Monday, December 27, 2010

Paper Tree Project

I have had a little time to relax this Christmas and do some craft projects strictly for fun. Here is a little tree I made from paper.


I used a tutorial that I saw mentioned awhile back on the Cafe Cartolina blog, that is originally from here. I used a tag shaped punch, because I didn't have one that was shaped like a leaf. The papers used are all vintage wallpapers, sheet music, and ledger papers. The beaded balls are also vintage. It is a fun little project that goes fairly quickly. I recommend if you have a little spare time that you try it!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Please enjoy this musical interlude.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mitten Swap

The other day I received my mitten from the Mitten Swap I participated in, hosted by Heather from Speckled Egg.


The mitten I received is from Natalea of kandeland.typepad.com. It is done in eyelet lace with a fabric and paper rosette and beautiful vintage lace detailing. It is full of 12 little gifts from all the participants. I've decided to wait until Christmas morning to open them all. I know it will be worth the wait! I'll post pictures. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wintertime

In honor of today being the first day of Winter, I am posting one of my favorite wintertime images.


Enjoy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Decorations - Part 2


This is my feather tree on the dining room buffet. It is decorated with vintage ornaments that I have collected over the years.


This ornament was made by someone in my family, but no one can seem to remember who. I think it was my mother. It is my most special ornament and goes on the tree every year regardless of theme.


These ornaments were made in Japan, and have been around for as long as I can remember.


This funny lady was made by my mother out of an old stocking stretched over a styrofoam ball. She goes on my tree every year too.

I have another little feather tree waiting undecorated for my 12 Days of Christmas swap matchboxes that should be arriving any day now. When I get them, I will photograph that tree for you too.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Decorations - Part 1

I have been wanting to take some photos of my Christmas decorations for several days, but the weather has not been cooperating. So, here is the best I could do. We'll start outside with my wreath.


I made this wreath a few years ago, but I still like it, and I didn't feel like making a new one this year.

Next we move on to the mantelpiece in the dining room.


We start on the left, and move to the center...


If you've seen my Flickr page, you've seen these fellows before. I made them last year from instructions I found in "Cloth Paper Scissors" magazine. Apparently a lot of other people also made some, as you can find out if you do a search on Flickr for "snowman bottles". There are dozens of them!

Then we move to the right...



Here we see my collection of Czech rhinestone trees. They are not vintage, even though they look like they are. I purchase one each year from a manufacturer in the Czech Republic. This year I got the large one in the back. Actually, nothing on this mantelpiece is vintage, now that I think about it. The ornaments are from Anthropologie, Plumo, Martha Stewart, and various sellers on eBay.

Tomorrow I'll show you my feather tree which IS all done with vintage ornaments, including some beloved family treasures. Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New in Shop - Vintage Notions Paperweights


I have taken some of my favorite vintage button and notion cards and immortalized them by putting them in vintage glass paperweights.


They are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Also available now are my rhinestone snowflake magnets


and my "Tiny Dancer" ballerina magnets.


I have one last project in the works that will hopefully be ready by Sunday, and then the shop will be full.

Then I can focus on decorating my house!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Little Etsy Spree

It has been a busy holiday season here at Fancylinda, and it seems like all I've been doing these days is shipping orders. But I did take some time awhile back to go on a little Etsy holiday shopping spree... for myself!

Well, all the items I purchased have arrived now, and here is what I got:


Some cute ceramic deer. I know they're not REINdeer, but I intend to use them in my holiday decorating.


Some fancy button cards, and a fabulous snowflake brooch. I am loving the pinks and the greens together.


The listing said this bird pin was plastic, but it's actually mother-of-pearl. Score!! And the earrings will be used as components in future bracelets.


Sweet little angel faces in original packaging.


I haven't put up my Christmas decorations yet, but I see a decorating theme emerging from these purchases. Lots of vintage in soft pinks, whites, and greens. I can do that! Stay tuned for photos...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Winner is Chosen


This morning I put all of your entries onto little slips of paper in a lovely pink teacup and mixed them up thoroughly. Yes, at this point in my blogging career, all entries fit easily into this small cup. Of course, I appreciate each and every one of you who entered, and am grateful for the new followers who joined so they could enter. Maybe next giveaway I'll need to use a cereal bowl?


Here is my hand gracefully poised, about to choose a winning slip of paper from the cup.

And the winner is...



Debi of Prolific Adornments!!!

Debi, please email me with your address so I can get your prize items sent out to you.

Thank you to all of you who entered, and especially those who posted about the contest on their blogs. Every little bit helps!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New in Shop - Merry Bobbins

Please see the post below this one to enter my giveaway!


These are my "Merry Bobbins".
They are created from vintage wooden bobbins that I have wound with an assortment of vintage trims in different Wintery and Christmas themes. They are available now in my Etsy shop.


They make a great gift for a crafty person who appreciates vintage things. Or, perhaps a treat for yourself!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My First Giveaway!

I am hosting my very first giveaway to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. You could win all this:


A 2010 Cheerful Holiday Mini Kit made by me, a red-nosed reindeer ornament from Bethany Lowe, and a set of 3 sparkling rhinestone snowflake magnets made by me.

HERE IS HOW YOU ENTER: 

If you are currently a follower of my blog (numbers 1-15),  leave me a comment on this post and you will be entered twice. (My relatives are not eligible.)

If you are NOT currently a follower of my blog, BECOME ONE, and then leave me a comment on this post. You will be entered once.

Mention my giveaway on your blog, then leave me a comment on this post with your blog address, and you will be entered one more time in addition to any previous entries.

I will leave the contest open until next Monday December 6th at 9PM Eastern. After that, a winner will be randomly chosen.

GOOD LUCK!!!

New in Shop - Vintage Cluster Earring Bracelets


They've finally been listed for sale in my Etsy shop. 6 new bracelets made from vintage cluster and button earrings from the 1950's. Everybody's grandmother has earrings like these in her jewelry box - now you can wear them in a more modern way. The bracelet bases are antiqued brass, and they close with magnetic clasps for easy on and off.
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