Christmas In Colorado

This is kind of like Christmas in Connecticut:-)  OK, maybe not…but that is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. Have you ever seen it? We had a wonderful white Christmas that was full of hot cocoa, playing outside, shoveling, playing on the piano, snow covered trees and movies. Christmas Eve was at our home and Christmas day was spent at my sister's house.   Early Christmas Morning. After opening presents we headed to my sister's home for the …

Vote For My Friend

The Homies voting is down to the six finalist. I am so excited for my friend Meg at Whatever. As in..whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Don't you adore her already???? Her blog is so gorgeous! She has great posts on recipes, family, decorating and photography…with a little bit of everything else thrown in.   I am sure you know …

The Homies

 There are awards for all sorts of blogs, but no one ever pays enough attention to the shelter blogs, so we started The Homies. It's our way of surveying the blogosphere each year for the best new home design blogs and sharing what we find. It's not so much a competition as a celebration of the richness and awesomeness of shelter bloggers around the world. Join us, share your favorites and check out the ones you don't know. There are …

From Our Family To Yours

    For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

It’s A Wonderful Life

This past weekend was full of pajamas, creating and lots of movies. We didn't shop or run all over the place. We created and made a lot of messes. We watched some of our favorite movies and of course we watched It's A Wonderful Life. It doesn't matter how many times I watch it…I always cry…ALWAYS! My kids just watch me to see when the water works will start…that is a little annoying I might like to add. What a …

Change of Pace

We all love a night out with the girls. (My beautiful friend Juli. I would like to point out that I was the only one that didn't dress up.  I didn't know…I was thinking paint + me = a mess) Lets be honest….we all NEED a night out with the girls! The usual plan is shopping, a movie, or dinner and drinks. My friend Keri put together a night out that had us all meeting at an art studio and …

Don’t Blink

…..or it will be gone!    I can't believe that we are a week away from Christmas. I always think that I will do things differently each year….and each year I realize that it all went by so quickly. I closed my shop earlier this year but I still was shipping out the last of the orders today. I was also working on something today that has a deadline of tomorrow that I can't wait to share will all of you. …

Vintage Paper Wreath

  I am so thrilled that so many of you loved the paper wreath! I got so many emails about how I made it that I am glad that I took some photos during the process. This idea is not mine. My friend Lissa had seen it somewhere and sent a picture of it to me because she thought it looked exactly like me! Thanks Lissa!!! I went to work right away trying to create one for myself. I took …

All Dressed Up

  On Saturday night we had our yearly progressive dinner with our neighborhood. We hosted appetizers and cocktails this year and we had so much fun. The house was all cleaned (thanks to the lovely cleaning ladies that I hadn't seen since the spring) and we had finished decorating the house. I snapped some photos while the house was clean…doesn't happen that often…and I wanted to share the house all dressed up!   The shop is now officially closed until …

For As Long As I Can Remember

…I have loved papers. What child collected vintage books because they thought they were beautiful and smelled amazing..that would be me. I can not walk past a paper shop…it is truly one of my very favorite kinds of shops in the world. I am a fan of vintage books, cards, sheet music and any vintage ephemera I can get my hands on! It is the history lover in me that loves touching the past. When I look back on what …

A Girl Needs To Accessorize

  (originally $42) Today I am offering the discount on all my items that help you accessorize! This is through Thursday ONLY! These are the things that pull your outfit together and help you stand out.   (originally $56) Accessorizing is one of my favorite past times:-) (originally $12) You remember all my hats don't you??? You should also see the scarves, shoes, boots, bracelets, necklaces…. FREE SHIPPING applies to the sale items.   (originally $52) Have fun shopping and …

Today’s Deal

  (originally $52) The discount for Wednesday is on all my purses that are currently in stock. ***remember that I can ship for you and everything will arrive wrapped beautifully*** (originally $28) I will show what their original price was and what the sale is for TODAY only! FREE SHIPPING still applies to the sale items.   (originally $38) It is FREEZING here in Colorado. I am not used to weather like this here….cold, cold weather is partially why I …

Shop Update

I just wanted to remind everyone that I am offering FREE SHIPPING in my shop until December 13th. The 13th will also be the last day that my shop is open until the New Year! I want to enjoy this amazing season with my family and get working on all the goodies that I am making for everyone I love. I thought it would be fun to offer something from my shop each day this week at a discount. It …

Small Town Girl

(Our family and my sweet niece) I grew up in a small town of 3,000 in rural Illinois. We didn't have a stoplight or any fast food restaurants. Any store we went into knew who we belonged to and the barber was always the place to go for a piece of candy on our way home from school. The fourth of July was filled with an early morning 5K, pancake breakfasts, parade, music in the square, a carnival and the …

Pretty Distractions

image found here We had a pretty hard week around here. We are getting back to normal but it is amazing how things can change in a moment and you are scrambling to stay above water. The day after Thanksgiving I got a call from my husband that he was in the emergency room because he had blacked out at work.  He also prepared me that he had banged his face up a bit on the fall. The children and …

When Your Heart Changes

Mixed media collage by Becky Strahle at Farm Girl Paints When your heart changes you see the world differently. You see yourself differently. You become stronger, wiser, braver, more compassionate, more lovely. When you see yourself for who you could really be….the whole world opens up. When the whole world opens up before you….you become brave…you begin to take steps to become the person that you really dream of becoming. I love that my sweet friend Melody recently said that …