Dec 30, 2007

Nutcracker Ballet 2007


My daughter Reagan and I went on our second annual trip to see the Nutcracker Ballet yesterday in Cincinnati. My Mother used to take me every year in the Bay Area in California. I was so glad that Reagan made the request to see it again this year herself. It was one of two excursions that I got to enjoy this year . The other was the Tran Siberian Orchestra with both Reagan and my two teenage sons.
My Christmas break is over now and its back to the workshop. I enjoyed it very much, and feel a little refreshed with lots of ideas brewing for the new year.

Dec 26, 2007

playing with website


Today I am learning about using different brushes in photoshop, and testing my results . I am trying to compose a slightly different look for the website for the reopening on the 1st, and this is first on my list to teach myself. I often wish that I was an expert web designer, but unfortunately I have to teach myself , and when I do achieve a goal I will immedietely forget how I did it unless I right it all down. This is especially true with java and html.
These brushes are probably elementary to a lot of people , I know they are to my 15 year old son, who gets a kick out of me getting so excited when I do something so basic. I admit to doing the little dance whenever I learn how to do a new trick. Well I'll keep practicing!

Dec 24, 2007

Merry Cristmas to All

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year


Dec 22, 2007

Last of the custom orders


These are the last of the custom ornaments that I did this
year. As of midnight tonight my website will be closing for a needed New Years re-do, and some together time with my family. I have one final trip to make to the post office tonight. I will reopen the site on Jan 1st. One more night of no- sleep and then I can wrap some packages, and enjoy the time with my family. And I will probably be out there in all of the craziness for a few last minute items. Next year I'm doing all my shopping in August! ( I won't say how many times I have said that). But usually I am completely done by now. Not so this year!

Dec 19, 2007

vintage Sant Claus ornament





I have been working on some custom orders this week , in addition to the
Holiday cataglogue items ,and as of midnight Saturday Dec 23rd, I will close the web site and Etsy down for the
Holidays in order to spend some Quality time with my family, and get things
ready for the website for the new year. I will re-open the web site on Jan 1

and the Etsy will be back on the 2nd.

Dec 16, 2007

It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas



Well I have finally got a chance to do a little decorating. I feel a little better about it now. My son came home from college and didn't think it was at all as Christmas-y as it should be (we just barely got some ornaments put up on the tree before he arrived home!) And there are still no cookies. Normally I start baking at the beginning of November. I freeze the dough ,unfrosted cookies etc. and by mid Dec. I literally have around 66 dozen cookies! That is not including what I have scooted aside for my family to eat, and keep at bay, so they don't break into the main stash! I usually do between 35-40 baskets for friends, family , teachers, husband's employees, etc. I have had so many orders and shows ( which has been truly so wonderful) that I have not baked more than a batch here and there that my family has quickly snatched up and eaten. I tease my best friend every year that I will be celebrating Orthadox Christmas which is January 6th and bides me a little more time. This year it may just come true! It won't be 66 dozen but at lease I feel I am caught up enough to make it more Christmas-y for my family and I can work on the gifts I will send to my family in California, and Texas. (post office says they need to be out by the 20th for Priority Mail) I'd better get started!

Dec 15, 2007

Soldered collage art charm ornaments




This one is a large bevel of 3x3". It is the largest size of the ornaments this year. It also has a fancy scalloped edge on both sides and a beautiful Swavorski crystal drop. This is a vintage image of a little girl holding her doll in front of the Christmas tree. The back features vintage sheet music from the 1920's and the work "MERRY" (24.95)

Staffordshire Garden Vintage Ornaments



I am down to the last few on my ornaments. This beautiful diamond bevel has three vintage Christmas Angels, with a Swavorski crystal and pearl drop. This one is the same on both sides and comes with a fancy scalloped edge.($16.95)
If I get a chance later today I will load it onto the web site www.staffordshiregarden.com .
Email me if you are interested