Friday, December 31, 2010

A chance at a pretty giveaway

Here's a heads up to a gorgeous giveaway on Jones Design Company....
Head over & leave a comment for a chance to win- and stay awhile to be completely inspired....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December pics....

This post is as close to a December Daily as I'll get this year. And it's really just for me to look back at a great month- and take joy in remembering these days & moments!

ok- so these 1st 2 are technically from November- but the first one is one we included in our cards this year- Cory's suggestion!
And this is one of all the kids (Had & her cousins)

At our guild Christmas party:

look at the little skater! She's pretty adamant about not liking falling on her bottom though!

Our little ballerina's first recital!
her daddy brought her flowers & I think that was the highlight for her!

My parents took us all to the Nutcracker- I snapped a couple quick pics before we went in...

Our girl has ALWAYS loved the guy in the big red suit!

peaking under the calendar!

helping me make peppermint bark- she was insistent on making it since she knows how much Papa loves it!

our gingerbread house....

reading the 'Twas the night before Christmas' on Christmas eve- doesn't that dog complete the family?

reading a note from Santa

such a lucky girl to get EXACTLY what she asked for (Kit Kittredge & a chew toy for Cosmo!)
Christmas day at Papa & Nana's- Papa with his girls!

Crafting with the new 'loom'- she separated the loops into piles herself. She doesn't need ANY help from me on the OCD front!
(and yes, that is an eye cover for sleeping with a penguin face on it!!!!)

And a last peak at the tree- going for the blurred lights effect....

We've had a wonderful year! Hope you have too!!!
Hope 2011 brings JOY!!!!! to all!

Peacock shimmer...

With the recycling theme of PTI's blog hop this month, as soon as I saw this ribbon I knew I'd want to use it!
I started out using this gold shimmer cardstock, but then made more (lots of thank yous to be made!) and forgot! LOL! So the rest were with kraft....

You can see my stitching improved...! :)Super simple, but that peacock ribbon is TRENDY!!! (check out this Moxie post by Susan Opel!)Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I always love hearing what you think!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December PTI blog hop- glitter is glam!

This month's challenge was to recycle something from Christmas into your project. I love the look of the foil paper, but it's not recyclable, so I don't generally buy it. But what fun to use it on a card! The ribbon was also around a gift from Hadley's Aunt yesterday!

PTI Sentiment...

CAS for sure, and I love it! I've got enough of that yummy paper for a few more cards- and several thank you cards to be made!!! :)
Since there's some fab glitter in that ribbon, I'm adding this to the Moxie Glitter is Glam challenge too!
Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas!!!
Here's the link if you have time to check out some more 'recycled' goodies!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Decorating with May Arts Ribbon!

Head over to the May Arts blog to check out a few simple & elegant decorating ideas with May Arts ribbon! If you haven't stopped by the May Arts blog in a few days, there are a TON of great ideas!!!

Remember the snow day we had a while back- where Hadley came up with a craft she wanted to do? Here's the end product:

I added the ribbon, but she did the rest! Pretty cute, right?! :)
I imagine I'll be MIA for a few days, enjoying this wonderful holiday with my family!
Merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quick contest!

I'm a baking machine today- no pics of my mess though! But here's a quick contest over on the May Arts facebook page- post a pic of your Christmas decorations for a chance to win THIS!!!!
Good luck!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Teacher gifts...and Sneaky!

Today was Hadley's last day of school- hooray for Christmas vacation! :)
I wanted to do teacher gifts that she could be a part of, so here's what we did:

That's some yummy peppermint candied popcorn! Had & I made it last night using the recipe on Mish's blog, but eighteen25 posted one today that is almost the same, but looks more festive.
The ornaments are glittered on the inside. I saw this on the Memory Box blog, and honestly had VERY good intentions of letting Had help me. In the interest of time & full disclosure however, I did them myself. Maybe next year.
I used my nesties to cut some MME yummy glitter paper for the topper on the popcorn. Easy peasy.
I'm sure you spied that fab May Arts ribbon on the ornaments.... *happy sigh*
She has several teachers & support staff that we gave these too, but HER kindergarten teacher loves Starbucks.... Don't you love how cute the gift card looks embellished with the May Arts glitter velvet ribbon & pom-poms?

All packaged up:

Yep, more yummy May Arts....
Does anyone else have an elf visiting this month? This is the first year he's come to our house, which means we had to name him this year too. Hadley chose Sneaky, since he snuck up on her. I thought it was pretty appropriate!
Yesterday he landed in her stocking when he came back from visiting Santa- and she was so tickled about it, I had to grab a pic. Of course, I didn't think to get it when it was daylight.... owell.
You can also see the vintage church that Cory's grandpa built & I restored last year on our mantle. I do love it's glittery old-ness! There's a light that is supposed to illuminate it from the inside, but I took it out because it still had the original electrical cord- the type that are fabric & frayed since they were probably from the 1940's.... Haven't replaced it yet, but I dig it as is....

I don't know about you, but I've got lots on my plate right now- haven't had time to participate in my regular challenges!!! I miss it!
Thanks so much for stopping by- what do you do for teacher gifts?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bling-y Barrettes...

Head over to the May Arts blog to see how I made this and some other cute barrettes! :D
Don't forget to check out the plaid contestants while you are there- cast your vote for a chance at some yummy ribbon of your own! :D
Thanks so much for stopping by- I'd love to know what you think!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Moxie Congrats!

One more for the Moxie Challenge!

This one is for the congratulations category!

Cosmo Cricket Material girl & YUMMY May Arts ribbon!
Go see the other entries at the Moxie Fab World blog-
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Moxie Thanks!

Here's another one for the Card Creations Challenge

I thought this was a fun Thank you card!!

All Cosmo Cricket, except for the yummy May Arts silk & Jenni Bowlin buttons threaded with May Arts twine!
Go check out the other Thank you cards on the Moxie blog!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Moxie Birthday!

Over at the Moxie Fab World blog there's a challenge going on featuring this issue:

One of the challenges was for a birthday card- here's mine:

All October Afternoon goodies... except for the PTI sentiment....
Head over to Moxie Fab to see all the amazing birthday cards!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

another May Arts sneak peek!!

Head over to the May Arts blog to check out another AWESOME peek- while you're there leave a comment for a chance to win this:
They'll draw a winner Dec. 10th!
I've been working on lots o' things, but haven't gotten them photographed.... Hope you had a great weekend!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Have you seen this?
Well go find it!! I've got a card published on those pretty pages!!!
I'm so excited I'll show you my card here!

What do you think? And see that button? You guessed it- JBS! Tied on with May Arts burlap string onto tea stained (by me) twill!! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Surprise giveaway!!!

There is still lots to come with the awesome JBS/May Arts week- so don't forget to stop by both blogs!!!
There's a quickie giveaway on the May Arts FB page- hurry- it's only through tomorrow!! Look what you could win!!!!