Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Leaving Town...

We will be leaving town on December 28th for our Annual Family Trip. We'll be back January 7th 2009 ready to share with all of you our China Adventure.
Until then, big, creative hugs!
Clara & Marcela

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas with a Chinese twist!

If you follow our blog you know that I have been patiently waiting to see Clara's 2008 Christmas Dinner place cards, and to my surprise, we (you, the reader and I) don't have to wait until Christmas Eve, she allowed me to take pictures and blog about them, Yes! ....let me explain first that she made these cuties inspired in our upcoming and very exciting trip to China...Here they are: Clara's Fortune Boxes:

She used clear 2" tall Chinese boxes, (Michael's) half filled with uncooked rice to add weight and keep them in place and a Fortune Cookie.

Clara decorated the front of the box with pretty red and green papers, the Chinese symbol of the guest's Chinese zodiac and the English translation, in this case, Rooster. I love this idea because having this instead of the guest name, becomes an instant conversation piece, a total ice breaker...not that we need one in our family: as typical Argentinians, we all talk at the same time and at the same volume.... (yes, loud)
A red satin ribbon in a delicate bow and a little card reading Shen Dan Kuai Le (Merry Christmas in Chinese) finish her adorable creation.

Remember this project if you are having friends over for Chinese food. Keep in mind that even something simple and casual can become a memorable Martha says, it's all in the details: dedicate a couple of hours to make Clara's Fortune Boxes, get rid of the take out containers, lit a couple of candles and you got yourself a magical night!

You can find the complete list of the Chinese zodiac at this site and the Chinese translation to any phrase: Happy Birthday, Love you, Have a good trip....etc here.

On Christmas Eve I'll bring home my own Fortune Box, it will remind me of my Sister's creativity and dedication to our family, it will remind me of another magical Christmas, a night when we loudly love each person in the room and silently miss those far, far away....

Monday, December 8, 2008

Place Cards Tutorial

When thinking of magical Childhood Christmas, Clara and I always remember the ones spent in Argentina, during hot summer nights, around a very long table full of aunts, uncles and cousins. The dinner table was always the center of the celebration, lots and lots of food kept the family entertained until midnight, time when every year Santa showed up (yes, we had a real Santa)carrying very small but memorable gifts. Those memories move us every year to set a beautiful table, a table for the 9 of us to gather around, laugh and wait anxiously until midnight!

It's on the table that we find the first gift of the night, a small token of handmade love used as a place card and meant to be trasured forever....

These are the beautiful, nostalgic ornaments that Clara made in 2007 (she will not show me yet what she's doing for this year!) for each guest and that ,of course, I'm displaying in my Christmas tree.
She used black and white copies of old protographs of each guest mounted on festive papers and cardstock and glammed with a clear glitter. With a metallic marker she wrote the year, added a ribbon to hang it from and finished them with a touching Christmas thought on the back:

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."

She picked baby blue and silver for the boys and shabby pink and taupe for the girls....This is my now 17 year old when he was only one...

And this is my sweet 14 year old when she was just a baby...

Since I can't remember what I did last year, I guess it wasn't memorable enough, I'm sharing how to make the place cards I'm using for our 2008 Christmas Day Lunch. You will need:

Floral Wire (22 gauge), Wooden star (Michael's $0.25 each), Glitter, Monogram stickers, Crepe Paper, Glue, Glue gun, Cardstock, Small pliers

I start by cutting the wire in an approx. 13" piece. I wrap it around my glue container (it's just the perfect size) working the wire in a base, the rest of the wire is then wraped around a pencil and the end is finished in a little curl using small pliers.

I cover the star in german silver glitter, leaving the center clean of it.

I add crepe paper ruffle to a 1" cardstock circle. Trim the crepe paper and add the Monogram sticker with the initial of each guest.

I glue it to the center of the star.

And then I glue the star, using a glue gun, to the curl on the wire top. Once dried, you might have to play with the wire until your star is in perfect balance to stand all by itself.

Voila!! I'm making them a few weeks ahead because I like the tarnish look they get with time...I promise that I'll post Clara's as soon as she lets me...I know it will be fab...I'm the older Sister, I taught her everything she knows!!!...just kidding!....LOL

"Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life."

~Charles M. Schulz~

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

One more place to find us...

Just in case you didn't have enough of us, we have just opened our Lolli-shop!

If you haven't visited this new marketplace, don't miss it! Lots of very cute stuff, very frou-frou, very chic, very whimsical and totally us!!! It's brand new, it was officially launched last Saturday and merchants are listing new merchandise daily.

We are offering there some new creations that we have not shown yet in our own site. We are sure that you will love our handmade chic linen ribbons,

at a very low price 0f $5.95 for 3 Yards (including shipping), they are the perfect finishing touch to a special gift, a great addition to craft projects and even a wonderful Christmas Stocking Stuffer. Many designs to choose from: crowns, birds, love and many more...Yes, we are taking special orders...your name, a special phrase...let your imagination go wild!

So grab your coffee and come along for some inexpensive (LOVE that word these days!)shopping....

Visit us at our new exciting adventure:

See you at the Lollies"!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas cheer!

Last Saturday was our Annual Puttin' on the Glitz event and what a fun, fun night it turned out to be! As you probably know, our little "Spanish Village by the Sea", hosts this event every Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stores stay open late offering drinks and cookies, Christmas
Carolers perform and for all the little ones the night is never over until Santa comes down Ave Del Mar waving from the firetruck!
Our wonderful street gets decorated every year, this is how it looked before the festivities started and vehicles were removed to make room for the thousands of visitors:

Clara and I enjoy participating every year. It's a busy night where we get to see most of our customers and friends...but this year was even more special to us because even though the economy's a little uncertain and everybody is feeling it, people came to the party to support us and the rest of the San Clemente Merchants...They all showed their best Holiday Spirit, were very cheerful and had a great disposition to help the little stores like ours....

The Ladies had a great time shopping for ornaments, jewelry, cards, candles, signs and even furniture! When the cookies were gone, and the candles out, at about 10:30 pm, we went home feeling very blessed to have such wonderful support. Thank you!!!



...the Saturday after Thanksgiving...

... Ave Del Mar, San Clemente...

don't miss it!!!

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."

~Harlan Miller~

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Day

We give thanks for the big things in life. We give thanks for the small things in life. We give thanks for everything we have, but most of all...

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
~Author Unknown~

Wishing you and your families a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Marcela & Clara

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Frozen Charlotte Art

As you probably know by now, in an effort to connect and support our fellow Dealers and Artists, we have pledged to give only handmade and vintage gifts this Holiday Season. This, of course, takes a little time and preparation but beats trying to find a parking space at the mall!! So, we hope you come along the next few weeks as we share with you ideas and projects to make this a Very Merry Crafty Chritmas!

Have you heard of "Frozen Charlottes"?, sweet white porcelain dolls made in Germany with a very sad story behind them: Charlotte was going to the ball with her boyfriend in an open carriage. Didn't listen to her Mom (some things never change...) and didn't take a shawl during a very, very cold German night....she died of cold that night while her boyfriend died of a broken heart. Funny how we don't know the boy's name, the story was probably written by Charlotte's Mom....! Anyway, the cute little dolls make beautiful angels or fairies, they come in many different sizes, and many times they are missing an arm or a leg wich does not detracts at all from their charm. We used Frozen Charlottes in 3 different projects guaranteed to keep the recipient's heart warm all year long...

Our first Charlotte project was made using a wooden trinket box (Michael's $1.00) that we painted inside and out with a coat of acrylic paint. Once dried, we attached a music sheet rossette and an "Angel Charlotte". We added wings, a paper halo, some glitter and a "Love" banner. Perfect to hold jewelry or a love note....

The second project is a personalized ornament. We spray painted a styrofoam "S" (Michael's $0.95 each, they carry all the letters) and made a little frame out of carboard and paper from where our little Queen Charlotte is peeking thru. A little paper heart, a couple of rhinestones, a silver paper crown and a little message later and our ornament is ready to hang (by adding a little ribbon on the back) or sit.

Finally, we used the littlest Charlotte to make a Pop Cap Necklace. She is wrapped in a Queen sign, leaving no doubts of her place in life!

Now, if we've inspired you in any way to make some Frozen Charlotte art and you don't know where to buy them, contact us. We have them for sale at $3 and $4 each depending on their size (keep in mind that they are missing some body parts just like the ones we used on our projects)

However, if you are not feeling crafty and would like to purchase any of these finished items, they are also for sale. (Different ornament letters also available)

this Holiday Season buy Handmade, buy Vintage.

If you enjoyed this post, don't forget to Subscribe to our blog...Love, Marcela & Clara

Friday, November 14, 2008

Just a little tease....

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
~W.T. Ellis~

The Holidays are almost here and we are getting ready for our
"Annual Putting on the Glitz".
Don't miss this fun night with entertainment and shopping for the whole family...
Here is a little tease....

Handmade One-of-a-Kind Ornaments

Glittery Beach Decor

Glamorous and chic gift tags

Vintage Christmas Ornaments.... and tons of items more for under $10.00

Stop by for cookies, coffee and some Holiday Cheer!

Saturday, November 29th from 5 to 10 pm.
"Nice and Easy Antiques & Gifts"

131C Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672 (949)492-2622

We hope to see you there! And now....

Clara & Marcela

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Displaying one step at the time....

You just never know where inspiration will come from, do you?

Reading one of our favorite blogs Blondie 'N' SC, written by Tara one of our favorite customers, Clara learnt of Tara's love for vintage ladders, and while admiring her last project: "a small but tidy linen closet" as Tara calls it, Clara had a visit from the Inspiration Fairy!

....vintage....ladder....repurpose....inexpensive....Ta da!!!! and just like that, this post and our new cards display were born!

After months and months of trying to come up with a cool display for our cards, and thanks to this picture from Tara's blog

Clara remembered the old ladder we bought at least 7 years ago in a junk sale and that we had never used (scary, I know...). The ladder was still there, in a corner of the garage just waiting... Then, finally happened... the old ladder got a makeover...The magic white paint did what it does best: turned drab into fab, satin ribbon was criss-crossed adding a little glam....

transforming our junk sale treasure in a space-saver card display....

We have to admit that the ladder was for sale for about 6 hours until we realized how much we loved it and how many more cards and tags we are selling out of it. Now the old ladder has a "Sorry, not for sale at this time" sign, after all, she was very faithful and waited a long time for us, we can't just sell it!!!

So Ladies, keep your eyes open for those old ladders that are just not safe anymore to be climbed. You can use it to display your Christmas Cards ........

and after the Holidays, your beautiful linen collection!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another "I was going to save the world...." project

Wish: A desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.

We all have them, big wishes, small wishes, sometimes very simple wishes and many times even secret wishes! ....
From wishes that last just a few minutes to those wonderful, dreammy wishes that we carry around all our lives....Personal wishes and world-wide wishes...Pink, soft, glittery wishes...are the inspiration for our:
"I was going to save the world today, but something....small and cute caught my eye! project.

An easy, inexpensive idea (will cost you less than a Hallmark card) and a lot more memorable!

We bought these tiny jars at Michael's for less than $1.00 each. If yours come with the metal lid closure, just remove it....
The jars come in all different sizes, for this project we used the smallest ones (3" tall) because we like the idea of priceless things coming in very small packages!
We filled the jar with a fluffed cotton ball. We stamped a Raffle ticket (sold at WaltMart or Party Supplies Stores for $1.00 a roll of 100....yes! 100 "wishes"...) with the word WISH. (printing or writing it's also fine!)

We then dipped the sides of our Wish Ticket on glitter for some sparkling fun and once dried, we placed it inside the jar, between the glass and the cotton.

Using a glue gun, we glued the lid to the jar.
We decorated the top using crepe paper (velvet or lace are also great choices) and a silver star. Some trim around the neck (or ribbon) completed the fab look!

The top can also be personalized with your guest initial and the "Captured Wishes" used as place cards during a lunch or Christmas dinner. Use the Groom and Bride's initials for a shower's party favor...Small tokens of Love that guests will be happy to take home and cherish!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day

November 4th, 2008
Election Day

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."
~Napoleon Bonaparte~

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

You've been e-Booed!

Happy Halloween!

Just for a fun Halloween Celebration we've e-Booed three of our favorite blogs. Come along, no costume needed, just grab your coffee and sit down for a visit to these talented Ladies and their inspiring posts:

Gail from

Tara from

Lynn from

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

~Author Unknown~

Clara & Marcela