Thursday, December 22, 2011


On this shortest day of the year I have a few pictures I've taken over the past couple weeks.  Hope it brightens your day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Secret Santa Soiree gifts arrived!

This holiday season I participated in a Secret Santa Gift exchange over at The Coloradolady.  It's always fun getting mail that isn't bill or more junk mail to throw in the recycling.  I haven't had much time to blog but did send a Thank You note to the return address and I hope she got it.  All I really know about my SS is that she's from Texas and must like doxies! 

Alex was a teeny tiny bit jealous when a big box arrived at our door last Saturday and it was addressed to me.  I asked if he wanted to help me and he said YES!  (Isn't he so handsome?)

I took everything out and put it under the tree so that we could have a mini Christmas. 

Then we got busy ripping the paper off!

The first thing I opened was a tin of goodies.  Chocolate, almond bark, and crushed candy canes trees.  They were delicious. 

There was even something for Buster.

He approved!

I love hot chocolate and am looking forward to using this little snowman full of cocoa mix soon.

And what should I enjoy it in?  In this matching snowman mug and saucer of course!

This Lone Star State ornament looks great on our tree.

There was one more large squishy surprise...

He's so cute! 

I love all my gifts and appreciate the time my Secret Santa took to find all the great things I received. Thanks again SS! :-) Can't wait to find out who you are.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Buying Local in Denver

Last night Alex and I waited in line in the freezing cold for the Fancy Tiger Holiday Hand Made Craft Fair. (He must really love me to wait almost an hour in 28* weather!)  The first 100 people in got a free swag bag!  We're somewhere just behind the orange coat.  It was a mad house once we got in but we warmed up fast.  I was trying to find a few great things for my Secret Santa Soiree partner.  I think I succeeded but I guess we'll have to just wait and see. :-)

Here's what we waited in line for...

The silver on this side was sparkly. <3

The front and back of the swag bag.  It's made from canvass so it'll be a nice bag to carry extra things around in! 

Wondering what was inside?  Well, let me show you!

All this stuff was from vendors that were selling their handmade wares.  The contents were postcards, a card, lots of business cards, a few buttons, handmade chap stick, a bookmark, some room spray that smells yummy, a diy ornament from etsy and west elm, a bottle of soda pop that was in the fridge by this point and these drawer knobs!


Aren't they cute?!  They were only in one of the bags so everyone must've gotten something different or it was just an extra surprise?  Who knows! 

Now on to my Secret Santa presents!  My SSS partner is a quilter and since I can hardly sew a straight line without help from my Mom I was looking for quilt/fabric related items.

This cute cactus pin cushion is perfect for my SSS partner since she collects pin cushions.  It was made by the Ladies Fancywork Society.

This fabric ornament made by Erin McAllister will soon have a new home on her tree!  I love the frayed edges on the strips of fabric.

Last but not least as we were heading out the door I spied this quilted note card set, each one different, made by Amy Gibson from Cuckoo for Quilting!  I really hope SSS will enjoy them since she is a quilter herself.

I'll be mailing them off this week along with the other things I've found for my SSS.