Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Haven't started painting it yet. Gotta get the sandpaper, primer ... it'll happen in the New Year, with updated photos as it progresses.
And less expensive, too.
This one is an unfinished wood plaque ($1.00), a square of scrapbook paper (less than .50), a homemade dog silhouette (free!) ... et voila. I think it's going to look great on my kitchen wall, got a purple and green thing planned for that area.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I don't have a Christmas tree of "my own", but my roommate has let me share hers for the past few years. By this time next year I expect to have my own place and will be needing ornaments (I've got a few, just not enough). I think a tree with lots of rich red is taking shape in my mind. I like folky/Alpine type motifs, too. I've got some Jennifer Murphy licensed ornaments which have pride of place for me on any tree.
Nosing around on the Cath Kidston website this morning, I saw some very familiar flannel pajamas. Couldn't place them, at first ...
... then I remembered The Vicar's glorious and highly unusual wedding ceremony, in which she walks the aisle wearing sleepwear splashed in huge red roses. A little church wedding, the always brilliant Dawn French, Dalek bridesmaids, Cath pajamas, and the very handsome Richard Armitage.
Most EXCELLENT array!
Look at those crustless sandwiches, the petit fours, the Cath Kidston-y goodness! If there is an English tea room in heaven, it must have rooms that look like this. There's nowhere here for happiness to hide. It's just ... everywhere.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Over at The White Bench (a pretty blog with the CUTEST doggy Santa), I spied these lovelies:
Leave it to Mary Engelbreit and the Home Companion people to rosy up Christmas in a memorable way, which they've done in the December issue. This is some no-holds barred, fun and fancy Christmas finery -- a kind of birthday party for Christmas itself.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here are a few of them from the 1920's, featured by permission from current listings. (Kindly refrain from copying the photos).
Be inspired! This stuff is cute as cupcakes.
The cover features a tree and presents in tropical fruit colors. A kind of Fruit Loops palette. It works. Maybe not in my home, but it wins props for daring.
Look at this beautiful bunch! Tulips are my favorite flower, and this rich red is a simple, surprising stunner. Who'd have guessed?
I don't generally go in big for fancy-dance table settings, but the combination of lollipop red, berry shades and chiffon pink here is very winning. I especially dig the pink glasses. Perfect for pink champagne (though my body considers champagne the enemy). I suppose I can substitute sparkling grape juice. Nearly as nice!
What is a festive occasion without a cupcake? The little deer on the top is fantastic. Some have reindeer on their lawns, others make them mini-kings on the tundra of frosting, up to their hooves in flaky coconut "snow". Works for me! And am I wrong, or was it a conscious set stylist's decision to use a backdrop of barn red planks? So appealing, without being overtly Christmas-y.
Monday, December 22, 2008
There was a line of greeting cards ("Pawprints") out for a while with his drawings on them, but I don't know where to find then anymore. Seems a real pity.
This is good stuff.
Santa with a puppy is the finishing touch.
I'm pretty sure this was in CVS, aisle 3, on sale last year ... a serendipitous find in a bin of generally predictable, mass-market wrap designs. I love turning up inspiration in unlikely places.
Couldn't be any cuter, that's for sure!
A crackling fire says "home" no matter what the season. The garland of greenery on the mantel is the only hint of the holidays, but it does the trick.
I love the photography in this magazine, sometimes it is exquisite.
This has got to be in the same room as the fireplace ... that inviting chair begs for reading and a hot cuppa by the fire. The wreath is very "Martha"!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
This year, they've done a marvelous spread on a vintage theme, incorporating my perennial favorite -- polka dots! The combination of the festive red with the light aqua green background is interesting, too.
Call me inspired.
Recent posts showcase the author's home, which apparently looks even more inviting and happy at Christmas than it does the rest of the year. Equal parts sumptuous and sweet, this is Christmas meets Shabby Chic set in a candy store, sugared all over in a happy halo of pink and silver.
Featured here by permission (thank you, Jenn!), is a selection of these heavenly scenes.