Random Thoughts and Ramblings

Our Thanksgiving was just as I imagined with just a bit more time in the kitchen than I imagined.

I guess food doesn’t cook itself…weird.

We hiked, went to see THIS movie, made THIS recipe and stuffed our face with THIS.

We ended our night with “Little Women” and I feel like the Christmas season has now officially begun.

No matter how many times I see the movie I just can’t get into Amy’s character (Susan Sarandon/Winona Ryder version).

Does anyone else feel the same?

I have been loving looking through all the Christmas magazines and starting to pull out our Christmas bins.

I was so excited this week to open a package from my friend Mel with their brand new book.

It is so gorgeous guys and just the perfect gift for special friends this Christmas!

Years ago I was given THIS book from a friend and absolutely loved it!

I have been reading one chapter a day with the kids and it is fun to see how much they are loving it too.

I am usually really, really behind with the whole Christmas card thing.

This year I bought an image HERE to use for the front of our cards (that still leaves the whole taking a family photo part). Wish me luck!

I am so excited to be a part of Christy Tomlinson’t online Christmas course again this year.

This year I am teaching how to make handmade stamps and how to use them in packaging etc.

Here is a sneak peek.

There will also be this sweet ornament tutorial by the talented Mindy Lacefield.

and another peek of what the Gilded Girls are teaching…

You can register HERE.

We have also been working on getting you the new line next Monday.

If you can’t wait until Monday we just put three new purses in our Etsy shop

Here is a little peek…

I am going to make THIS recipe this weekend because

1) It is made by one of my favorite friends and she is a good cook

2) Her photography makes it look incredible

3) My family has to eat

I splurged (with my 20% off Anthro coupon) and bought THIS.

It will be the only Christmas decor I buy this year.

I know, I know…I could have made it.

Sorry all you DIY people.


Our town just put in a new ice skating rink so I get asked every 30 seconds when we are going so that needs to get accomplished really fast because the asking is about to lead me to drink.

If you have taken CMH or are in our creative network you can purchase the course for only $38.

It would make the most awesome gift.

Read more HERE.

After video taping for over 6 weeks, editing for weeks and pretty much just sitting at my computer it may (which means definitely must) be time to get back to THIS!

This girl has new items from France available and this girl sold out of her first collection!

Proud of both of them.

I can’t wait to decorate my house and so honored to be a part of THIS girl’s holiday house walk.

19 homes are included and it is going to be so much fun!!!

I also wanted to give you a heads up that there are only 7 spaces left in an art retreat that I am teaching at this February in Seattle!

It will be so dreamy, creative and relaxing!

I also have a question for you guys.

I have tons of seeds that I wanted to plant this fall and didn’t get to it.

Do you think it is too late?

Should I wait for spring?


I am also beginning to put this together and wanted to give you a sneak peek.

I am so giddy just thinking about making art with you again!

I had to get THIS just for the cover. Β I couldn’t help it.

Last random rambling is that I can not live a day without listening to these guys.

I. Can’t.

True love.

Have a great day!

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  1. lissa

    hey my friend! Thank you so much for your kind words! I wish so much you could’ve been there when neal was editing my cookbook for school. I was laughing until tears squeezed out of the corners of my eyes. Here is the mathematical engineer trying to make sense of my recipes where I just ramble and “talk to the people” as I was telling him. You had to be there. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. That’s so cool that Maddy made her first loaf of bread!! You’re good to me. I love ya!

    1. jeanne Author

      Love you too! Can’t wait to try your recipe and I would have paid money to see you guys making that cookbook:-)

  2. Andrea

    I adore Little Women. I want to read that book soon with my girls (and Anne of Green Gables, and The Secret Garden, and so many more!). The movie is special to me as it was filmed while I was going to University in Victoria, Vancouver Island. They had the streets of ‘old downtown’ all done up with horse drawn carriages etc for filming, and there were regular rumors as to where Winona was shopping that day. The family home scenes were filmed closer to where my Mom lives, about 1.5 hours away from victoria, in a gorgeous country home. My Mom went on a Christmas home tour there and said it was wonderful. Brings back memories of Vancouver Island for me (I’ve since moved away) and of my early-mid 90’s university days there =)

    1. jeanne Author

      That would have been so fun to be there while it was being filmed. I think it is such a magical movie. What a gorgeous place to go to college.

  3. Cottage in the Oaks

    What fun! So glad you guys had a great Thanksgiving…..and love your new bags. πŸ™‚

    You’re actually on target with the seeds….seeds shouldn’t be planted until spring. {Bulbs should be planted in the fall/now.} You can store the seeds in airtight containers in your refrigerator until then. If you want to start them inside start them in planting trays 6 weeks before the last frost….if you’re planting them straight in the ground wait until after the last frost. Hope that helps!


  4. Peggy

    OH I had to laugh because I made Boeuf Bourguignon the weekend before Thanksgiving and the chicken is being made today because… it will be the only day during the “work” week that I will have my entire family at the dinner table at once. πŸ™‚

    Carving on rubber stamps or linoleum? Oh that brings back memories of 6th grade art… and a passion that I’ve not experienced since… maybe its time to give it a try again. πŸ™‚ To allow myself to try and just let my hair down (so to speak!) πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Janelle Roberts

    always such beautiful stuff on here! Looking forward to taking another one of your classes…started one last January but life took a difficult turn….can’t wait!

  6. elma

    Oh I love the wreath that you bought!! Did you see Maria from Dreamy Whites also bought that and put a vintage bow made from an old grainsack:) So beautiful!!
    I did nap two pieces of pottery from Kimberley( I so wanted an apron) and way to many treasures from Tracey:) So funny since the e course it feels like I know you all:) Have a great week!!!

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