Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday Concert Fun

It's so easy to get caught under by a busy Holiday Schedule. We spent 2 consecutive nights enjoying holiday concert cheer with our kids. On Monday, Dec. 15th, Austen played in the High School Holiday Concert. He plays the Sax. All of the kids did a great job!
On Tuesday, Dec. 16th, Ella & Peter showed off their stuff in the Randolph Elementary School Holiday Concert. Ella sang with the kinders, and Peter played drum in the band. We can't wait for Cora's Valentine's Show!

I don't know what it is, but I always get teary at these things. Thank goodness for the beautiful wool scarf that my MIL brought back from Ireland! It hides my brimming eyes!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Final Feel the Love Giveaway~ Merry Christmas!!

I have had so much stress trying to figure out who, what, how to determine the last Feel the Love Giveaway! It's been bubbling in my brain for days! Well, it just hit me! I was making my very first Buche de Noel (more on that another day) when I decided what to do!

The bottom line is, I love all of you who read, visit, comment & check in. Knowing all of you is the motivation to sitting down to share these moments of my life & business. I couldn't possibly pick one person to send the last gift to. So! The first 10 people to leave a comment on this post will receive one of my holiday~scented~all~natural~extra~yummy Artisan Soap Bars. I'll happily & lovingly pick your gift. I can tell you that I love each & every one of the bars.

You might get:

Perfect Pumpkin, Cranberry Cheer, Candy Cane or Vermont Spruce. They will come with lots of love! Email your addy to me at twinbirch(at)verizon(dot)net. I won't ship them out before next week, so they'll arrive just in time for you to relax a little! :)

Most importantly, I wish you all several quiet moments to reflect on what is most important this Holiday Season! I also wish you each a wonderful Holiday!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spotted Cow Soaps... It's a Small World

I love being a member of the Etsy Blogger's Street Team. It's so fun to learn about other crafters!

Each month they feature one of their members' store and all of the other members get bloggy about them. This month's featured member is close to home... really. Her name is Linda, but she is known as Spotted Cow Soaps. Before I knew Linda, I knew her husband, Todd. He was one of the super crafty guys who built our house 4 years ago. He is quite an artisan. You should see the work in my home~here's a peek at the dining room. Check out the wainscoat & the trim around the window. That's by Todd & the guys.So, less than a mile from where I live, is Linda of Spotted Cow. She makes such fun soaps & sundries. That picture of her Candy Cane soap has caught my eye a hundred times on Etsy. Although it may be a little late to place your Christmas order, you should poke over and find something to treat yourself. I think you'll love it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Tree's Up! The Tree's Down! The Tree's Up!

I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I have some issues around Christmas. They aren't bad, I just like things to be just so. Those of you who have read Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini and
Henry Cole, may be able to understand how I am. I don't know why. I mostly enjoy it, but sometimes I make myself (and my family) a little crazy.

I have a picture of the perfect Christmas tree in my mind's eye. It used to be the perfect balsam, with perfect branches and a perfectly straight trunk. Now it's the tree that my whole family picks out and falls in love with. Starting next year, it will come from our back yard and it will be a spruce or fir. A little scraggly for me, but if they all love it, I will too.

This year's tree was delivered by a friend with lots of love. It's a balsam, so it fits my profile. ;)
The thing is, it fell down yesterday and now we have trust issues. I look at it everytime I walk by and I think it waves to me, daring me to make the slightest breeze so it has an excuse to take a spill. It has been vertical for a full 24 hours, so I'm starting to believe that it's going to behave. I'll let you know.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Feel the Love Friday Giveaway for you Piggies

This is the time of year when our feet take a beating. They are stuffed into boots of all comfort levels. Some look like this:

Or this:

Or (my favorite and the least practical here in the Green Mountain State) THIS!

No matter what, we could all use a little of this:Buy it on Twin Birch Etsy or, if you're Enchanted from Enchanted Hills Creations, send me your addy at twinbirch(at)verizon(dot)net, and you'll have it in your hands so you can take care of your feet!!!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Man! Your Hair is Crazy!

At the elementary school, there is a long standing tradition called Crazy Hair Day. It's always on a Friday and I always have a little stress about it. Mostly because our morning routine is down to the minute. No time to spare. So, the idea of coming up with some innovative, adorable hair do to install at 7:11 am while the kids put on their snowpants (yes, already!) isn't my favorite. Here are the results of this year's challenge. There are chopsticks & gobs of vaseline in the girls hair. Thanks goodness Peter's idea of crazy is putting in some ponytails. The hair trend for ten year old boys is long, longer, longest. I'm picking my battles carefully.

Who else has these fun events in their school? Am I the only hair scrooge? Happy Styling!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Feel the Love Giveaway is the Bomb

Are you all just cranking through this holiday season? Am I the only one who realized that there are only 17 days 'til Christmas?! I had the most fun, fun, fun Bubble Open House yesterday! I'll blog in the next day or two about all of my favorite girlfriends who came up to do some shopping.

As for my favorite bloggy girlfriends, I feel so lucky to have so many of you! I've been loving this giveaway promo for the past bunch of weeks. Even though I started out calling it Feel the Love Friday Giveaway, it slid quickly to Saturday, Sunday... thanks for all of the patience! :)

I made a whole bunch of bombs for a beautiful store in Burlington Vermont called Candles & Creations. I think they are really fabulous, so I'm packing up a four pack for Elizabeth of Gassner Custom Soaps. Go check her blog & her etsy shop! She's an adorable mom and very gifted soaper (and cutie tutu maker, too!)
Here you go Elizabeth... you're the bomb! xoxo