Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Coastal Holiday Decorating with Coastal Living Magazine

I always love decorating for the holidays and adding shells, sea glass, driftwood, etc. (If fact tommorow we are going to the beach to pick some up to embelish and display) So get your creative juices flowing baby! Enjoy and Feel the Sea Breezes and Sunny Warm Days on your back!

25 Days of Holiday Decorating

Living Room
Porch or Patio
Guest Bedroom
Under the Tree

St. Augustine Holiday Dreams!

I have spent the holidays in St. Augustine and have to say it is a beautiful time of the year and so mucho fun! If you can I would recommend it! But also just read the article to get inspired to GO Somewhere! Even locale, close by and handy! But break out of the late fall weather rut! And do it Eco friendly!

From Coastal Living Magazine Website:

Bright Lights, Beautiful City

Explore the storybook streets of America’s oldest town, St. Augustine, for an electrifying display of holiday cheer.

St. Augustine Waterfront

Photo: Thayer Gowdy

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St. Augustine, Florida, greets holiday visitors with a megawatt smile. Every year, beginning midsummer, city crews start stringing up more than 2 million white lights at 100-plus locations. Businesses and individuals add to the glow with light displays of their own. But you’ll have to turn to local personalities for color: A city ordinance limits holiday lights to white or clear bulbs in the historic district.

Spain’s first settlement in the continental United States, this is the oldest European town in the country. (Sorry, Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts.) The Spanish traditionally mark Christmas by placing a simple white candle in their windows, and this city took that practice to the max. The area struggled through pirate attacks, epidemics, and the threat of English occupation before the construction of Fort Castillo de San Marcos in 1695. After decades of fighting, Spain traded Florida to England in 1763 in exchange for Cuba. However, England’s rule was short. After the American Revolution, the victorious colonies gave Florida back to their Spanish allies―for a while. In 1821, Florida became a U.S. territory.

By land: Pick a horse-drawn carriage from the bayfront stand, then tuck yourself under a plaid throw and clip-clop into the night. Narrated trips last from 45 minutes to an hour and cover more than two miles. Sights include the Lightner Museum, St. George Street, the Castillo de San Marcos, and the light-strewn Plaza de la Constitución. Rates are about $20 for adults and $10 for children; a private ride for two runs about $85, plus tip.
By sea: Catch the full effect of all the wattage from the schooner Freedom (904/810-1010, The sailing ship pushes away from its Matanzas Bay dock late each afternoon for two-hour sunset tours that are capped by a panorama of the glittering waterfront. Tickets cost $45, which includes beer and wine.
By air: See incredible views of the glowing city from a helicopter (904/824-5506 or Night tours begin at $170 for up to three passengers and cover 17 miles. Or, if you’re not up for a ride in a chopper but still want a bird’s-eye view, you can honor the city’s nautical tradition by climbing the 219 steps to the observation deck of the St. Augustine Lighthouse (, which is across the bay on Anastasia Island.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

RVA Grrls Do it again!

Ok can I just not say enough about these grrls??? They do everything just so fun, lovely and right on! Ok I am so going to take this class, you should too!!! It will be a blast!

Inspiring Holiday Tree Fun!

I just got a pink, yes it is only two feet tall but brilliant pink tree! I LOVE IT! I am in love with it, and will be forever and ever. I saw a bigger one can you say five feet of lovely pink swoon??? I am drooling, lusting and pretty much dreaming of that tree! Forever and ever! It is a bit pricey so I will hold out as long as I can! But in the meantime Bleu Bird Vintage Blog had a few inspirations that I wanted to share with you! I <3 her blog!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hot Hot Hot Pants of 1971

OMGosh I have to get my hot little hands on that McCall's Needlework and Crafts Magazine! Oh this is just well priceless! Can you imagine wearing this other then Halloween? It is actually cute, I'm just sayin.....
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1971 Hot Pants

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1971 Hot Pants

Hot pants from the Fall-Winter 1971-1972 issue of McCall's Needlework and Crafts magazine.

70's Embroidery Design Hip to be Kewl Back Pocket Love!

I just love the back pocket design. Forget that it was a kewl station in Cleveland (WGCL-FM)!! I love it! To me it is the vibe of late 70's Embroidery! YAh for Hippiedome Love !!!
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98's Greatest Hips-1970's

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98's Greatest Hips-1970's

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here Comes the Sun in Advertising 1962

Thanx to Cathy of California and her latest post from such a freakin groovy!!!
I so want this book! Oh my oh my! I love anything with Suns on it! Beautiful if I do say so myself!

"the sun in advertising and applied art", 1962

from the sun in art, graphis press 1962

Sneak Peak at Coastal Living December Issue!

I can't wait to see the December issue! Here are some sneaky peaks into the Holiday issue! I love the photo of the Island resort! In my mind I am already there! Enjoy!
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Coming in December...

Here's a sneak peek at the next issue of Coastal Living.

The Best Deals for Beach Holidays
We bring you amazing
holiday deals from coast to coast, plus fabulous resorts in Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Pack your bags and get ready for reader-only discounts you don’t want to miss.
Coast Lover’s Gift Guide
Find something for everyone in your life—from décor for the shore to items for fun in the sun.
Plus, 50 gifts under $50!
Saved by Salvage
restored windows and doors breathed new life into a cottage by the sea.

Lime Green, Peacock Blue and Silver Holiday Glee!

I love the non traditional look of these! And since they are some of my fav colours I am lovin what BHG did here! So easy too make too. Think of other combos: Coral, Sand, and White (for sand, oceany look!).. Of course black and white with a hint of deep purple, and on and on! Have fun! Be Inspired and Create, Create, Create!!!
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Distinctive Holiday
Color Schemes
What We Love:
Easy table decorations in a fun and festive color scheme break the red-and-green mold.
How to Do It:
Attach peacock blue, lime green, and silver Christmas balls to a foam ball by removing caps and using hot glue to adhere.
Insert dowel into foam ball. Wrap ribbon around the dowel, stopping before you reach the bottom.
Fill a vase or container half-full with modeling clay; insert dowel. Fill container with marbles.
See More Festive Holiday Color Schemes >

Holiday Coastal Living Table Setting Bliss!

I just love these ideas! Of course darlins I live in Sunny Southern California, so it is easy for me to dress up our table for the Holidays in such fun, ocean inspired style! But you can too! Think outside the box and beachside! My favs are Seaglass and Driftwood and Cool Blues of course! But I also love Coral and Shimmer! So do something different for the holidays this year and go Coastal! Thanks to Coastal Living Magazine! It is from their latest issue! Check out the links below! Enjoy!

6 Looks for Your Holiday Table

Find the setting that caters to your coastal style.

  • Giant marbles are great for keeping the flowers in place, and they’re made from recycled materials. A driftwood garland would also look great draped on a mantel for the holidays.

    Seaglass & Driftwood

  • The combination of this rustic table surface and the refined serving elements create a high-low decorating mix.

    Coral & Shimmer

  • Vary the size of the bottles and woven patterns on the wicker casings so they look collected over time. Use twine to attach these metal anchors to the napkin. Tied with a simple bow, they’re a great gift for guests.

    Maps, Rope, & Wicker

  • Silver accents sparkle when paired with dinnerware in watery hues.

    Cool Blues

  • Texture—from smooth mother-of-pearl to rough pebbles—adds interest to a soft, white setting.

    Natural Neutrals

  • Go for drama with starkly contrasting plates and accessories. Hammered-metal accents complement the theme.

    Bold Black and White

  • Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Coastal Living Holiday Recipes!

    For a different take on your holiday table try something with a Coastal, Ocean vibe (ala Shrimp, Clams, Fish, etc)..Check out the most Sinful Dessert.... Ok I am off sugar for now, but can look and drool can't I???
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    Coastal Living
    Clams with Prosciutto and Thyme

    Over the years, we've tested hundreds of holiday recipes in our kitchens. From an amazing oyster appetizer to a secret-ingredient cake, these are the best of the best. Enjoy!

    Most Sinful Dessert
    Top Comfort Food

    More Coastal Recipes

    Inspired Creative Holiday Bliss

    Of course we all know that BHG is the bomb when it comes to creative ideas and doing it on the fly! So this Holiday season is no different. Even if you just find one idea out of all that they throw your way, it is so worth it to check out there website, blog, mag, etc... Creative Inspiration abound with BHG!
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    Creative Christmas Crafts
    Christmas is a time for tradition, food, family, and friends. It's also a time to get crafty! Whether you want to brighten your home for the holidays or create a special gift for someone, you'll get plenty of ideas here for handmade holiday cheer.
    15 Fun-to-Make Christmas Crafts
    Colorful Christmas Stockings
    Cute Snowmen Crafts
    16 Beautiful Snowflake Crafts
    Easy Christmas Projects
    Fab Felt Decorations

    DIY Mag Chocked Full of Inspiring Bliss

    Ok I have blathered on and on about this gorgeous magazine. I love it and they have a blog you can follow and have a special where you buy one year, get the second one free. I mean come on! Below are so incredibly juicy, creative, yummy ideas on the fly. Enjoy! Create! BE!
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    DIY Ideas Newsletter
    As the temps get cooler, it’s tempting to stay inside and craft the day away. The bold colors. The soft fabrics. Can you tell we’re falling hard for fall decorating? Check out DIY’s blog for tons of fall and holiday projects, then share yours with us. Happy autumn! -- Team DIY
    5 Warm ’n’ Snuggly Bedroom Projects
    5 Easy Night Table Makeovers
    Freshen Up Walls for Fall
    Applique Made Easy
    Go Green, Save Green
    Totally Affordable Art
    On-the-Cheap Storage
    Grow a Garden Inside
    Sweet Seashell Wreath
    Display Vintage Hankies