Friday, November 26, 2010

friday creative

today's friday creative is a fun little product spotlight! in honor of black friday, it's a buy-it-yourself day instead of a do-it-yourself day!

check out the birch branch sign holder from the vermont branch company. doesn't it make an adorable photo holder?! it would make a wonderful holiday gift and a great addition to your christmas decorations!
happy shopping and happy friday!
xo, carly

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving everyone! i hope you have a wonderful day!

xo, carly

Monday, November 22, 2010

happy news...

our new skeleton key ornaments are now in-stock over at the carly tee design shop! they were so super popular at the ruffles & rust and the holiday market shows that we sold out but we are back in-stock and ready to go for the holidays! AND we are so super excited to offer FREE shipping on the skeleton key ornaments!

xo, carly

Sunday, November 21, 2010

my first holiday project

so remember how i was working on a holiday project the other day? well i'm finished and i wanted to share, i made an advent calendar! i'm super excited because i'm hoping this starts a new holiday tradition for my little family and because it's done before thanksgiving! here it is...
i used one of our carly tee designs framed metal clip strips (actually our very first prototype) to hold the majority of the advent tags. inside the folded tags are holiday activities for our family to do together like holiday shopping, baking, movie nights, etc. and then i cut some of the tags smaller to place on the bags & boxes of treats. i also added jars of goodies just for "looks" because i solemnly swear i won't sneak into those (until i do...hee, hee). and because they were already made and i felt like sharing, here's the link to my advent pdf pages 1, 2 & 3.

hope you had a great weekend! stay tuned for a fun announcement tomorrow!
xo, carly

Friday, November 19, 2010

friday creative

today's friday creative is a cute little project i saw in sunset magazine a million years ago and i'm so happy i finally made them! they are little photo ornaments made from favor tins.
-small tins with glass lids (you can get them here)
-circle punch (a size to fit inside tin lid or pencil to trace & scissors)
-grosgrain ribbon
-embroidery thread & needle
-double-sided tape
-light-weight acid free paper (like scrapbooking paper)
-jingle bells & decorative ribbon
how to:
-punch circles from your photos. or if you don't have a coordinating punch (i didn't), trace around the bottom of your tin (not the lid). cut out with scissors, staying just inside the traced line. clean your tin lid if necessary and place your circle inside your tin lid.
-crumple up some of the light-weight acid free paper and use it to fill the tin. this will help hold your photo against the lid.
-next cut your ribbon to fit around the outside of the closed tin and fold in half. use the needle and thread to pierce near the fold fold to make a hanger. tie embroidery thread but don't knot if possible, you want it to lay as flat as it can under the ribbon.
-run strip of double-sided tape around tin and press ribbon, with embroidery thread hanger on top, around tin.
-the first tin will feel a little awkward but after that you can make bunches of these little cutie pie ornaments! they will make sweet little additions to your tree and they'd make great gifts too!

happy friday!
xo, carly

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

sweet treats

we (me & ellie the puppy) are working on a very fun holiday project at my house today, which i promise to share in a few days, and i thought a holiday project deserved some holiday treats!

yummy magic bars!
here's the recipe...
-1/2 cup butter
-1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
-2 cups chocolate chips
-1 1/3 cups coconut
-1 cup chopped nuts

preheat oven to 350 (or 325 for a glass dish) and coat a 13x9 pan with cooking spray. combine cracker crumbs & butter and press into bottom of pan. pour condensed milk over crumb mixture. then top with chips, coconut and nuts. press down firmly with a fork and bake 25 minutes or until toasty brown. cool & enjoy!

and in case you're wondering why my bars look a little different, well that's another reason these are so great! i don't even measure the toppings, i just put on as much coconut as looks good and then i use mini chocolate chips (i like my coconut to chocolate ratio to be about 70/30). and we are a mostly nut-free household so we usually just skip them.

hope you're having a great day!
xo, carly

Friday, November 12, 2010

friday creative

today is a simple and fun holiday centerpiece idea, all you need are a few cake plates and your imagination!

-cake plates (at least 2 in varying sizes)
-greenery (or flowers, leaves, etc.)
-vintage ornaments (or any other fun bits & pieces)
-photo (or 2)

how to:
-stack your cake plates and place your dessert tin photo holder on top. add your photo (or photos, back to back in holder).
-add greenery around cake plates & photo holder and then add ornaments.
-ta-da! cute centerpiece right? and you can change out your lush pines & holly for colorful leaves & pinecones to make a really cute fall centerpiece.

happy friday!
xo, carly

p.s. just for the holidays we are super excited to offer our local shoppers a pick up option so you can save on shipping! head over to the shop to check it out...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

what are you doing this saturday?

so what are you doing this saturday? i bet you're going to the 2nd saturdayz vintage flea market at magnuson park in seattle. it looks like it's going to be super fun! i'm hoping to make it down there myself after a photo session so hopefully i'll see you all there!!!

xo, carly

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the holiday market was wonderful!

we're catching our breath around here after the amazing holiday market last weekend! thanks so much to all of our wonderful friends and customers! we've had lots of requests for photos but i have to admit i wasn't a very good photographer during the market, i got busy and put my camera down...silly carly! here are a few shots from first thing in the morning...

dessert tin photo holders
skeleton key ornaments
vintage hangers with clips
& more goodies!
stay tuned for an updated shop and the more skeleton key ornaments very soon!
xo, carly

Friday, November 5, 2010

it's a book signing party!

well it's a virtual book signing party! today instead of a friday creative we are super, duper excited to be participating in the farm chicks party to celebrate the new christmas book! (of course it would be even better to be at chaps in spokane to celebrate in person but with the holiday market tomorrow, the virtual party is the next best thing!)the book looks wonderful and i can't wait for mine to arrive! shaun and i are still adding holiday traditions to our list and i'm sure we will be inspired by this book! one tradition we do have already is to add a new ornament to our tree each year and of course i like to make them! here is one of my very favorite, photo ornaments.
and here's a little tutorial.

now if you haven't purchased this awesome new book yet, make sure to head over to the farm chicks online shop and order it today before 1pm and then you will get a copy signed by miss serena & her friends! cool right?!

happy friday!
xo, carly

Thursday, November 4, 2010

it's almost here...

the holiday market is almost here and you're invited!we are joining with our friends treasury of memories to bring you the holiday market this saturday, november 6th from 10am to 4pm at the treasury warehouse.

we will have lots of carly tee designs products, wonderful papercrafting kits & home decor vinyl from the treasury girls and tons of holiday inspiration! we'll also have some sweet treats, vinyl freebies and a great carly tee raffle (see more here).

but wait, there's more!

we even have a super fun class going on from 1pm-2pm! check it out...
one of our favorite carly tee products, the wire photo stand, is really cute all by it self but it's even cuter when you accessorize it! in class you will make 5 seasonal accessories including 2 book print & vintage milk cap pinwheels, dictionary holly leaves with jingle bell, glittered sheet music leaves and a vintage bottle cap magnet. all for only $12, just the cost of a wire photo stand! class includes materials to complete accessories AND a wire photo stand! head over to the carly tee shop to grab your spot!

can't wait to see you saturday!
xo, carly

Monday, November 1, 2010

sweet family

here is a little sneak peek for jael and her sweet family. we had a fun morning at the beach capturing these pics and a bunch more! aren't they such cuties?!thanks for the great time guys!
xo, carly