Monday, December 22, 2008

Our Snowy Village

Today my favorite 9 Year old and I did a Snowy Village from
I ordered it from Hearthsong. It was lots of fun and easy to do.
I had a hard time getting a great shot of it because it was in the middle of the Christmas Village that she loves to put up every year but in this picture you can see it at the back. The houses are Blue, Yellow and Green.
It also came with everything including the tiny white lights.
There is something about a Christmas Village that just makes you wish you were small enough to jump right inside it.
These are on sale at right now for $12.00
Worth every penny and at they also feature little houses for other times of the year.

Kaia Sage Smith August 13, 2008-December 22, 2008

All who loved Jules and Kalani loved Kaia too.
We are heartbroken that she left this earth this morning but we rejoice knowing that she is now sheltered in God's love, no more pain, no more hurting and she is with Jules beloved Mimi.
And just in case Mimi needs a break, I am sure our dear friend Harriette Grant is waiting in the wings to hold her too.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Prayers for Kaia

I have a dear friend in California who needs our prayers right now. I met Jules through NAN (The National Association of Nannies)My friend Jules and her husband Kalani became parents of a beautiful daughter in August of this year.
They found out this week that their daughter Kaia has a rare metabolic disorder which is threatening her life.
My friend Kristen and I have set up a blog where people can post prayers and supporting thoughts to Kaia's family.
It is called Prayers for Kaia. Please pray for Kaia and all who love her, and feel free to go to Kaia's blog and post a prayer. I know that Jules and Kalani need all the support they can get right now.
just g

Saturday, December 13, 2008

All photos from House Tour

I finally sat down and did a Smilebox with all the photos from the house tour so I am taking the other ones off. The Tour was lots of fun but I am so glad it's over.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

I am re posting this because this is a great idea for a holiday party and I originally posted this way back in November.

Since the Holiday season is upon us, I thought I would share the Christmas trees I did for our Holiday Party last year.

One is vegetables and one fruit. I had this idea in my head after seeing and falling in love with the Edible Arrangements. Much to my surprise they went together very easily and they were a big hit at the party.

I bought 2 big Styrofoam Cones at Michaels and completely covered them with green Saran Wrap.

Then I bought bags of vegetables that were already cut. (It was definitely worth the extra money to buy the cut veggies, it saved me a lot of time) I used one Broccolli, one Cauliflower, one Snap peas and a bag of baby Carrots. Then I simply put them on foo foo sticks (those little toothpicks with frilly cellophane on the end) I started at the bottom with snap peas and worked my way up filling in space and trying to keep things even ,alternating broccoli, beans and carrots. Then I went back with cherry tomatoes and stuck them around to look like ornaments.
For the top of the tree I used a star fruit.
For the Fruit tree, I used Clementines, Pineapple, Red and Green grapes and Red and Green Maraschino cherries for the ornament detail.
After the trees were assembled I dropped them down into one of those XL Ziploc bags and put them in my car in the garage over night because they would not fit in the frig.
I have to say that my 9 year old charge, and all my nieces and nephews loved them and they were definitely a conversation piece.
Seldom do the ideas that come to me at 3 AM actually work exactly the way I envision them but this one did!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Jim Shore Collection

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am completely crazy about anything that Jim Shore does.
I have pieces of his work for all seasons but Christmas is my favorite.
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