Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.--Epictetus--

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Peace to all of you!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Give-away Winners,and life in general.

Hi everybody,sorry to be missing,but I pretty much dropped everything and went home for a week. Some of you know that my brother is battling the same cancer that my husband had. He has been going thru the process of being added to the transplant list,but he is getting weaker and weaker. Our mom called me and said that my brother was feeling really bad and kept asking for me. I spent the week cheering him up a bit and cooking simple foods trying to get him to eat. By the time I left,he was feeling a bit better and eating a bit more. Next week I take him in for an appointment with his doctor. Please add him to your prayers.
Now onto the give-away! I am going to send all those who commented an acorn! Please e-mail your addresses to me and I will them in the mail as soon as I can.

Monday, December 5, 2011

100th post and giveaway!

Well,I finally made it to my 100th post! These 100 posts have covered about the last 20 months of life for me. Some of you have been here from the very begining and you know that life has been quite a roller coaster here. You know about my husband's battle with cancer and his passing ,
you know about the loss of my father,
you know about my son nick's graduating from high school and starting college,
you know about Shadow,(the cat who owns us),and her love of naps,

and I hope you know how much I appreciate all your love and support.
I would like to show my appreciation by sending out some of my silk acorns to some of you. I will include a spiral ornament hanger with each acorn and that way you can hang it right on your Christmas tree!
 Just leave a comment and you will have your name put in the basket,if you post about my giveaway just let me know and I will give you a second entry. I'm not quite sure how many acorns I will give away,at least 3,maybe more.
Hope to hear from you!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Well,another Mermaid's Mercantile has come and gone and it was fabulous! As planned the grand unvieling of the new shop sign happened,and the new name is,...

House Vintage!
I love it and so did everyone else,it now really fits the personality of the shop.
Snacks were served after the big reveal and the caprese sandwiches were delicious.
Nick took a few photos of some of our friends,click on the links to check out some of their amazing work.
This is Genie and she has some of the coolest recycled-upcycled stuff. The hat she's wearing is made using mens neck ties,I traded her for one and I love it! Check out her etsy shop.

This is Poppy,she creates the most gorgeous jewelry using sea glass,she gathers this glass herself all up and down the California coast.
This is Olga another wonderful jewelry artist. You always find her working on pieces and Nick and I both have some of her work in our collections.
As Nick and I packed up at the end of the day the new moon was hovering over the buildings.We were tired,but we had a fun day. Thank you to all the customers who came out to visit and purchase from us and the other vendors,it was much appreciated.
Also,this is my 99th post,so the next one is the big 100! I will have a give away for this,so keep an eye out and tell all your friends to check out my blog and enter in the give away too!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Next show and a fun give away!

Don't forget that the Mermaid's Mercantile is happening this Sunday November 27th! I'll be there along with many other great artists and Debi will be unveiling the new name of her shop!
Also,I am just a post or two away from hitting the one hundred mark,so i have a little give away planned. Keep an eye on my blog and get ready to make a comment and you'll have a chance of winning something just in time for the holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Art in the Yard fun!

Home at last! My brother had some appointments in LA for his cancer treatments,so I spent Thursday out there with him. Friday my mom and I finished getting the Thanksgiving supplies and we even got a few things for Christmas! Saturday I sold my wares at the Art in the Yard show and as always I had a wonderful time.

 There I am under the ginko tree.
The mini tree was loaded with acorn ornaments!

Is this the one you would like to purchase?
That's my friend Jo,...she's and amazing artist and she had some beautiful prints and a few of the original canvases.
This is a closer look at Jo's work.
After the show I went out to dinner with Jo and our friend Nancy. Whenever we get together there is always alot of brain storming about art,shows,dance,conferences,food,and so much more,and the laughter,omg,I'm sure some of the tables nearby were overwhelmed by it.  All in all,it was a very good day.
All photos in this post were taken by my friend Nancy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Don't forget that I'll be in Riverside this Saturday for the Art in the Yard show. This is one of my favorite shows of the year and I'm sure that you will love it also. Snacks and drinks are served thru out the day and there are some lovely things to purchase!

I'll have some of my mini books available,
and of course there will be jewelry,
and let's not forget the ornaments!
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Hi everyone! I have an idea that I hope some of you might like to be a part of. Since alot of us are starting our holiday decorating,I thought it might be fun to trade ornaments. I will send you one of my acorn ornaments,(the colors will vary),and you send me an ornament that you have made. Oh, and these acorns are made with a larger cap,so the ornament is about 2 inches in length. It's just that simple,a handmade ornament for a handmade ornament.
If you would like to trade with me,just email me with your address and i will email you mine. I would like to try and have this all done before the end of November,so let me know as soon as you can and we can all get some fun mail soon.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ornaments at the gallery!

Once again, this holiday season my acorn ornaments are available at Art N Soul On 101 Gallery in Encinitas!
If you get a chance go and check out all the fabulous artists work and buy art for all your special someones!
The address is, 633 South Coast Highway 101,Encinitas,Ca.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's time for some more shows! This month I will be in Riverside for "Art In The Yard" on Saturday November 19th.
On Sunday November 27th,I will be at the always fun and fabulous "Mermaid's Mercantile" in Solano Beach.
Come on down to one,(or both),of the shows and visit me and other great vendors!

Monday, October 31, 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration,as you can see above and below,my great-nephew Christopher made some new friends!

Lots of family came out for the day and even my brother was feeling well enough to join us.
The altar we did for our family turned out beautifully and we recieved alot of compliments on it.

Below my husband Jim's photos I placed one of his favorite shirts,(he was a big Beatles fan),and some of the heart shaped rocks that he had found and given to me. There is also a chain full of charms that I had made for him over the years and which he always wore.
It was a good day for us and plans are already being made for next year!
Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

It's that time of year again,time to celebrate Dia Del Los Muertos. My family,(Guillory),and my husband's family,(Molinar),will both have altars set up at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Come out on Sunday October 30th for the celebration. There are all kinds of performers thru out the day,great food,and fun things to buy like sugar skulls!
 Oh,and chocolate skulls too!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Urban Barn Street Faire

I'm getting into the autumn season! i spent yesterday afternoon decorating my mom's house with witchy,pumpkiny goodness.
I've also been working on some fun Halloween acorns!
I will have these earrings,(and many others),at the Urban Barn's Wicked Ball and Street Faire next friday.
The street faire is October 14th & 15th, from 9 to 5. Nick and i will be there on friday the 14th and if you come by and say hi we will give you a treat,(no tricks,just treats).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's that time of year again,the days are getting shorter,the light is changing.
Time to decorate for the autumn festivities!
Shadow,(the cat who owns us),is of course a purr-fect Halloween decoration,although,I'm sure she feels that she is just plain perfect.
My family will once again be setting up a family altar at the Dia De Los Muertos celebration at the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside.
The date this year is Sunday October 30th,so come by and see us if you can.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Life has been even more stressful the last couple of weeks.There had been a lump found in my mom's breast and she had the biopsy done and of course we waited and worried. Having lost my husband and father this last year to cancer and dealing with my brother fighting liver cancer and hoping to get a transplant,well as you can imagine it's been alot to go thru. I was not ready to have my mom also deal with cancer,and the thought of losing her anytime soon is just terrifying for me. Well,this time the fates were kind and mom's test results showed no cancer.
My siblings and I are so grateful!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Etsy shop up and running!

Well,I finally got it done,I now have an Etsy shop up and running! I have listings of the silk acorns,oak leaves and acorns,and even a few pieces of the acorn jewelry including some new earrings that are so cute.
All the pieces are made by me,from patterns designed by me. Since they have real acorn caps and are handstiched,no two are exactly alike
If there is something that you would like multiples of,just e-mail me and i can set up a special listing just for you.

Friday, September 23, 2011


No I'm not the one having a giveaway,...not yet anyway! But go and check out my friend Junk Fairy's blog. Eloise has some fabulous stuff and she's fabulously talented! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Class!

I'll be teaching a new class on Sunday October 2,2011 at Paper Tales and it's perfect for the upcoming Halloween festivities!
This little candy box is shaped like a witch's hat and is so cute. I will teach you how to make the box,this is not a class where i hand you a store bought box and then you decorate it. You will learn to make the box and i will give you the pattern to make more. As is usual in my classes,ALL the supplies will be provided and you should leave with a finished piece.
Go to the Paper Tales site and sign up,I look forward to seeing you there!
Also,as you can see,I've been very busy working on new acorns and oak leaves and I will be bringing these to the class with me!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Workshop with Amy Hanna

I spent yesterday in Malibu with my friend Tammie! We took an Artinfusio workshop with Amy Hanna and had a wonderful time. I have long been an admirer of Amy's work and it was such fun to meet her and see her jewelry up close.
This is the necklace i made in the class.
The centerpiece is this gorgeous antique shoe clip that was a gift from my husband many years ago.

The faux coral bead and resin charm with the photo of a woman's hand were given to me by Tammie. I love how the necklace turned out and i loved spending the day with other creative women!
all photos in this post were taken by Nicholas G. Molinar