Monday, December 21, 2009

The Party is Over!

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Well, my big event is now all but said and done. Thank goodness no one ended up like this at the end of the night. Everything was perfect! Good friends, food and times were had by all. My only regret was I wish it could have lasted longer. It was like when you get married, you never have enough time to eat all the food and mingle with all the people. I loved every moment! I have to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made my special day possible: Dwanda and Adaline, Vic and Tif, Barbara and Roy, and of course Shane (my culinary hubby) I do not know what I would have done without you, probably be committed to Cherry Hospital or had a Maria Cary exhaustion breakdown. Again, thank you to everyone who helped and attended the open house. Pictures will follow shortly...................I think?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Fourth Day of Christmas

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Third Day of Christmas

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Second Day of Christmas

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On the FIRST DAY of Christmas my two favorite people gave to me....

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Okay, are you all ready? You absolutely will not believe this one. My two favorite sisters have enrolled me in a gift-a-day for the next tweleve plus days until Christmas and beyond. You could have knocked me over with a feather when they announced to me they were coming by on Sunday to deliver something. I should have known they were up to no good, when they called and asked me to open the garage door so they could make their drop off. They poped out of their buick and quickly unloaded the contents of their car, in several loads mind you, into my garage. I never know what to expect next from them, but I cherish all that they do to brighten every moment of my day! So sit back and get ready for the next 12 days of Chirstmas!

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This is the first day and it is fabulously wrapped! I cannot express enough the immense amount of thought and talent that has gone into each of these packages. Not only is the wrapping impeccable, each and every one has a beautiful card and verse appropriate for that day. I am speechless and dumbfounded by their talent!

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Do these ladies know me or what? I adore rubber duckies! I have been hoarding ducks of all different sizes, shapes and holiday seasons for some time. At first, I began buying them for all the different baby showers I have hosted for friends over the years. Now, my plans are to acquire all that I can and when I have my first child (one day) I am going to take their picture in the bathtub full of all the different ducks. Well, I guess if I never have children, maybe one of my dogs will do.

More birthday....

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Oops, how could I forget, not only did I receive just my cute little high-heeled service pieces, I also got this wonderful cake plate! It is precious! a: I love anything pink and turquoise b: I love anything with a black and white trim c: I love anything with a party theme d: I love anything "the sisters" give to me!

Birthday Sweets!

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Well, these little sweeties are the beginning of a whole list of birthday goodies I have received this month! I LOVE IT! Of course, they came from no one other than two very dear friends of mine "the sisters". They would also be the ones responsible for the fabulous flamingo lady tree. I do not know how they find such wonderful gifts in this little town of ours. I cannot wait to use these to serve with at my open house on Sunday! Thank you ladies for making my day and my birthday month so very special and memorable!

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...and visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

Our dogs have quite the difficult life around our house. It was not until I quit working and stayed home, that I realized the dogs literally sleep about 23 hrs a day! And yes, they all sleep with us in bed. (we own a queen!)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Creativity to the MAX!

Okay, some people say I am creative, although I do not really think I am, but today when I opened my email I was blown away! Well, for those of you who read my blog I have referred to two special and very dear friends of mine who are sisters and their creativity is above and beyond most of our capabilities. They never cease to amaze me with their whit and unusual decorative pizazz! I never know what to expect next. Today, I received this picture of their Christmas tree, and at first glance it looked like a photo of some store window display in downtown New York or maybe it is a page torn out of a book on "creative tree decorating"! I am blown away! I can't even get a tree topper to stay straight on a tree, much less a mannequin! Her "tree skirt" is to die for! I just cannot believe it! As if the Flamingo Lady is not enough, the staging around the tree and the setting/lighting of the pic is professional to say the least. I LOVE it!!!!!!!!! Thank you ladies for inspiring me, as well as giving me something to blog about.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tea Tin Centerpiece

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Oh my goodness! Where have you been all my life? Well, I guess in my cupboard or in my trash bin. I LOVE this idea! Who knew that your old tin can could be made into something so beautiful? It must be the juxtaposition of the everyday tin can, next to the beautiful flowers that is so different and appealing. I could see this idea being used on so many different levels: luncheons, birthdays, weddings, children's tea parties, baby showers (how about using a can of peas!) can you stand it! I could go on and on! Now, I am off to scavenge through the pantry to see what we can eat for dinner, just so I can have the empty can. I will now be spending a prolonged amount of time in the canned food isle. See you at the grocery store!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Sweet Packaging

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Ever since I can remember, I have always had a passion and a "gift" to wrapping packages. When I was little, my mother would put every ones Christmas gift in boxes, label them with a name and I would take it from there. I don't think I was like most children, because all my packaging had to color coordinate to the decorations on our tree and every package had to have a hand made bow (no prefab plastic bow in a bag). Now days it seems as if you can be even more creative when it comes to gift wrapping. These gifts here are the first two I have wrapped this season. They are for two little girls back home in Texas. This one has a chocolate lollipop (I adorned with glitter of course) I bought at the wonderful Target $1.00 bin. What child would not like to have candy as a topper to a package? Then for the bows, I cut several strips of ribbon, various lengths and knotted them together with a separate piece of ribbon wrapping around the length of the package. Finally, I honestly could not find any gift tags, so I went on the computer, found a cute font and printed each name out on heavy card stock. As I was digging around in my scrap paper drawer, I came across this tinsel I forgot I had and hot glued it around the edge of the tag. Easy breezy! What child could resist these delectable goodies?

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Just when you think you have seen it all!

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As my husband and I were walking through Wal-Mart the other day, I stopped dead in my tracks when I passed by this display in the center isle. I could not believe my eyes! Are you kidding me? Now, do not get me wrong, I am all about dressing up animals in people clothing (after all they are small people with fur) but this is truly hilarious. Maybe it is because the add on television for the human snuggie is basically a bathrobe put on backwards isn't it? How does someone make millions with a reverse bathrobe idea? Well, now I guess the ingenious creator will be hauling in more mega millions by appealing to the animals lovers around the world. Humm, now do they make one to fit my largest dog?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Bee Thankful Thanksgiving

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Be thankful
Be kind
Be loved
Be generous
Be patient (especially if you are around family)
Be happy
Be spirited
Be helpful
Be reminiscent
Be full (mmm nappy time)
Be friendly
Be thoughtful
May you be surrounded by the ones you love and think of those who could not be with you in the present or the past.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Help, I have fallen and can't get up!

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Okay, this is exactly how I feel today! The ever tightening Christmas noose has wrapped itself around me like an anaconda. My goodness, how the pressure is on once the last Halloween pumpkin has been discarded our desperate gaze becomes fixated upon the next season, CHRISTMAS! My goal today is to organize all my Halloween remnants, packing them away ever so gingerly with anticipation of our summer move to Arizona. I can hardly utter the words, much less think of moving to this place. That's enough anxiety for me for one afternoon. Hopefully, I will blog later this week with good new that my Christmas decorations are hung by the chimney with care, Yea right!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hanging Out!

Why, this little skeleton is having a swinging good time, hanging out in my kitchen chandelier! I must admit, one of my passions is to decorate and adorn chandeliers and other light fixtures for all holidays throughout my home. They are the perfect place to hang various seasonal decor, because it is an empty void and does not require you to sacrifice any valuable surface area.

Most of what I have crafted thus far on my blog has not been very time consuming, until now. This guy did require a bit more time to embellish, as well as engineer. First, to acquire this look, immediately change out all the existing light shades. Buy new ones you might could use with a dual holiday in mind, such as red and white could be for Christmas and Valentines. Next, find little trinkets to hang from the arms of the chandelier at varying lengths. These baubles could range from glass ornaments (I used candy corn ornaments), cheap plastic spiders, small skeletons, bats or bows. The dollar store is a goldmine during the month of October. There are tons of trinkets littered all about the store. Let your imagination run wild.

Obtaining the skeleton was easy, he was given to me by a dear friend. He did in fact originate from Michael's. He started off a bit on the dull and scary side, but a can of spray adhesive and a jug of Martha Stewart glitter fixed that problem. Martha's glitter is just like her "a very good thing". Every devote crafter must have a vile of this sinful supply in there midst. My husband said and I quote, "Glitter is the herpes of the crafting world". True, though it is one STD I am willing to live with for the sake of everything looking spectacular!
Since he is virtually naked, I thought a top hat would be a good distraction from his, shall we say, parts. Paper mache is the medium in which I usually construct party hats, top hats, etc. things I cannot buy else where. Of course, if you are wearing a top hat you must have a bow tie to match. Simply knot one out of a couple of different ribbons or fabric.
Finally, the finishing touches are his serving tray and pennant. The pennant says "Bone Appetite" - Ghoulia Childs. How apropos, since the movie Julie and Julia was released this Fall and ever since I have become an avid blogger. The silver tray took a bit more time. On it are candied apples and chocolate cupcakes with green icing. All the goodies were constructed out of modeling clay and royal icing, then epoxied in place on the tray. The tray is attached by drilling two holes in the center and wired through and around his hand. Tricky, Yes. Time consuming, Yes! Worth every hour and day spent designing and fabricating, definitely Yes!

I told you nothing goes untouched in this house when it is the spooking season. Here, I quickly tied an orange glitter bow to my favorite orchid and added a bobbing hairy spider. Think of is as Charlotte (from Charlotte's Web) if spiders creep you out.

Yes, yet another place to hang all sorts of seasonal goodies is above large paintings and mirrors around your home. First, start with a good substantial base. Here, I used an awesome black, glitter grapevine garland (the very same sold at our trunk show), then draped a long strand of candy corn through it. Next the lettering. I was so fortunate to find a young lady, via blogging, who designed the "BOO" for me. Each letter is threaded with some ribbon, knotted and held into place at the back of the painting with a thumbtack. Super easy right? Oh, the mark of completion is to add a horned owl roosting at the top of the painting. Always design with the unexpected in mind! It is that added touch that people remember.

I do not know if you noticed my little party girl pumpkin doll sitting in her highchair at the dinner table. She is so petite she must use a squishy orange pumpkin for a booster seat. I dread to see Halloween nearing its end, because it means our morning coffees together are limited. I adore just gazing upon her. She too is a fab find from dear old! Where all things magical and imaginative come to life.

Are your eyes playing tricks on you or is this another bedazzled chandelier? Yes! In my dining room I do have one last light fixture, that has been hit with the Halloween stick. As I instructed before, I pitched the everyday light covers and bought new ones. Although you may not be able to see from the picture, these black shades have a gold metallic lining on the inside, washing the room in a rich dim glow. The jack-o-lantern white faces were cut out of card stock and glittered. A mixture of funky bright ribbons were made into a large bow and wired to the chain at the top. The bat is hanging down by his tippy toes hoping to grab a bite for dinner!