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Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Special Birthday, Christmas Day Giveaway and Window Shopping!

Saturday is my daughter Jenny’s birthday!! Since she lives far away, I made her a cake from artificial roses and carnations so she could save it and always have a pretty cake on her birthday! I put it in a box with party favors to make a “Party in a Box!”

The recipe calls for:

Styrofoam block

Artificial flowers

Pink ribbons

Lots of love

Perfect for birthday wishes at a distance.

And since I am an artist and not a cook, it was
the best recipe I could create!

I am linking this up to Pink Saturday! Thank you
to Beverly for letting me join you and thanks to
all who are visiting! The Christmas "recipe" for
this calls for red and white flowers and ribbons.

I am having a Christmas Day Giveaway for this handcrafted “Vintage Roses” cottage style garland! Created on commercial paper, all of the images on it are from Shabby Cottage Studio. If you would like to make one, the images are for sale here.

It includes handmade flowers I created and has lots of shabby goodness. I used one Shabby Cottage Studio sheet that has roses--I made this whole garland using only one designer sheet for decorations!!! Try to head over there...Gail's images

are amazing!

But, how do you enter the drawing? I will have a blog post about it for the 5 days before Christmas and just add your name to that blog post to be in the drawing. I will announce the winner on Christmas! What a fun way to get your house ready for the new year, don’t you think?
I forgot to tell's very large. The ribbon is 5'7" long!

I will send it to the winner in an envelope and all I ask is that if you are the winner that you get clothespins to attach each piece where you want it. Easy, peasy! Ribbon and tulle fabric will be sent with it for embellishments just as pictured here.

Now, onto the window shopping! Here are some new Tussie Mussies that I made. There is a great deal of detail, lace, cheese cloth, and hours in each one. They are now in my Etsy shop, so if you need one (did I say “need?” lol) you’re welcome to go take a look!

My Collection

Cottage Chic Tussie Mussie

Paris Dreams Tussie Mussie
Linking this to Frenchy's blog here!

Pink Angels Tussie Mussie
(The images of the angels is from dear June
at Dezinaworld!) She has amazing images
so you may want to head over there too!

If you'd like to see our home all decorated for the
holidays, please scroll down!

I am linking this up to Show and Tell Friday!

Happy Holidays!!!



Terri said...

Beautiful Cindy! I too, just made a banner, in fact, I just put up a video of it on my blog.
Your banner is vintage perfection! I love it.
Your Tussie Mussies are really lovely as well.

Terry said...

Lovely banner, Cindy! Trust me people, these Tussie Mussies are beautiful creations! Mine just arrived today and it is haning on my fireplace! Love it!

Sharon Wengel said...

Your Tussie Mussies are wonderful, each one as pretty as the last. And your banner is lovely !

Donna said...

Love, love, love your gorgeous banner and tussie mussies, Cindy! They are stunning! It's so hard to pick with tussie mussie I like the best! They are all just dreamy! Your banner is beyond beautiful, what a generous giveaway! Can't wait:)

Roselle said...


Gorgeous girlfriend!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Hey Cin,
I just got home and what did my wondering eyes behold but eight, no, wait...that's a beautiful banner I behold! And those tussie mussies are beautiful! I just put one in the shop today and will have some pictures hopefully tomorrow. They're so much fun to make aren't they! Thanks for the shout out on the images my sweet!!!

Cheryl said...

oh cindy hun,your creativity is just amzing such beauty to be hold,the banner is a work of art with love ossing out of it,hugs cheryl xxxxxx

PetraB said...

Stunning creations both the banner and your Tussie Mussies! I absolutely adore your style. And it makes me giggle every time I read Tussie Mussies on your blog - sorry - but in German 'Tussi' is a slang word for a girl a bit like bird or chick in English (lol) and they are very feminine so it fits perfectly!

Netty said...

Hiya Cindy, well you have been a busy girl and all such wonderful creations. I am really loving this vintage style of crafting. As soon as I get some time am going to try this. You are an inspiration my friend. Annette x

Donnie said...

Did I tell you already how much I loved the Tussie Mussie with the seashells and sand that I received. It was so easy to purchase it through your Etsy store. Thanks again for a beautiful addition to my holiday decorations.

JoAnne said...

All beautiful Cindy!!!! Especially cottage chic!

Terri said...

Cindy, you made my day today! Thank you so much for all your kind comments on my blog today about my videos. You are so sweet!
I am so glad you found the shoe tutorial as well, it is a great deal of fun.
I do have an "E-mail Me" button on my side bar, sometimes it is hard to see amongst all the other things there. But for future look on the right hand bar.

sissie said...

Hi Cindy,
Oh that banner is beautiful girl!!!! I love it with all the pretty images and trims.
Love your tussie mussies too and I know how labor intensive these are.


Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Beautiful job, of course! You are great!

Vicki said...

Cindy the banner and your paper cones are so beautiful. You are so talented. If you get two seconds, will you email me your address? I have misplaced with all this holiday stuff everywhere! Thank you!

Jan said...

WOW!!! This is a GORGEOUS banner!

peggy gatto said...

Love the banner, especially the soft colors, very elegant!
I am a big fan of tussie mussies!!!

Barbara said...

Love the banners and love the tussie mussies also! You really are so talented girl!

Hugs XX

Suzann said...

What a beautiful banner Cindy!!!! I just don't know where you find time to do your creating....but glad you do :)
Thank you!!!
Happy Holidays

Lululiz said...

Gorgeous tussie mussies and the banner is just beautiful.

Susan Allan said...

What beautiful things!!
The garland is breathtaking. I love its almost 'every shade of white' quality.
You are so clever!!
Sue xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, this is so incredibly beautiful. who wouldnt want to own it? I love all the detail and the enchantment it creates.Thanks too for the mention you are so lovely.
I am sorry i havent been over here for a few days, i have just been so wrapped up in making graphics and tidying craft things that i just havent had a lot of time for blogging. I hope i havent missed too much lol
stay warm and safe my friend
hugs June

Scrapping With Sherry said...

I was going to make a pennant banner yesterday for someone and actually am ending up making one for my craft room instead! They are realy neat and I would love to hang yours up!! :-) Your Tussie Mussies are adorable. I had never even heard of them before. Have been spending some time catching up on your blog since I have been gone for so long. BTW~ Your house is so beautiful.

Barbara Jean said...

wow!! all the dreamy, creamy sparkly beauty in one long banner!!

I would so love to win that!!

and your tusssie mussies are ADORABLE!!

hugs and blessings

barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

I just clicked to see it larger.
Those would be so perfect made into hearts for Valentines day!



A Hopeful Heart said...

EVERY single thing you put your hand to turns out beautifully!! My days are always beautified by a visit to your lovely blog.


Linda said...

The banner is a beauty, Cindy...what a fun giveaway that will be! And the tussie mussies are really sweet...I just love them! I gave you a little shout-out on my blog today...thanks SO much again!

Feathers and Flight said...

Hello Cindy!
Your Banner is so Wonderful!!And you're Reaching Perfection with your Tussie Mussies!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
PS I saw the Bracelet you made Linda!!! You are Such a Gem!

Sherry said...

As always, your creations are beautiful. I would love to try creating a banner like that some day.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a beautiful banner Cindy, so shabby chic, so to my heart!

Atelier de Charo said...

So lovely banner! Happy Pink Saturday

Karin said...

Your banner is gorgeous!

Marydon said...

Love that cake, & what a lovely keepsake forever! Your creations are all beautiful.

Merry Christmas ~
Have a beautiful weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Donna said...

Happy Birthday to Jenny! Love her pretty photo! And I know she will love her beautiful cake! Even better that it is calorie free! Your banner and tussie mussies are just gorgeous! I keep envisioning a tree full of your tussie mussies. How stunning would that be?!

My Crafty Little Page said...

I hear ya sistah! I'm sort of that sort of cook, too! Loved the cake and Happy Birthday to your daughter. xoxo Nancy

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie...
I love this cake of love, and I am sure you daughter will cherish it forever. She can pull it out anytime she needs a little bit of Momma. So pretty and the colors of breathtaking.

Love, love, love your gorgeous banner and tussie mussies, Cindy! They are stunning! Your banner is beyond beautiful, what a generous giveaway! Can't wait for it to come around.

Have a gorgeous weekend sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Cat & Cricket said...

Cindy.. I was just on Debbie's blog..and as I said there..I will say here..speechless..your work is outstanding!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy, I just adore your work as i said and today had an opportunity to come back and see more. simply beautiful my friend !! Your daughter is so pretty too.
I popped by to say thank you for joining in the challenge at Dezinaworld and I have a prize waiting for you there so do come over and see when you get chance.
Hugs June

Magpie said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! She's beautiful! The cake is lovely, and a great keepsake!

I love the holiday banner...banners are so festive and this one is exquisite!

Thanks for visiting my blog... you are lucky to have moved from Calif to another warm place! I've never been to New Orleans, but it's always been a place I've wanted to see. I'm not originally from Calif, but lived there for 16 years, half the time in Orange County and half in San Diego. It does seem like home sometimes, since most of my family is there! I miss the perfect weather too!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Cindy, Happy birthday to your daughter and what an adorable cake box you made for her. Your garland and tussie mussies are so unique and beautiful! Thank you for your sweet comment on my mantel disaster. Sometimes the blogs do show only perfect, beautifully decorated homes and perfect lifestyles. From the response to my post I see people still like you even if you are far from perfect.
Happy Holidays,

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

What a beautiful flower cake... a really great idea. Happy Birthday to your daughter, too!

LAwoman28 said...

Thanks so much Mom! I loved the cake and I am so excited! Tell your friends to visit my Blog today, its going to be birthday edition
love you

Marina Capano said...

Fantastic flower cake for your girl!

nice post!

Happy pink saturday!


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely beautiful flower cake and banner and Happy Birthday to your girl!! Thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Gail said...

Cindy, lovely tussies and the banner, awesome. Hopefully I will get to join in the drawing, we are leaving for our trip on the 22nd so not sure how much blogging I will be doing. Great gift for the lucky winner.
Happy PS

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, everything is so pretty. Love the banner, just gorgeous. I scrolled down and your home is stunning. All of your decorations are fabulous. Definitely tons of drool power. Thanks for the visit and your gracious comments also. Hugs, Marty

Olivia said...

Your blog is fabulous and ohhhh, I am not much of a cook so that looks like the perfect cake to me! Plus fat free! Whoo hoo! Your tussies are gorgeous! Love it all! Happy Pink Saturday!

Charlotte said...

Wow, Cindy, this post is just too beautiful. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I know she loved her beautiful cake.
Hugs & Blessings,

Rebecca said...

What a great present-I'd rather have something that I could always keep anyway-it's beautiful~

Vicki said...

Love the flower cake! I bet she did too! Such a beautiful post sweet friend!

Linda M. said...

Cindy, Say Happy Birthday to Jenny for me! Happy Pink Saturday to you. I didn't get mine posted this week. I love your flower cake, all the Tussie Mussies and your banner. Have a wonderful week.

lauren said...

oh ♥WOW♥! those tussies are ♥DIVINE♥!!! not to mention that fab-fab-fabbbbbulous flower "cake"! (i totally want to try that now!) also, i am thrilled to find out there's a "pink saturday" blog?!?! how cool is that?! many thanks for multiple inspirations!!! :)

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

elegant and lovely tussie mussies are wonderful! love the banner too. Hugs!

A Vintage Chic said...

Happy belated birthday to your beautiful daughter, Cindy!

LOVE that banner--can't wait to enter to win!

Your tussie mussies are always just them all!

Hope you're having a restful, lovely Sunday, my friend!


Wanda said...

LOVELY creation!!! It will be an honor to win.
best regards,

Yvonne said...

GORGEOUS banner, Cindy! Thanks for the chance to win this!

Devonay@LumpkinAndMe said...

I love the cake! How beautiful! And what a beautiful daughter! You have a dark-haired baby too! Of course, I love all of your work, so it's hard for me to not repeat my compliments! The banner is perfect and the tussie mussies... what can I say? I had a hard time picking just one as a favorite! But the cake!!! You know how I love me some pink!!!