What makes a Happy Home? I love to take care of my family. For me, creating a home that is warm and inviting, where everyone feels welcome is pure joy! The smell of fresh laundry just in off the clothesline, a neat and tidy home and garden, a good home cooked meal, a few desserts here and there, the love of family, friends and fellowship all help to make our home a Happy Home. Join me as we celebrate the holidays, the birthdays and the every days!
Monday, September 29, 2008
These are the remaining selections for the year
Movie: Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin
Book: A Highland Christmas By M.C Beaton
Hallmark Movie: "Silver Bells"November
Book: The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado
Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)
Book: How the Grinch Stole
Movie: Santa Clause 3
Book: Twelve Days
Sounds like fun!!!
You will have finished the following weeks to-do list:
- Planning Week - I de-cluttered my "office" (a few overflowing baskets filled with bills etc.) Our shredder really got a work out! I also printed out the new pages for my Christmas Magic Notebook. We have a Christmas club so that eliminates the need to decide on an overall budget. However I have to divide it between, gifts, food, tree and decorations.
- Calendar Week - I bought white "wooden" craft storage units at AC Moore and really organized my craft studio. I've also started looking at my Gooseberry Patch Books for inspiration as well as old Christmas Magazines that I hoard (Martha, Country Home, County Living, Paula Deen and many more).
- Me and Mine Week - I destructed and reconstructed our bedroom. Everything came down - curtains, artwork, everything even the rugs came out and were washed, polished, etc. Mmm, boy does it smell clean. I've been updating my Christmas addresses list since last year and am ready to hand-address the envelopes (I like it to be more personalized). I am also ready to start mass-production of my cards. I also have purchased quite a few gifts throughout the year and now have an organized list of who's getting what.
- Close to Home Week - My sons are 19 and 21, so they keep their rooms they way they want to. If I don't like it, I just shut the door. This took sometime for me to come to this conclusion. However, it's really not that bad. The Purple Heart is coming on 10/6 to pick up unwanted household items and clothing, so we've got a few bags to donate. I haven't addressed our cards yet, but I vow to have them addressed by 11/1.
This week focuses on House Room. We don't have a guest room, but I plan on giving one of the other rooms some extra attention. I'm also constantly working on the scrapbooks and trying to fit in the Christmas Recipe book.
I love having a to-do list, and crossing things off is the BEST feeling! I know that we have over 80 days, but I'm feeling rushed.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
You all know that I love to craft and scrapbook. I found my love of scrapping through Stampin' Up. My friend Kelli is a rep and she has her own site which is full of terrific ideas and products!
Check out: http://www.kelliwolfel.stampinup.net/
Another good friend of my sells Avon. And, it's not your grandmothers/mothers Avon! Their new products are terrific. Perhaps you've seen their new ads featuring Reese Witherspoon. Linda sells on line at www.youravon.com/ljacobs
Tell them I sent you!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Mmm... I think that I'll make some hot cider to have while I watch the Martha Stewart Christmas DVD. It's great! Does anyone else have it? I have the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's series. They are chock full of recipes, decorating and craft ideas.
I'm still plugging away at the scrapbooks and my Christmas recipe book. I'll take some photos of the scrapbooks to share later this week.
I was on 2 of my favorite Christmas sites today:
Please be sure to check them both out. They have amazing forums and chats for other Christmas nuts!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Bob and I were watching a little TV this week and I saw 2 movies advertising Christmas premiers. It just gets me in the mood. I work at an advertising agency and we are creating a Christmas Catalog for a sheet music distributor. Just seeing all the names of the songs makes me hum a few while I'm working.
I have all of the elements to make my Christmas cards and have even created a prototype. I needs to be tweaked, but overall I like the design.
Srapbook up date:
Only 146 (total) to go.