Archive for 2013
Celebrating is obviously something that I think is important to do – it’s in the name of my blog and magazine after all. The big events are easy for us to celebrate – holidays, birthdays, promotions at work, and on and on, but how about the little things? These “every day” celebrations are what I’m all about because to me they are the lifeblood of a joy-full life. The big events are milestones on the journey, but it’s the steps we take everyday that take us there. I want to celebrate these little steps, the small accomplishments. Things like sticking with a new workout routine for a whole week, finishing a small DIY project like hanging a picture on a wall that’s sat on the floor for far too long, writing (and sending) a letter you’ve been meaning to send… Acknowledging these little victories can help keep us “fueled” to carry-on. So often we just brush past the “little accomplishments” thinking they aren’t “worth it”, but I believe it’s these accomplishments that ultimately lead us to achieve our dreams and have really big reasons to celebrate! I recently heard someone talking about how our negative memories take up more space in our minds than our positive memories. I don’t know about you but I want to change that equation and I think that by focusing on the good things I achieve in a day, rather than all I didn’t, for example, can be a way to re-channel my focus and that will bring joy. So, how can we celebrate, every day without it being a big “production”? I think sitting down for a moment, sipping a warm drink, and being purposeful to congratulate yourself. To be “in the moment” of saying “Job well done!” is a great way to do this. You could also call a friend or even leave me a comment – I’d love to hear your success and celebrate with you! If you’re feeling especially industrious you can make a batch of these delicious coffee-pecan pralines and savor their sweet deliciousness with your coffee or tea!
Gathering together with friends during the holidays is when holiday memories are made! Now that I’m in my new house, one holiday tradition I’m hoping to establish is hosting a holiday open house. When entertaining, I think having a good plan is key to not getting super-stressed. So, here’s my plan. Step One - Pick your date. The holidays are busy times so plan early. Try to pick a date that is about 3 weeks away to give your guests time to plan and hopefully avoid conflicts. Remember Holiday Open Houses can happen after Christmas too! Sometimes, having a party after Christmas Day is much less stressful and gives everyone something to look forward to! Also, be sure to plan start and end times for your celebration.
Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I had a big photo shoot for the January/February issue of my magazine and there just weren’t enough hours in the day… fortunately the shoot went really well and I can’t wait to share it with you in the upcoming issue!! Before the week completely slips away I wanted to share this fun little project with you: How to Spray Paint Your Own White Christmas Tree. I have been searching and searching for a vintage white Christmas tree and have had the hardest time finding one…. even searching on ebay, I’ve not had any luck yet. Fortunately you know how much I enjoy a craft challenge so I decided to see if I couldn’t come up with a pretty (& fun!) plan B. And, it worked!! I transformed this inexpensive fake Christmas tree that I got from my local Michaels craft store into a wintery-white tree that has just enough creaminess too give it that slightly vintage feel. Here’s how I did it:
Good Morning friends! I’m so excited that I’ve been asked to be a guest host of “The Scoop” this week! I hope you’ll enjoy all the fun picks I’ve selected below!
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.