We wined and dined, and I was pretty lazy. I thought I'd get out and shop but I didn't. Instead, I hung out in the room, read two books and made up a few dozen felted nests and rosettes.
I'm going to extend the drawing for the 1,000,000th visitor gift drawing. I kept getting the date wrong when I mentioned it in previous posts. Some said the 12th, others said the 14th. Sorry! So, we'll have the drawing after midnight on the 14th
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Felted nests and rosettes was a great project for a hotel room. All I had to pack for it were a couple sweaters, scissors, glue, and pearls. There were moments when I missed my studio and would have liked to have access to more stuff, but on the other hand, I enjoyed the challenge of making use of what I had on hand.
Like brewing a quick cup of coffee to dunk the sweater in to give the nests a tone on tone look. The hotel room smelled great with coffee sodden sweater bits draped over the heater vents.
There was also a swath of silk in my bag, and I made up a few roses from that. Using such a fine fabric really changes the results. Its not as easy, the silk soaks up the glue too easily. But its worth the effort.
Some of these will be glued to barrettes for the grand fairies' hair. Others will be used in some collage work.
Once we got home from the airport, we went straight to pick up Sugarwings and got to keep her for 2 nights!
So, since I've been back, I've not got much done... except playing with my fairy baby. Its been COLD, so we stayed put indoors at the play dough table, or baking goodies. We also cut fabric scraps, sewed them up, filled them with beans and created a bean bag toss game with the pink bucket she uses for her watercolors.
(you don't want to see them, neither of us have that great of sewing skills)
But while she played with Pop Pop here and there for the weekend, I skipped out to the studio on my own and decorated a few bottle brush trees, got all my packages ready for today's mail, and added a few new goodies to both shops.
Silly me, trying to sell holiday goods on Dec. 13th....
If I had been on the ball, I'd have listed all the holiday stuff 2 months ago, but life is too short and there are too many other things that are more fun to do than taking pictures of estate sale Santys.
(not a good attitude for a person whose job it is to take pictures of stuff and try to sell it, huh?)
But mostly, I think that I am so much in the middle of all the holiday cheer myself, that it doesn't feel too late to try to move holiday inventory. I'm still decorating little bottle brush trees.
I wish I had time to make more. I'd like to just sit and glue mercury glass beads onto these little trees all day long.
But I was smart enough to add some non-christmas goods to the shops too.
And Somerset sent back a few things that they had published, so I added those too.
I had a hard time pricing this book. I really try to keep my work affordable, but with over 20 collaged pages, and lots of hand drawn detail, this book got a bit pricey. Until I figured out that it was being sold for under $4 per page, then it didn't sound as high!
Tomorrow, I'm having friends over for craft day, and look at this room. Tonight is Sugarwing's school play, so I'll be up late after that, attacking this room with a shovel to get ready. (funny, looking at this photo, what bothers me most are the two brown lamps that don't match the room. Someone gave them to me, I want to paint them white and change the shades)
The play should be really good. Sugarwings tells me that there is a forest and a rocket and bunnies. I can't wait.
The dogs have made their share of a mess in the studio too. Agnes Rosebud looks like she might feel a bit guilty for adding to my work load. Twinkle doesn't care. She is the one who learned how to jump up on my table and throw fun stuff down to the floor for the puppy to play with.
I'll leave you with a few pictures of what is new in the shop. Thanks again for your understanding about my lack of returned emails and comments. Since we've been back from the trip there hasn't been a lot of extra time. But, I've read each and every one from my magic phone and was happy to hear from you! Thanks again!