And Now … On to Christmas!!

After listening to Christmas music and looking at Christmas products since before Halloween … I am now officially embracing the Holiday season!

* Do I have my home decorated? No
* Do I have my lights up? No
* Do I have my music out and on? No
* Have I bought all of my presents? No, but some of them.
* Do I want to do it all now? YES!!

However, I have my son’s wedding to go to (Dec. 1st) and so I’m chomping at the bit to get him married, so I can …

* Relax after the wedding and start stressing out about Christmas
* Decorate til the cows come home – my favorite part of Christmas.
* Buy my “Christmas Vacation” sized Christmas tree (has to be real or it’s not Christmas) my husband so graciously puts up with every year.
* Stress over all of my last minute orders in my shops.
* Stress over the perfect holiday menu and then cook until I can hardly stand, barely eating the food because I’m not hungry over smelling the food all day.

Did I say the word STRESS enough?

Sounds like fun, huh?! LOL!

Seriously, I love the holiday season. I love finding just the perfect gifts for people, and then going all OCD over the wrapping of the gifts. I love decorating my tree so that it’s beautiful enough to be on the front of BHG magazine. I love the smells of spices in the air. I love the generosity of people, and the goodwill that you just don’t see at other times of the year. I may even like my neighbor (who is a very crabby man, and very hard to like … but you never know!).

So, in the spirit of Christmas, my Brag Monday entry for the Graphics Fairy are more Christmas gift tags. Hopefully you have taken advantage of some of the sales going on and you have presents that they will work perfectly for!

Bonjour mes amies, and have a wonderful week! Mine will be filled with last minute wedding preparations, and the excitement of seeing family members I haven’t seen in over a year.

Au Revoir!!

Lorraine

*As always, these are for personal use only.  Please feel free to click on the picture and right-click to save to your own computer.  You may, of course, send anyone my way to download their own copy!

Toile, How I Love Thee … Let Me Count the Ways

I love Toile. I love every color, texture, etc. of Toile. It is so fascinating how a piece of Toile can tell so many stories. I have Toile covering my storage boxes in my craft room/office. I have Toile on pillows … I have a gorgeous Toile quilt that I need to finish and hang. Although I love Toile, my husband has more of a contemporary aesthetic, and so I judiciously disperse it throughout my house in a constant effort to merge our two styles so that both of us feel like our home speaks to us. But, I will always have Toile in one form or another, somewhere in my house.

I have spent the last several months collecting vintage and discontinued Toile patterns to use in my store Lorraine’s Graphiques … a digital image store that I created. So, when it was time for Brag Monday, I decided it was time to pull out some Toile and share it with you. So, I’ve made a free printable of Toile labels or tags. My gift to you for all of your support. I couldn’t have the success that I’m having with my Etsy stores, this quickly, without my facebook and blog friends. I truly hope you enjoy … and that these Toile tags bring a smile to your face, as they do mine. Many of them are from the 1700s-1900. The one in the middle is gratis from the Graphics Fairy … many thanks to her!

As always, you may not mass produce, but feel free to click on the picture and then right-click to save. You may refer others to my blog, however. You may also print them out and use them to your heart’s content for personal projects, not commercial.

Au revoir, mes amies … have a wonderful week!

Lining Your Nest

I have been busy the last several weeks working on decorating and updating my home. I have been having a wonderful time, and I have to say that when I walk into my house now, it truly feels like coming home. I know that probably sounds cliche, but let me elaborate.

Years ago, I decorated my bedroom based upon some fabric that I really loved. I’m a red girl, but very much aware that red is not the color choice for when you want to relax and go to sleep. So, I chose one of the other colors in the fabric … a smoky dark blue to paint my walls. In theory, it was absolutely beautiful. I had two very large windows that brought plenty of light into the room, so I knew I could pull it off without feeling like I was entering a cave.

Well, folks … it didn’t work. It was beautiful. It was coordinated. It worked with the fabric I had used on the drapes and the red cornice boards. But, I realized after several months, that I NEVER spent time in my bedroom. I’d leave it as soon as the day started and never return until the end of the day. It really wasn’t “Me!”

At the time, however, I was younger (around 28) and didn’t really know yet exactly what was me. So, I started reading the “Simple Abundance” book by Sarah Ban Breathnach that was so popular at the time. One of the prompts in the book was to start a scrapbook and whenever something “spoke” to you, you put a picture of that in your scrapbook. So, that is what I did, and “Voila!” Over time, I realized what truly was me. So, I painted over those blue walls, they became a soft creamy ivory and then I sponged a soft sage green very delicately on the walls. I kept the red cornice boards, and then changed my bedding to a creamy ivory background with red and yellow toile style flowers and, you guessed it probably … sage green leaves. At the time I don’t think anyone knew the phrase “Shabby Chic” but that is what my bedroom became.

Afterwards, I couldn’t stay out of that room! I wanted to be in my room all day long, every day … but alas my children and husband needed me to function outside of my bedroom.

So, here I am, once again, making my house uniquely mine. I’m having a ball, and … when I come into my home, I once again have that feeling of “Aaaahhhhhhhh,” I’m really home now. This space is “ME!”

So, my brag Monday entry is actually some placemats that I’ve designed to use on my new dining table (I’ll post picks after I finish a few things so that you can see). And they are … you guessed it … red!! But, I promise … there is no dark steel blue, as pretty as that color may be, on the walls of my home!

So, my challenge to you is … how do you feel in each space of your home? Is there a room that you love, and why? Is there a room that you don’t spend any time in? I know why! It isn’t you. And, if it isn’t you, and you don’t know what is … I promise that if you start making a scrapbook (you could even update that by using a Pinterest board) of anything that “speaks” to you, you’ll start to see some patterns, and you’ll realize what you need to do to make your living spaces create that feeling of “AAaaaaaHhhhhhhh” I’m finally home.

So, here is my brag Monday entry (Many thanks to the Graphic Fairy for her generous use of the nest graphic). Let me know what you think!!

If you click on the picture, it will take you to my Zazzle store, where you’ll see some of my other designs. Maybe it will give you food for thought for your journaling to find out what is “YOU!”

Have a wonderful week Mes Amies!!

Lorraine