I Need A Little Christmas


Merry Christmas, originally uploaded by bluebirdsandteapots.


I need a little Christmas mood to help me to paint Christmas. The photo collage is from 2007. No snow yet here in New England, but it was a bit chilly today.





Oh, I know you are probably thinking "CHRISTMAS...IT ISN'T EVEN THANKSGIVING." Yet, I always paint Santas in November. Last year around this time I was painting Vintage Santas and White Christmas houses.



I love to paint chalkware Santas ever since I visited the wonderful Vaillancourt Studios and took a class in painting their Vintage Santa Design.

Vaillancourt Folk Art

So, this year I started designing my 2008 Santa a few weeks ago.



Then I began to create a few tags,

Santa Love

prints, labels,


My creation, originally uploaded by bluebirdsandteapots.



and hanging Santas too.



I just added my Pink Saturday Santa on Saturday to my Etsy shop and now I have added Red Santa Hanger.



I will be adding Santas to my Etsy Shop all month, I have some fun ideas that I can't wait to share.



I just changed my Etsy header to Christmas...



This month I will forever be in search of Santa inspiration. I promise to have a Santa giveaway too! Speaking of Giveaways...My friend Kathy from Kathy's cottage has been busy in her Santa Workshop too. Now, Kathy is celebrating her 300th post. How you ask? By giving away a piece of heaven. Go to Kathy's place and leave a comment and maybe just maybe you will win this gorgeous treasure.


looking for Christmas

I love to listen to Christmas music while I make things for the holidays.

I know that many of you are busy making gifts and adding Christmas treasures to your shops....So, the song for this post is We Need A Little Christmas. Stop by Joli-Paquet for a blog of Christmas kits and tutorials. Lori from that cute blog Faerie Window is the first tutorial that started on November 1st.
LiLi M. said...

That new banner of yours does the trick already! I love this post as it is a feast for the eyes again. Is there already snow on your gazeebo outdoors? Or is it a picture of last year? Anyhow I love it, as I love the chocolate form, well everything actually! Mmm Christas in November, it's fun!

Kathleen Grace said...

I admit, I am looking forward to Christmas already. Your header is beautiful! And your creations divine:>) Hop on over and check out my give-away for my 300th post!

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Hello Karen,

Love the new festive banner!
You have been so busy! Great stuff coming out of your studio.
My blog has changed the name, please visit me at: http://gabrieladelworth-blog.blogspot.com

~ Gabriela ~

Rhondi said...

Your Santa is as cute as can be. I understand your need to start creating for Christmas early but it's too early for me. You would love our local Christian radio station. They were playing Christmas music yesterday!
Hugs, Rhondi

Robyn said...

Thanks for stopping by! LOVE your Need A Little Christmas Post - even though I have to take down the outside Halloween decor - the music and all your great photos have put me in that lovely "christmas place" that I adore!!
Your Santas look great - have a wonderful and creative week!

Beverly said...

Karen, you are getting me in the spirit. I love your inspiration and your creations. It's like a Christmas and winter wonderland.

Donna said...

The first thing I saw was your banner, Karen, and immediately it put me in the mood for Christmas! Love it. Also love all your little santa creations!

Hugs,
Donna

Lori said...

Karen, thanks for all of the Christmas inspiration...your pictures are wonderful and enough to get all of us in the holiday mood:) thanks for the plug...i hope to see a snowman from you posted in the flickr pool!!!

Mimi Sue said...

Thanks for linking to the Jolie pacquet site. It's gonna be fun to do some of their darling projects. Your santa is adorable. Mimi

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Beautiful new banner! And this is one of my favorite Christmas songs. It was in a play I performed in once! Have fun creating your Santas!!

Tara said...

Karen

Your new banner is great and the Santas are so--KAREN! Cute, adorable, just right!

Naturegirl said...

Karen today is the first day that I have seen Christmas in stores, on TV. and here on your blog!! It seems so far away but before we know it ...we'll be decking the halls as you have already began! Great header!
Thank you for the link to Kathy's!!

Sabii Wabii said...

I love that you're getting ready for Christmas. The new banner photo is great. You're really getting good at the computer grahics!
Blessings,
Terisa

Among the Hedgerows said...

Your santas are gorgeous, Karen! I'm having it hard to get into Christmas although I have managed to make a few tags. It's mild & sunny here today so I'm heading outside to enjoy it! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog too!
xo,
Lynda

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

What a fun post, Karen! Now I'm looking forward to Christmas even more so!

Thank you for the very sweet comment on my blog! I think it's human nature for mother's to always want to take care of babies! =)

I just reposted while you were commenting... we went to Plimoth Plantation last week if you'd like to have a peek. =)

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh, I love your new banner and I love your "November" Santas!! I'm going to TRY to wait till the end of November to get out my decorations, but it's going to be hard because I know I'm going to start seeing so many neat decorations on everyone's blogs!!...Donna

jeanne said...

Hi Karen, I can see you are in the mood for Christmas. I know you have to start early. So far everything looks awesome. I think about Christmas early too because of my big family. I'm looking forward to your art in your future posts.

Hug...Jeanne

GardenGoose said...

very cute Christmas items. wishing you a lovely week.

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