saving holiday greeting cards

We have a really large chunk of blank wall space in our living room that becomes a canvas for all sorts of decorations and creations depending on the current holiday or season.  One thing that we look forward to each winter holiday season is filling up that space with the wonderful greeting cards from family and friends.  But what do you do with all of the cards once the holidays are over?  You could simply recycle them.  Or if you’re like me and want to save a few of them, you can keep them together with a simple binder ring.

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one more for 2013

One more craft show, that is!  I know I know, I said the last one would be my last one for the year but this one came up and I couldn’t resist the urge to join in, especially because it is at Gather Here!   So mark your calendar for Sunday, December 8th and stop by to say hello if you’re in the neighborhood.  I’ll be there along with Zooguu, Made in Lowell, Kim O’Brien, and the Orange Owl from 12 to 7 pm.

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Of course with it taking place at a yarn and fabric store, I’ll have some new crafty themed card designs available along with the Christmas-y and holiday-y ones.  Hope to see you there!

holiday craft market 2013

I’m excited to be participating in this year’s Holiday Craft Market up in Beverly, Massachusetts this Saturday!  I haven’t been able to participate in the past couple of years because we’re usually traveling on the weekend that they do this craft show, but I lucked out this year.  I hope you’ll be able to come on up to the north shore to pop in and check out what some of the local artists have to offer.  There’s a fabulous array of crafters this year, definitely offering ways to cross off gifts to buy from your holiday lists!

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I’ve been working on some new holiday designs lately and this is one of them, along with a birthday card that will be debuting at the show this Saturday.

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I’ll have these cards plus many other holiday and specific occasion cards, felt pins, felt hair clips and some hand embroidered hoops for decorations at my booth.  Hope to see you there!

hello, october

I inadvertently took a break from blogging in August and September … but hello, October!

My first post for this month will be like a warning that if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by new greeting card designs over the next couple of weeks.  I’m prepping inventory for two upcoming shows (details on the right of my home page – click for more info): the Arlington Open Studios in October and a Holiday Craft Market in November.  Here are some of my latest creations to show what I’ve been up to at the wee hours of the night (errr, morning … whatever):

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I’m learning that with a toddler, that means super late nights and less productivity than I’m used to.  I’m also learning that her little friends have 2nd birthdays coming up everywhere, so I’ve been trying to come up with more “kid friendly” designs.  I made this one for her little buddy, James.

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a handmade holiday (a recipe)

My goal this year was to make it a handmade holiday as much as I possibly could.  My dreams of knitting fingerless gloves and endless infinity cowls for dear friends of course, didn’t happen.  My wish to sew cute dresses for our little one and all of her adorable baby friends, didn’t happen.  But what I did manage to put together (sometimes at wee hours of the night/morning) made me feel good about giving this holiday season, even if my lofty goals weren’t quite possible.

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it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

… especially on my desk at work!

I picked up this cute little mouse at Crate & Barrel a couple of weeks ago because I just couldn’t resist. Isn’t he cute? He has brothers made out of the same material in other colors too, but I thought this brown was a perfect shade. Anyway, he’s standing next to this cute little coffee mug that someone at work brought back for me from his trip to Chicago (during a two-hour flight delay).

And this morning my coworker, the ever-so-talented Karoline, walked in and presented me with one of her adorable hand glove creations:

Isn’t he adorable??! (Yes, we’ve been telling her for a long time that she needs to sell these on Etsy …) I don’t know why I assume it’s a he. It just looks like a he to me. He’s very cute, that’s for sure. I should take a picture of his tail for you, but that might be border-line glove rabbit x-ratedness.

Okay, going from one extreme to another … going from something cute to something, um, let’s just say interesting.


Yes. That is an inflatable fruitcake. And as it says on the website where you can order it, “It’s festive, it’s traditional and it’s inedible – just like the real thing.” Ha! I’ve never been a fan of fruitcake myself (although my mother and sister both love it) so I didn’t mind putting up this vinyl version for decoration on my desk. (And no, I didn’t purchase this!)

Of course, the candy bowl had to be updated to represent the holiday season. I tried to be a little more PC with this so I did half red and green, and half white and blue. I think it turned out pretty good actually.


And last but not least, the same person who bought me the candy cane striped coffee mug a week ago left these two CDs of holiday tunes for me. The first one, as you can see, is the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. The second one’s title cracks me up … Holiday Lounge: The Christmas Mixes … I can’t wait to see what’s on that one.

Christmastime is definitely in the air here! Now on to completing some shopping

staff holiday party

We had our Harvard Art Museum’s staff holiday party last night at the Queen’s Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall. The pub and Crimson Catering did an awesome job with the decorations and food setup, and we had a great turnout.

Part of the festitivies this year included a raffle drawing for staff members where they could pick from one of six prizes to win. Elissa and I had a blast putting them together — they were a hot chocolate set from Burdick’s; a holiday cookie baking set from Crate & Barrel; a cute martini set complete with a mini shaker; four AMC Gold movie passes in a popcorn bowl; a beautiful Snow & Graham 2009 calendar; and two tickets to the Bruins vs. Canadiens hockey game in January.

Tony was able to join me and I think he had the most fun at the decorate-your-own-gingerbread station. 🙂

once in a while

Once in a while, I’ll get a card design in my head in the middle of the day when I’m busy doing something else. In this case, an idea came to mind about an hour before I left work today. I frantically drew out a rough sketch so I wouldn’t forget it, dashed home (practically speed ran – ha ha), and made a beeline for my crafting table to execute the design. And voila!

I have to say that I’m really happy with the way it came out. 🙂 I started out by stamping and embossing the snowflakes (Elzybells “snowflake 1” stamp) with a Versamark ink pad onto some new cardstock I bought from Papertrey Ink in “ocean tides“. Then I poured some Rangers embossing powder in “seafoam white” on top, shook off the excess, and heat embossed them. Next, I punched them out with a 1-1/4″ square punch and made sure not to make them all centered on purpose. Then I mounted each square onto a 1-1/2″ square of silver metallic cardstock. I applied some Aleene’s paper glaze around each of the 1-1/4″ square’s edges, then covered the glazed area with some microfine glitter, and set them aside to dry. I like how it gave the edges a chunky, snowed on look.

To assemble the card, I used a piece of white cardstock that was cut down to 5.5″ x 8.5″ folded in half as a card base, then I glued a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of “ocean tide” cardstock on top of the card cover. I bought some of Papertrey Ink’s “stamper’s select vellum cardstock” and just love how thick and durable it is. I cut a sheet of it into 4.25″ x 5.5″ rectangles, and then used a Martha Stewart “simple scallop edge” punch on the right edge. I adhered the vellum to the top of the card using two small mini glue dots which were then covered up by tying a piece of “ocean tides” ribbon on top. Once the glittered squares were dry, I set them in place with some adhesive, stamped the message, and ta-da! A lovely holiday card.

inspired holiday decor & ornaments

My friend Renee came over for Thanksgiving yesterday. After we ate and moved onto bottle #2 of the vino, we decided to get crafty. We were inspired by these monogram ornaments but decided to do words instead. Then after we got tired of holiday-ish words – and more into the vino – we came up with the three word phrase “jingle my balls”. Ha ha! And so yes, there are not only one set of ornaments with this phrase, but two! And for sale! On Etsy! Cin cin to that!

Okay, so then today I decided to try and do this after a trip up to Michael’s. And here’s how they turned out. Not too bad I think.

What are you doing to get ready for the holidays?