Monday, January 30, 2012

a little glitter to start your week.....working with the grain...

I have wood grain on the brain these days as I have been using it on an upcoming Save the Date for Spring & Silas..
I fell in LOVE with this DIY glitter wood grain lampshade over at Vintage Revivals..
I'm thinking I NEED that Silhouette machine!!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chocolate Therapy #61

 Created by Jon Contino
Available for purchase at Help Ink and 40% of the profits will go to Smile Train which helps children around the world receive plastic surgery for cleft lips and palates.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Trays...




These beauties are On Sale and would make for a
perfect housewarming gift or...
Table letters at a wedding reception.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Earth, Wind, Fire and a Little Water...

Image designed by The Monster & Chocolate Creative Design

In the Wesson household, we are ALL too familiar with Dragons...
In fact, we like to think of ourselves as experts...
We know ALL their names, what they eat, where they come from and they are often found sleeping on counters in our kitchen.

Last June, The Monster decided on having a Dragon themed birthday party (more to come on that) which included a silver tent, a treacherous scavenger hunt, rat guts and witches spleen pie, a castle cake amidst flying dragons and T-shirts with the Monster's Dragon drawing above.

So when we found out that starting today, for the Chinese New Year 2012, it will be none other than the year of the Dragon.

Now apparently this isn't any old dragon...this is the Black Water Dragon...Since this is the ONLY legendary creature in the Chinese Zodiac, I am betting that this year will be something very very special...

So Check out Chinese Fortune Calendar and see what's in store for you this New Year!

a little glitter to start the week......

 THIS....
Aperture Di Fiore Bag at Anthropologie

OR THAT
 Asos Metallic Collarless Leather Biker Jacket

OR BOTH????

Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!!!



Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

 You know that winter has finally begun when a slight dusting of snow turns into an actual school delay!

Remember those days...crossing your fingers by the television or radio waiting, waiting, oh so patiently waiting to hear your school called..

Sadly, we don't have those days anymore...
Now.. We get a 5:30 phone call (yes 5:30!) informing us of the delay..Since my phone is right next to my head it is absolutely impossible to fall back asleep...So I lie, watching the bright light dance on the ceiling..

Since The Monster has THE BEST teacher in the entire universe, he is quite unenthused about missing class because who knows what adventure Mr. S might take them onto next...

But...since there seems to be a little more snow in our future this weekend..

Maybe it's time we took a few tips from our animal friends who have just started the process of slowing down their bodies and hibernating.. 

Start with a cozy fire...
 Image found via weheartit

Read that book you keep putting off...
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Find your inner child, Build a fort and take a nap....
 Image found via weheartit

 Treat yourself and make a giant cup of homemade hot cocoa(a splash of vodka helps) with extra whipped cream or marshmallows...

Image & Recipe for Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate
found via London Bakes


Or simply just Keep Warm & Snuggle up......

Stay Safe, Stay Warm, and Have a Great Weekend!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Parent's Promise...

Start them early....
Created by Joel Felix and available for purchase.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Key to your heart...

These lovely key chain letters just so happen to be on SALE at Anthropologie!
Now...which letter to pick?

Monday, January 16, 2012

a little glitter to start the week.....

Even though the Holidays have passed...it's never too late to Sparkle!
Pretty Polly Sparkly tights at Nordstrom.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!!!

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Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

It has been one crazy, wonderfully wild week! 
The week began with a fabulous impromptu lunch with my Dad as well as being a Chaperone for 21 kids on a third grade field trip to The Pequot Museum (a must see!). It ended with putting the finishing touches on Tami & James' Save the Date, two of the loveliest Virginians a gal could work for! 
Who knew stamping could shape & tone your arms?

With all it's wildness...It's a perfect time to celebrate and it just so happens that tomorrow..I will be celebrating one of my favorite little princesses birthdays at her fantastically fabulous Roller Skating Birthday Party!

Perhaps I might feather my hair, add a dash of blue eye shadow and top it off with a little Bonnie Bell! I thought about adding a comb to the back pocket but since I haven't been on skates in a long long time and that there sadly is not much cushion to my caboose...I might decline instead of a trip to the emergency room!

So bring it on Xanadu...Bring It On!
Be Safe, Try Something New and Have a Great Weekend!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Lantern....

I'm thinking I might need one of these in the studio...
Created by Alexa at Font Crafts!

Monday, January 9, 2012

a little glitter to start the week......

After the AMAZING spring-like weather this past Saturday and receiving the White Flower Farm Catalog in the mail....
I'm already dreaming of Spring....

I may be a purist when it comes to flowers but I am LOVING this DIY glitter & gilded tutorial at Creature Comforts...
A girl can dream can't she?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!!!

Image created by Malika Favre

Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Well, It's been one heck of a crazy busy week over here in Chocolate Land and to top it all off...
We have a new member of the family!

This past weekend, the Tall One seemed to have ants in his pants and decided to do a little restructuring of the basement. While casually sorting through baseball bats, sleds and Home Depot's tool department, up popped a little friend. The Monster and I Googled to our hearts delight and found that we have a genuine weasel!
Now before the Tall One could set out his "traps", the Monster and I immediately stopped him with said contraptions in hand, explaining that weasels eat mice. Mice...don't EVEN get me started..they have been in every appliance, crack and crevice and much to my surprise... MY car. So since Mr. C hasn't been doing his job, we have decided that this unnamed weasel, shall now be a part of our family.

Family...
I am amazed at how much the definition of family has changed for me over the years. I never understood or cared for that phrase "blood is thicker than water".  The only person that I have ever personally known that shares my blood, just so happens to be The Monster. As my Mom likes to put it..I was chosen. Much like being picked right out of a cabbage patch and oh so very Miracle in Milanish. In fact, most people I know have been chosen, including my brother, the Tall One, his sister and her husband. I bet if you asked anyone of them...they would probably say that a family is a family no matter how small.

I come from a wonderfully medium sized family with Grandparents (now passed), Aunts, Uncles, Cousins..the works.
But...
I married into a GINORMOUS family. 
A family of a mere 150 who spends 2 months out of the year together, on an Island and low and behold this just so happens to be the 85th year!
Now that's AMAZING...
Don't get me wrong..there isn't perfection in a large family...many many ups and downs but I can honestly say this... it's all worth it.

Now I love Christmas and spending time with family, giving gifts, feasting and celebrating. It is truly the most joyful time of year (give or take a few spats) but call me crazy, it's easy.

What I truly think makes a family...is the hard times...
The times when life likes to complicate things, knock the wind out of us and punch us when we're down.
Family picks us up, brushes us off and gives us a shot of scotch for good measure.

This weekend, when we rally together with our family, helping to pick up some who have fallen, I can honestly guarantee that 90% of that 150 will be there.
The Monster with his newly purchased Waspy navy blazer with brass buttons and cordovan loafers will now finally learn the true meaning of family and he will carry it through to the next generation.

One of Dictionary.com's definitions of Family happens to be:
any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins:

I think it's time to do a little updating Dictionary.com because no matter if you are picked out of a cabbage patch, a dear friend, a dog with a waggily tail, a cat who can't seem to catch a mouse or even a weasel..
As long as you love and have each others back in times of need..
You are a FAMILY.

Be Safe, Call Your Aunt Ida and Have a Great Weekend!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Fluff...

 Everybody needs a little fluff now and then...
Fluffography created by Daniel Kom

Monday, January 2, 2012

a little glitter to start the week...

Something Blue?
BHLDN is having a GINORMOUS sale....
If you are a size 9, these lovelies are now just $80.00!
 Personally, I am loving a one size fits all these days, so this Lantana Perfume Orb would do me just fine!