I love love LOVE this story, so I thought I would share it with you! :0)
Aren't these the sweetest little wreath taggies? They are hand crocheted by Jennie at So So Rosey!
From my family to yours, may you have the SWEETEST of Holidays!
"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
I have had so many conversations recently with other moms who are struggling with "getting into" Christmas. I too, have been feeling this way for the better part of December. Things have just been so busy with life, and kids programs at school and husband's work and my work and on and on and on the list goes.
I think, as moms, we feel that pressure, especially at the holidays, to make things feel perfect for our kids. Like the gifts must be perfectly wrapped, the house is dripping with beautiful decorations (and clean!), we make cookies and gingerbread houses, drink hot cocoa by the fire while wearing our perfectly pressed ruffled holiday apron. Hair is fixed, make-up is flawless and the children's clothes and hair are straight out of a magazine ad.
Okay, so maybe not to that extreme, but, I certainly have felt the guilt of having real outside obligations while the kids and family have had to wait for things that are important to them. As a mom, there is so much guilt if some of these traditions get put off.
Last week, I closed the doors to my shop so I could finally give some attention to the things I have put off... like baking cookies with the kids, wrapping gifts and watching the Christmas cartoons with hot cocoa by the fire.
We may have done all of those things all in one day... but, none the less, we did it!
Those are the memories that I hold most dear with my family as a child and with my own children now... the TIME that we spend together. It's not about the gifts for me.... really, I don't care about it... we could have Christmas with no gifts and I would totally happy. But it's the moments of laughter, creativity, sharing old stories and making new memories that is what matters most to me.
I think that is what "VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS" is all about... dreaming about the special food that you only eat at Christmas, seeing your parents smile at each other, seeing your siblings totally happy, the lights on the tree, letting your imagination just completely run away....
(This ornament is a gift from Heather at Pretty Petals!)
My hope this Christmas is that I am able to let go, enjoy each moment IN THAT MOMENT and let myself return to my childhood and just be a kid again.
That's when things are the most magical, those unplanned occasions of laughter and secrets told and love shared.
(This was a surprise gift from Sweet Sarah at My So Called Junky LIfe! I love it Sarah! It is perfectly me!!! :0) Thank you soooooo much!!!)
I'll be back in a day or two with a few more holiday pics to share. I hope y'all are enjoying the holidays with your families and dear friends!
To see a complete list of all the blogs participating, see Heather's blog HERE! :0)
Heather asked everyone to show how we are going to have a Pretty Little Christmas, by sharing decorations, specially wrapped gifts, handmade items or anything that we feel will make out Christmas extra special.
I thought I would show my most recent project, as in this past weekend recent. I have been playing around with the idea of making my own advent calendar for a while. If you aren't familiar with the tradition of the Advent calendar, you can read more about it HERE.
I wanted to buy one of those chipboard kits with drawers at the scrapbook store, but I waited too long. So I saw these little wooden advent cubbies at Target, on sale for around $18 bucks.
Soooo not my colors:
I was so excited to make this one my own! I painted it with craft paint... if you happen to try this project, you'll need about 3 to 4 coats of acrylic paint, then finish with a nice sealer to prevent scratches. Be patient! This process took me about 5 hours, just to paint it! :0)
After the paint was all dry, I used my scrapbooking papers, little trinkets and embellishments, trims, buttons and stickers to add the days to each box.
For my numbers, I used glittered stickers and cut up 2 vintage Bingo game cards. I glued the numbers to different patterns of paper and used foam sticky dots to create dimension.
Lastly, I glittered the base and the roof and added a curly feather smoke stack to the chimney! Love how this came out!
My kids LOVE opening each little door each day to find a sweet surprise as we count down the days until Christmas.
I'm so glad I finally did this project! This will definitely add to our PRETTY LITTLE CHRISTMAS traditions for years to come!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Fa La La La La, La La La La
I hope you are enjoying the Holiday season! It has been quite chilly here in Central CA the last week, so it actually feels like Christmastime, which makes everything so much more cozy.
My little family and I finally finished up the Christmas decorating, which is always a BIG DEAL around here. The kids cannot wait to "help" me get out all little trinkets and treasures.
We have about 12 huge storage bins filled with decorations with 3 different color schemes... red/green, gold/cream and pink/aqua. This year, I decided I was just going to do the pink/white/aqua theme and stick to it.
Devastation. Tears. Everyone, including Daddy, just stared at me when I broke the sad news. I held my ground. 1 tree this year guys. Come on. It's gonna be awesome!
As we began opening the "shabby" boxes that include my VERY SPECIAL VINTAGE ORNAMENTS, I begin to feel very.... um.... worried.
I began to wonder if this was a mistake. I was getting all controlling and saying things like, "PLEEEEESE BE CAREFUL, MOMMY WILL BE SO SAD IF THIS BREAKS!"
I found myself becoming more and more cranky about someone "touching my favorite toys" like a little kid.
I'll admit it.
I sent the kids out of the room and sat down with Jeff to explain to him, that yes, I was not being very fun.
Not so full of Christmas Cheer.
I know that the memory of decorating for Christmas would be "mom was always so worried about her stuff, it wasn't even fun to decorate..."
So, I gave in. I told the kids they could decorate the entryway as much as they wanted, a tree, all the red and green they wanted, it was alllllll gonna be okay.
We had a MUCH happier time, not worrying so much about the ornaments breaking and paying more attention to the small details that are important to them. Like the paper ornaments that they made in Kindergarten, the snowman with out one eye that we love, the sled collection.
Much better, happy times, good memories. :0)
The next day, while everyone was at school, I took my time with my ornaments, decorated the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th trees with the "shabby" stuff that I love.
Happy Mommy, Happy Daddy, Happy Kids.
Merry Christmas! :0)
I've debated forever about putting music on my blog...
*sigh* I'm not sure I'm completely sold on the idea.
What do you think?
If you are like me, I have a hard time concentrating sometimes when there is too much going on, but then, on the other hand, sometimes, I have left some blogs open all day just to hear their play lists!! ;0)
Btw, if you don't prefer my selections, just click on the pause button and it'll stop for ya! :0)
I have had this post in the works for more than a week and have found a few moments today to write this, which can sometimes take me a while, depending on the time day... for instance, if it's around 9am, we're all good. Coffee, silence, me in my "uniform" of yoga pants and tshirt and hoodie. Photos and blog done in less than and hour.
However, try me at 4:45pm, annnnd it's a completely different story... kids, homework, snacks, dog running in the street, "Mooooom!", you know the drill...so the other night, I timed it... it took me 3 hours to get these photos uploaded, cropped, resized and edited.
So, finally, here they are!
I wanted to show you the photos of my finished Silver Bella projects. First is the Altered Book/Photo album taught by Pam Garrison...I haven't added any photos yet, but I've decided to add some pictures of my kids and family at Christmastime.
This was, I think, my favorite project to make. I was able to use a ton of different papers, trims and embellishments, with out the feeling the restraints of scrap-booking... he he this book is, well, quite portly, 3.5" thick!
I see a lot of altered books in my future...
I know this a crazy long post... how is the music?
These are the little Christmas houses I made in Jenni Bowlin's class... these were SO FUN!
Neeext is my Prada Schmada Tote, taught by Charlotte Lyons...this was great to be able to sew and use my favorite fabrics and trims!
Lastly, is the Portrait Rustique taught by Kim Kwan. Remember I told you I was DEAD TIRED in this class? I almost, allllmost called it quits and decided to finish my project another time, but I stuck it out, munched on some snacks with my mom, Natasha and Karla and finished it! This was my favorite piece to bring home.
It is made with a distressed and painted frame, flocked paper underneath painted chicken wire. I added a small baby clothespin and decided to use it as a note board. Love it!
These AWESOME Vintage millinery flowers are from one of my FAVORITE shops on etsy, My So Called Junky Life, miss Sarah Elder! Go check her out, she always has the best vintage goodies and awesome jewelry!! She is my girl for vintage millinery!!
We have just a few more details to finish up around the house and all of our Christmas decorating will be done. I have a whole long story about that, but you just have to wait!
Happy Holidays friends!!