Saturday, December 31, 2011


I love putting the tree up and I really love taking the tree down. Some of my family members prefer to NOT pull the plug on Christmas on the 26th but I am not one of them. For their sake I do my best to be patient and let the tree stay for a few days after Christmas but I admit to plucking ornaments off here and there during that time. Finally on New Year's Eve I can get it all packed up without feeling guilty. Starting the new year off with a house that feels a little empty after all the decorations are gone seems right to me. It feels like a clean slate and I like that.

2011, you were good to me and my family - thanks for being so cool even if you were a little nutty from time to time. 2012, we haven't met yet but I am hoping we will have a great relationship! See you very soon!

P.S. I thought I would quickly give a report on how I did on my resolution from last year. I do believe I wore lipstick approximately 6 times so I think that qualifies as success, right??

Saturday, December 24, 2011

ghost of christmas past part 3!

You know how it goes - you do something two times and suddenly it becomes a tradition. The last two years I posted a photo of my dear sisters and I when we were little girls at Christmas time. This year I am doing that again but the embroidered version.
These were made at the request of my sisters for our parents. I love that the last snow angels of the season are for them. I actually do remember so many Winters full of snow play including many snow angels with 'the girls'. Those memories made stitching these even more fun for me but made me miss my sisters at the same time. I hoped to get a few more handmade gifts made this year but...oh well, that holds true every year I'm afraid (doesn't every creative person feel that way?).

This holiday season I have also been thinking so much about all the lovely people that have come into my life via my Etsy shop and my blog and I am so very grateful. You all make the holidays and everyday so happy for me - thank you!
I wish you all a magical holiday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

office christmas party

our "Our First Christmas" ornament given to us on our wedding day
I'm revealing yet another secret here today on So September. This one is about a little something that just might be my favorite holiday tradition at our house. And I don't just say that because I thought this up myself, oh no. Although, I do pat myself on the back every now and then when I think about this. I like to call it the 'Office Christmas Party". As you know, I do not work in an office so such festivities aren't usually a part of my holiday plans. But I do work pretty hard and I do have a 'co-worker' of sorts in my dear husband and I really felt like we needed a little break during this crazy time of year to just step back and have a night to ourselves. It's sort of a holiday season date night you could say.
In years past I have even surprised Vince by just showing up at the end of the workday and announcing that it's "Office Christmas Party" night. I highly recommend that approach and I guarantee you will win some points with it. Other years it has been as simple as having dinner by ourselves in our very own dining room. Either way it has always been special and one of the things I look forward to most during the holiday season. I am so grateful to have had a chance to celebrate O.C.P. 2011 last weekend with my awesome husband who always makes the holidays merry and bright!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

we are santa's elves....

I heard this song playing in Barnes and Noble the other day and it hit me that it is a perfect holiday anthem for Etsy sellers. Here we are in our satellite workshops working frantically making handmade lovelies that will travel all over the world for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love it and I think most Etsy sellers would say the same. Like the song says..."we work hard all day, but our work is play..." Yes! That's exactly it! I won't be wearing a pointed hat or pointed shoes any time soon but I am so glad to be a part of the joyful chaos that is Christmas on Etsy.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

whatever works for ya

 Did you know this cute little ornament is actually hiding a dark and well kept secret? It's true.
 It's actually sitting atop a very handy dandy [and thoroughly washed] plastic juice container. Why you say?
Well, when I finish an ornament and secure it in it's hoop I trim the edge of the fabric and glue it to the inside edge of the hoop with an archival adhesive. I like the fabric to stay put while the glue dries and these Old Orchard juice containers happen to fit perfectly inside a 3 inch hoop. They keep the fabric nice and snug against the hoop as the adhesive dries then they slide right off when it's done. I'm guessing I'm not the first to have found a little household item that doubles as a crafting tool. So let's hear it, what works for you?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

these are a few of my favorite things

Well, the frenzy of the Holiday Season has begun over here and while I am happy to be so busy I am also finding it hard to come up with much to share here besides, "AGH! I'm so busy!!" Oh, I'm sorry, did I let a wee bit of panic creep into that last statement? Forgive me, I meant to hide that a little better. No really, it will all get done, it always does, right?

Anyway, I thought I would at least check in here and share some of the things I have been loving lately that you might love too. 

1. The Target Daily Deal. Wow there are some bargains there. Definitely worth checking out. They have great prices and free shipping on the selected items each day. Thanks Target!

 2. My little pick me up and keep me goings: mmmmmmm..........
 3. Netflix! If you embroider you know that one of the great things about it is that you can often do it in front of a screen. Thank you Netflix for sending me some lovely movies to stitch by this season. Three recently watched goodies I recommend are: Temple Grandin, Tree of Life (I came so close to sending this one back 20 minutes into it but am so glad I didn't!), and then for something a little lighter - Bridesmaids.
 4. Sleeping Queens. I searched for this card game for months after my 6 year old nephew introduced it to me in June. We finally found it at Barnes and Noble about a week ago and have been playing it ever since. It's easy to learn, great for all ages, and the graphics are adorable. You can't go wrong with this one. Plus each round is just 15 - 30 minutes long so you can squeeze in a game or two amid the Holiday madness.
 5. Go-Gos (no, not the 80's band). Okay I admit, when Peter decided he had to have these I did have my doubts. I wasn't too excited about having them all over the house and about another 'collection/obsession' to deal with. Turns out I love these guys. They really are so innocent and with so much other garbage out there that he could be into, I'm glad he picked the cute little things that don't carry weapons. Plus he actually plays with them. He makes up scenes, organizes them, trades them, writes stories about them, and draws them. Currently we are even helping him make a stop motion animation video starring go-gos of course (with a small cameo from a Bionicle). I admit, it's really fun. So when Peter's Christmas wish list is comprised of 90% go-gos I'm okay with that.
So, there is my round up of current loves. What are you loving these days?