Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Warm Wishes

Sending you warm wishes this Holiday Season,
I'm going to sign off from blogging for awhile, and this is the reason.
Oodles of orders have appeared on my plate,
so it's off to the soldering iron I go,
I mustn't be late.
I hope your Holiday is filled with love and good cheer,
a very Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanks Ladies!

Hi there, and happy Monday to you! Well the weather was perfect and the Encinitas Street Fair was so much fun yesterday. I'm very thankful to all of the lovely ladies who came out and made my day so special. A big thanks goes out to Bev, Karen, and Judy who are such loyal clients. I appreciate you so much! XOXO
I decked out my dress form with white wings, and thought she looked festive for the holidays. (and no she's not supposed to be a victoria secret model...I heard that a few times! ;) Here's the link where I bought them online. The street fair was a great success, and I had great fun people watching, and even dog watching. I need to start taking pics of some of the dogs I see, like 3 Great Danes with hats on. :) I'm going to go back to my weekly Palm Springs street fair Dec 3rd where a guy brings his wolf! I need to get a picture of that too. Anyway, as Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to share what I'm thankful for: family/friends, making stuff with my hands, living in California, going through struggles to help me appreciate everything, knowing each day is a gift from God.

What are you most thankful for?
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Take care,

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meet me by the Beach Tomorrow!

Thanks for dropping by. Just wanted to let you know I'll be at the Encinitas Street Faire tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 22 from 9-4. Find me at booth #947 across from the "Rustic Rooster" boutique. A fun time to continue (or if you're like me just start) your Christmas shopping. I'll be bringing some new ornaments just in time. The sun will be out and it's sure to be a great day. For more info, pop on over to this link.
Hope you can make it!
Take care,

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ornaments & Crowns

Welcome! I've been a busy Betty filling orders, and I'm sure as the holidays approach you have been too. I was fortunate enough to take a class from Sally Jean last week. She finally offered one close to where I live, in San Diego. It was great fun, and we made Christmas ornaments. Some shaped as stockings, others beveled, and house shaped like the ones I made above. Over the years, I've made fewer and fewer large ornaments, and have made them teeny tiny, so it was fun to make some big ones. for a change.
I love this verse "do not forget to welcome strangers. By doing that some people have welcomed angels without knowing it." I dusted the bee, flower and bird with crystal clear glitter.
My friend Rosemary was kind enough to make this teeny weeny crown for my wooden sandpiper. I think she looks gorgeous in it!
The crown is only about an inch in diameter, and made with delicate seam binding, and a tiny rhinestone. I just love how it came out. Perfect color for a sandpiper, don't you think? Thank you Rosemary!
Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all the fun I have creating, and the amazing and wonderful ladies I've been blessed to meet along the way!
Take care,

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Glitterfest Fun!

Hi there! Well I made it to Glitterfest fall with my dear daughter a little late, but we got there! It was so much fun, and my thanks goes out to Sheryl and Diane for putting on this amazing event.
Here is a view looking out from my table of the room. So many ladies of incredible talent were at Glitterfest. It's great fun for me to meet other women who are "kindred spirits" and get the whole art thing!
I ran around taking photos while I left my poor teenage daughter to man the table.
Oops, I better get back to my table, cause things look out of control. :) Oh well, here she is being silly, and I guess I was the same when I was 16. We had fun hanging out together, which we don't do as much as I'd like.
Two lovely ladies I finally got to meet, Stacey and Sheryl!
Here's Stacey in front of her beautiful table display.
Both Stacey and Sheryl had so many great goodies to choose from.
Stacey makes these soldered initials which I loved.
Another artist I was fortunate to meet was Holly. All here goodies were beautiful.
Here's Christine from Dollybelle's Peepshow. I loved all her creations, and she's a real cutie.
Well, hope you enjoyed the little tour. It was great fun, and thanks so much to all of you who came out and supported us!
Take care, Martha

Friday, October 9, 2009

Glitterfest Fall is Tomorrow!

Hi there! Glitterfest Fall is tomorrow! I've been busy soldering and glittering to get ready. Please stop by and say hi to me. The gouls are meeting at the Santa Ana Elk's Lodge in CA, ( 212 S. Elk Ln., Santa Ana CA, 92701) We'll be there from 10-3 tomorrow only, so get on your broom and fly on over! Hope to see you there.
Take care,

Friday, October 2, 2009


Happy Friday to you! Here are a few treats I picked up at Roger's Gardens, and online. The pink rose above is called "Our Lady of Guadalupe" It is very small and has a light fragrance.
The hat is by Bethany Lowe and I got the little skeleton and put a top hat on him. I found the black candles at Roger's Gardens too.

EEK a creepy hand, and glittery skeleton head!
I recently purchased a banner online from Alice at Painted White. It came wrapped in old pattern paper, and tied with twine.
The BOO banner is so cute, and I love the colors.
I think it looks pretty on my old window shelf. Thanks Alice! The green plant above is called giant baby tears. It's my most favorite house plant of all time, because it's very easy to grow. You should give it a try! Well, have a wonderful weekend!
Take care, Martha

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Roger's Gardens

Hi there, and welcome! I wanted to share with you the amazing garden shop "Roger's Gardens" in Corona del Mar, CA. It is amazing, and my favorite nursery by far! It is decked out with spooky decor for the Halloween season. Here is the outside of the Halloween room.
Beautiful grey pumpkins littered the floor outside.
This mischievous statue greets you at the door.
The greys of the statues and pumpkins were pretty together.

A rather large spider crawls inside a cage.
Chippy paint adorn the walls, and old chandeliers.
Creaky stairs and spider webs!
An old forgotten laboratory. To learn more about its past owner mournful Mooris go here.
Spooky dolls stare at you with dead eyes.
The rabbit in the above photo slowly moved, and was very creepy.

Loads of magical merchandise, including Wendy Addison, and Bethany Lowe.
More creepy chandeliers.
I have a phobia of old dolls, due to scary movies I saw as a kid, and a doll my Grandmother gave me. It had a creepy grin, and real human hair! I even had a hard time taking these photos! The dolls were spray painted white, had green lights on them, and smoke blowing out underneath the display.

Can you believe how brave I was taking these pictures? Are you afraid of dolls like me?
More fun goodies to choose from.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! I felt like a kid in a candy store, it was soooo much fun for me! Check back next time to see what I bought at this incredible nursery. If you're ever in the Newport Beach area, run don't walk to Roger's Gardens. It really is the most beautiful home and garden center. And I can't wait to see their Christmas decorations. Thanks for stopping by!
Take care,
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