Month: November 2011

Asterisk Southern Christmas Show 2011
21/11/2011 Karen Sydnor in Gift Ideas / No comments

Oh my!  I know it has been a minute.  I have so much to share with you all.  Thank you for your patience and your continued following. 

So, last week, I was able to go to the Southern Christmas Show here in Charlotte. It was absolutely wonderful. It is so refreshing to see all the gifts and talents of so many people from all over the country.  Here are some of the highlights from my visit. 

First up is this gorgeous Christmas wreath.  It is made from Deco Mesh.  It is seems as if this all the rage this year because this stuff was everywhere you turned in various colors.

Next, is this simple but elegant copper bracelet.  I just had to get my hands one one of these.  There were others with beads and baubles on them, but I really loved the simplicity of this kind.

Now, this just took both my assistant and my breath away. It is a dress, vest, belt, purse and earrings made from recycled bottle tops from soda cans.  I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was truly unique and a pretty penny as well.

And finally, these necklaces with the flowers made from t-shirts seem to be another big hit this year.  It is so simple, but again, so elegant.

There were many, many, many vendors and shops and so much to see.  I just wanted to give you a little taste of what was there.  Hope it gives you some ideas for starting your Christmas shopping and once again, Happy Crafting!!
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Asterisk Where is the year going?
02/11/2011 Karen Sydnor in Craft / No comments

Well, hello there! Where is the year going?  I can’t believe how fast the calender is moving.  The Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays will soon be upon us.  I have been so busy with so many projects that I realized that I had not posted anything new in about two weeks.

Well, my oldest daughter celebrated her 19th birthday, while my sister and sister-in-law also celebrated birthdays all in the same weekend.  So of course, handmade cards and gifts were in order.  I used my Lifestyle Crafts letterpress machine to create Birthday cards for them all. 

I also spent some time “scrapping” with some wonderful ladies at “Creating for Causes Event”.  It was a 48 hour crop held here in Charlotte at the Ritz Carlton to raise money for autism awareness. I don’t have any photos to post from the event, but here is a link to their website: You can also find them on Facebook.  I believe the organizer will have some photos on their blog soon from this event.

I am also pleased to announce that I am working on some products for an upcoming event that will be held in December.  I will be one of the vendors at “The Christmas Market”. This will be a day filled with shopping, music, food, story telling (for the little people) and much more at Victory Christian Center on December 10, 2011 from 10 am to 6 pm.  The address is 7224 Old Pineville Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 and you can call (704) 602-6010 for more details.

Hope this keeps you updated for a moment as my hands have so much to do.  Until next time, “Happy Crafting!!”

The Birthday girl!!

Hand letter pressed Birthday card


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