Monday, November 30, 2009

warm up to etsy

{jenster76designs} cranberry red slippers

{SeasideSiren} Champagne and lace wool collar

{dear pony} recycled sweater mittens

{homelab} fingerless gloves 

{misses bird} dark brown scarf cowl


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

some of my faves this wednesday

This Bed:

Her Hair:
These Designers:

gorgeous design by the young Ryan Korban

from Workstead 
This Hotel:

awesome Hotel in West London

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

renewed love of teapots

(this poppy one is my fave!)

{all pictures linked to etsy source}

Monday, November 23, 2009

it's that time of year

We brought all of the Christmas boxes upstairs
and started packing up all the fall decor

I've been knitting away and shopping for gifts

and part of our tree is up...
The ornaments are going on tonight :)
Christmas Vacation is on in the background!
Have you decorated already?

Kreativ Blogger

Thank you {Starview Sonnet} for nominating me "Kreativ Blogger"
Please check out her wonderful blog and
She also has some lovelies on her etsy shop!

Here are my Kreativ Blogger Nominees:
{All Things New} fabulous giveaways and diy projects- fave post {here} and {etsy store}

{with grace and lace} encouraging blog of an "ordinary girl walking through life with an extraordinary God"  inspiring words {here} and fabulous style 

{Pretty Little Presents} creative gift ideas (I really want to make these {headbands})

{Pink and Poppy} the most delicious recipes and design ideas (faves: {here} and {here}

{My New Sweet Carolina} creative girl from KY who moved to SC... cute inspirational blog {love this post}

{That Winsome Girl} I fell in love with her {etsy shop} but her blog is great too!  check out these tasty cupcakes {here}

{Desiring to be a godly woman} I just stumbled upon this wonderful blog.  I love her posts about {an excellent wife

Here are the rules:
~thank the person who nominated me for the award
~copy the logo and place it on my blog
~link to the person who nominated me
~list 7 things people may not know about me
~nominate 7 creative bloggers
~post their links
~leave a comment on each

7 things you may not know about me:

1. I have an obsession with rearranging our apartment.  And not just the centerpieces or in celebration of a new season or holiday!  Patrick is so sweet and willingly moves furniture back and forth.  I know by the time I find a perfect spot for everything, it will be time to move :)

2. We LOVE decorating for Christmas.  Some of our traditions while decorating are: play the incredible Amy Grant Christmas CD, watch It's a Wonderful Life (my pick) and Christmas Vacation (Patrick's pick), bake something christmasy, and take our time enjoying the few days it takes to decorate.

3.  I love Johnson's baby lotion.  The pink bottle is the Best!!  Oh and the smell of a freshly bathed baby lotioned with Johnson's powdery scent...heavenly

4. I have a goal list from freshman year of high school in a little notebook calendar.  I still refer to it and make a big deal when I get to check something off!

 5. I have a special love for the Spanish language.  I am far from fluent, but have always dreamed of teaching our kids Spanish, so I guess I better start studying.

 6. My dad would be disappointed if I didn't mention this next one :)  On a special trip with him to California, we ended up being extras in the movie Kicking and Screaming (with Will Ferrell)  It was such a fun experience!  So next time you watch that movie- look for me! (hint: I'm in a coffee shop scene and I'm a horrible actress!)

7. I get very frantic when I see treasures in other people's trash pile (although sometimes I get embarrassed and sneakily return at night).  I impulsively yell for Patrick to pull over just so I can take the broken chair home and add to the unfinished craft pile in the basement.  Hopefully one day they will make it on the blog!

{all photos linked to source}

Thursday, November 19, 2009

May I have your name please?

*a pressed leaf, permanent marker, and relative's name
*print your favorite saying or verse, cut into thin pieces, 
and drape across the plate or around the napkin
 *choose a ribbon of any color to tie around the napkin
*use clip art to find a pretty image and add the name 
below in an elegant font... cut out and fold in half
*use brown cardstock paper and a smaller rectangle of white
paste together and draw a pumpkin, leaf, etc. 
then add name- your handwriting does not need to be perfect! 
*use fun scissors to cut out a place card
*place cards and napkin rings in one
from Pottery Barn 

*use a fabric marker to write on the name in cursive on the napkin
don't forget to practice using disappearing ink or draw lightly with pencil first

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

sweet song from Carrie Underwood's new CD

(you may need to go to the bottom of this page 
and press "pause" on the background music)

Monday, November 16, 2009

would you please pray...

The past few days have been a blur.  My sweet Papaw went home to be with the Lord on early Saturday morning.  His family surrounded him with prayer and singing... after my uncle finished playing "I'll fly away" on the guitar, he took his last breath. 
Everything happened so quickly.  Just two weeks ago he was diagnosed with cancer and it was already too late for treatments.  Three weeks ago, he was at the grandchildren's ball games and watching my sister as she was crowned Homecoming Queen.  My parents were in Israel this past week and despite tremendous efforts to come home earlier, their plane just landed in Louisville.  Please pray for my mom... obviously this is not how she expected things to be when she returned.  It has been extremely difficult this past weekend, but I can't imagine being in a foreign country, helpless and away from siblings and your kids, with no way to get home.  The Lord has given her such strength.  I was able to talk with her Friday and she said they had just driven to Old Jerusalem.  My parents said it was amazing to see Old Jerusalem, knowing that her dad was about to see the New Jerusalem.
We have all felt a peace from the Lord and know so many prayers are being lifted up.  We know Papaw is in heaven with his Savior and Healer.  We reminded him many times to give our Nana B. (our grandma and his first wife who passed away from breast cancer 13 years ago) a great big hug for each of us!  What an amazing reunion!!

Here are a few pictures I found on my computer of Papaw.
He was a great dancer (dancing the whole time at our rehearsal dinner), loved finding old Sinatra records for Patrick, great singer and loved going to Jamborees, and our biggest fan (visited countless games and track meets of his grand children), an amazing father, husband, and papaw.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

happy thursday



I've emailed you and will mail your gift :)

Don't worry there will be more
giveaways for the rest of you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

sweet design

a new little shop in Mariemont 
serving "exceptional cupcakes and cookies"

The treats are unmatched in their combination of 
beautiful design, incredible taste and quality
but I was equally impressed with the shop's
award-winning interior design


Not only do you need to treat yourself to a cupcake at the Sweeterie
but you also have to check out more of Frederick Wood's Designs
{here} on his website.  His work is simply beautiful.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

favorite craft ideas on my list

 personalized candle {playingsublimely}

ruffly book wreath {dollarstorecrafts}

colorful advent calendar {purl bee}

adorable knit bib {krisknits}

use this lovely {daily drop cap} as framed artwork

 festive pillows from {12daysofhandmadeChristmas}
{twig and thistle} sewn love letter

Have you tried any of these?
What crafts are on your list this season?
Feel free to leave links in your comment
to your favorite craft posts or ideas