Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year, New Beginnings...

I'd like to invite you to visit my new blog: Simple Joys, no more, no less...

This will not have my ramblings posted, but will be a place for me to simply share photos and verse that inspire, comfort, remind, bless, touch, encourage, and more.
Happy New Year!!!
God Bless,

End of Year SALE... everything under $10!

I am in the mood to clear out my old stock and make room for 2009 creations, so I have gone through and listed several items on eBay. All of them begin at $9.99, much less than my retail prices. Some of the items were listed last night, and at least 9 more are scheduled to begin tonight at 7pm central. You may see my auctions here:
Thanks for the wonderful comments and blog posts in 2008. I look forward to visiting with all of my blogger friends in 2009.
Have a Happy & Blessed New Year!!!
Honeysuckle Lane

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Crochet experts?

While taking a break from my craft work, I still had to keep my hands busy, so I decided to crochet myself a hat and scarf. I haven't crocheted in a few years, but the scarf turned out fairly well. I have started the hat, and for some reason can not get past row 1!
If any of you know what I'm doing wrong, please let me know. Here is the pattern:

It's supposed to be easy, but for some reason, I can't get it right.
On the hat pattern, I have completed Row 1, but when I turn and begin Row 2, my rows aren't joined and it doesn't tell me to join with a slip stitch or anything. I'm sure I'm missing something very simple...

I appreciate any help ~ thanks!

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Items, Holiday Sale Prices, and more...

I found time a week or so ago to do more painting. When painting several pieces, I tend to have a theme going, whether it be color or subject. This time it was both. I hand mixed brown, celery green, and shades of aqua to paint whimsical baskets of flowers. The watercolors, pictured above, are inspired by the frakturs of the late 1700s and early 1800s. They are available for purchase here.

I have recently added new make-do pincushions on my website. I have both PLAIN & FANCY, so you have different styles to choose from. Some have already sold, but there are a few remaining if you'd like to take a peek... here.

I also have new note cards to offer, see below. These are made from my latest fraktur watercolors featuring birds and baskets and vases... all done in hand mixed shades of sepia and blue. Sorry, but the original watercolors have already been sold.

To make room for next year's creations, I have marked many items on sale for the holidays. Every page with sale items will have SALE near the top of the page in red. All sale prices are also marked in red. You may start shopping here.

Thanks for dropping by!



Honeysuckle Lane


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Now where did that turkey go...?

Hmmm, I suppose you think I disappeared along with Tweedle Dum! Sorry 'bout that. I meant to come back and share some recent photos of him and completely forgot with all the holiday preparations going on.
As you can see, he fared very well during Thanksgiving, so he's a happy bird!
As usual, when I have my workroom door open, he can hear me and he usually comes by to see what I'm up to. Some days he just peeks up over the porch to peer through the screen, and other days, he's curious enough to come up on the porch and cluck at me while he eats Sam's cat food.
If I loaded the correctly, you should be able to click on each photo to see a larger more detailed view of this eastern wild turkey. The feathers are gorgeous when the sun hits them just right. And can you see his spurs in the 2nd photo?
That's it for now... I have some more things to blog about... soon as I get my photos ready.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Childhood whimsies

While working on paper wreath orders, I happened to think of the children's books that I have collected. Many are old and worn, torn and tattered, but I couldn't resist buying them after seeing all the sweet graphics in them. Over the weekend I made one from an old Alice and Jerry book. I call this wreath Little Goat (see the center medallion). Too bad there's no one in my family having a baby soon or I could give this for a baby shower gift! You may read all the details about it in my etsy shop here.
I'm going to take a break for a few hours... then will be back tonight with turkey pics!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thank you!

Thanks for the votes ~ JOY the Snow Angel finished 9th out of 60!
And then they put the top 21 in one of etsy's Gift Guides:
I will be making more paper wreaths like the one shown a few posts down, some with particular themes, and will list them next week.
Have a blesed weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Decisions, Decisions...

Before I forget to mention it (I was here twice already and forgot so I am having to add to this post) ~ I have some Vintage Holiday Houses for sale on my website, here. They are about 1/ way down the page. I painted them silver, then coated them with loads of clear German glass glitter for LOTS of *S*P*A*R*K*L*E*!

If you've been here the last few days, you've seen blue, black, cream, brown, tan, black and cream again..... I can't seem to get my blog colors the way I want them. At first I wanted all ivory, brown, and black... then I thought no, I want some icy blue for a wintry feel, but then it didn't seem to look right. Maybe when I have more time to play around with the colors I will finally decide upon something. Of course then it will be Valentine's Day and I'll have to switch to red, pink, and white, lol!

Stephanie, over at Primitive Folk Art, has brought me good news, twice, in a week or so!

First, she told me my Vintage Ivory Paper Wreath was on the frontpage of etsy for a while! I didn't get to see it, but did see a snapshot of it later on Flicker.

Then she emailed me again to tell me that my little snow angel, JOY, is in a contest at etsy! If you'd like to vote for her, follow this link, sign in at etsy, and then vote. Voting ends tomorrow sometime...

I'm busy with orders, but have managed to take some photos of Tweedle Dum. Yes, for those of you wondering, he made it through Thanksgiving and is a very thankful turkey! I'll do a separate blog post about the animals and my day at Rugby. hopefully I'll have time to post it tomorrow.

Lastly, I bought a necklace display thing ~ I think it helps with my jewelry pics. It shows how the necklace will hang on a person instead of being flat on a table. I would love to find an old fabric covered dressmaker's dummy / mannequin, but this will have to do until I strike it lucky!

Thanks for visiting!



Honeysuckle Lane