Sunday, October 10, 2010
Her Drawers Are Showing
My second bedroom is the stock room for my daughter's internet business. She's very organized and has drawer after drawer of vintage flowers, hand made velvet and lace trims and fancy papers from Germany, England and Italy. She stops by every day to fill orders, which is a blessing, as it's always a delight to see her.
The vintage millinery and craft supplies keep her busy all year, but her Christmas goods are the heart of the business.
My favorites are the traditional German advent calendars.
Her paperboard cottages are the most labor intensive item she makes. She designs each one, cuts them out by hand, assembles, paints, puts cellophane in the windows, applies "snow" to the roofs and bottle brush trees, along with vintage mercury glass beads, trims the eaves and fences with Dresden paper lace from Germany and then dusts the whole cottage with natural mica for a subtle Christmas sparkle. Each one takes an entire day to make. Here, they're stacked up, waiting to be shipped to their new homes.