Saturday, October 10, 2009

visions of sugar plums

Arkansas weather is really, really strange. If you live here you know this, if you have visited you have had a taste, if you have never been, well let me tell you what you are missing...
In the past 48 hours it has been humid, hot, sunny, rainy, windy, stormy, cold, foggy, and the list goes on. The Fall and the Spring are the most random seasons, with the weather never knowing which direction it is going.
Well today I woke up and the weather was headed towards winter. It felt like Christmas and it felt a little bit like snow.
Not that it had snowed, or even will snow, but the windows were fogged in the way it does when it snows, and my toesy's were cold when they hit the floor, and the sky was grey and dark like it is in the winter.
So of course, Christmastide is what came to mind and I couldn't help but start thinking about it...

Here is my inspiration collage for this year's banners & decorations.

I found this new line of paper from Brenda Walton/K & Co. called Peppermint Twist and it is too cute!
It is all things nice, and reminds me of some vintage wrapping paper images I have.

The colors and images are just perfect and I am planning on doing some new, fun, limited edition banners that say "Sugar and Spice," "Peace on Earth" and "Joyeux Noel" using these papers as my main inspiration.

I know that for many of you it is too early to think about Christmas, but I just can't help it. I love the season, and I love the anticipation of it's arrival as well. Dreaming about it is half the fun.
Tomorrow I am sure the weather will warm up or crisp up and the leaves will start changing color and I will be back to Fall, but for this moment, for right now with my foggy windows and cold toesys I am dreaming of Christmas...


  1. Definitely not too early! Why, my 8yo is having friends over today for paper crafting and we're making SNOWFLAKES!!!

  2. I know all about that AR weather~ here in KS, we may get snow....eek!!! Hope all's well and I'm thinking Christmas, too!!!

  3. Well this week I bought a Christmas Magazine, a Christmas book, a snowman, and I'm searching for pink ornaments. I think Christmas is on the way!!
    Love the paper! and the sweet box of houses!
    Hugs, Lisa

  4. I had a "vision" a couple of mornings ago, when it was too early to even be awake, of this year's Christmas tree. (The best ideas always come to me when I'm only half-awake...what does that mean?) I've been thinking about it ever since. Bring on Christmas!!

  5. Too early to think about Christmas? Shut your mouth! No such thing. I'll have you know that I'm 3/4 of the way done with my shopping and earlier in the week I loaded all the Christmas music on to my Ipod. I right there with you sister.

  6. Oh how I wish we had that kind of weather today!! It was actually pretty mild earlier on here in New York. I was just in my backyard a little while ago and it must've dropped at least 20 degrees!! My husband said there's a chance for frost tonite. I'm so excited!! :) Love those Christmas papers. I saw them in my local A.C. Moore last year and ended up buying almost the whole line of them!! : )

    ~ Wendy

  7. It is not too early to start thinking about Christmas. I already have gifts for half of my list this year! Love your color choices.

  8. I soooo agree dreaming about it is half the fun... the earlier we start the better. I remember you were the first one to start planning HALLOWEEN! I'm in mood for ever holiday, all the time. :):) I love your creative board. festive and fantastic!

  9. Love the inspiration, that paper line is fab!
    I'm about a month behind on my blog subscriptions. ;)


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