I currently have a thing for using vintage music in my creations. I love music, but am not musical. I played clarinet for a year, violin for a year, and piano for two years before I finally determined I was not cut out for a career in music. I regret this decision now, but as a kid didn't think ahead. Oh well.
I recently purchased a scoring board by Martha Stewart.
I was able to use a coupon at my local craft store (SHOP LOCAL) so it was only $14.99. I am not a tool purchaser generally, but I thought I would give this one a whirl. I LOVE IT.
I began making dealymabobs with it and have kind of been addicted. I don't know what these things are actually called (sorry I didn't buy a crafting dictionary), but I love them.
I made a whole bunch out of an old music workbook. After I had a stack I decided I needed to do something with them so I created this:
Each of the dealymabob centers has a vintage button. Next, I glued them down to one of my metal wreath frames (I sold a ton of these on Etsy. I guess they are hard to find). I had this Happy Holidays glitter ornament left over from last year. I glued it across the front and I suddenly had a lovely little wreath.
I tried to sell it at the one and only bazaar I did this season. There wasn't a lot of traffic and the part of town I live in isn't into "vintage inspired decor". Go figure. I know exactly who I need to give it to. Merry Christmas to ___________!
I haven't crafted in over a week and am trying to wrap up the last school week before the break. We are also trying to cram in our traditional holiday activities like our trip to see Santa in downtown Portland.
We have pictures with the same Santa for the past 12 years. He used to be at Macy's, but they went with a "corporate Santa". After being fired, Santa Tom decided to go into business for himself. He is now located in Pioneer Courthouse Square and boy am I glad.
The visit is very intimate. After standing in line you are taken into a waiting area and then into a little room where he resides. The camera person, Santa, and your family are the only ones in the room. They allow you to take your own pictures after they are done with theirs. We took our pictures while they were discussing lists. In the second picture you can see Delia counting down her list on her fingers.
Afterwards you go into another area to pick out your pictures. When we looked at ours I realized Delia still had her coat on. I almost said it wasn't a big deal, but the worker convinced us to take them again. She even snuck us through the back door for the retakes so we didn't have to stand in line again. I unfortunately did not get any shots of this with our own camera because I was so grateful. Ahhh. How many more years will I get to enjoy this tradition? I hope for at least a few more!