*** Please excuse my terribly bland and awkward blog appearance. I'm working hard on making it look pretty . . . it's QUITE time consuming!! ***

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Love Stiched Silhouette-SD GIVEAWAY!!!

Brittany, over at Love Stitched is hosting a Silhouette-SD GIVEAWAY!!! Totally awesome!! The Silhouette machine plugs into your computer and you can visit the online store and download all sorts of fun images and projects!!


I love the idea of the online store rather than having to search all over the internet for images like you have to with a cricut and the SCAL software :) Click HERE to check it out and enter!! HURRY because it ends tonight a

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WYWW

Oh boy . . . I think, actually I know I'm getting super burned out on blogging!! SAD, right?? It use to be so much fun and lately it's just been such a chore :( I haven't had much time for crafting lately, other than ETSY orders (it's not as fun when you HAVE to do it). I just don't have any motivation!! This is the first time I've even looked at this blog since last week. And I can only imagine that it means that nobody else is looking at it either. Eh . . . I am hoping to have some umph in my umph soon . . . but there will be a party tonight!!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

50 FREE HOLIDAY CARDS FROM SHUTTERFLY!!!!

OH MY HECK!!! Shutterfly has some of the CUTEST Holiday cards and invitations!!!

*** AND THEY ARE GIVING AWAY 50 FREE CARDS TO BLOGGERS!!! ****

Read this post and then follow the instructions on the bottom to get your free cards!!!


Have you gone over there and checked out the awesome selection?? There are tons to choose from, and it's gonna be a tough one to pick just one!!


They have folded photo cards, flat photo cards, FABULOUS invitations, personalized mugs, etc!! The possibilities are endless!! Let me show you some of my fav's!!! Click on each picture to check out all the different choices they are offering!!



LOVE this Christmas party invitation!! If only we were cool enough to actual throw a party :)


I totally DIG the simplicity of this card, and it's folded so there is space inside for a personalized message.


LOVE LOVE LOVE the glittery joy!!!! This is my absolute favorite and I have the PERFECT picture in mind for it :)

Ok, and just because I can . . . here are some more for your viewing pleasure!!!



The blue, red and green is so cute!!!


How cute is this with the Santa belt??? OOOO and the toothless smile is DARLING!!!

ok, one more . . . I PROMISE!!!


*** CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE CARDS!!! ***


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Table-Scape

So . . . I told you I would show you the Christmas tablescape today, and I worked hard to make sure that I held true to that :)

My husband really likes red and lime green for Christmas so I decided to use the colors for this years table setting.


Here is a view of the the entire table . . . LOVE IT!!!! I know it may seem like a lot to some people, but I guess that I have a disease and I say the more layers the better!!!

I used a basic white square table cloth and layered over that a square of green and white polka dot fabric. The green fabric wasn't as big as the table, so I put it on the diagonal. It looks cuter that way anyway :)


Closeup of the place settings. I still want to add a clear bowl on top of the salad plates, but I won't have them 'til Saturday. ;) I used the same green and white fabric to wrap some dollar store napkin rings. The silver chargers I've had for years, but you can get a set of 4 for $5 at Target. The white plates are just plain square plates from $Tree, I set them on the charger at an angle to mimic the layout of the polka dot fabric.

The round red piece beneath the silver charger is a felt decoration from $Tree. They have red and green. As soon as I saw them I bought up all 8 that they had left and knew that they would be perfect as placemats!! What do you think? Not too shabby for $1!! The red ones are made to look like a snowflake ornament and the green ones have a Christmas tree in the center. You will fall in love with them when you see them in the store!!! I actually had a lady stop me in the store and ask where they were . . . it broke my heart to tell her they were all in my cart :) oops!!

I always like the look of two glass at each setting. I used a water goblet from Pier 1 and then a wine-ish glass from $Tree. I like the chunkiness of the wine glass because it adds some weight.


"Aerial view" The large candy canes in the vase are also from $Tree and they are almost 3 feet tall. They also would look great in the top of the Christmas tree or even tied to the spindles of a stair railing!!!




I used a square mirror that I got from D.I. and spray painted the frame silver and used it as the base of the centerpiece. The little elves I got at Michael a few years ago. I used round mirror candle holders from $Tree and put my Pier 1 snowflake place card holders on top of them. The silver tinsel tree is also from $Tree, as well as the taper candles and the taper holders. The red tapers are in nutcracker taper holders that I got from the thrift store earlier this year. I also used some of my subway art luminaries for more layering!!


These large silver stars are ornaments from $Tree, so is the ribbon :) I just wrapped some ribbon around the chair and hot glued the star to the ribbon. I love the sparkle it adds to the chair!!



One last pic . . . I PROMISE!!!

This is a pic with everything lit, and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the way it all turned out. You know what's funny? I totally just realized that the curtains and the accent wall TOTALLY match the table!! The wall is more of a sage color but it looks brighter in the pics!!!

I think overall I spent a little more than $20 and everything else I already had on hand. Not too bad considering how much I was able to buy . . . I love $Tree!! They have some great deals right now!!

Anyway, what do you think? I was thinking it would be fun to have a link party where you could link up your holiday table-scapes. That would be fun, right? I think I will set it up right now and you can link up whenever you have yours ready. You can show us Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever else you like!!!









Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With!!

I promised I would be here this week and here I am!! I don't have anything fun to show you . .. YET!!! But, I did bust out the Christmas Decorations today and I will post pics of the dining tablescape tomorrow!!!

I hope you all are well, and are getting into the Holiday spirit!! I sure am!! It's funny, one would think that this would be a year that I wouldn't be so excited for the holidays (due to all the financial and physical setbacks as of late). Yet, I think it's because of those setbacks that I'm stoked!!! I've realized that it's not about money and gifts but of charity of love. I was at the Dollar Store today and I could overhear the checkers asking each customer if they would be willing to buy a toy to donate to military families. I was shocked/apalled by how many people said "no"!!! I mean, come on . . .it's $1 and it's for the kids/families of the men and women that risk their lives for you on a daily basis!!! Maybe I'm extra sensitive about it because I'm part of a military family. But, it saddens me how we've got so caught up in ourselves and our own lives that we have forgotten what this time of year really is about . . .

Enough of the rant!!! let's see what you are workin' with!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

UGH!!!

Holy Crap!! Today is Sunday, and I TOTALLY spaced this weeks party!! All I'm going to say about that is this: the hubs ruptured his ear drum, suffers from vertigo as a result and complete hearing loss. Dr. said he can't work until everything is back to normal, so now we have to figure out just exactly how we are going to pay the bills!! He spent 5 days in bed so it was like I had 2 babies to take care off, only the hubs was WAY more demanding than bucket!! needless to say, I am pooped and the lass thing on my mind was my blog . . . SORRY!! The party is on for tomorrow though, PROMISE!!