Monday, November 8, 2010

Christmas is Coming!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!  Seriously, I love me some Christmas.  The decorating, the baking, the gift wrapping.  It's fantastic. 

It's always a little shocking when, on November 1, stores start putting up the decorations.  Starbucks rolls out their holiday cups.  I am legally obligated to start drinking Peppermint Mochas (I know, they are available ALL YEAR now, but they taste better at Christmastime!).

The kids are working on the Christmas lists.  They know there's no Santa, but they'll pretend for now.  The girls, at ages 13 and 11, I know that they know and it's all *wink wink* Santa's coming, heh heh.  But the boys, age 9....  I'm still not convinced either way.  So, we all play along. 

Besides, I kinda like being Santa.

I've started signing up for local craft fairs, and I've got one every weekend for the rest of the month.  Yowza.  Fingers crossed that this is a good idea!?!

Getting in the mood with some straight up Christmassy goodness.  Bring on the mistletoe!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The next endeavor

Going to be listing some wedding-specific items soon and see how that goes.  Hoping to do mixed dozens, for table decoration (yeah, like at my wedding, because they were awesome), and also possibly as wedding favors.  Or both!  How great would it be to have table decorations that double as wedding favors?? 

Pretty, yes?  Yes!

Sets would all be custom order, to your specifications for color, style, etc.  Which means I get to shop for more pretty papers hooray!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A day in the life

6:30am:  Alarm.  Ugh.  Check to see if the girls are awake.  Amelia is making tea- good.  Vivian is in bed, sleeping, with her clothes and jacket on- nice effort.

6:45:  Clean up dog pee.  The glamour starts early.

7:00:  Check Facebook, Etsy, email, etc.

7:15:  Girls out the door.  Eat banana muffins (yum).

7:30:  Get boys up.  They don't give me too much trouble.  They eat an entire loaf of banana bread.  Wow.

8:00:  Shower.  Fast.

8:20:  Boys out the door.  Dry hair.  Try to look reasonable.

8:30:  Kiss husband goodbye.  Off to work.  Decent shortcut via low bridge (good).  Stop at Starbucks (bad).

9-5:  Desk job.  Look busy. 

5:08:  Home.  Record time!  Hit all the green lights, no trains, no drawbridge.  Yesssss.

5:35:  Husband is out tonite, but kitchen is clean.  Bonus points for husband.  Get dinner on the table.  Tacos.  No bonus points there.  Clean up kitchen.

6:15:  Take Viv to Bellevue for Karate.  Yuck, Eastside.  No traffic, so overall good.

7-8:00:  Shop for pretty papers in Bellevue!  The only thing I actually WANT in Bellevue is pretty paper.  Paper spree ensues.  Also walk thru Crate and Barrel and have too-long conversation with possibly-crazy person about silicon baking cups.  Mmhmm.  Run into Safeway for frosting and sprinkles for bake sale cupcakes.

8:15:  Pick Viv up from Karate.  Still in Bellevue.  Gross.

8:25:  Re-enter Seattle airspace.  Breathe easy.

8:30:  Make 2 dozen cupcakes for bake sale tomorrow.  From a mix- no bonus points.  Mix is left over from The Wedding Cake- bonus points for thriftiness?  Give self bonus points.

8:45:  Chase kids into bed.

9:15:  Kids actually in bed.

9:15-10:59:  Cut pretty papers into tidy little rectangles for making candleholders.  There are some gorgeous designs here.  Like, GORGEOUS. 

11:00:  Yawn.  Bedtime.  Write day's timeline on blog.  Go to sleep.

Sweet dreams, my crafty minions.  We get to do it all again tomorrow. 

Oh my!

Well, at the urging of the always amazing Cristina (Goddess of Paper), I entered our paper flower escort tags in a Wedding DIY contest.  The hardest part was writing out the process.  And what a process it was!

Like I say:  Any task can be accomplished with enough friends and enough wine.

Enough said.

So, our lovely tags were featured today!  I'm not even sure if that means we're in the running to win anything, but it already feels like a WIN!  

Ruffled Wedding Blog: DIY Paper Escort Tags

Go team!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I love them so

I do!  I love these dang things.  I was showing them to J the other day, and it was pretty much "Oh, and this one.  And THIS one!  OH and THIS ONE!"

I love 'em all.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Plans to sleep in foiled by three frisky dogs at 7am.  Oh well.  That's why God gave us coffee, right?

At least one of the dogs looks like this:

That amount of cute takes the edge off at 7am.

Saturday will bring some crafting, some thrifting, lots of photographing.  Hopefully outside.  Weather looks like it might even cooperate.  Visiting with friends, going to fetch cupcakes from the amazing Alex, my #1 prop provider.  Dinner with Alex, my #1 smile provider.

Saturdays are full of possibility.  What's on your agenda?