Monday, December 8, 2008

Love And Joy

Comfort and Joy

It has been a few weeks of busy holiday fun and preparations along with creating Christmas homes for you!

Thank you all so very much for your kind words, interest and purchases from the Winter Wonderland!!! I do love making the various homes, church and Santa's Sleigh for all of you!

I have also been helping Cailtin, my daughter, get ready for the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale. This event actually took place this past weekend! This was great fun, and Caitlin's booth/table looked FANTASTIC!!! I would say, with no bias whatsoever hehehe, Nice had the best booth of all! (She has all of the photos.)

Sunday afternoon we left the Renegade and headed out on our own!!! This is not a usual event, to have uninterrupted time, no real time frame . We stopped by Shabby Chic where I browsed to my hearts content. Visited with Elisabeth, my favorite Shabby Chic girl! So very very kind and sweet and knowledgeable. I made a few small purchases, which I cannot show at this time... sorry.
After Shabby Chic, we went to lunch at a wonderful cafe, Nookies Too. Every table we passed held deliciously prepared items.
It was going to be difficult to choose! In the end we had a wonderful turkey club which we split. We do that a lot, way too much food otherwise. Then we drove down Michigan Avenue to see the holiday hustle and bustle (way too cold to get out).

Yesterday I put a few more items in the shop (etsy). I will be joining Lolli Shops also, but not until my personal IT person can assist me,ur, I mean do it for me while teaching me. yep.

Little bitty Cottages of Love and Joy :)


A flurry of beautiful glass, pink beads, vintage! Thank You MOM!

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Whew, there has been alot going on! In the past I have always left December free from work, except for a few friends needing some projects or gifts finished up. I do, as I know all of you do also, value time with family, friends and preparing for our family holiday happenings. I also get the urge to make NEW things during this time!!! How contradictory! I once went out two
days before Christmas to find red and white check fabric of good weight to make a table cloth and napkins for Christmas morning! Does all of that fuss really matter? NO. It is very nice and fun to do, but time with each other is all that matters.



Anonymous said...

I love your little cottages..I want to live there!

Sugar Bear said...

Your newest little homes are delightful as are all of your creations. They have such a love in them. I'm proud to own some of your work!

Merci-Notes said...

oh, Thank You Karla! :)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

So your mom gave you these little houses? How sweet!
I'm sure Caitlyn's booth was amazing. And you got to go in Shabby Chic!
That question about the fudge...there is only one right answer hehee...poke it in your mouth! Mary, I'll bet you are thin as a rail LOL!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I meant to tell you also...Toby Mac is a christian rock may have been thinking of Toby Keith.
I don't like country either!

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Mary ~ I love your houses and cottages...too cute! You must live by where I work. I work in Waukegan, IL...but I heard you talking about Michigan Ave...etc. What a small world. I work in Illinois but live in Kenosha!


Maria said...

love your little homes!! Too precious.

Anonymous said...

Your wonderland is truly enchanted!

dede warren said...

It's good to hear from Miss Mary, I was wondering if you'd been lost in a snow drift! Michigan Ave is wonderful in the summer, I hope one day to see it dressed for the holidays. Your pink garland is fabulousO!!!

Happy holidays,

She'sSewPretty said...

Mary, Your little cottages are so sweet!!

tam said...

Your cottages are very sweet and magical!

Natasha Burns said...

Wow you have been busy! So glad to hear Caitlin's sale went well! Your new little cottage ornaments are cuuuuuuute!!!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

lovely cottages!! I hope you have a great day!! hugs!! Britt :-)

creative breathing said...

Hi Merci-Notes. Did you decide that you do not the note cards you won on my blog? It is okay if not, I will add them in to my giveaway next Wednesday when I will be giving away a Dutch Girl pegdoll, 2 hearts, and note cards. Please let me know by Wednesday! Happy Holidays! Elizabeth

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Hi Mary!!
In response to the sweet comment you left on my friend's name is Amy. I hope your friend gets better soon!! I hope you have wonderful day!!! xoxo Britt :-)

creative breathing said...

Horray! If you will e-mail me your address at, I will put your note cards in the mail. Good luck on the next puzzle. I am getting funny answers again! On Wednesday if no one is getting close I will give a sure fire hint. Thank you so much for playing along. Have a great week. E

The Rose Room said...

So very, very pretty! Rachaelxo

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Good morning to Mary! I saw one of your houses in blogland and wanted to say hello to you :) Eat lots of chocolate today ;)

Anonymous said...

Your little cottages are so sweet. I just love them. Isn't it funny getting motivated after we've done what we plan to do? I guess the brain is free to play.

Sweetina said...

Merry Christmas Sweets!
Your tree is super sweet and decorations lovely!
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Brook said...

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