Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are You Ready? It's Time to Wrap It Up!

Hope you are ready for holiday gift giving! Have you wrapped all of your gifts?

If not you might consider some non-traditional ways to "wrap".

Consider cookie tins, tote bags, colorful shoe boxes or candy boxes as containers.
Tote bag filled with goodies

Or as alternatives to wrapping paper use fabric remnants, dinner napkins, glossy magazine pages, scrapbook paper scraps and newspapers.
Red Gift Box decorated with strips of black polka dot scrapbook paper and recycled security envelopes

Time to Wrap It Up!

Last minute goodies to wrap yourself and your gifts in style!

What alternatives to traditional wrapping do you use? I would love to hear about (and see photos) how you simplify the gift wrapping process.

Happy wrapping!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Everything You Need for a Cozy Winter Evening

As we settle in to colder winter weather, I've gathered together a few things for a cozy winter evening.

First, a warm fire.
Fireplace at Midnight Print by foreverflowersbyamy
Next, you need a comfy chair or rocker.
Lumberyard Rocker from Shinerinternational
Then, a soft throw, warm slippers and a cushy footstool.
Super-Cozy Afghan from chillywinniesknits
Slippers from WoolyBaby
Footstool from unchanginggrace

You might also want something warm to drink, a snack to munch on and engaging books to read. I've compiled this treasury of wonderful items to create such an evening.

Another Cozy Winter Evening

How would you stay warm on a cold winter evening? Which items would you include for a comfy evening at home?

Enjoy and stay warm!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hot Chocolate for a Cold Wintry Day!

  Sweet Lydias Hot Cocoa in Snow!

Check out this recipe for Spiced Hot Chocolate!
While looking for a yummy picture of hot chocolate, I found this picture and Sweet Lydias. Sweet Lydias is based in Lowell, MA where they have a hot chocolate contest every Thanksgiving weekend. Lydia's marshmallows have been on top of the winning cocoa for the past three years in a row! Yummy!

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream, Please!

Love chocolate brown? Know someone who does? You'll love this delicious chocolate brown and creamy white treasury!

Nothing warms me up like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day! So many memories of hot chocolate after hours sledding or ice skating.

What about you? Do you enjoy hot chocolate? How do you like it? With whipped cream? or maybe with a peppermint stick? I would love to hear your comments!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Chocolate and Raspberry

Chocolate Raspberry
 Chocolate Raspberry Fudge

 Chocolate Raspberry Treasury
Just looking at this luscious collection of chocolate brown and raspberry pink makes my mouth water for some dark chocolate!

How about you?

What is your favorite way to enjoy chocolate and your favorite chocolate combination? I would love to hear your comments.

Enjoy this fabulous Friday!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvelous Monday Gifts Made for Her

Sweet Berries and Cream

These soft colors remind me of sweet berries and cream or fruit pie and vanilla ice cream. This whole collection started when I saw this lovely necklace by JenJewelry.

Stop by her shop and see some of her other beautiful jewelry.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fabulous Food Friday!

The house is filled with all of the aromas of holiday cooking and baking, well, at least in my memories and imagination! Don't you just love the way baking cookies, cakes and pies fills the whole house with delectable scents, sometimes for days? I haven't done any holiday baking yet, but I have been browsing on Etsy to see what my fellow artists have to offer.

 What's Cookin'?
Can't  you just smell the wonderful aromas? I hope you enjoy this wonderful, food themed collection!