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Next Week is Thanksgiving?!

Filed under Art Projects, Bella Ayers, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Ornament Frame Set Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Bella’s and Rhonda’s projects that are still available on the new site.

Although I dearly love the rain I hear outside (and 115 degrees last summer was beyond the pale for Northern California), Thanksgiving?! I am not ready. There are pies to be baked… But back to the subject at hand: Before I show off cute, mid-century-inspired Christmas ornaments (and a new sale!): a new FREE gift kit!

Fall Embellishments Mix FREE Gift Kit! As Thanksgiving is next week, I remembered these cute acrylic leaf & acorn cabochons I found, and added some mini pine cones, pine garland, and some of the new Sage Paper Bows Wired Ribbon (plus some of the sold out metallic copper wired ribbon with similar bows).

ALL ORDERS on Thursday through Monday, November 16-20 (2017) will receive one of the Fall Embellishments Mix Gift Kits FREE!

Retro Ornaments by Shannon Cooper

The Design Team have been so inspired with retro Christmas images this season! I love all the samples from the kit this month (psst… that’s a link to the Pinterest board for the kit).

As always, Shannon
does a fab job paying attention to the details: like the flocked hat and collar on that (adorable) kitten below at left. And the 3D pom pom on the snowman’s ear muffs makes me smile. (Did you notice Shannon swapped out the little bird that was sitting on the snowman’s raised hand for a candy cane?)

My Christmas wishes were answered with this month’s kit at Alpha Stamps, a kit that is chock full of mid century goodness and oodles of rosy cheeked Santas and snowmen. I’m in love with all of the vintage images like Frosty (below at right).

Read more in Shannon’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list. AND be sure to come back to see ANOTHER ornament by Shannon down in the Giveaway section!


(More) Retro Ornaments by Kim Ayers (aka Miz Bella)

Wow! Look at that (slightly manic) snowman in the ornament below at right! And a shaker using Diamond Dust and one of the Clear Plastic Round Domes to boot! The snowman himself is an image from the Retro Xmas Round Ornaments Collage Sheet. And though I cropped the image to see a close-up, that’s the Ornament Frame Set – Bauble as the base.

One of my all-time favorite Christmas (Holiday, December, Solstice, winter, whatever) themes is mid-century. What I really love and collect are the elves and pixies from that time period but snowmen and Santa are always a good choice for me as well.

Read more in Bella’s blog post and/or see everything from her supply list (like that little green 3D tree wrapped into the garland frame on the ornament at left).


A New Sale!

ALL Cast Metal Miniatures are on Sale — 35% to 50% off! That includes ELEVEN new designs! (Some shown at left and right, and some more below). The sale ends MONDAY night, November 20th. Over 60 items!

Go see them all now!

Hooray for the Jolly Old Elf Giveaway!

Wow! ANOTHER cool Christmas ornament by Shannon Cooper! This time with the classic Round chipboard base (and another image from the Retro Christmas Collage Sheet).

EVERYTHING in Shannon’s Supply List is included in today’s Giveaway! (And that includes supplies for ALL THREE of her ornaments!)

Note: as there’s a Ornament Frame Set Kit included in the supply list, if something is listed that’s already included in the kit, I’ll just include one set/item.

To enter the Jolly Old Elf Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, November 17, 2017)!

And tell me: What will you make with all these supplies? And how far are you along in making Christmas cards or presents?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Tiny Diorama Box Giveaway? Cynthia Penney! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, November 16th, 2017

29 responses to “Next Week is Thanksgiving?!”

  1. I would make a retro ornaments similar to the one shown, but I would put baby pictures of my grandchildren in the center.
    Love all the old-fashioned prints……
    Happy Holidays!

  2. Jo says:

    I’d love to make a retro wreath, too! Already decorated for Christmas – now it’s time to play!

  3. Peg says:

    I would make these ornaments or some similar to these. But I want to make a banner for the mantelpiece and that is what I would use these for. I love the mid-century decorations too. Great giveaway! 🙂

  4. Barb macaskill says:

    All of these ornaments are adorable! I especially love the glittery snowman ⛄️ shaker ornament! Two of my favorite things are glitter and shaker elements and this combination makes a fabulous ornament!
    I would use one of the Santa images and glitterfy it before making it into a shaker ornament!
    Love the new mini metal pieces! TFS!

  5. Nancy O says:

    I’d make these as double sided ornaments to hang in the side-lite windows on both sides of my front door.

  6. I like the vintage snowman ornament.

  7. Jean Marmo says:

    Love this ornament! Each year I make ornaments for friends and family! Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. barbj says:

    I love the ornaments and I would make them for each bedroom window.

  9. KIM says:

    What a great giveaway !
    I’ve been doing a retro Christmas for the last few years .
    Everyone young and old loves the idea.
    I would make cards and gift tags with this giveaway

  10. Laural says:

    A wreath with all the retro designs and I always have Christmas in my heart

  11. Kimberly says:

    Retro Christmas ornies is what I’ll make. Haven’t started making cards or gifts yet. After Thanksgiving the fun will commence! Love love the ministerial metal casts. Good for a santasbag r under the tree OR in my advent calendar drawers!

  12. I like to make cards with embellishments but I can use them in my doll house Thanksgiving room box!!

  13. TONYA McWilliams says:

    I haven’t really started on any of my Christmas shopping or cards…yikes.

    I’d make something similar to what is shown here or come up with my own ornament idea.

  14. Anne W says:

    I haven’t done a thing to get ready for Christmas. Making some ornaments would be a start!

  15. Deborah Cox says:

    Too cute! I’m ordering these to make my annual ornaments for the grandkids! Love the retro look.

  16. Emily N says:

    I’d make Christmas cards.

  17. Barb A says:

    Love the retro ornaments, I am always amazed at the wonderful things these talented artists create to inspire us! Have been working on cards and ornaments myself…..the cards are ready to be addressed and dropped in the mail the day after Thanksgiving…..there’s always room for more ornaments.

  18. Noreen says:

    Sweet vintage ornaments – I love the retro look! I would use them for package decor, and the recipient could then use them as ornaments.

  19. Debi H. says:

    Would be so cute on a small Christmas tree! 🎄

  20. K Toews says:

    You can never have too many Christmas ornaments.

  21. Karen Mallory says:

    Cute ornaments! I would make them retro! I have a tree with handmade ornaments that these ornaments would be perfect for. I am behind in my cardmaking. I only have about 25 done and need to make that many more.

  22. Nancy E says:

    I would make some similar vintage style ornaments. I’ve started Christmas but have a way to go. Every year I say I’m gonna start in Sept. but alas haven’t met that self imposed deadline yet! LOL

  23. Cheryl Lee says:

    I love your retro ornaments! Especially that ‘Manic’ snowman!! lol I’d probably make the ornaments similar to the ones shown. I love all your retro things, guess that’s because I too am ‘retro’! Congrats to Cynthia!!

  24. Kat Cashwell says:

    These bring back great memories of my childhood & my grandmother’s silver tinsel tree with her awesome ornaments! I would love to make theses retro ornaments! Almost done with my Christmas !!!

  25. Janet Turner says:

    I love the vintage ornaments. I would love to make some of these for gifts.

  26. Kay W says:

    I’d love to make retro ornaments and vintage gift tags.

  27. Rebecca R. says:

    I would make a mini Christmas wonderland. Im just starting my xmas shopping!

  28. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to make vintage ornaments

  29. Carol Slowik says:

    I will make package topper’s for the most special friends! Love these vintage ornaments.