Monday, November 29, 2010

Grain Sack Stockings and a winner

Hello!  I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend!!  Today I am linking up with my friend Maria's amazing giveaway!  When Maria told me that she would be giving away 2 grain sacks stockings and a gorgeous wreath from Wintersteen Farms, I was so thrilled for her readers because I happened to have ordered those things for my own home a few weeks ago!  So I wanted to show you how I have used them in my own home.

I love, love, love the grain sack Christmas stockings that I ordered from Maria...I even ordered two red ones :))  I knew I wanted them to hang from my vintage ladder...

I just adore the two wreaths I ordered from Wintersteen Farms.  I put one on each of the "garage doors" that I have in my studio.  These wreaths would make a really special gift for any of you looking for Christmas ideas early!

I stacked the grain sacks that usually hang on my ladder on a chair next to the ladder for the Christmas season...I'm a little obsessed with grain sacks :))

{mercury glass lanterns now available in the SHOP}

I have been working on adding little bits of fresh greenery and berries to all the rooms around the house...

And, I have been turning my little studio into a gift wrapping station lately {more on that later}...I love wrapping Christmas presents!

You can enter Maria's giveaway *HERE*

Now I have a few announcements to go over...

The winner of the Cabbages and Roses giveaway {winner chosen using random number generator} is Sherry from Blessings From Our Nest!  Congratulations Sherry!!!  Please email me your address and I will make sure that Cabbages and Roses gets it.

***For all of you who didn't win the fabric giveaway, I have some good news...from now until December 11th, Cabbages and Roses is offering FREE SHIPPING on all fabric orders over 100 pounds {that's approximately $156} anywhere in the world!!!  You can find out the details by going to their blog.***

And last, I wanted to say thank you to Emma for the lovely interview she did with me!!!  You can visit Emma's blog *HERE*

Happy new week!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Well better late than never...I'm a little behind on getting this up, but it has been really dark and gloomy here for days, so I've had a hard time getting any photography in.  I finally decided to just drag my table and place setting in front of the Christmas tree {which went up last weekend!}, take my pictures there, and hope for the best :) 

That was before any ornaments went on the we'll call this a combined Thanksgiving/Christmas place setting :)) 

I'm not hosting Thanks giving this year, my sister is, but you know how much I love to do table settings, so I thought I would at least throw together a quick idea to share with all of you!  I kept things very simple...

Thyme is still going strong in my garden, and it seemed to me a perfect herb to use for a Thanksgiving table, so I used it exclusively.  These cards would be lovely with a special, handwritten note in it for each of your guests.

I also used thyme in these little metal buckets...the name tag is just a plain plant marker that I painted and stamped on...

I kept all of the embellishments simple and just used vintage elements and whatever I had around my studio.

I wanted to take a minute and just let all of you know how very, very much I appreciate you, your kind comments, and the fact that you take time out of your busy day to stop by and see what I'm up too!  I am grateful for each and every one of you!!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me have this creative space to share and connect with all of you. 

Blessings to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


p.s. if you get a minute, please pop on over to Flea Market Style...I am over there guest posting again!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cabbages and Roses Giveaway!

Hello my friends!  I have a wonderful giveaway to share with you today, compliments of Cabbages and Roses!!!  I am so excited to share with you some pictures of their new fabric line...the Hobury range is one of my favorites!!!  Take a look...

Isn't it dreamy and oh so pretty??!!!  I just love it!

So here are the details:

One lucky winner will receive 3 meters of gorgeous Cabbages and Roses meter each of the following fabrics available in the new Hobury range...

Elgin Blue...

Provence Toile Blue...

and Jolly Stripe Blue...

***All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post stating what you would make with the fabric if you won it!  Easy peasy, right?!***

And if you would like to Facebook, blog, or Twitter about this giveaway, you can get a second chance at winning...just please leave me a separate comment letting me know that you've done so.

Oh, and one more thing, if you would like a chance to win some of the other gorgeous fabrics in the new lines from Cabbages and Roses, head on over to these amazing blogs, as they are featuring giveaways as well {you can enter all 4 giveaways}!!!...

Contest ends Thursday November 25th at midnight and the winner will be announced on November 29th.

As a fun note, Cabbages and Roses plans to do a follow up post on their blog and would love to feature what the winners of all 4 contests have made using their new fabric {this isn't required though, but it sure would be fun}!

Good Luck and have a great weekend!!!


{All photos courtesy of Cabbages and Roses}

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Just a touch of Christmas

Yep, I'm already decorating for Christmas!  Just a little touch of it in the kid's rooms.  We keep things fairly simple when it comes to Christmas decorations, but I like for each of my little ones to have a bit of festivity in their rooms!

Yesterday, I started in Braden's room...

I loved Donna's use of the mittens and scarves at Horton's so much, that I decided to do something similar in Braden's room...this cute little blue set was made by my MIL but is now a bit too small for Braden, so it worked perfectly!

I bought this little red wagon at a garage sale probably 5 years ago, and just remembered I had it the other day...boy was it a hit with my 3 year old...let's just say that it doesn't really reside in Braden's room very often :)

And, I bought this cool old stool a few weeks ago at Joy's Shop the Shed sale and traded it out for the bistro chair that was paired up with Braden's desk right away...I love it and so does he!

We will actually start putting our tree up this weekend!  I like to be all done {or at least almost done} decorating for Christmas by Thanksgiving, so then we can just sit back and enjoy it all!!  It is my favorite time of year!

Anyone else started {or finished} their Christmas decorating yet???

Have a great day!


p.s. paper garland made from old book pages from Iowa Junk Gypsies and grain sack lavender pillow from Dreamy Whites 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Horton's Part 3

Hi!  Well, today concludes my series of photos from Horton's Christmas open house!  Thank you to everyone for stopping by and viewing all of my pictures, it's been a lot of fun to show you this neat little store tucked away in Tipton, Indiana.  I am officially in the Christmas mood!!

that chippy little vintage step ladder came home with me :)

not only does Donna use many vintage items woven into her beautiful displays, but she enlists the help of artists to make handmade items that fit her's touches like that that really add interest to this wonderful store!

I love Donna's use of regular hardware store house numbers to decorate with, I might just have to try that one...

Thank you to the Horton family for letting me be a part of this fabulous event...and thank you also for the very best peppermint fudge I have EVER had!!!  {yes they make their own fudge in this hardware store}

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!  My oldest daughter turns 9 on Monday so we are having her "kids" party and her family party this weekend, so it'll be a busy weekend for me!!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Horton's Part 2

Hello!  I'm back, as promised, with more pictures from Horton's Christmas open I'd like to show you the "red room."  Now keep in mind that this is a hardware store...but so cleverly divided into having a home decor section as well! 

Each different "room" in this home decor side of the store is meant to have a completely different mood and feel!  This room had a happy, jolly feel to it and it just simply put a smile on my face to be in it :)


This table is actually an old door, topped with a piece of glass.

I loved how the little scarf, hat, and mittens were tied on the back of the chairs for this table setting!

Okay, last round of photos will be up tomorrow!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!