Did you grow up with a childhood stuffed animal that you worshiped and loved so much?
I know I did. Several. Too many to count. I had a real weakness for cute cuddly stuffed animals.
I still do today, especially those from the 50's.
They have certain look and style about them that I adore. Cute big heads, black eyes, and felted red tongues.
My sweet friend Shelley McNair Burgess found this pink teddy and surprised me with her.
She's old, worn and well loved!
While shopping a flea market recently I found these darling knitted bunny mittens.
Seriously cute huh? Too bad they don't make them in adult sizes. ;)
My next adorable treasure is this mini suitcase with a pink fluffy lamb and her friends.
Pink lambs = Heart stopping, pass out on the floor... LOVE!
Sweet vintage lamb.
Notice...same red felted tounge. :)
These adorable vintage critters inspired me to create this photograph collage piece.
I took a high quality photograph of my lamb, and made it the center point.
How can you not love a face like this?
This collage is available in my Etsy shop.
I hope this post touched your inner childhood memories and brought a smile to your face!
WOW! It's hard to believe I've been blogging and sharing for five years now!
So much has changed with blogging. With Facebook and Pinterest I can see how less and less people blog and read blogs.
I confess....Im on of them.
I use to blog weekly, and enjoyed reading my friends blogs to keep up with their personal and creative adventures.
Im bummed that I no longer make the time like I use too.
I get busy multitasking life, and being a pinterest addict.
However with that being said, I still get tremendous joy and statsifaction sharing my stories with my readers ( I have no clue if anyone really reads it anymore. ha!) and visiting my artsy friends blogs. As well as seeing new upcomming trendy blogs.
I profess that blogging has changed my life in the BEST way ever!!!
For so many reasons I won't bore you with the details. ;)
Like most readers when you visit you prefer to see pretty pictures or something fun that brings a smile to your face.
So enough with my chatty chat and I'll show a Birthday Picture frame I made in honor of turning 5!
This frame is available and can be found here.
The frame is an assemblage collage I created on canvas.
I used vintage birthday wrapping paper and vintage sweet bits.
Sparkly bling to frame the photo.
Looks darling in a little girls room.
I think it's fair to say we all love pretty packages right?
In addition to the frame I also made these sweet vintage birthday glittered seals.
They add the prettiest touch to a gift card or present.
Looks pretty on wrapping paper.
Pretty and festive gift!
The bday seals can also be found in my Etsy shop. :)
Thank you sweet friends and readers for five fabulous years of support.
I have several exciting projects and creative endeavours Im working on now.
I look forward to sharing with you REAL soon!
Hugs & Kisses!
Happy Summer Friends!
I hope you and your family had a fabulous 4th of July!
My family and I took our yearly vacation to the gorgeous beaches of Seaside, FL.
It's a wonderful destination spot and super kid friendly!
Most all the homes you can rent have beachy character and charm.
I captured a few photos of my kids and our family photo.
I think the happy smiles says it all!
How are you spending your summer?
Stay cool and don't melt! :)
After a SUPER long creative hiatus I'm finally able to enjoy my studio and start creating whimsical magic again!
I wasn't sure what I wanted to tackle first. There's a long list of things Im inspired to create. However, one of my most favorite things to make is my gumball assemblages.
If you can believe it I started making these late winter and was hoping to have them finished by early Spring time. Sadly life got busy and these little darlings got put on hold.
Well, Im SUPER EXCITED to share my newest Gumballs!!!
How charming and sweet is this gumball?
Dressed in colors so happy, bright, and cheery!
Little Miss Bunny is Pretty In Pink!
I tried something new this time around with my gumball machines to give them a little extra pizzaz! I added beautiful fabric to the base of the machine.
Some of you might recognize the print and desgin. It's the talented Jennifer Paganelli's Sis Boom Fabric. Im a huge fan of Sis Boom. The colors are so bright and yummy!
Jennifer is one of the nicest ladies I know! I hope she likes this new added twist of using her fabric on my creation. :)
Tucked inside is a vintage Nancy Ann doll wearing her pretty spring fashion dress.
She and miss bunny are taking a leisurely stroll thru the garden.
This enchanting piece has a cute little bisque doll and her wee bunny friends picking flowers.
Precious vintage bunny sits sweetly on top!
I've again used beautiful Sis Boom fabric to adorn the gumball base.
These pieces would look super darling displayed with your Easter/Springtime decor.
If you interested in these pieces or seeing what else I have to offer for now please click below.
Im working on more fabulous goodies so please check back SOON!!!
Im excited to share with you my DIY makeover of this beautiful settee and chairs I had purchased many years ago.
Hubby and I were browsing Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta, and I spotted this gorgeous French setee and chairs.
Upon looking at the set I wasn't quite sure where I would put it. At the time we had just moved into our current home and I had 90% of the interior house finished and decorated.
I already had a beautiful sofa for my home as well as a victorian sofa I had inherited from my great-grandmother.
None of that matterd tho'... I had already fallen head over heels in love with the gorgeous ornate wood carvings and caned back.
The seller was willing to give us a good deal so it was too good to pass up! :)
*** Fast Forward***
All these years I never used the set. :( They sat in my basement and later in the storage unit.
A few weeks ago I saw them in my storage unit and my light bulb went OFF!
I knew exactly how I would decorate them and where I would put them.
I painted both the setee and chairs and distressed them lightly.
I've yet to have them both reupholsted. However, for now and to keep the project budget friendly I was able to cover them all with gorgeous swoon worthy fabrics that were lightly drapped on the chairs.
Believe it or not...I coverd the setee with a light pink lacy ruffled shower curtain I purchased from Urban Barn.
The chairs I use in my Living Room.
The settee is in my bedroom (boudoir as I like to call it. :) ) at the foot of my bed against the fireplace.
Hubby and I just recentely celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversay and one of my sweet gifts was a new Rachel Ashwell White Duvet called Petticoat.
Thanks to my handy little cellphone photographer Grant he captured this photo of me and my fur babies enjoying our lovely settee.
It's truly amazing what a little paint and some pretty fabric can do!
A night and day transformation.
I have some fun photos to share with you REAL soon using the settee as a whimsy photo prop. Can't wait to share!
My sweet little Vivian and her ballet group recently performed in Alice In Wonderland.
She and group were choosen to be bunnies in the dance recital.
As always Mamma has to capture pre-recital photos.
It was a struggle getting Grant to stand next to his sister.
Vivi and her best friend Kendal.
The show was adorable!
Daddy and I were quite proud of our little bunny. :)
Bunny Kisses & Hugs!!
After five full magnificiant day's in sunny CA Im slowly coming down off my Affarie at Tiffany's high!
Once again, Kim Caldwell has hosted another gorgeous and extradoinary event!
I've attended four of Kim's event's and to date....I think this one was my personal fav.
The event was a glamour girls dream!!!
Kim did not spare one detail!
She showered and pampered us with gifts galore!!!
The best part of attending events is the opportunity to see your friends again and forming new friendships.
My weekend kicked-off with hanging with my close peeps and hitting the LA shops.
My darling friend Christine Rose Elle was our shopping hosting.
Showing us ladies the best shops!
LOVED Eleanor Jean!!!
Sherry, Christine, Tiffany,Me, Jessi
Thursday I spent half the day with these wonderful lovely friends shopping the L.A. garment district and eating at the gourmet yummy Bottega Louie restaurant.
Karla basking in ribbon heaven!!
Tiff and I hanging on the street corner.
I can't help but smirk when I see this photo. The Lou Reed song "Take a walk on the wild side" starts playing in my head.
Thursday evening was the main kick off to the event.
Terry Frias & Cheryl Stoneham did it up BIG TIME hosting the Tiffany Cocktail Pre-Party.
Pink Champagne & Cupcakes!!!
My gorgeous big Sis Jessi!
After some drinks and nibbles it was SHOWTIME!!!
Photo op's and Vendor Night
Strike a pose in front of the gorgeous Tiffany mural that Karla Nathan handpainted.
Holly & Christine
The rockin' fabulous Angela Howard
The Queen of the Night!
After photos we shopped the most fabulous artist and designers.
The fabulous Jenny Doh signing her newest book.
I bought several pretty treats.
Love this candelabra assemblage by Kecia.
Friday and Saturday we were ready for classes!
It's amazing how much I learn in the classes. New techniques I've never learned before.
I enjoyed Kecia's Deveney altered fabric lampshade class The Social-Lite.
Jeanne Olivers Mixed Media class Just Call Me Holly
This is how mine turned out.
Laura McCollough sharing her beautiful It's All About A Girl project with us.
Saturday during a beautiful outdoor luncheon we had the opportunity to listen to the wonderful and talented Carol Spinkski talk to us about building your creative business.
Our weekend was full of fun swaps, make & takes, candy galore and PJ party!
This table cured any sweet tooth craving! ;)
Make and takes Mother Day coupon books
Gorgeous Swaps, packages and treasures!
Eeek! The cutest bunny slippers!
I made this girlie glass cloche assemblage to be raffled off.
Eeeek!!! Christine won her!! Yippee!!!
The compact I made for the girlie compact swap.
During Audrey PJ night Kim had a cute fluffy bed all made up and on display.
What a perfect opportunity for fun pictures and.......
One evening a group of us girls headed to Manhattan Beach for dinner by the water.
Sunday was all about SHOPPING!!!
One of the hightlights of the weekend is the Flea Market trip.
The girls on the bus go SHOP SHOP SHOP!
Irvine Flea Market than on to Urban Barn.
Guess who's working a deal!
Holly & Christine
Kecia and her creepy life size doll. hee! hee!
Adorable Tricia and her Vintage Bliss trailer.
She shop was one big Tiffany display!
Vignettes was an eye full! Stunning beauty each and every corner.
After a long day of shopping we headed back to the hotel to the dreadful chore of packing. :(
That's when the looming feeling of having to say goodbye to your dearest girlfriends start to take over.
I had the BEST weekend ever and was sad to see it to end.
More good times, memories, pretty projects, gifts & treasures were all going home back to GA with me.
Thank you Kim for going above and beyond once again for us ladies.
Im already looking forward to next years!
One last note.....
Majority of the stunning photos seen here in this post were shot from the photographer extraordinaire Tiffany Kirchner Dixon.
Thanks Tiff for capturing our amazing weekend together so beautifully!
Till next year!!
It was love at first sight.
I was shopping in Canton, TX a few weeks ago and walked into a antique booth that was calling my name.
Locked inside a small glass case is where I spied these little beauties.
I remember quickly asking the owner to please let me see and hold them.
They were tucked neatly inside their original box.
I examined each of these bisque dolls wearing their cute pink bows and pastel dresses.
They were each in *mint* condition.
I've never been so lucky to find a set of dolls in their original box that were flawless and never used.
These cuties were too good to pass up!
I will never sell, use, or part with them.
I happily display them in my studio where I can admire these charming girlies and who knows maybe one day this whole set will be really worth something big! ;)
Do you think I should name them?
It might sound corny, but I think it would be adorable if they each had a name.
You are probably thinking Im off my rocker! ha! ha!
The girls are happy to meet you and Im thrilled you stopped by to pay me a visit.
Have a happy, inspiring, and creative week my friends!
It's been two weeks since I've returned from Karen Hillman's Beauty In Blue event. To this day my mind keeps drifting and dreaming of the Texas Blue Bonnet fields.
When you see the fields for the first time it truly takes your breath away.
Mother Nature at it's finest!!!
If it wasn't for the rockin', beautiful, talented, sincere, fun loving Karen Hillman I highly doubt I would have had the opportunity to surround myself with such beauty. Mother nature and the lovely ladies.
I had the most FABULOUS time at Beauty in Blue!
We stayed at the most darling ranch located on acres of land in Scurry, Texas.
Stacey Seely is the owner of the ranch and she went above and beyond for us girls.
She spoiled us with her daily delicious gourmet cooking!
We crafted our little hearts out in this cozy building located just outside the house.
Karen didn't miss a detail!
Beautiful swap gifts were exchanged and raffled prizes given away!
Sugar is always a hit at an event!
Our first project was Molly Knox's gorgeous Blue Elegance Vignette.
I love how my dress turned out simple and sweet.
In Karen's Belle In The Blue Bonnet class we made these gorgeous statement necklaces.
Full of pretty baubles and bits!
Our last project of the day was my Bountiful Bucket of Beauty.
Half of our time together was crafting and the other half involved.....
We kicked off our shopping expedition at Red Shed Antiques located in Grapevine.
They had a lovely welcome reception for us with food and drinks.
Sherry is wasting no time! tee! hee!
Our group of blue beauties hit as many gorgeous shops as possible.
Love this altered glove lampshade!
The by far BEST shopping trip was our two full day excursion to Canton.
I was OVERWHELMED by the size of Canton.
A girl can easily get lost! Wait....Sherry and I did in fact get lost one time. ha! ha!
Had to ask directions twice. ;)
Girls Gone Junkin' rolled out the ivory/burlap/cream carpet for us!
The ladies all had huge Texas smiles and warm greetings!
I had to pick up my jaw up off the floor when I saw the space. Every inch...every corner was full of gorgeous and exquisite detail.
I squeeled with one look at this adorable Junkin' pink car with baby dolls.
More adorb bunnies.
The Girls Gone Junkin' hosted a lovely reception for us and we had the opportunity to create a make and take lampshade project.
If you are a flea market junkin' lover you MUST visit Canton, and Girls Gone Junkin'!!!!
I've saved the best for last....
The hightlight of the weekend was seeing Karen's dream come true!!
Photographing in the Blue Bonnets fields.
We picked the best weekend to come to Texas.
The fields were acres of blossomed Blue Bonnets.
I captured a few beautiful shots with my camera.
Love this photo of Karen.
These women photographed here all have a special and dear place in my heart.
When you spend a cozy intimate weekend of nine ladies on a lone Texas ranch you begin to develop a fond kindred friendship. You share personal stories and learn more in depth about that person. You never the know the shoes they've walked in.
Always remember you can never judge from the outside. It's what's inside that counts!
These women reminded me of that during our lovely time together.
Thank you Karen and Blue Bonnet Beauties for the memories!
I look forward to seeing you all at Beauty 2 next year!!!
Easter snuck up on me this year!
I had high hopes of making tons of Spring/Easter creations to sell in my shop BEFORE Easter but unfortunately I ran out of time.
I do have some AMAZING new creations Im almost finished tweaking and two of them are my yummy vintage gumball assemblages. Can't wait to share!
I do however have this one fun assemblage I created for Easter and had a blast making it.
It's a vintage inspired bunny mobile.
How darling are these images?
The images are darling but nothing can compare to Miss White Bunny nestled in a bed of vintage millinery.
This sweet piece is SOLD to a loyal customer with whom Im delighted will enjoy it!
I've also made a few darling bunny gift tags which are available in my Etsy shop.
These large glittered tags would be perfect for a baby shower or to use as tags for organizers in the nursery.
These are a few little things I had time to work on. I will however be ready to share my fun little masterpiece gumball machine assemblages in ONE week! They are OH SO CUTE!!!
Please check back SOON!!!
Im off to color easter eggs with the kiddies now.
Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Easter!
Bunny Hugs & Kisses!
In early 2009 I wrote a tiny short story.
I sat down at the computer one night and started writing. It was to be sweet, charming, and whimsical.
The very next day I excitedly created an altered art piece of the main character and a pretty little storybook to go along with it.
I've debated for three long years whether I should share it with you or not.
For as my goal is to write a children's storybook based on this prissy highfalutin character.
Fear has kept me back, and the horrid thought of someone stealing my idea as well.
You know how it is. Once you put it out there...
However, after much thought and debate over the years I've finally said to myself "Why not? Just put it out there Jenn!"
For me it's the stepping stone to putting it out there. Making my dream more of a reality. Committing to the project I have for so long put off.
Without further adieu....
Please let me introduce to you to this fancy feline and her story.
Lady Duchess and her flute.
This short story was written on a whim. So please pay no attention to misspelled words or wrong pronunciation. hee! hee!
Thank heavens for editors!
I hope you enjoyed the story as short as it may be.
It's a small introduction into the grand life of Lady Duchess.
Will you see more of her you might ask?
Well, I certainly hope so!
Toodles my friends!
*~*~*Happy Valentines Day My Lovely Cupids!!!~*~*
How sweet and enduring are these vintage heart candy boxes?
This beautiful ruffle pleated satin box and gold illustrated box were both $5 each at the antique market.
I found them this past weekend. Perfect timing!
A little Valentines gift to me... from me. ;)
This my friends is a little gift from ME to YOU!!
Valentines Digital Gift Tag Freebie!
*~*~* Love, Spoil & Pamper yourself today...you DESERVE it!! *~*~*
Candy Hearts Hugs, & Kisses!!!
For as long as I've been blogging I've always enjoyed sharing some of my wonderful vintage flea market finds or purchases that I've scored on Etsy & Ebay.
It's fun to share because so many of us ladies have the same undying love for vintage.
I feel like a lady can never have enough pearls. It's fun to layer them a la Coco Chanel.
This is a pretty pearl choker I found on Etsy. It's totally gorgoues on and will look perfect with a little black dress.
If I don't wear my pearls with a dress I can always wear them with my apron and channel my inner 50's housewife. ;)
How beautiful is this aqua tulle net apron?
The dainty details are exquisite!
For you ladies who loves poodles check out this fabulous 50's vintage lamp.
I found it at an antique store a few months back. I didn't care for the lamp shade so I found two pink swiss dot lampshades on Ebay to replace it with.
The lamp looks darling on my bedside table and closely sitting next
to my boudoir pillow.
EEEK! Yes...I couldn't resist this pink powder puff pillow.
Girlie glam to the max!!!
This pillow is not vintage. It's brand new.
I purchased it from Faire Frou Frou
Nothing screams spring~summer than these darling earrings.
How cute these will look with a summery dress.
For my kitchen I found this hand painted bowl on Etsy.
A few months ago when my friend Lori Oles was in town we visited an antique store where I found this terrifc pink pie storage cabinet. It was the prettiest pale pink color.
Just needed a little cleaning.
There was no room for it in my kitchen so I have it in my studio and it's a perfect little work space table for my children when they come to visit.
I also scored this seriously cute bunny cookie jar.
I found some terrific items to use in my studio and art creations.
These mini trays are perfect for using when working with jewelry, beads, little small items.
It came as a set of eight.
I LOVE vintage wrapping paper.
Perfect to use for projects.
While shopping at the Country Living Fair last October I shopped a vendor who had an amazing collection.
These are a few of my favorites.
Fell in love with this Mother's Day wrapping paper.
How darling are the illustrations??
Last week my Mother and I stopped into a local antique shop just to browse and
my Mom found this super sweet children's book.
She loves cat's so the cover totally caught her eye.
Miss Sniff is such pretty kitty with an adorable name to boot!
More snippits of the charming illustrations.
(makes me wish more and more I could draw & illustrate!)
Eeek! Her name is Polly Pinks!
Back in the day authors use to give their story characters name's like
Betty Bluebird, Sammy Skunk, Timmy Turtle, etc.
I've always found it charming.
While researching how to write a picture book in today's world of sophisticated children's books the industry say's it's a huge "No! No!"
Basically from what I've read editors will reject your book in a heartbeat if
you name your storybook characters such as Peneolope Poodle.
They say name's like that shout "cute" and "lack of respect for the child listner".
My two cents on this....is poo on them!
I think it's darling and has a sense of nostalgia when naming them
such charming simple names.
Again, that's why I plan to self-publish so I have complete freedom with my children's book.
Ok...off my SOAPBOX! ha! ha!
If this book couldn't get any sweeter check out this
She dreamed of pink mice floating around in pink clouds and pink trees......
I don't think I have to say anything sappy. The sentence speaks for itself. ;)
My last show & tell fabulous find are these gorgeous aqua curly feathers from Micheals craft store.
Perfect Tiffany aqua blue!
(hint! hint! Ladies who are attending Kim's Affaire at Tiffany's event)
Thank you friends for stopping by!
I always enjoy your visit and lovely comments.
Miss Katie Kitty and I want to wish you a fabulous week! ;)
Im happy to share some sneak peeks of my studio.
It's about 80% completed and has been a work in progess.
I underestimated how much stuff I've accumulated over the years. Plus the process of unpacking and organizing took longer than I had expected.
I decided to take my own sweet time making the space into the most heavenly inspiring work place for me to create in.
I can honestly say when I step inside these four walls now I feel uplifted and happy.
You can't help but smile.
These are before photos.
Several close up sneak peeks.
My collection of vintage stuffed animals now have a cherry happy spot to hang out in.
One eyed bears need love too!
Glitter! Glitter! Glitter!
You can never have enough!
Let's play I spy!
Can you spot the fluffy cloud bunny floating by in the sky?
What about this sweet one nestled in the pinky white clouds?
These two are one of many. ;)
I have my happy wall full of baby planters, miniature figurines and vintage children's storybooks.
All there to help encourage and inspire.
My scrapbook paper is organized. That was a full day chore!
Basket of vintage wrapping paper.
(Fyi...later I will share more photos of the ribbon holder I made out of a GUN RACK I purchased. Yep! A gun rack I found at an antique store)
Vintage child's play cabinet full of crafting bits and bops.
This is just a tid bit of my space.
I'll share the whole grand room real soon!
My goal is to have it fully finished within the the month. Im estatic to start working, playing, and making fun new whimsical creations.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a little sneak peek tour of my happy place!
Happy New Years Friends!!!!
Dont you just love the feeling of a New Year?
It's amazing how the first day into a new calander year feels incredibly different mentally.
As much as I love the holidays, I look forward to life getting back to some level of normalcy again.
I think that's the time we tend to re-evaluate what our personal goals might be and what we strive to accomplish in the New Year.
Hmmm....what do I want to accomplish this year???
Well for one thing I am excited to focus on creating again.
It feels like ages since I've made time to sit down and create new pieces of work.
My creative soul misses it terribly!
With my new studio almost 80% unpacked and organized Im ready to dive in and start creating again.
(sneak peeks next week! Pinky Swear Promise!)
Studio home sweet home.
More fabulous goodness is lined up this year....
Im thrilled for the opportunity to be teaching at Karen Hillman Blue In Blue event end of March.
It will be a cozy intimate group of creative gals in the heart of Texas!
Karen has a weekend full of lovely things in store for us.
The projects being #1!
I know there are a few slots still available so PLEASE join us!
Psst! We have two shopping days planned for the Canton flea market!!!
Click here for more information.
Shortly after Texas Im headed to sunny CA to attend my fourth Kim Caldwell
Artistic Affaire event.
Im in LOVE with the theme!!
Kim's event's always blow me away. Every detail is exquisite and her guest are pampered and spoiled like crazzy!
I always have a blast seeing my creative peeps and enjoying a little bit of the CA scene.
The biggest thing Im most anxious and looking forward to is FINALLY working on a project that has been brewing for the past three years now.
I've put if off long enough and finally Im going make the time to work on self-publishing my first children's book.
It's one of my dreams to use my artwork mixed with photography (no illustrations) to create a beautiful and whimsical picture storybook.
My story will be based on this pretty Kitty Kat named Duchess.
You will learn more about Duchess in the next few weeks.
She wishes for a GRAND INTRODUCTION blog post.
When it comes to publishing a book fear has held me back.
Everytime I sit down to work on it I get overwhelmed. Plus, my mind races with the fears of "what if's".
Even tho' I've done alot of research I still feel like I know very little about the publishing world. The GOOD news to all of this is the self-publishing world has exploded and more and more writers are now turning to self-publishing.
There are so many reputable companies to choose from now.
(If you, or anyone you know has experience with self-publishing a book and want to share your input,tips, or advice please email me. I would love to hear from you!)
Im SUPER excited and ready to work on my book. I told myself I must commit to this project that I've been dreaming about for so long.
The reward of being able to open my own storybook and read to my children is the dream of all dreams!
With that being said this is my motto for 2012.
Fabulous motto for ALL of us...wouldn't you agree?
I hope you too have a passion for something so big. Let's support each other in our endeavours and help make your dreams into a glorious reality.
Cheers to making our dreams come true in 2012!!!
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Welcome Friends to my Holiday Home!
This time of year I enjoy opening up my home to you and sharing photos of my home decorated for the holiday season.
Ever since I've started blogging I've made it a tradition to host a little show and tell of my festive home.
This year I really focused on decorating my new kitchen and making it super retro bright!
My children are at the age that they are really into Christmas so I needed at least one room of my house to be fun and colorful.
This is a fab ceramic tree I recently found.
I wanted that "old school" Christmas look so I hung the tree and wreaths with big fat bulbs like we used when I was growing up.
Im always searching for and collecting vintage Santa's and blow molds along the way each year.
My absolute FAVORITE new find is this Santa cookie jar!
My children's eyes light up over the lights, and Christmas sounds that fill the room.
I love my blue hutch with the red colored accents.
More sweet vintage collectables
I have displayed on my kitchen table a red Christmas tree with my children's handmade school ornaments.
I've added a few hot pink ornaments.
The very end of my table is my blue bench with the most precious Christmas pillows
made my the lovely and talented Jennifer Paganelli.
Children's table covered with Santa tablecloth and cupcake centerpiece.
I purchased this super cute Nicole Bowen plush Christmas critter named Cuddles at The Country Living Fair this past fall.
The rest of my tour is pretty much "snippits".
My Living Room mantel I re-decorated this year.
I love the ivory and creams! Very pretty!
How beautiful is this stocking made out of a vintage 1950's beaded sweater?
A small table vignette.
My Sugar Plum dining room to this day is my favorite holiday room of my house.
It's pastel candy coated room evokes a perfect mix of elegant and whimsy!
Stocking were hung with care.
Pastel Candy Canes.
Glittery Cottages and Christmas Houses
Last but not least my Dining room "mascot" Mister Pinky Santa Claus.
Thank you my wonderful and lovely blog friends for stopping by and viewing my
Christmas home tour.
I hope your home and heart is filled with the ALL the things you love & cherish most that help you celebrate this magical season.
Christmas has arrived early for me!
A wonderful gift of having both of my last workshop events published in two inspiring and fabulous publications.
Where Women Cook Celebrations Book by Jo Packham was unveiled in mid-October.
I was very fortunate to have Lark Publications sponsor my Dream event and all my lovely guest each received a copy.
Petticoats & Parasols was featured in the Sweet Cupcake Queen Cheryl Day of Back in the Day Bakery.
The book is a page by page visual indulgence of food and entertainment.
As of yesterday I FINALLY got my hands on the newest Winter Issue of
It's a stunning issue full gorgeous holiday decor, crafts, and tutorials.
Senior Editor and friend Sonia Crouse attended Once Upon A Dream and it was her desire and wish to feature the event.
Sonia did an incredible job with the layout. She captured it just like the Storybook it was meant to be!
You'll have to order a copy to see the article and rest of the pages! ;)
Also, an *extra* bonus is Natasha Burns Midsummer Fairy Tale Mobile Tutorial.
It's a beautiful project that I know you would enjoy creating.
I am always appreciative and humbled to have something Im so passionate about published in any publication. It's nice to have the memories printed on beautiful pages for years to cherish.
It's that wonderful and joyous time of year again.
One of my absolute favorite holidays to create and make whimsical holiday treasures.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to start working in my studio to create new Christmas goodies. I completely underestimated how long it would take to unpack and organize the whole space.
I can't believe how much art and craft supplies I have accumulated over the years.
It's a shocking amount!
I discovered 4 bottles of Martha Stewart silver glitter that I had no clue about.
I have a tendency to buy products not realizing I already have it at home stocked away somewhere.
So long story short, it's been a time consuming process making sure everything is super organized just to my liking.
I want a clean organized studio space before I get my hands full of glue, paper, and glitter again. ;)
Meanwhile in my downtime at home I've been getting my "creative fix" by playing around with digital designs.
I've come up with a few sweet and shabby Christmas banners and gift tags that are now available in my Etsy Shop.
Each banner will be customized with your name.
Gift tags will be a set of six 2.75x4 size on a 8.5x11 size paper.
I hope you like my new designs. It was fun creating them.
If your interested in a custom Holiday banner please feel free to email me.
Sneak peeks of my studio are up next!
Enjoy your week!
Happy Early Holidays!
I always love this time of year.
Fall is still lingering...as well as the piles of leaves on my lawn.
The temperature is slowly cooling...which means warm cozy fires at night.
The holidays quickly approach...and that means quality time spent with family and friends.
My children are out of school for Thanksgiving break. It's nice having them home and getting a mini break from school responsibilities.
We plan on spending our Thanksgiving holiday at my In-laws house along with my Mom, Step-Dad, and little brother.
I can already taste the turkey and the trimmings! YUMMERS!!!
Im also planning on taking the kids to see the new Muppet movie over this holiday weekend.
As a little girl I grew up watching the Muppet Show back in the 70's.
I can honestly say I think Im way more excited to see the movie than my children.
I always giggled the most over the Swedish Chef and Beaker.
Bork, bork, bork! tee! hee!
These guys rock!
Do you have special plans for the Thanksgiving Holidays?
Going out of town? Hosting Thanksgiving at your home?
T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
H is for harvest the settlers learnt to grow
A is for America, the land in which we live
N is for nature and beauty which she gives
K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
G is for gratitude...our blessing big and small
I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
G is for giving of myself to make a better me
~Judith A. Lindberg
My little Indians and I would like to wish you and your loved one's a blessed and
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of getting away for a girls weekend trip with my long time best friend Kristie Kline.
Kristie and I met 25 years ago in middle school. Yep! We go way back!
We've been thru the best of times together as well as the worst of times.
She's always been for me no matter what, and I feel so incredibly blessed that our friendship continues to grow stronger and stronger as the years keep strolling by.
Sadly, Kristie lives in Texas and I in Georgia so unfortunately we don't get to see each other often.
That's why we always make it a point to plan a girls trip.
To spend quality time together and celebrate our longtime friendship.
Kris and I hit the big city of....
This was our 3rd bi-annual trip to Chicago. We love the city so much we keep coming back!
We stayed at the Conrad hotel near Michigan Mile and the best part of the hotel is it's connected to Nordstroms!!!
My favorite department store!!!
Girls trips are always about some shopping time! hee! hee!
I couldn't resist a few splurges.
Kate Spade has her new fall handbag collection on display and for purchase.
I fell in love with her Flicker Melinda handbag.
It's a classic black patent leather with gold trim.
Kate Spades new look is SO bright and fun!!!
I adore this cute K.S. tote bag!
LOOOOOOVE Josie Natori Pajamas!!!
They feel like the softest luxurious cotton t-shirt imaginable!!!
So happy they came in my favorite color PINK!
A women can never pass up a visit to the Nordstroms shoe department.
I haven't purchased high heel shoes in quite awhile. I don't wear heels often, but for the right occasion there is nothing more beautiful and sexier than a gorgeous pair of heels!
Enzo Angiolini snakeskin sequin shoes.
Both Kristie and I purchased a pair.
While in the intimates department Kris and I took a quick look at the bra's and panties. I had NO intention of buying a bra that day. Just browsing and looking.
One hour later....
I was purchasing four new bra's.
Ladies I can't believe I am admitting this, but for the past several years I have been wearing the WRONG bra size!!!!
Not just me, but also Kristie! Both of us!!
I had no clue the science and engineering of how the "perfect fitting" bra.
The super knowledgeable saleswomen was incredible in showing and explaining to us how the perfect bra should fit.
WOW! What an immediate difference I felt!
So ladies....take the time to visit a department store with experienced ladies to help assist you. You never know...you might also be wearing the wrong bra size. ;)
Night time we hit the town!
We met up with some of Kristie's girlfriends.
Dinner and drinks at the hotspot Sunda.
Next night we visited the uber cool and chic Ian Schrager's Public Hotel.
The original hotel was a hot spot for celebs back in the day.
Frank Sinatra, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas and many more.
The hotel has a modern glamourous 1930's & 40's look.
The Pump Room is the hotel lounge and bar.
A fun place to have a martini, chat and people watch.
These photos were taken with the camera phone. A bit grainy, and washed out but still fun shots!
Time flew those few days.
We talked, giggled and reminisced the whole weekend long.
As I get older and realize more and more the importance of family and friendship I don't take it for granted like I use to. Time is precious and so is our friends.
I cherished my girl "friendship" time no matter who Im with, but I especially cherish it with my best friend Kristie.
Blue bonnet fields, Springtime Texas, beautiful handmade projects, flea market junkin', Shabby Chic ranch retreat and many many more is awaiting you at the
Beauty In Blue Artistic Weekend Retreat
hosted by the talented and lovely
This all-inclusive retreat will be a small intimate gathering
"deep in the heart of Texas!"
It will be a celebration of Spring and the arrival of the beautiful Texas state flower, the Blue Bonnet.
I am very honored that Karen has asked me to be one of the instructors for her Beauty event.
I LOVE Karen's idea for this small intimate gathering.
The home away from home will be held at the charming Whitworth Ranch Retreat located 50 miles from Dallas.
The ranch home was built in the late 1800's and the rooms are decorated in the prettiest soft shabby pale colors.
The Pink Parfait Room
The ranch is the perfect place for us girls to have a "grown up" slumber party
while crafting and creating projects in beautiful shades of blues, creams and whites.
Here is a little info I would love to share with you regarding the instructors and project line up.
The wonderful Hostess.
The lovely sweet & talented
Little ole me....
Not only will be creating handmade treasures we will also enjoy a FULL day of shopping at Canton the world's largest flea market which will be hosted by
I am SO excited about participating in this amazing weekend that Karen has planned.
This will be my first trip to Texas and I cannot wait!
To read more about the event details and registration which is NOW OPEN
please visit Beauty In Blue
Hope to see you there!
Hi Friends! Hope your Halloween was SPOOKTACULAR!
My two goblins went as a Star Wars Clone Trooper Rex and Miss Pixie Fairy.
Poor Grant...the costume is really cute on him, but the mask didn't fit well. :(
He could barely see out.
I told him next year we are going to ditch any type of costume that has a mask.
I usually end up carrying the mask the whole time.
See his eye peeking out?
It's no surprise Vivian dressed up as a fairy. It's a super cute costume that she can play during dress up.
I had fun putting gloss, a little mascara, and glitter on her face.
Uncle Brock came over to help pass out candy.
Darling photo of the three of them.
I have yearly Halloween tradition with my girlfriend Suzanne MacCrone and her adorable son Matthew. They come over every year to trick or treat with us.
The kids always have a ball together.
Matthew dressed up as an old man. hee! hee!
Our neighbor and friend Terrell Sandefur always puts on a big show with his house and costume.
Terrell drinking blood...or Starbucks. Mwwwahhh!!!
His son Wyatt
I could NOT resist taking photos of my neighbors daughter.
How precious is she as a little Scarecrow?
The boys hanging out in a makeshift graveyard.
I thought it would be cool if they had a stern look on their face and vintage the photo.
There is NO telling how much candy the children consumed Halloween night. I ended up finding empty wrappers sprinkled throughout the house.
Kids stayed up way past bedtime on a school night just like I thought would happen. The sugar rush hit them hard and the candy coma set in. I barely got them bathed and PJ's on till the fell fast asleep.
Once kiddies were fast asleep Mamma got to go trick or treating in their buckets. hee! hee!
Enjoy your week and PLEASE check back early next week! I have some EXCITING NEWS to share!!!
Life is sloooowly coming back to reality for me. Im finally getting settled and back into the daily swing of things. I think my family is happy to have me back too!
Over the weeks I've been enjoying looking thru Tiffany's photos and the many photos the ladies took from our magical weekend together.
I thought I would post a few more fun shots, and photos of the gorgeous projects.
This photo of Natasha cracks me up. She is slowly creeping up on a groundhog. If you click on the photo you can view it larger and really see the groundhog.
Super cute photos of the girls on the farm.
I hope Jessi doesn't kill me for posting this. She reminds me of
Zsa Zsa in Green Acres. Wearing her high heels on the farm. tee! hee!
Photos of projects in the making.....
Sprinkling fairy glitter on projects.
The lovely owner of Claxton Farms Martha Ann stopped by to pay us a visit. She was in awe of the classes and wanted to join in on the fun.
Many of you know I have a soft spot for bunnies. Dear sweet Kim gifted me the most charming little vintage bunny.
Can you guess who's fabulous boots these are?
They have wings on them....
If you guessed Sherry Williams you are right!
Lorraine won the raffle prize of fairy wings.
Girls just want to have fun!!!!
Trust me...we had fun! More than photos can express.
This fairytale story is now over, and much like the other fables and folklores it will be a timeless story to treasure forever.
Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share with you.
Hugs & Love,
This fairytale event has been a year in the planning. It finally came to life in the most beautiful and breathtaking way I could have ever imagined.
Like pages in a Storybook I want to share the details and how the event story unfolds.
The photos were all taken by my dear friend and photographer
There are over 900 amazing photos!!
So many that I have chosen to split the post.
Part I will be the details of the grand weekend.
Part II will be the fun photos of ALL the ladies, candids,
behind the scenes and outtakes.
This post can also be read HERE.
The event kicked off with the Welcome~Vendor Market~
It was held in the evening at The Crest Pavilion high in the beautiful mountains.
I really enjoyed decorating and going all out on the details!
Lots of sparkles and twinkle lights. It looked heavenly at night.
Swan name tags
The vendor tables were decked out with the most gorgeous handmade treasures.
Gorgeous tables full of yummies.
Here I am! Anxiously waiting for the ladies to step off the bus.
Jenn & Dee Foust
Stephanie Folsom (my wonderful helper), Natasha, Suzanne MacCrone, Penny Carlson
Karen Hillman was one of the vendors looking so cute and festive.
Natasha greeting the ladies.
How adorable is she???
The bus arrives with smiling faces and ladies ready to play!
Robin holding her magic wand.
It felt like a reunion seeing old friends again.
Adorable Lorraine Rose and Amy Powers.
Earleen Coburn, Maija Lepore, Annette Schwab
Hope Wallace, Andrea Singarella, Lori Oles
Tiffany and Suzanne Duda
Sherry Williams, Michelle Duke, Kim Caldwell
Natasha, Rebecca Lichtman, Sonia Crouse
Cynthia Vartanian who I was so happy to see.
I love how so many of the ladies got into the festive spirit.
The always adorable Sherry Williams.
Deborah Cashwell looking so lovely wearing her fairy laurel.
Shelley McNair Burgess the beautiful fae.
My fabulous online friend Claudie Frid who I was dying to meet, made the special trip from Canada to be with us.
The ladies shopped, dined on fabulous food and spent the last part of the evening taking mini workshop classes from Karla Nathan and Lori Oles.
Woodland Fairy Garland close-up.
Lori teaching and showing the "how to's"
My adorable big Sis Jessi. Looking gorgeous as always!
Karla taught her Prize Ribbon Sprite class immediately after Lori's.
I adore how Karla gave every kit a different Fairy name.
The evening was a fabulous night and the perfect way to start of our weekend together.
This is where creative magic happened.
At the gorgeous Claxton Farm.
The venue is not only breathtaking while surrounded by the mountains but it's also a very calming and peaceful environment.
We felt secluded and in our own little world.
With the help of my dream team of ladies they each physically helped me set everything up and turn the venue into a dreamy Neverland.
Lori and Karla are not seen in the photo but were very much included in the set up.
I am grateful for their help.
We transformed the barn into a fairytale heaven.
Natasha hand painted this stunning Dream Banner.
Our Saturday started bright and early with our tour of Biltmore Estates.
Fresh, Bright-Eyed ladies ready for the tour.
Unfortunately were unable to take photos of the inside, but we did however get a few photos at the winery.
Naturally our group of ladies gravitate to the pink label wine bottle.
Becca Wine Tasting
Shortly after our tour of grand Biltmore we took the 2nd part of the event day to downtown Asheville.
A quaint little bakery shop called Bake It Pretty
for the Gift Swap Exchange Party.
The space is owned by the beautiful and lovely Amanda Krueger.
You can visit her Shop to order baking goodies and supplies.
The shop is now selling yummy pies!
The inside is small and sweet as can be!
Amanda was so thoughtful and kind to make us mini cupcakes to enjoy.
The bakery is cozy and quaint and boy did it fill up fast with ladies,
gorgeous handmade swap gifts, laughter, and tons of "ooooh's and aaaah's".
Priscilla busting with happiness over her fairy laurel.
Valerie's Chanel crown made by Priscilla.
Cheryl super giddy.
So cute! Looks like she's been crowned Miss Fairy USA!
Adorable sweet Tricia admiring her fairy shoe.
Andrea wearing the fairy laurel Amy Powers made her.
Tracy & Sylvia
Karla the Swap Hostess
Heidi & Grace
Shelly looking lovely wearing her crown.
Beautiful aprons created in Karen France's Apron Swap.
Jeanie and her precious fairy house.
Beautiful details from the various swaps.
Darling fairy shoe made by Cathy Edmondson.
A few fun shots of the ladies.
Natasha and Jessi.
We had a festive time at the bakery exchanging swap gifts.
Our evening ended with a relaxing night out on the town.
Enjoying dinners and the festive downtown scene.
It's never easy having to leave and say our goodbye's.
A few tears are shed, and hugs abound.
The weekend comes and goes lightning fast.
A year in the planning flashes in the blink of an eye.
I reflect on the weekend with great pride. Pride for the vision and hard work that was brought to life. Pride in the gorgeous projects the ladies tenderly made. Pride in seeing old friendships come together, and new friendships so lovingly made.
This event would not have been possible if it were not for the ladies who signed up and traveled from hundreds of miles away.
Once Upon A Dream honestly far exceeded my expectations. It was more perfect than I could have ever hoped for. The weekend will forever hold a lasting memory in my heart.
I appreciate you for supporting me in my dreams and enabling my visions to come true.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.