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o christmas tree, o christmas tree…

So this year I decided I wanted a fancy tree. According to…well…mostly my girls, I was ‘stealing Christmas’ because they didn’t get to decorate it with all the ‘I remember…’ ornaments. They really are joking about it, but next year I will invest in a second tree for the family room where they can have Christmas once again. :)

This year though, I had my ‘tree whisperer’ and best friend Kristy Banks come up with this new ‘ensem’ for my fancy tree. I wish I could take credit, but we shopped for stuff together and she decorated it for me. Isn’t she the best??? She loooves decorating trees (at least she says she does) and I am her fifth tree already this year. She does a FABulous job!


Thanks so much bestie! You are the tree whisperer for sure!

Katrina - November 28, 2012 - 9:05 pm

Very pretty!

Rhadonda - November 28, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Gorgeous!!! The tree and the friendship.

ana roat - November 29, 2012 - 7:39 am

BEAUTIFUL! Love the gold ribbon. So grown up and elegant.

I’m busting out the tree this weekend. My hubby’s birthday is Nov 23rd so nothing can be done regarding christmas (with the exception of Black Friday shopping) before December 1st. He said growing up with his birthday so close or actually on Thanksgiving was equal to being born on Christmas eve or Christmas day. No pizza or lasagna….just turkey…poor guy…

This year I’m having a whimsical tree to celebrate our new grand baby Reagan. She is 18 months old and such a little joy. I’ve been busy making tiny felt ornaments so that she can decorate her very own little pink tree.

Small treasures make such big memories!


Cheryl :) - November 29, 2012 - 2:14 pm

WOW! That is absolutely beautiful!!!

Ruth G - November 29, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Wowza! That tree gets a gold star for sure and an academy award and a pulitzer…Oh, wait, it’s already got the Miss America gold sash so it’s all set! Really fantastic (and of course you took an amazing picture of it!!!) Thanks so much for sharing! Who knows? Maybe it’ll grow on the girls and they’ll want an elegant tree next year, too?!!

please excuse my quietness…

I’m apologizing in advance for not being ’round much this week. I have a project I’m working on and all my attentions are there this week. Nothing to do with my store or my classes though. Sorry.  :)

But I’m sure I’ll make my quick remarks on Facebook when the thoughts in my head feel like they need to be said. So if you miss hearing from me here on a daily basis and you want to keep in touch with my random blatherings, you can be sure to see something there.

I do feel like I need to post a photo–something visual–gotta have that. Hmm. So speaking of quiet. Here’s wishing I was some place peaceful like Glenalough, in Ireland.

Candy - November 27, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Hopefully above ground! LOL.

Kerri - November 27, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Oh my gosh! That is soooo funny! Yes, above ground….please.
(I didn’t even think of that. lol)

TeriBeri - November 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Oh yes Kerri….that’s a bit TOOOO QUIET if you ask me LOL.
Of course we miss you!!

photos, photos, photos . . . .

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Soooo much food! And leftovers. Gotta love that! We started our day off with caramel french toast as well as eggs, sausage and hashbrowns…topped with a little OJ. Yum! And for our big family dinner on Dan’s side? I made cheesy potatoes, sweet potato souffle, apple spice cake and pumpkin bars. More yum!

This time of year I think we all take more photos at any given time throughout the year. So many fun activities and memories to record! That’s why I thought a sale on photo templates would my fun little contribution to the big ‘sale’abrations going on this weekend!

These are such a quick and easy to capture a lot of memories!
Check out what Nichol did for a Christmas page last year! And this was just for one event!

For more details on this page, click HERE

To see all the templates available–with their sale price–click HERE.

The sale ends Monday night!

Have fun shopping these next few days . . . wherever your shopping may be!
I personally avoid all crowds when possible. :)

ETA: My Silhouette classes on
are on sale for 20% off too!

Click HERE for the classes.

Mary - November 26, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Ahh, I just squeaked in and got Just Add Color. Woo Hoo.

Kerri - November 27, 2012 - 7:48 am

Yahoo! :)

it’s almost over baby!


It’s been an amazing week! Looks like there  oodles and oodles of you who have taken advantage if the ‘Incredibly Grateful’ sale this week. But today is the last day, so if you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of it yourself yet? Best be doin’ it today. :)


a place to write your gratitudes

I’m in love with this idea. I love having a little place where your family can write down what they are grateful for . . . in an open place for all to see.

Take a look at this marvelous frame that Robyn made!

 [ Shapes | Giving Thanks ]

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

I have always been so inspired by a framed project that Becky Higgins has shown on her blog before of a frame and the kids write what they are grateful for on the glass throughout the month. I wanted to re-create that great idea for our own family this Thanksgiving. As soon as I saw the new kit from Kerri, Giving Thanks, I knew it would be perfect for this project. I cut a few of the words from the kit, each with a different piece of paper, and layered them on top of a vellum banner with an orange cardstock banner beneath. I glued it all to a fun piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper and placed it in my frame – sandwiching it with two pieces of glass.

I placed a Sharpie above the frame so that the kids can write things that they are grateful for thoughout the month of November. This hangs on the wall in our entryway so we see it daily. It is such a great reminder of the large and little things that we have been so very blessed with! Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!

What kinds of out-of-the-ordinary things do you think your family would write? Mine? I’m thinking cameras would be one. Cheesy potatoes maybe? (Yes, I especially make them for the holidays.) Maybe our dog + cat since we never had animals their whole lives? Maybe if you have youngins yours might say Legos or Barbies?

I think there’s some fun to be had there. And of course when the holiday season is over, you must take a picture of it before it’s erased. And how fun would it be to compare those writings from year to year?

Great idea Robyn! Thanks for sharing it!

And now, our Incredibly Grateful Holiday Celebration week is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of the sale yet? You might want to do that pretty darn soon . . . it ends Sunday!

And now let’s do some more of this!

Today’s flashback comes from the holiday stylings of Shari and Robyn.

There’s that snowflake again! :) How great would it be to make up some of these gift cards to have on hand to give to people over the holidays. Starbucks+iTunes are always people pleasers there.

(For more information on this, go HERE)

And how about another ornament like this one Robyn made to go with the snowflake that Nichol made in Wednesday’s flashback?

(For more information on this, go HERE)

taking photos at thanksgiving

You know, this is always hit and miss for me. Sometimes I will–like if we go to California or something–and sometimes it just seems to be the same ol’ ‘family gathering’, but with more food, so I don’t think to take my camera. I need to be better about that and I do believe I’m going to make it a goal to do just that in a week.  (holy cannoli…a week!)

And I love the twist that Laura did here. Let’s check it out . . .

[ Shapes | Giving Thanks (words) / Signed.Sealed.Delieverd (envelope) / This+That: Autumn (leaves) ]

Getting little ‘grateful’ notes from everyone is a wonderful idea! It’s something you can keep as a momento forever . . . a little piece of time all tucked into an envelope. Great idea! And I love those colorful leaves too!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

A few years back, on Thanksgiving day, I had asked each member of our family to write down what they were thankful for. I also took a photo of each person. My plan was to create a mini album that had each persons photo and their handwritten paper next to it, and it could be something that we take out each year on Thanksgiving. I have started and stopped working on this little album several times over the last few years (this was from back in 2009), and have just never been able to finish it. I decided that instead of the mini album, I would simply make a two page layout to hold everything. I chose an envelope from Kerri’s Signed.Sealed.Delivered kit, and cut it from two different patterned papers, which I used to hold all of the handwritten papers where everyone wrote what they were thankful for. I love the cursive, handwritten titles in Kerri’s new Giving Thanks kit, and used a few words to create my title and embellish the envelope. I added some simple leaves, from the This And That: Autumn kit to embellish the spread. I cut all of my words and leaves from white cardstock, in addition to the patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them together.

And now, how’s about we take a look at another flashback idea from last year. With this gift-giving idea, Laura made a bunch of little cards and put them in a jar to give as a gift. This is a fabulous gift idea!

 ( For more information on this idea, click HERE.)

Natalie (QSOgirl) - November 15, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Love Laura’s layout! I don’t have time to make another mini album (already have one that has been waiting since July!!), and I don’t really ever know where to put them when they actually get finished… But I love the idea of preserving notes like these– and this way they’re right with my normal 12×12 albums! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

grateful for you

Before we get to today’s project, I just wanted to put out a little reminder about this going on . . . in case you didn’t see Monday’s post.


This is the time of year when our hearts turn to being grateful.  Grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives. It’s just natural with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at hand. So of course now is the time take a few moments and create a page about the people you are grateful for like Miss Naomi did here:

[ Shapes | Giving Thanks (grateful) / Need Directions? (arrow tab) / Modern Nature (pussy willow) / This+That: Summertime (leaves) / inFORMS (post card) ]

I was amazed at how many shapes were on this page! Everything is so subtle yet put it all together and you have a page full of gorgeousness. And I love the post card image printed on kraft cardstock. Looks so old fashioned. And how Naomi added text to the arrow tab . . . and the vellum leaves? love.

So this is my challenge to you today:

Take a moment and right down ten things you are grateful for and why.

If you don’t do a page with it soon, at least you’ll have those thoughts ready to go when you are.
I’ll be making my list as soon as I press Publish. :)

And now, for a little flashback showing a couple fun things Nichol made last year!

( For details on this project, look HERE. )

And how about this one?

( For details on this, look HERE. )

Hmm . . . There’s that snowflake again!