Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Victorian Romance Christmas Wreath

Hello Lovelies!
Mr. Romantic played a Victorian version of Snow White and I was inspired to create this
Victorian Romance Christmas Wreath!
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Full of Victorian Romance, lace, roses, pearls and tons of goodies!
I love to use roses, pearls, and lace all throughout the holidays
just to give everything that extra romantic flair!!!
Hope you are having a beautiful day!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Shabby Chic Table Setting

Hello lovelies!
I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!
This is my table setting for our Thanksgiving feast!
Last week, I picked up a couple of pretty treasures at the flea market booth.
I used the plates to fluff up my Thanksgiving table.
Plates and Salt /Pepper Shakers ~Etsy Click here~

For my desert table I layered mirrors to dress up and highlight yummy treats.
Added in some candles.
I also used my stacked cake stand teacup creation to display
extra forks and napkins.
(Sooooo easy to make, click on cake stand to create your own!)
Wreath on Etsy (click here)
I put my Shabby Pink Santa wreath on my dining room door for some festive cheer!
For a romantic glow I used lots of tea light ca ndle in these pretty tea cup candeliers ...
being very careful to keep everything low so my guests could see each other.
The little fluffy maribu feather trees were so pretty to fill in the center of the table!

I used lots of mismatch China...everything had roses... against a white table cloth it was very pretty!
This year I cooked the Thanksgiving turkey and most of the fixins!
My guests ooohhhhd and aaaahhhd and ate seconds so I think it was a hit!
I have always hosted our holiday dinners, but never cooked the big bird.
I can't wait to do Christmas dinner, now that I know I can cook a turkey!!!!
Mr. Romantic and I stayed home and watched a movie, ( the kids went with grandma)
Thinking we might get out and brave the crowds, but I am still in my PJS!
Have a lovely Holiday Weekend!
I will be partying with
My Romantic Home
Pink Saturday
Squishy hugs,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas mantel

Oh my sweetness! I am soooo excited about the holidays!
My fridge is full of yummy food and I have been
crafting up a Shabby Christmas bonanaza!
Mr. Romantic is blinded by the frou, lights and bling that happen in
our home! He is so sweet!!!!!
This is a pretty Shabby Chic Christmas garland I created with roses, tulle and lace!
I will continually redecorate this mantel as items sell and I fill it out with lights and more garland!
Dear Santa...I have been a good girl...please send me a spiffy camera for Christmas!
Happy Holidays my sugar plum fairy friends!
I am thankful for all of my blessings even cleaning house I thought, thank you
Lord for giving me this house to clean!
Whooo Hooo!
Blessings and eat lots of yummy turkey!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas Tree

Hello my sugar plum Shabby loving friends!
Can I just tell you how thankful I am to have Jesus in my life helping me take care of my darling family!
It is time to fluff up my cottage for a super sweet Shabby Chic Christmas!
Oooohhh La La , this is my Shabby Chic Christmas tree that sits in my front window, I was inspired to decorate it this way by one of my very old issues of Romantic Home Magazine! I used lots of darling gold, white and pink ornaments!
Soft and sweet Shabby Chic stockings in creamy white!
Just waiting for that jolly old elf to fill them full of CHOCOLATE I hope!
I have had soooo much fun making Shabby Chic Pink Santa Christmas wreaths this year...
Tons of roses, bridal lace and who can resist this pink Santa!
Wouldn't Mr. Romantic be cute in a Santa Hat. Tee! Hee!

I am hoping to do my mantle this weekend!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?
Mr. Romantic and I are cooking so it should be fun!
Ooooohhhh la la!
More Shabby Chic White Christmas decorating to come~
Have Sugar Sweet weekend!
I will be partying with the fabulous

My Romantic Home

Pink Saturday

Squishy Hugs,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas Santa Wreath

Ho! Ho! Ho!
It's beginning to look alot like a Shabby Christmas!
Isn't Santa a cutie pie!
I added vintage jewels to his hat!

I just can't resist pink and white roses, such a romantic Christmas we will have!
Well, I am cooking up french toast sticks as I blog!
It is off for another very busy day!
More to come on Shabby Christmas.
Big squishy hugs,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas Tree Branch Tutorial

Hello lovelies!
As promised, a fabulous fluffy Shabby Chic swag made out of y
old faux Christmas tree branches.
This can also be done with traditional evergreen branches, collect remnants from your favorite resale shoppe!
For this project we are making a swag to go above my living room cabinet.

If you want to make the hanging swag below, simply follow the tutorial and face bow and pine cones downward.
  • 2-4 old faux Christmas tree branches
  • wire cutters
  • florist wire 4-6 pcs
  • 2 large pine cones (paint the tips white or pink, let dry)
  • 4-6 ft white wired ribbon
  • strands of beads or pearls
  • scissors
  • crystal knob or jewelry accent
  • pink napkin or fabric remnant
  • hot glue gun

Start by laying your branches on each other and wiring together.
If you want it fluffy add two branches on each end.
Draw the centers together and wrap the wire tightly around both branches.
Next, take your wire ribbon and make the bow by wrap layering it.
Wrap wire around center and fluff the layers out.

Wire your pretty bow on to the the center of the tree branches.

Next, take wire and wrap around fat end of pine cone and wire this up underneath the bow and around the tree branches.
After that, loop your pearls or beads and hot glue
(Ahhh! be careful not to burn your pretty fingers!)
to the top of the pine cones on each side.

Now let's make the napkin rosette!
I chose a castoff napkin that lost it's counterparts and had a little stain on the center section.
I like to just cut about a 1 1/2 inch strip around the whole napkin.
Then cut a smaller 1 inch strip if needed.

You should have a nice little pile of fabric to work with.
Napkins work great, they have nice clean edges!

I'm not sure how other crafters make their rosettes, but this is a no sew version via me!
Gather the material and glue as you go.
Turn the fabric as you gather and glue.
Keep going until you get a nice full fluffy rosette.
(This is always where I burn my fingers, yikes! Be careful!)
I had a ruffle remnant so I added it to the back of the rosette.
When finished with the rosette glue crystal knob or jewelry piece to the center for
a little extra sparkle darkle!

Ohhhh, so pretty and deelish!
Now I have a pretty swag to fluff up my cabinet!
So fun and fabulous to reuse vamp up what you already have laying around!
This one I have outside my door!
Well my sugar sweet friends, my chamomile tea is kicking in and it is time
for a rest!
Please share your creations with me and don't hesitate to ask questions!
Big Squishy hugs,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas (on a budget)

Good morning ya'll!
It's time for a Shabby Chic Christmas!
I have been working on Christmas in my home, Flea Market booths and Etsy store.
I have kids, so, my Christmas decorating budget is SMALL!
Sooooo, I search my creative brain high and low for neato ways to remake what I have into something pretty and Shabby for Christmas!
This pretty Marie Antoinette Christmas garland I created by stripping
the leaves off of a grapevine garland and painting the base a soft ballerina pink.
I used white pearls and pretty snowflake bows to doll it up!
One of my all time favorite things to create are wreaths!
I collect florals and ornaments from tag sales and resale shoppes until I have
a big pile.
Then I go crazy filling up a pretty evergreen or grapevine base with tons of roses and ornaments.
For this wreath I sprayed the holly branches pink to match the ornaments and bow.
I found this shade of pink ribbon in the regular ribbon section at the craft store.
(~Etsy~ Wreath click here)

I created this pretty garland from a cast off Christmas tree and pink napkin rosette!
Tutorial on this coming soon!
Isn't this frosty the snowman a cutie pie!
I added the pink scarf to give him some Shabby flair!
(We put his red scarf back on...my son said it made him look like a girl)
Mr Romantic fixed my computer so I am back in business baby!
Whoo Hoo!
Much more Shabby Christmas to come!
Today, I am busy putting up my Shabby Chic white Christmas tree in the living room!
I will be sharing with
My Romantic Home
Pink Saturday!
Hugs and love!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vintage Christmas Cards

Hello my darling friends!
My home looks like a Shabby pink and white
craft bonanza has exploded!
Tis the season! Today, I found these darling vintage Christmas cards!

What a cutie pie!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
(I still believe...Giggles!)

I received my issue of Vintage Charm Magazine and it is
sooooo gorgeous! Inside the magazine are vintage picture
cutouts for us to use for crafts.
I used this pretty lady to make an ornament card!
Anyhoo, my laptop blew up so I am using our ancient
dinosaur computer! It makes getting around to my favorite blogs take a week rather than an hour. Well, the kids are going bonkers! Hugs and love,

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