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Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments

{12 Faves} Festive Fascinators

{12 Faves | 5 of 12} There are so many things around my house that make me smile this time of year. I want to share a few with you…

I LOVE wrapping presents and making bows. I’ve even been employed to do it for a boutique and small business before. I could do it all day long, especially with high quality and beautiful papers and trimmings.
I have an annual Christmas party coming up this week, and I have a friend who will be attending that has a tradition of wearing a bow on her head for the occasion. I couldn’t pass up making her a bow fascinator to wear for the evening. It’s made from 3″ deco mesh, red crinkle, a couple of shatter-proof ornaments, and a satin-covered head band. I know she will love it!
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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments

{12 Faves} Crooked Kringle

{12 Faves | 4 of 12} There are so many things around my house that make me smile this time of year. I want to share a few with you…

This is another favorite from our Christmas wedding shower a few years back. We affectionately call him “Crooked Santa,” and he’s one of Mr. J’s favorites, too. We didn’t realize until we were taking him out the next year that Puppy Tucker chewed his nose off…oopsie! Every year, he curls up next to our TV…front and center, for sure!

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments

{12 Faves} Pop-Up Stories

{12 Faves | 3 of 12} There are so many things around my house that make me smile this time of year. I want to share a few with you…

We received this beautiful book as a wedding gift at our Christmas shower. It’s so colorful and engaging, and I know it will be ever more special when we start the tradition of reading it to our child(ren) through the years!

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Around Chez Ary | 0 comments

{12 Faves} Fake Boughs

{12 Faves | 2 of 12} There are so many things around my house that make me smile this time of year. I want to share a few with you…

I know, I know…the real stuff is better, but I love to tie little pieces of “green” to my packages and ornaments this time of year. I like that it is really “ever” green, and it’s a little something more than just a bow.

We just don’t do the real thing around here. It all started with some allergies, and it’s just the way things are. I do love the real stuff and how it smells. I’m jealous of those that can have it in their homes this time of year!

This big “bough” of cedar and pine (with mini cones!) cost me about $8 at Old Time Pottery (it’s the best!). I use wire cutters to break down the larger branches to make it go further and be more in scale with my projects.

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Around Chez Ary | 1 comment

{12 Faves} Dressed-Up Drinks

{12 Faves | 1 of 12} There are so many things around my house that make me smile this time of year. I want to share a few with you…

I just love this Santa costume for wine/liquor bottles. I think we got it on a gift of “holiday cheer” from some of Mr. J’s friends 3 years or so ago. I think it’s festive and unexpected!

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