Friday, December 5, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I know I have been missing in action lately! There has been A LOT going on around here! We hosted Thanksgiving at our house from my side of the family this year. We had a great day! My nephews came over and they are like little tornado's wherever they go! I realize how my house is not child friendly! I start moving things to higher shelves and hiding the breakables whenever it is time for them to come over. Problem is, I forget where I hid things after they have left! I spend a lot more time looking for things I hid than it took me to stash them in the first place!
I started doing a little Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving. I usually do it the day after but I was feeling pretty good so I thought I better take advantage of the opportunity. Every since the wreck, I have terrible neck and back pain so I am at Physical Therapy a few times a week getting things corrected. We got the tree up and the lights strung and the back pain really set in. It was another couple of days before I could finish the tree like I wanted.
This is the first year that I got the tree just like I wanted! I made all of the ornies on the tree and of course filled it with stars. I am not sure if I like the topper or not though. I had a small grapevine star on top but you couldn't even see it. I had this one at the shop so I stole it to see if it would work.
At the Christmas show this year I bought the cutest Mason jar light covers. They attach over the little light bulbs on the strands. I love them! I will buy more for next year. They are so easy to attach and I haven't had any problems getting them to stay on!
I also wanted to do a little something different for my mantle. I wanted to make some old fashioned stockings - you know the long, skinny, grubby ones. Since the accident, I haven't really been crafting so I never got around to it! I bought four Santa hats from Dollar General. I stained them in coffee and cinnamon and attached a hanger inside and am using them for our stockings. I really like how they turned out too! I haven't completely finished the mantle yet but wanted to show off the hats! We have to work "around" my hubby's prized deer, Bucky. I sure a lot of you know what I am going through on that one!
These are the candy canes that I was working on a few posts back. I grubbied them up and put them in an wicker sleigh that I have had for years. They look great sitting on my grandmothers piano!
Finally, I have a little bit of sad news too. I have decided to close my shop here in town. I can't be there most days because of my back, physical therapy, lawyers appointments, doctors appointments, . . . It really has just gotten to be too much.
I moved my goodies to a booth at a local indoor market - The Curious Cat. This is the same place I started out. What a great bunch of people that are there! They have been so great in finding room for me and helping me get my booth in order!
They are having their Christmas Open House this weekend so I wanted to get what I could to the booth for display. I am glad I did! I went by today and have already sold a lot of things!
I figured this way, I could still make a lot my prim goodies as I am able to and can take them by when I can. I think this is going to be the best situation for me so I am just thankful that I have a place to display my items and I didn't have to put everything in storage! I will try to get some pictures of my booth and share them in a future post!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Nicole

15 friends had to say:

cynthialeedesigns said...

Nicole,
I love your tree with the big star on top. You're prim santa hat stockings look great. What a wonderful idea!!
I'm sorry to hear that you have to close your shop, but am happy that you found a place to still have your goodies for sale. You make such wonderful things that I'm sure your customers are glad that they can still puchase your items.
Take care and I hope that your pain will be all gone soon.
Hugs,
Cindy

Trudy said...

Love the decorating!!

I am having a christmas giveaway on my blog, and wanted you all to enter if you are interested.

Wooly hugs,
Trudy

http://bitsofwool.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-giveaway.html

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Your tree is really pretty. I also love the idea of using the Santa hats as stocking...very clever.

Kath said...

Hi Nicole!
Love the tree with the big start! Your Santa hats turned stockings are a great idea, they look wonderful on your mantle!
Love your candycanes as well!
I'm sorry about your store....but i am so happy ya have a place to sell all your wonderful stuff!
Hope you get to feeling better, less pain, as time goes on.

have a wonderful weekend.

hugs-Kath

Merrie. said...

Oh Nicole I am so sorry to hear that you must close your shop; I am sure that there were many folks that will be at a loss; you seemed to always have such nice things; but it is fortunate that they will still be able to find you at that booth:) I hope you heal soon and get back to a pain-free licfe. How is Mr. Cane is he doing better? Did you find out what was causing his problems? And how are the other furkids? Talk with ya later; Merrie

Linda said...

HI Nicole,

I am sorry you have to close your shop. I hope that this new venture works out well for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Rhonda said...

Greetings Nicole. Your tree looks great from where I sit. I'm sorry you're having a difficult time with your back and neck. That can really get in the way of life...but I am praying for you to feel better very soon. Have a great Christmas.

Farmchick said...

Love all your tree! I am sorry to hear about your shop and hope your new endeavor goes well. Stop in and visit soon!

MOLLY said...

Tree looks great --also your Hat stockings. I know what you mean about the hunting trophy--you should see the one I have! Mines name is Floyd--LOL

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Everythign looks great! Sorry to hear about you closing your shop, but at least your goods will still be out in the marketplace.
Have a great week!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hi there Nicole,
Thanks for stopping by my blog..I love seeing new and friendly faces! I added myself to your blog as well..I would love to see more of the items you make..I was just going to ask if you did consignment..but then read further that you are closing your store..glad you found a place..how much do they charge for their commission..I always like to ask as I think they are spendy here..they want 40%..and when we do gift shows..they charge a fee and want 20%..have a great week..
Gina :)I am having a giveaway on my blog too..ends thursday...scroll down a few entrys..oh and add a hat to your deer as well..and some greenery to his horns..

Jennifer said...

love those santa hats...cutecutecute!!

Sharon/primthyme said...

I love your Christmas decorations,thank you for sharing !!
Prim Hugs & Blessings,
Sharon

Raggedy Angel said...

Everything looks wonderful!!!!
Beth

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Nicole, I'm so sorry to learn that your shop is closing; I know how much you enjoyed it. Hope that you get better very soon!