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Library Love

I dream of having a library likes these.  I could spend hours on the sofa with a good book or magazine.  Get a load of the ottoman in the first image.  Divine!

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Tag, You're It

Looking for some last minute gift tags?  Here are some you can download and print yourself for FREE, courtesy of Jones Design Company.  Fabulous!


Sugar Rush

Cooking and baking are passions of mine and they bring me so much joy.  I remember learning to cook and bake as a small child with my mom.  And, as an adult, traveled to Paris with my mom and took a pastry class at the famous Le Cordon Bleu.  Truly a dream come true.  Unfortunately, I lost my mom a year and a half ago unexpectedly, but I continue to carry on with one of our family Christmas traditions.  For over 65 years, my family has been baking cookie boxes for family and friends every Christmas.  This is a 3 day bake-a-thon, and I'm not kidding.  In years past, we have made up to 50 different types of cookies and candies in one weekend.  You read that right, 5-0.  Now that it's just my sister and myself, with the occasional help of my teenage niece and nephew, we cranked out a varitey of 21 this weekend.  We are baking machines!

The Christmas Baking Bible.  It holds every recipe for Chirstmas cookies and candies. 

I spent a lot of time at the mixer.

And ended up with a lot of goodness like this...

Here's how I box them up.  This year I used a beautiful toile waxed tissue in kraft brown boxes...

And tied them with a green silk ribbon and gift tag...

Now that's a sugar rush!


Holiday Cheer

Spreading some holiday cheer from me and my fur babies.  So thrilled with how my cards turned out this year!  Gotta love Minted.



How adorable are these cup cozies I spotted on b*spoke.  Love the vintage charm they bring to your morning cup of coffee or tea.  These are sure to put some cheer into the holidays!

Here are her directions if your up for a little craft project...


cardboard cup sleeve to use as a template
twill tape
sewing machine and contrasting thread
fabric and supplies to make tags (directions here)
pinking shears
embroidery floss


1) Trace cardboard cup sleeve onto felt, then cut along line.

2) Use sewing machine to sew twill tape along the center of the felt.

3) Sew ends of felt together by overlapping slighting, then stitching up and down along the edge.

4) Print fabric tags, then cut with pinking shears, and hand stitch onto center of cup sleeve.

5) Slip the sleeve onto a coffee cup, and share the joy!