A Little Pink Studio gift certificate would make a lovely stocking stuffer for any creative gal on your list. Just click here to pick them out in any denomination. I can send them via email on Christmas Eve, or even schedule them to arrive in their email Christmas morning. (or whenever you prefer)
If you prefer a mailed certificate, it's still possible, but you will need to contact me for expedited shipping rates.
Gift certificates are always a nice gesture, and who doesn't like to do a little after holidays shopping for themselves? :)
I still have one more tutorial I wanted to do for you, and I'll have it on here sometime this week.
I hope you're enjoying this special time of year, and not getting to wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of it all.
Much love, Cerri
My niece and nephew visited us the past few days, and what a wonderful time we had. This is my sweet niece in her Santa hat. The kids coming to visit us every year during their Christmas break is a family tradition, and we've been doing it for years. I love this special time and look forward to it every year. This weekend we packed as much activity into 3 days as we possibly could.
My niece and I dressed up and went to the original "Miracle on 34th Street" movie at our historical Tennessee theater.
We also went to see this movie. We snuggled up in the car and drove around looking at all of the pretty Christmas lights. (something I've been doing since my girls were little)
I hope you're enjoying this holiday week!
Hello! I hope you're having a lovely weekend in the middle of the Christmas rush. My niece and nephew are visiting us this weekend. Every year at Christmas they come and visit us and we do all sorts of fun things like crafts, going to and watching Christmas movies, and baking cookies.One of my favorite things we have been doing since my girls were little, is to take blankets and hot cocoa, snuggle up in the car and drive around looking at all of the pretty Christmas lights. It's always so nice. I'll admit, it's a little different this year without either one of my girls home, but Kenz will be home from college tomorrow!
In case you're needing some images to make tags out of or to print and add to your packages, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.
Sometimes I can't remember what I have already shared here, so please forgive me if I have posted any of these before. :)
We had some nice sunshine today so I snapped a quick photo of the finished product from yesterday's tutorial. You can see the sweet details a little better in this photo, I think. I also forgot to mention yesterday that I also colored the bird's cheeks with the same chalk pencil I used on the pixie.
Anyway, my husband and I have been keeping our minds (and hands) busy with a massive project in our home. We're moving my studio again. You know how people like to rearrange their furniture? Well we prefer to rearrange our rooms. Seriously, this will be the 4th room my studio has been in. Hopefully, it will be the last. We are separating the shop from the studio and that is a welcome thing for me. It's so hard to keep a studio neat when you have inventory coming in all the time, plus inventory storage, and shipping materials, etc. You get the idea, especially those of you that also run little online shops. So, the shop will now have it's own room, and I get a new studio (complete with fireplace), and hubby gets a media/game room. All happy, right? Well except the fact that we always seem to take on these crazy ventures of ours around Christmas.
So. The studio will look quite a bit different this time around. We covered the walls with fabric. Yep. Fabric. Unbleached muslin to be exact.
This photo is a little pale, but you get the idea. I absolutely adore this! It's so different, but so warm, and lovely. We thought of using burlap, but I think it would be too dark, and maybe too smelly, and too trendy. I wanted a white/neutral/cream studio with little pops of pink here and there.
And this. This is by far the most colorful thing in the room. It's a stunning old door that was originally supposed to be a Christmas present, but I convinced my husband that I needed it now. (the black smudges are not really there in person. Not sure why they're there in the photo...) For now this door is leaning against a wall, but it will be 'holding' something special soon.
So, there is still much work to be done. I'm hoping to at least have it workable by the time Kenz comes home from college on Sunday. So, wish me luck. I'll share more along the way.
PS, There are still a few kits of each of the designs I have done, and they're all ready to ship. There's also some ornaments, and other great Christmas things in the shop. I will be closing up next week for a week or so to spend some time with my family, but there is plenty of time to get your things still and plenty of time for more Christmas crafting. :)
I started out with this sweet bird shaped votive holder. I was able to purchase several of these earlier this year..you know one of those, "I'm sure I can use this for something" purchases. I knew I would probably want to create some sort of assemblage piece in it, but the ideas never came and I almost sold these in our yard sale this summer! So happy I didn't! Ok, so I'm not exactly sure where you would find something just like it, but I'm sure you can find a bird votive holder at Michaels, or maybe even your dollar stores?
Anyway, to prep her, I added some Diamond Stickles. (Diamond and Platinum are my go to favorites every time..) I added a little to her wings, and as you can see in the top photo, I later went back and added quite a bit more to her tail feathers, etc. A Christmas bird does need to be glittered now, doesn't she?
I then glued in a little paper shred to the area that would normally hold a candle.
Cut her out and using a chalk pencil, give her some rosy cheeks.
I added a little Platinum Stickles to a bleached bottle brush tree. (later I also added more Diamond stickles)
I also have these little vintage bottle brush tree picks, and I used two of those in this project. I trimmed them to size, and covered them with the Diamond Stickles. Now, if you don't have access to vintage tree picks, you could use some smaller bottle brush trees, lightly bleach them out so they're not such a dark green, and trim the bristles to give yourself a more narrow tree.
I also glued some vintage pearls to the trees and then glued the trees and my little nest pixie into the paper shred. Add a few vintage pearls to the shred as well, and cover them with a bit of the Stickles.
I gave the bird a little bow using vintage tinsel trim, and added more Stickles to her, and she was finished! Now, I also think a little banner with a holiday sentiment would also be a cute addition to this Christmas nest, and I may add that later.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, I'm always happy to help. Also, if you have made any ornaments from any of the tutorials, I would LOVE to see, so please share!
I was able to put a handful of these kits together for you, and they're located in the shop. The kit contains the lovely bird candle holder, a printed pixie, white bottle brush tree, and two vintage botttle brush tree picks, vintage pearls, and vintage tinsel! All you'll need is some strong adhesive and your favorite Stickles glitter glue. (or regular glitter and glue)
Be back soon with some more ornament inspiration from around the web, er Pinterest that is.. :)
Hello! When Cassandra asked me to join her Christmas ornament swap, I was happy to. I love swaps. Were were paired into groups of three, and we were to each make 3 ornaments for each of our three partners! I was happily paired with Terri, Kris, and Heather, all lovely and talented ladies. Our group had a creamy white/neutral theme, but it appears we also had an unspoken bird theme going on. :)
The nest above was from Terri, as well as the following two ornaments.
The ornaments above were all from Kris. The last one, the little girl on the snowflake was an original illustration by Kris, and it looks just like my niece, so I think it might just go to her. The next lovely ornaments were what Heather sent.
Thank you ladies!
To see the ornaments I created, please click here.
Check back with me tomorrow afternoon for a new ornament tutorial.
You're probably already aware, but Where Women Create is hosting their wonderful 12 days of Christmas again this year, and I was honored to be asked to participate again this year. I love the spirit of giving that surrounds this event! Each day, 4 different women in business are offering giveaways, and you have a chance to win every day!
I believe you can enter to win on any of the days until the 12th day is over!
Hello! A little while ago I joined Cassandra's ornament swap, and this is what I sent to my partners. (they should be receiving them any day now) We were to each create three ornaments for each of the three partners. (I missed that little detail, so was running a tad behind)
This little snow pixie in her sleigh started out as a really ugly sleigh ornament I found at Michaels last year. I totally deconstructed and recreated the sleigh with vintage lace and bits and then added the little pixie and trees.
I also made them a little variation on my bird waltz ornament.
And here they are all packaged up. I really hope they love everything! And wait until you see what the ladies sent me! I received beautiful ornaments from all of them, and I'll show you those in the next day or so.
Speaking of packages, I'm not sure if I ever showed you the packaging for my wrap it up kit?
See you soon! Cerri xoxo
A couple things to note about this tutorial, first the sample most commonly used in the photos is a larger version than the ornament itself. Same idea, same process, this one was just easier to photograph the steps. Second, not every step was photographed, but I'll do my best to explain the steps. If you have any questions, feel free to email me!
I started out with these great little honeycomb bridal dresses I found at Joann's a couple of years ago. I'm not certain if they still have them, but if they do, they were in the bridal section. (this is the actual ornament size here) You will also need some vintage wallpaper scraps, a spray bottle, Glimmer Mist in your favorite shade, Gold Stickles, adhesive, and some boiled tea.
1. Boil a little tea and once it cools pour it into a spray bottle.
2. Snip off the cardboard ribbon "tail" that was attached to the ornament.
3. Trace the bodice of the dress the best you can onto some vintage wallpaper scraps and then glue the wallpaper over the existing cardboard bodice.
You may not get this exactly perfect, so go back with your detail scissors and trim around the bodice some more. I covered both sides as my dress will be hanging from the tree and I wanted it to be pretty on both sides, but that is optional.
**It's important to take this next step in steps and go slowly. The honeycomb paper is fragile and you do not want it to tear.
4. Open up the honeycomb dress and begin spritzing the dress with the tea. Let that dry a little. I just let it dry natural, but you could possibly use a heat tool if you don't hold it too close to the fragile paper.
5. Once you have the desired shade with the tea, then spritz with your glimmer mist. It's ok if the edges curl a little, that only helps the dress look more "aged". You can gently blot with a paper towel if you need to, but don't spray so much that the paper is soaking wet. Let dry.
You could add a little sentiment around her waist with paper, and then hang on the tree by the clothes hanger. If you didn't want this to be an ornament, you could also add a name and use it as a place setting.
I have put together a handful of the ornament sized kits for you. Included is various vintage wallpaper scraps, the dress ornament, vintage millinery, and silk ribbon. They can be found right here.
Also, I wanted to share with you a variation of this tutorial we did a couple of weeks ago.
I used a gold ornament and some bits of vintage lace, gold Stickles, and a sweet angel image. (this is one of the ornaments I made my swap partners for Cassandra's ornament swap, but I'll tell you more about that later)
One last thing, I have had so many emails about the sweet little globes and various other new items that sold out so quickly, and I have good news! I was able to restock! There are more globes, more bell shaped glass ornaments, more of the cottage and farmhouse ornaments, and more mini trees! Yeah! They're all on their way to me as I type this, so I have already listed them back in the shop! I ordered a ton of the globes as I can see those being used for projects way beyond Christmas, but the other items are limited and will not be restocked again this season. There are also a couple of the kits left as well.
Be back soon! And yes, I will be continuing on with the Tuesday Tutorials throughout the rest of the season as promised. :)