Tuesday, December 20, 2011

And now for something more lighthearted...

Thanks to all of you who read my previous post and sent a donation for Sparrow Salvage. If you'd like to find out how she's doing, you can head over to Fanciful Devices' blog here. I thought I'd lighten things up a bit since Christmas is almost here...

Comic by David Malki! at www.wondermark.com.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Please Help!

The talented jewelry designer and photographer Sparrow Salvage, who I have mentioned on my blog before, has been in a tragic car accident. She has been in the hospital for 3 weeks now, and her poor mother who was with her, did not survive the accident. Her friend Fanciful Devices has thoughtfully put together a raffle/fundraiser to help with her expenses. Please go here to find out more and to send a donation. Our positive thoughts go out to you Sparrow!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Oh Deer!

I have been getting a lot of inquiries from people wanting to purchase the felt deer ornaments like I made for the Button Floozies ornament swap. SO!! Here's the deal...

  • I have located a source for more of the tiny vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, and I should have them in a few days, along with more of the "nose" buttons that I need to make the deer.
  • I can make a limited number of deer on a first-com-first-serve basis. Please email me using the link on the left side of the page if you're interested.
  • They will be $18 each, plus $2 postage. Once made, I will put them up as Reserved Listings in my Etsy "Fancylinda" store so they can be purchased.
  • I will make them as quickly as I can, but they are NOT guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.
  • They are completely hand-sewn by me, and as such, the stitching is a little bit wonky. I say this gives them "personality".
  • If you miss out this year, never fear. I will make some during the Summer and have them ready to sell next year at Christmas time.
Thanks so much for your interest in my deer!

(Top photo was taken by Laurie Jackson at "Indulge Your Shelf".)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New in Shop

After last year's success of making some matchbox mini garland kits for a swap, this year I decided to make some to put in my Etsy Fancylinda shop.

There are three kits to choose from. Each one is a decorated matchbox with a mini garland kit inside. The matchboxes themselves can be hung as ornaments.

All you have to do is thread the ribbon through the eyelets in the tags to make your garland.

The one with the dove spells "PEACE ON EARTH".

And the one with the religious image of Notre Dame spells "JOYEUX NOEL".

All three designs are available now in my Etsy Fancylinda shop.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


I have finally received the last of my ornaments from the Christmas Button Swap hosted by Laurie of "Button Floozies". So now I can show you the results. First, here are the ones I made for my partners:

My hand-sewn felt deer have tiny vintage mother-of-pearl button spots on them. And I do mean TINY! These buttons are about 1/8 of an inch in diameter. I used up my supply of them on this project, and I'm looking for some more. If you know where I can get 1/8 inch mother-of-pearl buttons, please let me know!

Here's all the button-y "loot" I received in return!

 First, from Laurie, our swap hostess with whom I was lucky enough to be partnered, I received this vintage-style "tussie mussie" cone, decorated with pale green velvet trim that she purchased from my eBay store earlier this year. I had no idea I'd be seeing it again! The cone has a bell on the bottom, so when it hangs on a doorknob, it makes a festive jingly sound.

This sewn piece is also from Laurie. I love the white buttons on it.

Next, we have "A Spoonful of Sugar" from Karen, of "Karen's Monday Musings". I love this simple ornament featuring some nice vintage buttons and pretty sugary sparkle. Sometimes simple is best! I'm doing an all white & cream theme for my tabletop feather tree this year, and this ornament works beautifully on it.

And, lastly, we have this pretty needlepoint ornament from Mary Helen of "Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart". I love the pastel colors and the buttons on this. And the wirework angel adds an interesting touch to the top.

All in all, another successful swap! If you would like to see what the other participants created for their partners, you can check out the Button Floozies linky party here.

Tomorrow I'll be back with some new holiday items I have made for my Etsy Fancylinda shop!

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