Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Grow Family

Every year on the other blog I post a holiday open house. Well, since I mostly hang out here these days, I'm posting my open house here.

Let's start outside and work our way in. In the front of our home is a wooden nativity, hand-painted by my sister.
 Frosty and Rudolph look out the kitchen window.

Our front door is always red but it looks really good at Christmastime.

 Okay, let's go inside. The first thing you see when you walk in is my dollhouse that my dad made for me when I was little. It's all decorated for Christmas.

The fake tree forest is in the window between the kitchen and dining room.
 I made this felt gingerbread bunting a few years ago. It hangs in our kitchen.
 These little corduroy gingerbread people keep us cozy while we watch our Christmas movies. I love Scrooged with Bill Murray.
 The entire piano is covered in different nativity scenes. I play Christmas music everyday in December.
 My stocking is the angel on the right. They are empty for now. ;)
 I like this little snow globe musical nativity.
 Frosty holds our Christmas cards.

 This is our tree by day. I'm the slacker that waits until the last minute to wrap gifts.
 Most of our ornaments are handmade by us our our friends. I love this embroidered "G".

Some of our ornaments are from our travels. I love this clay cable car from San Francisco.

The entire kitchen is filled with Christmas cheer. This is one of the nativities in the cupboard.
I made a couple decorations this year. Snow globe Christmas tree.
 And the page made from vintage books.
 Little Jesus hangs on my niece's door.

We are not Dutch but we like the tradition of leaving carrots for the reindeer. I bought these slippers it the airport in Amsterdam.
That's it for now. I hope that you and your loved ones have a very Merry Christmas filled with love and good memories.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Vintage Book Christmas Party

A while ago I had the idea of having a book-themed Christmas party. I found lots of great inspiration on Pinterest plus, with the help of a lot of friends and family, we added a lot of special touches. It's nice to have very talented friends.

Hot Chocolate Bar
I love the idea of a hot cocoa station at a party. And, when it's a party for a couple hundred people, it's a fun activity.


 My sister created the chalkboard sign on a black posterboard with a white pencil. It was a lot more forgiving and longer lasting but with the look of chalkboard.

 I made a warm wishes bunting from muslin, black felt, and quilt binding. The black felt was in a sticky-backed sheet so it came together pretty quick.

We had lots of fun things to make the hot chocolate extra special. There were buckets of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, and candy canes. The buckets are from Hobby Lobby. The wooden scoops are from Etsy. The labels are from Ribbonwood Cottage but I played with them in Picmonkey.
 We had two things of hot chocolate going in metal containers.
 Whipped cream was covered in white copy paper and I tore the label off the caramel sauce and added a chalkboard label. Hot cups with lids gave us a "Starbucks feel."

 Book Centerpiece

 We stacked vintage books to look like a Christmas tree and then added a little gold star for our centerpiece.

 Each table had a book page "runner" that I made by hot gluing torn out book pages together.

We also made little book trees by folding over the pages of vintage books to make a cone shape. This is one on the dessert table.

 The Details
Do you ever have an amazing vision but don't know how to make it all come together? We were so lucky that the very talented Lettie Peterson from Rust and Lace saved the day. I love her vintage design style.
She has several really elegant trees that she's made from different materials. I love all the textures.
These little paper mached ornament balls are so pretty. I made the book page tree below. If anyone is interested, I took some photos of the process if you want a little tutorial.

 The Room
It's tough making a church gym look elegant. But, we had a nice burlap wrapped Christmas tree.
I very quickly glued some book pages onto wooden star ornaments.

This is a really blurry photo of the room. You can see the lights hanging from the center, the manger scene on stage and the violin and flute players on stage. And, a packed room.

 The Entertainment
We were pleased to hear 3 violins, a flute, a guitar, many voices, and a nativity narration. We ended with the real Christmas story which is the best Christmas story. I reprized my role as Mary. I'm holding a doll because no one would loan me their real baby for the night. :(
We had estimated that a little more than 100 guest would attend. We had over 200! Luckily, we had ordered a lot of food. Well, I know this post has nothing to do with sheets but I thought you may still enjoy seeing what I've been doing lately. The first week in December was nuts for me. It will slow down as it gets closer to Christmas.

Is it just me or is this month flying by? I'm attending an ugly sweater party this Saturday. What party do you love to attend this time of year?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

And the Winner is . . .

We had a very fun Vintage Sheet Blog Weekend Link Party. We were so lucky to have a super cute prize this week. Sarah from Photosarah offered a handmade scalloped totebag to one lucky winner.

We had 10 fun vintage sheet projects shared in our link up. Thank you to everyone who posted projects, visited Sarah's blog, facebook, and Pinterest, and left comments. VSB readers are the best!

We have a winner!

The very talented, Karen from Butterlies and Faeries. Congratulations, Karen. Email me your address so Sarah can get your bag to you.

Thank you again, Sarah for sponsoring our Vintage Sheet Blog Weekend Link Party.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Weekend Link Party With Giveaway

We are very overdue for a Vintage Sheet Blog Weekend Link Party. I hope that you will join the party by linking up a couple of recent projects that you've created with vintage sheets. We have a beautiful handmade prize for a lucky participant.


Our Sponsor
Introducing Sarah, aka Photosarah. Sarah is a talented crafter with a giving heart. Many of her craft projects are created for her family and charity. Here is a little about her in her own words.

I've been using vintage sheets for a few years now since I got into shopping at thrift stores and yard sales and realized how much fabric is in a sheet. I like making aprons, totes, skirts, dreses, and sleep shorts out of vintage sheets and pillowcases.

Sarah makes cute aprons to donate to women in Haiti
My favorite thing about the Vintage Sheet Blog is seeing all the different sheets people find and getting inspiration from their projects. I love it when you see a sheet in your stash on another person's blog. I've found sheet twins in New Zealand for sheets I bought in Alabama. And people have commented that the sheets I used to make something were the same as the sheets they had in high school!

Very cute pieced pillowcase dress

I come from a crafty family. My mom is a former quilting instructor who dabbles in a bit of everything, and my grandmother taught me how to crochet. Since starting my blog, Photosarah Crafts, I've been sewing (or crocheting, or knitting) almost daily. I love finding fabric (and vintage sheets) at yard sales because there's always a story there. I enjoy taking old forgotten fabric or unwanted clothes and transforming the pieces into something new.

Our Prize

Sarah made an adorable scalloped tote bag.

All the scallops and the handles are made from vintage sheets.

Blue and yellow is my favorite color combo.

Don't you love it!?!
Enter to Win
One random winner will get this cute bag. There are three ways to enter.
1. Like Sarah on Facebook (leave me a comment for 1 entry)
2. Follow one or more of Sarah's Pinterest boards (leave me a comment for 1 entry)
3. Link up a project (1 entry per project, 3 projects maximum)


Thank you so much, Sarah, for sponsoring our Vintage Sheet Blog Weekend Link Party. I'll pick a random winner mid next week and I'll let you know. Good luck!

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