This is our tree from last year! After aging in the woods behind our house for 11 or so months, it was ready to dress. It's the perfect Greene green tree! :)
(We even have battery powered tea lights that we are saving to turn on til Christmas!)
That heart shaped ornament in the picture above were handmade by me and my kids. We have done this on several occasions. It's super easy and a lot of fun. You mix applesauce and ground cinnamon, then roll it and use cookie cutters! Let them air dry and they last a long time! And smell like Christmas year after year!
The long skinny one is a vintage bulb I inherited from my Grandmother...
(aka Mimi, aka Mrs. E W McCall)
This creature feeding on my mantel is a...? Not entirely sure, but I found it at Last Chance Thrift Store a few weeks ago on half off day. Paid something like 50 cents. I love him.
This nativity set was handed down to me from Colonel E W McCall. I really really loved this as a kid. I always admired it. Now it is mine!
Our stockings are sporting everyone's first and middle initials in burlap string. There are six in our family (7, including our new son-in-law! and 8 this year with Nana!)
There is a beautiful love story behind these beautiful neck ruffs…
Once upon a time (actually it was the mid 80’s) Lori met Jack. She fell hard for him. This drummer/saxophonist had stolen her heart. Pledging their troth in 1986, they began a beautiful journey together. Across many miles of travel, they settled in the frozen tundra, or maybe it just felt that way to a southern peach. It was actually the Fox Valley. Many moons came and many moons went. Their hearts were full, but their house was empty.
Then, in 1999, a miracle came along in the form a tiny baby girl. At almost the same time, tragedy hit. A terrible disease attacked Jack’s lungs. They called the family in to say their last goodbyes, but it wasn’t time. Another miracle came. This time in the form of Jack overcoming this dreaded disease. God had given them a miracle of time together. Against all odds, Jack lived his life. He was a loving husband and devoted father and the life of every party. Several years later, another tiny bundle arrived on their doorstep. Overwhelmed with joy, their two beautiful girls began to grow.
Days filled with hope, laughter, friends and family. Their love grew deeper every day. Jack gave of himself to help others almost everyday of his life. In 2008 Jack became very sick. He struggled for every breath. This time when the family said their goodbyes, he stepped over into eternity. He was no longer struggling. He was at peace.
These neck ruffs all began their lives as Jack’s dress shirts. Transformed, they will be worn by his three lovely ladies. Each time they wear these beautiful collars, Jack will be snuggling them. A beautiful reminder of the devoted husband, father and friend.
I would love to make a neck ruff for you from a piece of clothing that once belonged to someone you love.
For several years, all I made was flower pins... I kinda got burned out... but have started to feel some renewed energy for them!! Oversized and really unique looking ones is what I am after... here a few I did this week... working on more! :)
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I have found that the more things I have to choose from, the easier it seems to find a pleasing arrangement... which brings me to number....
2. Stack in a pleasing arrangement
It is helpful if the items can be stacked and stay balanced before any gluing begins.
You can decide if you want a bowl for the top or a small glass for holding a tea light. You can even put a plate on the top (but be sure the base is wide enough to be secure even if something is placed on the edge of the plate).
3. I use E6000 to hold my pieces together, although probably any kind of epoxy will work.
I put a good amount of E6000 between the layers. This is not a fast drying glue and demands a good 24-36 hours to set up. With this in mind, I turn the piece right side up or upside down depending on which way the glue will stay the best. For instance, if I am gluing a glass rim to a plate, I would put the plate on the table, run a large bead around the glass rim and turn it over onto the plate. This prevents the glue from running down the sides or insides of glass.
Another important note is that you need to make sure your table is level and your pieces are on straight and not sliding. You may feel like it is in place only to come back the next day and see that it has completely shifted! This is especially true when adding flat marbles... they will feel like they are set and then slowly slide.
The thinner the glass, the more easily it will crack. The glue contracts and expands with heat and cold, therefore if the glass is thin when it contracts, it will cause a small hairline crack.
That is basically it!! Please feel free to ask any questions you would like!!
The ones I have made are on our sister store called Fineartology.
Jordan, who is a frequent submitter to our shop has recently found himself creating very cool pocket squares for guys. These are urban, modern and fashion forward! Love them!! Three sold right away... and he is always looking for new inspiration! Awesome!
Finally!! E W McCall has added a line of truly beautiful hanging glass sculptures! Great for outdoor entertaining or indoor decor. Tealights look amazing in these one of a kind sculptures. Also great for candies, flowers, airplants, potpourri, etc...