Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
To have a daily theme to go along with this special time is just an added bonus really, icing on the sugar cookie.
This year I did not get to make any of the 12 Day themed crafts or decorations that have been ruminating inside me since last Christmas, but sometimes with creativity that is how it is - an idea has to build and wane several times over before you can really give birth to it - so I am not discouraged, instead I am even more excited and inspired than ever, and partially because of some of the adorable items already out in the marketplace and that I have marked in my "idea" folder.
So, I thought that I would share them with you too - in case you weren't quite through celebrating either, and would like to enjoy some festive eye candy with me.
Here are the best of the 12 Days of Christmas Items that I could find :
Tags from One Bright Spot on Etsy
I would love, love to have the 12 piece appetizer set and then maybe 12 dinner plates as just added bonus. I think all the plates are amazing and are the perfect marriage of color, style, shape, content and whimsy.
Just looking at all of this I can hardly wait till next year to get started on my own 12 Days ideas... I may just have to start on them now...or at least start writing them down and sketching! Heaven knows I will probably forget between now and then if I don't!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
And tore the edges of the quotes and some of the papers on the candles for a unique look.
All in all I was please with how each pair came out, especially considering how fast it all came together.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I love nothing more than going to sleep by the glow of my fairy tree.
There is still much making and baking to be done, and 2 more gatherings to host, but work and decorating and most of the cleaning are all done, and all there is left to do is be with people I love, make and bake yummy treats I love to make and bake, and enjoy this holiday fully...
Friday, December 19, 2008
(here with my other TD fav Andrea)
Eddie (of Top Design and Martha Stewart fame) has only been blogging for a few months, but he hit the ground running with some fab craft projects, design tips and lots of flea marketing adventures! Over in his interview at All the Best he names "tag sales, flea markets and thrift stores" as his favorite places to shop, which should be a hint as to why I find him and his blog so much fun!
Since visiting Eddie's blog I have found him to be an incredibly sweet and lovely blog bud and I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next - on his blog and through his new business with partner Jaithan Kochar...
For now here are some of my favorite pics & projects from his blog I thought I'd share...
So cute huh?
So over the holiday break, after the gifts have been unwrapped and all the goodies eaten, put your feet up and drop in on Eddie for some blog fun to kick off your new year!
Till then however I am off for some making and baking...the fun has only just begun, no resting yet!!
(All photo's © 2008 Eddie Ross
All Rights Reserved)
These party pockets also sold well - great for putting gift cards, candy and small items in.
Perhaps my favorite new creation were my "Sweet Tweats."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The whole family is home and even though it is bleak and cold outside, it is warm and cozy in here with coffee perkin' and muffins bakin'.
Here are a few more pictures from around my house as I get Christmas up...
I am not one to go in for every stuffed Santa or snowman that I see, but I fell in love with this Polar Express Santa from Hallmark a few years ago. He is very very soft and I adore his suit.
This is a bottle brush wreath I found this year at Big Lots. I could not pass it up. I used some aqua satin ribbon and some burlap garland to hang it and the empty frame up. I do not know what the burlap garland is really called, but I buy it at Micheal's in the floral department. I love this stuff and have grand plans for many more uses for it.
Part of my china hutch. This is where I display 90% of my vintage treasures. It is sort of out of the way from the kids main path of activity and rowdiness and I love putting everything on display with white twinkle lights lining every shelf.
The coffee bar, also in the dinning room. Most days I just use my fab one cup coffee maker, so that is what stays on the kitchen counter, but I needed a spot for the full size maker for when we have people over for parties, dinner or just because. This little chest in the dining room became the perfect place and now serves as our coffee bar. I try to keep the little apothecary jars filled with fun seasonal treats. Right now we have marshmallows and candy canes filing them.
The book pages wreath I made last year, and I added the small bottle brush wreath to the center of it this year.
Part of the dining room in soft glow. Playing with Picnik has been so much fun, and sometimes with you use the "soften" feature on a photo you realize why aging stars might prefer being shown in soft focus. It gives such a glowing effect that you almost forget the small imperfections, like the trashcan in the back of this photo.
OK, I better to get going if I am going to make the most of this "free day."
Monday, December 15, 2008
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
While we were in Memphis we had to sneak in some shopping and I grabbed this new Christmas album by Sara Groves. It has been my constant soundtrack ever since, running through my head and my heart as I go about my day, and playing all through my house as I decorate for Christmas. It will also live on forever I am sure as my memories soundtrack to this past weekend, which is perfect because I don't know that I could put into words all that my mind and heart took in and felt over those 2 days, but for as long as I live I will be able to remember it every time I hear Sara's version of Angels We Have Heard On High.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Remember the red dresses the two girls wear at the end? That is what this red paper reminded me of.
I was pretty proud of my little collection (banner, crown, tussie mussie,) I must say.
One of the other things the show asked for was a list of all the tools I used and to write instructions for each of my items.
To help do this I took pictures of all the various supplies & tools that I had used.
I divided my items up into groups - Embellishments, Glues and Cutting, took the pictures and and printed them out on cardstock with a typed detailed list of what I had used.
When I was all done I packed everything up carefully - wrapped each item in brown tissue paper and nestled it all down in brown shredded paper and sent it on it's way to NYC.
Fingers and toes crossed.
Well, I am sure you can guess what happened, because you are only now hearing about all this.
Yes, I was rejected by Martha. Or her staff. I guess I will never know how far my little goodies made it up the production chain. But I would like to sort of think that is was Martha herself.
What I do know is about 2 weeks later I got a very nice email that basically said "Thanks, your items are cute and if we ever need you we will call. We have your info on file." And then my little package came back.
I guess as far as rejections go this was a nice one.
And after all how many people can say they were rejected by THE Martha?
Whenever times get hard around here, or I am having a bad day, I have to admit that it has become a sweet little comfort that my family gives me, when they say "yes dear, but you are on file with Martha."