Wednesday, December 29, 2010


That's right!  I'm  having an After Christmas Sale!
Get 15% off all purchases (excluding classes and gift certificates) at Shabby Cottage Studio.
I made it easy for you.  When you check out simply use the code 15% in the voucher code box and the shopping cart will apply the discount.  Please do not add classes or gift certificate to the cart or I have to void the order.
The sale is good through Jan. 2, 1011.

I am also having a sale on my Fabric and Lace Composition Book workshop over at Creative Workshops.  Between now and Jan. 14 you can get 20% off this class.  Simply use the code Class20  in the voucher code box on the checkout page and the shopping cart will make the deduction for you. 
 A class is a great way to spend a snow day! :-)

I'm down with some ugly bug so if I don't post again for a bit it's because the sucker got me good.  But I am fighting it with all I've got! :-)

Hugs my lovelies...wishing you a healthy Wednesday!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

A Hunting I Did Go

For pictures that is.  And I found them!
It's been snowing since yesterday morning.  We absolutely had a white Christmas and it was beautiful.

a little wren who posed for me

Papa Cardinal

and Mama Cardinal


Oh wait, it's a Jay!

A new visitor this week, a male Downey Woodpecker

I had thoughts to get dressed and go outside
to take pictures of the snowfall...

but when I stepped outside to check the temperature I thought
...nah...a few pictures from the porch will do...
and then a mad dash back to the cozy fireplace

Oh I DO hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine
and that all your wishes came true!
Love to you all!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

From Me to You

No matter where you are
No matter how you celebrate this Holiday time
I am wishing for all my beautiful blogging friends
the happiest, joyous season ever! 
Thank you for sharing
your year with me.

For myself and Mr. Shabby we celebrate Christmas with my family
and feel blessed that we can.
Merry Christmas my lovelies!!!
Much Love to you!
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Sunday, December 19, 2010


Even as the snow begins to melt
we still have beauty.

And who would I be if I didn't do a little Photoshop-ing.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


It started snowing Sunday afternoon.
And this is what it looked like all day yesterday as I sat at my computer and watched the snow show.
At times the bird feeder experienced traffic jams.  My little tree was full of birds waiting to swoop down and grab a bite.

The snow she was a blowin'.

Today the sun is out and the snow is about 6-8 inches.  And about 18 degrees.

I am keeping warm.  And very thankful for electric and propane gas.

"Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We're snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be
Let's take that road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on, it's lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you."
Clop, clop, clop

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Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm so excited!

I've been dreaming about making this announcement for quite a while.  We all have our "art heroines" who inspire us on our journey.  I know that we all probably have more than one, and more likely, many.  One woman whose art has inspired me for quite some time now is Ms. Nellie Wortman of Early Morning Thoughts

Nellie's work is the kind of work that leaves me breathless and touched by magic.  Nellie creates more than books and everything she creates in her studio is touched with that Nellie magic, but I believe it is by her books that a lot of people know of Nellie.  I was lucky once upon a time to win one of her books in a blog giveaway.  Holding it in my hands captivated me even more and the spell was complete.

So it with a sense of thrilled honor that I can now announce Nellie is teaching a class at Creative Workshops!   Her workshop has a simple name, Altered Fabric Book, but let me tell you is more than that.   Nellie passes on her tips and techniques to show you how to achieve your own sense of  magic.

Okay I'm gushing.  You know that's not something I do a lot of.  But Nellie is worth my gushing.  I love this girl!  Come take her class and you will too!

Workshop begins Jan. 14, 2011
The going price is going to be $120.00 but Nellie is generously offering a price incentive until the workshops begins.  Purchase the class up until the day the class starts and it is $90.00.  After the class begins it will go up to $120.00.  This class is worth every penney.  Grab it at a good price while you can.  Makes a great Christmas gift!
Altered Fabric Book...check it out!

And speaking of incentives we have Sue Pelletiers Vintage Snowmen workshop on sale. 20% off!

This sale will continue until January 15, 2011 and then the class will no longer be for sale but will continue to be available for those who purchase it.  So take advantage while you can.  These snowmen are da bomb!!

I hope you have sparkling Christmas parties you're looking forward to this weekend and just plain enjoying the season!


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Monday, December 6, 2010

A Week in Pictures

It started snowing yesterday.  Snowed all day.  And all day again today.

Remember Minny?  Not a scraggly starving cat any more!

Is she watching it snow?

Nope.  She's watching Mr. Shabby refill the birdfeeder, no doubt
 daydreaming about the days she chased the birds that visit those feeders.

I was so busy getting ready for the Open House at the Corner Nest this past weekend that I didn't even get a chance to post pictures so I have a lot to share with you.

I decided it would be so crazy jammed with people (and it was!) on the days of the Open House that I would take a few pictures before.  Getting in the spirit of Christmas!
Some of the vendors went all out.  Saturday Santa even sat here for a while!

See that gorgeous bed?  They slapped a sold sticker on that baby while I stood there only 45 minutes after the front door opened! 
And I want that Christmas tree!  For my booth! LOL

This was a walk through area filled with Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths and tree decorations.

That is a NINE FOOT TALL Gingerbread man!!!  Robin, the owner of Corner Nest, made that herself, out of muslin!  Man but she impresses the heck out of me!
You can not imagine the spread they put on!  They did breakfast, lunch and dinner! 
Can you imagine, a snowy, rainy morning and you walk in and are greeted by hot trays of scrambled eggs, hash browns sausage biscuits, a veritable TOWER of muffins, bagels and condiments! 
And lunch was even bigger!  I wasn't there for dinner so I can only imagine.  All free for all the customers.  And door prizes galore!  Happy, happy shoppers everywhere. 
The check out counter was always crowded with a line but they had a system down pat and moved people through with lots of smiles and laugter.  Robin KNOWS how to run a business.

I got the new booth all spiffed up just in the nick of time for the Open House.  Now that I know how all out they go at the Corner Nest for Christmas, next year I will put up a tree and be more decorated.

Yay, Mr. Shabby got the chandelier lit for me.  If it is still there when I go back I am thinking about putting a not for sale on it because it looks so pretty in the booth. 

Next year I will do something with that post!

Looking more full aren't I?! :-)

 I ran across a tutorial from Nancy Maxwell James that she did for Paper Whimsy.  I just love Nancy's work.  I gave it my own spin with the ruffled "collar" and I was so pleased with the way it turned out.

Then at the 11th hour I decided I should at least attempt to make a few ornaments for the booth.  It was so much fun playing with sewing fabric, lace and glitter!  It's hard to see the glitter on all these.

Heart Ornaments

Stuffed Ornies

Pocket Ornaments...great for gift cards, cash or small gifts like jewelry! :-)

And of course had to have some Tag ornaments

So my sweet lovlies here in blogland that is how I spent last week.  Yesterday I had computer issues, so while Mr Shabby worked on them, and it snowed outside, snuggled in my comfy chair and vegged for the day.  Rare for me and it was perfect.  I didn't even feel guilty. ;-)

Sleighbells ring, are you listening...jing, jing, jing

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