Cannot believe the 2010 holiday season is over! It was jam packed this year! Filled with entertaining, decorating, crafty gift giving and lots of baking of course! Here are a couple highlights to this lovely season – including my sisters doggy “Stella” as a lit up reindeer and our dogs “Toula & Taki” having fun at Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose.
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Now this project was a challenge to say the least! But such a fun challenge! I had a client come to me about a week or so before Christmas requesting a family tree to be done in calligraphy as a gift for her family for Christmas. When we spoke on the phone I envisioned an 8×10 sheet of parchment with calligraphy of a few family names…but boy was I wrong! I set up a consultation with the client and she brought in a hugeeeee chart of all her ancestors dating back to 1763!!! This was SO cool. I was beyond impressed that she did all of this work. It was so amazing to see someone work so hard to create such a gift for their family.
This project took a whole lot of brain power in just formatting and reformatting to make it all legible and flowing. After several hours of aligning over 100 names I began to write…and write….and write! The client requested 7 copies of the tree . The catch? She was moving to San Diego at the end of the week and they just had to be done!
To ensure things got finished I worked 37 hours straight in the beginning. I began each 18×36 sheet with stamping to title the tree followed by starting with most recent family members. 5 copies were done the morning she was leaving and she allowed me to send the remaining 2 to San Diego as she wouldn’t need them until after the new year.
SO proud of the final product, which was beautifully wrapped 🙂
The below pics are some really fun crafty items I received for Christmas. I can’t get over my craft accessory organizer!!!! Wooohooooo! Given to me by my lovely sister-in-law Tina…it’s like she knew exactly what I wanted. The shelf now happily resides in the Sweet P shop and looks beyond adorable!
I also got a fabulous new fountain pen set, the same thing I have been infatuated with as a small child – given to me by the most fabulous mother-in-law on the planet! She knows me all to well 🙂
The rest of pics are crafty gifts I made and were given to me – whaddaya think?!?!
Our labor of love was a true success! We pulled off a gorgeous winter open-house today! Sarah represented Bloom Beauty Boutique, Ming represented Coral Beauty Artistry and I was there getting love for For My Sweet P 🙂 We decorated the shop with a lovely pink garden theme and boy was it cute! We prepared paper floral arrangements (now available at For My Sweet P), custom favors (by yours truly!) mini cupcakes and even a pink Christmas tree and stocking in my shop!
We invited, friends, family and clients to check out all Bloom and its vendors have to offer. We created goodie bags for all our guests too! And lets not forget to mention the raffle with beauty products from Ming and free calligraphy from me…wonder who the winner will be?!
I was lucky enough to have the unconditional love and support of my amazing husband, mother and in-laws 🙂 (wish everyone could be that supportive).
It was a lovely rainy Saturday afternoon of sipping cocoa and bubbly while munching on holiday sweets getting to know all of us at Bloom. Check out our pics and join us next time to show your love and support for For My Sweet P!
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It’s beginning to look like Christmas all around town now! The lights are up, the chill is in the air and hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is in full swing!
Last night was the tree lighting ceremony in Los Gatos (pic #4) and today was the Los Gatos Christmas Parade! Something we look forward to every single year! My husband and I went along with our little angles Toula & Taki (decked out in holiday attire of course!) The parade was packed this year, and we started it out right by meeting my mom at Chicago Steak and Fish on N. Santa Cruz for some egg nog that is literally out of this world. The recipe is actually from the grandmother of President Jimmy Carter – pretty authentic huh?!
After out frothy egg nog we meandered back towards the park to get ready for the parade to start! Eleven o’clock sharp the action began! The parade was filled with antique cars, high school marching bands, bagpipes, horses and more! The crowd favorite is one we look forward to every year…the Italian squash squad!!!! The squad consists of of several men in marinara stained wife beaters tucked into ill-fitting plaid pants. Then, if the outfit wasn’t enough they are all holding 4+ft. squashes which accompany them during their choreographed routines! Flippin’ hilarious!!!
And hello, how cute are the doggies in their holiday attire?!?! Happy Holidays!!!
Just a short post to let all my fans and followers know that I am thankful for ALL the love and support! Enjoy the pic of my sweet mother-in-laws turkey and Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers, also known as “Woodland Critters” hehheehhehe