Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope you all have a great New Year's Eve and a wonderful New Year in 2010. I'm looking forward to a weekend of fun with my brother and a great beginning to the year. See you all back here in 2010!

Picture via Enrico.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Cold Day

It sure is cold here in Alabama today and my office heater has broken! Wishing I were here instead...

Picture via Claire Barnes.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snow, Snow, Snow...

I wish it were doing this today in Alabama on this lovely Christmas Eve...

Picture by Olivia Bee.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I will be taking a small break from the blog over the next couple of weeks. I might post a couple of items if I have the time, but mostly I'll be on a blog vacation. I hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year and I'll see you back here in 2010!

Picture via auxpetitsoiseaux.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Winter Dessert Table

I have seen this gorgeous Winter Dessert Table a lot this week. How pretty and wintery it looks (and yummy too!). Wouldn't you want this for your holiday party? Hope you all have a great weekend full of last minute Christmas shopping. Enjoy!

Pictures via Lolliblog. Found via That's Happy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Savannah Holiday Porches

Whitney Deal of Darling Dexter and Oh, Darling! Photography featured some holiday decorations yesterday from her walks through the Savannah, GA streets with her husband and their pup. Aren't these porches the best? See the rest of her post here.

Picture via Oh, Darling!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Reindeer Cupcakes

I have seen these cute reindeer cupcakes over at Fancy Flours for a while now and thought how cute they would be to make for a holiday party. Very simple too if you use a box mix and icing. Go here to purchase the silver cups and reindeer picks and for a how-to!

Picture via Fancy Flours.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Packages

Today I sent our big Christmas package full of presents up to our family in Indiana. I love mailing out that box every year knowing that it will arrive and be opened by our family for the holidays. This year I found these cute free printable labels over at Creature Comforts that I used to label the front of the box. They were made by Miss B of the Blah, Blah, Blahg. Go here to get them in free downloadable form and in both red and blue. Enjoy!

Picture via Creature Comforts.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Party

This past weekend, I had a Holiday Party for some of my girlfriends. We each provided something to eat and had a fun Dirty Santa gift swap. I provided the location and the main meal which consisted of Nigella's Pumpkin and Goat's Cheese Lasagna, a spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette and the best french bread from Continental Bakery. The girls provided beverages and appetizers consisting of stuffed mushrooms, marinated cheese with basil and tomatoes, desserts of Bourbon Balls and the most amazing Peppermint Meringue Cake with Chocolate Buttercream from the most recent edition of Bon Appetit. Here are a few pictures of the night!

My candle centerpiece

The table festooned with red and blue.

Each place setting had a napkin that my mom embroidered with pale blue snowflakes.

Pumpkin and Goat's Cheese Lasagna

Melanie's Peppermint Meringue Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

Pictures by me!

Friday, December 11, 2009

DIY Hanukkah Garland

For those of you celebrating the start of Hanukkah today, look at this great DIY Hanukkah Garland I saw over at Design*Sponge yesterday. A fun project to do with kids! Hope you have a great weekend!

Picture via Design*Sponge.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Inspriation

I thought today I would give you some holiday inspiration via Flickr. Hope you are all getting your fill of shopping and baking and general holiday cheer. I gearing up for a dinner party tomorrow night with some of my good friends (pictures next week). Enjoy this inspiration!

Picture via *CER*

Picture via myvintagegardens

Picture via fleamarketstudio

Picture via slcook52 (Sylvia)

Picture via dottie angel

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wall Art by Amy Butler

As you might know by now, I am in love with anything that is Amy Butler. So when I received an email yesterday launching her new wall art line, I knew I had to share it with you. What a great collaboration that Amy has done with Artaissance where you are able to purchase a piece of her art, pick a specific paper to have it printed on, pick the size you'd like and you're finished. Amy has done it again with some great prints and vivid colors. Here are a few that she has available but there are a lot more on the Artaissance website. Enjoy!

Pictures via Amy Butler Design.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tree Quilt

Last week I saw this cute Tree Quilt over at The Purl Bee. It was created by one of my favorite bloggers of lovelydesign, Sharilyn. Personally, I don't know how to quilt, but wouldn't this be such a cute one to make for the holidays? Maybe this could be my first quilting project, no?

Picture via lovelydesign.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fall Harvest Table

I am in love with the Sunday Suppers blog! Sunday Suppers does class, cooking, dining experiences in Brooklyn, NY and then post about each event on their blog. Look at this amazing Fall Harvest dinner they did in conjunction with another one of my favorite blogs, 100 Layer Cake. How gorgeous is this!?! Here is part one and part two.

Pictures via Sunday Suppers.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Advent Calendar #2

Here is another cute DIY Advent Calendar that I saw in my December issue of Country Living. This calendar is made with match boxes covered in festive papers and has the days of December stamped on the sides. How fun is this!

Picture via Country Living.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Day Off!

Today I am taking the day off to go holiday shopping and decorating with my mom. We are going to enjoy a fun-filled day and get into the holiday spirit. We will be visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Holiday Greenery Sale and then doing some decorating with our finds. We are also going to do a bit of holiday shopping and will explore to see what we can find. Be back tomorrow!

Picture via simply hue.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Advent Calendar

Since it's the first day of December and the first day to open my advent calendar, I thought I'd share this cute DIY advent calendar. I found it over at Just Something I Made and thought it was original and very easy to put together. The whole tutorial and downloadable labels are here. Enjoy!

Pictures via Just Something I Made.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gearing Up for the Holidays

Here is just a small taste of the holidays that we are gearing up for this day after Thanksgiving. I hope you all aren't in the midst of crazy shoppers but if you are, GOOD LUCK!

Pictures via decor8 and the Color Me Pretty feature.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Today I am Thankful For...

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I would make a list of all of the things I am most thankful for. I hope you are able to spend tomorrow with family and friends and that you get to enjoy a stomach full of delicious food! Have a great Thanksgiving and for those of you brave enough to venture out, Happy Shopping on Friday!

I am thankful for...

1. The blessings that God has given me and his promises to take care of me no matter what.

2. My wonderful, hilarious and crazy family.

3. My supportive, awesome and fabulous friends.

4. My cute and sweet cat, Paddington.

5. Road trips to visit friends in far off places.

6. Sales at Anthropologie, Target and Williams-Sonoma.

7. The love of cooking given to me by my mother and grandmother.

8. Great books that I can't put down when I start reading them; i.e. Harry Potter, Twilight & Jane Austen.

9. The one magazine that is still in print and I LOVE!

10. Leftovers from Thanksgiving so that I can make a sandwich with a 'moist maker' in the middle.

Pictures via Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fall Table-Scape Idea

I found this beautiful fall table-scape over at 100 Layer Cake yesterday. I love how simple but elegant this table is. Such an easy idea for Thanksgiving. View the rest of the images here.

Pictures via 100 Layer Cake.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Invitations

I found these cute Thanksgiving Invitations last week. I love how they invite you to the dinner and also let you know what you to bring. How cute!

Found via Chellé Paperie and view the whole set here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Book Baby Shower

To end out the week, I wanted to show you a few pictures from a Baby Shower that we did for my friend Erica on Monday. Erica is a children's librarian at the local library and we decided it would be fun to have a book shower for her. All of the guests brought their favorite children's book to help fill the new baby Brooklyn's bookshelf. In honor of our theme, I made a cupcake cake using the Very Hungry Caterpillar book by Eric Carle. It was a fun night had by all! Hope you have a great weekend.

Pictures by Me!