Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Train Show

One of my Christmas traditions is to go to the New York Botanical Garden Train Show.

Picture from the NYBG Train Show ad
When I first started going the train show was outside and it was so very small. Over the years it has grown and moved into the conservatory. Every year they unveil one new building that was created for the show.

I remember the year the replica of the conservatory was revealed


It is absolutely amazing to see the conservatory made out of all natural material. Every time I see it I'm still in awe in how they made it look almost see through. Another big one was Yankee stadium



They even put in the spectators. Oh yeah there is a sound track playing as well with  a game. It is so much fun looking at the trains going around

video

To looking at the details they put into all those creations. All the building they create are New York landmarks both still standing and torn down. For the last three years I've started going to the Bar Car Nights. In addition to the show there is a special complementary drink for you to enjoy while you walk around.

This year they were show casing the creator of the show Paul Busse. They showed how he created a building from start to finish

 
Here is a few pictures  of some of his other creations. 


Amazing isn't. Oh I bet you want to see this years new creation......Macy's the largest department store in the world.



Amazing detail don't you think. I hope you enjoyed. I also hope you make time to go and enjoy the Train show yourself.

Thanks for stopping by
XOXO
Esther

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pumpkin Redo


I saw these pumpkins from Pottery barn and fell in love with the way they looked


Burlap Pumpkins
inspiration from Pottery barn

I had these paper mache pumpkins for quite some time.


With the inspiration from Pottery barn and I thought this would be a great way to ramp up those pumpkins.  I bought some burlap in 2 different colors and found this awesome textured vinyl in the remnant pile in Joann's Fabric 70% off  Yeah!


 The first thing I did was glue a wine cork to the stems to make them longer.


 Then I tried to gluing the fabric onto the pumpkin but you know me I don't have much patience.


 I pulled out the hot glue gun and scissors and I went to town. I also glued some sisal cord between sections and around the stem.



 Here is the almost finished piece.



There are more finishing touches I want to do. But Thanksgiving day came so quickly I didn't get a chance to finish all the details.

Now to think Christmas! Oh boy! LOL

Thanks for stopping by
XOXO
Esther

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Card

I make my own greeting cards for birthdays, everyday and of course the Holidays.  For the Holiday cards I try to come up with 3 different designs. Seems like a lot, I know. I like sending different cards out especially when a I send a couple to the same address like in my Aunts case I send a different ones to her girls and a different design to her.

For this Thanksgiving this was one of the cards I created.



My process of coming up with the ideas can sometimes take several days to a couple weeks as I try to come up with ideas that I transfer into cards. This year I started a little late in the month can we say panic...yep picture me pulling out all my Thanksgiving stamps and as they are flying in the air chanting inspiration hit me please... hit me... hit me. 

 

Okay okay I wasn't that much in a panic but I was a little stressed.

I have a couple of magazines I use to inspire me and to get ideas from. I found a really cute idea that I used for this card. It was a cute butterfly card with ribbons and buttons and that morphed into my creation. I got to use a pumpkin stamp I bought last year (the top one). I fell in love with it's vintage look and the one I bought this year. Not as vintage but heck there all kinds of pumpkins right?


Here is a pictures of all the pumpkins stamped out ready for coloring in and cutting out.


 I really love the way it came out. And they were tons of fun to make. 

Thanks for stopping by...
XOXO
Esther