September 25, 2011

Traditions And Harmony With Friends


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Sharing with you my hand painted signs with holiday greetings and some of my favorite holiday etsy shops! My "Merry Christmas" signs can be purchased in my peaceful Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BurlapLuxe

uncomplicated with simple beauty adds to a graceful holiday creating traditions and harmony all around you. The holidays are a great time to treasure hunt for gifting idea's, inspiring places to visit are your flea market vendors, tag sales, local thrift shops and etsy shops letting unique piece's reinvent themselves showing the love put into the found objects as well as the pieces the artist create for etsy.

I love embracing the imperfections in a find making it a perfect piece of history to gift. Seeing the passion in a hand crafted artistically created piece of art adds life to a European coastal cottage or a French farmhouse, gifting a piece hand crafted celebrates a holiday filled with love. Abandon the formal part of the holiday by waking up the spirit of your home with simpler soulful history with a carefree feel that works so well with wanting less and giving more from the heart of country living.

Hand painted and signed by artist Dore Callaway (Me)
Reclaimed vintage solid mahogany painted with exterior latex enamel paint then matte sealed for future heirloom history. Size 22" x 7" x 1" aged gray chain adds hanging length. It is painted in peaceful shades of white, gray and charcoal. The little hand painted sparrow sings Merry Christmas cheer.

Kerrie Sanderson SeaCottage.blogspot.com
A dear friend who's handmade coastal holiday gift tags can be purchased from her SeaWashed etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/Seawashed They are hand created on white acid & lignin free paper tags (from the Paper company) stamped with London Fog gray dye ink... This tag set come with natural organic yarn ties. Kerrie's art is all hand created so no two tags are exactly alike, making them perfect gift tags for your coastal theme holiday packages and holiday garland. You may decided to even adorn your Christmas tree with them. The back side is blank for writing your own special greeting.

Hand painted by Kerrie, Kerrie's coastal water color paintings are soulfully seawashed on note cards, making for perfect greeting cards for your coastal holiday. You may choose to frame them as gifts, or use for your Christmas greetings as well as hanging them on the holiday tree. Seawashed and signed by the artist.


Another gift item from Kerrie's SeaWashed etsy is her original sand dollar watercolor print by artist Kerrie Sanderson in her trademark Sand dollar Series. This sand dollar-Lemoni is printed in the color fog gray on cold pressed acid free Strathmore watercolor paper size 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 print, framed in a
6 1/2 x 6 1/2 white shadow box under glass wired and ready to hang or may stand on its own.

She was inspired by her time spent sitting on 'sea's hem' along the Sonoma Coast of the Pacific Ocean over the past 20 years. she paints from her collection of sand dollars gathered from the shore in a soft seawash color to convey the quiet beauty she experience's at the sea.
This painting is named after the little girl in Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Laurie Blaswich at bellainspirations.blogspot.com
A dear friend and her great holiday etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/lblaswich These hand made coastal stockings have a natural color burlap boot in the shade of a sand covered beach and a vintage inspired matlesse cuff as white as the hem of the sea. It is fully lined inside for heirloom quality, making for a beautifully natural coastal "Merry Christmas."


You will also find Ruffles on stockings in Laurie's etsy shop, they are perfect for every euro chic cottage and country living holiday with rustic relaxed elegance.

As featured in Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas. Laurie's unique soft white matlesse tree skirt with cotton tea stained border with the words,"Oh holy night the stars are brightly shining." is finished with moss green silky ribbon intertwined around border. Completely lined with soft white cotton duck and cotton batting, all seams are professionally overlocked for long lasting durability, this vintage inspired tree skirt will become a family heirloom.
Designed by Laurie Blaswich a friend of Newbury Park California and her beloved mother Jean and her dear friend Jennifer Grey.


Also featured in Better Homes And Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine! is Laurie's holiday pillows, the perfect decoration for the holidays. Reproduction vintage muslin sack once used by farmers in Eastern Europe for transporting grains to the mill. Her stunning monogrammed pillows are hand sewn with washed cotton, they include a unique detail of "Oh holy night the stars are brightly shining." perfectly sized for a living room or even a bedroom. Use this sack case with king size pillow inserts. This pillow will be one of your favorite seasonal accessories for many years to come.
Let "etsy" Inspire Your Holiday Gifting!

42 comments:

Saun said...

I love these.....

d e l i g h t said...

Your signs are magnificent and I have admired them for quite some time. The other items are very lovely as well. It's certainly time to start thinking about our holiday decor!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Everything is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us!

Victoria said...

Oh, looking at all these things makes me so excited for Christmas...my favorite holiday:) Your signs are so beautiful, you are so very talented!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love the coastal Christmas bedroom--thanks for sharing it!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Sweet Dore.
I so adore your signs and artwork, you have a rare and beautiful talent my friend. I really need to order some for the holidays. I bet my Mom would love one of your signs!
Hope you had a lovely weekend and have a glorious week!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Mariette said...

Dearest Doré,

Wow, you are the very first person for putting this under my nose... Before we will have another Christmas, let's enjoy a perfect Indian Summer!
Love to you,

Mariette

Supermiraflori said...

Preciosos trabajos, felicidades, saludos desde España

Anna at the Doll House said...

I haven't started to think about the big 'C' yet but I know that it's hurtling towards us like a locomotive. This is the sort of look I will go for: calm, relaxed, discreet and earthy.

Anna

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend,

This is getting me excited for I am opening up my etsy shop soon! Kerrie's work is so lovely and of course, you know how I feel about yours....well, let's put our heads together soon about our THEATRES!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT DEAREST ONE, Anita

michelle said...

These are all so gorgeous Dore. I am very excited for Christmas and always looking for beautiful creations like these.
Enjoy your week dear friend.
xoxo

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Dore, Thank you so kindly for featuring my artwork to be purchased for the holidays. This is such a beautiful post which inspires me for the coming holidays. Traditions and Harmony...Oh yes, I just love that. Those stockings are so gorgeous and you know how much I love your signs. The greys and whites add such softness to Christmas. Yesterday cloudy skies floated in which made for a beautiful country wedding with only a few drops of rain. We danced the night away under the stars. I awake to cloudy skies this morning which always feels like an 'ocean' day to me. Autumn has arrived. Beauty to you my dear friend. Gently, Kerrie

Wax Beach Artist said...

I love seeing another one of your beautiful signs! They are so lovely and soft and expertly crafted, so pretty!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Dore!
I had 3 customers today shopping for Christmas now I come home and see your post full of wonderful treasures that would make perfect gifts! Think someone is telling me to start my shopping soon?

Brocantess said...

Great items! I am sure that you will be out of them well before the holidays arrive.

Gwynnie B said...

With the cooler weather, and now your beautiful post, I'm ready for the holidays! Want to come over and decorate my place?!?

Hope all is well your way, dahling :) Thinking of you.

xo
Gwynnie

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I love your sense of style and design.

Mary said...

Divino todo precioso un besito

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Dore, isn't Kerrie so talented? As are you! I love Kerrie's simple designs with just a shell, so Coastal, but these still work in any cottage design, I think. And your hand painted signs are always wonderful.
Yes, as for the Target items I was def in aww!I've seen Frenchy designs at Pier One and Home goods too, and Home Goods often has hand painted furniture similar to what you do, hmmm perhaps they stalk your blog, and who can blame them ;)

koralee said...

Thank you so much for visiting me the other day..your blog is so lovely...Anita is such a sweetheart..she brings such joy to everyone she meets.
Love your post today...now you have me all excited and dreaming about Christmas. xoxo

Karena said...

Dore, I love your Merry Christmas sign and the little sparrow makes it perfect!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Miss Gracie's House said...

Your sign is beautiful and all of the other ideas, too! Kerrie's artwork is such a reflection of her heart...
Rene

Debra Hall said...

So beautiful.....new follower!!
Cheers~ Debra

Christel Hutson said...

Dear Dore, you have put visions of sugar plums in my head! I really do need to get started on a few dolls for Christmas..it will be here before we know it! Love the sign Dore, and Lauries tree skirt, Koralees oceanic treasures, all very inspiring. I have been busy carving pumpkins..come and take a peek at the white ones..I know you will like them! This is the fifth time I have been here in the past two days, trying to post a comment..so if you ever have trouble commenting, this may be the cause...I think I figured it out..when we sign in to our blog, there is a little box, already pre checked to "stay signed in" if that box isn't unchecked/cleared, I am unable to comment on many of my friends posts..just thought I would tell you in case you ever run into that problem! Have a great night Peace, and blessings dear friend, Christel

Jennifer Leible said...

I LOVE burlap and I just found your blog. Fantastic! New Follower!

Jenni said...

Hello Dore~

I love your Merry Christmas signs! I love how they are blue and soft gray, too, and with one of your sweet birds on it...lovely! :) And oh, I also love the gorgeous things Kerrie makes! That sweet sand dollar watercolor is to die for! :) I am loving those amazing pillows that your friend Laurie made as well. What creativity and talent you all have! :) Thank you for sharing this posts!

Hugs,
Jenni

Zuzu said...

These are some beautiful examples as to why I LOVE Etsy! Thank you for the ideas, Dore!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

victoriantailor said...

Especially lovethe mantel bed and burlap stockings, so peaceful looking, Celeste, The Victorian Tailor

Valerie@DesignCaller said...

Etsy is a new discovery -- I am always late to the "game" -- and I just love the entire concept of burlap / luxe. found your blog today. Hooray!

designchic said...

Now I'm even more excited for Christmas...love the signs and such lovely notecards!!

Ticking and Toile said...

Yay Dore!!!
It finally worked! Someone recommended I install google chrome & I did and came right over to see if it would work!!! yippee!!!
xoxo,
Shellagh

chateau de fleurs said...

Hi Dore, what lovely items you have presented here, makes me get in the mood to spruce up for Christmas! Of coarse I especially love your sign! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. PS on the artwork I did for Rita's signs, just for fun, on the first image I added a little burnt umber to the black before adding white for a warmer shade of grey. XO Christie

BellaRustica said...

Dore, I am taking my inspiration from you in my next home - "washed in grays". Kim Kelly from Bella Rustica.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Next year in January I'm buying my gifts off etsy. I have Christmas covered already. Thanks for the ideas. I love the burlap stockings. What perfect gifts they would be filled with wrapped trinkets.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I've been thinking about Christmas lately. I love your sign. Your work is always so soothing and easy on the eye.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my dear, dear friend,

You are so special and kind to me. Thank you for visiting my post even though I slapped it together in tears over loosing my other one. But it will all work out...better actually because my post was going to be on ONE special blogger and ACTUAL friend here in my town. But after seeing the support I have received, I think I will change my original post to include you all....

Have fun dreaming in gray...Anita

Heaven's Walk said...

Dore - you are such a sweetheart to feature these wonderful artists along with your amazing art. ♥ Thank you for the links and great ideas for the upcoming holidays. Never to early to start planning! :) Hugs to you ~

xoxo laurie

la Brocanteuse said...

Thank you dear Dore for sharing these bautifull inspirations. gosh this year is now moving fast towards Christmas..your work is truly great! love Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

Rusty Hinge said...

Dore, thank-you so much for finding me and leaving your sweet comment on my blog! I am glad that you found me because it led me to your wonderful blog! I love it and I am going to add you to my blog roll so I don't miss anything! You were right, I think we love all the same things!! :)
Maria
www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your signs are fabulous, and an easy on the eye look for the holiday season. The calm palette is just what I need for the season. Lovely as always!
Hugs,
Patti

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

so glad to have found you- stunning and serene images--off to visit your etsy store and just became a new follower :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Beautiful simplicity...that's what I think when I see your Merry Christmas bird sign. The burlap stockings are lovely and think I'll make some this year for Christmas. I always make stockings to hold gifts for family and friends but have never made burlap stockings. There's a piece of burlap in the studio that thought it wanted to be a table runner...perhaps not -smile-.
Thank you for visiting and following Thistle Cove Farm, Dore, I am most happy to return the kindness!