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I was pleasantly surprised to find one of my collage sheets in this great treasury "Sweetest Taboos" that was curated by fellow Maine Team member SuzeesJubiless!
Thank you Susan for including my "Sexy Stockings" collage sheet!
And because this treasury is part of the new Treasury East, if you are inclined to, you can click and leave a comment! Here's the link:
I was pretty excited when I had my poster sketch completed and lucked upon an opening in the Main Treasury on Etsy yesterday. I usually miss them OR do something silly like refresh the page at the wrong time because I think I've done something wrong. Anyway, patience paid off!
Here's my interpretation of "Will You Be My VALENTINE?" featuring lovely items from the Etsy Maine Team:
Shops featured are as follows:
moondogfarm - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37718625
quenchmetalworks - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37959093
autumnslings - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20164259
woodponddesigns - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36418484
willowandme - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31260088
oliodesigns - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37402994
ajoyfullife - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38516334
appletreejewelry - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20253857
adroitsupplies - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37698358
Guest blog post by Peggy of TreasureScents and fellow Etsy Maine Team member!
Recently I purchased some vintage Valentine postcard images from my friend Casie at Vintage Image Madness. I wanted to create a old time romantic keepsake that could be used as a card, a tag or an ornament and have a place for the giver to leave their heartfelt sentiment. After making some keepsake cards to sell in my Treasurescents shop, I decided to come up with a tutorial outlining my process.
List of Supplies
- an image printed on card stock - this one measures 2 1/2" x 4"
- a piece of coordinating card stock the same size as your image
- coordinating felted wool or felt - 2 pieces, each 1" larger than image these measure 3 1/2" x 5"
- a 6" piece of coordinating ribbon
- markers or stamps for sentiment card details
- coordinating thread
- cutting utensils -rotary cutter, scissors, pinking shears, etc. whatever you prefer
- sewing machine - a simple straight stitch will do
After you have all your materials ready, begin by adding a decorative edge to your image and fabrics. I've used pinking shears for this step read more »
I love Christmas Eve. It’s a relaxing night (well, compared to the chaos of tomorrow morning) and offers a little time to reflect while the little one is asleep. He’ll be jumping on our bed at the crack of dawn (or earlier), so now’s my time.
Collage by Lise Kirk, thank you for sharing with me!
We usually have a simple dinner in the evening. This year we'll be having filet mignon, baked potatoes and an easy vegetable, like carrots. It seems to be different each year but always an easy to prepare meal. I hope one year will be the start of a new tradition with dinner Christmas Eve but while Andrew is still young, this is what we do for now.
After dinner, we get the cookies and milk ready for Santa. And of course, carrot sticks for the reindeer. I never get tired of seeing the look on the his face when he sees they gobbled up their snacks. Funny thing is, he often checks the treat dishes before he even looks at the presents. (Okay that last part was my hopeful imagination! I can't really expect much to hold his 4 year old interest more than all the presents under the tree yet!) read more »
I’ve always been one to get my Christmas shopping done ahead of time. And, then I'm always still shopping right up til the last minute! It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until it’s really time. I got a good chuckle when I was in a grocery line earlier this month and the cashier told me (it was DECEMBER 4!!!), “I’m going to finish my last-minute Christmas shopping tomorrow.”
Well, I guess because in the commercial world Christmas starts well before November even starts, December 4 can seem like last minute. Of course, if you wait until the TRUE last minute and hit the shopping mall, you’re probably headed for some aggravation and disappointment.
(Collage by Lise Kirk - Thank you for sending to me!)
However, if you use some of my tips below, last-minute shopping can be much more pleasurable and the recipients of your gifts will probably pretty happy too. read more »
I’m looking forward to sharing with you a few thoughts over the Christmas holiday. I welcome your comments and ideas. I love this time of year and hearing about other people’s ideas and traditions.
So let’s get to the heart of the matter here. Christmas is in 3 days (two if you celebrate on Christmas Eve!), so dinner’s gotta get get done. Everyone thinks of the traditional ham or turkey with all the trimmings as the must-have meal, but it’s a lot of work.
You can still have a delicious meal without slaving away all day. Really!
- Don’t have a lot of guests? Try oven-roasting a whole chicken or even chicken pieces.
- Take a walk on the wild side with a crockpot recipe the family loves. Even a pot roast can be cooked with a Christmas flair by topping the roast with cranberry sauce. Yes, cook the roast with the cranberry sauce on top and sprinkle a little onion soup mix for extra flavor.
- What about a Christmas pizza? A simple idea that can get the family involved. Choose a Christmas-themed pan shape (Christmas tree, bell, etc.) and go for it.
This year we are having a breakfast pizza Christmas morning - it's easy, hot and very ham and cheesy. We love it!
If You’re Still Making The Big Turkey or Even a Ham: read more »
If you'd like to read more about the process that Frieda went through to put this piece together, visit her blog - http://friedaquilter.blogspot.com/2009/10/vintage-image-madness-calendar.html
Interestingly, this is the 3rd year that Frieda has participated in our calendar project! Check out the previous two years submissions along with the link to her post about it on her blog!
Hats have been popular from the earliest of days of fashion, tracing back before the Egyptians,
but the role of the hat in fashion never became as noticeably apparent as during the Victorian
and Edwardian era.
About 1870, Victorian fashion dictated the dress of the day. Long hair was seen as improper in public.
To rectify this, only tightly wound to the head so as to not be noticeable to the opposite sex and giving
the "wrong" impression. Hats were designed to hide the hair and draw attention away from the body towards the face. Hair showing under one's hat diminished the sweet, pure attitudes the Victorians desired, especially for their daughters. Parents could not secure the "right" husband for their daughters
without the proper look. read more »
To play, you must have an Etsy account...and some free time! That's it! Go through the following list of 25 Etsy Maine Team shops and look for this ghost hidden in a listing*:
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A Halloween Journal created by Sheila Rumney! You can see her blog here - http://blessedanddistressed.blogspot.com/
A couple of weeks ago Sheila purchased a couple of Halloween collage sheets from my Etsy shop (http://vintageimagemadness.etsy.com) for a project she was working on! Little did I know that those images would turn into this gorgeous Halloween Journal! You can read more about the journal on her blog here - http://blessedanddistressed.blogspot.com/2009/09/carving-out-halloween-m...
Here are the gorgeous pictures of the journal and all the pages! Thank you for sharing Sheila!