Shop Small Saturday with AudOnes Prims

Hello sweet friends!
Happy Saturday. Happy Small Business Saturday, that is!

I am so excited for this special day for small shop owners, like me. I couldn’t let the day pass without some fun things to share with you! I have filled my shop with a brand new line-up of  holiday creations. Some special guys that kinda steal my heart. I hope you will enjoy.

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All my new items today are one-of-a-kind works of he(art), that I hope will fill your holiday home with lots of cheer. Lots of sweet and shabby snowmen and their little friends, in need of a new home.

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I’ve had so much fun with this new release, and I hope you love it, too. All my new items are loaded to my Holiday Shop and are ready to go.

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Plus, you’ll find special markdowns on all remaining prims from my shop opening, too. This is a one day sale, so be sure to hurry! And don’t forget, today only, I’ll refund your shipping costs on all orders over $75.

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It all starts HERE!

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Happy shopping!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday, and happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family in the states! Today I thought I would take a break from Christmas projects and posts to wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

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I hope you all are surrounded by happiness and the beauty of the season.

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Thanksgiving is usually a quiet holiday for me, but I so enjoy this last little moment of peace before the real rush of Christmas begins. Gives me a chance to reflect on my many blessings. And you know me……. I just love this time of year. Being a fall baby maybe has something to do with that!

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In a couple of days, the Christmas tree will start to go up. But for now, my house is dressed up for Thanksgiving. And I thought I would share a peek here with you. I hope you enjoy!

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I try to keep things a bit natural and serene at this time of year, but I do go quite festive in the dining room, in preparation for the big meal. It’s a perfect chance to break out my vintage turkey collection, and my favorite brown transferware.

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I have an absolutely jumbled mix of transferware pieces, but I love that eclectic look. For Thanksgiving, I break out all my game birds, and just about anything with a hint of brown.

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For the living room, I went very simple this year. Lots of natural touches of branches, leaves, and pumpkins. And my favorite pair of pilgrims.

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My sunroom has some of my favorite whimsical pieces.

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Silly Lori Mitchell figures (huge thank you to my friends Kathie and Michelle for the new birthday turkey boy!!), and a vintage cast iron turkey.

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This turkey is made from reclaimed barn wood. He is chippy heaven to me!

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And finally, my front entryway table and bench.

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Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from my house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness! May love, joy and happiness be yours in abundance this holiday season.

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I am so very grateful for all of YOU! Thanks so much for stopping by, and thank you for all the birthday wishes, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!! XOXO

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour- Cont.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseHi everyone, and welcome back to day three of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour. It’s exactly one week until Halloween, and we still have two stops left on the tour… So let’s get started!
Today I thought we would visit the dining room.

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As always, I’ve filled my dining room antique sideboard with my usual mix of crisp white vintage ironstone with my collection of antique transferware dishes. I’ve got transferware in almost every color….but of course at Halloween, I pull out my black.

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And scattered throughout are some of my favorite Halloween pieces. Lots of skulls, and a few handmade treasures. And then there’s my beloved Lori Mitchell figures.

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I have an old funky junk egg basket at the foot of my sideboard, which is a great spot to tuck in a few pumpkins and prims.

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The diner menu sign was something I picked up at the dollar store many years ago. Just an inexpensive little trinket… but it does make me smile.

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Little Boo here in the front was my very first Lori Mitchell figurine. The one that started it all.  You can tell by the expression on her face that she’s realized the trouble that she has caused!

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A close up of some of my skulls and handmade treasures. A cardboard ghost that I made at one craft day several years ago. And a wee prim bat that my Missy Nik made at another.

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And a few more details to enjoy.

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Nik and I made the little zombie figures at craft day, too, from spools and wire, sculpey clay and painted acorns. The wire tree is a recent find from my local junk store.

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More figures.
More skulls.

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And lots of Halloween fun.

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If you missed day one and two of my tour, you can find them here and here. And we’ll finish up next Monday, just in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour II

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Welcome back to day two of my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Today I thought we’d pick up where we left off last week, and head into my haunted sunroom.

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The sunroom is probably my most favorite room in my house because of all the light that streams in through two solid walls of windows. Here I’ve got a pair of comfy reading chairs that are perfect for perching and taking in all the spooky spooks.

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This year I’ve got a bit of a theme going in the sunroom…. black cats, and lots of them. They are pretty much everywhere, starting on the feather wreath on the back deck door, and winding all throughout the room.

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I’ve got black cat ornaments on my tinsel tree. Another pulling a pumpkin sled. And another one taking a ride in the back. And that’s just the beginning.

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I haven’t stopped to count how many cats are actually here, but I think it’s now fairly official. I have become a crazy cat lady! I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

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In other spooky spots, there are some haunted mansions in the window frame. The mobile is this year’s Halloween card from my sweet mom. She always finds the most unique cards ever.

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My vintage laundry cart is filled with pumpkins and prims.

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More black cats, of course. And there’s Mimsie the Mummy from my fall shop last year.

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My Missy Nik made those kleenex ghosties when she was wee little, and nostalgic me….  I saved them. Such a perfect way to spook up a tiny Halloween tree and bring back lots of happy memories.

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Cats in baskets.

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And cats in trees. And of course a witch needs a good cat companion, too.

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And we’ll top it off with a pumpkin or two.

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Here’s a good stop for today, at the door near the dining room entrance. We’ll pick up here next time.
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And until then…
Happy Haunting!

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2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hi Friends! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And hope that those of you to the southeast of here made it through the storm safely. Besides being pelted with over 6″ of rain, we were very lucky. Where many were without power and dealt with major flooding here in the heart of North Carolina, we managed to escape it all. It’s been a tense few days, though, for so many people. And I know I’m not the only one who is super relieved to see hurricane Matthew disappear.

After days of solid grey gloom, I was so happy to see the sun return on Sunday. Perfect for a little photo shoot of my Halloween haunted house. Because it’s time my friends… time to start my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseEvery Monday, now through Halloween day, I’ll share a stop along my haunted house tour. Today I thought we’d start with my living room, and my haunted Halloween mantel. I’ve got lots of photos to share. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the tour!

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I know many of you have been touring with me these past few years, so some of these scenes will be familiar to you. I try to change things up every year, but there are a few spooky spooks that “need” to be in a certain spot, or it just wouldn’t be Halloween. Take my skeletons, for example. They belong on the mantel. No ifs, ands, or buts.

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My ceramic Mr. Bones, and skeleton painting done by my son in high school, are a couple of my most favorite Halloween things, so they tend to set the tone for the mantel each year. This time, they are chilling with the rest of the gang…. lots of pumpkins, ghosts and eyeballs, and of course a creepy spider or two.

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Many of these treasures are handmade, by me, and by my kiddos growing up over the years.  My Missy Nik’s painted gourd ghost from when she was wee little. A painted eyeball portrait done by her in much later years. And a prim pumpkin head and paper mache ghost made during my weekly crafty play dates with the girls.

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That jovial skeleton is actually a card, given to me by my mom a few years back. He is completely bendable and posable, and gets up to all sorts of shenanigans. I always have lots of fun with him.

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A peek at my coffee table.

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And what’s beneath.

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And the hearth. Check out this cool skeleton dude the girls and I made this fall. He took us four weeks of crafty play dates to complete… but he was worth it.

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I may have to name him Mr. Bones Too.😀

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The wreath marks the path into the sunroom, which we’ll pick up on the tour next time. Until then…
Thanks so much for stopping by!
And Happy Haunting to YOU!

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What a Tangled Web

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

It’s a rainy and gloomy day here today. Just the start, I’m afraid, of hurricane Matthew making it’s way up the southeastern coastline. The forecasters are predicting heavy rain for us, with the possibility of flooding and power outages…. but that’s nothing to what many will see in the next few days. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, friends! Hope all of you in the path of this storm stay safe and sound!

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After a couple of days of Christmas projects, I’m getting back to some Halloween today and one of my favorites. Hand stitching. And an altered Halloween frame.

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Several months ago, I scored a batch of simple wooden frames at my local junk shop that were just calling for some stitchy projects. Of course, loving Halloween as much as I do, I couldn’t resist starting with some spooks. So I sketched out a little Halloween scene, complete with spiderweb and spiders and a witch’s hat, too. And then had fun with paints, ink, and floss.

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I’ve tried inking my fabric before, but thought this time I’d mix it with paint to add color and detail to the scene. The hat and web were stitched, and then painted. I added tiny lines to the web, and even tinier eyes to the spiders. The yellow background glow is painted, too… a perfect resist for the ink I added next. I’m not going to win any drawing competitions, but I sure had fun combining my love for stitching with my love for ink and paint. My own mixed media approach to traditional embroidery.

Well… maybe not too traditional with the witch apparel and spiders!😀

I’ve added this spooky sweet Halloween frame to my Fall Shop, in case you’d like to take it home.

And stay safe, all you East Coasters! Thanks for stopping by!

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Halloween Inspiration Series with Tim Holtz

Hello, Crafty Friends! Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share a peek of a project that I am so honored and excited to have posted over on the Tim Holtz blog, as part of a month-long Halloween Inspiration Series! The projects you will see there throughout the month are filled with all the latest and greatest Tim Holtz Holiday products, that I know you are going to love! Tons of new 2016 Halloween Idea-ology, and new Sizzix Alterations dies, too. Plus plenty of inspiration and project tutorials to get your creativity soaring.

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For my project, I made a haunted bi-fold frame base from recycled cardboard, and then added lots of spooky details with new papers and deco sheets, dies, and amazing Idea-ology bits and bobs.

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I love projects like this frame base that could be used in so many different ways. Simply change out the papers and accents, and you have a great home decor piece for any season, theme, or holiday you wish. It’s really easy, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions and supply list on the Tim Holtz blog, if you’d like to learn more. Hope you’ll check it out!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash MATERIALIZE 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93303Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger Inkssentials 8.5 X 11 MANILA CARDSTOCK Surfaces ISM28246Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Deco Sheets TH93314RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix DRIP EDGE Thinlits Die 661585RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA HALLOWEEN Thinlits Die 661588Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Mini Cabinet Cards - SophisticateTim Holtz Idea-ology CURIOSITIES Ephemera TH93306Tim Holtz Idea-ology GOTHIC Remnant Rubs TH93308Tim Holtz Idea-ology BROOMSTICKS TH93318*Tim Holtz Idea-ology MATERIALIZE Design Tape TH93316Tim Holtz Idea-ology INCANTATION Metal Word Bands TH93307Tim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC Ranger Spring TIM34957Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TIM43201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDD36302Ranger 4 ounce MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER Stapler Tool Mini Staples TH92800Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP Block Tool Sand TH92482Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677