Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Have a great New Year's Eve and I wish you all the best for the coming year. 
May you have good health, much happiness and fulfil at least one of your dreams!!

Sally xox
{fireworks over Pittsburgh}

{Year of the Dragon}

Friday, December 30, 2011

Customer Appreciation ~ Kelsey's Button Bouquet

Hi there! ...

Today I'd love to show you something one of my clever customers made.

Her name is Kelsey and this is the fab button bouquet she made for her wedding. Her and her partner (now hubby) Aaron, eloped on 'Cinco De Mayo'  and then threw a wedding for family and friends afterwards. 
"Double wedding-time!" says Kelsey - sounds fun to me! 

The flowers are made from birchwood shavings, by a  Philippine Etsy seller, (unfortunately the shop no longer exists).

Kelsey says:

"We paid for our own wedding so our budget was teensy and while flowers are awesome, they're too expensive for what we were planning. I found the idea for a button bouquet on Off Beat Bride. I changed the technique a little but it's basically the same idea. All you need is buttons of various sizes and colors, floral wire or a small gauge jewelry wire, pliers, floral tape and wire cutters. And patience, haha!" .....

Kelsey continues:
"I highly recommend to anyone to take on some crafts when planning their wedding because 
a) it keeps you sane! 
b) it saves you money! "
One of the button packs Kelsey bought from me - beautiful vintage 'Butterscotch' buttons

{image and buttons by
Jambo Chameleon}

Thanks so much for sharing Kelsey!

I love it when my customers send me photos of things they make from their
 Jambo Chameleon purchases!

Bye for now!


Sally xox

Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's a wrap!

Yes I intended that to be a pun - because Christmas is finished. "It's a wrap" as they say in the movies BUT I also wanted to show you my round-up of more great wrapping examples I have come across on the web over the last couple of days (I've had the luxury of catching up with some net surfing!)...

These can inspire you for next year (tuck them away in your Pinterest perhaps!) - or you can evolve these ideas into your own for birthdays, baby showers, weddings... whatever!

{Images from  Pocketful of Dreams}
{images: Happy serendipity}
{image from What no Mints}
{Pink Paislee}
{Poppy Talk}
{A Spoonful of Sugar}

{images from The Pink Couch}

Hope you enjoyed these!

Sally xox

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Fun!

I hope you had a great Christmas ( if you celebrate it).
We had a great time, on Christmas Eve we met friends in the park during the day then went to a Kids' Carol service at church, where we were shown this brilliant short film of "The Christmas Story" made by members of St Paul's Church, Auckland. You should watch it - it's so sweet and funny too!
That was followed by an evening spent with friends.

Christmas Day:
After very little sleep due to an over-excited Mr 6 waking up at 3am and no-one really managing to get back to sleep... our day went like this:

6am - get up and open Santa gifts....

...Scrambled egg, bacon, toast & fresh orange juice for breakfast with crackers (Bonbons)
then clear up, chill out, shower etc...

Then set off for an hour's drive using my new 'Navman' to help us find our way - to a friend's parents' house.

We spent the day with lovely people eating a yummy roast turkey dinner followed by delicious homemade plum pudding and choc & rapberry pavlova, and watching the kids have rides on a tractor trailer and a pony, and then finally having a good hosing down for some splashy fun!!

We got home and opened a few more pressies before tucking them up in bed :0)

Then Boxing day, the boys went swimming, we all had the rest of our pressies, a yummy buffet lunch &
a roast lamb dinner (somewhat incongruously, but tastily, with Yorkshire puddings, creamed Horseradish  and stuffing!).

There was lots of Skyping too (both days) with our family in the UK.

What did you do? What did you eat for Christmas lunch?

Now ~ a little 'Etsy Finds' ode to Christmas ~

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Two Turtle Doves
Three French Hens
Four Calling Birds
Five Gold Rings
Six Geese a Laying
Seven Swans a Swimming
Eight Maids a Milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming

Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season,
Sally xox

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Etsy Meet-Up ~ paint-a-plate-fun!!

Last week I went to an Sydney Etsy Team meet-up at a really cool studio called Eagle Soup!

There were about 30 crafty types there and thanks to Kirsteene Phelan we were armed with ceramic drawing pens, all we had to do was bring a plate (or other ceramic receptacle of our choosing!!)

Kit the team leader and Katy had made lots of treats for us, including delicious heart-shaped vegie quiches, a gingerbread house and gingerbread folk. Yum!

Katy (left) and Kit

my plate part way through (I'll post a finished pic later - put my plates in a "safe" place & can't find them admidst the Crimbo chaos!!)
me - doing what I love best ~ being a crafty pixie!!
There were some great designs from talented folk looksee:

It was lots of fun :)

There were even goodie bags when we left!

Sally xox