Friday, December 31, 2010

Tick tock...

As the year prepares to take its final bow, it is my sincere hope that you find a moment to reflect upon the time left behind.  Cherish the good times, and learn from the bad.  Rejoice in your happiness and leave sadness behind.

Thank you so very much to each and everyone of you for your continued visits and the kind words you have taken the time to leave behind.  Without you, my little Craftberry Bush would not bloom.

I look forward to sharing many more ideas with you in the coming year.

Happy New Year friends!!!

much love,

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's eve bling..

As we prepare to welcome a new year and pick the perfect outfit or the perfect menu for our gatherings, I wanted to show you a quick centre piece that I made for our New Year's eve get together here at our home.

And even though New Year's eve is tomorrow, this took me less than an hour to make, so it's not too late.

Glued together some crystals (found at the dollar store) to form
the numbers 2011. They look so much more beautiful in person.

I made our own New Year's eve ball by gluing crystals to a
styrofoam ball. I think I'll be making more of these next Christmas.

It's going to look beautiful once the table is set and the
reflection of the candles glisten over the crystals and bulbs.

But here is the part I wanted to show you... see the mirrored box?  It's homemade.  I made it in less than 15 minutes with mirror tiles I found at the faithful dollar store (they come in a pack of three).

I first made a cube without the top and continued gluing the mirrors to each other at either side of the cube to form a rectangular container.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere them by applying the glue in the inside of the cubes.

I then placed floral foam inside to hold the branches in place.  So easy and inexpensive.

It was a bit of a challenge trying to get a good picture of the mirror box because of the reflection (sorry :o( ), but I think you get the idea.

Here's a 'highly detailed' sketch of the mirrored box I drew prior to
execution.  This was sketched on the back of an envelope...sorry.

Wishing you a 'bling-bling' kinda day  (not sure what that means...but bling is always welcome!)

much love,

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Go ahead and play with your food...

A while ago, I was browsing the net and came across a French website with beautiful pictures of table settings (I unfortunately cannot remember the name, nor could I find the link to share with you).

One of the images that really caught my eye was not meant to be focus of the picture, but was found in the background - it appeared to be spoons made of bread.  Given this was not the feature of the article, no details were provided, but it got me thinking these little spoons would make a great addition to our annual New Year's eve celebration at our home this year.

As I tried to look for the images again, I came across these bread spoon molds.  Very cool idea, but  realistically, I am not going to make bread dough from scratch.  And so on to the next thing I know how to do with my food.

I think I was successful...

Are they not the cutest things ever?

I thought I'd display some of my culinary skills by chopping some
chives and sprinkling them over the store bought homemade dip.

Tip 1. If you choose to use these little carb darling utensils, I would suggest using creamier dips, such as hummus or artichoke-spinach dip, as the spoons will snap if the consistency of the dip is too thick.  You can find 18 easy party dips  to choose from here. 

Admittedly, I was not sure this experiment was going to make the cut so I did not take my usual 'how to' pictures.  After having tried a couple of different methods, I found the following worked best:

Using my homemade garlic spread butter, I buttered a slice of rye bread (that's what we had at home) and cut out the shape of a spoon with a knife.  I then sprinkled it with some parmesan cheese for extra flavour (they tasted like croutons) and toasted the 'spoons' on a pan at medium heat until golden brown.

Tip 2. I found that these were more sturdy a couple of hours later, so preparing them ahead of time and allowing them to sit covered on the counter might be a good idea.

Tip 3. Using denser breads like rye or pumpernickel would probably yield better results than using plain white bread.

While they look a little fancy, they are so easy to make.  Would they not look great on top of a salad?  Or beside a bowl of soup?

I know my biggest fans - my kids - loved the idea and thought they would be 'awesome' to dip in their eggs.  Another great idea!

Well, the sun is shining through our windows and it fills me with joy!  I hope you too have a joyful day!

much love,

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

364 days till Christmas...

After preparing all of the gifts...

...beautifying your home with Christmas splendor...

...making all sorts of delicious sweets... up your tree...

...hanging your stockings one by one...
...and hoping for some of the white stuff that never came...

It's hard to believe that Christmas is once again in the past.

While we did not have a white Christmas here in Toronto, there was no lack of love, laughter and good all of the preparation and anticipation was worth it.

I look forward to the coming days as we prepare to welcome yet another year.

I hope you also enjoyed a beautiful Christmas and were able to make many wonderful new memories to last you a lifetime.

much love,

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
Isaiah 9:6
Wishing you all a blessed and Merry Christmas. May the one whose name we celebrate reign in your home and in your hearts. 

much love,
Our Family

Some more wrapping....

A little while back, I showed you some simple wrapping ideas. Simple in that I used items around the house  and plain white paper yet yielding beautiful results.  I decided to post the pictures again in case you missed them the first time.

1. Paper book florette with mini pine cone as topper 2. Terry cloth with old belt
3.Pompom made out of fabric scraps and white yarn 4. Two tone rose made out of scrap fabric

1. Flower  made out of scrap fabric, paper flower and some greenery 2, Book page rose (tutorial available), dried branches and berries covered in paper. 3. Christmas ornament with lose scraps of fabric,lace and more berries. 4. Giant pompom and greenery. 

1. Paper flower,paper leaf and brown pompom. 2. Faux birch bark and dollar store  butterfly embellishment
3. Homemade white pine cone 4. Giant snowflake

There are so many wonderful wrapping ideas out there and I hope that you find the perfect way to wrap your gifts (if you have yet to wrap).

Tomorrow is Christmas !!!!

much love,


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Take it personally...

The popular gift card...some hate it some love it.  Some think it's too impersonal, while for some it just works.  Whether a gift card is your last resort or your first option, here are a couple of ways to make this 'impersonal' gift a little more personal

For the girlie girl, a pretty pink envelope.  Homemade salt dough 'cookie' tag.

I glued the outline of the star to the back of the ornament in order to write the message.

For the little boy.

Using the cinnamon dough ginger bread man as a tag.

This one is probably my favourite because of its versatility.
It could be for a male or a female.
This idea can be used beyond Christmas.

So earthy and fresh.

For the lady....

Pearls, diamonds, lace...I would love to receive this card
holder with a little Anthropology gift card inside....SIGH...!

And it's as simple as.........


So you see, with a little effort you make this not so personal gift into a thing of beauty.

4 more days to go!

much love,

You'll find me sipping on a warm cup of tea at:

Savvy Southern Style

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Nature's beauty frozen within itself

Today the snow was dancing all around us, like apple blossoms falling from the sky.  It was beautiful; it was magical. Slowly turning everything it touched into ice sculptures and bringing Christmas day a little closer.

 I decided to capture the beauty of winter into these ice tiles.

By shaping an old vine wreath into the various letters...

Placing them into foil trays ....

 I  poured water into them...

...and allowed nature to do the rest....

Nature's beauty frozen within itself.....

I thought of spelling the word NOEL, but I want to display these throughout the winter season.  Can you picture these looking so beautiful with a candle shining behind them?

You can write out 2011 for New Year's eve, the word LOVE, or your family's all up to you.

The kiddies are off for the next couple of weeks and I can't wait to frolic in the snow with them and pirouette on ice patches until we fall and laugh at each other.  I do believe that those little moments are the ones that will remain with them for a lifetime.  Like the words frozen within the ice, when the ice melts, the words will remain.  Just like that, the memories you build will stay in your children's hearts even as the seasons change.

It is my hope that you find time to slow down and cherish those little moments with your loved ones during this holiday season.

much love,

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