Monday, December 8, 2014

This is December


I have finally started on my "This is December" album ... I love the idea of the December Daily and have done it the past couple years but this year I wanted to change it up a bit so as not to stress myself out .  I am just going to document the important events and moments of the month instead of trying to take a picture each day fully knowing I will not be able to finish the album till .. probably 2 months later!  I am also going quite small this time around .. I am using the We R Memory makers 4X4 gold album.  I may change back to the 6X8 for next year but I really like the idea of small and easy this year.

Decorating, cutting down our tree , trimming the tree , time with my daughter , opening presents .. I will be sure to capture these and any other meaningful moments of the month .

So far I have the cover and my title page completed.  I will share that page tomorrow.  I hope to have a couple foundation pages started this week as well.

So .. what are you creating for your December album ?  Are you doing the daily or just certain events of the season ?



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Getting our Christmas on ....


Making it merry , festive and bright ... putting up the decorations and creating my little "scenes" is one of my most favorite parts of the holidays.  I love to get all of our treasures out of storage and have everything up thanksgiving weekend.  You really only get a few weeks a year to enjoy these pretty things so I make sure that we can enjoy them for as long as possible :)

Basically if it sparkles , is white / silver / red , and has to do with snowmen or deer .. it's perfect in my book.  Every year I tend to add a few things to our collection , and working part time at Michael's it is very hard to not indulge in the holiday section ... Target is pretty awesome as well as Pier One.  I think I got a little something from all of them this year.






We have quite a few decorative tealights (the deer cutout above is one of them) and with the lights tuned low and the candles burning it sets off a magical glow all around the room.



I put this little scene together with a couple different items that I bought at Michael's.  I love little wintry scenes underneath cloches so I gathered the wood slice, the glass cloche and the cute little cottage and created my own .  I will definitely be adding to this little collection each year.


This is my Doe from Anthropologie that my boyfriend gave me for birthday last year.  I totally adore her and of course make her all pretty for each season.










Pier One has some of the prettiest ornaments and though I can't afford to decorate our all whole tree with them I bought a few to put into a little arrangement on a silver tray.





One tradition down ... a couple more to go .  We are getting our tree next weekend and we are going to cut it down ourselves like we did last year.  It was so much fun so we are looking forward to doing it again .  And I really need to start on my December Daily!  Though I think I will be doing it a little different this year and I will not be making it very "daily".  I will be documenting the special parts of the month / holiday and putting those pictures in the album so it will be more of a Documenting December album :)

I have my album picked out and most of my supplies so when I have all of those things together I will post here with pictures and hopefully a couple foundation photos as well !

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Merry and Bright


Black Friday is here and gone already .. if you went out and braved the crowds I hope you got some great deals !  I did go out ..not at 6 am but I did venture out into the craziness and I was able to get quite a few things .. for myself included :)  The mall was crazy but I haven't missed a Black Friday outing in over 10 years .. it actually puts me in the holiday spirit . The energy of the crowd, the decorations all around the mall , the store windows filled with pretty things , the christmas tunes being sent out over the airwaves. You can't help but feel a little merry :)


And I created a little something in honor of feeling Merry .. little wood blocks dusted with snow that can be placed anywhere you want to put a little Merry into !





I also made some gift tag sets ..





Everything will be in the shop by tomorrow so come and check them out !

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Shadowboxes !



Shadowboxes are so much fun to create .. and the holidays make them even more so !  They started out as plain little wooden boxes and became cute little wintry scenes .  I think they would look adorable just about anywhere you want to add a bit of sparkle and merriment .  They will be in my Etsy shoppe tomorrow night !









I will be making a few other designs as well and they will be added to the shop by next weekend :)


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twinkle Twinkle ....







Something new will be coming to the shop this weekend .... perfect little pieces to add sparkle and merriment to your holiday decor this year .   Be sure to check back here on saturday for the full sneak and the update of when they will be in the shop !




Saturday, November 15, 2014

December Daily.... you are going to rock


I have never had much luck at winning things..be it the lottery, the games on the boardwalk where you win the gigantic stuffed animal that you carry around for hours and then can't fit in your car .. you get the picture .  But .. I do always give it a shot if it's something I really want soooooo.. France of Bananafish Studios was doing a little purge of her craft room and she generously filled medium sized priority boxes with BUNCHES of goodness.  There were 4 or 5 giveaways all together and all you had to do was like or comment on the photos , pay the postage for the package which was only $12.50 and she would pick a winner at random.
There were 2 giveaways that I fell in love with .. this December Daily themed one in particular .. and I couldn't believe my eyes the next day when I saw that I had WON !!   Over the moon excited doesn't really cover it... lol.

I received the box a couple days ago and it was super heavy and filled to the top.  I didn't even photograph everything that was included.  Seriously .. a jackpot of Christmas glee.





 The album is above is handmade and all the pages are sewn it .. I think it will make a wonderful album for my DD this year.








                                             So many stamps .. love the trees and the elf legs !!!






I am not sure what I am going to do with this felt but it is the softest felt I have ever ... felt !  The colors are gorgeous .. the photos do not do them justice.


My December Daily will totally rock this year..can't wait to get started !  Be sure to check out Bananafish Studios .. she has alot of great products in her shop !

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Workspace Wednesday



I have a couple "Smash" journals that I add stuff to now and then and just wanted to share a few pages with you since I just 'smashed' some cool business cards into it today .
In this particular book I have mostly other artists business cards , Moo cards, tags , etc.  Most of the time I just use washi tape to attach them to the pages since there is usually info or more artwork on the back of the cards.  This way I can remove them without harming the card or the page.







Many of these cards have come from Clover Markets that I have been too .. I just love the imagery , fonts and overall craftiness of these little treasures.





I also keep random bits and pieces of paper that I find in magazines, cafes, etc . If it's cool and funky it will probably end up in here :)


In other fun (and for me quite exciting!) I have sold a few things in my shop . If you haven't checked out my recent update please stop by and maybe you will see something that tickles your whimsy .  I will definitely be adding more things this weekend as well !