November 30, 2011

Christmas Art Blocks

One more batch of Christmas-y art blocks are being posted in the shop this evening. Enjoy!

A Christmas Assemblage

We really got into the holiday spirit over the long weekend. All the totes with decorations were pulled out of storage, we set up the tree and unearthed the Christmas books 'n movies that stay packed up 'till this time of year.

I'm guessing that reading several versions of "The Night Before Christmas" spilled over into my studio time and this candy-cane striped shadowbox assemblage, Over The Rooftops, materialized.

Also, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who shopped my Holiday Sale over the weekend. It was a huge success and I promise to have all the packages on their way later today!

November 24, 2011

Sushipot's Holiday Sale

Yep...I'm having a Holiday Sale at both of my shops folks! Here are the pertinent details:

Sushipot's Holiday Sale
Nov 24th (now!) through Nov 29th
20% off your entire order
Both shops: Sushipot & Sushipot Parts

And don't forget....FREE shipping worldwide continues at Sushipot through January 1st.

Happy Holidays & happy shopping y'all!

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day to all you celebrating Thanksgiving in the United States and a Happy 24th of November to those of you 'round the world! I'm hoping this fine bird makes its way through the day with his gobbler intact. He was such a friendly fellow and even posed for this portrait the day we visited his farm.

Our holiday repast will exclude any meat dishes this year as Patrick and I gave up meat for a week long challenge back in the Spring and have not eaten any since (yeah, I can't believe it either). This year it's turning into somewhat of a carb-fest (ie, double servings of hash brown casserole please!) as neither of us are taken with the idea of consuming faux meat.

But...our yearly tradition of crafting a fruit turkey will carry on. It was always a fun memory for me growing up and we've been making them with Lizzie every year--this one is from two years ago and boy has she grown (Lizzie not the turkey!).

And what am I thankful for this year? Well, I'm still trying to top last years list of family thanks: treasure boxes, coffee, Apple Inc, and paper chains. Life is good!

November 23, 2011

You & Omega

Popping in to give a shout out to my awesome Team Omega over on Etsy! If you're looking to support independent artists this season, these folks have a lot of talent and some crazy cool gift ideas. Take a peek at my treasury YOU & Omega or browse our list of Omega members.

November 21, 2011

New Holiday Art Blocks

A new batch of holiday art blocks are in the shop tonight. That's what I was doing making such a mess. Grab 'em while you can folks--they're flying out faster than Santa's reindeer!

November 18, 2011

Work In Progress

So much work in progress around here! This is what my studio looked like for most of the week and that's just a tiny portion of it. I started to feel kinda crrrazzzzzzzzy last night and cleaned it up a bit. And now its time to do it all over see that coffee cup don't you?!

November 17, 2011

1955 Noah's Ark Toy Catalog

Toy catalogs that arrive in the mailbox these days are full of slick pages and glossy photographs. When I came across this treasure on newsprint I had to add it to my ephemera collection. The catalog is from Noah's Ark department stores, Christmas 1955. Thought you'd enjoy browsing a few of its pages. Of course my favorite page has got to be the one with the doll house and tea sets! Just click on each image to enlarge and read--and, if you feel like reminiscing through more toys from the 1950's here is another catalog I shared last season.

November 16, 2011

I'm Dreaming...

White Half Apron at The Elms Vintage

...of a vintage Christmas! Between Etsy's amazing selection of vintage wonders and Pandora's endless supply of nostalgic holiday tunes I'm all about celebrating the season in a old fashioned way. How about you?

November 14, 2011

More Holiday Blocks

Guess what I've been working on? That's right...more holiday art blocks...'cuz it's that time of year folks!

French Embroidery Rings

I used up a few more tidbits from this booklet of French embroidery patterns. Instead of brooches, this time I created a handful of over- sized rings. Aren't they festive? I think so.

November 11, 2011

Random Bouquets

A few random bouquets from 'round the studio this week. And...don't miss Etsy's latest "There's No Place Like Here" installment featuring the Liberty Tool Company. Adding to my list of "places to visit if I ever happen to be in Maine". Happy weekend all!

November 10, 2011

Triangle Trees

Yes, I've blogged these old color cubes by The Embossing Company before. I'm always on the look out for more of these as they are such a unique design toy and they never sit around collecting dust in the shop. I did something different with this latest group and created several mini sets of 6 cubes. Now you can create your own little red 'n white triangle tree for the holidays.

November 8, 2011

Are You Blue?

With all the rain we've had in the last 24 hours I was feelin' a bit what to do? Make a treasury of course! Isn't this antique lace amazing? I don't think I could ever remove its tattered blue paper backing though. Hoping to wake up to sunshine tomorrow 'cuz I've got new goodies to photograph. If you've got a minute go peek at the entire "Are You Blue?" treasury.

Hand-sewn Lace on paper at Mushroom And Moss

Are You Blue? by Suzanna Scott

November 7, 2011

Festive Art Blocks

The second round of festive art blocks for the holidays are in the shop tonight.

More Building Blocks

More architectural building blocks in the vintage shop this morning. These are definitely more on the neutral side of the color spectrum than this set I blogged a few months ago. Finding these treasures makes me happy. Enjoy!

November 4, 2011

Blanket Of Leaves

The wind has been blowin' here in Kansas since I took these pictures earlier in the week. Now we're enjoying this blanket of leaves outside our back door. I'm thinking a few brisk walks are in order over the weekend so we can crunch through all the pretty leaves 'round the neighborhood.

November 2, 2011

Build-A-Picture Puzzle

Not sure how to describe this fun, build-your-own-picture with miniature pixel-like blocks vintage puzzle toy, but I guess this longish description will work since there are no markings whatsoever on the packaging. It's such a neat set and is in pristine condition which is always a plus with vintage finds like these. So...if you're in need of a gift for a creative type person on your list this year you can be sure they would love this build-your-own-picture with miniature pixel-like blocks vintage puzzle toy!

November 1, 2011

Festive Ornaments

Happy November! It's full speed ahead towards Christmas 2011 'round here. As promised, a fresh selection of festive ornaments for the season are available in the shop. Just checked and there are only 53 more days until Christmas. I may be a bit scarce in these parts between now and then--just sayin'!