Friday, November 29, 2013

How did I ever do this before?

Pass me those red earrings.

This one is going to France.

I'll check for more packing tape.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Visions of Sugar Plums...

...danced in their heads!
Colorful 'sugared' textured acrylic reminds me of mouth-watering candy!
Available in earrings and necklaces, they make a yummy gift for your sweet-heart!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Holiday Table ~ Rustic Handmade Elegance in Red, White and Black

  ~ Some more ideas for setting your table for Christmas dinner, a holiday brunch or winter get-together -
start with fabulous red dishes! 
 I found these in the sale section at the supermarket a couple of years ago.  They were a great deal and are so pretty on the table! 
Choosing a theme or colors will help organize you and tie your decorations together making your table the talk of the party! Pick something you love or already have pieces on hand to use - this should be fun to prepare! I never throw out anything I think I might use on a table and am always picking up little bits and pieces on sale.  Just this week, I found four wooden 3D snowflake ornaments, three aqua blue and one pale golden yellow - I just know they will find a place on one of my tables in the near future!

For this table (and party), I found the most gorgeous heavy cotton fabrics in patterns of fresh red and white - they have an almost Scandinavian flair. I designed three patterns for ornaments, one each for a heart, dove and skinny evergreen. Handsewn and decorated with snowflake cutouts and stamped initial charms, they are a charming personalized party favor as well as pretty decoration for the table!
I usually set the table in layers. Here, a Christmas red tablecloth is the base.  Brown kraft paper comes next - it's great for sharing an inspiring quote, having guests sign or leave a message as a souvenir of our dinner or a canvas of entertainment for the kids to draw and color.  I use this a lot! Wide ribbon or wrapping paper runners are a colorful, easy and inexpensive way to add a third layer of interest. This sparkly red and white striped ribbon was in a gift wrap basket at the grocery store (and will reappear this season somewhere else!).

Black felt snowflake place mats anchor the centerpiece of the table. A mix of ornaments, candles, branches, holiday napkins, white candles and a sprinkling of silver glitter finish it off!

Let's Eat!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas at the Market, November 14 & 15

Join us in Fredericton
this Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15
 for a show and sale
of beautiful local and New Brunswick
Arts and Crafts!
Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fabulous Stocking Stuffers for Your Guy!
Check out these great Stocking Stuffers from the Artisan's Collaborative
for the man in your life!
1.  Chunky Cowl from Little Shop of Crochets, $20
2.  Fire Plane Photograph from Bleu Oiseau, $34
3.  So It Goes, Typography Print from Islays Terrace, $12
4.  Italian Silk Tie from MeshuMaSH, $18
5.  Retro Pep Band Tee from Dotto, $10
Click on the main photo to see all our shops' gifts for Him!
Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Table Setting and Friends for Brunch

 Saturday dawned sunny and bright and a perfect November day for a brunch for friends! We have a long and deep history and I just love preparing the table for these wonderful women.  I thought I would share the décor for this early November morning!
 Felted acorn ornaments are a charming favor to remind us of delightful day!
Meaningful words help us find our spots.

 The colors outside are carried in to the table linens and centerpieces.
...a hint of red for the holidays to come!

  Our kitty swatted these acorns all over the dining room while I was creating the centerpiece!


I had a delicious day! Thank you, my friends!