Thursday, November 20, 2008


Welcome to the first "Open House" of The Rusty Robin! I hope you will enjoy perusing the works of my hands ~ please come in! Wish I could pour you a cup of steaming cider and hand you a homemade Christmas cookie!

Here's how we'll do this: each item is numbered so just leave a comment letting me know the item you want to purchase. I will calculate shipping based on your zip code and which items you are interested in. This way, I can group items together. I promise to charge you only the cost that is charged me and to send it as economically as possible unless you specify that you want quicker shipping.

I'll send you an e-mail letting you know you were the first to purchase the item and then get your mailing info. Please make sure to leave an e-mail address so that I have a way to contact you!

Also note: comment moderation has been enabled, so don't panic if your comment doesn't show up right away - I will still have them in the order they were received on my e-mail! Thank you!!

Thanks for looking!

1 & 2: Cheery Holly Apron
Red and white stripes are cheery to start with! But when paired with green and white gingham and a felt Holly pin - the cheer is contagious! Machine wash and dry ~ please remove holly pin before laundering! Apron is 20 inches in length and ties are each 40 inches long.

Two available SOLD!

$12 each

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3 & 4: Vintage Canning Jar Lid Ornament
Zinc canning jar lid is tied with a sage and brown ribbon adorned with a cinnamon snowflake. Face of lid is decorated with paper and felt and says,
"Have yourself a cozy little Christmas with the ones you love!"

$4 each; 2 available SOLD!

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5: Candle light on a pedestal.
Black candle pedestal boasts a milk glass vase with votive inside! I love this so much! A toile fabric bow ties together the black and white! Votive holder and candle included.
Stands 12.5 inches tall total.

$8 SOLD!

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6: Stripey Scarf & Pin
Fun and cheery colors make up this scarf! A button pin adorns or holds scarf in place! Machine wash and dry. Scarf is approximately 60 inches long.

$8 SOLD!

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7 & 8: Vintage Juice Glass Candle Holders
Vintage juice glasses measuring 3 inches in height are all decked out for the season! Each glass has brown and white gingham and white ric rac trim printed on them. Each has been decorated with paper and ribbon to express the joy of the season. Notice the corresponding numbers to the appropriate wording on each one. Unscented tea light candle included.
** Note: The Merry Christmas candle lights shown were given as prizes to the name winners ~ so are not available. **

7: JOY!
8: Cozy Christmas!

$3 each or 2/$5 SOLD!

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9, 10 & 11: Names of Jesus Garland in Tin
Patterned papers are topped with names of Jesus and laminated. All circles are tied to a ribbon creating a wonderful garland praising the One we celebrate at Christmas! Nine circles in all saying: Oh, come, let us adore Him; Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God; Everlasting Father; Prince of Peace; Jesus; Emmanuel; Son of the Most High; Glory to God in the highest.
Garland measures approximately 60 inches in length and has loops at each end for hanging.

Each garland comes in a round paisley green and pink tin. Ribbon may vary.

$8 each; three available

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12: Cheese Grater Lantern
An old cheese grater is sprayed brown and remade into a cute lantern! Fabric "doily", votive holder and votive candle are all included.

$4 SOLD!

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13: Mint Hot Cocoa
Vintage milk glass sugar shaker is filled with mint hot cocoa mix ready to stir up! Includes peppermint sticks for stirring and directions for mixing. Shaker is 5 1/2 inches tall.
A fun little gift!

$4 SOLD!

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14: Gift Tin with goodies
Metal pot painted brown with black handles is filled with treats to share! A white dishtowel accented with red and white gingham; peppermint sticks; chai and an apple cinnamon candle in votive holder. A fabric bow and gift tag complete the gift that is ready to give! Pot is about 3 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches across.

$6 SOLD!

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15 & 16: Candy Cane Ornaments

Canvas is sewn into candy cane shapes and hand painted, stuffed and glittered. A twine hanger makes it a cute ornament for your tree. Ornament is approximately six inches high.

$3 each; two available SOLD!

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17: Mini Candy Cane

Same as the candy cane ornament, but I forgot to sew a hanger on! Would look so cute just nestled in your tree or accenting another spot in your home!

$3; one available

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18 - 21 Medium Candy Canes:

Same as ornaments, but candy cane pillows! Medium candy canes are approximately 12 inches high.

$5 each; two available

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22 & 23 Large Candy Canes:
Same as all candy canes above, except approximately 18 inches high.

$7 each; two available SOLD!

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24: Noel sign
Cabinet door is transformed into a Christmas declaration! Black 'Noel' is on a red and white background with red and black ribbon accent. A silver snowflake finishes off the top!
Metal hangers on back for hanging. Sign is approximately 12 x 17 inches.

$8 SOLD!

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25-30: Wool Dryer Balls
Use in place of fabric softener - I've been using mine for several months and love this frugal option!

$3 each; six available SOLD!

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31: Small jeweled frame

This small frame is covered in fabric and then decorated with beads and a jewel top. I included a verse inside, but you could easily remove that for a photo if you prefer! Frame is approximately 5 1/2 inches square with a 3 inch square opening.

$2 SOLD!

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32: Fruit Frame
White frame with colorful fruit is a perfect pair with the Fruit of the Spirit Scripture! Glass front can also easily accommodate a photo or other print. Frame is 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and the open will be suitable for a 4x6 photo!


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33: Holly Hospitality Tray

Are you expecting company for Christmas this year? Wouldn't this make a lovely way to welcome your guests?! Twelve inch metal "holly" tray is topped with lovely things to accommodate your guests during their visit!

Included are: water carafe and doily for top, two star drinking glasses, milk glass vase filled with two granola bars, two lip gloss and a package of gum. A cheery Merry Christmas vanilla candle and poem are included.

Poem reads,
"We're glad to have you as our guest
And hope you have a good night's rest.
Tomorrow you again may roam
But while you're here just feel at home!"

$10 SOLD

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34 & 35: Sweets & Treats Tins
White tins with red trim are so cute with little chalkboards on front! Trimmed with ric rac, ribbon and embellishment ~ each also has a dangly piece of chalk for re-labeling. According to the label, these are not for food - so I'd suggest dog treats, wrapped candy or a cute container in your bathroom.

12: Sweets Tin: 7 inches high; 5 inches diameter; $7
13: Treats Tin: 5 1/2 inches high; 4 inches diameter; $5
Both tins together: $10 SOLD!

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Thank you so much for browsing! Again, if you are interested in purchasing an item, please leave a comment with the corresponding number and an e-mail address so I can contact you!

Since this is my first time doing anything like this - I'd also appreciate hearing your feedback. Tell me what you liked, what you didn't (kindly, please) and what you think I should do the same or differently next time. Thank you!

Please also visit Brie's Holiday Craft Bazaar!!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful work Monica!
I would like 1 of either item 9-10 or 11. The names of Jesus. My zip code is 27030.
Char in Mount Airy

thehomespunheart said...

Thank you, Char - would you please e-mail me your address? Send to thehomespunheart (at) hotmail (dot) com.


Joy @ SAH Missionary said...

Hey Monica, It all looks wonderful!! I would like to 1 of #1or2 and #5, if you still have them. You did a wonderful job, and I hope you do it again! It would be mailed to my mom's address, zip code 97030. I think you have my e-mail addy.

Tamara said...


I would love to purchase #1 and # 5.

Tamara P. North Carolina
I will send you my email.

Jessica said...

If available, I would like to order one of #9, #10, or #11.


Timalee said...

Hi Monica,
Great Job! I am sure you put alot of time into this. I would like #6 scarf if still available. My zip is 27587.

gINGER said...

I would like the cheese grater lantern---and no shipping!

Lisar said...

You have done a wonderful job Monica....only wish I lived a bit closer so I could buy a few of your things....hope you do really well from really have been blessed with a creative gift...

Ginger said...

mONICA, I'd also like #24 the door Noel

You know where I am.

Anna at Joy In Every Step said...

Hi Monica!
If you still have either 9, 10 or 11 available, I would love to purchase one. The name of Jesus Garland. My zip is 46034. My email is candafritz(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks Anna

...they call me mommy... said...

Beautiful, wonderful, creative stuff, Monica! I really liked the Names of Jesus Garland and the Apron...I won't be able to get anything this time, but keep up the great work! :-)

*carrie* said...


You got me so excited from your announcement yesterday that I clicked over here first thing and just remembered it's my blogging fast day. So I need to make this quick! =)

I really like #14 for a gift for someone, we can e-mail about delivery.

I love the red polka dot candle, and that tray is darling. This is so fun, and I am PROUD of you!

MommySecrets said...

You've done great - wow!!!
If you make anymore, I'd like to buy one of the "Names of Jesus Garland in Tin". I love them!

Ann -
My zip code is 37146

Michele Norman said...

While I can't purchase anything right now, I just wanted to encourage you. Your hand-lettered signs are what really make many of these treasures so special. Can't wait to see what else you do.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you could open a shop. This is my first comment on your blog. Will you still sell to me? Have been following the Homespun Heart for only a few weeks.

I would like the holly hospitality tray and one zinc canning jar lid.

Jaime in Green Bay Zip - 54301

I'll send you my email address.

Kathie said...

Wow! They all went so quickly. :( I thought I would get here in time but alas, the few items i was interested in are already sold. POOTERS! :(

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful - just wish I would have checked earlier today. Please do this again!

Dawn said...

Beautiful!! I am so excited for you...looks like you're off to a great start! Congratulations!
Love you,

LynnMarie said...

Monica, Everything is just so beautiful! I can't get anything right now but sure do hope you continue to do this. I shop all year round and have a grandaughter on the way - would love to pick up a few things in 2009 for next Christmas. Please keep it up and it looks like you may need to make more of everything! A great start!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I cannot buy anything today but I love how you did this. I hope you do this again. Thank you

gail said...

hi monica,
i'm not here to buy anything, no money right now, but i wanted to encourage you. your stuff is great! i think you should definitely make more of what did sell. and i think you could raise your prices on a few of the larger items. i esp loved the candle thingy with the milk glass. that was stunning.

and i'm so excited about your giving fund that you are stocking. (can't remember the name you gave it). the Lord is granting you favor, sister!

hugs, gail

Jenny said...

Monica- wow!! I love your creations. I would love to get one of the names of Jesus- but I see they are sold- will you be making more??

Jenny in CA.

Shannon@Idylwild said...

Monica - It looks like you're really doing well! I love the site and I can't wait to come back and shop! EVerything is just precious and your prizes are fabulous.

mrsuribe said...

I would love to purchase 3,4,7,8,15,16,25,26,27. My zip is 90715. email: mrsuribe (at) yahoo (dot) com. Will you be making anymore of the names of Jesus garland? Thank you!

Esther said...

I would like the wool dryer balls all 6 of them if possible. They look great. Everything is so cute and well made.

More than Survival said...

I would like 2 of the dryer balls (items 25-30). My zip is 47929
Thank you!

Jamie said...

Oh phooey...I had a doctor appointment earlier and didn't get to check in as early as I had hoped. I saw SOLD on a few items that I love.

But it's wonderful to see you doing so well!

May I please buy #15 and 16?

Thank you!

Tracy said...

Pretty much everything is sold already:) I will have to get here earlier next time!

The names of Jesus garland is wonderful!! What a great idea!

April said...

I wish I would have ordered something earlier this morning! Everything is sold. :-(

Anonymous said...

ugh....not a good day to be working away from home and getting home a bit late. :-) congrats on doing such a wonderful sale, monica! i'll have to get up early to do this next time. :-)


Melissa said...

guess I got here to late... :( Would love Jesus names in Tin if you were to make them again.

I'd love to see the items listed as separate posts, or fewer listed in one post. I found it hard to scroll through so many.

Davonne said...

I LOVE the name of Jesus garland and the hospitality tray.

They're both sold of course, but I wanted to let you know my favorites!

Looks like you're going to be busy getting orders out during the next several days. Awesome job!

Vintage Mommy said...

That's what I get for living in Washington state!!! I'm 3 hours behind. I'd pout and say, "No fair!" but that would go against all that I'm trying to teach my little ones. ;)

Every thing is lovely!!! The next time you post new items, I'm going to set my alarm for 3 a.m., just so I can get in on all of the fun!

joysmallpack said...

Hi Monica! All is so lovely what you have here and the name and graphic at the top of your site is perfect (it was fun seeing it when you announced it). My absolute favorite of the treasures you have here is the Names of Jesus garland. Oh how I love it! If you are able to make more, =) let us know!! Thanks, and kudos to you for a lovely display of your craftiness!

Anonymous said...

Everything was so pretty. I loved the names of Jesus Garland but they have already been sold. This is a great idea!!

Jenn said...

Wow, what a grand success you've had here today...too bad I'm so late.....

shiloh said...

I love all your stuff! I would love to purchase #31 and #'s 34 and 35 if they haven't all been snatched up yet!

momtimes2 (at) gmail (dot) com

Debbie Wright (in Texas) said...

Monica -

I wasn't able to check in earlier and, although I'm selfishly disappointed for myself, I'm thrilled for you! The Lord certainly has plans in store for you and The Rusty Robin! Fantastic idea and I can't wait until next time! I will definitely be checking in early so I can buy some things, too. Everything was oh! so! cute! and I see so many things I would've purchased for gifts (and myself!). I'm just so happy for you! You are such a joy and inspiration to me each day. I thank the Lord for guiding me to your blog. Congratulations again,

Debbie in Texas

Beth said...

Debbie said exactly what I wanted to. I'm disappointed I missed out on dryer balls, (I love them!) but I am SOOOO happy for you!!! Congratulations!!

Kate said...

So many wonderful things, I hate that I missed out on the dryer balls! Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

I missed nearly everything? Will you be restocking? I loved the scarf and button pin!

Congratulations - I'm so glad it went well for you!

Elise said...

Wow, you did great!! I agree with the lady who said you could raise your prices on a few of the things. I think my mom dropped when I saw the price of the hosp. tray. I know that you don't try to price gouge or take advantage, but you really could raise them a dollar or two.

erica m said...

It's all so sweet and cozy! I love your tastes!

I know you're into charity things so I thought you might be interested in this:

Have a wonderful day and I can't wait to see more items!!!

Mrs. K said...

Wow - what a blessing! I'm so thrilled for you. Praying that you aren't overwhelmed with the shipping process and you'll do it again real soon!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful items. I especially love the "Names of God" garland... I wish I would have visited the site earlier and that you had more available! Will you be posting more items in the near future?

Beautiful work!


mom said...

Wow, Monica -- what a great response to your first "Open House!" :)
I'm proud of you, too! Love, Mom

Hestermania! said...

hi monica. i would also like a couple wool dryer balls to give as Christmas presents whenever you get more made. please let me know! e-mail me at: nystraldjo at hotmail dot com, or leave me a comment at

Sarah Schneider said...

You have some amazing ideas! Please tell me more about the wool dryer balls, I might be interested in getting a few of these, even for gifts...
Thanks! My email is shaeded at tds dot net

Eden C. said...

I see the 12s are all gone! I just love them! Is there any way you will be having more? Thanks!