Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best in Snow!

Best in Snow!

Monsoon grey shoes
£10 -

Catalina Sofa with Casters
$2,999 -

Ives Charcoal Pillow
$119 -

Feather Wreath | west elm
€32 -

Line Step Up Skis Jaime Puigdengoles
€380 -

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Joy of Sets! POLYVORE helps to stop my shopping! :-)

It is truly a Christmas miracle... I didn't shop on Black Friday or the entire Thanksgiving weekend for that matter and I didn't go to one After-Christmas sale.  Seriously!  I have to keep telling myself there is nothing I NEED (especially Christmas decorations - you have no idea) and there is no reason to waste money on something I WANT!  But it is SO hard!  Truly it is!  LOL!
So I have been playing around on Polyvore making clothing sets and interior room sets.  It is just like shopping but it saves gas and money and it's fun!  I can actually make an outfit with a $75,000 Tiffany & Co. brooch not have to re-mortgage my house!

If you haven't ventured over there - you may want to give it a try.  Especially in January when we all resolve to stay out of the malls!  I didn't know my sets were posting to my blog so that it why I seem to be over run with them but I will keep them up as a reminder to myself to stay home and NO SHOPPING!  :-) Every time I get the urge to go shop, I am going to go for a run.  By the end of the first week I should about a size 4!  :-D

Pride & Prejudice - Kate Spade Style

Sense & Sensibility - Sisterly Style!

Pride & Prejudice - Shopping Date!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to all and too all a good night!

I wish all of us who live in Bloggerland (kinda like Whoville) a very wonderful holiday celebration full of love and laughter, friends and family.  God Bless Us Everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

I pimped Santa's ride! Sleigh makeover...

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!  :-)  Hard to believe it is finally here.  I wanted to share my sleigh makeover.  I was holding out for the last minute waiting for snow to take pictures but alas we are not having a white Christmas this year.  SO pouting about that.

Santa is all ready to load up the presents and be on his way!  
I didn't go completely black with the paint.  Partly because it was much too cold when I did this but when it was all put together, I liked the distressed look of it.  
I miss my parents every day, but especially at Christmas as they LOVED the holidays and we always had such magical celebrations!  My Dad made this sleigh years ago and it was always on the front porch full of evergreens or wrapped presents with a plaid blanket.  When I went to set it out this year, I realized it was looking pretty beat up.  Not an elegant shabby chic weathered look, it was really just a mess.

So I decided to give it a coat of black to achieve that Charles Dickens feel.  I liked the dark red and maroon plaid ribbon I used for the front door garlands and spray and decided to use it for the sleigh bells.

I knew I wanted a Santa Claus crest, I mean hey even Santa likes a monogram here and there!  I found this AMAZING Santa Claus oath Coat of Arms at  It represents all of those people who "play" Santa Claus because we all know Santa is much too busy this time of year to be everywhere.

I used it for my inspiration for my crest below.  After about six sets of letters in different fonts and sizes, I found these to be perfectly perfect.  The font is from a company in the United Kingdom.  Lovely. 

I added sleigh bells with wire and ribbon.  I drilled two holes into the front panel and just wired the bells  onto the sleigh.  The bells are amazing and sound like the real thing.  I am very particular about my sleigh bells.  Every time I see a set of sleigh bells in the store I pick them up and jingle them.  They have to have that perfect jingle bell sound.  You totally know what I am talking about, right?

The crest was made the good old-fashioned way by tracing out a pattern and cutting it out of scrap booking paper.  I seriously felt like I was in second grade.  :-)

And I heard him explain as he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"