Friday, September 30, 2011

Let the My Time Made Easy October Peeks Begin!

 Hi everyone ... it's the end of the month and that can only mean one fun and exciting thing!  Yep, it's time to let the new release peeks for My Time Made Easy begin!

My assignment today was to create a holiday gift set using one of the new October templates, so without further ado, I'm tickled to introduce you all to ... TOPPED OFF!

This adorable and oh-so-easy to assemble template has a multitude of uses when you change the 'topper'.  For mine, I decided to go with a Thanksgiving theme and created a sweet little pumpkin topper for my template box bottom!  When I say easy peesy I'm not kidding ... this little charmer went together in less than five minutes after I had the base pieces cut out, embossed and inked!

I made a sweet little sentiment tag using the Thankful acrylic stamp set and added a couple of pretty little leaves I cut out with my Cricut using the Old Oak Leaves Pretty Cut File (resized down to fit my pumpkin!).  I embossed the leaves with polka dots and added some inking to create more texture and dimension.  In my true shabby fashion, I added a twig from my yard for the pumpkin stem, some glimmer mist from Tattered Angels for aging, a sparkler from Webster's, yellow pearls and lace and some yummy seam binding from my Etsy Shop in Vintage Winter White and Ambrosia Cantalope.  The pretty gardenia paper bloom is from The Ribbon Reel and I sprinkled a bit of gold glitter on the edges.

Next I set to work to make a coordinating card for my sweet little set!  This time I used the Framed Elegance acrylic stamp set along with the Creative Card/Envelope #1 Pretty Cut File to create the sentiment. A snipett of my favie Dainty Damask paper printed in Sunrise on the bottom - love it!

More pretty seam binding, lace, pearls, a gold doilie, rouched chocolate brown ribbon and satin flowers to complete my card!

A-dorable, right??!!??  But wait ... I mentioned this was a 'gift' set, so I need a gift to add!

I whipped up some yummy Tastefully Simple Pumpkin Patch cookies this afternoon with cream cheese frosting and will slip these inside the gift box when I'm ready to give this little cutie pie away.  I think I'll give this to the host for our next dinner club since our theme will be 'Thanksgiving' ... perfect, don't you think!  These would make a-dorable table favors for your next fall gathering -- put the names of your guests on each tag and fill the inside of the box with cookies, popcorn or candy ... OR one delicious CUPCAKE!!

Just a little something to show you care ... all packaged up in an on-so-pretty set -- super easy peesy to assemble, and I know your recipient will LOVE it for sure!

Be sure to visit the other teamies' blogs who have projects to share with you today:

My Time Made Easy Design Team:
Monique Hansen

... and don't forget to stop by the MTME DESIGNER'S GALLERY for tons of FAB inspiration too!

Please come on back tomorrow for October1st and our Official Release Party where the entire team will be sharing projects made with loads of new goodies available to purchase in the shop starting on Saturday.  Until then, happy craftin'!


Challenges for this project:  

Top Tip Tuesday #53 - 2 or more ribbons, lace, twine or fabric
Simon Says Stamp - anything
CR84FN #39 - orange, yellow, brown

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wrapping things up ...

 Sharing some final pics with you all today from our getaway weekend in Wilmington!

We enjoyed lots of walking along the River Walk down by the Cape Fear River.  There are three miles of boardwalk along the river with stunning vistas.  The bridge in the background connects Hwy 17 to downtown Wilmington.

The hubster!  Still a cutie after 25 years!!

Gorgeous Carolina Blue skies across the water!

Battleship North Carolina!

More River Walk vistas!

Love how the rays of sun are poking through the clouds in this pic!

Be careful, honey, don't fall in!!!

On day two we took a 2.5 hour catamaran ride down the Cape Fear River ... fun!

View of battleship from the catamaran on the river ride.

Tug boats that pull the large ships from their dockings down the river out into the open seas of the Atlantic.

A large freight carrier at dock.

Stunning sunsets!

The battleship silhouette at dusk!


 The end!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Historic Charm ...

 I have a few more pics to share with you today here on the bloggity blog from our wonderful weekend away down in Wilmington, NC!  We so enjoyed our stay at The Verandas Bed & Breakfast that we've already re-booked another stay for the first weekend in December when the town hosts their annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour ... there will be 20+ homes open for viewing all decked out for the holidays, plus parades, tree lighting festivities and lots more holiday fun!  Can't wait :)

Pink, aqua and white color palette on this house ... LOVE!

Oldest building in Wilmington ... 250 years old!  Notice the foundation built from cobblestones!

A Roles Royce in front of a historic mansion ... later that night there was a wedding reception here!

This yellow home with crisp white trim was one of my favorites!  I adore the black iron fence and gate!

This neat and tidy, colorful home caught my eye ... the second home my hubby and I owned in Niskayuna, NY was this exact color palette - wedgewood blue, rustic rust and cream!

Many of the streets in the downtown historic district were either brick or cobblestone ... it sounded so neat when we were taking a horse-drawn carriage tour to hear the horse shoes clickity-clacking down the streets!

Mauve, rose and teal on this pretty Painted Lady!

Simply a stunner!

Patriotic charm in this navy blue, red and white palette!

A-dorable and sweet charm in this small, but pristine cottage!

A stately mansion decked out in crisp white, gray and black.  Notice the turett on the far right side of the house ...

... a truly stunning home!

And I adore the matching carriage house that housed their horse and buggy in days gone by!  Too small for today's SUV's!

Adorable, neat and pristine ... love the black tin roof and all that pretty dentil trim!

Gorgeous double turretts in this B&B down the street from where we stayed ... stunning architecture!!

Love, love ... LOVE!

Oh so pretty in pink ... look at that beautiful iron fence and gate!

The Rosehill Inn - a Bed & Breakfast two blocks away from where we stayed.  This manor reminded us of our home with its pretty pink and white color palette and wrap around porches!

And ...

... this is OUR home -- decorated for the holidays ... December 2010!

We adore our pretty wooden front door with leaded glass in-lay, beautiful side lights and stunning transom.

We had a matching window custom made to coordinate with our front door which was installed horizontally in the second story foyer directly above the front door!

We have wrap around porches on three sides of the home -- this view shows the gorgeous two-story turret which houses our fireplace on the first floor and master bathroom on the second floor!  In the back, the porch wraps into a 20' x 15' screened porch with two ceiling fans to keep us cool while sitting out there!

And, finally, the largest and grandest mansion we found on our tour ... 

... it was hard to take 'good' pictures of this stunning mansion -- it had huge trees wrapping around the facade of the home on all sides of the property.  It was simply breathtaking IRL!

 Well, that's it for today's pics.  I'll be back tomorrow with a couple more to wrap up this tour!

Thanks for peeking in today!