Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas...!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with Love, family, friends and great food! I sure enjoyed mine, even though we had a much smaller group than years past. December is crazy for me, filled with Christmas orders to fill, and events at my sons' schools, so after eating too much turkey I quickly switched gears and starting packing Thanksgiving decor away...and got into full Christmas mode yesterday. My sons are older now and so helpful, I was thinking of when they were little and how much I used to do all by myself (my husband has his hands full with the outside light extravaganza!), and I am grateful.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas finds that I have been pinning in anticipation! All photos are via my Holiday Pinterest Boards, you can get the links to them HERE.












And here is a photo of the place settings at my Thanksgiving table,that I had mentioned I would be doing, inspired by a Pinterest photo. I think it turned out so pretty with my grandmother's china and our wedding silver and crystal.

Are you in the holiday spirit yet, with your tree up, or do you wait a bit?

Have a wonderful week!

xo,
Nathalie

IMAGES via PINTEREST with LINKS

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November in a Nutshell

It's hard to believe that we are in the latter part of November, with Thanksgiving days away and Christmas chomping at the bit! I came across the place setting above on Pinterest, and plan on dressing my table the same. My grandmother's china and silver will look great with the simplicity of this, and I love to keep the place settings I make each year....these will be good to add to my memory lane.

This lovely bugger has been a part of my life for almost six weeks, and has messed with my daily rituals. I am in s-l-o-w motion, something I am not accustomed to. Sure hoping that the Doctor will tell me at my appointment this Monday that the stress fracture I had is healed...
In the beginning I thought a little bling can perk anything up ~ but it was very short-lived!

My little baby turned double digits!
And it makes this mamma sad, it all goes too fast...
Do you agree?

I had a little photo shoot of my work space, and the two quilts for my sons that gave birth to Dolce Dreams....however my eldest was not too good at focusing! A re-shoot is in order...

Winter has finally arrived here in Las Vegas, the Sheep Mountains that we see from our home are covered in snow and the temperatures have dropped...

Which means that lovely pots of soup are on the stovetop...

And the fireplace is going strong...
Guess who is parked in front of it in heavenly bliss?

How is your November coming along? Are you all ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, or are you going slow like me?

Somehow it always pulls together!

xo,
Nathalie

top image via pinterest

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wonderful Gifting Ideas

Visit Paper and Present from Colorado for fabulous gift wrap!


Thanksgiving is around the corner ( I can smell that turkey roasting), and the holiday shopping is in full swing! My fabulous friend Stephanie just sent me this in my inbox, and I had to share it...
The only way to go, right? Let's support ourselves and our neighbors this holiday season!

Have a wonderful week,

xo,
Nathalie

  
Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This
year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Oh.... Yes there is! It is time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone
-- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym
membership? It's appropriate for
all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who
wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are
you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen TV? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There
are a gazillion owner-run
restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.

Remember,
folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How
many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking
about a heartfelt gift for mom?
Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My
computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK,
you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves.
They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan
your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

And,
how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly
people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community.

If
you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You
see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city.
Christmas is now about caring about US (We the People), encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we could not imagine.

THIS
is the new American Christmas tradition!! 

Please
pass this around. We can make a difference. Can't we?