Saturday, November 29, 2008
For the first time in several years, I didn't get up before dawn to stand in long lines out in freezing cold weather just to get a bargain or two. Instead I stayed home, got out my art supplies and worked on crafty things. What fun it was to work leisurely at my desk with tinsel and glitter and pretty papers instead of fighting my way through mobs of shoppers.
To continue with the holiday festivites, I thought it would be fun to host a little giveaway. If you're the lucky winner I will send you this pack of 64 pastel Cavallini & Co holiday stickers. Just leave a comment on this post or at the Joli Paquet blog here and I will draw the winning name at the end of the week. Good luck!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A typical element of wedding ceremonies in our area is the lighting of the unity candle. Natalie and Jon opted for what the pastor referred to as a Sand Ceremony, which involves the same sort of idea but with a twist. Below is part of what the Pastor said during the ceremony which explains this ritual further.
The first jar represents you, Natalie, in all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other jar represents you, Jon, in all that you were, all that you are and all that you will ever be. Each one holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create an entirely new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. When you pour the sand into this common container, it symbolizes the union of your two lives. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart, one love. The life that each of you experienced now, individually, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two shall become one."
Many of you asked to see a picture of the Mother of the Bride, so here you go. . .
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And more bouquets of cream roses and these have blue-green hydrangeas and foliage all elegantly ribbon wrapped. These bouquets lasted a full 10 days and have dried into the most beautiful arrangements which I have sitting in mercury glass bowl vases in my studio. Lucky for us, a couple of the bridesmaids left their bouquets behind at the reception, so both Natalie and I have them to treasure.
I'll have more to share in the upcoming days, so stay tuned. . . .
Saturday, November 15, 2008
And today is MY turn to post on the Joli Paquet blog. I am sharing a delicious recipe for truffles and a cute little way to package them for the holidays. I made these same truffles for our daughter's wedding last Saturday (wow~she's been a Mrs. for one whole week already!) and next week I'll share with you how I decorated the same favor boxes for the wedding guests.
I'm going to spend the weekend trying to weed thru my studio. . .yet, again! It's in dire need of another clean & purge session as I can barely see any of the floor at all! That's what happens when you are so busy creating (aka making a mess) you have no time to clean up before a houseful of people show up on your doorstep. I need to start doing Peter Walsh's Trash Bag Tango pronto!
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's finally here! The day you and I have been waiting for with much anticipation. The Joli Paquet gals have all been busy in their workshops creating some wonderful holiday kits for you to make for your home or as a gift. I've already seen the kits and there are some really fabulous pretties available at this event, I know I won't be able to resist buying a few of the kits myself.
Pictured below are the two kits that I am selling in my Etsy Shop. The other artists participating in this event are will be selling their kits either at their Web Boutiques or in their Etsy Shops. For a complete list of participants click here.
My first kit is called Snowbird Cottage. This can be made either as an ornament or a table top decoration. Beautiful decorative papers in shades of pale pink, blue, aqua and white. Lots of glitter (included in the kit!) makes the cottage and the bird shimmer as if they are in the middle of a snowstorm! My second kit is called Glitter & Holly Tussie Mussie. This kit features beautiful holly paper covered in shades of soft greens and rich reds. Velvet ribbon, pleated rosette, ice covered nest and a darling glittery red bird.
Everything you need to make these decorations is included in the kits, including full color instructions. All you have to add are a few basic tools like scissors, glue, etc and a bit of spare time. I know it's going to be difficult to decide which kits to buy. . .so why don't you follow my humble suggestion and buy one of each! You can purchase my kits by clicking here ~ Happy Holidays and Happy Creating!
P.S. Don't forget that the Joli Paquet Blog will continue the entire month with tutorials, holiday tips, recipes, etc.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Angelina Mast is posting a yummy family recipe today over at Joli Paquet. Go on over and see for yourself right here and be sure to enter Cindy's Giveaway while you are there!
I can't believe the mess we came home to tonight after making a quick trip up to the cottage. Evidently a pipe connection broke on our water line in back of the washing machine resulting in a huge flood in my laundry room, utility room and hallway. Needless to say, my family room looks a cyclone hit it with all the stuff draped all over drying out! I have two fans are working overtime and I am hoping that the wood flooring in the hallway isn't a lost cause. The way things look around here you'd never believe that we are having a wedding in the family this Saturday. I'm hoping my handy DH will be able to fix it before he goes to work tomorrow so I will have some water to mop the floors with disinfectant cleaner! Update - Good News! My hubby was able to get the part and fix the pipe before going in to work this morning. Now it's up to me to clean up afterwards.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Lori Karla from My Fairie Window is sharing a wonderful tutorial with us all, so be sure to check it out. Remember, it is FREE to everyone ~ our gift to you! Here's a little sneak peek from Lori....hmm, I wonder what it could be???