Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The stockings are hung NEXT to the chimney with care....(no mantle!)

and so much more has come to our home since my last post.

All it takes is one good social event to light a fire under my decorating muse.  

That event took place on Tuesday for the Tucson Swap Queens and our Altered Cigar Box Swap!
What a fun night...13 Queens swapped the most amazing altered boxes ~ shared our favorite appetizers ~ indulged in Nadine's famous Christmas cookies and peppermint ice cream with fudge sauce...does it get any better???  Yes it does, Virginia....Marfi's uber talented daughter, Gabriella, sang "O Holy Night" and "Ave Maria" for us.  She is an aspiring opera diva and we will one day see her performing on stage at the Met.  I'm sure of that!
from me to Shann

inside ~ Shann's a country girl

from Karina for Alex

from Laura for Karina

from Marfi for Geri

from Sandra for Kiera

from Shann for Marfi

from Katie for Debbie

from Geri for Sandra

from Kathleen for Katie

from Karey-Ann for Kathleen

from Kiera for me

from Debbie for Kiera
from Alex for Laura

The Queens!
I promised to catch up on swaps and I'm keeping my, I will apologize in advance for the length of this post...good time now for a "station break!"

I swapped inchie fabric art for the 12 days of Christmas with a talented group of ladies, organized by Jeanelle Ricca.  I'm showing the banner-in-the-making which hangs in our breakfast room, keeping our Christmas angels company.
Here are the close-ups and artists:
Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jami Miller ~ 2 Turtle Doves - Tamatha Kaplan ~ 3 French Hens - Hope Ellington
4 Calling Birds - Laurie Jackson ~ 5 Golden Rings - Mollie Morrison ~ 6 Geese a Laying - Karen Hess
7 Swans a Swimming - Nora Neely ~ 8 Maids a Milking - Mary Kahler ~ 9 Ladies Dancing - Lisa Hadja

10 Lords a Leaping - Sheila Rumney ~ 11 Pipers Piping - Robin Weins ~ 12 Drummers Drumming - Jeanelle Ricca
These were all individually wrapped and packaged in the most amazing and creative ways!

The Button Floozies exchanged ornaments with 3 different people,  so that made for a lot of buttons and gorgeous creations.
lovely tussy mussy from the talented Laurie Jackson at
And Laurie also included this sweet inchie

The second to arrive was from the amazing Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart at

Next came this gorgeous package with the prettiest vintage button! The artist is Linda Olstad at

the sweetest felt ornie deer with the teeniest MOP buttons I've ever seen!

Here's what I created and sent to these lovely ladies...
a spoonful of sugar

wrapped and ready to post

There are a couple of other swaps I've received, but I'm waiting for some final ones to arrive and I will share all that with you next Monday.  In the meantime....

  1. Blessings for your visit and bloglove
  2. Blessings for your friendship
  3. Peace and calm for you and your family
  4. 9 Days till Hanukkah and 
  5. 13 Days till Christmas, so hang in's all good!
  6. Have a beautiful week!


Laurie said...

I loved seeing all your swaps! The banner you made from our inchie swap is adorable! It's fun to see what everyone did with them!

lynn said...

gosh karen... you are sure a lucky girl... such talented ladies and i sure love those cigar boxes.. and all the treasures made.. and the special part is that they were made by hand and more so special.. i loved seeing them all.. my favorite of all is that darling deer... so stinkin cute lol
wish i lived closer . id love to join in the fun..
have a great week and as always thanks for sharing with us..
much love and big hugs

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, it's all so gorgeous and your home looks so beautiful and the projects are fantastic!! I adore that button tree--so adorable!! Happy Holidays to you and your family~

Unknown said...

Well this makes for an eventful week! :) What sweet swaps you ladies had, and the amount of creativity is astounding! :)


~*~Patty S said...

well I had some catching up to do!
what a lot of wonderfulness
ho ho ho
fa la la
thanks for sharing dear Karen

my tea post tomorrow is all about bottle brush trees...sweet collection you have along with all of the lovely vignettes you showed us

and those cigar boxes
ooh la laa!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Your home looks beautiful,Karen. Loved to see all the wonderful swaps.TFS.Have a lovely week.
XO Marie

Fran. said...

Karen you are a rock star! and how blessed you are to be able to have kindred spirits over to your house!! Your house looks so pretty!! XO Fran.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Wow, you did some fabulous swaps. You need to tell me how you hear about these...I would love to join in sometime. And I would also love to hear about the inchies...I have seen them before and would love to try my hand at that too...sometime when you get a chance email your home looks great...I really liked all the little trees grouped together!