Friday, November 05, 2010

Farm Chicks Christmas!

I was nearly giddy the day this arrived in my mailbox - it was a complete surprise and the day of my Harvest party found me relaxing after the party by looking at this wonderful book!

My girls grabbed it out of my hands and wanted to look at it - oohing and ahhing over all kinds of beauty inside! Loving Christmas in this house must run in the family!

I've shared before about loving the Farm Chicks style and cookbook! This book certainly did not disappoint - it is inspiring and full of all kinds of wonderful Christmas eye candy that will set your creative juices to flowing about how to cultivate the wonder of Christmas around you!

After my first glimpses at the book, I was running to the kitchen for my ruler to make a star out of it as shown in one of the trees! And, asking David if we could put our tree in a galvanized tub next year? (He said yes!)

One of my very favorite pages in the entire book is opposite the Contents page and shows all kinds of wonderful supplies for creating:

And, this inspired me to do something similar for our Christmas this year. Once again, we will be traveling to Colorado and renting a house in the mountains to spend family time together over Christmas. I remembered last time wanting to get crafty and having to be super creative since I didn't have a lot to work with.

So, I thought it would be fun to come up with a Cozy Christmas Kit that travels with me! It would house supplies that I could use in lots of different situations to help my creativity that always wants to express itself around holidays!

I had this cute little suitcase that used to be my great-grandmothers and I loaded it up with all sorts of goodies that I scrounged from around my home. I did not buy a single thing just for this - all of these things were already in my stash.

Wow! If that isn't enough to put me in the Christmas spirit!!! Serena is hosting a virtual book signing today which coincides with her book signing at Chaps. If you order your book before 1pm (PST) today, it will be signed by all the friends at the book signing! Plus, check out this great Christmas giveaway Serena is hosting!

I hope you will get a chance to look at this wonderfully inspiring, beautifully photographed and magical book! Thank you, Serena, for the book and all of your creative ideas!

24 comments:

hip-chick said...

ooh I will certainly be looking out for this book. I love that you had all that stuff right in your house. What a great idea and how wonderful to spend Christmas in Colorado. I have always wanted to go away to the mountains with my family for Christmas.

angela said...

OOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhh wow! I am so excited about Christmas now.

Bevy said...

I've been struggling to "think" of Christmas Decorating - already.

You've certainly earned a spot in the "get inspired" category. Thank you.

I remember your cabin post and your Christmas decorating ideas. So pretty. Granulated sugar... and candles...

Mom said...

What a cute Cozy Christmas Kit! I'm sure Memee would be tickled to know how you are using her vintage suitcase! :) I'm looking forward to seeing how you transform some of those supplies into special decorations around our Christmas House. :) Love you, Mom

Dayna (Spear) Guenther said...

Such a cute idea with using your grandmother's suitcase! I'm sure she's proud!

thehomespunheart said...

P.S. The contents are mostly red because I'll have access to natures wonderful greens right outside!

LynnMarie said...

Having all the stuff all ready at hand was a special blessing! That is wonderful. Can't wait to see what you come up with, you are so creative!

Chelle said...

I want to decorate for Christmas now. Thank you for sharing the book. What a wonderful idea to take Christmas decorations with you. I would have never thought of that. It would make it more special. You are so creative.

Melissa said...

Your photos look like they belong in a magazine. I can't wait to take a peek at your book! FUN!!!

thefarmchicks said...

Hi Monica! I'm so glad you liked my supply drawer! I'm going to wear one of those fun old Christmas corsages today, that are shown in the drawer. They belonged to my dear friend Celeste's grandma.
Thanks so much for joining in the party!
Love,
Serena

Ruth said...

How wonderful! I love little blessings like that. As you create, please post pictures. Your blog always inspires me, too! Have a wonderful weekend, from way up north in PA.

Peggy said...

Oh how incredibly exciting! Christmas in Colorado... isn't it absolutely divine! I lived in Denver for a 8 years and then spent Christmas there with my Mom for 10 years. I miss those days... maybe we can have a family reunion there one year! :) Now you are giving me ideas... :)

and the book... I've been contemplating it for a bit and this pushed me right over the edge. Thank you! (oh I'm so excited and have begun to plan already this year!!)

Jason and Danielle said...

how fun that will certainly be fun for you to have and for your girls as well. You guys will be able to be creative together making things beautiful.

angie said...

Love the looks of that book. I checked it out on Amazon. Can you tell me how many pages/projects are included? I'm wondering if it is worth me buying it. Are they mostly sewing, paper, cooking, crafts or a mix of all?
I think the inside of your cozy Christmas suitcase should be featured inside the book! I thought I was doing well by simply bringing a Martha kit on my vacation. But you have the makings for all sorts of creating when you open that lid!

Lillian said...

LOVE yout traveling Christmas kit - what a great idea!

Marci said...

so cute your little christmas goodie box!

i am so excited to get decorating this year and the book nudged me even more.

Elise said...

Must. Get. That. Book. LOVE your Cozy Christmas kit, too, adorable!! I have that same thermos-thrifted, of course!!
Elise

Holly said...

You've convinced me to give this a try, even though I am so craft-challenged! Thanks for the review!

Wendi said...

Love, love the cozy Christmas kit!

No Ordinary Me said...

How neat.

Wow, what a stash. You need to share how to get a stash started. I walways want to create but I never have supplies. I don't do much but would like to start to add little touches of beauty to things.

Lynn B said...

Oh gorgeous!! I am having fun with nature stuff and my glue gun. I didn't buy anything... but my supplies aren't quite so, ummm... pretty. Can't wait to see what else I can do now that you've inspired me! Come see my ornament giveaway :)

Angela said...

I don't take time to comment here enough. I wanted to say thank you for all the beauty you share. I love the way you make it a priority to make things beautiful and memorable for your family...birthday parties, a day at the lake, and dreams of Christmas! Thank you!
Angela

Pamela said...

I love your Cozy Christmas Kit--made even more special by using your grandmother's case. I'll be home for Christmas but I'm still making a kit...a case of craft supplies for on-the-go-fun. I love your creativity!

Tim and Susan said...

Thanks for the book idea. I will put it on my Christmas wish list. I L.O.V.E. Country Living Magazine. Thanks for always sharing your fun and creative ideas.