One last little post before Christmas. I haven't been blogging much this December... just too many things going on I suppose. We've baked and decorated gingerbread men, dipped everything in chocolate, and gone thru about 6 boxes of hot cocoa! We've gone to see the Christmas lights at least 4 times, exchanged gifts, shared dinner and game night with friends, ate LOTS of treats and goodies... and Christmas is just a few days away!
All of the gifts are wrapped and ready under the tree. The kids CANNOT wait! You remember the feeling, don't you? I used to BEG my mom to open JUST ONE PRESENT PLEEEEESE?!?!?! Always to be told... "Nooooooo Analise, you have to wait."
Ahhhh well, now I am the one telling my kids to wait. :0)
I posted on my facebook status today, "I MUST be on Santa's nice list, because He's already visited me and brought so many wonderful gifts!" My husband, my children, my family, my friends and so much more!
Today, I snapped a few shots of some of our Christmas decorations, as promised. Again, I really really REALLY don't like taking pics of Christmas Trees... oh well! ;0)
I found this little one cuddled up under my studio tree... She got mad because I was taking her picture. Typical. (I like the subtle hint of the chocolate box she's sitting next to. he he he)
Season's Greetings my friends, I wish you all the very best this Christmas!!!!
I wanted to share with you my very very favorite Christmas songs, The Little Drummer Boy.. I love these lyrics... makes me cry every time I hear it...
Hello my friends!! Happy news, I cleaned my studio!!!!
hasn't been this clean in 4 months.... since August. I've gone full
steam thru fall and now here we are at Christmas and I've finally got
it completely clean again. (I do have to confess... after these photos
were taken, I pulled out all of my unfinished projects, shipped some
orders and within hours my table was covered again.... *sigh*)
ended up putting my white Christmas tree in my studio this year, I like
it soooo much more... I put up all of my handmade ornaments and some
ornaments made by friends. And.... let's just say it.... Christmas
Trees ARE NOT EASY TO PHOTOGRAPH! grrr.
My vintage jewelry box collection... ahhhh, I love these!
Lastly, these are my shop supplies... most of the items in the Sugar*Sugar shop are stored here. :)
There you have it!
shop news, first, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who
ordered the cottage, ornaments and nativities this year! Your support
and patronage means more to us than you know! You have made my
Christmas and I want you to know!!
To say thank you, I want to offer my readers a Christmas Coupon worth 20% off everything in the shop! Yes, everything!!
YOU MUST ENTER THE SHOP THRU THE LINK BELOW TO RECEIVE THE COUPON!!! OTHERWISE, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE 20% OFF!
Just a few notes:
* Your discount will be deducted at checkout.
* No Christmas Delivery!
* All items purchased with coupon will be shipped from Dec. 28th thru 30th.
* The Sugar*Sugar Shop will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2.
I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday season so far. I finally got my Christmas decorations finished up... the trees are decorated, the house feels cozy and warm... I love this time of year! (photos coming soon!)
Our weather has been really cold and yukky this last week... I think it's basically that way for everyone, yes? We've been eating lots of hot soups, chili and comfort foods too... and I can tell my jeans are already fitting too snug! EEK! I haven't even baked cookies yet! Yikes!
I had some really sad news this week that my very favorite uncle, Richard, passed away. It was unexpected and took me off guard. He was a great guy, always had a way of making me feel special and had hugs ready and waiting whenever I needed one. I'm feeling the loss and have been pretty emotional this week. I will miss him so much.
Needless to say, that put me behind a few days this week, and with the bad weather, I haven't been able to get many good photos for the shop update. I am working on them today, but the sun isn't cooperating with my schedule. :(
I will be adding goodies to the shop tomorrow and Monday. Everything is ready to ship, *priority mail*, so you should receive your package in plenty of time for Christmas giving!
Here are a few peeks of some of the items coming to the shop!
I'm finishing up the photos of the Nativity sets, shown in the last post... a few of these are already sold, but thought you might like to see them all lined up. Ruffly goodness!
A month or so ago I was peeking at the Christmas decorations (way back when they were just setting them out on the store shelves...). I've had this idea in my mind for a long time, and hoped I would find what I was looking for.... and I did!
I picked up this little "before" nativity with hopes I could make it my own, you know the drill... change the paint, lots of glitter and add more pink!
Here are a few of the details.
I used THIS TRICK to heat the glue to easily remove the figures off of the wood. Next, I painted the entire set of figures and wood in simple craft paint. Takes a few coats... in case you are going to try this project for yourself... be patient and let each coat fully dry.
Next, I coated the figures in a mixture of white glass glitter and ultra-fine iridescent glitter and embellished with flowers and ribbon.
I embellished the top of the nativity with crepe paper, velvet and silk ribbon, a millinery flower and a sparkly jewel and added some pink hay... then glued the figures back into place. I ADORE the results.... it is exactly as I had pictured in my mind!
I am working on a few more of these for my shop, which will be updated in the next couple of days... I'll keep you posted! :0)