Monday, December 31, 2012

December 2012 and Wishes for 2013

Today I am looking back on a season that brought

lots of laughter...

lots of traditions 

(like new pj's on Christmas Eve)...

lots of growth...

I must be shrinking!

 more traditions...

(like looking for Santa's sleigh)

lots of family time...

with my parents...

and my niece, Raya.

Lots of time at home surrounded by my favorites...

 Christmas morning (another favorite)...

And starting new traditions, like a visit to

Garden d'Lights in Bellevue....

Chanelle and her lifelong buddies, Kristin and Lauryn

And, more new traditions, like visiting places in our lovely

city of Seattle.

Trying to enjoy every last minute of Winter break

with these two.

Hope you enjoyed lots traditions this season!

Happy New Year from my family to yours!



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Season's Greetings!

So many beautiful things to admire at

especially this time of year!

Vintage urns, antique bed frames, antique doors, frames

and this darling gold deer await you!

This old tin makes a great vase for greenery. 

An easy way to dress up any vessel is to

take clippings from holly berry trees, 

firs and cedar.

I love this cute little sign!  

This rustic wood tray would be a great start to your

dining room table centerpiece.

On the home front, we took the kids to see The Hobbit

last night.  They have grown up watching all of the

Lord of The Rings movies and it's always fun to remember

how old they were during different releases.  

My husband started reading The Hobbit to our

daughter, Chanelle when she was only 3.

I have the cutest video of her 'reading' the book

on her own on her bed talking about

"Bilbo Baggins".  

Keiton was only one when the first came out, so

obviously we waited quite a long time before letting him see his first 

Lord Of The Rings movie.  I can't believe we have been

following this series for over 12 years!

The movie was fantastic!

Mr. and Mrs. Santa'paws' are all decked out and ready

to help me wrap presents!  

One afternoon I turned on all of the 

Christmas lights, put on the movie "Home Alone",

made a cup of tea and made a good dent

in the wrapping.   Nobody was home, the fire was going,

and the rain was coming down in sheets.

It was so peaceful.

Wishing you much peace this season!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Travels and Small Business Saturday

Just getting back into a routine after a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

We travelled to my sister and brother-in-law's house

in Pullman, Washington.
Five hours in the car listening to tunes,
enjoying a beautiful Fall day.

Right outside Vantage, along the Columbia River.

My mom Vicki, my daughter Chanelle (16)
and my niece Raya (7) working on dessert.

My parents with the grandkiddos, Chanelle, Raya and Keiton.

And, the next day while the boys enjoyed full bellies, the girls shopped
some good sales at local small businesses.
My Sister Chrissa (far left) and her family were wonderful hosts :)

We had so much fun visiting family and the trip was 

a great break from busy life.

Back at Faded Elegance, 

we had a fabulous sale over the weekend! 

Hope you were able to come in and take a peek, especially since

it was a rockin sale AND because it was 

Small Business Saturday!

 This is a new piece I brought in. 
I used Miss Mustard Seed's "Typewriter" Milk Paint. 
I love that it can be a dresser, small buffet or a bar, like I've done here.

I have two of these Santas left and just a few vintage ornaments, and
as some handmade ornaments as well.

Lots of vintage bar ware!

Close up.

I had leftover fabric after recovering the chairs for my dining table, so I had pillows made!  

They turned out darling!  I have yet to embark on the craft of sewing, 

so the credit for these beauties goes to my mom's sweet friend and neighbor,


She's a talented lady :)

If you haven't been in lately, you'll want to make a day of it!
is brimming with inspiration!

Happy Shopping!