Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Diorama

I am making 12+ diorama cards for the ladies in our Red Hat Group. We are having our December get-together in about 2 weeks, and this gave me the perfect opportunity to make a different kind of card.

I heat embossed the front and back of the blue paper with Blue Sparkle embossing powder, which I mixed with a little bit of Snowy embossing powder. The big snowflake is from a packet of stickers from Target I had for several years.

I used 3 different stamps: Merry Christmas by Rubber Stampede, Winter Scene (unknown), and snowflakes (unknown)

Top view

Merry Christmas

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Medallion Thank You

I needed to make some quick thank you cards this weekend, and was inspired by Sarah's Medallion card. I think her card is so simple and elegant.
I used SU!'s Medallion stamp inked in Ruby Red. I went through my button jar and found 4 fabric covered matching buttons. For the rest of the cards, I just used regular buttons. I haven't decided if I should stamp a sentiment on the front of the card.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

Day 28
It's officially the beginning to celebrate the Christmas Holiday!
Hubby and I, and with some help from Oliver, are in the process of getting our home ready for the season!!!
This season we'll celebrate being with family, and to remember those who are no longer with us, and most importantly Baby Jesus' Birthday!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones.
God Bless You!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Over the summer I had my sister and her son over for dinner. I took only these 2 pictures in hopes that I would participate in Susan's Tablescape Thursday, but didn't think these pictures worthy to share.

Being that it was in the middle of our very hot summer, I tried to set a very simple table setting. I used my Princess House glass dinner plates over my gold chargers.
I can see now how much more I could have done to make my tablescape "pop"!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November Red Hat Event

Last Saturday our Red Hat group met at Gooseberries for a full afternoon tea. We were ecstatic to learn that Gooseberries will stay open for another year!
We had a wonderful time visiting and chatting for a couple of hours. It's amazing how we have known each other for several years now, and we always learn something new from each other. Due to the approaching holiday, only 7 out of 10+ ladies were able to make it.


Having tea at Gooseberries always makes feel dainty and so very feminine.

I never have sugar with my tea, but couldn't resist using the whimsical tongs!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Coaster Calendars

2009 Coaster Calendars
The calendar on the right was a gift from my friend Karen, and the one on the left was from Vivian's stamp camp a year ago. I keep one at home and one at work. When 2010 comes around, I will recycle the calendars.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Easel Card

I finally had a chance to put together an easel card. It was not very difficult, but I had to tweak the measurements so that the card would fit in a square 5.5" envelope.

I used watercolor pencils and a blender to color the image.

I love using layers and corner punches!

The 3 wooden spoons are used as props to display card.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rooster Tablescape Thursday

Is Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, again and I am using my daily rooster dishes!
Years ago my Mom found these set of Rooster dishes for 8 at a garage sale. I am not embarrassed to admit that I begged and begged Mom for the dishes until she couldn't stand it anymore, and finally gave them to me. That was the beginning of my Rooster addiction. Thank you Mother!!!
A very beautiful Rooster dinner dish!


The tall Princess House glasses are placed on pumpkin doilies from $ Store.

The crotchet doilie was made by my Mom. Thank you Mom! The bowl holding the fruit is from Big Lots. The Rooster place mats are from Pier Imports. My baby-sister Veronica gave them to me for another of my birthdays to go with these dishes.

Another thrifty find: linen napkin!

A Rooster S&P shaker set next to one of two votives. I forgotten I even had these's nice to find treasures in your own home!!!

An aerial view...LOL!
Thank you Susan. I am having fun tablescaping. I hope the more I do these , I'll get better!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Special Days to Remember...

I made this perpetual calendar as a thank you hostess gift for our friend Chari. Hubby and I were invited to dinner at Chari & Jeff's home on Saturday.
We have been very good friends with Jeff and Chari for several years now. It's a tradition now that we meet them once every month. Every other month one couple hosts an outing, dinner, we can meet and catch up with our very busy lives. Chari & Jeff live in the East Valley, which is like miles from here!!!

Hubby and I took the light rail to get to Mesa, where Jeff was waiting for us at the end of the line, and then drove us to Chandler, our final destination.

Jeff & Chari had prepared for us a very delicious dinner. We talked and talked and we had a great evening.

It amazes me that even though we have known each other for awhile, we always learn something new about each other's lives.

Thank you Chari & Jeff for being such great friends!
Oliva & Tom

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Doors of Welcome


I am participating in Karen's, from Some Days are Diamonds , second series of Thanksgiving Doors of Welcome.

I put away any traces of Halloween decor and it was time to bring out Mr. Scarecrow.

Mr. Scarecrow hasn't made his debut in our new neighborhood since we moved here a little over 2 years ago.

I sewed Mr. Scarecrow from a fabric panel that I bought years ago from Craftmart (now closed).
He has raffia for hair, goolie eyes, fallish buttons, stuffed with batting, and his backed by burlap. He has a very nice welcoming smile!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch hosts Tablescape Thursdays. I can't wait for every Thursday to come around so I can take a peek at all of the fabulous tablescapes done by several of Susan's blogger followers. I finally have enough courage to give it a try all by lonesome self. So here it goes...
I set a table for two using one of my very first garage sale finds several years ago. I was so lucky to find a 5-piece set for 4 by Johnson Brothers called Staffordshire Bouquet for $20. Ever since then I've added pieces with help from my sister Veronica, for example a creamer & sugar set that she gave me for a birthday. I now have a complete set for 8, and I'm always on the lookout for more serving pieces.

I added a little touch of whimsy to each place setting by placing a little turkey I made last year. The tablerunner I acquired about 5 years ago at a local craft show hosted by Posie Patch.
The Pilgrims are from Joann's. I find them so adorable and not so prim and proper dressed in their usual boring colors.

The cute S&P shakers are from Cracker Barrel one of my very favorite stores.

Over the summer I went to a nearby mall where several shops sell items to raise funds for several charities. At one of these stores I found a set of 6 linen (and lace) napkins for $2.50.

The set of 3 autumn tea lights are a gift from my sister-in-law Carla. She gave these to me a couple of years ago for my birthday. My birthday usually falls on Thanksgiving Day or...before...or after.

Hubby and I will face each other at dinner.

The gold chargers are from Big Lots for a $1 each!

The platter comes from Big Lots, and the stemware and coasters are from Princess House...for a while there I was invited from one Princess House party to another until finally the insanity stopped...LOL!!!

Well, it wasn't so hard in setting a proper table after all! It gives me a very good reason to continue shopping for more good deals, and satisfy my "dish fettish".

Bon Appetit!