Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Last Treasures Of The Old Year

Hello my dear friends,

I don't know why it has taken me a while to get this post together. I think it was because I had to search for most of my last year treasures in my studio where they were already hiding away with all my other supplies.

I didn't go crazy this time. I just bought some things that I knew I was going to be able to work with for this coming Christmas. I actually can't believe I am already thinking about Christmas 2013 when Christmas 2012 was only a few weeks or so ago! I think it must be a crafter thing ~ right?!
I already have a really neat idea for these Christmas tree boxes ~ they were a last find at Michaels.
And these wire garlands are another last minute find.
Gold and silver metal pendants are a must for me!
And then I found snowflakes ... lots of snowflakes glistening in white, gold and silver ...
looking so pretty large and small!
And last but not least ...
... little vintage Monopoly houses made from wood.
 These will be perfect for a new Christmas idea that I already have.
Finding treasures is such a rewarding little past time. If it's one treasure or many I am always very pleased with the outcome. Now I will just have to wait about 10 months or so, so I can start creating with them (sigh).
One nice thing about it is that this could be a reason for you to return and visit me again ...
here at Todolwen but saying that ... why not pop by tomorrow and see what I have been up to these past few days.
I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.
Have a peaceful and creative day,
Karen B.


  1. This post made me chuckle, Christmas is only just behind us and you are already planning the next one, tehehehe. But you are so right, its a crafter's thing, and when you see after-Christmas Christmassy bargains, you gotta buy them and then you just can't help planning. Love those glittery garlands.

  2. I don't often respond even though I view all your posts. I particularly like your sign off and your joy in creating. Your posts inspire me to go beyond my card making passion and look for other ways to express my creativity. Be well and thanks for sharing your joy.

  3. Dear Karen,

    I too start planning and thinking about Christmas in January and I work on some projects all year long. Why wait, you have the vision now, make some treasures and tuck them away and then they are done. I am sure you will come up with other ides by next December.

    Thanks for sharing, Pam

  4. How lucky - the little monopoly houses conjure up ideas for a snowy village scene ... Betty

  5. I'm with you, Karen, if I don't work all year long, things end up unfinished. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the tree boxes and the little houses!

  6. Hi Karen
    Oh those glittery garlands, pendants and snowflakes are beauty to my eyes after what we have just been through here with the threat of a ginormous fire on our door step. I feel blessed to have got through it unscathed but slightly jarred.
    Come over if you would like to be in my new Giveaway which was pre-planned.
    Hugs from a bit charred here and remembering what you went through with those storms!!!

  7. Visions of sugarplums dance in my mind...oh sorry....that was Christmas 2012. Conjuring up all kinds of wonderful projects coming out of your "Winter Stash" for 2013!

  8. With all your new treasures why wait for another 10 months? I will stay tuned to see all of your creative endeavors as you always rock the block! Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  9. Karen!!!
    I am so excited! Can I ask where you found the large snowflakes in the last snowflake picture? I was hoing I could find some that look like these!!! I am afraid the christmas suff is all gone in the stores now, there are a few places that still have some. I just love the vintage look of these and they are exactly what I hoped to find. Any info would be great! Thanks for the share...I'm excitd for your 2013 Christmas projects. I think the only way I will get mine doen its to work on them all year!
    Hearts to you,