December 29, 2010

sparkly shoes under $150... mostly

With New Years Eve a mere two days away, what better time to go shopping for a pair of sparkly shoes? And yeah... I just realized this is my second post about glittery shoes. Are you surprised that my favorite movie growing up was The Wizard of Oz?

All but one pair of these heels are well under $150.
Can you spot the $325 pair without looking at the prices below?

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What's the most memorable pair of shoes you've ever owned? I have to believe that any of these would make my top ten list.

December 25, 2010

good news of great joy

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But the angels said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

"This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

Luke 2:10-14

December 22, 2010

DIY :: easy-as-pie (or cake) bunting

Bunting by nature is easy to create--gather up a bit of fabric, a needle and thread and you're in business! But throw in my favorite material--felt, the lazy man's fabric--and NOW we're talkin'!

I've been in love with all these images I've seen lately of cake bunting but I've had no reason to create them. I'm crazy about the shape of the inverted-arrow in this post, so here's my take on it, incorporating the bunting all over our home.

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WHAT YOU NEED (to make about 10 yards of bunting):

- 20 sheets of 12"x9" felt / I used 10 sheets of red and 10 sheets of ivory -
- sharp scissors -
- needle and thread or sewing machine and 10 yards spool of ribbon -

Fold and cut the felt in 1/2 like a "hamburger"... as opposed to longways, like a "hotdog." (Man, if I were still teaching 4-year-olds, that joke would have killed! It's a standby favorite.) Cut the two pieces in 1/2 again and then cut each of those pieces in 1/2 so that you have 8 strips of felt. Then pinch one end of a strip and cut from the fold you just created down to the corner of the strip to create the V. Do this to all 160 strips of felt. From there you'll either hand stitch the pieces together by running an "over-and-under" stitch or you'll feed the strips through the sewing machine, laying the ribbon on top of each strip as you feed it through. (I made my bunting with my sewing machine.)

I kind of want to make this for all the holidays--pink and red for Valentine's, green and white for St. Patricks, pastels for Easter... I could go on and on!


December 21, 2010

christmas sweetness, vol II

Pinecones, bright white, plaids and garland.
Petaja Christmas, twenty ten.

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December 20, 2010

[ and the winner is ] mixed tape :: GIVEAWAY

...#30, Miss Lorena Mair!

"I am thankful to know God and that I can thank him every day for all the blessings he is throwing at me each year and the wonderful family I have."

Thank you to everyone who participated in this fun post. I never expected to be so blessed by all of your grateful, sweet and meaningful comments. Thank you for taking time to remind me of all the blessings that surround me, each and every day. May you carry the gifts of your gratitude with you now and throughout the coming year.

Lorena, please email me at with your address so that I can put this little goody in your hands!

merry christmas, 1989

With Christmas less than a week away, I thought I'd wish you all a Merry one with a good laugh and maybe an "awwww" or two.

Five year old Chelsea, three year old (obviously feisty) Jordan, too-legit-to-quit parents, a pink living room, mauve carpet, doily ornaments and a serious mustache want to wish you a sweet and memorable Christmas.

Here's to letting those you love know it.
Hugs and kisses all around.

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December 18, 2010

mixed tape :: GIVEAWAY

OK, maybe it's not technically a mixed tape but that sounds so much better than mixed CD. Who else remembers sitting infront of their boombox with their finger poised on the record button just waiting for that perfect song? 1995: mine was Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers. That's a real edgy 11-year-old for ya. Right...

We've put together a few of our favorite Christmas or winter-themed songs: a few locals, a few classics, some sweet and some melancholy.

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Leave a comment below saying what you're most thankful for this Christmas season. I'll number the entries--numer one being the first comment and so on--and then generate a number at random to find out who the winner is! The number will be chosen Monday morning, so get those comments in before the drawing if you want a chance to get your paws on a little melody goodness, from our heart to your home.

December 16, 2010

christmas sweetness, vol I

With all the craziness the accompanies my favorite celebration of the year, I've been neglecting this little ol' blog. We've been busy bees--working and traveling and crafting and visiting and hosting and attending and decorating.

Here are a few sneak peeks from around the Petaja home. We received a beautiful snow this week that made it really feel like Christmas. (Especially for my Mid-West boy who is used to snow fall November through March.)

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I'm hoping Tec can take a few "real" pictures for me over the next few days. But boy-oh-boy do I love me some ShakeIt photos. Cute and easy? Yes, thank you, I'll take it.

What are your favorite decorations this time of year?
It seems that without fail, mine is always our Christmas tree. It warms up our living room and makes the space so cozy and inviting.