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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Jodi Ohl said...

What a tour!! Everything looks fabulous, what a fun time you all must have had at the open house! Love your sweet ornaments you 'whipped' up! It all looks smashing, especially YOUR booth. Stay warm!

Lovey said...

Wow Gail what festive fun! I love all the picture! I love the little gifts you made as well!

Rhonda said...

Ooh, I just loved this post. I think your booth is simply divine!

Yes, I too hear those sleigh bells. Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive.

Your pockets and tags are beautiful.

Cheers, Rhonda

Pallas said...

Your booth looks great! I really love the ornaments and tags that you made. I think they will go very fast if you have them for sale in your booth.

Dorthe said...

Dear Gail,
what a wonderfull post, I`m totally in love with all your beautifull things-pockets,tags,all is simply lovely-and the cone is fantastic beautifull.
Wishing you a beautifull day,
Hugs, Dorthe

slommler said...

Everything looks fabulous!! And all that snow!! Wow! I don't want any of please keep it!

Cindy Adkins said...

I'm about to faint from all this loveliness, Gail!!!! Oh my gosh! It's beyond breathtaking!!! I love it all and your tussie mussie is exquisite!!! (I've been making tags with lace too, so we must be on the same wavelength!)
Yours are perfection!!!!

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

gail, loved the tour.
my favorite part was your booth and the ornaments that you made.
oh, they are so darling - i tried reaching into the screen of my laptop to gently move one into my house, but it didn't work.
but, they're simply darling.

love you, jan

Nanniepannie said...

I didn't make it for the open house, but dropped by the day before. The place looked so good, That gingerbread man blew me away.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Gail
Your world is filled with Christmas loveliness - all those sweet cards, tags etc. and the cone. Clever girl you are.
You ARE having a Merry Christmas!
x Suzy

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

Hi Gail!

Just visiting your lovely blog, and I wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed my stay ... I absolutely love these beautiful tag ornaments. So delicate and sweet! Wishing you happy holidays! Peggi

Kathy said...

Girlie, what a fabulous treat for us to see that open house. Sure I would have liked to have shopped!!!! lol And your place is just so sweet, I love it, Mr Shabby is a handsome honey! And the kitty, to cute. I love your goodies, the pocket ornaments are so darling, they ALL are. Do you have them in your shop? Going to see....

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Love, love, love your FAB SHABBY photos!!!! The snow is so delightful! (it's almost 80 degrees here in Phoenix...that's just so wrong for Holiday weather!)

-pamela :)

Ineke van den Akker said...

Just love, love, love this! Well done! It's all beautiful!

Anita Van Hal said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE everything in this post!!! You've done an amazing job with your boutique, and I wish you much success with it! You inspire me SO much! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

Chris said...

Oh wow, Gail, I'm just speechless! I just so love your booth.

Your ornaments and tags are just to die for. I would love to be able to create something like this. Well, maybe I can! I'm gonna have a go!!!