Archive for December, 2007

Wire Wrap Jewelry for Everyone!

Mollie from Mu-Yin jewelry has outfitted me in style this holiday. So much so that she’s offering anyone who reads this blog a 5% discount at her Etsy store. Mention “Ivy Arts” in the notes to seller and you will receive a PayPal refund for the discount. (Offer excludes shipping).

My husband asked what I want for Christmas and I said I wanted Mollie’s jewelry. Once again, I’d like to give accessorizing a try. Well, next day he said he was getting me something else so I placed my own order later that night. A pendant, a ring and a bracelet. I had shopped for everyone else and thought I deserved a treat.

Sadly, I mismeasured my finger and ended up with a huge ring. So I ordered another one and will turn the big one into a matching pendant. And what do I find under the Christmas tree… but dear sweet husband of mine got the matching earrings and ring for the green pea pearl pendant. Yipee! I feel so stylish. And you will too when you order!

December 30, 2007 at 3:27 pm 2 comments

My Handmade Christmas Wrap-up

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

I loved this mostly Etsy Christmas*, no malls and everything came right to my mailbox. (I did give the mailman some cookies for his trouble.) Oh wow, my list was so long. My only complaint with my Etsy purchases is that they came so nicely wrapped that I hated peeking in them before I gave them away!

Great stuff was had from
Girlscantell – awesome screen printed placemats
chiecarroll – beautiful digital photographs
thepuzzleman – wonderfully crafted puzzle in a box
2dy4 – irreverent humor
woodeyeglass – painted and sandblasted glassware
papersilly – lovely journals
mixedspecies – wacky stuff
morganstreet – luscious body butter and soaps
youstinksoap – Super lip balms
markmywords – cocoa stirs
cebehandknits – gorgeous soft scarf

kids stuff
yellinmoon – fabulous girls cape
hullabalooboutique – flirty skirt
littlelily – darling pinafore dresses
pdxbeanies – chic beanie hat
justkiddn – cute booties
moderncharm – fun headbands
born2beewild – rockin’ onesie
theplaidgiraffe – cool t-shirts for boys

And some amazing presents for me from

muyinmolly – gorgeous wire wrap jewelry
sparksfly – whimsical illustrated prints

* I do have to fess up to a few gift certificates and two childrens toys that were not handmade. I tried my best but I couldn’t make 100%.

December 28, 2007 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

Notice there are no ornaments on the bottom two feet of the tree. Every time the small boy took one off, it got put up just a little higher. Can you see the little white cat under the tree?

Below is another example of “more” by my little cookie helpers. The cookie count now is 23 dozen and though I clearly don’t need any more, I still have one more recipe to try that uses almond paste, mmmm. Congratulations to cookie challenge winners, Frances of HomemadeOriginals (who wrote a nice blog post about it, thanks) and Jodi of FromMuddyWater (who I hope receives them in Canada before the new year).

Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2008!

December 23, 2007 at 10:27 am 2 comments

Yes Virginia, it will be a White Christmas

I’m not usually this attentive to the weather but it’s unusual to get a foot and a half of snow (that’s about half a meter to you metrically inclined folks) in a week. It’s been colder and snowier already that it was the entirety of last winter. This is a week ago. We had another 6″+ snowfall yesterday. This is now. Pretty.

December 21, 2007 at 2:14 pm 1 comment

Ahh, The Glorious Marriage of Fat and Flour

I’m talking about Christmas cookies (the ones above are Lemon Pecan Slices). So far I’ve used 8 sticks of butter, have baked 15 dozen cookies and have another double batch of gingerbread dough in the fridge ready to bake. And I still don’t have enough. More is better. Almost always. But definitely true of cookies.

(Note: The big boy helped me decorate and clearly he understands more is better.)

December 19, 2007 at 3:59 pm 5 comments

Winter Wonderland (Again)

Another 6″ yesterday…. before it turned to rain and now ice. I love New England.

December 17, 2007 at 7:35 am 2 comments

A Quilt Revealed

The courthouse steps quilt with the ribbon border has been delivered at last! It was a wedding present for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law who where married in May. The center is a Michael Miller Eiffel Tower print to commemorate their Paris engagement. The steps are their springtime wedding colors – green and purple. Cathy – machine quilter extraordinaire – once again did a fabulous job with a variegated thread in yellow to green and a pattern called “Joust”. And how about that ribbon border, eh? I think it absolutely makes the quilt. In the end, it was well worth the effort. (I had a really tough time getting these pictures, they’re not very good, apologies.)

December 16, 2007 at 9:15 am 11 comments

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