i snapped these pics while walking the dog this morning. just love the over-sized ornaments on the bare trees. i'll also be heading to chicago for christmas- so i'll be taking a little blogging break. Have a good holiday & happy new year!
i don't have any new diy projects right now..i was busy throwing a dinner party at my place this weekend. this is the first sit down dinner i have hosted, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. we made stuffed crab mushrooms, roasted butternut squash soup, and a delicious cheese ball with basil and prochutto, (yes the cheese ball is back), crepes filled with artichoke hearts, a cranberry & gorganzola salad...and for dessert a fresh berry trifle and these brownies with a peppermint candy top. umm it was soo good. the topping for the brownies were fun to make, i melted candy canes and the round peppermints in the oven until they were flat, and then cut them before they cooled, and put them on top of chocolate ganache with the brownies underneath.
i loved decorating - here are just a few more pics to share, i couldn't resist buying some ribbon candy!- (found it at Michaels) and the center pieces are filled with glass garland and a few ornaments-all vintage.
our Christmas morning is usually spent with 11+ family members...which means i need to find 11+ stocking stuffers for everyone. it's always a challenge to find creative little things, but not too pricey. here's the latest i've been working on. they are magnets/clips (also from ikea) that i distressed and decorated. I sanded the plain white metal to have the silver show through, plus added a little acrylic paint to the brown banner/bird rub-ons to add some color.
and i'm so stoked about this -i just bought a little gift for myself, i finally have a nice camera again! i used to do a lot of b&w photography, with B&W film and developed all my own photos. but about 5 years ago i passed down the camera to my sis to use it. i been wanting a newer one for awhile now. this last weekend, i got this canon off craigslist. i still have to play with it some more - , but i love the heavy weight of a SLR camera (is that weird), and it's so great having manual settings again! so you'll being see nicer photos on here. i've also been busy silk-screening and firing more necklaces, like the chandelier one i'm wearing in the picture today- you can see them on my etsy site.
What are you guys creating for the holidays? Post the link here if you want to share ideas!
got the tree up this weekend, it turned out to be quite a project. we bought a tree that still wrapped up, so it would be easier to get it up the stairs. we figured we could live with it if it wasn't straight or had a weird shape (dr. seuss trees are always fun & funky). it would just be a surprise... well we didn't think it would be pretty much all dried up on the inside. zach spent 2 hours pruning it, and had to saw off at least a foot, all on the living room carpet-what a mess. it did end up looking great, but it was way too much work. we will always remember our first tree together. note to self: always open & check out the tree before you bring it home.
once that was all done, we got to the fun part. i haven't had a christmas tree since 1997, so i was really looking forward to decorating it. our tree is mostly filled with old vintage shiny bright ornaments. my mom, sister and i have been collecting these at rummage & estate sales for the past few years. it's fun to see how different each box is (plus i have a few from my grandmas tree, and some other special ones). back in oct, i also found some clear glass ornaments for 10 cents each at a garage sale. they have a flat surface on either side, perfect for rub-ons. i cleaned them a bit first to make it easier for the rub-ons to adhere to. they went on better on the flat surface, it was a little harder to wrap around the side. (you have to rub lightly, since the glass is so delicate & thin) some designs went on easier than others. on a few i also used ranger alcohol inks. this was a great way to add some color and layers to the ornaments, i used a piece of foam to apply it with, (and of course i couldn't resist a little glitter). i think i'll still add more to the tree just not sure what it needs. i only have one piece of vintage gold garland on it right now....any suggestions?
sorry for the blurry picture, just happens sometimes. we also tried to make a hand-blown glass tree topper last night. it turned out kinda funky, can't wait to pick it up tonight.