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!


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, 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.


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. :-)

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! ;-)


For the Good of All
Love is a Dog