Tuesday, December 29, 2009


This is being created in my backyard right now. This is a photo from Christmas Eve but, it is snowing again here in Texas! I can't believe it! I'm not sure how much we will get tonight but, it sure is a pretty thing to see.
During the Christmas season I have been busy creating some things for our home & for gifts & I want to share some of these items with you. This is the wreath that one of the girls at the Christmas Tea spoke about. Yes, I decorate my bathroom too, so I wanted to carry the snowy theme on through in there. I bought these adorable children's ice skates at Winnie & Tallulah's in Athens, TX. They were so sweet & even said Lake Placid on the side. But, they were scuffed & needed some bling. White craft pain to the rescue! And then they needed serious SPARKLE & that was done using glass glitter. Simple to do & oh so pretty! What's not simple to do... replace those nasty old shoe strings with beautiful vintage seam tape AFTER applying the GLASS glitter. OUCH!!!! But, oh so worth it don't you think?
Last February I went with a friend to a needlework shop & while waiting for her I fell in love with this needle point stocking cuff. Mid December I went in for my first lesson thinking "I bet get started on this since the year is almost over". Seemed pretty silly to pay what I paid (needlepoint is NOT a cheap hobby to take up) for this & not work on it. Below is the progress made at the first class. I can say it is moving along nicely. I'll keep you posted.
Close up of Santa on the stocking topper.
More details...
A close up of my stitching at class. This really is fun!
Back in the fall I had taken a class to learn how to make rusched (ruffled roses) from Jana at Collected Treasures & I wanted to make something with this new knowledge. So, I started the search for vintage velvet. That is not an easy thing to find but, thank goodness for EBay! I made these 3 flowers for a hat that I wanted to give to my friend Susan. A pretty burgundy Christmas Rose with a couple of black velvet beauties to complete the hat. She loved them!
A close up of this little treat. When we went to lunch today Susan was sporting her new hat.
Just a few of the goodies that I have been creating. Now, back to the grind of balancing a checkbook that should have been done 2 weeks ago. Arggggggggggg creating is so much more fun. Have a wonderful week dear friends.


PAT said...

All are just lovely!

I heard your snow will move in our direction!

Hope your new year is wonderful!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Love the new stocking cuff. Glad that Susan loved the hat and gloves. The snow is pretty, just glad it's not that blowing artic snow we had Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful New Year.
Hugs, Pat

Collected Treasures said...

.....and the student becomes the master :)......gorgeous rose and so adorable on the white hat....happy new year! xojana

Blondie's Journal said...

The snow looks so pretty, Charlene. I sent it down special just for you! ;-)

Love the Santa cuff...it looks like you are almost finished. It is beautiful! I can cross stitch but never learned to embroider.

I'm glad your friend likes her hat~ I adore it!! The lesson paid off!!

Have a Happy New Year, my friend!!


Nan said...

I love this rose, I want to learn lol..

LuLu Kellogg said...

We got 19 inches of snow here last week! I hope you don't get that much!

Love all the new goodies :)


The Feathered Nest said...

My goodness girl!!! You have been BUSY! I just love your backyard addition ~ it looks beautiful and the needlepoint too!!! It's amazing when you have that creative spirit, you want to try so many different things ~ the sparkly skates were the perfect centerpiece for the wreath and you know I love the fabric rose, it's so lush looking!!! I hope you're staying cozy Charlene, wishing you a wonderful new year dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Charlene! Haven't you been busy, wow, beautiful projects. I tried needlepoint, took too long, ha ha. Good luck on your projects. LOVE those kids ice skates, soooo cute! I cannot believe the snow in Texas, just amazing. See you soon!!

Paula said...

Such fun! I know how you feel... why can't those nasty chores just leave us alone so we can finish our creating??? lol!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Oh my, you've been busy! Love it all, but especially the wreath. Your yard is lovely - isn't the snow wonderful!?

Thanks for your kind comments, it means so much! Happy New Year! ~LA

The White Bench said...

OMG Charlene! You did such a wonderful job! The wreath is amazing and the hat and gloves too!
As for the needlepoint, can't wait to see the finished result! It looks gorgeous!
Hugs and Happy New Year to you and the Princess!!! Kim sends more doggie kisses her way!!!

Lynn said...

Could you send just a tad of that snow over here to the Gulf Coast of Florida? We actually am having a cold front come in this weekend, cold for us anyway! Thank you for stopping to visit and for becoming a follower. I am so excited about that. Love the skates. I look at the creativity of bloggers and think, "why couldn't I think of that?" Funny, I actually bought white skates, ornament type the other day in Cracker Barrel of all places on sale. I just fell in love with them and have hanging over my china cabinet doors. I so love the real skates though. The rose.....oh be still my heart. On the white hat, so stunning. You made great progress in one class with the needlepoint, very nicely done. I'm off to find Noel! Big New Year hugs to you.

Joanna said...

I decorate the powder room too... mine just isn't as cute as yours. Tee-hee

Love the skates! They would go well with my new purchase. :)

Happy New Year!

Alisa said...

Everything is lovely, Charlene! I really like the velvet rose!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Perfectly perfect! I love those roses.....

Happy New Year!

Warm blessings,

once in a blue moon... said...

you are right needlepoint is not a cheap sport! i have at least 30 stockings, i splurged and bot some very expensive hand painted ones, then i got smart and drew my own, i just copied them at a fraction of the cost~

wishing you a very happy new year!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

I love the needle point you've begun. My mom made a pretty pillow with my name on it for me when I was a little girl. But, I never did learn that craft. It still looks great.

I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

:) Mona

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