Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Trick or treat in Downtown Snohomish. The kids, parents,and pets were so cute and scary!! At Joyworks we even dressed up a little to be festive.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

You light up my life...

In the last few years I have been collecting vintage Christmas blow mold light ups for the store. I have Santa's, snowmen, carolers, lanterns, and angels. I don't display them every year but when I do they look so cute all lit up in the store and in the store window displays. I just purchased this sweet angel to add to the choir...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Crown Necklace

I think it's very important to wear jewelry to match the tree you are decorating. :) Yesterday I wore this cute crown necklace while decorating our crown themed tree. Today I gave Jill a penguin pin to wear while she decorated a tree filled with animals that live in frosty places...she loved it!!
I will take pictures of these beautiful trees in the next few days.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Diamonds are a girls best friend...

This beautiful tree is adorned with silver and jewels. Many of the ornaments look like vintage rhinestone jewelry. Our inspiration for this tree was Hollywood glamour and Marilyn Monroe. We painted a dresser silver and used mercury glass accessories and mirrors to complete the look.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Honey what's for dinner?

Sorry honey we have no food...I made a Christmas tree out of our last bag of macaroni.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Vintage Christmas

My friends and I had a great time at the Portland Antique Expo. I was surprised to see so much vintage Christmas at good prices and picked up a few items to mix into the store. I love to buy shiny brites,fun tinsel flowers, and bits and trims to craft with.

I was excited to find this cute vintage bird postcard to reproduce. It will fit perfectly into our Christmas bird displays.

Into the Woods

We have all sorts of ornaments that are perfect for those that love the outdoors. A hiking boot, fish, pinecones, owls and other critters. Alot of the ornaments are from "Old World", perfect for collectors of glass ornaments. A star tops it off.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Girlfriend Getaway!

This weekend I'm going to Portland with my girlfriends for a shopping trip!! The Portland Antique show is this weekend and we are looking forward to finding lots of treasures.
My husband accidentally dropped and broke my camera today so I have no new pictures....bummer. We will be shopping for a new camera soon...I feel lost without it. I am going to ask my friend to bring her camera so I can take pictures of the show. I was planning on sharing it with you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"It is the most wonderful time of the year"

We had more fun today.

Today was a tree full of snowmen, tinsel, stars, snowflakes and berry rings. It is not to early to add a new snowman to your collection.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Christmas Tweets!

Tomorrow Jill and I are going to decorate the popular bird tree... or I should really say that I'll gather all the ornaments and goodies and Jill will do her decorating magic. Over the years we have become known for having a great selection of bird ornaments in many varieties. Stay tuned...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gorgeous Gourds

Today I added vintage flowers and velvet leaves to the tops of some gourds. I've glittered, painted, and carved gourds but never embellished with flowers. I thought they turned out pretty cute...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Coco Chanel

Tonight I watched the new Coco Chanel movie on Lifetime and loved it!! It came out on September 13 and I'm sure they will show it again. It starred Barbora Bobulova as the young Chanel and Shirley MacLaine portraying her in her later life.

I especially loved the fashion and scenery in France in the early 1900's. Her first shop was a hat shop and it was fun for me to watch because I have always loved vintage hats and hat boxes. I also was really impressed with how she influenced and changed fashion...I think I'll wear pearls to work tomorrow...

Coco Chanel's stylish, elegant designs revolutionized fashion during the 1910s, freeing women from the uncomfortable and stiff apparel worn at the end of the 19th century. Chanel furthered her own image: the woman of the 20th century, embodying independence, success, personality, style, and confidence.
The influential Chanel suit, launched in 1924, was an elegant outfit composed of a knee-length skirt paired with a trim, boxy jacket, traditionally made of woven wool with black trim and gold buttons and worn with large costume-pearl necklaces.
Chanel also popularized the little black dress which had a blank-slate versatility that allowed it to be worn for both day and night. The black Chanel dress was strapless, backless and more than a little risqué. It shocked the general public at large but quickly became a fashion sensation. The Chanel dress premiered in the third-ever edition of Playboy.[citation needed] This added to the controversy surrounding the Chanel name.
Much imitated over the years, Chanel's designs were manufactured across more price categories than any other in the high-fashion world. It was Chanel who also introduced costume jewelry to the fashion world, using a variety of accessories such as necklaces, chains or pearls of several strands. A bag with golden handles, an elegant pearl necklace, and a tailored dress in black are the symbols of elegance and status that marked forever the history of fashion. But it was Chanel No. 5[3] - the number-one selling perfume in the world - which helped her become a millionaire. The perfume was created in 1921 by Ernest Beaux at the request of Chanel, who said that it was "a woman's perfume with the scent of woman." Its Art Deco bottle was incorporated into the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in 1959. Chanel No. 5 was the first synthetic perfume to take the name of a designer. She famously said, "This perfume is not just beautiful and fragrant. It contains my blood and sweat and a million broken dreams."
All her clothes were emblazoned with the famous Chanel symbol, the interlocking "C"s. This, however, was not her own design. The symbol was given to her by the owner of the Chateau de Cremat (a Chateau on the outskirts of Nice in the south of France). In 1923, she told Harper's Bazaar that "simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." Chanel always kept the clothing she designed simple and comfortable and revealing. She took what were considered poor fabrics like jersey and upgraded them. She was instrumental in helping to design the image of the 1920s flapper, a "new breed" of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz music, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. The flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and showing a lot of skin.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In the Tropics

Our beach area is always popular at Joyworks. This year we decided to decorate a beach tree with tropical fish, seahorses, flamingos, mermaids, shells,and colorful birds. The bright colors we used this year are pink, aqua, and lime green.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The "trees" are going up !

I know what you are thinking, Christmas trees already ? Yes, it is time! So be sure to stop by and see our progress. This is our "fall" themed tree which is loaded with acorns, pine cones, birds, deer, fall picks and beautiful ribbon.

Fall into Green

At home my kitchen is green and white so I look for things to decorate for fall that are also green. Every year my mom gives me dried hydrangeas in the perfect shade of green. I also collect vintage beaded fruit and especially love the green pears. Thanks to Martha Stewart green glitter I can have my pumpkins match too...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Early Birds

This fall Cavallini Papers introduced vintage inspired bird wrapping paper, postcards, and tags for Christmas. They have been flying out the get them early!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Delightful Day!

Today I went to the Sand Point Antique Market with my friends Sandi and Andy. We had a great time shopping all the booths filled with treasures. I found this vintage Halloween graphic and knew I could make something fun with it.

Fall Foliage

The front of Joyworks is looking quite festive with it's urns filled with beautiful fall plants,flowers,grasses,and cabbages. Thank you Clarice for doing once again such a great job!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Let's talk Turkey

At Joyworks we have a little Thanksgiving display complete with turkeys and pilgrims.

Jill, wearing one of our new hats, is holding a paper mache turkey which would be great in any Thanksgiving display.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Spot On

It's always fun to add a touch of leopard or animal print to your wardrobe. This fall we have great new leopard wallets, purses,gloves,hats,sweaters,camisoles, scarves,jewelry and shoes.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dog gone it...

It's time to start putting up Christmas trees at Joyworks. Today we put up a Christmas tree full of dogs... This year we have a very nice variety of glass dog ornaments from Old World Christmas. We have poodles, labs, boxers, dachshunds,and many more. You will have to come in and fetch one before they are all gone...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Crowning Glory

I am always searching for inspiration for Joywork displays. This weekend I was looking for crown ornament ideas for an upcoming tree at Joyworks. We have purchased a few items but to give it a twist and make it more interesting I knew I would have to be crafty and creative.
I found cute crowns from Karla's blog and tried to make one...I'm still working on getting it right...but I think it will make a fun tree topper.

Yesterday I went to Fremont market and purchased this mannequin from Lulu's booth...funky but perfect. She will look great standing next to the tree adorned with crown goodies.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Set the Table

At Joyworks we have many great items to help you set a pretty table for fall. We have pumpkins,guords,decorative napkins,leaves,candles,acorns,urns,fall linens,and much more...