Monday, November 29, 2010

Sutch an Inspiration

Well are you in full swing Christmas mode yet?  I am.  :)  I packed away all of the fall decor today and now I'm waiting on the hubs to bring down the Christmas goods so I can get to decorating!

Here are a few fantastic finds to get you/keep you in the holiday spirit:

I adore this idea for a holiday card display that Mykl shared at Tres French Hens (festive name)!  Simple, affordable, and a fantastic way to add a pop of holiday cheer to your kitchen!

Isn't this tree the cutest?!  April shares this beauty over at Cup of Delight!  No cutting, sewing, or gluing required.  Just stick a pearl-headed straight pin through the hole of a button and you have a delightful tree fully adorned with "ornaments."  Adorable!

I love the simplicity of this ribbon tree that Patrice shared over at Lemon Tree Creations.  I can totally make this with things I have on hand and customize it to fit in with my holiday decor.

Tracy made a trio of woodsy trees using paper mache tree forms.  I love, LOVE the pine cone tree!  If you are going for a woodland holiday theme in your home, you must stop by Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures to take a peek at these!

I can't wait to make an advent calendar for Kason!  I remember my mom getting the thin, cardboard box ones with the chocolates inside.  I looked forward to "opening the door" and getting my little piece of chocolate everyday.  I'm adoring this paper cone advent tree that Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! shared yesterday!  I love how the cones are big enough to hold small prizes and I cannot get over those snow covered branches!  I have to have them!

Ladies, thank you so much for sharing your holiday goodness!  :)  You are SUTCH an inspiration!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Holiday Messages {Printables}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is gearing up for Black Friday tomorrow.  I am so very thankful for all of my blessings and that includes you, my bloggy friends!  :)  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you!

The thankful printables were such a huge hit and I received several requests for more, so as a big, giant thank you to you, I've made some holiday lunch sack printables:

This one is perfect for your kiddos and possibly friends or coworkers:

This one is for that special someone (I have to tell you that I had to edit myself a few times...who knew Christmas could be so racy?).  :)

These little messages are sure to put a smile on anyone's face!  Simply click on the image, right click and select Save Image As, and print. 

Have a wonderful weekend!


Happy Thanksgiving

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and lots of making memories!  I'm so very thankful for all the blessings in my life!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Guest Posting over at Under the Table and Dreaming

I have to tell you that I'm SUTCH a lucky girl!  I'm hanging out over at Under the Table and Dreaming today!  I adore Stephanie Lynn and everything she creates is spectacular.  She is always a source of inspiration for me so when she asked if I would participate in her handmade ornament event, I was over the moon!


This is day three of the event so be sure to look back through the older posts to see all of the ornaments!  I cannot believe how different they are!  I'm having a hard time deciding which ones will be on my tree this year!  I want to make them all! :)

I would love for you to stop by Under the Table and Dreaming and check out my Wire Word Ornaments.

P.S. I'm so thankful for everyone who visits by my little piece of Blogland.  Please come by tomorrow for a little treat!  Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Sutch an Inspiration

Hey there! How's it going? I hope all is well and you are excitedly preparing for Thanksgiving (not stressing). :) I don't know about you, but I'm in full Christmas mode. I'm sure it's because technically I've had my turkey. We celebrated our first Thanksgiving on Sunday (lucky me), so now my eyes are on the target...the 25th of December! I guess that is why the inspiration this week is all about the holidays!

How fun are these funky, little trees that April made over at Apple Loves Oranges? I think they are so quirky and will surely bring a smile to every face!
I love this banner Katie made at Impatiently Praying for Patience! She used glitter glass to really make it shine. It's the perfect reminder of the true reason for the season.

I'm trying a new color in my Christmas decor this year...brown. It's being added to red and gold so when I saw this acorn wreath Julie from Vibrant Designs made, I couldn't wait to start putting my Christmas decor together! I love the texture of this wreath and the red and brown combo is so rich looking. P.S. I love her red door!

Hello cozy, comfy pillow!  Charity from All Things Beautiful made this pillow from an old sweater. How very clever. I love how it buttons up the front!

Let's end this post with something sweet! I had never heard of the M&M Nativity Legend until Colette posted about it at My Computer is My Canvas. What a fun legend, and a sweet treat! She even offers a free printable of the legend so you can share it with your friends.

Ladies, you rock! Thank you so much for sharing these great projects! You are SUTCH an inspiration!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Big Red Rosette

Hey, All!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I got to celebrate my first Thanksgiving last night!  It was absolutely delicious and I'm so excited I get to do it all again on Thursday!

Last week my family took our pictures for our holiday card.  I wanted all of us to dress in coordinating colors.  This year our colors were brown and red.  I found a great, little plaid shirt for Kason that served as the inspiration.  I found a super cute and chunky brown sweater for me, but I needed a fun red accessory.

Enter this insanely gorgeous rosette that Tanya made over at Trey and Lucy.  I knew it would pack the punch I was looking for.

I followed Tanya's tutorial and watched her do it a few times (she has a video tutorial too), and then gave it a whirl.  This is how mine turned out.

I used 1/4 yard of red broad cloth and it only cost .50!  :)  Isn't that incredible!  I gave my best effort at hand sewing, but I ended up hot gluing some of it because of my lack of sewing skills. :)

I finished the back with a piece of red felt and a pin.

Here it is in action!  The pin is gorgeous, and how about that little guy?  SUTCH a cutie! :)

I let a friend borrow the pin for her family pics.  She put it on her little girl's head band and it is just darling!

At that price, I will definitely be making more of these beauties!  I know my girlfriends would love these for Christmas gifts too!

Here are a few more of my favorite pics from Sunday's shoot.

I hope you have a great Monday!  Only three more days until turkey! :)

Partying HERE this week!


Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Decorating {Credenza}

Happy Friday!  I'm so ready for this weekend!  We are celebrating Thanksgiving with my mom and sister early this year, so I'll be chowing down some turkey in two, short days!  Woowho!

I've decided that my home is as decorated as it's going to get for fall.  Here is a little vignette I put together on top of the credenza in my entryway.

I won this adorable Itz Fitz wreath a few months ago over at Mandpidy

A wire pumpkin, a bundle of wheat, and a raffia-wrapped antique spool acting as a vase are grouped together on one side of the credenza.

While this fantastic fall tree topiary, chocolate pumpkin, and Itz Fitz wreath sit clustered together on the other side.

I love seeing this as soon as I come in the front door.  It makes me happy!

As much as I love all of my fall decorations, they will be coming down this week to make room for Christmas!  :)  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

50 {FREE} Cards from Shutterfly

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to get your family dressed up (preferably in some coordinating attire) and in front of a camera to take pictures so you start creating your Christmas cards!

Shutterfly is a one stop shop for all things holiday.  You can design your holiday cards and pick up some fantastic gifts for friends and family all in one place.

We had our pictures taken yesterday.  I couldn't wait to get home and see how they looked on a few of my favorite cards.  Take a peek:

Picking my favorite from more than 800 holiday cards was the hardest part!  However, I knew I wanted to incorporate brown into the card and was easily able to narrow down my search.  A few clicks and a photo upload is all it takes!  Super simple with beautiful results!

Shutterfly is offering 50 {FREE} holiday cards to bloggers!  How cool is that?  Check out this LINK to find out more!  I want to see your top picks too!

Now which one should I pick?  :)


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sutch an Inspiration

It's beginning to look a lot like blogland.  ...and I'm smiling from ear to ear!  The holidays make me happy and even though I just got my fall decor up, I'm already thinking of taking it down to put up Christmas.  :)

Here is one super cute fall idea, one super fab lamp redo, and THREE super duper fun holiday projects:

The girls at Lolly Jane Boutique jazzed up some plain ole white pumpkins for fall!  I adore the color combo and the argyle...a personal favorite of mine!

Holy gorgeous lamp shade, Batman!  I'm inspired!  I want one...or a couple!  Suesan at Frou-FruGal created this beautiful beaded lampshade.  I love how the beads sparkle in the sunlight and show off the milk glass lamps!  I heart!

 This is one of the cutest wreaths I've ever seen!  I have a thing for wreaths...and I want this one on my front door!  Natalie at Johnny in a Dress crafted this cutie.

Jenn over at My Delicious Ambiguity shows us how to make a Christmas activity count down calendar.  You can fill each pocket with a fun activity for your kiddos...make up your own or Jenn offers 48 activities in her etsy shop for only $2.50.

Blakely at Honey and the Moon was inspired by an etsy find to make these fern faux snow covered pine trees.  She shows us how to recreate an adorable trio.

Thank you for sharing these fabulous projects!  You ladies are Sutch an Inspiration! :)