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,

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just Because

I wanted to thank my customers (and future customers) by offering this FREE SHIPPING coupon code over the weekend. It is good through Nov.6th in my HONEYSUCKLE LANE Etsy shop. Ordering and entering the code is simple: just add items to your cart, then above "item total" click on "apply shop coupon code" then type in JUSTBECAUSE116 and then click "check out with PayPal". This code is applicable in the US only, but if you are outside the US, add the code to the "note to seller" box and I will refund 1/2 of the shipping costs.

Anything and everything in the shop may be shipped free with this code:

A snow angel:

block prints:

an original owl painting:

poppet watercolors:

and even make-do pincushions!

So if you've had your eye on something for yourself or for a gift this Christmas, be sure to use the coupon code, JUSTBECAUSE116, and take advantage of free shipping.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed weekend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Glad & Merrie

The TDIPT Mercantile members have updated for the 1st of the month and are having a Holiday Open House and Giveaway! For my update, I have made a pair of whimsical Snow Folk Angels, Glad and Merrie. You may read all about them here.

Then when you have finished visiting all the wonderfully creative shops, pop over to the TDIPT blog to enter the giveaway.

I'm still taking orders for vintage book wreaths. You can see all the styles in my Simple Joys Paperie Etsy shop. Prices will be going up in 2012, so now's your chance to order at the price I've been selling them for since 2008.

Take care and God bless,