Hello Doll!

Hey Gals!
I have sure missed you all lately
I hope that 2010 is a tad less busy
I really want to get to know you all much better this new year
One fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers is to participate in swaps
I recently did an altered dolly swap with Sandy of of Sandy's Creations
I made her a sweet little ice cream doll
lol well at-least I think she is sweet
at my last craft show everyone thought they were creepy
but I have some fun plans for these doll
but that is for another day...

there is so much I don't know about the world of dolls
but sandy called this a penny doll
If you love all things sweet and pink
you should check out Sandy's etsy shop Distressrelief

Sandy sure did spoil me rotten!
Among my goodies was a petite Blythe
Miss Perfect Paisley Star
she said it was to hold me over until I was able to get my own "big" blythe

Well I must say
while her wardrobe could be a challenge
I adore my little Kaitlynne (her new name)
she is just so wonderfully sweet
and while a little camera shy she can really steal your heart

Poor Kaitlynne was sure lonely this Christmas
so she wrote a letter to Santa asking for a "big" sister
but as we know Santa can only do so much
and not having time to fly over to Japan
he dropped a winning Scratch it Ticket into my stocking
just enough to buy my first doll!

So for the last few days I have been doing quite a bit of research
on what - I mean who I wanted to purchase...
but all the girls I like are still over my price range :(
but then I stumbled upon Pullip Dolls
and it was truly love at first sight
my frustration quickly melted away
so I will be ordering my first Asian Fashion Doll
just as soon as the New Years Celebrations end in Asia
I hope I will not regret not going with a Blythe doll
but I really find the Pullip dolls
to be much better fit to my personality

So who is the lucky doll?

I am soooo excited! I can't hardly wait to start playing with her!
My piggy bank is sure in trouble!
ack! which is not good because my new years resolution is to SAVE!
lol but I told hubby I had to purchase my doll first
he rolled his eyes but said okay :)

well I'm tired and need to work on some chores around the house

I'll leave you with this beautiful song
if your into such music ~

Christmas with ittybittybirdy

Well despite their being no sunlight for photographing
my computer crashing
and endless baking, cleaning, wrapping, and what not
I am here to share with you my home as it is this Christmas
and a few extra sweet things as-well

Ah there is nothing better than inspiration from flickr and friends like you
and 4 bags later I finally have my own gumdrop wreath
only problem is that I have a whole bag left and I can't stand the taste-ick!

I thought I might hang some of my vintage Christmas records above my dinning room bench
but then I scored these amazing vintage Christmas cards
at my local flea market Sunday for just $2!
Miller seems to like them :)

this is my very favorite Christmas tree yet
it's a beautiful Blue Spruce
and the prickly needles have made eating Christmas ornaments
a whole lot less fun for poor miller

I'm sure someday we will get a fake tree
but I can't imagine it quite yet
I love going and picking one out
helping out our local community
and the smell of pine

These are a few of my favorite Christmas decorations
My first Bradley Doll was eaten by Miller
(I'm sure your sensing a pattern right?)
So everyday before I leave for work I have to move these
to the dinning room table

I've been very good not to go to the flea market for the last few months
but I just had to go this weekend to catch the last minute deals on Christmas goodies
it's a pretty strange market
mostly just tools
but one table always has me forking over my cash
and this week was no exception
most of the items I picked up I will be saving
to place in my etsy shop next holiday season
but I just had to have these vintage candles

and this adorable little snowman :)

I also picked up this beautiful felt and sequins santa

Whenever I start taking photos Miller just has to be in the shot
Charlie on the other hand hates cameras

We will be taking the vitrolas back to Jim's dad this week
it seems my husbands family would rather it be left to rot in a basement
than have it be a center piece of our home
it makes me really sad and mad
but hopefully someday we can get another one! :(

I made a few ornaments for my fluffy white tree using the mushroom form my Merry Kitschmas digital kit and the cotton candy from my Circus Party kit.

I really adore the way they turned out but I'm going to have to figure out
how to make the paper stick to the plastic pendent
without bubbling or blurring

This is my first Christmas in my whole life
that I will not be spending with my mom and dad
so last night they came over for dinner and to exchange presents
My vegetable barley soup was a success
and yours truly was spoiled rotten!
I got some Christmas village pieces, pjs, an amazing coat from Anthropologie
and a CRICUT!
Quite honestly I have no real clue what it does
but I know it's really cool and cuts paper
I guess my dad has been watching infomercials on it for years
who knew?
So I'm excited to find out what I can do with it :)
If anyone has one I am eager for tips!

I am just crazy about my Christmas outfit this year
I pulled the whole look together rather quickly
as I was cooking all day and had no time to properly put myself together
before the folks showed up

The skirt was an awfully big purchase for me
I'm more of a penny thrifter gal
but it was love at first sight
at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale
It's so amazing how many talented people are from Portland!
The Skirt was made by Loni Gaghan
I also ran into the owner of Knittn' kitten right after making the purchase
and she said the fabric came from her shop
small world!

Thank god for safety pins because the skirt is too big! CRY!
I was just sure it was going to fit but well at least I have room to grow! :)

You must must must check out Loni's shop!

I wish I could be her model!
I just ADORE clothing that makes your heart smile when you put it on :)

I wanted to remind you that my Merry Kitschmas digital kit is on SALE!

My sweet friend Karli used my Christmas kit and Rosette kit to make these oober adorable pages of her beautiful girls all dolled up for the holidays

I'm always so inspired by Karli's layouts

and her use of color!
I'm am just crazy mad in love with how she ampted up the colors
of my very traditional colored kit!

Check out Karli's blog - Retro Plant - to see more of her pages, vintage treasures, darling daughters, and digital kits too!

My very good friend Stina shared her handmade cards
and Christmas Tree ornaments she made using my kit.
She has a step by step on how to make the ornaments on her blog
(just change the language to English)

It's such a wonderful blessing to have so many wonderful friends
come into my life each year through my blog
I am truly blessed!

I wish you ALL a very very Merry Christmas,
a Happy New Year
and a prosperous and especially wonderful year to come!

Love~ Chelsea Ann

Christmas Scrapbook

Happy Friday everyone!
I'm very confident that we all have busy weekends ahead
from baking, cleaning, shopping, and wrapping gifts...
I wanted to thank you all for you comments about the buttons and my show display
You comments not only make me smile but they are a valued source of inspiration
so the winner is #12, ms. Amy S.

I was tickled this morning to find my ice cream button

I will be spending a good portion of my weekend working on my wedding scrapbook
as it is my gift for my family this Christmas
(i'll share with you how it turned out in the next few weeks)
I hope to finish at least one scrapbook a year
I think it would be really fun to make one entitled
"Holiday Memories"
and just share in order Christmas memories from childhood on
you could even go back as far as your grandparents
I just think it would be really fun to see them all together like that.

I have marked down my Merry Kitschmas kit to just $3.50!
I know I should probably wait until after Christmas
but what the heck :)
remember all my kits come with a print friendly file
you DO NOT have to be computer savvy :)

here are the Christmas pages I have made this year

I wish i could be more uniform with my scrapbook
but they seem to change based on my mood
I'll be able to share how I pull all the unique pages together
when I share my wedding scrapbook with you.

feel free to ask if you want to know where any off the elements
from my pages come from
also you can always jump over to my flickr
to find most of my pages
were I am pretty good
at sourcing the kits used for each page.

The Craft Show and Buttons to Show and a Giveaway too

It's been a crazy couple of weeks
well who is kidding who?
it's been one CRAZY year!
Hasn't this year just flown by?
Honestly I truly can not wrap my mind around how quickly this year went by
not sure if I was just really busy, or distracted this year
but what ever the case
I hope next year goes by at a bit more manageable rate.
Anywho~ I have a TUN to catch you all up on
and I hope to be filling my blog with more nonsense
throughout the next few weeks

Crafty Wonderland was AMAZING!
over 7500 people came and went
it was so overwhelming
I met a lot of really lovely people
spent way to much money
made a little too
but mostly just had a grand ol' time

It is crazy how much time goes into preparing for such an event
there's differently those who are seasoned venders and have a system
for me it was pure chaos
my poor house is in shambles
so I invited my folks over for dinner this weekend
nothing like the stress of knowing you have company coming
to get your house back to tip top shape
as soon as I get things looking like a home again
I'll share this years Christmas decorations and such

You will notice many many new items arriving in my shop
in the next few days, weeks, - month
I have been working on so many different new ideas
and really challenging myself to come up with new unique items
and every now and then facing my greatest fear

So one such new item to introduce is...
well I must first say that I am a very very terrible girl
I have quite an impulsive nature
of which I should be ashamd
well at-least when it coming to spending my money
so after playing with my friends button machine
I had to have my own!
A HUGE purchase
but my goodness is it addicting
and hopefully sometime in my life I will pay the silly thing off :)

So the first thing I've added to my shop are some really fun button mirrors
using items from my digital kits and also my hand drawn and colored illustrations

I've also made cute coordinating sets of 3-5 small buttons
that I will be adding to the shop just as soon as I get them photographed

I'm not sure if I ever shared this drawing of a little sailer outfit
it was suppose to be for the paper dolls I was working on
but as I never figured out how to really capitalize on selling the paper-dolls
I thought I might incorporate them into collage work or something else in the near future

As you can see I got really into making these.
I pretty much did these all in one day
as my machine arrived just in time for the craft show

Christmas is a time of giving
and because you are all such great bff
If you leave a comment sharing which button mirror is your favorite
you might just be lucky enough to be receiving it the mail very very soon!
I'll announce the winner Friday!
Thanks again for all your support!
I heart you all!