Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pretty Christmas Creations

Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share some of the pretty things I have made for the Christmas season with you.  Since I am no longer working at my former job I have a lot more time to create!

I bought this sweet snow couple several years ago and realized this year that it was a perfect candidate for a makeover!  James (my husband) always says that when he looks at them it reminds him of us.

 Now this sweet snow couple is adorned in pink and light green with crystal and rose accents.  I love how they turned out!

 I had a get-together with my former co-workers ( and still dear friends) on Wednesday.  They came over for dessert and an ornament exchange.  I made each one of them an ornament and they are pictured below.  I used card stock, Victorian cutouts, lots of fun embellishments, and glitter to create them.

 I also made some new pillow covers for Christmas this year.  I absolutely love how they turned out.
 I made the poinsettias from pieces of ribbon and hand-sewed each piece.  I love the crystal button in the center.  these flowers make the pillows extra "Christmasy" and I think they are so pretty!  I will use them at the Bed and Breakfast next Christmas.
I also made this beautiful cone for my mom, Ginger of "Glitter and Roses", for Christmas.  She doesn't know about it yet so don't spill the beans!  I think she is going to absolutely love it.  I used lots of vintage lace and embellishments to dress it up!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season and you have a safe and happy holiday!

Blessings to You!

Love Tammy

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Pretty Christmas Cottage

Hello Friends,

I have had my house decorated for about three weeks now and I am so excited to show you how pretty it turned out.  Christmas is the most fun time of year to decorate because there are so many pretty decorations to use!  I decorated my dining room and living room is ivory, white, and silver this year and my bedroom and bathroom are pretty pink!  I already posted the pictures of the pink decorations so now I will show you the ivory, white and silver.  The great thing about these decorations is that I can leave them up in to the new year and use them as "winter" decorations until Valentine's!
 These are some pictures of my pretty little dining room.  I think the ivory and white are such a fresh, clean look and very pretty.
 This guy is on top of my curio cabinet in my dining room.  I just love him!  I made those candles for my wedding and got to reuse them for Christmas!
 This is my large ivory china hutch in my dining room.  I absolutely LOVE how beautifully it turned out this year!  This hutch will be moving over with many other pieces of furniture to my bed and breakfast, which is scheduled to open in the spring.
 I made this beautiful piece last year from an old cardboard box!  Isn't it beautiful?
 I bought this tea set last year for a "winter snowflake" tea party I hosted.  I think it is really sweet and I use it for cocoa and tea in the winter.
 Here are some pictures of my living room.  I made some pretty pillows for my sofa that I will have to post later because they are not quite done yet.  I have to add some finishing touches to make them perfect!
 The tree looks pretty bare in this picture but this evening I wrapped all my presents and put them under the tree so I guess I will have to take another picture with all the presents and post it in my sidebar of my fireplace for each holiday/season.  That will make it look more like Christmas.
 I love angels so much.  They are so intriguing to me and I truly believe they do exist, we just can't see them with our human eyes.  I think this mantle is so beautiful with the angels and cherubs on it.  I will have lots of them everywhere at Southard House Bed and Breakfast Inn when we open in the spring.
 The tree is covered in silver, ivory, and white decorations.  It is really sparkly!!!  And I love it!
 This wreath was pretty plain when I bought it last year.  I added all these decorations to give it some personality, including the pretty glass bird ornament in the center.  I love birds too!
 I had a lot of fun decorating this season.  I have added some things here and there since I took these pictures, like the pretty Christmas cones I made and hung on the mantle.  I posted the pictures of those cones in a previous post and they are so beautiful!

 This is one of my favorite decorations on my tree this year.  And to think it only cost 50 cents at my local dollar store.  They only had two or I would have definitely bought more because I know you will see it again on a tree in Southard House.
 I have been busy making lots of pretty creations for Christmas this year, including these sweet Santas.  This is what they looked like when I bought them . . .
 and this is what they look like now!  They fit my decor in my living room much better now.  I feel so blessed to have the ability to create beautiful things and it brings me so much joy and happiness!  Santa's coat glistens in the twinkle lights because I covered it in crystal glitter and his hat is covered in mica flakes.  They really are much prettier in person.
I have made a few other things I would like to share with you for Christmas and I had a wonderful birthday celebration for my step-daughter Maggie that turned 12 on Tuesday so I definitely want to show you the beautiful decorations for her party and my beautiful girly so I will be posting those things soon.  If you are interested in more information about my bed and breakfast, you should check out my other blog for the B&B at

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those forever changed by the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.  I am so sorry for your losses and the devastation this tragedy has caused.  May God be with you all.

I hope you have a blessed holiday season!

Blessings to You!
Love Tammy