Nov 30, 2010

Ok , finally! Just a peek of daylight appeared, in this rainy storm that is about to transform into snow later tonight. Just enough daylight to get a few decent shots for the giveaways!


First off , I am going to change the end time of this week's giveaway to midnight Saturday December 4 .

This necklace features a darling image of one of my vintage Santa postcards.It will be the giveaway for signing up on either this , or the previous post with the gift tags. The gift tags will be given for both giveaways.

This ornament also features an image from my postcard collection. I LOVE vintage Snowman postcards!
The inside is collaged with vintage papers, and has hand painted whimsical embellishments
. Finally it is soldered between beautiful beveled glass with a vintage button added, and antique skeleton key drop. The ornament will be for the blog follower giveaway. If you are a follower you are already signed up!

"Merry" ornament will be added to my Etsy store later tonight

In other happenings, a delightful thing arrived in the mail .
The winter 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.
Due out Dec. 1



"Embrace the Day" necklaceIf you like these fabric collage flower necklaces, I have a tutorial in the magazine this issue on how to make them. :)

Have a wonderful week!
Blessings,

Nov 28, 2010

Well, I am still trying to shake off this little stomach flu bug. It just doesn't seem to go away completely. I would like to introduce a little something at least, as I promised to start off this weeks giveaways.
There will still be 2 drawings , one for just leaving a comment on this post , and another drawing for being a follower on my blog just like last week. If you are already a follower, you are automatically entered for the second drawing. If you would like to be entered for both gifts , and would also like to follow this blog , then become a follower , let me know , and I will enter you for both drawings this week!

The first gifts for this week will be....
Gift tags!
I just finished these up , and was extremely pleased with lovely print quality. These are gift tags made from prints of my original
mixed media painting ,
"Tell Santa I
was Good!".
Each drawing winner will receive a set of 6 tags, they are all backed in vintage sheet music, and each hanging from 18" of pret
ty binding ribbon .

tags also currently available in my Etsy store.

There will be much more added to both of this weeks drawings tomorrow night. I started this post this afternoon , and then ran out of
good daylight for photos. :)
Blessings,


Nov 27, 2010

Giveaway Winners and more!!!

First off, I hope everyone had a very happy and safe holiday weekend!

I am a little late posting this , and sorry about that. We had a little touch of the stomach flu in our house this week. Everyone else was ok by Thanksgiving dinner, except for yours truly, who caught it last.
I was still able to cook dinner. Nothing daring or adventurous mind you , just the normal traditional dishes and fixings that everyone was anticipating. Family said it turned out delicious, which is wonderful.
But , as far as me eating ... well I am still putting that off for possibly tomorrow :).




This piece was made from a gorgeous piece of Flow Blue China I had been saving.Flow Blue Broken China Jewelry necklace will be on my Etsy later today.


OK on to the winners of this weeks first holiday giveaway.....
The winner of the first drawing for the Red Ribbon Vintage Charlotte Doll is
Nancy of coeurdalenegifts.blogspot.com

YAY Congratulations Nancy!
The winner of the second drawing for the JOY blocks is ...

Dede from cakesforthedate.blogspot.com YAY! and.....
I couldn't decide which giveaway to add the antique doll leg necklace to, so I will give one to both winners !!


Ok, a little more on this little lady.

She is part of my Vintage Canvas Doll series.
Each Canvas is 4x12" (I am really in love with this size canvas for some reason).



The canvas is hand painted, collaged with vintage papers from the late 1800s, little trinkets have been added, and all has been sealed with a lovely bees wax that gives it that dreamy appearance. The hooks make it a usable piece to hang small treasures on like earrings , a necklace etc.

She is sewn on to the base of the canvas, so that when she is hung, her little legs can dangle and dance!
She is signed and dated on the back, and will be available on my Etsy later today.



Since I am a little behind, I will post the this coming Friday's giveaway goodies tomorrow evening.

available on my Etsy later today.

Blessings to you,

Nov 22, 2010

Added to This Week's Giveaway and a Happy Birthday



My friend Paula will tell you, this was one of my 1:30 am
A-Ha Ha moments.

It is no secret , I adore these little antique bathing doll legs with the painted shoes!


So , I made them into jewelry!
I sold out of them at the Country Living Fair South, and I have just finished a few more

because I adore them so.
I am putting a couple of them in my Etsy store later today.But , I am adding my favorite Mary Jane (below) to the giveaway this week!
Not sure which of the giveaways I am adding it to yet , we will have to wait and see. (Hee Hee).
If you haven't signed up for this weeks giveaway yet , you can sign up
here
until Thursday at midnight. I will draw the winner on Friday (black Friday) when you all are out shopping
shopping shopping!
Wouldn't be nice if you got home , and there was a gift just for you?
I have to admit , I will be here, because I am not a huge fan of the Black Friday crowd kind of shopping
I prefer quiet shopping with a friend every once in a while.
I try to get Christmas shopping done at least crowded times. And I also believe in, and love
receiving Handmade!


"Best Friends"
original mixed media

It is also my BFF Barbara in California's Birthday this week!
Happy Birthday !!!!!
I made this one with water color, acrylics, charcoal, and 1940s vintage wallpaper, 1920s sheet music.
Have a wonderful week, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Blessings



Nov 19, 2010

Holiday Giveaways, and Workshop Details



As promised the workshop details for
ARTISCAPE 2011
35 workshops in one weekend, plus Outsider Art Fair, vendor
marketplace, and much much more.

Where: Columbus O
hio
When : April 14
-17 2011
When are my workshops?: Journey to Paris J
ournal Workshop Friday 1-6pm
details
here
Button Fairy Bracelet Workshop
Saturday 8-11 am


details here

to sign up for the workshops , you must register on the Artiscape site.
But, as always please feel free to email me with any questions etc. or even if you just want to give a shout out to me that you will be there!

contact@staffordshiregarde
n.com

OK GIVEAWAYS!I have decided to have a little fun this Christmas .
From this Friday, on through Christmas,
I am playing, "What's in Santa's Bag?"

What does this mean?
It means every Friday now through Christmas , I will be giving away
something / or thingsWhy ?
Because it is fun to give,
and the very best part about the spirit of the season

Maybe you are always giving to others.
Maybe you live away from home.
Maybe you are rushing around all season doing for you family , school, church etc.
Don't you deserve a" Just Because" surprise gift too
?
Well I would love to send y
ou one!How will it work?
Every Friday I will have 2 different givea
ways!
For the first one all you have to do, is leave a comment up u
ntil Thursday midnight to enter.
For the second one ,
I like to always do a special on
e for everyone who follows my blog.
So guess what ?
If you are already a follower of Plays with Paper, you are automa
tically entered in the second drawings !!!
If you would like to be entered for both drawings, and als
o would like to follow my blog, then once you are a follower, you are entered for the second giveaway through Christmas too!


This week , the first drawing is for the Christmas red ribbon Charlotte doll. She is wearing 3 yards of ribbon, will arrive to you gift wrapped, (of course),

and she also comes with a tiny vintage bottle of silver fairy dust.
To enter this drawing , simply leave a comment on this post from now until Thursday (Thanksgiving ) at midnight.


The second drawing for the blog following friends , is the JOY little bottle brush tree blocks.
I hand dye these trees myself, blocks are painted, vintage Holiday illustrations added, patina applied, and are sealed with several layers of wax and buffed by hand for a yummy prim look.

These little cuties with hand dyed ribbon added to my Etsy later today.





Vintage Broken china junk necklace added to my Etsy later today.