Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011

I wanted to get in one more post before the new year. Thought I would share some of mine and the dotter's Christmas with you.

We love Christmas Eve and like many families have our traditions that we love. We started the evening with a wonderful dinner (roast, potatoes, veggies, appetizers and goblets with sparkling cider.) Grandma and Grandpa, Michelle, LJ and the kids were all invited. After dinner we did the traditional opening of Christmas jammies. This was one of the first years that they were not all matching and I bought some for little Sophia and Garret. The dotter's and I just love those 2 peanuts!

After they changed into jammies the dotter's had planned a special program for us. Bronwyn and Brooklyn have gotten really good on the piano and they played carols and sang for us. We also read from the bible the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The dotter's were really excited and finally settled down to bed at around 11pm.
Brooklyn playing Jingle Bells.

Then it was up at 6am for us. Yes, you heard me 6am! They have never gotten up that early before. We just couldn't keep them contained, so it was off to open presents. Luckily, I had a chance to go back to bed while they played with presents.

Thought I would share some fun gifts I received. I saw this lamp in the Anthropologie catalog and really wanted it. Unfortunately like most things in the Anthropologie catalog it was way out of my price range. The price tag of $500 did not fit in the hubby's budget. Luckily I had collected a few of these shoe forms over the years. He took them and made me this wonderful lamp! I think it is even better than the one from Anthropologie. My dad gave me the wonderful deer antlers. I have been wanting a pair. They are super chic. It's the look I'm loving a lot right now.


You can see the base of my shoe lamp. It is 3 little wooden shoe forms, which makes it better than Anthropologie's :)
This lamp is one I bought for myself as a Christmas gift. Do you ever buy yourself a gift? There is a guy here in Utah who takes wonderful old parts and fashions them into these awesome steampunk lamps. I saw this one and had to have it. So on layaway it went and I finally got it out, just in time for Christmas.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. May this new year bring you many blessings and all that you hope for.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Giveaway winner

Please forgive my lateness in announcing the winner of my giveaway. I used random generator and the winner was number 4! That is Marci!  Marci is a great lady that I have gotten to know over the last few months. She also has a really cool blog called Dandelion Farm Girl. I would go check it out.

So part of the reason I'm so late was we took an unexpected trip to visit my sister in Idaho. This is always fun especially for my 3 dotters. My sister lives on  5 acres and they are what I call hobby farmers. A few horses, cows, chickens and my dotter's favorite.....the four wheeler!

I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spreading some Christmas Cheer

Today I am grateful for my beautiful bulbs that have bloomed and are providing me with Christmas cheer.


I want to provide you with some Christmas cheer, because I'm so grateful for all my wonderful friends and customers. So let's...
I was hoping to do this giveaway earlier, but could not get it to happen. So instead of Christmas I thought we would celebrate the new year with a fun party hat for an upcoming birthday or special occasion in your life. Here is a picture of what they look like. Perfect for a child. I can somewhat personalize it with a certain age. Along with party hat I will send you some other fun party items including a vintage milk jar of bubble gum, some vintage trim and whatever else strikes my fancy the day I send off the package.

In order to enter just leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from those of you who stop by and never comment (hint, hint).

For every 10 comments I will add one more party hat.

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! I will announce a winner on December 26.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Tree

Thanks to all my friends and customers who visited me at Beehive Bazaar. It was a fun show and I got pretty cleaned out in the end. So grateful for you support in my crafty vintage adventures.

I've posted a lot of Christmas decor pictures, but had to post my tree. I wanted to do something really different and have been "eyeing" this tree at Treasures Antique Mall in Springville.  My friend made an offer that I could not refuse. So instead of a trip to the tree lot this year....I went with this tree.

Okay, not what you thought? I couldn't help it. I love all the wonderful retro-ness of it. It is an original from thw 50's or 60's. The cool thing....the hubby loves it, the kids love it and when I told my mom about it she said my great-grandmother used to have one!

Perfect for all that vintage ornament goodness. And he threw in the rotating light that makes it sparkle.

Okay, I'll say it again...I love it so.

Merry Christmas!

Come back and visit me on Wednesday, I will be doing a Christmas giveaway!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Beehive Bazaar 2011

It's that time of year again, the wonderful handmade event of the year (as far as I'm concerned!)....The Beehive Bazaar. I am not only a vendor, but I love to shop it as well! I can't wait to see what my crafty friends have been working on. It is such a great place for unique and quality Christmas gifts.

If you live in Utah it is a show not to miss! It is also at a new location. The Bell Room on University and Center in Provo. Come check it out! I have some fun things I'll be selling.
I am going to set up in a few hours and if I can swing it I might grab a few pictures to post.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

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

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. We were a little low key, due to some surgery I had on Monday. It was nice to have the week to recover and the dotter's and I headed to my Mom's for a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. I was starting to feel better by Friday and decided to start pulling out my Christmas decor.

I have been so inspired by Pinterest. It is awesome and really I must confess somewhat of an addiction. So I have my Christmas file and have been storing away some great ideas.

You all know I love is my life, my style, my way. Well, Christmas is no exception and I was inspired to do a shelf with all my Christmas vintage kitsch collectibles. I added a few more this year that I picked up from junking friends....the records...thanks Cathie...and Bruce helped with the collection this year. I also love that cool old felt banner that wishes all a Merry Christmas.

A close-up of my sweet choir boys, bottle brush trees and the 50's Santa.
 So of course I re-did my green shelf, giving it a faded white Christmas look. I also actually remembered to plant some paper whites and amaryllis bulbs because I love them so. They are coming along nicely.
Love this burlap "Blessed" banner, works so perfectly for the season. I got it on my friend's very cool website VERY JANE.

A Wonderful vintage ribbon tree!

In my living room window, can't wait to see their beautiful blooms.

I had to put these awesome vintage New Year's items I picked up at Abode. They have a wonderful dealer, Ann who I bought these from. She is a lovely lady and does Fleaology too!!

I love the old vintage ornaments, can never have to many.

Still have the trees to get to, but it put me in the Christmas mood to get my "Christmas vintage on". :)

My sweet hubby put up some lights and then I made him go with me to "Footloose"! What a guy! I must say it didn't have the same effect on me that Kevin Bacon did all those years ago. :)

Hope your getting in the holiday mood. I'm working like crazy on Beehive Bazaar and can't wait to bring some fun new stuff to the show. I will give you a preview later on this week.

One last thing, the sweet holiday Mindy Gledhill video our family worked on. Check it out HERE. It is absolutely charming.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Things I.....

 In another life I would love to be a stylist for a magazine. So to satisfy my stylist cravings I use our living room to try design ideas. I played around with the "white wall" yesterday and was pretty happy with the results. It's a good mix of vintage and modern (at least for my taste.)

What do you think?

 My friend Cathie had this darling shoe shine box for sale and I had to snatch it up. I was looking for something to put at the front door so each dotter could keep a pair of shoes close at hand.
 I am getting so excited for Beehive Bazaar and have been busy. I am trying to replenish my party hats since they all sold at SPARK. I am making more for kids too.  Plan to check out the Bazaar the second weekend of December. Wonderful Christmas shopping.

Getting excited for the upcoming holiday season. Trying to figure out a new color palette.

What things are you loving lately?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Reed Family Puppeteers

So last weekend was really fun. We had the opportunity to work on a project together as a family. If you don't know already, I am married to someone who loves puppets. He has always loved them and has actually made a living at various times making puppets!

Yes it is true!

When we lived in LA he had the privilege of working at the Jim Henson Creature Shop, which is like the best of the best.

While he doesn't make a living full time at it now, he does a decent amount of freelance work. He also teaches puppetry at BYU. You can go to his blog here.

So you are probably wondering why I am telling you all this. So this really lovely singer named Mindy Gledhill hired Nat to make some puppets for a new music video she was shooting entitled Winter Moon. He needed some puppeteers, so along with a few students.... he hired the 3 dotters. They did a smashing job and it was really awesome to do something together, the 5 of us...creating, laughing, making art, whatever you want to call it. (In his heart of hearts he would love to have a family puppet theatre with the 3 dotters at puppeteers.)

And he paid them 10 bucks they were really happy!

I'll post the video when it is released, hopefully in a few weeks. In the meantime check out one of her videos here.

Happy Weekend and some pics to get into the Christmas spirit.

It's not that far away.......


Thursday, October 27, 2011


If you would like your very own crown, drop me a quick email.  (
I would love to make you one.

(This is a picture of a birthday crown for my friend Rhonna Farrer.)

Had a great time being a vendor at SPARK! Thanks to everyone who bought a bit of vintage whimsey!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Moonlight Ride

I'm sure some of you that read my blog (and my friends who do read it) think I craft, decorate, party and go junking all the time.  :) I do spend a lot of time doing these activities, but sometimes it's nice to set that all aside and go out into the beautiful outdoors.

We are lucky that we live in one of the most beautiful states ever! UTAH!!!If you have never been, consider yourself personally invited! We happen to live very close to Provo Canyon, where the world famous Sundance is located. It is about 15 minutes from our driveway to the resort. I found out quite recently that Sundance hosts Full moon rides on their ski lift. Nat and I thought it would be a fun outing for the dotters. It was chilly, but we snuggled together and kept warm. The moon was so bright! It was like a spotlight had been pointed at the mountains for us to see. It was such a cool way to see this stunning scenery. I took a few pictures (not so great; photographing by moonlight is pretty hard.) The dotter's had fun saying hello to the other cars as we passed each other in the darkness.

And we had a great time as a family.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

RANDOM photos on my iphone

The title really got you didn't it......

So I don't know about you but my 3 dotters take my iphone all the time. Do your kids do that too? So they use it as their own personal camera. Now most of the time they do this without my permission and quite frankly without me knowing it. So tonight I looked at my camera roll and I see 36 pictures. Now you have to understand that I rarely, rarely use my iphone camera so I was very curious to see what the photos were.

I had a good laugh.

My dotter's do love photographing themselves.

I did find 2 fun pictures that I actually took and will include in this wonderful photo essay.

So without further essay....Random iphone pictures

What??? I don't even know what to say

Does she look a little devilish here? or is it just me?

This was one picture I took. Bronwyn meeting Brian Stokes Mitchell after he performed at BYU's Homecoming Spectacular. She was thrilled to chat with a bona fide Broadway star.  After she chatted with him for a minute Bronwyn told me that night "Mom, I'm so glad you are not a house mom". I finally impressed my dotter. BTW it was an awesome show to work on, and he is a lovely, lovely person.

A random rehearsal shot I took of him....obviously I need iphone camera lessons.