Local TV Appearance + Tea Collection Giveaway

December 2nd, 2011

Hello all, happy Friday, we’re off to get our Christmas tree this weekend and spend a few hours in San Fran enjoying the spirit of the season.  I’ll be on KPIX Channel 5 tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. talking about the Gift of Good program I’m participating in benefiting military families, so if you’re local turn on your TV!  Speaking of the Gift of Good, please please take a few seconds to hop over and vote for my nominated family (Lee and James) on Facebook ~ they have a chance to win $20,000 in much needed home repairs courtesy of Home Depot. 

I have a great giveaway for you this weekend from an online boutique for women and children: Tea Collection.  If you’re a mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle, or basically if you know a kid and need a great gift, this is the giveaway for you!  So many adorable gifts and clothing choices for children, and ladies, there’s some really nice selections for us too!  

tea collection collage

Great news, this weekend Tea Collection is giving away two $100 shop credits to the online store, with free shipping!

Eligibility to win one of two $100 shop credits to Tea Collection:

1. Pay a visit to Tea Collection and pick a favorite item, then name it in a comment.

2. For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter)

Giveaway ends Sunday December 4th at 8 p.m. PST, two winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random and announced on Monday December 5th.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to the two winners:

#197 Denise Kelly

#303 Alison Farrell

 

 

 

 

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DIY Cuffed Stocking {how to sew}

December 1st, 2011

One of the most popular symbols of this season is the Christmas stocking.  Stockings are like Santa, candy canes, and fruitcake, they make their appearance every December (some more welcome than others!) I had never sewn a stocking before until the day before yesterday but I’ve had this project on my “Christmas DIY To Do List” for years.  I finally managed to stitch one together with some apple green velvet ~ here is my little cuffed creation.  

cg diy cuffed stocking

 

Sewing a simple stocking couldn’t be easier if you can sew a straight line (and around the little curved boot) on a sewing machine.  Of course I had to complicate matters and add batting for thickness, piping for contrast, and a decorative cuff, but in the end I’m glad I decided on those little extras. 

If you’d like to sew your own cuffed creation, here’s what you’ll need:  1.  ½ yard stocking fabric  2.  ½ yard liner fabric  3.  ½ yard cuff fabric (only for bias cut piping, otherwise just a scrap)  4. batting (optional)  5. thread  6. stocking template  7. piping cord (optional)  8. scissors and pins.    

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My Colortopia

December 1st, 2011

Hello everyone, and thanks so much to all of you who submitted your tablescapes to the link party yesterday, over 175 submissions (including emails) wow! It’s going to be nearly impossible to choose winners, there are so many beautiful holiday tablescapes to inspire.  I’m having so much fun looking at all of them, there is so much talent out there! The panel of judges will be reviewing them this week and narrowing it down to award those great prizes very soon.    

Meanwhile, I want to share my new writing job and where you’ll find me once a month.  The newly launched My Colortopia blog is a brand new source of inspiration for you and there’s a fabulous lineup of bloggers on board who will be sharing their personal experiences and insights on all things paint and color.   

 my colortopia blog 

The site is designed to inspire readers with tips and tricks to decorating with color and to inspire us all to live a colorful life! I’m so happy to be a member of the team because I can’t think of anything more fun than talking about two of my favorite subjects: paint and color. You’ll find two of my articles published already. This month’s Christmas Colors: There Are No Rules shares some thoughts on traditional versus non traditional colors of Christmas.  

 vintage ornaments

 

You’ll also find last month’s article Look to Nature discussing the psychological effects of color and sharing some inspiration from the great outdoors. 

I’ll be sure to update you all whenever there’s a new article and you’ll find me there once a month so hop on over and take a look!

 

** I have partnered with Glidden/ Akzo Nobel Paints to participate in the My Colortopia program but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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