...et voila! A little of The paris Apartment for me! Merci Claudia for the inspiration!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
...et voila! A little of The paris Apartment for me! Merci Claudia for the inspiration!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Here is our version. It is pink, black and white with a little green. Here she is "making it her own". My baby is growing up!
The fabric for the curtains will be arriving any day now. And I have a few pieces of furniture in the garage that are waiting for me to work some magic on.
My sweet hubby was in New Jersey on business last week. He went all the way into Manhattan to pick me up my Christmas gift, THE silver chain that I wanted. I am a lucky girl! My new motto: I am not a jewelry girl, but I am a Tiffany girl.
This decadent piece you probably saw at Costco. I coveted it and my sweet mom gave one to me. Yay!
This is, by far, my favorite gift of the day! Both of my children went to the "Santa Shop" at their school to shop for us and eachother. E. bought me this cute little frame and she put her picture in it. I honestly cried when I opened it. She is only nine and knows her mom so well...anything with flowers and her!
My sister and I decided to go to a few of our favorite little stores to see what good deals we could find. I sure did! Lots of glittery joy! Above is Lily's Emporium in Turlock, CA.
Above is a treasure trove! It is called Juda's Country Gathering in Ceres, CA. The barn is stocked full of antiques while the outside is a gardeners delight. There is also house next to the barn that is decorated with vintage, shabby decor...soooo me!
Below is my sister's living room. Of course she is nice enough to have one my chandeliers. I love her English Country style!
December 25- 9:00 AM
It was great fun hearing D. say over and over "I wanted this! This is the best Christmas ever!" He is six and we know that the "magic" of Santa will soon come to a close. Especially since his nine year old sister became the wiser this year.
We had family over in the afternoon. It was great to talk to my nephew who is in Switzerland for two years serving a mission for our church. We also always do a "silly" gift exchange along with our real presents. I got the best one...it is a plaque that reads
inside me lives a skinny woman
crying to get out but i can usually
shut her up with
cookies and chocolate.
Could not have said it better myself!
A couple big highlights of my holiday this year were from some little friends of mine. A nine year old boy said, while making himself a steaming cup of cocoa in my kitchen, "I really love caroling every year. Please don't stop doing it. Thank you." It was so sincere I gave him a huge hug and told him that if we are in Japan next year he would have to hold up the tradition for me.
Another highlight was the next day. I lead the music with the children at church. When I was in the middle of singing a little girl, who is almost three, came up to me and grabbed my hands and said, "I need to thank you for the crown you made for my brother and the crown you made for me. " This was in the middle of my song and her mom was no where to prompt her. It was so sweet!
We had nine bakers exchanging, but about fifteen here to enjoy. This really is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas!
In honor of some Italian guests I served San Pellegrino and Blood Orange Italian Soda. YUM!
- Stress that only serious bakers should commit! Do not guilt your friends into participating. This is the first year where I have not had someone bail out at the last minute. It can be overwhelming for someone who does not LOVE to bake and very stressful when people are expecting a certain amount of goodies to take home.
- Send out an invite six weeks before and give them a definate date to reply. Hold to that date.
- After the reply date has come, send out information to each participant. They will need to bake a dozen (or half dozen) of the same cookie for each participant.
- They will also need to bring a dozen to sample and a recipe attached to each batch.
- For added fun I make it a little competitive with voting for the most interesting ingredients, tastiest cookie and most creative wrapping. This year I handed out homemade soaps for prizes. At the event, I hand out voting ballots where each person votes.
- Each guest should bring a bag or basket to take home their goodies. This could be a favor from the hostess too.
- Last year we had almost 20 participants. I do not like to split dozens so we had two different groups exchange. We had a snowflake group and a candy cane group. Thanks Laura for that great idea!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Okay... so I would like to know where the pot of gold is?????
I am not usually a rain person, but as I was driving there was not only the end of the rainbow in front of me, but it was a complete visible arch and a double one! Amazing!
The second picture was just a quiet moment this morning as I was taking the kids to school. My 9 year old (on the right with the polka dot backpack) quickly kissed me and hurried ahead to chat with her girlfriends. For a second it took me back to fourth grade and the excitement of what might come from a day at school. It also made me smile to realize that she loves school, loves being social, and loves herself. So cute! Love that kid...
I just wanted to give a thank you to all who visit my blog and leave such sweet comments! It has been so fun to chat with you, especially from around the world. I really appreciate you enlightening me and encouraging me! Thanks!
I also have to give another plug for my fabulous iphone! I take ALL my blog pictures with it. Without it, I would not have been able to capture these two amazing pictures today.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Below is a picture of her dining room and her victorian tree.
I just threw in this picture because I love this bathroom. I helped my mom redo it about two years ago. I actually made those curtains. Check out the handpainted sink. You cannot see it in this picture, but the faucet is green verdigris medal that looks like garden plumbing.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
What I learned from this project...
- There is a reason they are so expensive to buy, each house took about four hours.
- Even the most common box can be formed into something. See there was a reason to buy those truffles.
- Hot glue and I have a love-hate relationship. I love it because it holds it all together, I hate it because it hurts so darn bad!
- Snow-Tex hides any structural mistakes, a very cool product!
- Go smaller than instinct tells. It barely fits in the space I envisioned it for.
- Chimneys are hard to construct, hence the crooked one.
- There are many miniature picket fences out there to choose from.
- "If you can't afford it...make it yourself!"
Which brings me to my next project...it won't be until January to start that one. I'll give a hint...it is a large piece of furniture. Stay tuned...
Friday, December 14, 2007
So far I have made fudge, white chocolate dipped gingersnaps, dark chocolate almond bark, chocolate hazelnut bars, chocolate & mint bars, chocolate peanut butter balls (above) and coconut pyramids (above).
My poor friends who don't like chocolate probably hate my cookie plates!
I always host a cookie exchange also. This year it is small, just nine of us, as many dear friends have moved. It is always a lot of fun and the treats NEVER disappoint!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I had seen a village here and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, I could not afford it. This is my first attempt at creating my own. I will soon add a church and another house. I named this one "Cotswold Cottage".
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Here is the final product of the romantic cottage chandelier. What you cannot see is all of the sparkles from the glitter dusting I did. I really enjoy making these chandeliers and everytime I do one it quickly becomes my favorite!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
M. was offered a "strategic secondment" to work for two years in Tokyo. I know I recently told many of you that it was no longer an option, I think I was just wishful thinking. I wouldn't usually sort out my mind on my blog, but I often find contentment sharing my feelings. Most of the time I jump in feet first and reap or suffer consequences later. This one is different. It has a lot to do with getting older and looking back on decisions I have made and seeing that feet first has not always proved wise. Plainly...I just hate change! But M. always gets his way and if his way is moving to Tokyo, then that means that by this time next year we will be living in Japan. I thought I would list out the pros and cons here and I would love to hear feedback!
PROS: experience of a lifetime, M. speaks the language, come out financially ahead at the end, M. promised us Tokyo Disneyland season passes, blessing the lives of others through service (since that is all I would know how to do), living only miles from a temple, meeting family in Hawaii for vacations, kids would be in a private school with great education, M. could reconnect with people from his mission, it is a very safe place to live, exciting adventure (we don't grow if we don't stretch ourselves, right?), losing weight since I am not fond of Japanese food,
CONS: Leaving my home, both of our parents are older (what if something happens and we are not here?), leaving friends (I hate feeling left out), the dog! do we take him or leave him?, two years is a huge chunk of my kids life (they will be leaving all that they love), someone else living in our house (storage or what?), I haven't even seen Japan yet (April), am I strong enough?,
HELP! If you have anything to add to either list please let me know. Thanks!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving. All day I looked forward to organizing my goodies to begin Christmas projects. Here is a picture of all my ribbon and extra fabrics. Why hide it away, it is so beautiful.