Monday, November 30, 2009

‘Tis the season…

One of my favorite places for the holidays is Disneyland.  You don’t have to look far to see why.

The decorations and windows on Main Street ~




This window inspired a whole new look at our house this season! LOVE the colors!


The window in the General Store has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl!  Must be the vintage sewing machine, spinning wheel and notions…


A spectacular Castle! ~


Thunder Mountain Ranch ~ ( I could live here!) ~


The Ranch’s Festive BBQ area ~



Resident Reindeer having dinner ~


Isn’t this old ‘surrey'  FUN???!!!


And oh so much more…

We were there for Herb and Hadleys birthdays (Hadley was born on his daddy-o’s birthday!) and stayed here:

The Grand Californian Hotel!!!


The boys had breakfast with Minnie and her friends for their birthday!


We had a wonderful trip.



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving boy and turkey

Warm wishes for a Happy Holiday Season.  May your blessings be many, your troubles few, and your spirits happy!

From our home to yours…

Mandi & ‘The H’s’

Friday, November 20, 2009

Like going home…

We all have our favorite ‘haunts’, one of mine is “Antiques and Things”, in Pacheco (CA)…a two-light-town tucked in the middle of the bustling suburbs. I was a dealer there for several years and still love going in, it always feels like home to me. I’m there for a holiday boutique this weekend, it looks something like this:


‘Twas a busy week…got some new journals done:



And a new ‘banner kit’ called ‘BELIEVE’…it comes with everything you see, including the fiber to hang it from. An easy project that has been quite popular at the holiday boutiques!


It feels great to be back at my ‘old’ shop to see my old friends, make new ones, there’s nothing like ‘going home’ even when it isn’t exactly where I live!

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lots of sparkle!

This time of year you’ll find me up to my elbows in paper and glitter…among other festive items (like chocolate and candy canes!).  It’s been a busy season, and it’s just getting started.  A boutique here, a shop opening there…I just love it.  I’m having a hard time staying focused on ‘work’, I’m feeling the urge to decorate already!

Some of this weeks designs include these sweet canning jar gift tags…


Lots of vintage postcard image tags…


Vintage Christmas Hankies on a vintage image greeting card…


and more tags…aren’t these girls adorable?!


How about these 60’s greeting card image tags, quite festive!


A little bit of everything, something for everyone, and all quite enjoyable to look at!

Join me at ‘Antiques and Things’ this weekend for their holiday boutique!

Tis the Season!!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The holidays…are here!!!

Yesterday was the first annual Cottage Jams Holiday Boutique at the Diablo Country Club and it was first class all the way!  The organizers were the nicest gals and they made sure we all had a fun and successful day.  Thanks to them, I can’t wait to see everyone next year.  My table had the most amazing view of the valley (out the window behind me!), and I’m happy to say everyone loved my designs.  (As always, you can click on the photos to get the BIG picture!)


On to the ROOM!!Room With A Past is open this weekend (is it me, or are the months just flying by?!) and the winter holiday spirit is in full swing:




Come see us this weekend and see what is new, old, and in between!

And I don’t want to leave out the men in my family, Happy Veteran’s day to my dad, uncle Bob, Nephew Randy (he is still serving but needs to be honored anyhow!) and both of my grandfathers…all served in the military.  And in that sentence we hit all FOUR branches!  Dad is Navy, Bob is Air Force, Randy is in the Marines and my grandfathers were both Army.  Thanks to them, and men and women like them all over the world, we are free…I’m forever grateful to them all. 


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Puttin’ on the Glitz!

Christmas card images from the 60’s get a new life with a flicker of colorful glitter!  They’ll be part of gift card assortment celebrating retro style!


And how sweet are these beautiful vintage images of children in the snow?!  The soft pastel colors are just amazing…a bit of german glitter glass added for sparkle.


They’ll all be available at the ‘Cottage Jam Boutique’ at the Diablo Country Club on Tuesday, November 10th.  Email me for details!

Have a wonderful weekend!