Friday, December 25, 2009

All is Calm, All is Bright

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Christmas is finally here friends. We will be toasting champagne this evening in celebration of a wonderfully joyful day. This day is a reminder to me of the love I have for my family, and how thankful I am for everything the Lord provides. Here's to wishing you a very merry Christmas, from my home to yours.

Lots of love from my little corner of the world,
xo

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Candy Day

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Saturday - it was the day for candy making! Billy loves to bake, and lucky for him, so do I. Melting chocolate is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Whenever I melt chocolate I always have thoughts of the beginning of the original Willy Wonka movie, remember all that chocolate flowing?! While I dipped pretzels and oreos Billy made English toffee. I swear sometimes that everything that boy touches turns to gold - he really has a gift.
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But the best thing about Christmas baking,
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Is thinking about who with get all the treats.
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All of it was made with love,
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And all is delicious to boot.
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This is Christmas week friends, I hope you are having fun with your families. It has really occurred to me - we don't get to go back in time, it is a blessing to be able to spend time with others while we can. I am feeling extra thankful lately, hope you are too.

xo

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

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Happy Winter solstice! It is finally winter, even though it has felt like it long before today.
These paper stars were a gift to me from a sweet family in Canada that I did a Christmas swap with last year. Their tradition is to hang them in the windows on the first day of winter - a Scandinavian tradition if I recall. Each was handmade from their family to mine, and I will make it a tradition of ours now, for years to come.
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Hope your weekend was merry and bright...

xo

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

With Silver Lanes Aglow...

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go..."
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"Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow."
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"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, toys in every store..."
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"But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be, on your own front door."
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That Johnny Mathis song is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Goes perfect with all the Christmas lovelies! I have most everything up so far, just some garlands and other Christmas knickknackery are left to put up. And I need to find some mistletoe...

Tell me please, what are some of your decorating traditions?

xo

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Lovely December

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Glorious rain! We bundled up and drove - it was a delight. As I get older, I seem to appreciate the rain more and more. The healing power it has on the earth, the peaceful dreamy sound of it's greeting on my roof. The way it seems to wash away the film of all the days in the past.
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Winter is upon us, but her icy reach is pleasant where we live. Her wintery hand is gentle here. When she stretches out her arm, instead of icicles and frozen ponds where skaters twirl, we get a winter like ice cream, cold - but still wonderful enough to enjoy. A compromise, in our favor. A blessing. Just like the rain...
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Hope your weekend was one that was bundled up tight.

<3

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter Pause

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Some nights all you need is a little quiet. To reflect on the day, to think about the future. Think about your blessings. To be thankful you are warm...
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and to be thankful for sweet friends.

Hope you weekend is joyful...
xo

Friday, December 4, 2009

Welcome December

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December is here! I've got a bag of jolly gifts in my closet - trying to keep that part a secret so no one around here feels the need to take a peek. Billy is way into candy making, and this past week we have been narrowing down what to make. This is something I used to do earnestly every year - surprise our friends and neighbors with a tin or plate full of delicious wonders, something my friends and I actually did for each other in high school. I like to take a day in December for a baking day, now just me and my husband. On the list for this year we have chocolate dipped pretzels and oreos, seven layer bars, sandies, fudge, cookies, and possibly peanut butter cups.

Part of my two week hiatus was wrapped up in making Christmas ornaments for a boutique I was participating in. Of course I forgot to take pictures of all that I made - and I only came home with two. A while back I acquired some gold Dresden pieces - trim (as you see above) and medallions. I am really more of a silver lover, but there is something about gold at Christmastime that makes things just sparkle. These ornaments were fun to make - each one of the 12 I arrived with were all different and all lovely. They are especially fun in that they are cone shaped - so you can actually put little goodies inside and hang them on your tree. Perhaps I will have to make another batch...

xo

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Turkey Coma - I'm comin' out!

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Ok friends, seriously. Enough is enough - I have to come back to life! I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted last, which is much too long for me. I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had so much food - so many dishes, all of them delicious. I have some fun things and fun goodies to post about, stay tuned. I have been trying to get Fall put away this week, hopefully we can get our tree this weekend! It is almost time to revisit some old friends - ornaments that bring back lots of fond memories.
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It was fun to chill with my brothers and sisters over the long holiday weekend, seems we are all getting so old and it's hard to do that too much anymore.

And Happy December!

xo

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon

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The midnight premier. Four of us out of the eight got there at 9:15pm. There had been people in line since 10am. I so did not expect to see the mass amount of people there so early. Each theater room had it's own designated line - there was no switching to be had. I wore my "Team Edward" button proudly. Homemade and storebought shirts abounded, some donning hooded red capes, mimicking the Italian spectators celebrating St. Marcus day - the fictional day that vampires were supposedly rid from Volterra. Almost three hours early - it went fast.

The movie? Oh you want to hear about that:) New Moon was amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, people. It followed the book so much more closely than the first. Seeing as how New Moon was my least favorite book out of the four, I knew I would have to sit though a lot of "Team Jacob" swoons - and I was right. As luck would have it, the (mostly girls) in my theater were a large majority 'Team Jacob" fans, or so it seemed by all the screams and whistles. I am not a fan of Jacob, in fact during the book I wanted him to just disappear. So I relished the scenes with Edward, whose appearance in New Moon was naturally fairly brief.

I want to see it again, it was that good. And going at midnight is an experience all in it's own - there were a lot of interesting, er... fans there. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

The end. Ohhh the end. At the end, after the last few words spoken by Edward and Bella, my entire theater erupted in anguished screams of "NO!!!!!" It ended so well, yet left you so pleasantly disappointed about not seeing what was going to happen next. I guess we will just have to wait, until June 30th, the Eclipse premier...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tonight...

If you know what this picture is, bravo. My excitement is getting out of control. I am wearing my Team Edward button today. Today is the day people... today is the day. You know exactly where I'll be at midnight. EEEEEEE!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Advice

This weekend really felt like fall. The air was crisp, the evening was cool - a perfect Sunday evening for a stroll around the neighborhood with my sister. You know the kind of evening where you breathe deep and can smell the neighbors fireplaces, invoking images of sugarplums and tinsel in your head. We chatted all along the way, until we rounded the corner to find piles of dried sycamore leaves lining the gutter. We stomped and crunched in pleasant silence. We didn't have to say a word.
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Crisp evenings like these, they really get me thinking about the festivities to come in the next month and a half. I myself like to start shopping for Christmas gifts early - in fact I started in July. Sometimes it is really easy to gather gift ideas for certain people. Sometimes it is not so easy. So this is where I am asking your opinion about something.

For all of you who are married, I have a question for you. When you shop for Christmas presents for your husband, what is your method? Do you spend way more on him than other members of your family? Do you opt out of separate presents and just get a larger gift for the two of you instead? Do you get a bunch of little things, or always something big? These are questions I would really appreciate hearing your thoughts on. This year I am a little perplexed on what to do. Tell me! I need your advice!

I want to pull out all the Christmas decorations now. But I won't. Not yet. The day after Thanksgiving is my rule. I have so many craft ideas that I want to accomplish for the season. We'll see how far I get this time around...

{the painting above is from one of my very favorite artists, Anri Marutyan, an Armenian artist I found on Flickr several years ago.}

Friday, November 13, 2009

Poms!

Ok, so I bought some of these tissue pom poms from a lovely lady on etsy. I have to tell you that when I fluffed these and put them together, I just about died. They are SO awesome. The colors I ordered were light blue and grey, for the baby shower I am throwing tomorrow at my house - so freakin' rad, people. I was going to try to make some, and I am glad I didn't. I don't think mine would have been as cool!
These pics are from her etsy site. Friends - if you want something incredible to hang at a party, order these, you won't be dissapointed!! xo
Prost to the Host is the name - prosttothehost.etsy.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paris to the Moon

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A friend knew my love for "Paris to the Moon," a shop here in Southern California. On an excursion, she perused the shelves for things she thought I would love.
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Little treats, little treasures... it is fun to see what a friend would pick out for you.
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I love them all, and can't wait to return to peruse myself. I once had a dream that I was in a shop and everything there was something I loved. I am certain this shop would be just like my dream.
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In other news, the mailman came to my door. He asked me if my mom or dad were home... uuughh. I was like, um, no?

Monday, November 2, 2009

All Hallows Eve

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Halloween is a magical day. Growing up I could hardly contain my excitement. Was is the candy? The costumes? Perhaps it was the excitement of trompsing through the neighborhood, veiled and expectant. Whatever it was it was mysterious, full of wonder and good fun. Now that I am too old for trick-or-treating, I must find my haunts elsewhere. This year we spent All Hallows Eve at our friends house, Josh and Nicole. We decided we were going to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, in honor of Halloween. It was an occasion! Just before the sun set, we decided to give our patient pumpkins some faces...

I present to you our pumpkin carving quartet: The Krew. Heh.
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So lets carve right in, shall we, muawhahaha!
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Faces were drawn...
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Tops were trimmed...
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I was the photographer so I just helped husband a little with the scooping the seeds part -
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And promptly started to eat them...
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Under the full moon, the sun was starting to set...
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We were making excellent progress on these Jack-o-Lantern faces.
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Alas! Billy has finished his, and it was a success!
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Nicole's was perfect - Mr. Jack Skellington would have been pleased. Sorry Josh, I didn't get a good picture of yours.
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The pumpkins there, make me shiver, spike my hair, it must be Halloween.
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And a spooky site it was, all those glowing faces waiting for children, themselves veiled and expectant, just like I was when I was their age.
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I hope you all had a very fun eve, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving feast, and what a feast it was.
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Until next year Halloween, I will be dreaming of you once more...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Night

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Happy Halloween my pretties... I hope your evening is filled with candy and cider... and jack-o-lanterns! Don't forget to bring your kitties in early tonight, for there are goblins that lurk in the dark. Have fun! XO

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On a Very Windy October Day...

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Just a little 'hoot' here to say hello. I have a large cluster of homegrown pumpkins on my porch. All my little Halloween goodies are hung around the house. Now I just need some candy to fill my glass pumpkin! A costume is in the works... we'll see how it turns out. Today is extremely blustery, the roads are littered with tree branches and leaves. The fireplace is whistling and it is just the eeriest sound. Good thing I am inside sipping a hot cup of tea!

It is almost time! What are you going to dress as this Halloween? Any big plans? I want to hear all about it. xo

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tickets Purchased

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Yesterday I bought our tickets for the midnight showing, for the day it comes out in November. We are going to have to get there at least two hours early, maybe three. Last year we were an hour early and we could barely find a seat.

I am ecstatic, how about you? Please, do tell...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pour le Maisonnette {Crown #3}

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Here is the third crown I have made for Maisonnette! It is green and blue! This combination is refreshing - leaves me thinking thoughts about blue popsicles, cucumbers and gold foil covered chocolate bars.
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It was fun to get all these shades of green together and watch them flow from one side of the crown to the other.
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I didn't originally intend to have colors other than blues and greens for this one, however the patterns I had in my stash lent themselves and were relentless. My eye just wouldn't stop looking at them - guess that's when you know you are supposed to use them! And my messy messy stash, that is a story of it's own. I am SO good at turning an area in my home absolutely upside down. I am the messiest crafter ever! I claim it is part of my creative process:)
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But the results are often very worth the mess. Like this green crown, which is seriously one of my favorites to date.
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So I hope you have enjoyed this little trio of crowns - and I hope all of Maisonnettes shoppers love them too! I will be back soon to show you the little pillows for them to rest on, as well as the other goodies I am bringing along with me to decorate their new home in the shop.

Happy Wednesday friends,
xo