Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tonight's the night!

The JBS Mercantile Reveal is tonight, tonight, hot dang tonight! (said like Ralphie Parker's dad). If you're still up (and I know you will be ringing in the new year!!) come on and check it out. Here's some last minute sneaks:
This has to be in my top three kits. I can't call it between November and this one. This one is just so happy!  I've been able to complete the mini kit, called Paper Kisses, and 5 layouts so far! That's for our DK (Donkey Kong) Challenge (We have the lovely Doris to thank for that fine challenge name that I love and makes me smile each time) on the message board to see how many pages/projects we can make with a single kit. That means this kit was super fun and easy to work with! Kits go on sale at 12:01 AM January 1st 2012!!! Subbers get first dibs for the first day then non subbers can purchase at 12:01 AM on Jan. 2nd - always in central time.

So I'll see ya tomorrow on a happy brand new year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sneak Peek Time!

Okay girls, I am sooooo excited to share this  sneak peek with you. May I introduce you to Paper Kisses, the Jan. 2012 Mini Album Kit! Jenni was so wonderful to let me have the opportunity to put this kit together and I love it so much! (a DT member will be designing the mini kit if you haven't heard or read in the newsletter and I was lucky enough to go first!) The color scheme is awesome - gold, gray, aqua, white, pink, red, and cream. I included two alphabets, one of which I used to cut into a shape and also to spell words out. I love cutting up a sticker sheet into a shape or strips. So please check it out on midnight on the 31st as the day rolls into January 1, 2012!!!! I've also started a thread about it on the JBS Mercantile message board to share ideas on different themes we might use the mini for - come on over!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 I hope you are all having a lovely day! We did and the kids are still playing like crazy. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and thought I would share these JBS cards I made for the blog a few weeks ago. Oh yeah, I got a new camera! I got a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and the ISO goes up to 6400! That makes me a happy woman to the max! I really don't know how to manually use my camera but I'm not fond of a flash so this is going to be great. My old Nikon (6 years old) only went to 1600. Yippee! Now just gotta learn the bells and whistles of my new baby.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Makin' Christmas Cookies & Happenings


We've made the requisite Christmas cookies (thanks to Doris for the nudge on that! Don't ask her if hers are pretty or not, she's got a chip on her shoulder about it, LOL, I am SO joking, she's the best and I'm sure they were cute!). She gave me the idea to make them. I already had all the stuff to decorate them from planning gingerbread houses. They turned out so cute, even the crazy kid decorated ones. Too bad I didn’t figure out the perfect thickness to roll them out and length of time to bake until the last cookie sheet load. I used this recipe, The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies. So my tips are to make sure the dough is really chilled, make sure to flour your surface well (I did mine right on the granite counter), roll to 1/2" thickness, only bake 9 minutes. I also think this recipe needs another cup of sugar but that's if you're doing colored sugar sprinkles only and not icing. Otherwise the icing makes them sweet enough.

This is their reaction from watching their Portable North Pole videos. If you read Ali Edwards' blog you've probably already read/heard about it but that's where I found out about it. SUCH a cool video. You can make one for naughty or nice kids or naughty or nice adults and Santa calls the recipient by name! So far I've made two nice kids and two naughty adults (coughDoriscoughcough). I seriously think Zane was worried it might say naughty. Gee, wonder why ;) You can choose what Santa says and for Zane's it said he's been asked to control that temper of his and for Ava's it said that she's been asked to quit sucking her thumb (not really sucking for the record, more like resting her thumb in her mouth with her mouth open). And they took it really seriously when Santa said that. You load their pic in along with the location and then the elves load the picture into the naughty or nice machine and there's a little caption where you write what the recipient would like for Christmas. It's not too late so check it out! Then Zane wanted to watch Ava's then he wanted to watch all the kids in his class but I told him Santa only sent me my own kids' vids.
This is a photo of his reaction after the videos. I guess he was so happy he reached over and gave his sis a hug. I did not ask him to do that cause I can tell ya he wouldn't even if I asked. I can't tell you what a rare moment that was.
Another fun thing we've been doing is roasting marshmallows in the fireplace. And we haven't made a mess yet incredibly. Just something little and fun to do. Guess who likes doing this the most? No, not the kids - Adam.
I'm making this for Christmas morning: Creme Brulee French Toast. I sometimes don't think we have enough traditions at our house but this is definitely one of them. That's not my pic, it's LynnInHK's from All Recipies ;) I'm getting really excited about it, seriously.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Deck The Halls!

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la. Today I wanted to share with you some of my Christmas decorations. My favorite things this year are probably my vintage postcard stand and my vintage stand that would hold chips or something like that in a store. Christmas postcards and vintage Christmas ornaments were my first collections. You can also see the JBS bottles I made with the November kit in the big bowl. See that candle in the top pic? Those are battery operated candles and they're so nice. They're made out of real candle wax, they flicker very realistically, and they're on a timer. I got those from QVC here : ) It looks like they only have gold left. I have these all through my bookcase so at night I've got a few flickering candles in there. My mantel was a little of an experiment. Last year I had these cute vintage repro houses, they were bigger than the true vintage ones, and then holly and berries. This year I didn't want to mess with taking down the Chic-O-Line sign and thought it might be cool to do all silver and gold. Eh. Not sure. But it's how it's gonna be!

This is the "chips stand" as I call it. This is how I have my entry table decorated. Those stands were always so hard to get because any time I found one in a store it was display only. I think in all these years I've only got two of these, a large one and a small one. They might be easier to find on ebay. But they're so much fun to display your ephemera and small sutff. I have hankies, packs of vintage labels, a salesman's sample of Christmas tie ons, and cards. You can see some of the vintage goodies from JBS like that water ice pocket from the Nov. Antiquarian kit. LOVE that holiday brew label.

This is what's going on in my kitchen. The other day Adam want to Sam's to get batteries and came home with three huge Poinsettias! I had one last year on my table and it looked so pretty but I hadn't had a chance to go get one - I was so glad he thought of that! The next pic is my island. I got those faux Amaryllis from Target about two years ago. And the next pic is the little red feather tree I just got at North Pole City. I have a green one that is quite a bit bigger (and a white one too, tree color addiction, I know. Next year I have to get the pink full size one out). But this one is so little and cute! I think it's probably Bethany Lowe. Anyway, I knew I had the perfect little collection at home of really old ornaments, all red, and very breakable that I don't put on the big tee and I thought that might look pretty sweet. It does. P.S., new back splash tile in my immediate future! Oh yeah, baby.

I just got these super cute boxes at North Pole, by Bethany Lowe.

Here's a pic of part of our tree. Our tree is tall and slim and hard to get a pic of the full thing where you can see any details. The kids put their ornaments along the bottom part then I have my older ones on the higher areas. But I don't have a ton of room for the ton of vintage ornies I have.

But here's a REALLY pretty pic of some of them in the box, lol!

And this is my dining room table with the sunshine pouring in on my crackle glass Restoration Hardware ornaments. I know I should have cut the gold cord hangers off but I was too scared I might need them later : ) Ava and I spent some time hanging these on the metal spiral tree stands. Those are from Crate and Barrel. 

Sorry I've been missing from blog land but I've been very busy making some crafty things to share with you soon! I have ideas for two more posts before Christmas so maybe there will be some action around here. I hope your holidays are going wonderfully!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

JBS Mercantile Dec Gallery Updates!

Hey girls! Doris got the gallery updates loaded last night, hope you can check it out!  This is my contribution. This was made with all three kits, the main, the project, and Artisan. I loved playing with that wooden doily. I noticed Jill and Lisa made theirs aqua and I think Rangini kind of whitewashed hers and I went with deep red. So many lovely ideas with that. And it's pretty au natural too. I don't want to talk about this page too much here since I go into detail about the design process for the December Gazette. That's a teaser to get you to download the Gazette, lol! Seriously, it's a really nice newsletter if you haven't checked it out yet. It'll be out around mid month.
I got so sick with a 101 fever the other day and had to go to the Dr. It wasn't the flu but it knocked me flat! I had to stay in bed for a day. I'm a little off track with my Dec. Daily now. How are you doing with yours? I guess I better go get to work while the kids are watching a new Christmas movie.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Time for December Daily!


Here's the start! The cover is not yet designed. I just know that ribbon will probably reside there at this point. Right now the cover is just painted solid white. I had plans to do some fabric on the outside but I'm loving all the white so the plan might change. I'm using a 6 x 6 album.

I love day 2. I'm not sure I'll be able to top that one. I love that day, the photos, the way they fit into the day, the JBS goodies and diagonal striped paper. That one makes me happy! I like number one too, that was my daughter's Christmas program and she looked so adorable. Her dress had sheer, layered flowers at the bottom and then one of the side with a bow. I curled her hair. It was sweet. I took a regular 6 x 6 page protector and sewed dividers for the sequins and goodies. One of the other things I like so far is the vintage doilies, the green metallic and the Poinsettia.I also sewed ribbon down the sides of some of the pages for texture.

I'm doing so much better with this than I thought I would. I think it's because I have gotten sooooo much faster than I used to be like back in 2008 when I first attempted this. I've been looking forward to each night being able to work on it. My scrapbook room is a red and green explosion nightmare but that's okay :) I didn't photograph a few of the really basic pages and I still need a few numbers but I'me happy with the start.