Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Here are more waterless snow globe mason jars! I finished one with white trees, and another with a church. It's pretty time consuming cutting out, gluing, and glittering the little houses, but really fun.
On to the winner of my pet silhouette giveaway! It's Maria from Garden Path Beads. She has a darling little Chihuahua named Molly. Congratulations Maria! And thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and a very Merry Christmas!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
His name is Stormy, and we named him that because our first dog is named Sunny, and well being creative thinkers, and the fact it was raining when we got him, the name fit. The reason we bought them, was because I was in extreme pain, grieving the loss of our beloved black lab Toby. He was with us for 11 years, and was part of our family as our kids were growing up. I missed him so much, and the best thing I did was quickly get a puppy. It really did help.
Pets are such a huge part of our lives, and provide unconditional love, and loads of joy. Sometimes when I've had a crummy day, I just give my puppy a giant hug, and his softness and warmth makes me feel much better. He never judges me either, he just wags his tail, and I feel that things will be OK.
So I wanted to create a special keepsake for our furry friends.
On to the giveaway! It's for a custom soldered silhouette of your pet! Complete with name and date. Just leave me a comment here about your pet, and what makes him or her so special to you, then I'll put your name in the hat. Oh, and if you sign up to follow this blog or Facebook, I'll put your name in again.
Here's Stormy posing with his ornament. What a dog! Just looking at that cute face in this photo makes me want to give him a big kiss!
Have a great week, and I hope you win!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Above are the Anthropologie version with trees inside.
here. I scaled it down so it would fit inside the jar.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Happy December! Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. I'll have free shipping offered over at MJ Ornaments for the whole month. I'll also be traveling to Palm Springs next week Dec. 8th for their weekly craft show. Come out Thursday night if you can, it's lots of fun from 6-10 at night.
p.s. been working on those Anthropologie mason jar snow globes. Making glitter houses to fill them, so stay tuned!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Welcome to the Haunted Hotel Del Coronado, where guests check in but they don't check out! Beware, this story is actually based on historical fact and even beautiful San Diego has its dark side. The "Del" as locals call it, was built in 1888. The massive wooden structure is built in the Queen Anne style. It is a whimsical, fairy-tale like building, and is painted a beautiful white color.
The location is right on the beach, and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Some of the hotel residents refuse to leave, which leads us to our ghost story...
Kate Morgan checked in on Thanksgiving Day under an alias in 1892. She traveled alone, which was strange for a woman in those days. Eyewitnesses noted Kate seemed quite sickly. The beautiful, young 24 year old stated she was waiting for her "brother" to join her. She waited and waited, 5 days went by, and he never showed up.
On the 5th day, Kate took a pistol, walked to a staircase leading to the beach, and shot herself in the head. Her death stunned everyone, and was well covered in the newspapers at the time. It turned out Kate Morgan was married, but she wasn't waiting for her brother, but a lover instead. Speculation that she was pregnant at the time still lingers as a possible motive for her suicide.
To this day, mystery surrounds her, and some even say she was murdered. One thing is for certain, many hotel employees and guests say Kate still resides at the Hotel Del Coronado.
But let's investigate for ourselves. Won't you please join me as we take an elevator ride? The Del was the first hotel to use electricity.
A beautiful chandelier hangs at the top of the elevator. We're going to the 5th floor, because that happens to be the room where Kate Morgan stayed and where a lot of strange bumps occur in the night!
I'm tall (almost 6 feet) but people in the Victorian age were much shorter because I could touch the ceiling, and had to duck walking up some of the staircases. Please watch your head, you don't want to lose it!
Here it is, room 3327! Many people try to book this room months in advance in hopes of seeing Kate's ghost. I was told by an employee of the Del, that one guest who didn't even know about the ghost story stayed in room 3327 during a business trip. He never made it through the night because he came down to the front desk in his robe, with no shoes on demanding another room. He wouldn't even talk about what happened to him.
There are rumors of lights in the room flickering on and off, phones ringing throughout the night, and strange fragrances of lavender filling the air.
Let's head downstairs to another area where ghost sightings have taken place. It's the gift shop Est. 1888. I spoke to the manager there and she's had quite a few strange things happen to her. You really do get a very creepy feeling walking into the shop...
She told me books literally flew off one of the shelves, especially where Marilyn Monroe memorabilia are kept. Marilyn shot the movie "Some Like It Hot" at the Hotel Del Coronado. Perhaps Kate doesn't like all the attention Marilyn is getting! Another employee actually saw a figure of a woman in a black Victorian dress behind the counter when she arrived to work early one morning. Now she won't even look into the shop when she passes it in the hall.
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