A Crafty Christmas

I love carving time out to get glitter and glue everywhere!  Making holiday ornaments and gifts are one of  my favorite things to do.  I am trying to make most of my gifts include a handmade element.  Even if it’s just something special on the wrapping.  Inspiration comes from everywhere!  Pinterest, blogs, friends.  I had a wonderful time this past Saturday getting crafty with my sis in law at Karla Nathan’s Romantic Cottage Christmas Workshop.  What are you working on for the holidays?

Karla's studio is full of treasures she has created

Karla’s studio is full of treasures she has created


You can purchase tutorials on Karla's website and see her studio featured in January's Where Women Create

You can purchase tutorials on Karla’s website and see her studio featured in January’s Where Women Create



this girl always joins me for crafty fun

this girl always joins me for crafty fun



One of the 4 projects we made

One of the 4 projects we made




Comments are welcome!

After Christmas Fun

I have had so much fun this week working on little projects.  I am anxiously awaiting a shipment of some new fragrances to make some amazing new candles and tarts.  Today I ordered some fun notions from one of my favorite shops:  The Speckled Egg.  Heather was an amazing supporter of The Gathering and I love participating in her swaps.  She has a sale going on now so please take the time to check out her shop.

I love to paint but usually don’t have the time to indulge so I have enjoyed this time for creativity this week.  With January fast approaching I have WINGS and CLOCKS on my mind.  Here are a few sneak peaks.  For the final reveal come see me at Brocante Bliss January 4-6.

Feathers + Glitter + Rhinestones = A touch of heaven


This image will be featured in a BIG way in the new space at Brocante Bliss


Shimmer & Shine


New tags, cards & banners for The Gathering Gals


Wings are so signifcant to me and just the touch of security I need.


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that all of your holiday wishes came true.  I have been enjoying lots of hot beverages and playing loads of games with the kiddos.  It has truly been a sacred time of year for us as we counted our blessings, remembered loved ones and celebrated the birth of our Savior.  Praying 2013 blesses your socks off!!

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My Christmas List

No this list was not compiled soley for my husband.  I acutally have nothing on my Christmas Wish List this year.  Nothing tangible anyway.  Of course I want no more heart ache….this world, this girl, has seen enough lately!  I want the honey do list to shrink instead of grow.  I want to take my kids to Disney World.  You know, the usual.

But thanks to Pinterest, my aide in discovering things I didn’t know I needed, I thought it would be fun to show you some of the things I’ve “liked” that I would love to find in my stocking.  Merry Christmas friends.  May you cherish your time with your family & friends this holiday season.  God Bless.

A little dressy, A little messy.


Yep. I need these. Love Anthropologie.


Sea Salt. Sand. Sun. And Beach Waves.




You can never have too many phone chargers.


I always have a ton of books on my Wish List. This one I need.




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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like….

Hello Friends!   I am slighlty off my blogging schedule thanks to computer issues.  Boo.  It’s crazy how dependent we can become on technology. 

We’ve been doing the Busy thing again.  Sport practices.  Working.  Creating.  Holidays.  So many blessings and things to be thankful for.  I am way behind this year.  Usually I am DONE shopping by November!!! This year I only have 1 gift purchased so far.  I hope to change that today and get a lot done.  With lots to juggle somehow my holiday shopping fell through my hands. I’m excited to get back on track today and also come up with my holiday calendar. 

My booth at The Rusty Chandelier filled with holiday goodies!

I love to make a list of all of the fun activities we do as a family and schedule those in on my special holiday calendar.  I had purchased it from Hallmark a few years ago but basically it’s just a blank calendar of November & December dedicated to festive events. 


Some of the things we do annually is of course watch Christmas movies with popcorn and pizza.  I try to schedule those on Friday evenings.  Hot cocoa is a must with lots of whipped cream!

I think we’ll try this idea for the kids this year

There is the finding the real tree and of course the decorating.  Wrapping presents and driving around to see all of the holiday lights.  My mom & sisters & I get together with our kiddos for a special holiday party early on in the season for baking as well as crafts and fun for the kids.  On my husbands side we always make gingerbread houses.  This year we have a grandma coming in from California for the holidays so it will be extra special.  Another grandma and I go shopping together every year.  There are so many fun ways to make the season merry & bright.  What are some of your holiday traditions?

I am excited to get started and to hear from you for fresh ideas to add magic to Christmas!

Comments are welcome!
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