Thursday, December 31, 2009

Treasuries and Blog Posts for 2009

Thanks to all of the Etsians who featured one of my items from my shop in a Treasury or in a blog post!

Etsy - for my vintage office fan and letter opener! Woot!
CathieU, my vintage office fan on her blog,
AthenasArmoury, my lavender wands,

Ajewelryboxx, my eco friendly face scrubbies in a treasury
WickedDarling, my vintage Virgo stationery in a treasury
ThingsOldeAndNew, mint green salt and pepper, creamer & sugar set in a 'minty' treasury,
morrigae, my vintage cornucopia, in a treasury
IlluminatedPerfume, a silk flower wreath,
mysticwynd, another wreath,
thewhiteroom, a wreath -
paisleybaby, simplysuzula, Rolyzcreations, Santa's sleigh-

Treasuries and Blog Posts for 2009

A HUGE shout out to all of the generous Etsy Treasury creators and Blog Writers who included items from my shop.

Below you will find a list and the items that they felt were Treasury/Blog worthy.

Thank you all!
Montserrat, my Breaking Dawn Necklace
HandmadeShowcaseBlog featuring my entire shop on their blog,
kristensteinfineart, my 1950s lamps in her Treasury,
prettypeardesigns, questions and answers on her blog,
patchfirstshop, one of my snowflake pins on her blog,
PassionArte, an item of mine in her Treasury
TheSilverDog, my matched set of ribbon wreaths, in a treasury
papermichelle, my vintage picnic hamper!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sleigh Bells Ring

A lovely Treasury on Etsy

by Etsy seller paisleybaby featuring: A vintage cape by lonesomebrown, Cardinal photograph by mingtaphotography, Jingle bells by trimgoddess, Sleigh ride photograph by ceejay60, Black wool beret by andjane, sleigh ride fingerless gloves by mickieandbetty, red felted earrings by WildWomanJewelry, sterling deer pin by greatbarbarian, knitting pattern book by elanknits, 1910 French postcard by DogDayAfternoons, handmade wooden sleigh by bittersweetdesign, and winter bells earrings by ShySiren. I feel honored to be included among these other sellers!
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowfall dampens Holiday Nesting Open House

Bittersweet Design Studio amid the snowfall of Saturday December 19th.

This photo was taken at 7:00 am. It is still snowing like crazy at 9:30. I suspect that no one will stop by for the Holiday Nesting Open House today...

If you would like to shop with me today - check out my Etsy shop, or my Artfire shop - click on the photo links on the left hand side of my blog.

I will be happy to open for you, prior to Christmas, upon appointment. Simply post a comment below or email me:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Nesting Open House

Holiday Nesting Open House
Bittersweet Design Studio and Moonshine Essentials
December 18 and 19 from 12 noon to 5 pm

Directions: From Route 7 east or west - Take Route 9 west - go approximately 1/2 mile - immediately after the traffic light get ready to turn left on to Simpson Circle.
The shop is just up the gravel lane from the first house on the right. There will be a sign. You can park along Simpson Circle.
We hope to see you!

Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Please join us for our last event of this Christmas season, our 16th annual open house. Not only will we treat you to some yummy homemade breads,a db somehting hot to drink, we will also send you off in style - everything you purchase will be packaged or bagged for gift giving.
If you have been here within the past year, you know that we are an ever evolving shop, and that once more we have honed our focus. In many ways, our focus has shifted towards ‘hearth and home’, and being ‘green’. You will find many more of our handmade products (knitting, jewelry, note cards, wreaths), and those of our friends (handbags, candles, soap) and more, as well as a larger variety of vintage items, from furniture to home d├ęcor - and of course cool vintage Christmas. My daughter and I have also included clothing and accessories in our vintage line – including outerwear, formal wear, lingerie, handbags, and hats. As usual we are having just plain fun!

Friday, December 11, 2009

the 3/50 project

3 What 3 independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?
Stop in. Say hello.
Pick up something that brings a smile.
Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.

50 If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally
owned independent businesses, it would
generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
Imagine the impact if ¾ of the population did that!

68 For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores,
$68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.
If you spend it in a national chain, only $43 stays here.
Spend it online and nothing comes home.

1 The number of people it takes to start the trend… YOU.

Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.

Courtesy of The 3/50 Project, ®© Cinda Baxter 2009. All rights reserved.

Holiday Nesting Open House

Some christmassy items in one of the cupboards at the shop. Top shelf - vintage planters; 2nd shelf - vintage plates, candle holders, glasses; 3rd shelf - kitchen items and holiday soaps; bottom shelf - vintage and new kitchen items ready for holiday cooking!
Vintage coffee carafes, vintage pressed glass (USA made) Christmas cookie platters, Herbal Star candles, Mid Century Modern Inland Glass platter.

Of course there are lots more goodies to be found here - We're the best place to shop for Christmas.
We'll be open December 11 & 12 from 12 noon to 5 pm AND December 18 & 19 from 12 noon to 5 pm.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bittersweet Design Studio at Really Great Finds

Just a few photos from the Garden Room at Really Great Finds in Purcellville.
Some great vintage Made in USA glass cookie platters - I have about a dozen? of these in various designs.

Aluminum 'feather tree' showcasing vintage ornaments.

The Christmassy red hutch has a variety of hand painted snowman items and snowflake plates, platter and tray. The top - not shown - is filled with those wonderful vintage, glazed greenware, electrified Christmas trees with the little plastic 'bulbs'.
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