Friday, December 21, 2007

TGIF & Happy Holidays

It doesn't matter how we celebrate the holidays, for most of us it means the winding down of a busy year, taking some time to spend with family and friends. And it is how I plan on celebrating my Christmas and New Year too. My hubby gets this week off every year and it's only one of the two he gets so I'm always glad to have him around the house for the week.

This year after we celebrate with my parents and my sister & BIL we're heading out of town the morning after Christmas. Going to Raleigh to spend a few days with my nearest and dearest friend Liz and her hubby Rick. It's so nice to have friends where all four of you mutually like one another and it's a part of our friendship I truly value. We'll have good ltalks, lots of laughter, great food and we girls will get a couple days of shopping. I always get my shopping fix in Raleigh. :-)

I want to take a moment and say to all of you who visit my blog that I wish for you, however you celebrate, to be surrounded with joy and love and peace. Merry Christmas!

Since I will be out of town next Friday I'm leaving you two images today. I hope you enjoy them! Merry Christmas!





Blessings
Gail

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tagged Again! :-)

OK, I think most of us know how this works, I've been tagged by the talented and sweet spirited Ivan of Ivan Chan Studio Hi Ivan I'm waving at you because I haven't "seen" you in while. Thanks for the nice comment you left! ;-)

So here goes,

1. I've been watching what I eat since last January and I just celebrated losing my 40th Pound. It has motivated me to say I want to lose 20 more. I'm very happy with the thinner new-old me but another 20 would make me ecstatic. And if I can do 40 I KNOW I can do 20. The secret I've learned is to not be in a hurry. I didn't put on the weight in a matter of weeks, it won't come off in a matter of weeks.

2. I was named for the 50's actress Gail Russell, who I understand my dad liked. Why? I simply haven't a clue!

3. My grandmother passed away in 1993 and I miss her to this day.

4. When my 4 legged buddy/best friend and child, Taz, had to be put down suddenly in 1997, I cried for about 48 hours straight. To this day I can't think too hard about him and our last minutes together as we waited for the shot to go into effect. The last thing he did before he shut his eyes forever was lick me on the arm. He was so weak and ill it was the only spot he could reach to kiss me as I held him. Ohh, see I'm tearing up.

5. I don't like to be yelled at from another room in the house. If you have something to say to me, wait until I'm in the same room or come find me. So sometimes when DH tries to tell me something from another room in the house, my hearing must be going bad because I simply can not hear him. ;-)

OK, now you know more about me, however interesting or not that may be. :-)

I also want to share a new blog header I created for the lovely Pam Carriker of The Bag Lady's Art. We both liked the way it turned out!

Friday, December 14, 2007

TGIF & New Goodies

Dare I say it? Will you throw snowballs at me if I do? You won't hate me will ya? You'll still come visit won't you? My Christmas shopping is done. Since last weekend. :-) And I didn't even have to go out and fight those nasty crowds or bad weather.

I found everything I wanted, online. Now I will admit, I don't have a large shopping list, so that helps. And my mom did pick up my Christmas gift to my dad just because she already happened to be at the store. I could have found it online...no, really. :-)

I picked up some beautiful jewelry at Etsy and was pleased as punch because I really started out just surfing, not sure what I wanted, just knowing I wanted jewelry for....oops, can't tell, they might see this. But I was thrilled to have both my orders within a couple days.

Who needs crowds?!

Unless you just really like to be a part of all that madhouse craziness. :-)
The introverted side of me cringes just at the thought! ACK!

The Design Team has been busy little elves since the end of November. The challenge was their interpretation of Home using our adorable and versatile Hanging House Shape carried in the shop.

Sally Smith also known as Lydia's Lineage



CD Brinkley also known as cdsartisticendeavors


NEW GOODIES arrived at Shabby Cottage Studio this week!
Check out our German Glass Glitters . I cannot express how beautiful these are! They shimmer, they sparkle, and they will make any Magpie or Glitter Queen ecstatically happy! We're starting off with four colors and if they are received well I will certainly be adding a larger color selection.

Pink



Silver (please, forgive the photographer)


ALSO ADDED are a dozen new paper designs. We now have just a little over 60 designs in stock and I'm pleased and happy to say they are being very well received by customers!


So check out our Decorative Papers ! They are all laser printed on acid free, heavy matte paper at a resolution of 300 dpi. The ink we use ensures the quality of the print will stay true for up to 100 years.


Here are just a couple samples and I'm adding more almost every week.




And last, but certainly not least, our TGIF free image.


She's smiling because it's gently snowing and not a fierce thunderstorm like some of you are experiencing! ;-)


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Some Pretties I Created

Those of you who know me, or know my work, know that I create two ways... digitally and in 3 dimension. I just did some recent creating of both kinds and felt like sharing because I like the way they turned out.

The first is a secret sister swap I just participated in. Like my first swap, this is also my first Secret Sister...didn't I tell you I've been living under a rock all my life. ;-) As I am part of the ZNE Design team, this was a swap between us. I think I'm safe in sharing this now with you as it's winging it's way north to my secret sister and as far as I know she doesn't visit here often. Our directive was to create something handmade and my "sister" likes little children and dogs. I loved the way this turned out. And it was fun to be able to "buy" something (the vintage looking hanger) from my shop, for me.

The other two creations are custom blog headers I recently finished. And so totally different in feel I wanted to share that yes, I can do something more than "just vintage". LOL If you haven't been to vi st Queen of Tarte yet, there is a link to your left for her blog. Some fabulous eye candy there! And check out the music on Esprit*D'Art...also a link on the left...sometimes I've just left Sherry's blog open, opened another browser window, and continue to work and share her music at the same time. Thanks Sherry! ;-) Two absolutely lovely ladies! And both joys to work with!





Sunday, December 9, 2007

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Sue of Signature-Sterling to leave 5 random facts about myself. In turn I'm supposed to tag 7 others. Forgive me if I don't tag anyone else, my tagees have all been tapped by me through previous tags. :-) OK, 5 random facts hopefully I haven't already listed. ;-)

1. Many years ago (more years than I want to count thankyouverymuch)myself and a group of friends usually congregated at a local "fern bar", as they were called back then, on Friday nights. A little drinking, a little dancing, some good laughs. And this is where I met my hubby. For approximately six Fridays in a row, I would be cutting up with my friends, he would come over, ask me to dance. Every Friday, one dance. That was it, he would escort me back to my friends and disappear. Leaves one speculating doesn't it? And yes, of course he finally got up his courage to ask me out! To go sailing on his sailboat. What girl could resist! ;-)

2. I've lived in seven different states.

3. I have one sibling, a younger sister. We get along great, not only do we share a history we have the exact same sense of humor. She and her husband live 9 minutes down the road.

4. My parents live on the back of our property and living that close together, we never have any problems. Ever.

5. I love rainy, cloudy days.


Friday, December 7, 2007

TGIF in Shabby Land

Another Friday rolls around and still no snow to speak of here in the mountains of Tennessee. I suppose I'm like a lot of people, wishing for a magical white Christmas. But I have serious reservations that we will see it this year. Tomorrow (Sat.) it is supposed to be in the low 60's! What????? Weather patterns are certainly changing and I imagine global warming has something to do with this shift.
So for now, the only snow I'm going to be able to enjoy is in my images.

So, in honor of the wonderful white stuff, I give you your Friday Freebie, Brrr. :-)
Enjoy!


Monday, December 3, 2007

New Digital Collage Art Prints and Gift Certificates

I've been working on some new 5x7 digital collage art prints plus I finally listed For the Good of All which I had done quite a while back but just didn't get listed. They are all in my Etsy store and also in the web store.

This 5 x 7 size makes it easy to find a reasonably priced frame and they make great gifts too. They are all artist signed by me on the back.

I also have just today added Gift Certificates to the web store. I myself love gift certificates! It's a way for someone to get me a gift and yet allows me to get exactly what I want. I can't think of a better giving/receiving combination! ;-)

Footfalls

For the Good of All
Love is a Dog

Sisters

Friday, November 30, 2007

TGIF and New Collage Sheets

You'll find these new collage sheets in my web store and in my Etsy store. They're great for a cottage or shabby Christmas. Use them as gift tags, in your own art work, or string them together for a shabbylicous garland or hang them as ornaments. Add glitter and rhinestones and ribbon and dress 'em up for some holiday fun!







I'm sure those of you who bake for Christmas (me? no, I just enjoy the eating part!) have already started on your holiday goodies. So in honor of all you baking goddesses here's your free Friday image. Have fun! Stay warm and hope your weekend is grand!!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It's Beginning to look like Christmas

Actually if we had some snow then my blog title would be more appropriate. I think it was in the 50's today here in the mountains! But I'm doing my best to awaken those Christmas feelings. :-) I added a holiday header to the blog as a starter.

Then one thing that helped is my soul sister, and painter extraordinaire, Liz Miller of Artful Endeavors in Raleigh, NC, sent me a photo of a recent painting she had entered in the state fair this year. She won Best of Show! Of course for me she's always been Best of Show and I'm proud to say that many, many years ago, I was one of her students. And speaking of students, not only did Liz win a ribbon but several of her students won ribbons also! Quite an accomplishment I'd say! Congratulations to you all!




And then I have admit to having way to much fun creating this new collage sheet. I call it Shabby Christmas. Cut them out and use as tags, or add them to your holiday artwork. I'm working on some more similar to this one and you can find it now (and at least one more, if not several, to come as soon as possible) in my store under Holiday Collage Sheets, along with a lot of other Christmas-y collage sheets and tag sheets.

This is what I call Shabbylicious!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

TGIF Image

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, got to eat to their hearts content...I know I did ;-)...and enjoyed their day however it was celebrated.

I know so many people have a long holiday weekend and isn't that marvelous! Ours is being spent finally painting our dingy old hallway...and heavens that silly hallway has six doors. SIX! I told my dh that it is certainly way to many for one hallway and how wonderful it was that he decided I should be the one to paint the doors, and the stair bannister's and handrail. See how sweet he is to me. ;-)

Such a busy day, I almost forgot to post an image!


Thursday, November 22, 2007

My First Swap! Ever.

Yes, yes, it's true. I've never done a swap before. So, what rock have I been living under, you ask? I haven't a clue. I guess I always felt so busy and was concerned I'd never get something done within a proscribed time limit. But I finally took the plunge and I have to admit, it was quite painless. In fact it was kind of fun. In fact it was enough fun that I've decided I have to try this swap thing again.

This swap was for an ebay group of altered book addicts ;-) I belong too. What is interesting about this swap is we actually have guidelines to do an altered page, front and back, with correct placement of holes, of either a 5x7 or 6x6 size. Then once you collect enough of these pages, you put together your own altered book! And because you have to follow the guidelines for the exact placement of the holes you know it will all come together in book form, waiting for you to bind it in whatever fashion you choose. Quite cool eh?

So I did my page as a pocket and here it is!
My first swap! Ever. :-)



Front (see the holes to the left?)



Back


Large surprise tag in the pocket.


I hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

SPRINKLED WITH MAGIC

I've made a new friend. Her name is Denaz and she lives in England. We met and became friendly as I worked on a number of custom graphics for her Etsy store and her new and upcoming website. She makes the most amazingly beautiful jewelry. Or I should write it, jewellery, as they spell it over across "the big pond". ;-)

Denaz says, "My passion is combining old with new and reinventing jewelery. I am also a real magpie when it comes to colour and I like to think I add a bit of magic to everything I make!" She is and she does! Mixing vintage with new to create her special magic, Denaz even waved her wand over me. I never thought I would like pink and orange together...until I met this special lady.

You know Christmas is coming......buy that very special someone a very special gift from England! Take a trip over to her Etsy Store joyandjewels to see some of her magical offerings! She is a joy to do business with and her shipping from the UK is very reasonable.


Bracelet


Chokers


Necklace

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Beauty of Blogland

I don't know that my defninition of The Beauty of Blogland really needs explaining. It's simply my little tag for, not only the beautiful blogs I'm always discovering, and try my best to get around and visit, but also for the beautiful artistic souls behind all these delicious blogs and their heartfelt generosity.

My friend Amy of Razz Pizazz Boutique is having a giveaway over on her blog and you need to run, not walk, over there and leave a post so that you can be entered to win one of her fabulous notecard or pocket and tags package!



Her work is gorgeous and if you win you'll find yourself very happy to have one of these beautiful packages. :-) I promise!

Friday, November 16, 2007

TGIF



Aren't they cute! Created by Design Team member Kim Newberg of ImagesbyKim from one of the two new Choose Your Own offerings at Shabby Cottage Studio. These are the Petitie Giftie Bags that you customize by choosing your own paper design from our growing selection. Absolutely perfect for ATC's!





And what about this?! A sample of the new double sided papers also of the Choose Your Own at Shabby Cottage Studio. Now you can customize your own papers!


I posted about these yesterday, but being goofy with a head cold, Iforgot to post pictures and we all know how much more fun it is to look at pictures than read text. ;-)


And of course I haven't forgotten it's TGIF. Here in our mountain area of Tennessee we had our first snow flurries yesterday. They didn't stick, and today you'd never know they visited, but in honor of those that came and went I give you your freebie image of the week.



Everyone have a great weekend! Hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New at Shabby Cottage Studio - Create Your Own Product!

It's true, you really can! I've added a new category in the store and it's called "You Choose". There are two different products in this category as of now and I think you can have a lot of fun with them both. So go check them out, let me know what you think!

First is
Petite Giftie Bags and you get to choose what paper you want it printed on. As of right now you have 37 choices of paper designs with more being added often. When you put this bag together it is adorable and just the right size for ATC's, small gifts, money, candy etc.... Once you're on the product page click on Gift Bag Ideas to see what my wonderfully talented design team has come up with for their first project and to get your muse juice stirrin'!

The second item are my new
Double Sided Papers. And you get to choose your design for each side! Again you have 37 choices right now with more coming. It's like creating your own paper and the possibilities are delicious! And the prices are great!

So both these items are just like being able to create your own product to your taste! How cool is that?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Trash to Treasure

My sister and BIL have been remodeling a house since last March. She hired me as the "decorative consultant", whatever that means, except I know I had a blast saying, "oh you should buy this", and then watching her buy "that"! I figure if I don't have the money to spend it's just as much fun helping someone else spend theirs! When they sold their house the new owners bought all her furniture so we had a heck of a lot of stuff to buy! :-)

Of course I worked hard too, and earned my money with faux finishes, painting walls, painting and staining unfinished furniture, sewing valances, that sort of thing. A few weeks ago she found these chairs I had in the basement I bought to recover and put in the shop...when I had a shop, but never got around to it. She bought them from me and I agreed to recover them as part of the price. (She drives a hard bargain, yessiree).

I love chairs and have spent years buying old ones no one loved anymore and making them into new ones that someone else could love. Depending on the chair, sometimes I would paint them with a decorative motif and sometimes I would paint and skirt them. Often times I combined the two and painted, skirted and then painted a motif on the fabric. This chair is just skirted. We loved the old paint finish so much and it went perfect in the room it was planned for we left it alone.

BEFORE

Close up of Skirt

Front of the back.
I used a floral fabric, then covered that with a polka dot sheer


Back of the back. I love mixing florals and geometrics


And in it's new rightful home

Didn't it turn out pretty in her red painted breezeway! So feminine and flirty!

We're just about to the end now. I think....oh, wait, she wants me to recover the lampshade on that desk, oh and yeah, we do have another chair just like this one she wants done for her bedroom. And then the other night she did call all excited because she finally figured out what she wanted to do to the old fireplace mantel she bought off me...she wants me to paint roses and vines and leaves...... before Christmas...........

Well, we'll get there yet.......I think. ;-)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Inevitably every Friday comes, whether or not we feel we've accomplished what we planned for the week. If we have reached our goals there is a nice sense of satisfaction. If we haven't we're left wondering, where did the time get to, I didn't get everything done! Personally I like that warm glow the sense of satisfaction imparts. But more often I find myself saying, where did the time get to, I didn't get everything done! And then I try to add what I didn't get done this week to next weeks plans. But this week I'm feeling that warm sense of satisfaction and I'm going to enjoy it. :-)

We have this rooster in the neighborhood who doesn't realize he's not supposed to crow all day long, every day. Lately I haven't heard him and this morning I was wondering if it's because my windows are finally shut for the season and storm windows are in place.....or if someone got tired of listening to Mr. Rooster. So on that note I leave you with your TGIF image.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Here's a small preview of some of the items just added to the store inventory. I love this snap closure box because I think it can serve a dual purpose. Though sold as a keepsake box, I turned it on it's end, and instantly thought SHRINE! Of course there's no denying it would make an adorable keepsake box
or a wonderful box for a precious altered book! ;-)





As soon as I opened the delivery box I fell in love with this paper mache house .



And the ideas just began popping so of course I had to save one for myself! ;-)

I've started adding Christmas themed Collage Sheets and digital collage Christmas Cards for those of you who plan ahead.










So stop on by the store and and check out the What's New Category for some more fun altering goodness!