Sunday, November 30, 2008

Arts and Crafts Show/ part two!

Grab a cup of coffee. This post has a lot of pictures!
A Bit of Heaven, my shop/studio in an antique church building, is only open a few times during the year to the public. Last weekend was one of our open house events. This coming weekend, Dec. 5th and 6th, we will also be open. If you bloggers see anything you might be interested in, drop me an e-mail (righthand sidebar) and I will let you know if it's still available.

My friend, Farmchick, also joins me to sell her wares; wonderful soy candles, hot chocolate and marshmellow mixes, and treat mixes, yum. Last weekend she brought her cowboy soup, double yum! (Sorry shoppers, it was only for us tired, but happy workers!)
A woolen Christmas stocking-
Christmas stockings, and a tussie mussie-
Lavender Sachets-
Glittered Christmas words with a little extra embellishment.
Note the Happy Birthday pin at the top of the mirror. I think this one says, Happy 1st Birthday".
Christmas stocking gift bags-
Beaded silverware, tags, and one of my handmade table quilts-
A disply on top of a shelving unit-
Yes, I do have a few pink walls in my church. The narthex area (front entry), as well as the alter area (studio area) are raspberry pink. This is an old hosier cupboard filled with goodies.
Vintage hats for sale-

You know I'm not one to put a lot of personal info on my blog, but I've had such a marvelous week that I just wanted to share. In my last post, I told you my oldest son surprised me and came home. He hadn't been home for Thanksgiving in 3 years. My two boys, pink girl, Mr. Pink Heaven and I, together for Thanksgiving (along with other relatives).
Here are some of the highlights:
*coffee drips on the kitchen floor (this is code for "there are more males in the house, then females"- as it should be in my home- love those coffee drips!)
*the best meal I have had in a long time- I know it tastes better when we're all together, but REALLY the stuffing was FANTASTIC and NOT made by me
*Getting up at 4:30am on Friday to go shopping with my pink girl- her idea!
*Giggling at the lady that pulled the Christmas tree box out from under my hand. At this time of the morning, we seemed to think everything was funny. At the end of 12 hours of shopping, our giggles were cured, and we were just trying to feel our feet, but we'll do it again!
*having to stock the fridge with Dr. Pepper
*listening to the big boys say, "we're taking ANOTHER family picture"
*wonderful hugs and knowing that this time, it will only be 3 weeks until we're all together again....and yes, ANOTHER family picture!
Remember, if you add me to your public blog roll, let me know and If you have an arts/crafts/decorating blog, I will add you to mine!


Alice Regan said...

I'm so glad that your family was together this Thanksgiving. It's always more wonderful when all the family is together. It's been four long years since my two children were home together and this year was so wonderful. I had them both with me and I was so grateful!

PS ...I adore all of your holiday creations. Delightful eye candy!

Unknown said...

What lovely goodies you have to show again! Looks like such a fabulous boutique! Thanks for sharing the pretty pics.

Farmchick said...

I am glad you are so happy!!! I am sure it is wonderful to have all your children with you...tugs at my heart to think that soon mine will fly the coop!

Hmmmm those pictures look vaguely familiar!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh what fun you had!! and only 3 weeks until another fun time! Thanks for the delightful photos. Laurie

Dapoppins said...

when my kids are grown, I know my biggest wish will be to have them all around me...

And your open house pics are lovely...I wish I could have stopped by but I am in the wrong state.

Connie said...

Ele my sweet chick, you could NEVER post tooooo many pix for me, don't ya know!! I love looking at that old church and the pink raspberry walls and all your exquisite creations no matter what.

Muriel said...

I love your decorations!!! Thanks for sharing!

Black Cat Cottage said...

Wow, I love it all. The stockings are so sweet! I've been wanting to make my own, but I'm not that crafty. Gosh, all your pics are so pretty!

vivian said...

your craft show looks like it was set up beautifully. YOure so lucky to have that sweet little church!
I'm glad you had a great holiday weekend with your family. we did too.. so now that hustle and bustle and count down begins!

Lori said...

Ele, that is so wonderful that you had everyone together for Thanksgiving...your open house looks gorgeous...i just know you had a lot of very happy shoppers!!!

Kim Caldwell said...

Everything looks simply amazing. Wish I lived closer. . .

Hugs, Kim

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Oh Ele,
What a beautiful display of goodies! I wish I lived close enough to come to your show.
I especially like the lovely table quilt and the aqua blue cupcakes...they're adorable!

Kimberly :)

Jennifer said...

Ele,So happy you had such a wonderful holiday.I just loved that your son surprised you like that!
All your crafts in your church are so pretty.I love the pastel cupcakes and that pink vanity too!Oh I love that.Everything is just so sweet looking.Hugs,Jennifer

Ps I have you on my blog.HUGS!

HippieDog said...

Beautiful items Ele! Sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday season :) Keep the photos and stories coming! Jake sends kisses and hugs your way :)

Jessi Nagy said...

hey sweets,
wow what a fantastic show.
im sure you did awesome.
thanks for poppin in.
hope you had a great thanksgiving.
Happy Holidays!!!

Caleen said...

What a wonderful place to show all you lovely creations. I just love everything and I love all the pictures. So glad you had such a lovely time with your family. I love the raspberry wall in the church. The cupcakes are so darling.. everything is just perfect.

Unknown said...

Hi Ele! I love all the pretties here! Where did you get those cupcakes in the first picture?? I LOVE those!!

It sounds like you had the best Thanksgiving!! I am so excited for you that all your kids were there!!! That is so perfect!

Love ya Ele :)

Alison Gibbs said...

What a wonderful family Thanksgiving. So many special moments.
Thanks for showing us all of your fabulous goodies. Hope it is a great weekend

Jenni B said...

Pretty, pretty pretties! I adore that pink and white stocking!

Go and check out my blog for a fantastic giveaway that I just know you'll love!

Jenni B

Unknown said...

Eleanor Ericson!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ROCK! Those cupcakes are GORGEOUS!!!!! You have GOT to sell those! They are so pretty and they would FLY off the shelves! Slap those babies on Lollishops Ele! I have been having a gay old time over there, lol! I LOVE it!


Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving Ele. Your holiday creations are so pretty. Oh how I wish I could visit all my blogging friends craft shows! But everyone lives so far away. I know what you mean about the coffee drips. No coffee drips at my home but all kinds of other drips though...must be a guy thing. :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What terrific pics of your church sale!! Did you know I bought a little putz church & named it "Ele's Church"?!?! You have some real treasures for sale!! Hope this next weekend goes well for you.

I'm just thrilled that you had all your sweet family together for the holiday! Sounds like heaven to me! ;0)

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Shirl said...

Hello Ele, what an adorable post! Your crafts were just so pretty and I especially loved that 30's quilt. Those fabrics just tug at my heart. I also love your wool cupcake pincushions. So pretty.
Your Thanksgiving sounded wonderful, your so much like me with the family and little things that you get enjoyment out of.
Have a great week!
Love you! Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Kai said...

Oh, gracious! I feel so calm & relaxed after wandering through your beautiful shop full of lovelies! It's just SO PRETTY in there, Ele! It makes me glad to know you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving & will be together again for Christmas! And in a minute, I will be emailing to see if several things in your shop are still available! You KNOW I can't resist your creations! said...

there is nothing like having the whole family together!!

One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Ele,
I wish you the best of success with your church full of wonderful things.
I am praying for a holiday like yours. It has been hard for my kids to all get together so I know how special and blessed that day made you feel.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

gorgeous pics!! everything looks amazing!! I hope you have a super wonderful day!! big hugs!! xo Britt :-)

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
Sounds like you had a wonderful thanksgiving with all of your family together. Loved the look around your shop.
Cheers Linda

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Ele~

Gosh, I wish I lived closer!!! I would LOVE to come to your open house!!! Everything looks so gorgeous!!
I'm so glad you were able to be with your whole family on Thanksgiving!


The Little Miss said...

omgosh so much eyecandy!!! Lovely...everything is beautiful!!!Have to look at it all again because there is so many pretties in each pic

Sandra Evertson said...

Gorgeous! I especially Love the flannel stockings and sweet cupcakes!
Sending you Seasons Greetings and Holiday Cheers!
Sandra Evertson

Unknown said...

Ele, I love every picture in this post. The colors are so pretty. Your creations are beautiful. Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful.

Secondhandrose said...

What a heart warming post about your family Ele! I love the cupcake pincushions in the first photo. Have any left and if so what colors? I'd like one.

Unknown said...

Oh your goodies were so delish and wonderful! I sure wish I could have come by....many goodies I would have loved to have!

I still am planning my Christmas swap with you? Are you game? Let me know,k?

And what a wonderful time you had with family..very FILLING indeed. I think I am on the games tonight know what that means...lotsa prayers!

Okay..keep in touch with me okay? I miss you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your note Ele! It's been soooo long since I could sit down and peruse blogs!

What lovely, lovely treasures. You had me at the first pic of the cupcakes! :)


Betty said...

Oh have some beautiful things for sale. I wish I could have been there. Your Thanksgiving sounded wonderful. My sons are younger and they make messes but I would miss them so much if they weren't here. Luckily my daughter lives 20 minutes away so I see her often.

Brown Bee Studio said...

Hi Ele! Just stopped to check on you. I'm so glad you had a blissful Thanksgiving, and wish you that same feeling multiplied tenfold for Christmas! xoxo Andie

Lori said...

Everything you made left me breathless, such beautiful works of art! Those who attended are ever so lucky. Miss you dearly and hope to get on line more often. have a blessed holiday season, all my love,Lori

Sondra Behne' said...

This is the first time I have seen beeded lovely and creative of you. Every thing is beautiful...thanks for showing it all. Love you blog.

Do stop by sometime and check out the pink contest we have going on @

Hope to see you there


kari and kijsa said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving...and all your goodies are FABULOUS!!!

kari & kijsa

jenny said...

realy cute things :)


How fun. I would love to visit you! How wonderful that your family was all together this Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays!

Katie said...

Oh such eye candy and so happy you had your son there!

Casa Mia said...

What beautiful eye-candy. I'm going crazy looking for those glittered words. Sounds like the best Thanksgiving to me...

Marva Plummer-Bruno said...

I love your photos! I'll have to add you to my favorites! Marva