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Good Saturday to you! It's once again my Studio Saturday and I am going to give you a sneak peek into what's going on in my studio. It's that time of the year where there is a lot of going on, that's for sure. I have been getting ready for some holiday sales and open houses, so things are scattered everywhere. The studio is not as clean as it has been in the past. But I think if your studio's messy that's a good sign because it means you're busy, right? Well at least that's what I tell myself to feel better.
Okay, so on to what I have been working on....Ornaments and decorations. It's that time of the year when the grocery stores start stocking there holiday magazines. I have to admit I am a sucker for the 101 cookie recipes, new wrapping ideas. and decorating tips. So I have been buying them and reading them in the evenings. I was reading Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion and saw Amy Butler's house all decorated for the holidays. It looked so great and looked so much like her. It really got to thinking about how I would like to decorate our house. Until recently, we were always away for the holidays, last year was my first year at home for Christmas. It was my big chance to decorate. I did make some wreathes and some swags but I think I just need to add a little each year. So I have some ideas I am working on to help with the decorating.
I have been making lots of ornaments. These shown above are what I am making for galleries and my Etsy store. I really like the silver wire curl at the top, it's also really good for grabbing a hold of the tree. I have also been putting some new ornaments together, also. Here are some more photos of ornaments that I have made.
That has the tree covered, now onto the mantle...I have some stockings in the works for it. We have our traditional Santa stockings but I would like something a little more like me for the other days of the season. I have also been stringing garlands out of my glass bead mixes, I think these would be cute strung across it.
Cookies... there's another thing, I am excited about. Here are last years cookies. I have lofty goal of the boys and I building a gingerbread house his year. So many things and so little time, it's already mid November,when is it all going to get done?
So for my question of the week, I would like to know about what kind of Crafty Holiday Traditions you have. Do you incorporate beads into your Holiday Decorations? If so, how do you do it?I would love to hear. If you're the winner I will send you some Holiday Beads to make your own ornaments from.