Tuesday, November 29, 2011

25 & Counting

I had always wanted to make a Christmas Advent calendar, and finally had the opportunity to do so.  I made this advent calendar at a stamp camp about 2 weeks ago.

Now...I have all the materials to make one for my 2 young nephews.  Let's see...I have what 1 day to make one and deliver it all the way to Yuma!?!  I think this is a summer project...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Secret Santa Advent Christmas Swap

The mail carrier rang once and this is what was waiting for much anticipated matchbox Advent Christmas Swap from my Secret Santa!

Nicely wrapped in linen and tulle...
Monogrammed just for me!

The BIG reveal!  A beautifully decorated box.

Two slide boxes to pull that holds 25 tiny gifts!  One for each day until Christmas!

I get to find out on Christmas Day who my Secret Santa is!!!

 This swap was hosted by JoAnne from Vintage Dragonfly.

I have mailed mine out last Saturday, and should arrive at its destination sometime tomorrow Tuesday!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Post It Note Holder Swap

I participated in a Post It Note Holder Swap hosted by Tee at Creations by Tee.  We were paired in teams and my swap partner was Karen from Karen's Monday Musings

Karen is a fellow Arizonan from Tucson, and she is one talented lady.  Take a look at what she created for me...  

Once I untied the ribbon, it opened up to this...

Every single touch and detail was well thought out.  It's a little square treasure.
Thank you Karen!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's starting to look like Christmas...

I can't believe the Christmas Season is here...and to start it off just right, I have put up my first decoration up...
I put together this quick frame using a printable that Rita shared with us last year.  Isn't it perfect for Christmas!
I will read it before I go to bed and  I will read it first thing in the morning! 

Thank you Rita for sharing such neat cooking recipes, decorating ideas and so much more!
Printable via Betty Crocker Wannabe
Linking to Seasonal Sundays

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

To our men and women in uniform...
past, present and future,
God Bless You
Thank you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Napkin Rings

I received these handmade napkin rings from Mercedes.  How can one person be so talented!

They remind me of favorites.

I paired them with Ann's napkins she made for me from last year's cigar box swap.

Thank you Ladies!  My dining room has a touch of fall this year

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I had fun making 3 cards using the same stamp set, especially the use of the ribbon and buttons.

I stamped the image on designer paper and then cut out the dresses.  Sort of like playing with paper dolls.  This technique is called paper piecing.

Of course I had to use a little sparkle.

Which reminds me, I have to re-stock the button jar!!!
Have a great day!