Monday, November 28, 2011

Decorating Inspiration

Are you decorating for Christmas? I haven't started yet, but I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my mind. I want to try so many new things this year because of all of the beautiful inspiration I am finding on the web!
What new ideas are you going to try?
I love the white cotton garland you see in this photo. Wouldn't it be pretty on your Christmas tree or hanging from your mantle?
I love the ideas of stars of all different sizes on my fireplace mantle with lots of greens. My stars will have silver German glass glitter on them!
I have two events that I need to create tablescapes for this Christmas season. I love these candle holders! I love nature-inspired holiday decor.

This item is new in my etsy shop! I was in Nashville and found these Tim Holtz rubber stamps and knew I had to have them! I created this piece over the weekend and I love how it turned out.

I love the angel. She is very Victorian and highly detailed. The Christmas sky is filled with music as German Glass glitter is tossed from her hands, as she announces the birth of the Savior. The corrugated cardboard and twine lend a rustic feel. Vintage sheet music and cream crepe paper are trimmed with vintage red rick rack and hand stitching. It is so lightweight~so it is easy to hand up anywhere you like!
I hope you have an enjoyable week staring your Christmas decorating!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Are you getting ready for guests to come to your home for Thanksgiving? What welcoming decor have you arranged on your front steps?
Will you be getting out your heirloom dishes?
Just remember in all of the chaos that these are people you love and are blessed to have in your life!
Enjoy your week of preparations!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


It's frosty here today. Waking up to the temps being in the "teens". Sure is starting to feel like Christmas is around the corner.
Definitely trying to stay warm today. Zipping up my hoodie and sipping lots of tea. I had a great time visiting my dear daughter! We shopped and laughed and sang and ate lots of yummy stuff. I pulled some muscles in my back pulling my luggage around the airports and hoisting my loaded-up carry-on bag up to the rack above my seat. I was kind of surprised when my lower back started aching. I work out every day and even lift weights. I guess I used muscles that I normally don't. So, my return back to this blog and my etsy shop is a little slower than I anticipated. Throw in some of my boy's basketball games and some church activities and I haven't gotten much done!
I purchased a new set of Tim Holtz Christmas stamps at Archivers in Franklin, TN. They had just opened the day before! I could do some serious damage to my finances in that store. I bought some of the prettiest gold glass glitter that I am going to use on my Christmas cards. I heart glitter! Everything needs a kiss of glitter!
I hope you have a lovely day and that you can take a few minutes to thank God for the beauty that surrounds you! May your heart be filled with joy doing what you love with those you love!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Sniffles

So, I feel whiney! I am a little cold and feel a little bit sick. I know...poor me! LOL  Two of my kids have already had this, so I guess it's my turn! . So, I am drinking more than my usual gallons of hot tea.....
Thinking about bundling up (27 degrees this morning!) and going on a twig finding search before all of the twigs get covered with SNOW! I love this wreath! It is so me!
Isn't this so sweet and shabby? I love Lily-of-the Valley! When I was a little girl, I would find them in early spring, and bring a tiny little bouquet to my mother and she would put them in a little toothpick holder in her kitchen window. I would also bring her little bouquets of wild violets! I definitely was born with that eye for beauty in nature and artistry!
I hope I feel betterquickly, ( I took some Benadryl and Ibuprofen) because I have a lot to do in a short amount of TIME today because......I am leaving tomorrow to go visit my darling daughter in Nashville! I love being able to spend with just her...she is my only girl!
Wouldn't it be awesome if I could take some of this luggage with me? I would find the perfect place in my home for each of these vintage treasures! I don't think they would make it through security as my carry-on though!
I hope you have a good weekend and I will see you in a week or so!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Raccoon Halloween

I was coming home about 8PM last night. It was dark. I saw some shadows ahead of me. At the corner of two quiet streets there is a large storm sewer drain. In the glow of the street light and my headlights, I could see THREE large raccoons, peering out of the drain. They looked to be in the process of getting ready to "go out". I quickly drove around the corner and jumped out of my car and told my youngest son to hop in. I was hoping to show him a fun sight. I stopped my car and we watched as the three raccoons climbed out of their "home". Instantly, another masked face peeked out from the drain as well! FOUR! He eased his chubby body out and ambled off right behind the other three. Then a FIFTH popped out! My son and I were having our own little circus show! Then the SIXTH peeked out and shuffled off right in the line too. Finally, the SEVENTH large raccoon climbed out! We were laughing and joking and loving what we were watching. What was just as funny, was that they went walking down the road, single-file, in a line, down the middle of the dark road.....all SEVEN OF THEM! I told my son that they were going Trick-or-Treating! We laughed so hard! Never have I ever witnessed such a sight as we got to see! I wish everyone could have watched this performance. It was like something out of an old cartoon show.
This little book is how I think of raccoons! I think they are cute! I know they are menaces but I like them! Maybe because they look like kittys!
I definitely think this was what was happening last night!!!!!!!!!!