Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
   The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Just had to write the date again  because it's so great! Doesn't happen very often!
Finished with all my Christmas Sales and hopefully I'm gonna start baking soon wish I had some Elves of my own to help me get it all done." Heh Santa Send Me Down a Few Helpers"..."Please"....
I ran outside to take a quick picture and share that it's snowing here at Lake Tahoe. Brrrrr!
 "It's getting a little bit like Christmas"
Added some Adorable Vintage Trinkets to my Etsy Shoppe today
thought I'd give you all a looksie
Mosey on by for a little visit when you get a chance....
Now start wrapping those presents...and have an Egg Nog for me!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dreaming Paris

Alright already, I'm sleeping on the job again...
The Holiday's are upon us but I'm still thinking it may be time for a trip to?
Ho Hum, Dream On Little Girl that's not happening, but in the meantime
I take myself to foreign places in my work...
Here's a new little French use of enamel work I just came up with
au revoir..

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

End of November...Whew!

Where did this month go....I know I have been exceptionally busy but it just FLEW BY TOO FAST....
I did find time to participate in a few wonderful faires...Just finished the Valhalla Christmas Faire and with the help of my handy dandy husband it was 3 days of fun and laughter. I was joined by my daughter in law ~ Elissa and grandson ~ Tor who helped make the joy of this Holiday Tradition even more special.

I also found time to add a few more items to my Etsy Shoppe...
Heres's just a few of them

Come by and take a peek...
BEE Happy

Friday, November 16, 2012

Lake Tahoe Christmas Faire

Well it's that time of year where frantic preparedness
for the Holidays begins...
Take a deep breath, relax and know that the
event of the year is right around the corner.
Please join me at Historic Valhalla Holiday Faire for a
Shopping Extravaganza!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Buy Local Marketplace

is hosting an event this 
Saturday ~ November 3rd, 2012
 at the beautiful
Harrah's Auto Museum
I will be participating and thought I would
invite everyone to come and enjoy the
Beginning of  the Season
 Holiday Festivities
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

From My Friendly "Bat Boy" To Yours.....
Have a "SWEET" and "SPOOKY" Day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fall Spectacular

My yearly Fall Hermitage is a 30 minute drive to
Hope Valley ~ California
where the colors of trees are in full readiness
for the approaching winter...
Thought I'd share a few of my favorite pictures...
~ A charming old cabin sits surrounded
by the changing environment ~
~ A closer view ~
~ West Fork of the Carson River ~
~ This is what Life is all about ~
Take a moment for yourself today
...Hope you enjoyed...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Retro French Enameled Tags

How cute is this collection of
Handcrafted Altered French Tags
These separate listings each include
 one 1/2 yds of Scrunched Black Ribbon
for your creative enjoyment...
Decorate a gift, Hang from Dresser, Around a container,
use in your Boudoir or garden....
Lets get Shabby Cottage French!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Distressed Metal Rimmed Tags

I just added these Altered Tags to my shoppe at Etsy
and I'm getting a great response so I thought I'd share the process.
 They're useful for Gifts, Price Tags, Scrapbooking, Labeling,
 any artistic idea you may have.
  I didn't take step by step pictures,
 BUT...I am including the instructions if you'd like to try making yourself.
First a pic of the "Frenchie" ones
that are too cute for words!
These are ready to create your own designs with...
There are many ways, and materials you can use in making these,
this is just how and what I used....
Metal Rimmed Tags ( size you like), Hot Water, Bowl, 12 Regular Tea Bags, 1/4 c  Espresso Coffee, 1 tsp Vanilla,
Slotted Spoon, Cookie Sheet Lined with Parchment Paper, Paper Towel 
Turn oven on to 225 degrees
Take strings from tags off if you don't want to dye them. (If you take off   you can always add your own touches with twine, ribbon, or string later).
Pour 6 cups hot water into bowl, add 12 tea bags, let seep about 5 minutes.
Add metal tags leave in a few minutes (careful~Not too long or paper will separate from metal rim) 
Remove with slotted spoon to drain, place on parchment lined cookie sheet
Gently dab excess from tag with paper towel
Add vanilla (this helps with the strong smell of coffee) to coffee, drop a few drops of coffee onto wet tags (this will add visual texture)
Tags will dry lighter than wet but don't over due process, you can always make darker again later if needed, with adding just a few drops of coffee to dried ones.
Put tags into oven for 5 minutes, turn over tags and cook another 5 minutes.
Ovens vary so dry just long enough to feel dry to touch...
Don't  scorch them!
Let them cool and they're ready to use... 
Now, if you'd rather not make them yourself
 visit the links to my Etsy Shoppe below the pics....
Time to have some fun... 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vintage Wooden Textile Bobbins

I love the history of these old bobbins which
 were used to spin Wool or Cotton in Textile Mills
during the 1940's~Northeast, U.S.
Finding new uses for my collectibles
 always puts a smile on my face.
Here's a few of mine
I wrap my ribbon, lace, embroidery thread, twine and
yarn around and display in an old tin when I'm not using.
There are endless amounts of ideas
 for repurposing them...
Handles on clocks, furniture spools,
spelling out names on wood plaques,
yarn shop displays, the list goes on.
 I've been asked, by people and friends,
 where to find these unique little historic gems...
so....I decided to share some of my
collection at my Etsy Shoppe...
Find a new use and share!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Shabby Chic Candles

French Script Hand~Stamped Candles
and a wood vessel to hold these little beauties
have been added to my Etsy Shoppe today...
Come by and take a gander....

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Reinvented Matchboxes

Just made up these cute little
 "Multi-Purpose" Matchboxes
and love them...
 They can be used as a...
 ~Mini Card~
or a
 ~Vessel for Matches~

You can find these at my Etsy Shoppe:
Go out and have a great day!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Deep Blue Derby" Tournament

The incredible...
"Lake Tahoe Derby Dames"
 from South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
hosted this last Saturday August 18th, 2012, 
the "Deep Blue Derby"Tournament
 of "Flat Track" Roller Skaters at their home track at
Bijou Community Park...
The competing teams were the:
"Inland Empire Derby Divas" - San Bernardino/Riverside Counties, Calif.
"Resurrection Roller Girls" - Sonoma County, Calif.
"Golden State Roller Girls" - Pleasanton, Calif.

*Please note: In the following pictures the
"Lake Tahoe Derby Dames"
uniforms are Black and Leopard with Green accents 

If you've never attended any kind of Roller Derby (Flat Track or Banked)
 I highly suggest you find your local team and attend a match
 you won't be disappointed...

"Lake Tahoe Derby Dames":

This You Tube video explains the Flat Track Method: