Christmas in the Sitting Room

Wow, thirteen days until Christmas. Time really does fly especially when you’re having fun.  I have been truly blessed this Christmas season to enjoy my own little cottage. This is the first time ever for me and it’s been really fun to dream up just about anything I want to do to it as long as it doesn’t cost much.

I have hosted a couple of Christmas parties this year and it has been fun to share my home with friends and loved one. One of the Christmas trees only got knocked down once so I thought that I was doing pretty good with sharing such a small home with others.

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Shopping Etsy

I have had some great experiences shopping Etsy’s Independent Shops and have made some beautiful relationships with their owners.  I have shared in the past some of the shops that I enjoy and today I want to share with you a few more shops that I love.

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My Favorite Things!

Hello Everyone! I decided that on Wednesdays I would do a post on my favorite things. I usually post on only home decor but this will give me a chance to share just a little bit of outside flavor with you. I would love to have you share your favorite things with me through your comments or email and then I can share it on a Wednesday post.

So here we go . . .

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My first favorite thing is for all  you lovely ladies that like to get your hands messy yet love to see your nails with a pretty mani (that is if you don’t go out to have your nails done).  I heard about this nail polish from another designer and she loved it, she said that it stayed looking nice for ten days. So I had to give it a try. I got almost two weeks out of it! The polish is amazing, it dries within minutes, the colors are beautiful and it goes on seamlessly. One thing that I noticed that really helps it to stay on for me is to rough up my nails with a file before I put on the base coat. I didn’t use a Sally Hansen base coat though and it worked fine. I used 1 base coat, 2 coats of nail polish and one coat of top coat. It really is amazing.

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My second favorite thing is an awesome Etsy shop called “Neat Old Stuff” . CP Phare Sales, she sales the coveted Jeanne d arc living magazine there.  Now you can buy the magazine at several other shops on-line but none will surprise you more than CP’s package when they arrive. Look at the one above, this one is wrapped in vintage wall paper with bits of ribbon, music and vintage pictures and always a sweet surprise inside the envelope. (Click on picture above to go to her shop)

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I never waste a good thing. I stuck another one of CP’s master pieces in my old violin, it goes along with the music theme that I have in my dressing area. I always love and appreciate it when someone goes the extra mile, and she guarantees her shipping. Thanx CP!

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My last favorite thing was to see a precious child smile with delight.

A few weeks ago I was sewing away and my little granddaughter Juliette was playing with many of my fabric pieces. She found some light pink tulle and said that she needed a dress to twirl in. I stopped what I was doing and put her together a fun little tutu. I just gathered the fabric and sewed it on a gross grain ribbon. Very simple and easy.

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It wasn’t anything special but you would have thought that I had just given her the world. She twirled and twirled and played princess and tea party all afternoon. I love this little darling so much. As you can see she has very short hair. Jules is very good with the scissors and decided one day to cut off a pig tail. O my gosh I almost cried and Mom and Dad were not happy. But I gave her a quick little trim and now she says that her hair looks like grandmas! LOL Oh the joy of a child.

Have a beautiful day!