Posts Tagged ‘holiday decorating’


Due to the Black Friday sale at the Silhouette store, I have been feverishly working on new shapes and a total of 40 are available in my Silhouette store.  I’ll show you what is already there and update new images and links after they are available on Friday.  Since I’m doing this post while at my sister’s house, waiting for sweet potatoes to finish (my assignment) and the family feast to begin, I don’t have my larger images of each shape and design.  We’ll have to deal with the ones I pulled off of the Silhouette site – but just click on each image and it should take you to the store where you will see beautiful, large images of each design.

I’ve been creating a lot of vinyl quotes for gift ideas and home decor.  I put them on tile or wood or canvas (tricky – you have to place something hard under the canvas in order to rub the vinyl onto it) and they have become well-loved gifts to friends, teachers, family members and anyone else on your list.

One of my favorite tile sizes is 9″x12″ rectangles – different than the normal 12″x12″ and they make a great statement.  This quote about gratitude and miracles fits perfectly on a 9″x12″ tile.

I found this quote in a historical book about quilting during the civil war.  Don’t you think it needs to find its way into every craft room, studio and sewing room?  It is a beautiful sentiment for why we love the therapy of working with fabric.

We used the scripture from Esther for our church women’s group to kick off the theme for the year but they make great birthday gifts as well.

Here are more phrases that will add to any decor and will make fabulous gifts, beautiful cards and will even look good on a t-shirt:

Along with sentiments, you’ll find vinyl subway art (I’ll add links when they are available):

And holiday shapes (more to come when they are available):

And letter-size holiday cards (both Christmas and Hanukkah) that fit in any business-size envelope:

And even some printable labels and tags (more to come):

What about those “Days Until” boards you see everywhere!  Here is a new design with a circle for the number and space for the activity you are counting down.  Simply cover a board with chalkboard paint, adhere your vinyl on top of it, add a box of chalk and tie the whole thing up with a ribbon and you have inexpensive, usable gifts for any family.

This “Silent Night” project can be completed in no time.  Gather a frame – 8″x10″ works great.  Back it with a patterned or solid sheet of cardstock.  Adhere the vinyl on top of the frame’s glass and add a ribbon around the entire thing for simple but fabulous holiday decor.  I’ll update with a picture as soon as I have it.

All right.  There you go.  Lots of new shapes and more, more, more to come.  Gift-able designs – that’s my specialty and my Black Friday portfolio will be full of them.  Easy peasy – and they will look great, too.  Enjoy!

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The party was a hit last night and we had a great turnout – this is what I came up with to get the house ready for everyone – and ourselves…..


Here is the wreath that our neighbor hung for us – it is 3 wreaths in one (regular pine, ferny green then cranberries), all layered together and tied with a black ribbon.   Next year we’ll add one more stocking!



I was planning on garlands for the stair banister but couldn’t find something that I loved.  Then the comment from my friend Jen (aka “Aunt Spicy”) that suggested green ribbon for a wreath got me thinking.  I love the smell of pine and so decided to use real wreaths on the banister since we have an artificial tree.  The lime green ribbon was perfect to add the contemporary and simple touch that I was going for as well as tie it to the railing.

pine wreath

So, I was inspired while at Tai Pan Trading (I know that you all wish you had this store near you) and decided to go for it and decorate the tree.  Part of that inspiration burst came from the fact that my fabulous neighbors came over to help me hang my wreath and while here, set up the tree for me!  They are so awesome and their help made it possible for me to have the time and energy to dive into decorating it instead of just leaving on the lights.  Thank you, Jones’!

christmas tree

I used green berry garlands and loaded down the branches because I loved the color.  I added large silver and red balls (they are glittery styrofoam so no breaking – love them).  I found some bird-shaped mirrors that reflect the lights and other decorations and  for a modern but whimsical addition, I added polka-dot yarn ball ornaments.

Since we had a meager pile of about 24 ornaments saved from over the years, my strategy was to create a foundation on the tree with the garland, balls and birds and then add our own memories throughout.  I like the idea of building up our stash of ornaments from places we go or experiences we have and adding them to the tree as time goes on.  Our Mickey and Minnie ornaments from Disneyland last week are the latest additions!

No great thing is created suddenly.  – Epictetus

Since Jason’s car accident we have spent many Christmases in the hospital or in spaces too tight for many decorations.  But now that we have our own home again and a year of no hospital stays, I have learned something.  A tree, a fireplace, a banister, a countertop….they are all creative canvases.

Creativity is a gift we give ourselves as we exercise our imaginations, make our plans and gather the pieces and parts to create a beautiful whole.  An opportunity to create can be found anywhere – it’s our choice to take the time to embrace it.

What are you creating these days?

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