Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I just posted a new "holiday" vignette from my home tonight! Many of you may have seen these photos if you have checked out my Flickr photos or viewed my "Holiday Home" blogs...but for those of you who haven't...head on over to check it out when you get a chance!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I cut up each entrant's name, folded them and put them in a basket...
My husband, Josh, was super excited to pick the winner. I blindfolded him just to be fair!
drum roll please...
AND THE WINNER IS.....
The very lovely, Julie, from Fabulous Finds Studio! Congrats Julie! I hope that you enjoy all of the lovely goodies and have a fantastic and fabulous New Year's! Thank you again to everyone who participated...and look for more fun giveaway's from us in the future!
In other news...I've been doing TONS of baking lately...and have been obsessed with chocolate covered "anythings"...including almond and pretzel clusters! I put toffee on some of the pretzel clusters...
I visited my sister, Angela's home the other night to see her holiday decor. Angela is 23 and actually only lives 2 houses down from me...which is so much fun! We are so alike in so many ways...but COMPLETE opposites when it comes to decorating! Angela prefers anything new, modern, dark brown, or black. She prefers simplicity to clutter (I wish I could get some of this trait...but it just doesn't work for me...I love my things too much!).
This is her first year of having her own tree, so she purchased everything new: I loved this little penguin she got at Pier One...part of their "Woodland Creatures," she said.
Another difference between us is that Angela is not a procrastinator like me ;) She already has most of her gifts wrapped up nicely under her tree. I haven't even gotten one thing yet if you can believe it! I guess I need more "pressure" (like Christmas Eve or something?)...haha!
Well...I hoped you enjoyed seeing who won our giveaway and taking a trip to my sister's home! Happy Holidays everyone!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
and they also insisted Josh wear one (he'd kill me if he ever saw this...but I am pretty sure he doesn't do much "blog surfing" so I think we are safe ;)
Disney Princess Streamers:
Cards made by my three brothers and little sister, Destiney (her's is the purple one):
This is me "in my apartment" she said...and the inside...
Ezra (9) and the super cool Malachi (14)...he went along with the Princess theme...what a sweet brother ;)
Birthday Brownies! My fav!
My favorite moment of the day...near the end of the party, Destiney brought this out to me (she wrapped and tied it herself):
and this is what was inside:
she even said that I could "keep them for real!" Brought tears to my eyes!
Here I am wearing them! Isn't she the cutest thing! I love having a four year old sister!
Me and the all the sibs (Malachi is off to the far left, Destiney, Jaron, Me and Ezra)
When I got home, Josh had some other fun surprises for me:
Pink Roses...another fav!
and some home/garden mags (isn't he too sweet!):
and....a little late but worth the wait!!!! A package arrived today from Australia...I guessed right away...,"Is it from Natasha Burns???!!!"...he couldn't keep a straight face, so I knew it was! He knows how much I love her work...so he went online all by himself and ordered me this gorgeous clock, handpainted by Natasha herself! I feel so honored to own something of hers! It goes perfect in my French/Shabby Chic kicthen! Thanks Natasha!
And now for Part II of Karla's "What I love About My Holiday Home" Party:
I made all three of our stockings myself (I've been calling them "Papa, Mama and Baby Bear's":
Josh's (Papa Bear) Mine (Mama Bear):
and of course...Renoir's (Baby Bear)!
A bird's eye view of our living room:
Renoir napping as the snow falls outside:
All my pretty ornaments from Shannon!
a mini tree I decorated with vintage jewelry:Watching the snow fall...
I love these pink and white beaded bouquets...
I found this little shepherd boy at a sale and think is just the cutest thing!
I used lots of flowers on our tree this year:and beads and lace and trim...vintage and new balls....
gold glittered finds...
It has a very "Victorian" look this year....
we put her in a huge urn that we painted white:
Now Renoir can't drink her water! (He did that all the time last year!!!)
I hope that you enjoyed viewing my day of turning the "big 26"and more of my holiday home! If you can believe it...I still have more to show! I decorated the front of our hose with pretty decorations and lights...I'll post more of our home soon! If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post...thanks for sticking through ALL the photos! I know it was a ton! Have a beautiful week! And look for the winner of my Bonne Annee Giveaway to be announced within the next couple of days!!!