thirteen......can you believe there are only 12 more days until Christmas? Me neither! Q has been out of the country for the last week and arrived home this weekend. Luckily I had a few days off so the girls came home for the weekend, we went and picked out a tree, Katie made homemade eggnog and Christmas tree cakes and we had a wonderful time trimming the tree and spending time together. That's what it's all about isn't it? I simply love times like that! Today's matchbox comes from Sandi of Musings of Samiam. I love the pretty ribbon Sandi used to trim this box...it's full of presents. Tucked inside is a pair of Christmas tree earrings in the softest shade of green. I love these Sandi...thanks so much! If you'd like to see more of our little matchbox swap just head over to visit Linda at A Swap for All Seasons. See you tomorrow!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I received a package from Lenna of Creative Swaps full of delightful, colorful, arty mail! What fun this package was to open...as beautiful on the outside as the inside! In addition to the envelope Lenna created to return the swaps, I received envelopes from Sharon, Jo and Laura. Each one of these are just gorgeous...so unique and wonderful! Thank you ladies for sharing some of your art with me. And a big thank you to Lenna for hosting such a creative and fun swap! If you'd like to see more of the mail art envelpes you can visit the Creative Swaps blog and take a look!
Here is Laura's envelope:
And here is Sharon's:
Aren't these fun? Now...go jazz up your mail!
Well, it looks like my busy schedule got the best of me these last few days...all the elf work has put me behind with posting. So, today I have a trio of lovely matchboxes to share with you. Day 10 is from Marie of Spun by Me. This box is so cheerful with its green checked paper and "cheer" tag. Tucked inside is a beautiful bottlecap charm with a Christmas bird surrounded by glitter...so pretty... I love it Marie! Day 11 was created by my dear friend Grace. This is a gorgeous matchbox and if I didn't know better I'd think Grace made this one just for me...it's red and the image on the front is a little girl holding a doll...Grace knows I have a soft spot of old dolls! Inside is a stone pendant and one of Grace's beautiful inchies. Thank you Grace...I'll give you a hug in person on Monday! Day 12 was created by Nicole of Gibbys Girl. Her matchbox is accented with stars, snowflakes and pearls and inside is the sweetest little angel. I can't get over all the clever and creative treasures everyone is making to put in these matchboxes...it's been so much fun opening them each day! Be sure to check in with Linda at A Swap for all Seasons to see all the other matchboxes!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Today's matchbox was created by Becky. I've been lucky enough to be in several swaps with Becky through the Red Lead Group and I love what she creates...there's always something wry and whimsical about her art. Take a look at the sweet face on this matchbox and that darling little mitten...have you ever seen anything so charming. Being a knitter myself, I know what it takes to knit something this tiny! Thank you Becky...I adore it! Be sure to stop in and visit Linda at A Swap for All Seasons to take a look at the rest of the matchboxes.
The Altered Dominoes and Game Pieces Group on Flickr is a great place to play if you like to craft with vintage game pieces. Cindy, from Cindy is Crafty held a Christmas ornament swap this year. The only requirement was to use a game piece in your creation. I love to use old clay poker chips to make altered pendants so I decided to use some of them to create my ornament. So, here I've used an old poker chip, adorable Red Lead vintage Christmas images, some vintage wrapping paper for the rosettes and I attached it all to a glittery snowflake because you just have to have some glitter at Christmas! And of course, I couldn't resist a little Christmas cheer on the envelopes.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Today's matchbox comes from Hope in the UK. I love the green checked background and the glittery reindeer and Christmas tree...so sparkly and pretty! Inside is a sweet little snowman and snowflake charm...perfect to add to my Christmas charm bracelet. Thank you Hope...I love it! Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see the rest of today's matchboxes!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I dearly love waking up to a new little matchbox to open each morning but I think it's making December FLY by! Do you have all your decorating done? What about your Christmas shopping? Me neither! Ah well, all in good time. Today we have a delightful matchbox created by Jenny of The Red Bulletin Board. I love the larger size of her matchbox and it's decorated with the prettiest paper...it has a real retro feel. Tucked inside is a small glittery star...so pretty! Thank you Jenny...I love it!
Monday, December 6, 2010
I found these recently during a thrift store outing. I love these old Christmas postcards. Be sure to read the one from Edward to Frances...he tells her he hasn't had time to write a letter...he's been "as busy as an old hen with one chick." too funny...I guess even in 1924 the holidays were a busy time for everyone.
Can it really be Day 6 already? December is flying by isn't it? Today's matchbox was created by Shawnee. She's made an elegant little tuxedo box and included a sweet little crystal dangle inside. It's so pretty...thank you Shawnee! Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to see all the other matchboxes!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
For day #5 of the Countdown to Christmas Elena created this sweet little matchbox. On the cover is a silver Christmas tree topped off with a jeweled charm. Inside is a pretty wing charm and a message of hope. So pretty...thank you Elena! Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to visit all the other countdown bloggers.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Day four in the Countdown to Christmas Swap brings us this beautiful matchbox created by Kathy from Tennessee. The photo just doesn't do it justice...it's wrapped in old seam binding and shimmery fibers that the camera doesn't pick up. Inside is a beautiful Madonna and Child bottle cap magnet along with a hanging fabric ornament created from a vintage Christmas postage stamp and a tiny silver bauble. Every piece exquisite! Thank you Kathy! Be sure to stop by A Swap for All Seasons to check out all the other matchboxes!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Here's my Day 3 matchbox created by Sherry Edwards of Sherry's Simple blog It came all the way from England! This is such a pretty one...decorated with a tiny mitten and a beautiful postage stamp with a "Peace on Earth" cancellation. Inside is a gorgeous altered domino. Thank you Sherry...I love it! Be sure to visit A Swap for All Seasons to follow the links to all the all matchbox swappers. See you tomorrow!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
For her last collage challenge of the year Mary has given us some images that all of us who've been taking her classes know and love. The challenge is to use at least a piece of each of the images in any creation we like. Not having a lot of time today I decided to try a digital ATC using these images and bits of other papers Mary has given us in the past. Here's my atc and a look at the collage challenge images. If you'd like to download the full-size sheet and play along just visit Mary at her blog Green Paper.
Day 2 in A Swap for All Seasons' Countdown to Christmas Swap brings this wonderful matchbox created by Nancy of My Crafty Little Page. It's so pretty with all it's vintage Christmasy goodness! And I you know how I love old bingo numbers...not only is the cover decorated with one but Nancy made a beautiful bingo charm to enclose inside! I love it Nancy...thank you! Be sure to take a look at the A Swap for All Seasons blog to find links to all the other matchboxes!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Can you believe it's December already? I know I can't...this year has just flown by! Today is Day 1 in the Countdown to Christmas Matchbox Swap Blog-along. My first matchbox was made by Michele Gibson and it's so sweet! Inside is the prettiest vintage button ring...I love it! thank you Michele! If you'd like to take a look at all the other Day 1 matchboxes head on over to A Swap for All Seasons. See you tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, December first is almost here! Tomorrow everyone who participated in A Swap for All Seasons Christmas Matchbox Swap will begin opening all those little boxes. My matchboxes arrived about a week ago...I can't wait for the fun to begin! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the first box and stop in at A Swap for All Seasons to find links to everyone in the blog-along.
Lat year I decorated some empty tin cans, filled them with stones and a large paper white bulb and gave them to friends at Christmas. This one was leftover so I kept this one for myself. After it bloomed I kept it on the kitchen counter behind the sink with some potted plants. Basically, I ignored the little spent bulb all year content to enjoy looking at the pretty bird now and then. Last week when I was giving the kitchen counters a pre-Thanksgiving wipe down I was going to throw out the old bulb and plant a new one when lo and behold I noticed a tiny bright green shoot peeking out from the old brown stem. My little bulb was coming back! I couldn't believe it...I hadn't added water to it in a year and here it was struggling to grow! I added some water to the bottom of the can and just look at it...it shot up this much in less than a week!
"It is not more surprising to be born once twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection." Voltaire