A long winter's nap

This will be me, at the end of today, after my final sale for the year.
I think I know how Santa feels on December 26.

Last sale event for the year, Sunday, Dec 14th at noon in my ETSY SHOP.

Thank you one and all for another extraordinary year.
May peace and joy be yours during this glorious season and the coming New Year.

Holiday Gingerbread

Catch me if you can...

A small collection of Yuletide ornaments will be available for purchase 
Sunday, Dec 14th in my ETSY SHOP.

Happy Holidays!

Dreaded Christmas Family Portrait

Taking the Christmas family portrait is always a challenge. Keeping everyone looking fresh in their holiday attire is no small task. There is always one in the bunch that you can count on for a dose of silly shenanigans that always seems to lighten the mood and somehow produce the best candid smiles. 

Finishing up a final batch of Top Hatted Merry Misfits and a small collection of jointed ornaments that will be listed in Etsy. More details to come soon.
Happy Holidays!

Tubby Twinkle Stars

Possibly the only stars that are pleased to be pleasantly plump. 

Tubby Twinkle Stars available for purchase on Small Business Saturday, August 29th
6:pm (California) at my Etsy Shop.

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Chimney Sweep

It is a good idea to keep the chimney free from soot just in case a late night visitor in a red velvet suit drops in unexpectedly.

Snowman and Scarecrow

Aren't snowmen just winter scarecrows with frosty dispositions and a vitamin D deficiency? 

Small Business Saturday, November 29th

Our shops may be small but our dreams are definitely big. With stars in our eyes, we open our doors. With support from our community, our hearts are full and our futures remain merry and bright.

To those of you who make a conscientious effort to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season, I thank you. Your support on Small Business Saturday makes us little guys feel like the big guys with stardust in our eyes.

A small group of my handmade Merry Misfit holiday dolls will be available for purchase in my Etsy Shop on Small Business Saturday, November 29th.

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Snowman

Visions of Merry Misfits are no longer dancing in my head. Winter production has finally begun.  A temporary shuffling of colors is taking place as the Christmas reds push aside the pumpkin oranges.
But not for long...

Halloween Day

Be safe and may your spirits be light on this nonsensical holiday.
Happy Halloween!

Baby Boo Pumpkins

A simple and inexpensive holiday decorating tip.
Try your hand at arranging Baby Boo Pumpkins peeking out of festive crates with colorful found foliage picked up from the outdoors. 

Harvest Home

Welcome to a preview of my Harvest home decked out for The Home Depot Style Challenge. 
I hope you are inspired to try your hand at some DIY projects that you see posted below or in the many other wonderful Style Challenge posts located on the Home Depot Apron Blog.

To read about my journey through the Style Challenge process and to see photos of two other Harvest design mantle variations click HERE.

Harvest is a time for gathering. A time when food, family and friends are far more important than getting things done. 

Autumn is a time of abundance. Bundle up and explore the outdoors. Gather up the fallen foliage and bring them into your home then snuggle up and sit by the fire... even if it's just candlelit.

Create space in your life for joy and surround yourself with things that make you merry.

It is my personal belief that you can never have too many pumpkins in the garden.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes... even handmade miniature ones. 

These hefty Pottery Pumpkin Luminaries can be used in multiple ways. I grouped them here as a festive patio divider. 

 I also used them as a base for a display shelf and a prop for a window box which can be seen by following this link HERE.

String lights illuminate the borders of the garden.

Grapevine pumpkins hung from shepherds hooks are used to anchor the multiple strands of twinkling lights. To see how this simple DIY project was assembled follow this link HERE.

Perhaps my favorite DIY project was installing the café string lights over the patio. 

Head over to the Home Depot Apron Blog to see how this project came together and to see the completed patio at night time.

All aglow and ready for twilight gatherings that can now extend late into night thanks to the addition of the glimmering lights and the Harvest home décor provided by The Home Depot. 

For more holiday inspiration take a peek at The Home Depot Pinterest page.
Happy Holidays!

Feathering your nest

Assembling place settings for the Harvest table made easy with help from Mother Nature.

Halloween Pumpkin Head Dolls

Quite possibly the only guy around who isn't craving all things pumpkin.

Baby Boo Pumpkins

Another lovely day in the garden playing around with Baby Boo Pumpkin and mini urns.

Home Depot Style Harvest Challenge

A small preview of what I've been working on the past few weeks. 
Check back Oct 20th for the big reveal.