Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Time

A  Christmas Wreath

Coffee and Fruitcake.
 I love fruitcake, I know most people don't but there is something  very 'christmasy' about for me. There are some really good ones out there. This is a French one from World Market and a German Stollen fruitcake with powdered sugar on top.

Some of the Holiday books I'm reading....
The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
Immoveable feast by John Baxter(a french christmas)
Miss Reads Christmas
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Let there be peace on earth

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter-Christmas List

This is a list of things that I want to do this winter. It's a little notebook of lists for each season....

  1. Make garlands and decorations
  2. Light candles
  3. Practice embroidery
  4. Have a peppermint shake @ chick-fil-a
  5. Make christmas cookies
  6. Try December Daily
  7. Watch Holiday movies
  8. Have lots of hot chocolate and eggnog
  9. Read Christmas novels and childhood favorites
  10. Drive around and look at Christmas lights

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Smashbook

I ordered the huge pretty pocket SMASH folio awhile back and then I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to use it for.So when the holidays rolled around, I thought it would be perfect for all my christmas inspiration and ideas like crafts, recipes and cookies. The large size seems to work well for this fun and whimsical time of year. So here are a few of the pages...

This is a label for the cover. I traced an Anthropologie card onto scrapbook paper and then used Rub-ons from Kand Company and green gems. I added red polka dot washi tape across the cover to look like it's gift wrapped.

This first spread is for ornament ideas and a little article on 'tree trimming 101'. I have room to add more.

 This spread and pocket are for craft and embroidery ideas and I added some washi tape to the yellow paper to make it look more festive. Some of the paper in the SMASH folio had a holiday feel but others needed more christmas embellishments added.

  This spread and envelope are for holding my favorite christmas cookie recipes.(I love the large envelopes that come in this Smashbook...)I also added adhesive borders to these pages.

This next section is for christmas decorating ideas and wreaths

 I put little pictures in the plastic sleeve that comes attached in the book. It has 9 slots on each side.

This area is for ideas on comfort and relaxation during the holidays.

The last part of the book is for more pretty pictures and an envelope for christmas memories. I added a Merry Christmas rub-on and chipboard pieces to the label already on the envelope.
 For the inside cover I paper-clipped a few recipes for the holidays and I have all of the tabs for each section- crafts, ornaments, cookies, relaxation, decorating, wrapping gifts, and memories.                                                                          

on the inside pocket of the back I added in extra things like this article from Victoria about the movie Little Women, one of my favorites during the holidays. Also a little quote I taped in:

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale