God Bless America!

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A few patriotic images of my place before we get into what I’m working on…

My dress form "Rosie" all decked out in vintage red, white & blue.

My dress form “Rosie” all decked out in vintage red, white & blue.

A close up of Rosie...a tribute to my dad with his army photo and dog tags.

A close up of Rosie…a tribute to my dad with his army photo and dog tags.

One more image of the top of my tv cabinet. Lots of Old Glory and a vintage paper umbrella.

One more image of the top of my tv cabinet. Lots of Old Glory and a vintage paper umbrella.

Now on to some of the new things I’ve been working on for shows this year…

Uncle Sam on a vintage Union Cut Plug Tin that I created for an Illinois customer. More Uncle Sam's will be available!

Uncle Sam on a vintage Union Cut Plug Tin that I created for an Illinois customer. More Uncle Sam’s will be available!

I’m excited about this new Halloween scaredy cat!

After researching antique mohair cats and much trial & error, I've created this "Steiff" looking, 10" black mohair cat with arched back and hand-dyed silk ribbon. He'll be available at shows this year.

After researching antique mohair cats and much trial & error, I’ve created this “Steiff” looking, 10″ black mohair cat with arched back and hand-dyed silk ribbon. He’ll be available at shows this year.

Side view. 10 inches from toe to tip of tail.

Side view. 10 inches from toe to tip of tail.

Another thing I’ve been working on is a mohair polar bear…

Polar bear is hand-made (by me!) of ivory mohair and from a vintage pattern. He is 7 1/2" tall by 12" long. This is an unfinished piece but the bear will have a santa on his back along with goodies and a leather harness...I think.

Polar bear is hand-made (by me!) of ivory mohair and from a vintage pattern. He is 7 1/2″ tall by 12″ long. This is an unfinished piece but the bear will have a santa on his back along with goodies and a leather harness…I think.

Another view.

Another view.

Have some other projects/creations on the table, so hope to post those as they are completed!

 

 

Santa Claus is coming to town!

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Some santas came to town…and left town, and some came to town …and are still here! The last 3 months have been a whirlwind of shows. From Ankeny to Bloomington and Des Moines to Morning Sun, I appreciate each and every one of my customers! Thank you for your business, nice compliments and friendship! Here are pics of santas that have come and gone over the last show season.

Hudson Bay blanket santa on wood dog sled, sold.

Hudson Bay blanket santa on vintage wood dog sled. Sold.

The next 3 santas were special order and were picked up this morning.

Another customer order.

This next sweet little guy is in a child’s red go-go boot! I’ll never find another pair of those. Found a new home in Des Moines.

This vintage wood sled was the perfect match for this red santa and bag of toys. A little hand lettering and some added snow changed the whole look of the sled. And as “and Co.”  (my husband) says…”You just can’t beat a good red santa!

New tree toppers I came up with well into the season…all sold.

Another red santa in a handsome antique oak clock case. Sold.

Many vintage postcard images soldered in between glass to create 1 inch and 1 & 1/2 inch charms. Some still available.

An Americana santa in a very vintage handmade sleigh. All vintage toys, flag and a hand painted sign. Still available!

A new direction I went late in the season, and will continue creating in the next year. More the look of the old German santas. Not so colorful – but wonderful mohair and velvet fabrics, some hand dyed by me. The pull toy in his lap I made using an old celluloid animal. Also has a bisque “pudding” doll and a Cracker Jack horse on the side of his sled. I’m lovin’ this look!     Sold.

Have to throw in a snowman for good measure! This fellow sold, but I’m hoping to come up with some new snowman designs in 2013.

This Santa on the vintage shoe ski with his wonderful leather bag of vintage goodies is mounted on an old shutter. I hand lettered “SANTA CLAUS: Dealer in Good Things.”   Sold.

This woodsie fellow lives in a vintage child’s doll trunk. Everything about him is old from his tree to the leather holster he packs his goodies in.  Sold.

Last but not least…another old looking santa. One that I couldn’t part with…at least not yet. He’ll have a special place in my home this year.

Again, I thank you all for a wonderful year and look forward to seeing you all in the coming year!                 “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will  be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

4 September shows came and went!!

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Being the great blogger I am – NOT – I posted no pictures before these 4 shows of the creations I was finishing to take. So I’ll post pics of some of the things that went to these shows.

Let’s get the ball rollin’!

 

TWISTED SISTERS

WICKED

Witch on vintage cast iron kids stove. Have sold several!

This was a fast seller at Sandwich.

New Cat Boys. Meow!

2 Santas in “Hy-Speed” vintage wagons sold.

This santa and his vintage wooden folding chair sold at Junk Bonanza

I’ve been sitting at each show painting baby shoes as fast as I can! Oo-oo went the wind and out went the light and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! Could paint that in my sleep!

This is one of the more organized areas in my studio. :-)

That’s what’s been going on around here… Next show will be October 12 & 13 up at Yes, Virginia’s in Morning Sun, IA. 10 am – 5 pm each day. Check our the show page for other upcoming shows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on my Work Table

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A watercolor I was commissioned to paint…back in May 2011. Getting there, but still on the table.

 

Cute little mohair bunnies and bears. An assortment of bunnies are for sale at Yes, Virginia’s! gift shop in Morning Sun, IA.

 

Also on the table are place cards I hand lettered for a friends’ son’s wedding rehearsal supper.

 

Most important on my table! I’ve been making charms to benefit the Kayla Atkins family. Kayla is fighting cancer in Atlanta, GA right now and her sister, Kara has taken orders for 45 necklaces!…and counting! The necklaces are $15 and ALL proceeds go towards Kayla’s expenses. FAITH FOR KAYLA!

 

 

 

 

How Sweet it is to be Loved by You!

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Just a few St. Valentine’s Day pics from around my place.

Vintage red items...sweet red shoes.

My Grandma Wright made me (& her other grandchildren) these miniature sock monkeys 30+ years ago. They're about 5" tall & have clothes with interfacing, patches & lace! And people wonder where I get my creative talent...God & Grandma!

Valentine Cubby with cute stuff!

Tiny vintage purses--most would only hold a nickel or quarter!

Unfinished Valentine Ladies....maybe next year.

 

Baby, it’s COLD outside!

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Sew,  stay inside and WORK on projects! This child’s Singer sewing machine was a Christmas gift to me from my husband…it REALLY works! Will look so cute displayed in my studio…when I get done cleaning, sorting & throwing and can find the perfect spot to show it off. And the Mary Engelbreit pin cushion was a gift to me several Christmas’s ago from my niece Michelle. My great-nephews, her boys (4 of them!), wanted to know what in the world Aunt Chris would do with this thing?!

So this is what I do with it boys! Lots & lots of pins, needles, safety pins and whatever else I can stick in it. It also opens like a little box and is full of other goodies. Mystery solved.

And here’s a close up of the sewing machine…even the original box! Too Cute!

So…on with the projects!

Sweet Valentines!

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Just delivered to Yes,Virginia’s gift shop in Morning Sun…

Vintage junk puppy love necklace. Gun metal chain, vintage good luck dog charm, key, winged heart, soldered charm with dog valentine pic and cool luggage tag i.d. with dog image.

Junk Puppy-Love Necklace. Bronze chain, heart shaped dog tag license, vintage good luck dog charm and hand-stamped "Puppy Love" Bronze charm.

Junk Puppy-Love Necklace. Bronze chain, hand-stamped "Puppy Love" bronze disc, vintage good luck dog charm and cute tiny bronze padlock.

Hand soldered glass valentine charms. Images from vintage Valentine cards. Sizes 1" and 1 1/2".

Hand soldered glass charms. Images from vintage Valentine cards. Sizes 1″ and 1 1/2″.

Small heart pillows made from vintage quilts. Would be cute with a photo of your sweetheart safety pinned to heart or with a couple of old broaches pinned on.

The charms can also be personalized with your own picture…of your sweetie, kids or grandkids! Contact me with any questions or requests.