Archive for 2013
Hi, Everyone! Thank you so much for all the sweet compliments about my 2013 Christmas Home Tour! I am grateful and humbled by the sincere outpouring of sweetness from each of you! I promised in that post that I’d be sharing some tutorials of how I made some of the decorations you saw and today I’m sharing the first one… How to Make a dropcloth stocking. I have fallen in love with dropcloths because they are inexpensive, durable and have the look of linen without the high price tag. I see lots of pretty linen stockings around the web and have long been wanting to make my own and am so glad to share this tutorial with you. If you are brand new to sewing, take your time but know that you can do it! I’m not a sewing expert and some of my techniques may alarm more seasoned seamstresses but since this worked for me, I’m hoping it will also work for you. These are inexpensive, pretty and best of all, very easy to personalize, so I hope you’ll get creative with your embellishments! OK, let’s get started. Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:
You know I love a good quote… I’m always keeping my eye out for one to share with you each week. As we get into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I find that quotes like the one I’m sharing today are especially soothing to my already wearied soul. Like a balm to comfort and remind me of what’s really important when the items on my to-do list seem to be multiplying faster than the dust bunnies that are chasing each other around my living room.
I can hardly believe that December is here… as mindful as I try to be each day, I still feel like the days are flying by way, way too fast! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week. In addition to many, many things to be thankful for I was/am also thankful to get my computer back from the repair shop! hooray! My mom, daughter and I did a little bit of shopping over the weekend but mostly we’ve been sewing, sewing, sewing and decorating, decorating, decorating trying to get ready for the Christmas Home Tour on Wednesday.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was filled with lots of house projects as I try to get ready for my upcoming Holiday Home Tour… It will be going live the first week of December. Naturally I have a loooong list of projects that I’m trying to get done before decorating and photographing some of my rooms. Thankfully my mom has been helping me, especially with some of the sewing projects, so I’m super excited to share the updates with you soon. It’s a lot of work but I’m finally checking off some things that have been on my to-do list for ages and ages. Unfortunately my computer also crashed over the weekend so I’m using a loaner laptop from my mom to get me through until my laptop is back from the repair shop. Fortunately my computer is still under warranty but still, there’s no getting around how inconvenient it is to not have my computer with all my normal applications, etc… but I’m super thankful to at least have something to use so I can still visit with you! In the spirit of getting ready for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to share just a little Christmas inspiration with you today…
Thanksgiving is next week and for me, it’s pumpkin’s last hurrah. At Christmas time I tend to lean towards pecan pie and the like. Maybe it’s because I love pumpkin so much and tend to eat lots of it during the Fall that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around I’m ready to savor my last pumpkin bite for the season. But before we bid adieu to pumpkin, let’s take a quick look back at some of my favorite pumpkin recipes…
In keeping with our gratitude theme leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m sharing this quote by Johannes A. Gaertner. I think it’s a very insightful quote on the importance of not merely saying something but actually living it, day-in and day-out, with our actions.
I am so excited to share the news with you that we now offer GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS to the digital desktop editions of Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll!! I really wanted to offer this but I just wasn’t sure how to do it. You see, the technical side of setting something like this up is quite complicated. Suffice it to say that I have the best Dad/Web Store Developer ever!! He tirelessly worked to figure out the necessary processes and codes for this and voila! now you can purchase either 6 months or 12 months digital subscriptions as gifts this holiday!! And at $24.99 for 12 month subscriptions (6 issues) and $14.99 for 6 month subscriptions (3 issues), the price is right for rounding out your holiday shopping!