Hello Friends and happy Monday! This is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S., and I know it is a super busy time of year. There’s planning and shopping and cooking and baking to be done, and of course this week heralds in the official start of the Christmas holiday season. So I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the sweet birthday greetings yesterday and to wish you all a very happy holiday!
My boy is coming home tomorrow, and I am so excited, but I’m not at all ready. Today will be planning and shopping. And tomorrow, we start to celebrate.
But before the festivities begin, I wanted to thank you once again for all your visits and sweet comments left here on my blog. Your support and friendships mean the world to me!
And before the real craziness of this week begins, I thought I would share a peek of my holiday home with you all today.
You all know by now how much I love to decorate. The holidays are such a special time of year, and I try to capture their spirit in all my surroundings. I hope my home reflects the joy I feel to my loved ones. And I really hope you all enjoy it, too.
So from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May your plate overflow with good food, and your home be filled with the love of family and friends!
Happy Friday, Friends!
Today I have one last Thanksgiving card to share, made with the adorable Pumpkin Spice collection by Simple Stories.
Fall is such a happy time of year, and that’s just what this collection is, too…. happy! Love the bright colors mixed with rustic tones of woodgrain and gingham.
I do love Simple Stories’ chipboard frames, and use them all the time for framework on my cards. This time, I created a fun fall scene with a SN@P card background and Bits & Pieces die cuts.
The die cut fence behind the frame really adds to the fall scene here and helps create the illusion of depth and space. I added a tiny bit of twine and a few enamel dots. Popped some of the layers with foam tape for a bit of extra dimension.
Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s my birthday weekend, and I’m hoping to make the best of it. :D Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too!
Supplies I used are listed and linked below:
Happy Wednesday! I’ve got some new additions for my Holiday Shop today, and thought I would share them here with you.
I am such a sucker for snowmen. Love them throughout the holidays, and all winter long, too. So today I have lots of silly snowmen to share, starting with this lot here…. a big ol’ batch of prim “flatie” snowmen ornaments.
I’m laughing a bit over these guys because they were quite the experiment. I wanted them to be very rustic and very….. well, stiff. Stiff as a board, to be precise. So I stitched them up and then I doused them with starch. And coffee. And cinnamon. And then I baked the heck out of them. Yes, I literally baked them. And trust me… they are quite stiff! hahaHA
And my oven smells really good now, too!
Then there’s this guy. A bigger, one-of-a-kind snowman that’s quite near and dear to my heart. He’s all dressed up in his winter flannels with hat and scarf and he’s ready to make the cold, long trek to your house.
I had fun with this guy. Used some of my favorite vintage buttons on him, and hand-stitched and hand-painted the face. I made a shabby sweet bundle of candy canes for him to hold, too, tied up with pretty glittered leaves and berries.
I found some fun crochet trim that I used for his scarf. And I made a matching pom pom for the top of his hat. And I even hand-carved his nose from a branch. My first time whittling! ;)
These are available now in my shop, along with more details and information. I hope you enjoy! And thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Monday! Today I have a Thanksgiving card to share, made with Simple Stories’ adorable Pumpkin Spice collection.
Just a simple card, with lots of pretty paper layers. The pumpkin is a 3×4 SN@P journaling card, and the sentiment is cut from one of the Element Sheets. Die cut flowers, enamel dots and a bit of twine.
Such a perfect sentiment for this time of year. November is always that last little moment to catch your breath before the rush of December sweeps in. Time to count your blessings. Time to give thanks for family and friends. Always makes me a little gushy, but this year I am feeling particularly reflective. See not only is it almost Thanksgiving… this is also my birthday week, too. And it is a super big birthday for me. The big 5-0.
I am trying to embrace 50, but it is a mixed bag of emotions, for sure. What I do know is that I’m thankful for all my many blessings, for my family, my home, my friends, and thankful for all of YOU! And while I’m thinking on it, I thought it was the perfect time to share. So thanks for letting me be mushy today! And thanks for stopping by!
Happy Friday, Friends! Today I have something completely different to share with you. I recently tried my hand at some very simple jewelry making, using Authentique’s beautiful fall collection, Nestled.
I love trying new things, and projects like this make me wonder why I don’t more often. Although I have no idea how to complete intricate jewelry pieces, these chain pendants were sooooo easy to put together. And I love finding extra ways to use some of my paper crafting supplies.
I ran across the maker of these jewelry foundations this past summer at my local stamp show, and I was immediately smitten. The pieces are made by a company out of New Mexico called Craft Fantastic, and they have everything you need for making unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. You simply adhere the clear bauble to your favorite image using their liquid adhesive, let it dry for 30 seconds, and then trim around the shape. Press it into the foundation with a tacky dot, and viola.
There’s tons of pieces to choose from, in a variety of shapes and styles, and even images already made to fit. But I went with some favorite stickers from Authentique’s Nestled collection for mine. So fun! SO easy! And really a great gift idea, too.
Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Jewelry Foundations, Baubles, Adhesive available at:
Hi everyone and happy Monday!
I am so excited to share that I am guest designing on the Ranger Ink blog today. And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and thoughts are turning towards family and gratitude, I have a fun and easy holiday idea for you. Harvest napkin rings, perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday table, made with lots of beautiful Distress Ink colors and the new Fall Foliage Thinlits dies by Tim Holtz.
I love creating handmade accents to add to my table decor. Doesn’t have to be much. Just a touch here or there. It’s so much cheaper than store-bought, which is always welcome, especially at the holidays. And I love that personal custom look you get with homemade.
This year I gathered some pretty fall acorns, and wanted to find a way to use them on my table. I always love adding a natural element to my decor. I thought they would be perfect in the center of my napkin rings. And with the help of a little hot glue, they are.
There are so many dies in the new Fall Foliage Thinlits set, that you can die cut all the leaves you need for this project and more in just a few simple passes through the machine. Such a time saver in the rush of the holidays. I used a whole rainbow of Distress colors to ink my watercolor paper before die cutting. Really love all these soft fall colors. I added a bit of metallic Distress spray, too, for a bit of elegance mixed in with my rustic.
I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger blog, if you’d like to learn more. Supplies are listed and linked below.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!
Use discount code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at Sizzix.com. (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).