Friday, December 12, 2008

Hit the Road Jack

It has rather been one of those weeks, and I am so glad that it is Friday. I thought this photo was a perfect send-off for the weekend; I love the old red truck in the bright white snow!

We are hitting the road tonight to head "home;" while we won't be driving through such a beautiful winter scene, I am still beyond thrilled that I was able get a small glimpse of winter weather in Houston this week.

We are going home to do a little work around the house as we finish getting it ready to put on the market. I also intend to a little holiday decorating while we are home (in preparation for Christmas, which we will celebrate there.)

Finally, I hope to start posting a holiday series this weekend that I'm very excited to share. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Candy Cane Lane

It has been far too long since I've done a Three Elements post, so I thought today would be a great time to incorporate one as I continue with the red and white streak.

For the first board, I envisioned a bride who runs traditional in her tastes and who loves the romance of winter and the holidays. She would want her wedding at a quaint country inn, from where she and her husband would make a sleigh-ride getaway. She loves the combination of red and white for the holidays, but she especially loves red, a color that speaks to her of romance. She would even indulge in a second dress for her reception, a dramatic red gown that she envisions wearing in the years to come.

In the second inspiration board, this bride loves the holidays equally as much, but she has a more modern sensibility. Her wedding would take place in a white-washed city loft, and she would want her color palette to follow suit; since she loves red and white at the holidays, this bride would incorporate small touches of red into her wedding day, while keeping white as the predominant hue.

The three elements incorporated this week are:

Traditional Holiday Romance
Row 1: Elizabeth Messina via The Bride's Cafe, Gentl & Hyers, Bailey44 via Revolve Clothing, ara133 photography
Row 2: Brides, Carrie Patterson Photography, Rosa Clara
Row 3: J.Crew, Brides, Eden Ink's flickr
Row 4: Martha Stewart, Julia Russell-
The Designer's Co-op

Modern Holiday Love
Row 1: Michele M. Waite, Alison Events via The Bride's Cafe, Julie & Adam- Our Labor of Love
Row 2: Elizabeth Messina via The Bride's Cafe, Artfool, Anna Be via Style Me Pretty, Gentl & Hyers
Row 3: Our Labor of Love, Lucas Allen, J.Crew
Row 4: Cannelle et Vanille, Eden Ink's flickr,
cotton idea studio

*Had some computer problems yesterday, so this is a bit belated Wedding Wednesday post!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

For the Love of {Red & White}

My love of red and white is apparently not limited to gift wrap this Christmas; I've been slowly saving holiday images, many of which I realized fit my red and white theme.

I love the red and white stripe that runs through many of these pictures, and I am absolutely craving some Christmas sugar cookies and peppermint bark. Yum!

I have some more holiday things planned to share with you in the coming weeks, one feature in particular that I especially think you will enjoy. I hope to start sharing that with you later this week!

*As I was putting this post together, it probably should not have startled me to look up and realize that I had also decorated this lil' guy in red and white, yet it did! And I must say, he is quite cheerfully lending some holiday spirit to our hotel room.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Merry Happy

I've mentioned before how exciting I find it to chose my Christmas gift wrap "theme" each year; I love when holiday papers make their debut each fall! I typically whittle down the list of contenders until I have decided on my color scheme, but some years, all it takes is just one wrapping paper. I'll fall in love, and it is all over; no other contenders even exist from that point forward.

Two years ago, I went with a red and white theme for my gift wrap, and I threw in some apple green accents; I loved how cheerful the packages looked under the tree.

While I like to go with different themes each year, and even though it was a theme I chose not that long ago, I am finding myself drawn to the red and white color scheme again this year.

And I must admit, I still have some wrapping paper left over from that Christmas, so, in this time of economic-woe, it probably doesn't hurt to be a little thrifty; I'll probably stick to only red and white this time (no apple green in the mix.) I'll add some new ribbons, tags, and other packages accessories, and the look should be as good as new.

*And, of course, I heart this and would love to throw it in the mix...yet because I have an insane amount of the brown and white version left over from my wedding, I am not sure I can justify purchasing more just yet...