It has been a fabulous staycation this past week. It was nice to have David home the whole week, closing my shops and not having to answer emails or go to the post office. It was lovely to decompress, watch movies with my hubby and be lazy.
Here are some photos that capture the week…
We ate way too much…including roasted duck for Christmas dinner followed by homemade baklava. I also made uber rich and sweet cinnamon buns this week a la Pioneer Woman…
Oy, need to have Weight Watchers on speed dial after the new year, for real!
I created lots (over 30 pieces in fact!) including these smaller pieces I collaged for a painting project I’m working on…
A couple things have shifted with regards to licensing. My agent and I were originally planning to launch my portfolio in January at the Atlanta gift show, but since I made the decision to not license my girls, my portfolio lost a big chunk of material, so we’ve decided to push back to May and launch at Surtex, a major art licensing show. So with that in mind, I am going to share the work I’ve done up to this point, but will revert back to some secrecy on new work in the new year until May, save for a couple pieces here and there (and of course, any new girls I make).
I’ve been decorating the tree more…yes, our Christmas tree! When most people are taking it down, I’m ramping it up! It was a seeming miracle we even got it up this year with how busy things were the weeks up to Christmas, so when we usually have the tree up around Thanksgiving, it was only the week before Christmas that we finally got it up this year. As such, I plan to keep it up for a a couple more weeks and realized that our tree was looking really sad and needed some more vintage and handmade touches.
So I added some vintage bulbs…
And a vintage button garland and music sheet pennant banner…
Think it looks a little better!
Thing is, this is the only Christmas item in our home right now, save for a fun ornament wreath I made the other day:
So with a bunch of ideas and inspiration tucked into a folder, I hope to start in early November next year as I really do love the season.
We went antique shopping for the first time in many, many months…
You can see where I got some of those vintage bulbs, right? Love!
And did year end inventory…oy. At least I was much more organized this time around.
And next year I won’t be dealing with any leftover materials from my goodies shop making it even easier (which by the way, I’m going to have a huge clearance sale on eco-crafted paper goods, i.e. stickers, bows, tags, etc. in the next couple of weeks if anyone is interested…will post more info soon).
And as can be seen by my bookcase, I have a ton of originals to list!
It will be a busy start to the New Year, that’s for sure…
And finally I’m getting together with my girlfriends this weekend to ring in the New Year. Happiness.
What a divine week. Staycations are great, aren’t they?
What are your plans for the New Year?
Here’s wishing you a great start to the New Year!