Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tis The Season

Holiday Traditions...

Do you have any holiday traditions from your childhood that you are now continuing with your kids. My husband and I each have one that we have tried to continue with our three kids. When I was little, we always went to buy our Christmas tree on my birthday...Dec. 7. While we haven't been able to do this every year, we try to. Normally, each person in our family has a different opinion on which tree to select. This year the selection was easy. It was pouring rain and we all agreed on the first tree we saw.

My husband's tradition is a little more unique. He has 2 brothers and every year, each boy was responsible for moving a wiseman closer to the manger. They would travel all over their house and would end up at the manger on Christmas Eve night. So everyday, the wisemen could be anywhere in the house, stairs, piano, had to be careful not to step on them. My husband said he and his brothers would get competitive if one wiseman was too far ahead of the other 2! Conveniently, we have 3 kids and they, too, move the wiseman each night. Here they are making their way down our stairs.

A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave each one of her sons their wiseman. Here is my husband's wiseman. I absolutely love it!

Spreading a little holiday cheer with a few of my holiday pillows.

Soldering 101!

My friends, Julie and Sue, and I took Rita's soldering class in Fallbrook. So much fun...lots of laughter. Rita was so encouraging and patient!

I can't believe I made these two charms! Even though I need lots of practice, Rita made it seem easy. I'm ordering my soldering supplies so I can make more goodies.

Rita's Welcome Wagon! Does it get any better.

My classmates along with our Soldering Leader!

A real bonus to the class was being treated to Rita's husband's cooking. Dean welcomed us with lattes and hot chocolates, then came in with mid morning snack of french bread, homemade pesto and avocados and finally, he served French Onion Soup and dessert for lunch.

We all think Dean should offer cooking classes.
Thank you for the perfect day - Rita and Dean! I can't wait to come back.

As a vendor at Country Roads, I was well aware that Rachel Ashwell was going to be at the store for her book signing. Since I was working the Long Beach Flea Market on that day, I knew I would miss out on this fun event. Imagine my surprise when I got a call from Katie at Country Roads telling me that Rachel was interested in purchasing something from my booth. What a compliment. An even bigger surprise was Rachel was still at CR when I stopped in at 4 pm.

Here is my autographed book.

First Pillow Winner Giveaway!

Congratulations to Gail Kramer, winner of my first Pillow Giveaway. She selected the Joie de la vie burlap pillow sham. Enjoy, Gail! Everyone can look forward to another give away in the near future.

And speaking of's my new design...I call it the Queen Bee! It turned out really cute and notice I added a little bling to the burlap ones! Contact me if you're interested in purchasing one.

Still busy making my new bottles. Thank you for the wonderful response to the bottles. You can contact me if you want to purchase one. My New Year's resolution is to get my etsy store up and running!

Still Time for Holiday Shopping....Wine Toppers Extreme!

My friend Kathryn makes these incredible feather wine toppers...which would make an incredibly unique gift for the hostess with the mostest! Please visit Kathryn's website at .

As always.....remember...

A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Everything Coming Up Roses At Rosebowl

Sometimes a show really just comes together. That was the case at Sunday's Rosebowl show. The weather was perfect, everyone seems to be in the shopping mood, I had cute items to give my booth that extra sparkle and I got to meet one of my favorite bloggers...Heather Bullard. Yes, it was a good day and everything seemed to come up roses at Rosebowl..
Here are some highlights of the day....

(Can you believe that I got all this plus more furniture and

nick nacks that you can't see in the photo in my Expedition!)

Here I am meeting the Blogging Guru, Heather Bullard, for the first time! (I know terrible pic of me, but I was up at 4 am!)I think I was able to convince her that I was not a stalker, just a huge admirer. Whenever I read her blog I get so inspired! I finally added a sidebar that highlights my favorite blogs. Thanks for the help Kim M.! Once you visit Heather's blog, you'll be hooked!

Congratulations to fellow blogger, Jill B. She was a part of Heather, Amy Hanna and Pam Garrison's Brocante Carnival on Sunday and I raffled off a pillow and she was the winner. Visit her site, another really great site with unbelievable pictures!

I brought out some holiday accents at this month's show. It still felt a little early to me but everyone seem to enjoy them.

Don't you LOVE these old xmas cards. I've kept several for myself.

My bottle designs have been a real hit! I've sold out of all the ones I've made.

and 3 people at Rosebowl ordered them.

The bottles sparkle with lots of vintage bauble on them.

My friend Julie, took it one step further and made this Christmas tree. Isn't it unbelievable! The close ups give you a better view of how the tree is filled with jewels and accessories. She used lots of holiday accent pieces on her tree. She even used the face of a Christmas watch on it and her tree topper is a Santa Smurf! The tree stand is a braclet.

I'm going to feature a "How to" on making this decorative xmas tree on my next blog. I've started a smaller version of her tree, but it not only takes a long time, you really have to have a stock of trinkets to fill the trees and my trinket bin is getting a little low.

I bought this beautiful vintage necklace for $5 with every intention of taking it apart and using the pearls for one of my bottles. Love the gray tones -- once I got it home and took it out of the bag, I feel in love with it. There is no way I can break it apart. When I look at this necklace, I think of some woman in the 1950's wearing it to one of those formal dances. One of my best $5 buys ever. I also bought this great vintage bracelet for $5 from the same vendor!

Have any of you ever stumbled on to the It's a quirky site that when you hit the word stumble, it takes you to random websites. Leave it to my 12 year old to introduce it to me. Do you have a unique or fun website that you'd like to share. Please send me a comment, I would love to check it out.

November Pillow Give Away - Deadline Approaching!

Finally, don't forget I'm doing a November pillow give away--anyone who post a comment will be entered in the drawing. The drawing is set for November 16, so post you comments!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...Please take a moment to remember and say thank you to all veterans on Veterans Day, November 11. Thank you veterans for your service to our country and our families.