A Touch of Winter

So much of the country has experienced more than a little touch of winter this past week. Even here in the south, we’ve felt the chill with temperatures dipping down into the single digits. But while many people are buried under a few feet of snow, we’ve been lucky to just be cold.


After all the festivities of the holidays, my house has been feeling as bleak as the weather outside. It sure feels empty and bare once the tree and decorations come down. Fortunately I have a few frosty friends to cheer me up. And with temperatures this cold, they’ve  been fitting in quite nicely around here.

P1040904This little basket of buddies are all new to me this year.  I made the little guy in the middle last month, and the others were presents. I do have quite the thing for primitives. Oui?


P1040907Everyone has been so busy lately, but the girls and I did manage to get together early in December to make these fellas. Mom says their heads are all wrong. But honestly, they just make me smile.


I couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted mine to look. So I made one au naturale, with bare fabric tea dyed.


And then I made a second guy, this time painted with a crisp coat of white.


And together they are adding quite a bit of cheer to my living room mantel and hearth.


Along with a few other frosty touches.


Glittered and tinseled snowflakes. Icy blue mason jars and antique insulators. Tarnished silver and winter birds. A sweet snowy scene my boy painted way back during his early elementary days.


Happy things to set the scene.


Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Hope you’re managing to keep warm. And hope you all have a very wonderful weekend!

Merry Christmas to You

The time has come, my friends. After all the preparations and all the anticipation, the big day is here. Now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy, share in the precious moments spent with those you love most.


It’s peaceful and quiet here right now. One last blissful moment before all is said and done. Such a perfect moment to share my last holiday greetings with you, from my house to yours.


Of all the gifts I have been blessed to receive, all my good fortunes in life, I count all of YOU at the top of my list. The visits here with me, the sweet comments you leave in your passing, mean more to me than you’ll ever know. So thank you, all of you, for your gift of friendship. I hope I’ve been able to return the gift in kind.


And now, before all the paper starts ripping, the last little peek of my holiday house.



























Merry Christmas!!

Holiday Joy with BasicGrey

No matter how much warning I have that the holidays are coming, it always seems like Christmas manages to sneak up on me so quickly. And even when I make my best effort to get ahead of the game early, I always find myself going right down to the wire with holiday preparations. This weekend I whipped up a batch of my famous peanut brittle, and I made a pretty big dent in my wrapping…but there’s still more to go. Always seems there’s more to go.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy5I still have a few holiday projects to share with you all, too. Today I have a holiday home decor altered frame up on the BasicGrey blog.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy4I have long been a fan of BasicGrey’s amazing paper collections, but did you know they also make these large wall frames and chipboard monograms? The two-piece monograms fit perfectly inside the frame opening, and can be dressed up with patterned paper and embellishments, or left as-is for a classic and clean look. I love the idea of highlighting a single letter, for perhaps your family name or the first letter of your child’s name. Or, you can mix and match the shapes, like I did here with this festive holiday frame. The possibilities are truly endless.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy3Isn’t that snowman fun? He is made from my Tim Holtz Alterations snowman die, paper pieced using papers from the Best of BasicGrey pad. I’ve got the full step-by-steps up on the blog, if you’d like to learn more.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy2So, just two more days to go. Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s not ready!




Heart & Home

BasicGrey Thanksgiving

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Things were very quiet here at our house, but that’s just how I like it.  To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about the celebration of family and home,  and I am so grateful to have both, thankful that my boy was home from college so that my little family could all be together for the day.  So when the BasicGrey team was asked to create projects sharing what Thanksgiving means to us, I could think of nothing more fitting than documenting my two biggest blessings together on one of my favorite type of projects, a funky junk upcycled thrift store frame.

AudreyPettit BG Persimmon Heart&HomeFrame

Little compartmentalized frames are a great way of adding a bit of festive cheer to your home décor, while documenting all the things you are most grateful for. This frame was the perfect fit for highlighting my two biggest blessings, my home and my sweet family.

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I try to always keep my eye out for frames like this on my junk hunts. You can often find unusual pieces for a real bargain. Then just add photos and a few basic scrapbooking supplies for a unique and personal decor accent that’s super inexpensive to make.

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I know you’ve seen this photo before, but it’s a real favorite of mine. Those two kiddos definitely hold the key to my heart.

AudreyPettit BG Persimmon Heart&HomeFrame4All the papers and embellishments are from the Persimmon collection. I have to say I’ve got a major crush on this line! I used my most favorite paper in the upper left corner along with a beautiful die cut transparency sentiment label. Instant easy title block.

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The little house was paper pieced using an adorable new house die from Sizzix and a variety of papers from the 6×6 pad. I added a fun chipboard bird and a couple of die cut banners and tiny alpha stickers. I like to remove the glass from the frame so that I can build upwards and add layers and depth. I think it adds a lot more interest that way.

The rest of the team has some truly amazing Thanksgiving projects to share with you on the BasicGrey blog that I know you will love. And anyone interested in some Black Friday deals? Now through Monday, you can save big on select Bundle Kits from BasicGrey, including 25th&Pine, Capture, Monograms, and more. You can find all the details here.


And speaking of Black Friday….are any of you out there Black Friday shoppers? Braving the crowds today? Not me! I try to stay as far away from any stores or shopping centers on this day as I can. Nope, I much prefer staying snug at home over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I’ll tackle some Christmas decorating instead. But whatever YOU do, I hope you have a very wonderful day. And thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Thanksgiving

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” James E. Faust.

On this special day, as on every day, I pause to reflect on my many blessings, for which I am continually grateful.  I have been so deeply blessed with a wonderful home and the love and support of family and friends. Could not let this day pass without saying, once again, how very thankful I am for all of YOU, for your kindness and visits, the many sweet comments you leave here, and for the friendship you share.

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, from my house to yours!

Audrey Pettit- Thanksgiving Home 2013





























Christmas Greetings with Authentique

It’s the end of the first week of school and the start of a long holiday weekend. What a wonderful combination, and what a very wonderful weekend this will be. Not only do we get an extra day off, but this weekend just so happens to be extra special, as it is Mr. Pete’s big 18th birthday! So of course that means I get to see my boy again this weekend. And that, in turn, makes this old momma happy, happy, happy.

One might could say I’m feeling rather joyous. A perfect day to share a bit of Authentique Joyous with all of you!

AudreyPettit_July_Joyous_Christmas Greetings FrameThis cutie pie little frame is another project I created for Authentique’s CHA Create n’ Connect booth last month. It was just the right size to showcase that adorable Santa, which has got to be my most favorite image in the entire collection. I simply added one of the scalloped shapes from the Frames & Corners die cut sheet to the opening of the frame. Then the Santa cut from the Magical 12×12 paper fits perfectly behind.

AudreyPettit_July_Joyous_Christmas Greetings Frame2The frame itself is another of my junk store finds. I removed the glass and lightly sanded the wood. A few swipes of white and brown ink give the project an instant sense of age. Tied the bottom of the frame with a big happy bow, dressed up with a few die cut leaves, brads, and decorative pins. The sentiment strip is from the top of the Santa image, which I cut off to fit the frame. Doesn’t get much easier than that, my friends.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a very joyous long, holiday weekend!




Authentique Joyous Collection
Magical 12×12 Paper
6×6 Paper Bundle
Frames & Corners Die Cuts
Details Sticker Sheet
Die: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Decorative Pins: Little Yellow Bicycle
Round Brad Setting, Round Epoxy Cap: Epiphany Crafts
Brad: WeRMemoryKeepers
Trim: May Arts, American CraftsInk: Clearsnap
Paint: Delta