December 2013 archive

Ringing in the new year!

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As we close 2013, I look back with immense gratitude to all of you dear readers and friends. It has been a challenging and adventure filled year. May 2014 be full of wonderful and happy events for all of us!

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Happy weekend

| Daily life

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I can’t believe it’s the Friday before Christmas! Are you all done with the preparations for the upcoming festivities? I’ve sent gift packages and cards off, what an adventure that was in the post office. Whew. This weekend will be devoted to wrapping presents!

Talk to you all soon!

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Gifts list

| Jewelry

Well friends, I’ve just about wrapped up all my 2013 shows and Christmas is almost upon us. Everywhere I turn, I see people looking for presents and hurrying to find that perfect gift. This reminds me that I too need to start wrapping up gifts!

But before I do that, I thought I’d put together a little list of Petites Merveilles jewelry that could make someone very happy!

For the person who wants something rare how about these gorgeous red wedding cake earrings? These beads date back to the beginning of the 20th century!

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For someone who wants some sparkle, how about this bracelet composed of vintage Swarovski? They are a deep and unusual shade of green. But it shines beautifully in the light!

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If green is not your color and red is more your style these two bracelets make wonderful alternatives…

This first one is simple but far from boring thanks to its mix of vintage glass and crystal rondelles.

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While the second one has a pretty Murano focal bead with a deep red heart.

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For the person who prefers something whimsical and pretty, there is this ribbon charm bracelet. The charm is from France from the 60s and the little glass discs are from the 50s.

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And if you really want something sparkly and bright, nothing beats this pair. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

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Now, which is your favorite piece?

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After the Winter Markt

| Craft show

Well friends, I’m happy to report that the Winter Markt was a great success!! Despite the freezing conditions, lots of people came out to enjoy the variety of interesting things for sale as well as the different activities.
This show was my first outdoor event and it certainly had some challenges. I had to think about how to make my space an inviting and attractive one to shoppers and since the light fades quickly during these cold months, I had to make sure there were adequate lights for the jewelry to show. All in all I was happy with how it turned out and from talking to the other crafters, I have some ideas for future outdoor shows.
As always, I met some wonderful crafters. Lisa of Nellie’s natural goat milk soap makes each and every one of her soaps from the milk of goats they raise on their own farm. Their soaps are made purely from milk and essential oils and I can tell you that their booth smelled heavenly. When I asked her how she got started, she told me it was because she wanted soap without dyes or sulfates so her husband gave her a goat for their wedding anniversary! Isn’t that something? Check out the fireplace in their booth. Oh and they’re experts too when it comes to dealing with the cold. I feel like I can now survive in the wilderness thanks to their advice!

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Ron Nolan of Nolan’s Hardwood Toys was my other favorite crafter. He hand carves every single one of his delightful toys and has been doing so for the past 32 years. His toys are the sort that can be passed from one generation to another. I couldn’t resist buying a couple as gifts!

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When I had a bit of time, I had to go check out the reindeer who came out to visit the Markt. I had never been so close to one before. Impressive antlers huh?
Interesting fact about reindeer– their natural enemy is the wolf and they look at all dogs, even littlest ones, as a wolf!

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The kids has fun riding the horse drawn carriage too!

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All in all an unforgettable show!

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Preparing for the Winter Markt

| Craft show

Hello friends, today I thought I’d show you some snapshots of what I’m preparing for the upcoming Winter Markt …

A clutch of beautiful violet foil glass beads

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Some irresistible wedding cake beads… I think I’m going to make a demi- parure out of these beauties …

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And I’m almost done with the trade beads from yesterday. Just matter of small adjustments here and there…

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Exciting times ahead!!

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Winter Markt

| Craft show, Events

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Hello friends, I’m very excited to announce our biggest market yet—the Birmingham Winter Markt this coming weekend– from the 6th to the 8th of December. This is a wonderful European style holiday market that has something for the whole family. There will be a range of carefully selected handmade goods for the discriminating shoppers, horse drawn carriage rides and caroling by different group, to name just a few of the things going in at the Markt.
I’m busy preparing loads of gorgeous new jewelry that will make the perfect gifts for the special people in your life!
For the complete list of events and details of the Markt, please consult the site.
Hope to see you all there!!!

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