The Sweetest Things

I received some very sweet gifts recently
from a couple of sweet blogging friends.

This adorable little clothespin doll was one
of the gifts I received from Elyse...

along with these other pretties.

Thank you Elyse for these pretty tinkered treasures!

This sweet little fabric heart came from Claudia.
I love the fabrics she used, and the colors are perfect!

Thank you for your thoughtfulness Claudia.


Secret Santa Stocking Swap

 My Stocking for Martica

 We had a fun Secret Santa stocking swap
in the Marie Antoinette group hosted by Kris.

This is the stocking, and the gifts
I created for my partner Martica.

Martica's Stocking for Me

I love the beautiful gold stocking Martica
created for me, and all of the gifts inside
were wrapped so pretty. The big shiny
gold bow is attached to one of the gifts.

I can't wait to use these sweet goodies
Martica included with my stocking.

Thank you Martica, I love everything!


All Is Calm

The kids have gone home and the dogs
are sleeping soundly. It was a wonderful
Christmas spent doing what I love most....
enjoying time with my family.

I hope your Christmas was as wonderful.

Merry Christmas!


Dreamy Surprises

Today was a dreamy mail day!

This gorgeous pink shoe, filled with the most beautiful
treasures arrived on my doorstep. I won Cassandra's
Mes Belles Chaussures giveaway gift.

It is so deliciously pretty....and just as soon
as I can bring myself to taking everything
out of the shoe, I'm going to have a blast
creating something special with these beauties.

Thank you so much Cassandra for this beautiful gift.

For the last week, I've been scouring the online
shops for a beautiful crinoline for Violet Ann.
I finally decided that maybe I should wait until
after Christmas to buy myself yet another gift.

And then to my surprise, a gift arrived from my
very talented and dear friend Terri. You could
have knocked me over with a feather when I
unwrapped the beautiful pink package to find
this lusciously, dreamy crinoline.

The fit is perfect for Violet Ann, as if it were made for her.

And every time I pass it, I stop and stare.

It is so beautiful, I have moved Violet Ann to the livingroom.

She's all decked out and ready to party!

Terri, I am overwhelmed with your generosity,
and your sweet gift is much appreciated.
I will treasure it. Thank you dear friend.

Christmas Stress

I love CHRISTMAS....I really do.

But, I am feeling the stress.

Trying to get ready for a party on Saturday,
wrap gifts, clean the house, plan food, etc.

So, I took a little break this week and did something
that always helps me unwind.

I CREATED something....a little collage.

Then, I got STRESSED again....in a BIG way!

I bought this beautiful Cath Kidston wallpaper
to put in my bathroom. So, last week, I stripped the wall.

This week, I am trying to put up the new wallpaper,
and I am having nothing but trouble. The strip
you see here is the only one up yet. :(

Now, what is it that makes a person decide
to wallpaper, even one little wall, in the same
week they are HOSTING a party?


So, I did the only thing I could.

I started another PROJECT.

I'm stitching along with Alison on the
25 Days of Christmas Stitchalong.

Will it be finished by Christmas?
I doubt it.

Will it help me to de-stress?
Most definitely.


Marie Swaps & Giveaway Winner!

Christmas Cloth Ornament Swap

Made with layers of fabric, cotton batting and lace,
these tag ornaments were fun to make
for a Marie Antoinette swap.

Marie Christmas Holiday Paper Doll

The paper doll swaps at MAMA
are one of my favorite swaps.

I created this paper doll for Lisa.

Big thanks to all who visited my Mes Belles Chaussures
post. I appreciate your sweet comments.

The winner of my giveaway package is

Congratulations Terri!


Mes Belles Chaussures

princess pink shoe - available online

Ooh la la! Look at that beauty!

Today, it's all about shoes.....beautiful shoes!

We're joining Cassandra at My Artful Adventures
to take a look at, and talk about beautiful shoes....
Mes Belles Chaussures.

And no one is more excited about it than Violet Ann!
I didn't have the heart to tell her she has no feet.

She's all dressed up for the party...she even
borrowed my beautiful Christmas pin I bought


Whenever I see beautiful shoes, I long
for the days when I could actually wear them!

IF I could get my feet into any of these beauties,
I'm sure I would fall and break my neck!

I love this pair of shoes. They belonged to my
mother-in-law, who wore them in the mid 1940's
when she was a young woman.

I also love beautiful paper shoes. I have a little
collection of them from sweet blogging friends.

But these days, this is my choice of shoes.

Yes, I am a full-fledged slipper girl. But,
then I thought, 'why can't they be pretty?'

So, I dressed them up!

I hope you will bear with me while I indulge Violet Ann.
She wanted to model my new slippers. *sigh*

We're so happy you joined us today.

I've put together a little giveaway gift. I've included
a paper shoe I created, and a few pretties
for you to decorate your own beautiful shoe.

Leave a comment to be entered.
I will draw a winner on Monday night.

If you haven't been to Cassandra's blog yet,
visit her to see more beautiful shoes.


Beautiful Swap Gifts & A Party

Fall Marie Crown Swap

 I received this beautiful crown from Terri.
She is the queen of crown making.
 Her attention to detail is amazing, and she does
the most beautiful paper layering work I've seen.

 I wish you could see this crown in person.
The tiny ribbon in Marie's hair and around
her neck, are layered. Amazing!

Thank you Terri for this beautiful treasure!

Marie Christmas Holiday Paper Doll Swap

 Melanie created this beautiful paper doll for me.
I am crazy over all the gorgeous ruffles
on Marie's dress, and the red bows.

 There are just so many beautiful details
in this paper doll, including all of her bling....

 and her lovely blonde curls.

What a treasure she is Melanie, thank you!

On Saturday, Cassandra is having a blog party!
It's all about beautiful shoes!

She's even having a giveaway.....
you don't want to miss this one!