Saturday, December 31, 2011

HNY 2012!

wishing everyone a Happy New Year for 2012
from In the Making team on etsy!

when making your NY resolutions remember that -

~what goes around - comes around~

loving this bracelet, it could go around my wrist any day! by Pam from Wicked Darling

aim high and

~reach for the stars~

like this Venus Rising mixed media piece by Pey from Folk Art Vision

and an oldie but goodie

~follow your heart~

easy to remember when you display this Celebration of Joy print by Yulia from Golden Section

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Christmas, er, I mean ....

hmmm, I did mean that!

Happy Birthday Baby Hare Christmas!!,

and em, happy Christmas, happy Solstice, happy Midwinter and happy celebrations and yadda yadda and all that from In The Making Team on etsy!

Please meet baby hare Christmas.

A textile ornament of a baby hare to display fondly in your home.

Little Christmas came into the world against his mama’s will. She tried in vain to get him out the week before xmas, but on xmas eve the youngster was kicking and moving and she knew that he would be in the world within hours.
And a little while later in the late evening’s moonlight the baby was born, strong and healthy and hungry.
Thank goodness! because as all hare mama’s know, a hungry and demanding baby makes for a fit leveret.
Word got around the glade that a very special xmas baby had been born and soon he was being greeted by the other mama’s, who came with gifts, as is the hare tradition.
One brought an abundance of love, another gave happiness, then there was the gift of compassion and that of speed, and one of patience, and the last mama of all gave the gift of humour, because being born on xmas day and not having any other presents for a whole 364 days was a bit hard to endure by anyone, let alone a tiny hare.
Christmas’s mama thanked them all kindly and then dried off his forehead which was now rather wet with all the kisses he had received. He looked up at mama and smiled and she gave him a warm hug and said to him that presents were really over-rated anyway and he should never worry about material things because attributes and emotions are so much more valuable, and after half a day they never lose their novelty!
Well, when Christmas went visiting his friends and saw all their xmas presents he wasn’t so sure what mama really meant, because he had had so much fun playing with all the toys and he had been there for nearly the whole day.
Then as was leaving a few of the other babies laughed at him and with big smirks on their faces commented that they would be getting the same amount of presents again in a few months time on their birthdays, unlike him.
Christmas wasn’t too happy when he heard that and sulked all the way home. He decided that from now on he would have a birthday every day and a present a day too.
Then he had a little think and wondered if mama would have enough wrapping paper for all his many presents, and then he wondered where he would put them all because his room was rather small and he didn’t have too much spare space. And after a really hard think he decided that he only really wanted just a few special toys, not 365 of them, because that would be too many to play with.
So before he told mama about his new plan he decided to change his mind and just make do with one huge amount of presents once a year after all.
And because he was given a sense of humour he didn’t even mind if he got less presents than any of the other babies, because appreciating a single gift was much more important than gloating over a huge pile of them.
He could always go and play with their toys he thought. Yes, that sounded good to him and he smiled a little smile to himself.

Christmas is looking forward to snoozing warmly on your armchair. He would like the window open a little please as mama will be coming by every day to see him and he will be going out to play with his friends. Well, er, his friends’ toys, let’s get the facts straight there!
And he may even bring back a few toys every now and again, especially the ones that they get bored with after half a day of playing because they have too many toys already, and what with a birthday a few months after xmas and a new batch of toys, it means that there will always be boring toys at the bottom of the toy box that have lost their novelty.
Christmas has a small collection of interesting toys that have the label ‘boring’ on them, and wants you to know that he isn’t bored by them in the slightest, because after a year of playing they merely become worn out, not boring.
Infact he would be grateful to have a rummage in the bottom of your toy box to see what you label as boring.
You never know, you could be the same as his friends – always wanting bigger and better and faster and newer ….. My, my, he will be a lucky hare this xmas!


Have a great Christmas everyone! travel safe, eat well, be kind to the twins, don't argue too much with the rellies and drink in moderation (if there is ice on the paths)!

Friday, December 23, 2011

a little xmas eve sparkle

- for your heart,
with a precious ...

cottontail by Ainigmati

- and for your eyes,
to glance upon these treats swinging like stars in the night amongst your neck

It's xmas eve so make sure to relax, relax and relax
and remember - don't sweat the small stuff (and it's all small stuff - just cram it into the stocking :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

2 shopping days left - Don't Panic!!!!!!

I did my Christmas shopping online a while ago and it's all wrapped and ready for giving, (em, I only bought a few presents and made the rest).

I won't be braving the crowds in the mad xmas rush that seems to happen every year, but if you have no other choice then put the kettle on, set aside an hour of online time and take heart and read on ....

.... because I have a solution .....

a beautiful and precious gift for the lady in your life - Jasper and Pearl earrings by Betsy

surely a gift worth waiting for? I would wait for these!

a gorgeous watercolour of 4 cardinals for the animal lover by Yael!

this Cardinals print would look good warming up any hallway or dining area - chirping to welcome you home, and beady eyes to watch over you eating!

definitely worth waiting for? I think so!

and for the daughter of the house, how about a pair of flats to walk graciously about in, by Daria

stylish and comfortable - well worth the wait? I think so!

and for ultra chic home decoration how about this Cracklin Red vase by Paula

upcycled from industrial pipes, with rich texture and colours, this is one of a kind interior statement decor!
I would wait for this, for sure!

don't forget your best friend - sharing a cup of tea is extra special with them and getting just the right gift means that you really care - so go for this warm friendly Tea Time print by Montse

and tell your friend that her friendship means the world! surely worth the wait!

for the copious note-taker and scrap paper writerer ... how about this set of cool playing cards notebooks by Debra

for paper lovers there is no greater joy than a blank page and a covetable cover, and I am one, so I know the wait is worth it

for the woman who loves beauty and uniqueness - a shadow box with butterfly pendant and brooch necklace by Kathi

dual function in jewellery is pretty rare but for those that love choice it is irresistible.
I love choices and I love this - yes, I will definitely wait!


for the lover of beauty, how about this original mixed media collage The Day Before We Met by Kelly

artwork speaks volumes with just a glance and this evocative piece draws you in, to rest a little, to settle
that kind of soul relaxation is very precious in today's rushed world
I will wait for this treasure, for sure!

wear your heart on the end of your sleeve with this delicate and meaningful heart bracelet by Irene

and not just for ladies, but men too, I am seeing it layered with watches, wrap around straps and ornate cuffs, which will all set off it's delicate appearance and highlight it's simplicity all the more

worth waiting for? you bet your heart on it!

and last but not least, a restored 1874 Lionfish print by Maria

a little bit of knowledge goes a long way, so the perfect gift for the piscean in your life, or the water lover, who will appreciate the beauty of this ornate decorated fish along with it's deadly venom!

I would wait for this fish to grace my walls and wow my visitors!

... and like I mentioned up above, the wait is definitely worth it with these gifts
and because shipping is now too late for Christmas day delivery, how about printing out a little card that says something similar to the image I email my late-buyer etsy customers above?

... a lovely surprise is _ _ _ _ your way from _ _ _ _

because - a gift, after all, comes from the heart, and a day only lasts 24 hours, so better late than never

Happy Christmas, Happy late shopping!

Annette
theLeveretsNest.etsy.com

Glowing

Saturday, December 17, 2011

this xmas unwrap a smile :)

this is my gorgeous print of Esme the brown bunny by my friend Pey, just above my work table here in my living room.
Infact if I reach up from my keyboard now I can touch the frame! (and do a little dusting at the same time!)

and below Esme is my gorgeous photo of a fawn by Jen McGuinness, another friend from etsy,

and beside that gentle fawn is my Forever Heart by Pey, dedicated to my first rescue rabbit Zai.
When I received my heart in the post and unwrapped it, I was so touched that I shed a few tears.

Esme is now available as an art block (canvas on a wooden frame) and I love this version also!
I really like the depth and the texture, and it compliments Pey's textured style of clay paintings!

All I can say,is that everytime I look up at my artwork - I smile :)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Xmas wouldn't be xmas without a ...

friendly ram made by Olga from Two Sad Donkeys helping you celebrate!

this little chap lives with me and arrived last year, just in time for xmas, with his santa hat on!
so cute :)

fancy a little chap of your own like this reindeer perhaps?

then stop by Olga's shop to see who speaks cute to you

Saturday, December 10, 2011

something nice for a spot on your wall

Being a bit of tenderness into your home with this beautiful photo of a doe

I have mine already, to add to my deer collection and I just love it!

taken by Debbie from etsy shop See Life Shine.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas tree Christmas tree topper :)

what is the perfect Top for your Christmas tree?
a star? an angel?
uh-huh, not this year! - how about another Christmas tree!!


I absolutely adore the textile soft sculptures that Maria of etsy shop Intres makes.

The trees and birds are just adorable and this miniture fir tree is just beautiful with the ever-so-cute little bird at the top.
So why not break out of tradition and put a small tree at the top of your Christmas tree this year?
You will get plenty of compliments and smiles that's for sure!

Design on a dime

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Vintage Sarah Coventry Necklace

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011