Well despite their being no sunlight for photographing
my computer crashing
and endless baking, cleaning, wrapping, and what not
I am here to share with you my home as it is this Christmas
and a few extra sweet things as-well
Ah there is nothing better than inspiration from flickr and friends like you
and 4 bags later I finally have my own gumdrop wreath
only problem is that I have a whole bag left and I can't stand the taste-ick!
I thought I might hang some of my vintage Christmas records above my dinning room bench
but then I scored these amazing vintage Christmas cards
at my local flea market Sunday for just $2!
Miller seems to like them :)
this is my very favorite Christmas tree yet
it's a beautiful Blue Spruce
and the prickly needles have made eating Christmas ornaments
a whole lot less fun for poor miller
I'm sure someday we will get a fake tree
but I can't imagine it quite yet
I love going and picking one out
helping out our local community
and the smell of pine
These are a few of my favorite Christmas decorations
My first Bradley Doll was eaten by Miller
(I'm sure your sensing a pattern right?)
So everyday before I leave for work I have to move these
to the dinning room table
I've been very good not to go to the flea market for the last few months
but I just had to go this weekend to catch the last minute deals on Christmas goodies
it's a pretty strange market
mostly just tools
but one table always has me forking over my cash
and this week was no exception
most of the items I picked up I will be saving
to place in my etsy shop next holiday season
but I just had to have these vintage candles
and this adorable little snowman :)
I also picked up this beautiful felt and sequins santa
Whenever I start taking photos Miller just has to be in the shot
Charlie on the other hand hates cameras
We will be taking the vitrolas back to Jim's dad this week
it seems my husbands family would rather it be left to rot in a basement
than have it be a center piece of our home
it makes me really sad and mad
but hopefully someday we can get another one! :(
I made a few ornaments for my fluffy white tree using the mushroom form my Merry Kitschmas digital kit and the cotton candy from my Circus Party kit.
I really adore the way they turned out but I'm going to have to figure out
how to make the paper stick to the plastic pendent
without bubbling or blurring
This is my first Christmas in my whole life
that I will not be spending with my mom and dad
so last night they came over for dinner and to exchange presents
My vegetable barley soup was a success
and yours truly was spoiled rotten!
I got some Christmas village pieces, pjs, an amazing coat from Anthropologie
and a CRICUT!
Quite honestly I have no real clue what it does
but I know it's really cool and cuts paper
I guess my dad has been watching infomercials on it for years
So I'm excited to find out what I can do with it :)
If anyone has one I am eager for tips!
I am just crazy about my Christmas outfit this year
I pulled the whole look together rather quickly
as I was cooking all day and had no time to properly put myself together
before the folks showed up
The skirt was an awfully big purchase for me
I'm more of a penny thrifter gal
but it was love at first sight
at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Sale
It's so amazing how many talented people are from Portland!
The Skirt was made by Loni Gaghan
of I Love to Love You on etsy
I also ran into the owner of Knittn' kitten right after making the purchase
and she said the fabric came from her shop
Thank god for safety pins because the skirt is too big! CRY!
I was just sure it was going to fit but well at least I have room to grow! :)
You must must must check out Loni's shop!
I wish I could be her model!
I just ADORE clothing that makes your heart smile when you put it on :)
I wanted to remind you that my Merry Kitschmas digital kit is on SALE!
My sweet friend Karli used my Christmas kit and Rosette kit to make these oober adorable pages of her beautiful girls all dolled up for the holidays
I'm always so inspired by Karli's layouts
and her use of color!
I'm am just crazy mad in love with how she ampted up the colors
of my very traditional colored kit!
Check out Karli's blog - Retro Plant - to see more of her pages, vintage treasures, darling daughters, and digital kits too!
My very good friend Stina shared her handmade cards
and Christmas Tree ornaments she made using my kit.
She has a step by step on how to make the ornaments on her blog
(just change the language to English)
It's such a wonderful blessing to have so many wonderful friends
come into my life each year through my blog
I am truly blessed!
I wish you ALL a very very Merry Christmas,
a Happy New Year
and a prosperous and especially wonderful year to come!
Love~ Chelsea Ann