November 7, 2011

old man winter...

I know he's coming... peeking at us from round the corner...the temperatures are falling steadily.. I am not ready; though I am prepared. Winter gear and clothing are all hanging in the closets.. recipes scoured for hearty warm filling dinners...We've been lucky so far this year to only have had a light dusting of snow one didn't stay too long, done in by the mid day sun... Last year we had more on the ground for Halloween.

So this year I know we are lucky not to have had it this late into the year... I know it will not last, and part of me can't wait for the winter wonderland to begin.. Although I hate going out in the snow, I love being snug-a-bug warm and cozy inside, watching it fall outside, gazing at it from the bay window in my living is so calming and so peaceful and adds to the feeling of the holidays. To me, it doesn't feel like Christmas time until there's snow on the ground.. who would have thought that being an island girl majority of my life, I'd come to love when it snows.

I need to get crafty and start making some holiday decorations.. I know it will be here too soon and I want to be ready and enjoy it for as long as I can. Being this is the second Christmas in our new house, I've yet to decorate or have any Christmas/winter decorations(last year I escaped it all and went home for Christmas.. ) I am totally digging a shabby, vintage inspired theme...I'm thinking burlap wreath and linen runners on the tables, chunky pillar candles...pine branches and glitter on everything...a more muted colour palette of hunter greens and deep burgundy and cream.. there has to be cream. I am anxiously awaiting my Santa Claus special order doll from my mama (who just so happens to be an awesome doll artist..more on that to come!) I just hope my mischievous, fur-faced Siamese shadow will leave him alone..

Remember my tutorial on how to make ornament wreaths? Well here's some of the cards I made for my dear friend Sandy; a former co-worker of mine..a great soul and wonderful person to be around..we hit it off and the rest is history as they say..
I have to admit, these are some of my favourite Christmas cards to date. I always find them so hard to do, even tho they are in bulk. Something I struggle with year after year. Maybe I just need some retail therapy to have more Christmas-y things on hand  :P

I love the combination of kraft and white..can you see the shimmer of glitter? I used my beloved Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in 'marshmallow'..doesn't that sound scrumptious? die cut sheet music as a base for the wreaths and some little tags- just because I can't live with out them. I heat embossed the sentiment (love PTI's Snowflake serenade) and stamped some falling snowflakes.. I have to say I'm partial to the cream holly wreaths than the green ones..

I think I hear old man winter knocking on the door...


  1. So very pretty ... Sheet music always screams Christmas to me ... love the kraft with white ... have a lovely day

  2. Wow wow wow; I have not been around for a while and being here you made my jaw drop the moment I looked at these handmade gems. I am in love with that wreath...


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