Friday, March 24, 2017

Same Old, Same Old...

Time seems to get away from me more and more. Spring is here and I have so much on my to-do list... and here I am still making Love Tokens! I guess they really are good for year 'round gifts. You can give someone a love token for so many reasons: a wedding, an anniversary, an engagement, an I Love You sentiment, a Best Friend gift... you see what I mean?

There were only 6 left from my first collection, and this second collection has been sold except for one. In this second collection, each valentine is displayed in an antique velvet frame.
Four of them have original 18th and 19th century French document papers for the background. The other one has an embossed fragment of a French document for the cuff. I love this new (old) element that has been added to them.

If you'd like to see them, please visit my Honeysuckle Lane shop. The one pictured above can be found here (it's #2 - the only one left on that page).

Hopefully, next time I'll have some spring related things to talk about! :)

Take care and God bless,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Little Country Church

I've started painting again... churches for now... and I hope to eventually paint barns with fields of lavender. I want to do several for the Lavender Festival in June next year.


I love the randomness of it all and the unexpected textures and colors that come from palette knife painting.

I think I have mentioned why I love old churches before, but here's why:
Daddy was a country preacher, pastored several churches during his lifetime, and held many revivals in the rural areas of middle and east Tennessee where we lived. My church paintings are inspired by all the little country churches I attended as a child... and still attend as an adult today.

I couldn't help sneaking my glass glittered sheep into a few photos.

And my mercury glass owl...

This church painting will be listed in a few days here, and in the meantime there are a few other church paintings in my Etsy shop.

I just realized this is New Year's Eve....
so I wish for you a Happy New Year...
one that is full of love, happiness, blessings, and grace.

Take care and God bless,

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Stockings Were Hung...

I have a few Christmas stockings made and listed in my Honeysuckle Lane shop. I'm just not as prolific in my handwork right now, so the pickings are slim. When they're gone, they're gone.

These are lined and may be hung facing left or right.

I'm trying to use all the fabrics I have on hand instead of buying more... do you know how hard that is???

Oops! 😏 Sorry about the excessive nail holes in the wall. I took me three tries to get something hung right, even with measuring! I meant to photoshop those holes out, but forgot to do that. I normally have something over the holes, but removed it to display the stockings.

I used an old fringed damask towel for this one... it's old and worn, but I love it!

Visit my shop HERE to see what's still available.

Have a lovely, blessed day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Peppermint Candy Sticks

Nowadays, time seems to get away from me over and over. I make plans, but then those plans change... quite often. I thought I'd make certain things to offer you before Thanksgiving, but those things are nowhere to be found, other than in bits and pieces, still waiting to be brought together on my workroom table.

Instead, I found all these fabrics in a box and decided at the last minute to whip up some old fashioned Christmas decorations. I will have several Christmas stockings listed tomorrow afternoon. All are lined and have loops for hanging. Some are long and skinny, more colonial in style, and some have cuffs and are more traditional, and then there are a few one of a kind stockings, that won't be duplicated and are not sold in pairs.

Among the fabrics, I found some red stripe canvas ticking... perfect for old fashioned peppermint sticks! There are several bundles available. You may need a few to tuck here and there throughout your Christmas decor. While making these peppermint sticks, I thought of an old country store in my hometown. It's no longer operating as the store where you could buy feed for your horse, a twist of tobacco for your grandpa, a chunk of bologna for your dad, fabric, shoes, or stockings for your mom, and a piece or two of candy for yourself... but the building still stands.

photo from facebook

The exterior was made from large blocks of the local sandstone, while the interior was creaky wood floors, wooden counters and shelves overflowing, and there was an old stove with chairs nearby for all the men to sit and spit and tell tall tales.

I have no idea how long the store was there... I think at least as far back as the 40s or 50s, maybe earlier. I remember going there in the 70s when I was a little girl. And later, in the 80s when I was in high school, that's where my mom bought my sewing supplies for Home Economics class. I still have those scissors and used them to cut out these peppermint sticks and Christmas stockings.

Ahhh, nostalgic memories! :)

Tonight, I have the peppermint sticks listed. Tomorrow afternoon I will add the Christmas stockings.

View An Old Fashioned Christmas here.

Take care & God bless,