The sweet home is getting its corners filled with tiny pieces of holiday trimmings. My favorite, night time when the Christmas lights pop on and everything looks like Christmas with that magical glow.
A big day planned in the studio. It will be hustle and bustle as customers come to stock up on holiday soaps and little boxes.
Freshly made jars of Lavender Liniment line the apothecary shelves as well as more holiday wrapped soaps.
Lennis is going to the KU, MU Football game with my Dad and Brother, should be fun. Those two teams have been rivalry's for years. I'm picking Missouri!
I felt rushed this Christmas to get the house filled in its holiday glory and the Christmas tree up and garland wrapped. It seems like Christmas is coming so fast. Once I began digging all the holiday stuff out of boxes I began to slow down and take in the moments. I turned on Christmas music and happily strung lights in and out of garland. Placed the little snowmen on their favorite shelf and now pondering the thought of addressing Christmas cards. I need stamps though, always out of stamps!
I'm sending caring and sharing packages to dear friends while in between this and that and as I pack them off, a smile appears on my face and I think about the true meaning of Christmas.
I heard a sad, sad story yesterday on the news about how a fellow human being got trampled to death in a W store, so sad indeed, and it breaks my heart to think about this.
I needed a few things yesterday morning so I went to my favorite little store just right down the street, Walgreen's. I couldn't believe my eyes! I bet there were over one-hundred people, mostly women scattered here and there anxiously shopping for the Black Friday bargains.
Personally, that's not for me, you know getting up at 4 am standing in a very long line awaiting the store to open to purchase that one or two item's that are on sale.
If I would have witnessed something like what happened in that W Store, I'd ever go shopping again!
On a good note,
Don't forget to look up at the moon on Monday night. You'll notice the moon, crescent, my favorite, and two very bright stars sitting proudly next to Miss Crescent. A Christmas starry night!
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are enjoying the turkey remnants.
Our little house is trimmed in sparkly ice cycles and the garden shed resembles a storybook picture. Only one thing missing, an overcoat of snow to add to the sparkle. I love the sparkle of a freshly fallen snow under a full moon and sparkly lights it shines as though its been dusted with glitter.
One of my favorite things about Christmas, the lights!
A tiny sparkle that always shines brighter during my favorite time of year.
Lennis hangs our lights every year, which I know is no easy task considering our house stands over forty feet in height.
Lennis the man, makes it look easy and you can tell he enjoys the fruit of his labor.
I noticed last night while gazing out the window he was walking Lily in front of our house standing proud as he admired his sparkly workmanship, as he should! Thanks for the sparkle sweetie.
I have began wrapping my hand-made gifts.
I'm not purchasing new gift wrap. I'm greening it up this Christmas, using the paper I have around the studio.
I found bundles of Christmas past's wrapping paper while rummaging through the attic. I'm also salvaging the used paper, shredding it and using it for packing Bittersweet orders, sweet!
I love this wrapped look. I hand stamped brown paper and then tied with red and white yard. You can find this yarn at the craft store, very affordable and plenty of yardage for wrapping oodles of presents.
I also used manila cards like the ones I told you about a few posts ago for tagging each package.
Planning on busy Saturdays for the next few weeks to come and preparing the Saturday Studio for its guests.
Oh no, another philosophical discussion from Jill!
With all the talk of doom and gloom I thought we could all use some reflecting and turn our focus to a postive side of life.
Reflections by Jill, let's say ...
When I was thirteen I got hit by a car. The guy that hit me quckly ran out of his car and knelt down over me and asked me if I was alright. I said yes and began to stand up, but quickly realized that I could not feel anything from my waist down. He picked me up and placed me in his car and quickly drove to our small town clinic.
Miraculously by the time I arrived at the clinic I could once again feel my legs and was walking. I was young I guess and never really thought to much about the accident until I got much older. I have been thinking more about these things lately.
A few years later, I believe I was a Junior in high school, I was out with older friends one weekend night. The friends stopped to have a few drinks before going home. I of course was only seventeen or so and could not drink alcohol. After our little stop we all hopped inside the car and drove down the highway. Within moments after being on the highway, the driver began driving back and forth recklessly.
I saw this one coming..
The car whipped over and over and over. I could feel bodies slamming against mine, glass breaking all around, screaming, and I remember like yesterday yelling out, "I don't want to die GOD!"
At that moment the car finally stopped rolling and we crawl out. Each one of us asking the other if we were OK. Then I hear, "Where's Karen?" Karen had been thrown twenty feet or so onto the other side of the highway. She was lying in the cold winter grass moaning. Her husband the driver was hysteric, as he should have been.
Karen was paralyzed and in a body cast for more than a year, and eventually through rehabilitation became mobile again. Karen and her husband are still married and live on a beautiful farm in the Midwest.
I often think about the two close calls with death I encountered. Those two real life incidents have actually comforted me and kept me grounded over the years. I realize the significance of each and how they have allowed me to focus on living my life in honor and appreciate each and every day that I'm here on earth.
More than anything though, these unfortunate happenings have taught me how to be happy.
They helped teach me that happiness doesn't come from materialistic things, although we all seem to think that sometimes. It comes from what's inside your heart. It comes from appreciating each moment and cherishing the good times as well as the bad times.
Happiness comes from enjoying the moment regardless of what that may be. The negative will always be there, but the positive always wins:)
Bittersweet orders are continuing to be packed and shipped and headed to their destinations. So far, on schedule and shipping within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Just in case you're waiting and wondering where your Bittersweet is, I'm hoping it's on the way!
I was digging around through some stuff yesterday and found this vintage chocolate box my Step-mom gave me probably twenty years or so ago.
I have always been fond of this box. The shape of the box, round, my favorite shape, the graphics divine, and I'm sure the chocolates that once filled the box also exquisite.
Gearing up for a busy Saturday and planning our Thanksgiving menu.
You know how I am about using what I have and trying to live green. I believe that's important now more than ever.
You don't have to feel deprived when creating and adding those special touches to your holiday designs.
Santa Hats, an alternative to the regular hum-drum boring containers.
How cute would these be sitting on your holiday table filled with baked goodies?
Or how about filling them with gifts and tying a big bow around the top as replacement packaging for your boxed gift wrap.
The hats are inexpensive and a green offering during the holidays. The recipient will not only enjoy the creative packaging, but too, have a jolly elves hat to wear around family and friends:)
I've been making hand-made cards.
The cards are a bit larger than traditional sized enclosures, chunky and fat, I like the size. I used a label format, size 8164, cut and paste my designs, and then round the corners.
I have always been fond of these manila tags. You can pick them up at your local office supply store for hardly anything and you get a large amount of cards. I simply printed out vintage images on label format and stuck them on the manila tag. I dusted them with glitter. I tied them with remnants of left over muslin and silver piping. I inserted beads and vintage buttons on the piping and remnants for added embellishment.
While you're at the office supply store probably next to the tags you'll probably also see round key tags, also great for making hand-made tags and especially nice to add to you Christmas packaging. Use the same concept only use round label formatting to create the round tags.
Isn't it funny how your taste changes now and then?
I've been noticing a preference for soft gray winter hues rather than bright colors. Oh I still am a color girl, but it's nice to have the balance of both color and mono-dramatic throughout the studio.
I'm breaking today and making some winter stockings. I thought I'd fill the stockings with hand-made goodies to give to family and friends.
The stockings are made using crisp linen and vintage embroidery trims. Basic but yet, simple elegance, I believe.
I thought I might not have time to take pictures and what better than a glamor shot of the hostess with the mostess! Just kidding, never take me too seriously. I was having some pre-party fun.
I have one regret, that I didn't hire an extra elf to help ring up customers.
I would have much preferred mingling with my guests than standing at the register all afternoon, but sometimes it just works out that way I guess.
We did have a few snow sprinkles that morning, and it was frosty outside which added to the holiday premier ambiance.
Not too many pictures. I'm afraid my friend Debbie showed up late and it got so busy that I didn't even have time to make the request.
Thanks to Mona though and Dana we did manage to get in some moment snaps.
Here's a shot of Dana taking a picture of the desert table. Isn't it nice when a fellow blogger friend lives close by and you're both able to share the bloggy moments? Dana has the Stone Rabbit blog, hop on over and visit and tell her Jill sent you, if you please. I think Dana got quite a few shots while I was ching chinging all day.
This trio, Julie, Jill and Mona.
I'd like to introduce you to my friend Dawn. Isn't Dawns scarf pretty? She just got back from France where she picked up this pretty colorful accessory. Dawn has her own marketing business, she's quite the savvy woman and a good friend.
My friend Alan came and handed me this amazing bouquet of fresh red roses from his flower shop. I love fresh roses. Alan has the best and they are always bursting with fragrance.
Saturday was indeed another Holiday Premier that will hold forever in my memories.
Thank you to all that attended. I appreciate your support and patronage over the past eleven years. I hope to have another happy eleven years to follow, and I wish each and every one of you sincere love and happiness through the journey of your life.