Monday, November 29, 2010

Priss & Prep!

Attention ladies!  There is a new shop you need to check out.

My friend Kiplyn:


Here, with son Cooper




works as an event planner and decorator and has started a new online shop called:



http://www.prissandprep.com

According to Kiplyn, "our collection is a mix of hand-picked pieces from here, there and everywhere.  from the kitchen, to your closet, to the nursery, to the birthday party - you'll be up to your knees in fresh ideas and one-of-a-kind pretties." Her shop is custom order, so all of the products can be made in any color/design/pattern. So fun!

She was recently one of the merchants featured at the NWA Boutique Show.  Her booth was one of the most thoughtful there. You can get an idea of the types of things in her shop. Here are a few pictures:








In action

Too cute!

This is the last week to place custom orders for Christmas!! Mention you saw this post on Creative Outpour and she will give you 10% off your order!

Enjoy!




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday-Cyber Monday-Holiday DEALS!!!!

I LOVE a great deal and I'm all excited for Black Friday and the crazy shopping...crazy people..and lots of coffee!! I wake up early--grab a Starbucks and head out with list in hand. I love the holiday frenzy!! Here are some great sales from my favorite online place to shop: www.ETSY.com

www.etsy.com/shop/snugglebugslings is offering buy 3 get 1 free!!



www.etsy.com/shop/yvonnesbabyboutique is offering Black Friday sales of all kinds and FREE shipping!















www.esty.com./shop/sweetapple30 is offering 15% off every item in their shop! Cute fabric jewelry items!













www.etsy.com/shop/sugarplumcollars is offering Buy 2 get 3rd Free or Buy 1 get 2nd 1/2 off! Cute doggie collar all sizes in awesome fabrics that you won't find in any pet store!







www.etsy.com/shop/littlepenniann is offering 25% off everything!! Great wood signs that are creative and cheap!! Love these Toy Story ones below!!










www.etsy.com/shop/mablemae is offering free shipping! And these are cute stocking stuffers!!






Push pins







Pocket mirrors



Magnets




Bottle openers

Happy Shopping.....embrace the holiday craziness....drive carefully...and stay focused!!! XXOO

Monday, November 22, 2010

Baby Its Cold Outside.......

Baby Its Cold outside........so stay inside and make some of these fun crafty things. Take advantage of the fireplace, the cozy quilt and cuddle up to your craft table for some fun! Here are a few fun ideas I found. Enjoy! XXOO




Make these paper ornaments.....
www.papercraftsmag.com/articles/november_december_editor_s_note_projects







This fun and handy pin cushion......O Christmas Tree..O Christmas Tree..... (p.s. Love the nail polish).........www.spoolsewing.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/spool-christmas-tree-pincushion-tutorial.pdf



Make your own stocking this holiday!! Follow this easy tutorial: www.dsquilts.com/uploads/stockinginstructions.pdf



Or make this fun total for fun or for a friend!! www.dsquilts.com/uploads/markettote.pdf




I LOVE these doggies!! The patchwork Scotties are sooo cute I want to make a whole litter!! www.dsquilts.com/uploads/scottiedogpatterm.pdf




Make your own Christmas decorations.....pick your colors and go crazy!!! www.emma-bagladee.blogspot.com/2010/11/star-decoration-tutorial-giveaway.html



Post and share your quick craft ideas.....e-mail me.






Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Tablescape

This is being posted by me, but it from Amy who is currently on the road visiting family.  She put together a Thanksgiving tablescape and wanted to share it with us here:




Maybe for little intimate Thanksgiving brunch?  I especially love the layering of the plates and the vintage acorn jars.  It got me thinking about vintage things we could incorporate into our Thanksgiving tables, like:

Acorn Cake Saver

Pumpkin Candy Container

Pheasants


We'd love to see what you have planned for your Thanksgiving table.  Send us a pic!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Willow House

Have you ever heard of Willow House?

Just the other day I was introduced to them on Twitter.  Someone I follow on Twitter has Tweeted about a giveaway for a $50 credit toward anything on the Willow House website.

You should know something about me.  I enter a TON of giveaways every day and I win fairly often.

Well, I won the contest and was so excited to check out their site.  I soon realized that I was first, in love with their site and second, could get several items for the $50 credit I received.  

The box came in the mail today.

Simply Good Design.



Always wanted one of these apple slicers!

Mandolin Slicer!  Yes!

Vase with flower frog!  So excited to use this.

Water pitcher for my bedside table.


I was really impressed by the quality of the merchandise.  On their website they have all kinds of items for dining and entertaining, outdoor living, and decorating.  So fun.

Heather Sinclair is who offered the giveaway and she is a Willow House design consultant.  You can order online through her extension of the website at: http://www.heatherstclair.willowhouse.com. There you can buy through her outlet at discounted prices. 

You can also follow her blog at:   http://www.handjstclair.blogspot.com   
and follow her on Facebook:  Here  
where you can contact her and follow her for more design updates, sales, and giveaways.  

Yay for giveaways!  Yay for Willow House!!







Monday, November 15, 2010

Holiday Decorating Lessons!

My friend's mom decorates homes for the holidays.  She has been doing it for years and she is seriously talented.  I asked her the other day if I could get some pointers from her, so she invited me to tag along with her on her next job.

The first thing they worked on was this mantel:






Gorgeous, but pretty simple & my mind was racing with ideas of how to do this on the cheap.  We started with a lit garland that was pretty stiff with wire in it that we could manipulate.  Attached it with Command hooks.  We added some antique metal trees on the right, some over sized oak leaves with a metallic finish (which could totally be made from spray painted leaves from your yard ), some of those Osage orange balls also with metallic finish & some cute pointy star bursts.  Easy, but so beautiful!

The next thing we worked on was the tree.



We stuck to mostly silver-toned ornaments.  The tulle we used had kind of a linen look to it.  There were icicles, glass, silver & star burst ornaments.  We also used some stiff ribbon spread across the tree. I loved the crystal star/snowflakes we used as a topper.  Might steal that one!




Lastly, we did this mantel.  The home owner already had this great antiqued mirror hanging, as well as, this angel blowing it's trumpet, so we embellished it with a little gold leaf twisted around it.  We used some auburn vases and filled them with lights.  We topped them with some gilded leafy vines.  In one we placed lit orbs and in the other we placed bronze branches which brought out the tones in the mirror. The last thing we added was some dainty garland that had frozen look to it.  Again, thanks to Command hooks, it was easy to secure & will be easy to remove without any damage to the home owners mantel.

Such a fun day!  I learned so much and realized I have much to learn.  Can't wait to decorate my house!! Got any fun pics to share of what you've done so far this Christmas? 

We'd love to see them.  Email me & we'll display them on our blog : )


Friday, November 12, 2010

Craft Night!

Our "Crafts, Cocktails & Gossip" night was so much fun!! We had a girl's night in last Saturday. Everyone brought an appetizer and drinks. I tried a new recipe--cheese balls--they were especially delightful! I decided to pick a theme to help guide the craft challenged (lol) ones. Everyone went to the hobby store to pick fun things for their wreaths and then we shared the "extras". We set up two crafts tables and one island full of food and drinks! The girls got creative and we had a lot of fun!! It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and spend some quality time with the girls I love!!







The girls!!!!



Tanya made this for her Dad!




Lauren & Tracey made this together!



Emily was the first to finish!





Vanessa, Dawn, Sheryl and Tracey





Vanessa's bright and beautiful wreath!




Jen our house host and Alexis!




Team work...........





These glass block decorations were a great idea!!




The wreaths!!!!!!




Now it's your turn!! Organize a craft night with your friends!! Then send me some pics so we can post them to our blog! XXOO






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