Have you already ordered your new goodies from Taylored Expressions, or are you just here to see if I can push you over the edge? Either way, I'm happy you're visiting me; you make me feel validated and appreciated, like I'm not doing all this in a vacuum -- know what I mean? Thank you for that, my sweet cyber friends. I oh-so-puffy-heart-you!
Back to my random chatter: are you ready to see a couple more items I've made for TE's November release? Good! Because, really and truly, I do this stuff in the hopes that you'll lurve it and think, "I can and want to do that!" So here goes...
I don't know about you, but we tend to have several holiday open houses and parties we attend between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Having thrown many of these soirees myself over the years, I'm always appreciative when someone shows up with a little hostess gift. Thus, I feel it's a must to bring something -- whether a Christmas ornament for the tree, a small trinket from our travels (one of the favorite hostess gifts I've received was a carved bottle opener in the shape of a bird from South America; the giver had bought several of these while he was away on a business trip, and I thought it was just the neatest and most unusual token of thoughtfulness), or a bottle of wine -- when we are fortunate enough to be welcomed into someone's home. The new BOTTLED UP wine tag die combined with the WINE A LITTLE stamp set is a perfect way to present a host/hostess gift of wine:
(By the way, the bottles of wine you see above are what I consider my "house wine," aka my favorite white wine to drink - it's a chenin blanc/viognier blend by Pine Ridge; a nice, crisp and fruity white that is both vibrant and refreshing without being cloyingly sweet. I highly recommend!) Here's a close up of one of the tags...
And, because party hostesses tend to get bombarded with random bottles of wine, the good thing about providing a tag such as this is that you have plenty of room to write a little note on the back so they know you're the one who gave them this particular bottle. I recall a note attached to a bottle of wine we received one year when we had a holiday open house; the givers let us know this was one of the bottles they purchased when they visited a particular vineyard in the Napa Valley. Since folks from Oklahoma don't get to do that every day, it was a fun fact to know and made us appreciate the wine that much more when we sat down to drink it.
Remember earlier in the week when I was waxing poetic about all of the fun and fabulous uses of TE's new Pockets & Pages line of products? Well, I wanted to show you another way to use those ingenious dies and stamps besides creating pocket scrapbook pages. I have several alterable wooden frames in my stash, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get those cute boys of mine on display. Get a load of my handsome offspring...
Alrighty. It's time for me to usher you onward to my fellow Baker's Dozen teammates. If I can't entice you to do the right thing and invest in all of the goodness TE is releasing this month, maybe they can. Heaven knows they're more talented than me, though I believe I yammer a pretty good game. I like to think I appeal to the readers in the hizzy, but if you're more inspired by the visual, then head on over to the following artists' blogs - I promise they'll leave you breathless!
- Charmaine Ikach
- Courtney Kelley
- Jen Shults
- Joan Ervin
- Kerri Michaud
- Pattie Goldman - Guest Designer
- Sankari Wegman
- Shannon White
- Shelly Mercado
- Stephanie Kraft
- Taylor VanBruggen
- Wanda Guess
Supplies used - Wine Tags
Supplies used - 1st Day frame: