Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Embellished Napkin Rings

This year for Christmas I wanted to make something special for my friend and artist Cassandra but I was having the hardest time deciding what to create. Cassandra is so talented and makes everything and makes it so beautifully that I thought what on earth could I give her that she hasn't already made or doesn't already have a bazillion of. Well one day recently while scouring a thrift store I came across a set of napkin rings. They were cheap looking avocado green straw rings but I saw some potential. I knew I could make them into something special for Cassandra to use for her tea parties. I brought them home and began the transformation. I wrapped them in strips of white cotton fabric then embellished them with lace, seam binding ribbon, silk roses, and vintage millinery.

I picked up a set of lace edged, embroidered vintage napkins at an antique store to give her with the napkin rings.

Today I gave the napkin rings and napkins to Cassandra and I was overjoyed that she loved them...they are pretty sweet, in fact, I think I need a set now ;) xoxo, Molly

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born!
Christ, the Saviour is born!
Silent night, holy night!
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth !"

(our tree)

Christmas Blessings!

Love, Molly

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Here it is, Christmas Eve and I am finally getting around to sharing my Christmas decor. Get ready for picture overload. I haven't crammed like this since the night before a big exam in college!

This is my kitchen window, the focal point of the room. Can you believe that doll house?! While I was visiting my Great Aunt Sarah this past spring I went on a treasure hunt in her attic. My cousin Cynthia and I found her doll house from the 1940's and she gave it to Lilly! I also came across a box of felt sequin and embroidered ornaments and light switch covers Cynthia had handmade in the 70's. I fell in love with them. I hung them on the garland all around the window. (Cynthia, if you are reading this, thank you for all of your pretties, love you) The large bottle brush candy canes are from Marshalls this year.

A favorite corner in my kitchen

This wreath was my grandmothers and means so much to me. She hung it in her home every Christmas that I can remember. The fruit was originally on a foam wreath form but through the years so much of the fruit had crumbled that this year I finally carefully removed all of the fruit and attached it to a green wreath. I hope this will help preserve it for many more years to come. I love this guy vintage handmade frosty found at a thrift store years ago Anthropologie cupcake ornaments backed with a vintage tin plate my vintage Christmas apron collection makes me smile :) vintage Christmas pin cushions even my terrarium is decked out with a cute little vintage deer and pine trees This little tree sits by my side of the couch where I read and watch television. I love the little stockings crocheted by my husband's grandmother! I made the little skiers a couple of years ago based on these. you can find the tutorial for the aged chenille stem candy canes here some of my favorite vintage Christmas cards I adore this onewould you believe I bought this awesome Santa at Walmart 4 years ago! I love how he looks framed by my book page wreath. This is definitely one of my favorite spots in the house right now. I made the "Merry Christmas" garland years ago. I modeled it after one I saw at Anthropologie but put my own twist on it. Those cute pink mittens were a recent garage sale find. My vintage nativity looks so pretty with candles lit in mercury glass votives at night. Perhaps my all time favorite Anthropologie ornament a winter wonderland on my vintage plant stand This is such a cozy spot and look at these two faces!! LOVEI think I could leave these decorations up all year and never tire of them. I'm sad I have to pack them all away soon :( Tomorrow I will reveal our tree. We put up a real tree this year and I have enjoyed it so much! There is nothing like a live tree at Christmas.

I hope you all enjoy your Christmas Eve! May it be a magical one. xoxo, Molly

Thursday, December 22, 2011

An Artful Adventure Ornament Swap

This month I participated in an ornament swap hosted by my dear friend Cassandra VanCuren. The first three ornaments are ones I made for the swap (they aren't the actual ones I swapped because I was spazzing out to send them on time and forgot to snap pictures of them, but these are the extra ones I made to keep)

This adorable sign and wooden spool Christmas tree were made by my swap partner

Lisa Brookins.

Peace Schuyler made these lovely retro delights.

Robin Martin made this sweet embellished bottle. I love how it looks in front of my vintage crochet sleigh of shiny brights!

With the busyness of work, volunteering, church functions, shopping and entertaining I am seriously behind on holiday blogging. I hope to share some pictures of my home dressed for the holidays very soon! Hope you all are enjoying this Christmas season. xoxo, Molly

Monday, November 7, 2011

Be Inspired

The Christmas Edition of Amy Power's online craft magazine, "Inspired Ideas" is now available! It is so colorful and so beautiful. It is brimming with yummy Christmas decorating projects, crafts, and treats. I feel so honored that Amy included my Sugar Plum Fairy Shadow box in the issue. .. I keep pinching myself because I really can't believe that my art is in a publication that features Mary Engelbreit.I mean seriously to have my name and art just a few pages away from hers makes me screech out loud and do the happy dance :) Not only is Mary a contributor but so is Matthew Mead and a host of other talented artists that we all love and admire. I hope that you will check out this amazing magazine. To purchase your own copy click here or on the photo of the cover above. Enjoy and I wish you happy cutting, pasting, stitching and glittering! xoxo, Molly

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Mad Halloween Tea Party

I first posted about my Halloween Tea Party here. Cassandra and I have been planning this artful gathering for weeks. It was a party for members of our "Pretty and Vintage Things" meet-up art group. The party day finally arrived and we spent hours setting up. We had so much fun transforming my house into a wonderland. I loved the decorations so much that I didn't want to take them down after the party! I wish I could live in wonderland everyday! We all had a great time eating, drinking, laughing and creating. Each lady made an Alice in Wonderland inspired altered cookbook. We also made some great memories. Thank you ladies for joining me in wonderland!

Cassandra and Karen

candy buffet!

Cassandra's macaroons



Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! xoxo, Molly


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