Archives for December 2009

May the New Year Bring You Good Fortune {cookies}

May the New Year Bring You Good Fortune {cookies}

Start the New Year off right by treating your guests to words of wisdom and prophecy. It is such a fun tradition to add fortune cookies to your festivities and very easy to whip these little guys up last minute. The kiddies love them too! Best part is you can personalize your inserts...make them inspirational, personal, or just plain funny. This is a tried and true recipe and oh so yummy!   You want to start by selecting and printing your inserts. I like to make mine a little more personal for friends and family. There are many Continue reading

Warming Up the Powder Room

Warming Up the Powder Room

As I was pulling things out and making our home a bit warm and fuzzy for the holidays, I decided to give our first floor powder room a little cozy update. I used many elements that were originally in the room to begin with and pulled in a few extras from around the house. It is always such a fun challenge to not spend any money and give a room a little updated look. This is what I started with. If you missed my original post on the powder room you can find it here. Even though I did not make any major changes I did bring in a few items with Continue reading

Printed Paper Votive Luminary

Printed Paper Votive Luminary

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday! Here is a basic project to get back into the swing of things and dress up those plain glass votives! Let your creative juices flow on this one ~ There are so many possibilities... I started by creating a template. I made two...One with a birdie design here and a blank template here so you can create your own designs! Print on cardstock and cut out. I used scalloped scissors on the top of the birdie cover to give it a little design. Fold each cut out on the dotted lines to create the sides of Continue reading

The Table is Set…

The Table is Set…

Time to gather, count blessings and enjoy this magical world that surrounds us. In keeping with the feel of the dining room I dressed the table in shades of silver and white adorned with touches of fresh green pine... ...and a little sparkle here and there. I love the detailing on the cups and saucers. They are 'Empress' by American Atelier in Grey Ironstone. The white linen napkins are folded diagonal pocket style with a sprig of fresh pine twisted with glass beaded garland. The chargers are sliver and the Continue reading

A Little Birdie Once Told Me…Never Waste Pages of a Paperback Book

A Little Birdie Once Told Me…Never Waste Pages of a Paperback Book

Still finding ways to recycle the pages of this 50 cent thrift store paperback. I couldn't resist a little birdie project! I started by printing out this template. I did not make a template for the wing as I just made it up as I cut out - pretty simple shape though! Once I had my templates I tore three pages from a paperback book, traced and cut out. I made the shapes three pages thick so the birdie would be stiff enough to stand up straight. You could also use sheet music too, which would look fabulous! I gave my birdie a light rub with Continue reading

Our Son is One of The Many faces of Autism

Our Son is One of The Many faces of Autism

If you are like me, I had no idea what autism was until it was being explained to be by the doctor who diagnosed my son exactly one year ago this week.In an effort to bring awareness to this life long disorder, I would like to take this opportunity to share a little of our story. I created this video for National Autism Awareness month last April in our fight to make a difference in the lives of children living with autism including our dear son. We have had a trying year and still have a long road in front of us. CJ is truly an incredible Continue reading

Rolled Flower Gift Toppers

Rolled Flower Gift Toppers

Here is a quick and easy way to add a little charm to your gift packages. I know a lot of bloggers have extra book pages from all the fabulous paper projects floating around. Here is a way to use some of those scraps so that nothing goes to waste! You can also make these with scrapbook paper, cardstock, fabric and of course felt as shown above. You want to start with a square shape. I used three sheets together to add a little volume. None of this has to be perfect...I promise...they will have character and charm even if you eyeball Continue reading

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the winter solstice; the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. This is the day of the Vernal Equinox, the day of equal darkness and light.So what does this actually mean.... You can get an egg to stand up on the counter! A Regular, Raw, Fresh, Grade A, Large White egg!According to legend, an egg will only balance on its end on the Vernal Equinox. I have to say I have never tried to balance an egg any other day of the year. Urban legend or not, it's still pretty cool! Enjoy! Continue reading

2009 Christmas Tour ~ Part Two

2009 Christmas Tour ~ Part Two

Welcome Back! If you missed part one of the tour you can find it here. It featured the kitchen and dining room. I greatly appreciate everyone's gracious comments - thank you all so much for stopping by and visiting!Now onto the Living Room I carried the nature inspired theme from the kitchen into this space as well. Using the traditional red and green I added subtle hints of color through out this room. I used a lot of everyday ordinary objects just colored perfect for the season! I call these glass ornaments 'vintage' ...they were from our Continue reading

2009 Christmas Tour ~ Part One

2009 Christmas Tour ~ Part One

I hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday season. Welcome to our home... There is more to see in our entry way, but that will be another post. The Heart of Our Home ~ The Kitchen I love having painted green walls, especially for Christmas! It made decorating very easy since a majority of the color was already there. I added a few touched of red and green but kept most of the other decor simple and neutral. I was inspired by nature this season! The two tiered iron St Germaine stand is from Ballard. The fresh fruit it normally holds was Continue reading