Archive for December, 2009

God bless us, everyone!

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.


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‘Twas the Night

Happy Christmas Eve to All!

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This sweet little decoration is perfect perched on the kitchen window ledge during Christmas.

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We have had these stockings for years and I have been wanting to personalize them but never knew quite what to do. I remembered the garnet colored wool yarn from the thrifted grab bag of sewing supplies that I got a few months ago and was pleased to find that the color matched the stockings quite well. In just a few minutes, they were complete! The moral of this story is that a grab bag of thrifted sewing supplies can come in handy (although you may never know quite when!).

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Simple decoration

I will never be a minimalist but this year I am trying to keep it simple (at least on the mantel). The branches are from our walnut tree. I spray painted them pale green, put them in a vintage vase that I got at Alameda Point a few years ago then decorated the branches with old glass ornaments and these little clear glass drops that I got at Smith and Hawken before they closed their doors. The branches and ornaments reflect in the mirror from behind so it looks like I have twice as many ornaments! No, I will never be a minimalist…

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Place mat purses

Last Saturday a friend invited me to show and sell my tote bags and purses at her home. The best sellers were these place mat purses lined with cotton fabric. Some were embellished with vintage buttons and others with new turquoise shell buttons. They are so much fun to make. The first set of place mats were purchased at Savers for only 99 cents for four. The others I had to shell out $24 for four on Etsy but it was worth the price. To label the bags I found little wooden tags that I stamped with my initials then coated them with clear finger nail polish. I am on the look out for more place mats and have friends keeping an eye out for me too (Thanks Shannon and Dawn!).

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Happy Birthday Dad!

Dad, Wishing you a great day! Love, Sis

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