Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is it too Early to be Thinking about Christmas Gifts?

One of the blogs I steadily follow is The Feathered Nest.
Dawn does some beautiful creations with lovely vintage materials. 
I loved her post today and thought I'd feature it in my blog post today. 
She made a charming Christmas Advent Calendar.

I would love to make my own version with maybe miniature tree decorations for a friend of mine. This was featured in the current issue of a wonderful magazine, 
Handcrafted, by Stampington.
These are WONDERFUL creative magazines that come out regularly on various subjects: Arts/Crafting, Blogging, Redesigning Vintage clothes and jewelry, cards, journals and more 
I love them all. I find them at Barnes and Noble and online.

She used a lovely fabric stretched over a canvas, lovely little pockets sewn into strips of sheer material.
In each dated pocket she made a vintage item. 
I picture them hung on a small tree.
Here is a vintage key, lace and a bit of vinage jewelry.
So simple and I love repurposing these simple items.

Lovely hang tags with more vintage lace.
You could do all sorts of versions of these lovely hang tags, maybe some with lovely messages. 
Use vintage style glitter, old buttons, vintage chandelier pieces, pins, single ear rings, an old pearl necklace.

Next time you go to a flea market look in those old boxes with junk in them, you'd be surprised what you can find.
Maybe something with an old faux strand of pearls or an old clasp.
I'm not much of a seamstress, but I think I could manage these pockets, not 
as beautifully as Dawn, but I'll figure it out.(Either that or my dear friend Heather will advice me).
It's probably not too early to start gathering for Christmas is it? 
Hard to think about when the temperatures are lingering in the 90's and 100's!!

Put your thinking caps on. How would you approach this lovely idea?
I'd love to hear your comments. They are part of the fun of blogging!!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh sweet Shari, you are such an angel for featuring my Advent calendar!!! I loved creating this except for the math involved getting my little pockets even!!! Math is SO not my strong subject ~ enjoy making your own, I just know it will be GORGEOUS!!! hugs and love, Dawn