Sunday, November 23, 2014

Handmade Holiday 2014: Birdseed Cakes

There is a new Handmade Holiday Video up on my YouTube channel! 

This week we are making Birdseed Cakes.

This quick, easy, and inexpensive gift is perfect for the nature lover in all of our lives! Oh, and the birdies will love you, too!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Handmade Holiday 2014: Glitter Glasses

The first instalment of my Handmade Holiday Video Series just went up on my channel. Please stop by and take a look!

These Glitter Glasses are SO easy and affordable to make, and make the perfect gift! Bring them to a holiday party as a hostess gift, or pair them with a bottle of wine to make someone's holiday sparkle! No matter how you gift them, they are sure to be a hit!
Be sure to stop back each week to see another DIY holiday gift idea :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas Open Houses

A few highlights from shops that held holiday open houses in our area last weekend. 

I wanted to buy everything, but exercised great self control :)

How is your decorating going?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fall to Winter warp speed

I have a new video up on my channel!

I'm not only sharing with you my filming/blogging schedule for the rest of the year, but you'll also see me transform three spaces in our home. 
I've sped up my decorating footage to show how I quickly (even before the editing) was able to transform these fall scenes into winter vignettes!
Watch the magic happen here!

PS- do you follow me on Instagram yet? Look for me at LizMathews83, or follow the link at the right side of your screen! 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...

If you watched my last vlog than you know... 
I'm starting to decorate for Christmas. 

It was all I could do to wait until November 1st to pull the first "Christmas" box out from storage, and I can't wait any longer.

Our holiday party is the first weekend in December which means I have only one month to deck the halls.  Time to get started!!

Also, I'm happy to announce the winner of my It's Paperwhite Time Giveaway:

Congratulations to Jacqueline L!! Please email me at: to set up shipping details. 

I have another giveaway planned for next week so be sure to watch my YouTube channel for details.

Oh, and I should also mention that I am planning another HUGE giveaway- similar to October 2011, and I'm sure you want to check that out, too! Those details will also be announced on my YouTube channel.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Market Scores and $1 Steals 11-1-14

There is a new video up on my channel! Stop by to hear about my most recent purchases, and my holiday decorating plans!

I am excited to find some live greenery and get started making a holiday wreath using the vintage bells above. These photos give me lots of inspirations:

If you're interested in purchasing your own spun cotton pieces there are lots to be found online. Here are some of my favorites. You can click on the images to be taken to the websites. 

And if you think you'd like to make a wreath, like the one I'm envisioning, here is a link so some similar bells:

Happy Sunday! I'll be back on Monday to draw a name for my Paperwhite Time Giveaway! PS- it's not to late to enter ;)

Happy November!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's Paperwhite Time!

A new video just went up on my YouTube channel

It's all about my love of Paperwhites and how you can grow them too!  Now is the time to get them going for the holiday season. I've got them growing all over the house...

Oh, and there is a giveaway too!  
I'm sending this beauty to one of you:)
Please view the video for images!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment, here, on my blog, or on my YouTube video. That's it!!

Please enter :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The French General, Los Angeles CA

Back in July, I took a business trip to Los Angeles.  Before all the work started I found myself with a free afternoon to explore the city.  Guess where I went....?
From the moment my trip was scheduled, back in the winter, I knew that if I found myself with any free time I wanted to make the trip to French General! 
It was well worth the Uber cab charges for 45 minutes of LA traffic to see this amazing store in person!  The cozy little pink shop is jam-packed with fabulous antique treasures and notions.  If you've seen any of the AMAZING French General books, then you can imagine all of the beautiful products I was seeing.  
As fate would have it, my phone had limited battery power when I arrived, so I tried to snap all the pics I could before it died. Womp womp womp....

These photos don't even start to scratch the surface of this fabulous store.  But, they are better than nothing...
The products, the staff (hi Molly!), and the atmosphere were all wonderful. Not only did I find the vintage sewing and beading notions that French General is known for, but I also found several antique french treasures. I didn't expect to be antiquing while in L.A., and it was a happy surprise:)
Perfect vignettes are set up everywhere you look and I felt myself inspired to create.

If you ever find yourself in the Los Angeles be sure to stop in and explore... you won't be disappointed!