It all began with finding this amazing vintage holiday corsage at the church bazaar. I had a tip-off from a friend who helps organize the fair that there would be something there that should come home with me (nice to have friends in high places). I got there early and found this great corsage which had been mounted on an amazing image of this lady from the 1960's? posing with the same corsage and a really cool Christmas tree hat. And all this was mine for $2.00?!
Now I just have to make the hat and you can be sure that I will for next year.
But this year I saw this corsage designed by Kay Whitt who wrote the book Sew Serendipity. The corsage was featured in the premier issue of a new magazine called Stitch. Craft. Create. I just loved the pin and the technique she used to get all the scrunchy woolen petals. And it was just lucky that I had the exact same hand-dyed silk ribbon in my stash that a friend has sent me several years ago. In addition, I actually had some over-dyed wool very similar to the wool that was used in the example. So I made one of these wonderful corsages for myself and have worn it every chance I get. It's over the top but I feel so very festive wearing it with my favorite white coat.
Here is a little of my obsession with gnomes and a little gnome display that I put together for the holidays. Lighting is a little weird and the best I can do with my nine year old digital camera (that's practically vintage in camera years!). This gnome village is a happy little place.