Merry Christmas...From My Home to Yours...

...Mini and I made this wreath two years ago...using a hanger and tissue paper...the ornaments and stand are from IKEA...



...I had to have this angel when I saw it in Home Goods...It looks just like my Mini...



I've been seeing a lot of banners around the net and really like them...so I made my own...Well that's it...a quick little tour around our home for the holidays...gotta finish cooking b4 every gets here tonight...Have a Wonderful Christmas...

I Heart IKEA!


...while shopping for a client last week I purchased this headboard for myself. Only $20 bucks...yep, 2-0...I couldn't believe it...a queen size, cane, wing back, headboard...

...I know people complain about IKEA products, too many pieces, cheaply made, bla, bla, bla...I have been putting their products together for almost 20 years, so I'm a pro at it...but this bed only came with 5 screws and a wrench...YEAH!
...and to top it off all you had to do was click the left and right pieces onto the center...the crews were used to attach the headboard to my existing metal frame...super easy...

...and tada! I heart it...just as it is...but you know me...it could change color at any minute. I always wanted an upholstered wing back headboard and now that I have the frame I can cover it with fabric at anytime...smile.


...doesn't it look so cozy...I made the long pillow a while ago...dug out the duvet cover from my stash...I think I purchased it a couple years ago from IKEA for about $20 bucks...rarely used until now...just perfect. The hand prints are two cuts from a magazine that I put in a frame...and the two small silver frames were purchased in a Target after Christmas sale for 3 bucks each...I bought about 15 of them...the images in those frames are from IKEA...4 bucks for two.
My bedside table...I use the red book as my grateful journal...at least once a week I take a minute and just write down what I was thankful for on that day...the crystal lamps were purchased at the salvation army, $25. bucks for two...
My other bedside table...the magazine rack is actually a chinese rice scooper that I picked up on a trip to the Brimfield Flea Market in Massachusetts...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Mini fighting with the Christmas Tree...

...Gift wrapping with a twist on the traditional bow...

...Cookies ready to go...

Our annual Christmas Eve party is at my house this year...so we are getting the place ready for fun family festivities...

Cool Inexpensive Gift Wrapping...



...I purchased a roll of craft paper for about $2 bucks...it wrapped about 10 boxes...the twine bow is just that, twine tied in a bow, entire roll cost $1...I had the stamps from an African Art class I took in college, $0...and the ink pad was purchased in the dollar section at Target....
Wrapping all my Christmas presents for 4 dollars...priceless.

More Christmas DIY

Why not cut up an old christmas card, shape it into a christmas tree and sew it onto cardstock...clever....
living etc.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

...this room reminds me of the weather in NYC over the weekend...blue skies and plenty of the white stuff...so pretty...I wanted to post pictures from my weekend, but Mini has misplaced her camera....UGH! To be continued...

All I Want for Christmas...



GPS...this will make it easier for me to make 2010 the year of the driving on the road less traveled...



Tickets to this broadway show, starring David Allen Grier and Kerry Washington...RACE.



How about a trip to the spa...What mom can't use a trip to the spa...?

Today's Musical Inspiration...Mary J. w/Christmas in the City

If your a follower of this blog, you know that I love New York City during Christmas...It's magic and tonight Mini and I are going to enjoy it like tourist...the windows at Saks and Macy's, the American Girl Doll Store, skating in Bryant Park, taking pictures by the tree in Rock Center...can't wait...enjoy your weekend...

Look of the day...

...Mini and I are heading ice skating tonight with a friend who came in from Florida...It is 17 degrees today in the NYC...brrr...I'll be rocking something like this...

You know I luv everything about this room...

...makes me want to go home and move things around...

Isn't this a nice idea...?

I live in an apartment, but if I had stairs...especially the type of stairs you see when you enter through the front door, I would line the steps with beautifully wrapped presents...or just beautifully wrapped boxes...luv.

Easy D.I.Y.

I would love to use this in my store...one day, to display clothes...too cool and easy to do...check your yard and get a drill...

Keep it simple...

...still working on a bedroom...more inspiration. Gotta find a rug, make drapes, take Mini to her clinic appointment, go to a focus group and meet up with a girlfriend from out of town this week...then wrap it all up and install the room on Saturday...UGH! Wish me luck.

Music for a Friday Night....

My favorite Sade song...What's yours...?

Another quick and easy Christmas DIY...

How cool are the white bottles on the table...? So simple... glass bottles, white spray paint...gotta love it.

Yummy...Perfect for two...

Clever, clean, basic design...

I'm feeling this hair...

reminds me of jr. high, just cooler. When I was in Jr. High I tried wearing my hair to the side and got in so much trouble...aparently only certain kinds of girls wore their hair to the side...LOL!

Another Easy Holiday DIY

Do you have a bunch of old Christmas balls hanging around? Why not string them all togehter and make a big wreath...and hang it from a door knob or in the window...

Classic Bedroom...

...The deadline for my clients bedroom is coming up and I'm in need of a little inspiration...this is nice.
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