Vintage Holy Shrine

I was lucky to come across this fabulous vintage holy shrine at our local swap meet recently. The asking price? $1.00... score!
Here is what it looked like when I found it in a box of junk....

Upon further inspection I noticed that the image of the Virgin Mary was one I was familiar with already....
This gold and black harlequin pattern is very distinctive and I immediately knew it was a match to the little rosary box that I had bought when I was around 10 or 11 years old when my family had taken a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. I remember there was a little table set up (I think outside of a church) with second hand things and also a few handmade things to buy. I bought this little rosary box and a seed-bead necklace for $1.00....
When I pulled this image of the Virgin Mary out of this Holy shrine it appears to be an actual prayer card, there are words on the backside that are in Italian. One day it is my hope to find the entire prayer card, wouldn't that be awesome?
I wanted this little shrine to light up again, so I pulled it apart to see what I could do...
It took some work, but I managed to pull out all the old wires and the existing bulbs from the piece.
When you hoard as much crafting supplies as I do it was just a matter of "shopping my own stuff" to find some battery operated lights to use.
I ended up choosing the super thin-wire strand of "starry lights" which I just taped in place on the backside.

They lit up pretty nicely in the piece.

The battery pack was easily taped to the backside once the piece was finished.

Next I wanted to add some color to the inside of the shrine.
I used Modge Podge to adhere some blue shiny foil. I chose the blue to match the blue sash she is depicted as wearing.
After that I got a little bit to happy and over zealous with the bling.... I added some rhinestones and a few vintage pieces of jewelry to the piece as well.
I replaced the two images that were in the two small circle frames at the feet of the Virgin Mary. One was an image of St. Anthony and the other was an image of a Nun. I replaced them with vintage ephemera of flowers.
 This image is so special to me... I scanned it so I can print it out to use in the future. I added a half pearl over each light bulb so the light is diffused a little bit. I wanted this Holy Shrine to still have the appearance of being very old.
In these photos the Holy Shrine looks extremely discolored, but when you see it in person it isn't so jarring. 
All that was missing was a Rosary for the little drawer....Ah, much better~ 
big hugs,


Cookie Time

Once again it is "Girl Scout Cookie time." This year I whipped up some little Unicorn card holders for my grandaughter to pass out to potential cookie buyers at her school. It never hurts to "sweeten the deal" now does it~
 I love these sassy little unicorns, but after seeing them all lined up together they all look like they are in line to use the bathroom!
 Tricked you! They are holding banners that proclaim, "Buy your Girl Scout Cookies from Chloe Room 10!"
 Inside the little pouch that would hold a gift card I've printed out this years cookie selection and tucked it into the pocket.
I only made eight unicorns for my grandaughter to pass out this year. I actually started making these just to keep myself busy while thinking what it is I'd actually like to work on! So that worked out well!
big hugs,


Table Centerpieces

Ok-ok-ok, to be more specific... Pirate table centerpieces. I've been wanting to jazz up the centerpieces I use for my pirate dinner parties. In the center of each table I usually have a large silver tray with silver goblets and bowls with strands of beads cascading out of them. Nothing permanent and always tossed together really fast before guests arrived. I was wanting something already put together for ease of use. So, I pulled a lot of silver items together and filled the lighter weighted items with some plaster of Paris and then topped them off with some spray Styrofoam to fill each up to a level I could just give the vessels the appearance of being filled completely with pirate treasure.
I have a lot of usable junk jewelry to pull from. I sorted them into different categories like, kinda pretty, extremely pretty, all gold, chains/pearls, gold with centers etc.... I used hot glue to adhere all the items into each silver container. It was slow going-- but hopefully each one will last for many years. *fingers crossed*
Here is a photo of the first layer all glued in place... not looking to cute-- but getting there.
Arrrrggggghhhhh~ now it is looking like pirate loot!
I have a thing for green moss.... I really think the green makes all the colors really pop. I only added moss to a few of the goblets to add some variety.
I like- like colors in the same container... Probably a little "OCDish" but that's how I roll~ Once each container had strands of beads glued into place I added some additional bling then added more strands... each layer being glued in place.
I added rhinestones to each vessel as well.
 I also added coins from countries from all over the world too.
 I never thought I would finish with these, it was a long.long.process. I think these will look fabulous sitting on silver trays on each table. In the mean time I'm putting them all away in a plastic tote waiting for warmer weather! I'm sure when I pull them out to use them I'll glue a few more bits & bobs to them as everything in life is a constant "work in progress" isn't it~
Now, I'm thinking I would like to make some new tablecloths! I have six round tables that I usually use for our parties... six table cloths... sooooooooooo doable!
big hugs,


God's Word

While trying to clean and organize my art studio I came across some holy cards I had purchased a while back. I have an ever growing stash of these little beauties. Little mass cards, prayer cards, cards with pictures of Saints.... yep, I love them all... I am ALWAYS on the hunt for more!
Before tucking my treasures into a drawer where I keep my collection, I decided to create a little something-something for a friend of mine whose sister died due to a hit and run. My friend's sister was walking to a nearby store to grab a gallon of milk for her young son and was struck and left to die in the roadway.....  What can be said? no words are ever adequate-- but God is universal in his words.... so I created a little Religious wall hanging to hopefully give her some solace during this painful time. Here it is in all its glory~To create this piece I used one of those plain cardboard circular ornament blanks that you get from a hobby store for the base. I fussy cut out the center and added a thin piece of cardboard to seal off the opening leaving a little well to create inside of.
I covered the cardboard with thin gold paper that I ran through my embossing machine to give the little shrine some added texture. The gold was extremely bright, so I added some black paint to distress it a little bit. I made the sunburst crown behind the image of Jesus using of all things-- the little topper that is on top of a Christmas ornament. I had bought a huge bag of ornament topper replacement pieces for a few dollars at a second hand store months ago...  just goes to show you I'll buy just about anything. *wink* Easily flattened with my bare hands and then a few whacks with a small hammer and I had the perfect sunburst crown.
 Here you can better see the depth of the little shrine.... I added moss, vintage flowers, vintage Dresden trim and of course some rhinestone pieces. The purple fabric I used is iridescent fabric which turns from purple to a moss green at different angles. Above you can see the purple, and below you can see the green hue showing up... magical.
The blue tinsel around the shrine I had bought at Christmas time not knowing what I would ever use it for.....
 I really like how it all came together, I think I'll continue making more of these. I know a lot of people who could use a little Holy Shrine themselves....
myself included.
 big hugs,



 Wow-ee wow... 2018 already.... 
This past year had been really good, then it seems like everything kinda went down hill towards the end of the year.... So much so, that when I list everything that has happened recently, it appears like I'm making it up because it is All.To.Much.
Take a gander...
1.) Having to help with the end of life care for my mother-in-law.... she is 94 and is one mean lady.
2.) The murder of two extended family members.... 
3.) My own medical emergencies that are far from being diagnosed....
4.) And now, my 2 year old Belgian Malinois is sick. She lost about 14 pounds suddenly... $300 bucks later, no diagnosis on her illness- yet. 

That is just a summary of what we are dealing with-- Hours and hours spent on all of the above.. with no end in sight. With that said, 2018 is going to be a GREAT YEAR- life does go forward no matter what gets thrown at you! ......Here is my mantra for the upcoming year...I totally stole if from Wildflower 57's blog-- because it is a good one!
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you"
~Maori proverb
Profound huh? Right now I'm going to go sit and "turn my face" towards my little space heater because I'm freezing.... Happy New Year!
big hugs,


Cheerleader Candy Canes

My 8 year old grandaughter is a cheerleader at her school. I thought I would whip up a few candy cane creations for her to pass out to her fellow cheerleaders.... um, there are 48 cheerleaders and 2 coaches. I thought maybe there would be like, 25ish... no. I was needing to make 50. laughing~
So, here are fifty cheerleader candy-cane-creations wearing a very close copy of the cheer outfits that they wear... complete with pom poms and a blue ribbon on each ponytail.

I hope my grandaughter enjoys passing them out and that the girls like them :-)
 These were fun to make.... but I'm glad they are all finished!
 I've got to get my studio in order and get cracking making some jewelry pieces for this upcoming year to sell. I have an opportunity to sell every month of the year at a venue at one of the clubs I belong to.
Of course saying that... I'm already thinking... Valentines day is fast approaching, what can I make!
big hugs,


Santa Candy Canes

Here is this year's candy cane creation I've come up with for my two grandkids to pass out to their friends... Santa Claus!
 I added a little brass bell to each Santa's hat....

 Once all the faces were created it was just a matter of cutting out the red outfits and assembling each Santa.
 Lots and lots of Santas....
 Sixty candy cane Santa's in all!
 Here they are all bundled up and ready for delivery.
Here are my candy cane creations from years past....
Candy Cane Reindeer.....
I am wanting to whip up something for my grandaughter to pass out to her cheerleading friends... (she is 8 and a cheerleader, super cute!) I better get busy as the schools winter vacation is fast approaching!
big hugs,