Sunday, November 27, 2011

Building a garland

Mr. Limefreckle loves having a garland run up the staircase at Christmas. I don't know why, but the first thing he said to me this year, when pulling out all the Christmas decorations, was "is there going to be a garland in this house?". This is our first Christmas here, and we have the perfect staircase for it, so I agreed. Natural garland is great, but I like to put up our Christmas decor at the end of November, so if I want something to last the season, faux is the way to go. Unfortunately most faux garland that you find doesn't look very real. So I decided to spice it up a bit. Here's what you need:

a length of faux garland.  I prefer this  longer style needle (is this spruce?  I don't know) because it seems more natural looking,  but you can use the standard evergreen garland too.  Then you will  need:

 some natural looking pics.  I used seeded cedar and regular cedar.  Any natural looking combos will do, the more the merrier.  It all depends up your patience and time.....

Then, cut pieces from each pic like so:

then I wired pieces of the cedar onto the garland:

 I wired it on randomly, about a foot apart, but again, you can use as much or as little as you like.

this looks pretty as is, but I need to add more, because it IS Christmas after all, and as far as I'm concerned, more is MORE when it comes to Christmas!  So I added some of these:

these are some glittery leaf pics that I had laying around, I used to use them in our huge tree in our foyer at our old house (see THIS blog post for Christmas decor from our previous home)

We gave that tree away, it was too tall for this some of the pics have found a new home in my garland:

Now at this point, whatever is added to the garland just gets "stuck" in not permanently wired.  This way year after year, the base garland can stay the same, and I can add things as my colour choices change:

I  think some bows might be in order.  I found 2 rolls of gold ribbon in my stash, and had just enough to complete 5 bows......and decided to run the ends of the bow into the garland, but leaving it hanging would be pretty's  all a matter of your personal taste. If you like it, it's not wrong!

This is at the base of the staircase. I added some paper mache bells that have been in my family since I was a baby.....they've been spray painted gold, and worked perfectly here.

the upper stairway....just  noticed I left the bathroom and the linen closet doors open!  Well, just keeping it real here!  You should see the rest of the house right now!  It's like Christmas exploded!

Anyhoo, so it's looking pretty good, but needs SOMETHING I wired some ornaments together like so:

And we're done!  That only took most of the afternoon!  But it's a custom looking garland, that can be changed over the years.  Now, excuse me, I need to go start our miniature village, Limefreckle Jr. is getting anxious!  I think it's going to be a long night!  Christmas decorating takes a week or two around this house, but if you start in November, it all works out fine!

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Swarovski bracelet

I've been so busy loading my shops with jewelery, I haven't had time to create anything new. I am participating in a silent auction for Sick Kids hospital, so I decided something new was in order. I've listed this on Etsy and Artfire too!
There's nothing like the sparkle of Swarovski crystals!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cluster Earrings

You can find these in my Etsy or Artfire shop now!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Letter Art

I recently read this post at from Gardners 2 Bergers and was so inspired I decided to create something similar.  I used the tutorial from Stephanie @ great ideas and while I didn't make a collage, I used the letter art from Leo Reynolds here like Stephanie suggested, and this is what I made:

I found this frame at Zellers, (for any of our U.S friends, it's a store like Walmart or Target) but you basically just need any collage frame.  It took me awhile to find one with 5 openings.  I wanted to create the word "Smile" because I hung this on my wall of  mirrors....

I'm sorry these pictures aren't that clear, this house has so little natural light,  and these mirrors are in a little alcove off the mudroom, hard to position myself to get a good shot....but I think you get the picture.

I love this wall of our old house, it was in our bathroom and I loved it so much I had to move it with us!

Let me know what you think of the word art, and if you create something  similar, please let me know!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Earrings in my shop!

I've posted some new earrings to my Etsy shop please drop by and tell  me what you think!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creating a business

I've been so busy this week, photographing my jewelry, posting it on line, trying to learn SEO codes so that my pieces might be discovered by people searching for jewelry.

I've learned it's a very long and intensive process, running a small business is not for the weak of mind! But it's also been incredibly fullfilling, I'm having so much fun going through all the jewelry, thinking which pieces I want to continue making, which pieces I might retire for now. It's a process I've really been enjoying, I hope you enjoy looking at everything as much as I enjoy making it!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Updating my shops

Been so busy lately photographing my jewelry and updating my shops. Check me out at Etsy or Artfire and please, let me know what you think! Here's a sample:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Practicing my photography and editing skills

Limefreckle Jr. is off to his gym program this morning with a friend, so I get to stay home and play around with jewelery photography and editing....this is what I've come up with so far...

My New Blog layout!

I had Renee from Mulberry Designs design a new blog for me, along with my new business cards, shop headers and logo. What do you think? I love it! Now I need to get busy and photograph my jewelry so I can upload to Etsy and Artfire....I have a lot of work to do this weekend!