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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

I'm having so much fun playing along with Susan's Tablescape Thursdays at Between Naps on the Porch! This is my tablescape for Christmas 2009 dinner. Right after Thanksgiving I had planned on having my family here for dinner, but plans changed. My 2 brothers live in Yuma, and my sister and Mom went to celebrate Christmas with them. Unfortunately, Hubby and I weren't able to go...so our Christmas dinner was just the 2 of us! Hubby loves a very traditional dinner: Roast Beef with all the trimmings~and it's always so good!

I've had my Christmas dishes for about 6+ years, and I use them all throughout the Christmas season...



The red chargers are a new addition this year...from Safeway...

an aerial view...I'm so happy the poinsettia is doing so well...

Cheers!

I bought the tablecloth at a neighborhood garage sale...I love the intricate needlework, but it's a pain to iron...it's going to the cleaners!!!

this is my milk glass pitcher...another garage sale find...

I love this cute set of creamer & sugar bowl...

I used the creamer as a gravy bowl...it was a gift from a co-worker...I just realised that it matches my dishes perfectly!!!



you probably recognize the table runner from last week's post...

I can't remember where I got the tree knife...

Be sure to visit Susan of "Between Naps On The Porch" to view beautiful tablescapes by so many talented bloggers!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Swap Card Front

I will be attending as a guest at an all day Stampin' Up! Leadership Convention 2010, in Phoenix on January 9th, invited by Karen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. This will be my first time ever attending such an event, and I'm really looking forward to it.
One of the fun things the Demos get to do at these events is swap or exchange card fronts. A card front is only the front of a card. I plan on making 3 different card fronts (a total of 30 each), and hopefully I'll come home with 90 different card fronts!!! When you swap at these events, all materials/supplies for card fronts must be Stampin' Up (SU!)! and current (stamp sets currently available in their latest catalog). I have to label the back of each card with the recipe (list of all supplies/materials used to make card).
For example:
Stamps: Country Morning Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Old Olive Ink: Chocolate Chip Other: Certainly Celery & Chocolate Chip ribbon, SU! watercolor crayons Technique: Tear Art, piercing

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Deck the Halls...

Just a few of my favorite things throughout the house...
This year I decided to decorate our 2 small trees instead of dragging out the "BIG" one, and placed them in our family room.

My small Christmas village collection....

"Happy Holly Days" by Charming Tails

This ornaments are so old...the belonged to my mother (she was going to get rid of them, but I rescued them).

My sister gave me this Santa...

My treasured ornaments...

A new Santa addition...

A few of my Santa's...

Some more of my Santa's...

The reason for the season!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Polka Dot Flowers

I made a set of 8 cards for my boss Tahlya! She started working in our Department in August and I really enjoy working with her! Since she found out I made cards (has received several from me) she has been very complimenting...she even requests that I make cards for whenever she needs one!
I was inspired to make this card from SigneB over at Splitcoasters.

I made the black bows...I had to take out my thread & needle... The black beads are jewelry beads for bangles I got at Michael's on clearance for a $1. On 3-4 cards I stamped a Note from You, and left the others blank.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Kitchen Cheer

This year I didn't go all out in decorating our kitchen. I chose a few items to bring some Christmas cheer though. The above snowman cookie jar was given to me by my Secret Santa about 2 years ago filled with Snickerdoodles...they were good! Thank you Sue!
The Mickey Mouse night light was a gift from my friend Arleen!!!

This poinsettia cake plate was a gift from a co-worker at one of our gift exchanges. I love it! The cake plate did not come with a dome. I bought the dome at GW about 3 days ago. The funny thing was that I wasn't even looking for one, but when I came across it...the light came on!!! It was only $1.99...

Warm Winter Wishes or...

Snowman kitchen towel? I can't decide which one is my favorite now!
The gingerbread men kitchen towel was a gift from my friend Karen, and the snowman was from Barb (3 years ago)...aka "Bunco Babes".

S&P snowmen shakers...

I had this jar for over a year and finally had a chance to use it. The Santa Claus is a timer a gift from Mary Anne.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Let It Snow Frame

I was inspired to create a frame by Kristen from Kristen's Creation. I know I have a ways to go before I can come near to her beautiful frames... :-) Please visit her blog for lots of inspiration!
I had leftover frames from a previous craft I made...actually all I needed from each frame was the glass. I knew that eventually I would be able to use the frames for something, but didn't know what until today!
I stamped the image with white craft onto SU! Night of Navy cardstock, and heat embossed with snowy glittery embossing powder. The mat is from the $ Store; they come 3 in a package. The one thing I really need to learn is how to make lush bows like Kristen's!
Thank you Kristen for the inspiration!




Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

This Christmas, may your joys
be simple and abundant
and wrapped in the warmth
of God's wonderful love.

Oliva
Photo via: Lang Calendars

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

It's Tablescape Thursday on Christmas Eve, and my table is ready for today's dinner. We will have dinner right after we attend candle light service. Hubby will be fixing pork tenderloin and roasted potatoes...he's a really good cook!
I set the table very simply using my Blue Willow plates.

My sister gave me the poinsettia for Thanksgiving Day...I'm glad is still alive!
an aerial view...

I filled the cake plate with a few retro ornaments that belong to my in-laws. I treasure them!

The butter dish was given to me by my sister-in-law Carla.

I bought the blue glass plates at Cost Plus many years ago, and I use them as chargers. Many years ago I was so much in love with blue!!!

I found the tablerunner at Big Lots for $3 - 50% off sale!!! The tealights are from $ store.
I layered the white tablecloth over a burgundy tablecloth. I found this tablecloth over the summer at a garage sale in my neighborhood. It was so cheap I couldn't resist getting it.

The glasses are milk glasses. It's a set of 6 glasses and a pitcher.

Be sure to visit Susan of "Between Naps On The Porch" to view beautiful tablescapes by so many talented bloggers!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Deck the Halls...

I wanted to share a little bit of Christmas cheer from our home to yours...
A few of my snowglobes...

The above quilted coasters are from a local yearly craft show that I bought many years ago...

Wooden snowmen coasters...

I have a fascination with small pillows...

Cute, huh!

My new snowman for this year from my Secret Santa Peggy (from work)...

My reindeer small pillow...

The pillow that started it all...

Merry Christmas!

My collection of nutcrackers that my father-in-law started many years ago. The middle nutcracker was last year's. Now is up to my Hubby to continue this tradition.

I miss you Daddy O!