Put a Wreath On It!

The Family That Crafts Together… Earlier this month, the O Deer Women (Gwen, Gaia and Kaylah) along with my lovely daughter Heather and Kaylah’s two month old Atlas, had a tinsel tangling, hot-gluing, laughing and playing afternoon. We made time in our crazy busy holiday schedules to get together and make something pretty. I know I…

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Concluding Our Twelve Days (Christmas Sale)

Strike Up The Band On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’ Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’ Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear…

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Twelve Days—Let’s Party

When the Milking is Done… On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eight maids a-milkin’ On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids a-milkin’ On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Ten ladies dancin’, nine lords…

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Day Six And Seven—Birds Of A Feather

Half Way Through The Twelve Days On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Six geese a-layin On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimmin’ Birds and Water I know—it’s a stretch. We have no geese or swans at present, but we have items…

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The Fifth Day Of Christmas—Shiny

Five Golden Rings Or…  On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Five golden rings… We’re Gilty  In lieu of a handful of Golden Rings, we’re going to feature some Hollywood Regency, gold trimmed, gilt accented vintage wares. From the pretty vintage cake stand decorated with gold fleur-de-lis and triangles of…

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Celebrating December—On The Fourth Day

The Fourth Day Of Christmas…  On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. Happy Tuesday! The Twelve Days of Christmas Sale continues. We’re featuring Four Etched Glass Saucer Champagne Coupes, a Holiday Tin Decorated with a…

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12 Days of Christmas Sale

Lets Celebrate December While I’m not ready for December, it will be here Tomorrow! Two of my personal milestones—my annual Halloween party and the Thanksgiving dinner we host— are behind me already. I’m probably three-quarters of the way  through my own Christmas shopping, and about the same for decorating… So—Yay December! It’ll be another busy,…

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Thankful For Thanksgiving

Talking Turkey Hi! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Decorating? Baking? Are you the one who approaches the holidays with a plan—who schedules and organizes—embracing the season with tranquility and aplomb? Or are you the person who takes on far too much, tries to function in the midst of chaos, and can’t seem to…

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Thankful and Thanking All of You

Thanksgiving Dessert Chalkboard Sign  During this busy season when many of us are preparing for one of the loveliest Family Holidays of all, we at O Deer Mercantile want to wish all of you a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I always look forward to what is,…

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Christmas On My Mind (Already?)

  Kicking Off the Holiday Season I understand that there is a great deal of controversy about how and when its Appropriate to roll out Christmas. In the world of merchandising and sales, it only makes sense to begin marketing efforts and campaigns as early as possible. If you are a small business and very likely…

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Alyssa’s Expecting in November—A Fall Themed Baby Shower

Hedgehogs, Bears, Foxes and Other Woodland Delights It’s been a week and a half since this wonderful Baby Shower for my Granddaughter Alyssa and her partner Howard. It took place on the afternoon of Saturday October 20th. Hosted by Alyssa’s Mom (My Daughter <3) Heather at her lovely home, it was an Autumn delight. And…

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Beautiful Barware—Feature #44

Host The Perfect Cocktail Party Its no secret! O Deer Mercantile curator Gwen ( 😉 ) has a big love for Vintage Barware and the mystique of the Cocktail Parties of years past. My own collection, from the pretty set of Libbey Golden Foliage on top of a vintage cabinet, the Royal Leerdam Stemware in…

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This Is Halloween—Feature #43

Halloween Vintage and Handmade Its been a long time since I did a “weekly” feature. No apologies for having a Lost Summer with countless hours spent keeping vigil first at hospital and then Hospice. And, lets face it, I’ve never been good at making my Weekly Features weekly anyway. I’m a busy person and —Gaia seems…

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Making Cute Halloween Plush Brooches: Part 2

Part 2: Ribbon Embroidery Did you miss Part 1?  Making Cute Halloween Plush Brooches: A Tutorial!   In the last tutorial, I showed how to make little Halloween brooches.  I made a little skull with a floral fabric to show the basic steps.  But that little skull needed something… something that would make it cuter. …

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Making Cute Halloween Plush Brooches: A Tutorial

Part 1: The Basics   Ah, Halloween. ‘Tis the season to be spooky!  Whether you’re decorating your home or making a costume, Halloween is a great time to get crafty.  In this series of tutorials, I’ll be showing you how to make cute plush brooches of the spooky variety (although you could totally use these techniques…

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Fall Into Vintage Sale September 21st to 23rd

The First Vintage Sisters International Sale of Autumn Our Etsy Shop is having a sale this weekend, in conjunction with our Sister Shops in Vintage Sisters International. We’ll be offering 20% Off pretty much the entire shop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday—stop by and see all the vintage home decor, books, jewelry and handmade plushies…

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