Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ornament Swap and More Pretty Packages

The goodies for the lovely Monica's Deck the Halls Ornament Swap have been sent and received - now we can have the big reveal! I was partnered with the very talented Tamy. She mentioned that she likes silver and green. These bottle brush stars have sweet silver beads and I found this sparkly green star at Home Goods.

I had some vintage green glass ornaments and sparkly silver ribbon and found this shimmery green ribbon to top it all off. I liked how the ornaments were placed here and there but now that I look at this photo, I'm thinking I should have placed them in a more orderly fashion.

My goodies from Tamy arrived today. She sent these adorable pipe cleaner candy canes...

...and this cute little notebook perfect for keeping track of all my Christmas lists.

She also sent along these lovely handmade wreath ornaments with the most darling vintage images.

This sparkly poinsettia found a home rather quickly.

I also received the striped and mercury glass ornaments. Thanks Tamy!

I received another package of goodies today. This time some scrumptious glittery items ordered from Andrea. I love this Bethany Lowe Winter Wish wand and it is much larger then I realized - a happy surprise!

I also snatched up this wonderful Wendy Addison Merry Christmas sign.

Well that is it for now girls! Lots more to come!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tower Farms

Each year at this time my mother, sister, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law go to Tower Farms, a local flower farm in my hometown. There we make Christmas wreathes for our homes. It has been a tradition for over 10 years. I've known my mother-in-law and sister-in-law for most of my life, years before I started dating my husband (a story for another time!). Tower Farms is a picture perfect spot for holiday cheer and spirit. They not only sell poinsettias, wreathes, trees, and greens - they also have an adorable gift shop. I thought I would share some photos.

The class takes place at night so some of these photos are a bit blurry but I think you will get the general idea!

A wreath featuring a cardinal - one of my favorite birds.

I didn't get a great photo of this but it is a beautiful arboretum with three angels inside. The angels represent three beautiful women from our community, a mother and her two daughters, that were brutally taken from us this past summer.

Some angels for sale. They had so many different kinds I wanted one of each!

A fun metallic tree.

One of their trademarks are theme trees. This one is Irish and features many different shamrocks.

This is a beautifully decorated gazebo. Perfect for a sitting under and enjoying a warm cup of cocoa.

Another theme tree. Can you guess what it is? If you said rubber duckies you are right!

Some sweet deer just waiting to go home with you.

I wanted this top hat bad! But I was a good girl and resisted. Isn't it adorable? I may have to go back for it!

Another theme tree. This one is roses. My mother-in-law was eyeing this beauty for her home but left empty handed. Maybe she will have to come back with me!

A pretty white tree with gorgeous purple metallic bows.

One of the big sellers! A greenhouse full of poinsettias.

Here I am with my completed wreath, which is now proudly displayed on my front door.

My sister with her wreath.

My Mom with her wreath.

My sister-in-law with her wreath...

...and my mother-in-law with her wreath.

A lovely group.

Don't you love this?

This theme tree is my favorite! It is a picnic tree filled with hamburgers and hot dogs. The tree topper is a picnic table complete with ants!

This is the squirrel in the picnic tree - he is looking for some goodies!

While at Tower Farms I purchased all of the wreathes for the outside of the house as well as all of the greens for my urns and window boxes. Always one for instant gratification, I stood outside tonight and arranged everything. I have a feeling I may need to do a little fluffing come daylight!

Hugs and cheer,

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Christmas Goodies

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and for my friends in other countries, I hope you had a lovely week! I've taken advantage of some of my time off from work to work on a few Christmas treats. I've just added everything seen here to my shop. The first project I worked on has been simmering around in my head for the past several weeks. It is a Winter Wonderland scene. I had these silver rounds and was trying to think of something special to use them for. They seemed perfect for a little winter display. I used mica style flakes on the main tree and added some silver glitter embellishments and bottle brush trees. I sprinkled the "snow" with glitter so it really shines! I have one in my living room and the light really makes it sparkle!

That's a little silver glitter encrusted cardinal at the foot of the tree.

I think they make great centerpieces!

I couldn't get enough of the silver glitter so I came up with these glittered tree ornaments. Each one has a different holiday sentiment set on vintage ledger paper. I used vintage seam binding for the hanger.

I had a lot of fun creating these. Several people have asked if I will have any new jewelry items available. I hope to work on some this week! I'm already feeling the holiday stress. I got most of the shopping done but now we have wrapping, decorating, entertaining, Christmas cards! Ahh! Deep breath... There, now that is better.

Yours in holiday cheer,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Blessed Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed Thanksgiving. I am so grateful for my family, friends, and health. One of the the things I am most grateful and thankful for this year is each and every one of you. I am thankful that I found this wonderful blogging world and that I have "met" so many wonderful new friends. Warmest wishes to you all.


Monday, November 19, 2007

Prom Night

By US East Coast time I'm a bit early for Natasha's Virtual Vintage Prom but since she is so many hours ahead - I thought I'd get a leg up! First, we need a dress. Natasha, you know how I love yellow - check out this little number!

Next, it's time for my cute little date to take me for a nice dinner. Hey, this waiter is pretty charming, maybe I should go to prom with him instead.
Here we are at the big dance, oh look, the cool kids have made their entrance.

Oops, how did this slip in here? Here's a "vintage" photo of me from one of the three proms I was lucky enough to attend. Sorry, I was too lazy to go digging for more photos!

Now that the magical evening has ended, I'm famished. Time to kick off these killer shoes and grab a bite! Thanks for the fabulous time Natasha! If you haven't heard about the prom, do head on over to her blog - there is music and plenty of fun to be had by all.

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