Thursday, December 29, 2011


I am so enjoying my time off from work! So much that I was inspired to.... work! ;) As you well know from my past posts, I can't stay idle, not even when I'm taking a break. While sitting with Roger in the evenings and watching tv, I have been doing some simple needlework. When it's not a rushed thing, I find handwork very relaxing.

Silk ribbon hearts and cotton French knots on linen made into sweet accent pillows...

They have been sewn up into small accent pillows and tonight I will stuff them and sew on the trim.

I have taken pics and have listed them for anyone who is interested in them.
The pillows are now listed on my Honeysuckle Lane website with buy now PayPal buttons.

Enjoying the rest of 2011...

P.S. My 30% off Etsy shop sales end Saturday night! Visit this page to read about the sales at Simple Joys Paperie and Honeysuckle Lane.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Winner & A Thank You

{While looking through photos on my computer, I realized I hadn't even posted about the Country Living Fair in Atlanta this year! I'll do that before the end of December during my break.}

Jenni over at Dear Lillie had the drawing for my Joyeux Noel vintage book wreath.....
Congratulations to Tanja in Colorado!

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway and that ordered wreaths. You have kept me extremely busy as you can see, but that's a very good thing! :)

{just a fraction of the packages I have shipped the last few weeks!}

I am taking a break for the rest of the year (and maybe a week of January) from handcrafts...mostly. You know me, I have to keep busy and I can't go very long without making something! However, I will not be resting. I have so much to do here at home and hope I can get a lot accomplished in just 2 or 3 weeks. Wish me luck!

To thank everyone for their friendship, support, and business during the past year, everything (that's more than 70 items!) in my Simple Joys Paperie Etsy shop and Honeysuckle Lane Etsy shop is 30% off! You just need to insert a code in the "apply code" box during the checkout process. Details are in the shop banners. If you have trouble with the codes, please email me and I'll take make a special listing for you with the discount.

{soldered heart in hand charm ~ SOLD ~ thank you!}

{heart in hand paperweight ~ SOLD ~ thank you!}

{silk dupioni make-do with antique European metallic trim ~ SOLD ~ thank you!} 

Thank you, again, for your interest in Simple Joys Paperie and Honeysuckle Lane. I'll be back later in the week to share some simple, primitive Christmas ornaments that are gracing our tree this year.

Take care and God bless,

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Vintage Book Wreath Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I'm busy working on orders this week, but I wanted to let you know about a giveaway. Jennifer over at Dear Lillie is hosting a Joyeux Noel vintage book wreath giveaway for me! Yes, I know, I should have done a wreath giveaway long before now, but better late than never, right? :)

Please visit Jennifer's blog and leave a comment to enter to the giveaway. When she draws the winner's name, and we have the shipping info, I'll ship the wreath asap!


In the meantime, if you are still shopping for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers, I have added a couple dozen more Felted Flower Pins, made from recycled cashmere and wool, to my collection yesterday. These are adorable on a lapel, a scarf, or a hat! You may find them on the Jewelry and Accessories page of my Honeysuckle Lane website.

And if you are looking for Christmas / winter decor, my 2011 Snow Folk collection is featured in this post.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit, leave a comment if you wish, and good luck in the giveaway!

Take care and God bless,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The 2011 Snow Folk Collection is Here!

This year I really wanted to debut a large collection of Snow Folk.... a few dozen pieces... some on stands and bases, some under glass domes... scattering a few handmade trees here and there... and display them as a large snow village... but that was not meant to be. Instead, I did well just to get these few things made to list just after Thanksgiving. Oh well, there's always next year! :)

I did manage to create two snowmen, Jack (above) and Frost (below).

These guys have been pals for a long, long time, spreading sparkling snow and frost each winter, traipsing about with their faux feather tree twigs that double as walking sticks when they happen upon a deep snow.

I also made a pair of Snow Angel Candy Containers, Peace and Joy.

They are busy spreading peace and joy throughout the world. We sure could use it, don't you think?

And last, but not least... he's actually the largest... is an Old World Belsnickel / Father Christmas.

I made a faux feather tree out of crepe paper (similar to one I shared in this post a few years back) and perched a vintage spun cotton dove on one of the branches.

He has sheep's wool for a beard and mustache and his clothing (as is the clothing for all the other Snow Folk) is made from some old cotton quilt batting I've had saved for years.

I suppose there's enough for a small village here...

 At least it's a start....

The Belsnickel in the center with the little wax lamb beside him will be up for auction on eBay Sunday night in a TDIPT Mercantile group launch. You will find him here after 9pm Sunday night.

 And I couldn't do Christmas decor items without making a few whimsical cones

with tarnished silver tinsel, mother of pearl buttons, vintage crepe paper ribbons, and handmade faux feather tree twigs.

As usual, I had to have something to work on while I was watching tv later in the evenings with my husband, so I made over two dozen ribbon rose pins and recycled, felted flower pins. These are available on my Honeysuckle Lane website or in my Honeysuckle Lane Etsy shop. I've made the ribbon rose pins for years, ever since I saw them being made on The Carol Duvall Show long, long ago...

All of my work shown is listed on my Honeysuckle Lane website, but if you want to purchase immediately, just visit Simple Joys Paperie and Honeysuckle Lane on Etsy.


I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones. We had a traditional dinner at home with our kids... simple and cozy... just the way I like it! :)

Thank you so much for dropping by ~
Take care and God bless,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


{one of my designs, photo courtesy Create & Decorate}

Hello everyone! I just wanted to pop in to say hi so you don't forget me! I have been swamped with custom orders for glass glitter pumpkins and vintage book wreaths over the past couple of months and have barely had time to check in. I'm not complaining though, business is great! :)

I have lots of things to do, but if time permits, I still plan on making one of a kind jewelry pieces to offer just before Christmas, hopefully by December 10th. Most likely I'll announce here on the blog just where and when I'll be selling them.

Also, I plan on working on several new fabric designs over the winter to introduce in the spring. These will be patterns, not finished products. I sold wool felt applique patterns to quilt shops in the past and I also had designs in Create and Decorate for some time, so I would LOVE to get back to that sort of thing.

(another design of mine that was in Create and Decorate)

I think I'll work the rest of today (most likely till about midnight, as usual) and then take off tomorrow and Thursday for a little holiday break. Then it's back to the custom orders list on Friday. No Black Friday shopping for me! If any of you do go shopping, please don't forget to shop local as much as possible and support small businesses.

Small Business Saturday

I have items listed in my Etsy shops here and here and a few items on my main website. I will be adding more than 2 dozen ribbon rose corsages to my Honeysuckle Lane Etsy shop by Thursday night

and by the weekend I'll have at least a couple of Belsnickels with faux feather trees made of crepe paper to offer somewhere, maybe one on eBay and another on my website. I'll be sure to come back here and let you know where they can be found.

I hope all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving and enjoy time spent with family and friends.

(Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum)

Take care and God bless,