Monday, December 31, 2012

a littler glitter to start your week....

Casbah Crystal Chandelier at Restoration Hardware   Surreptitious Wallpaper at Anthropologie
Gilded Waves Curtain at Anthropologie  Mirrored Dresser at Anthropologie
Nannie Knit Sequin Maxi Dress at Calypso

As the countdown begins...
Are you gonna put on that sparkly party dress and glitter up the town??...
or..
Fun 11 Pendant at DWR   Whistling Thorn Wallpaper at Anthropologie
Gilded Linen Bed at Anthropologie    Bedding at Zara Home
Flower and Sparkle Slipper at Ann Taylor Loft

Are you gonna keep it low key with the family..
get a good night's rest
and 
wake up refreshed to tackle a brand New Year?!

This year the Monster will be partying it up with his Grandparents and cousins...
while..
The Tall One and I will be ordering up some delicious Fish Tacos from Milagros...
get a good night's rest
and
on the first day of 2013
take our oldest son for a walk on the snow covered Island...

Kinda reminds me of our first New Years Eve together..
1999 hanging out in my West Village apartment.. 
together... 
Just me and him..

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!

Image via Project Wedding and Brittni Mehlhoff

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

WOW!!
What a wonderful week!!
So much excitement, joy and love...
Santa came as expected (with fingers crossed)...
 Granting us another year of magic, hope and imagination!

However..
In the days that have followed...
there has been a MAJOR slow down...
So much so that for the first time in my life there have been several naps..
and those who know me..
I NEVER ever nap...
But I must be resting up for a VERY productive 2013!

So with a few more days left of 2012...
we shall HANG out in our jammies, watch a LOT of movies, eat a LOT of yummy food and not feel bad for doing so...

So CHEERS to one and ALL for the last lingering days of 2012...

Be Safe, Slow it down and Have a Great Weekend!!



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!!!


Chocolate Creative Design Holiday 2012 from lucinda wesson on Vimeo.


MERRY Christmas and HAPPY Holidays!!

With great LOVE
Chocolate Creative Design

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!

Styling by Chocolate Creative Design 

Happy Weekend Everyone!!

This past weekend was full of mourning..
BUT
this weekend will be full of celebrating!

This week...
I got to do a little chocolate cake baking with the lovely Miss S..
(the beauty in the image above)
Had a scrumptious lunch with my Mom for her birthday...
Finished and mailed out the Glitter House...
Ate some homemade milk and cookies via the Monster..
Wished two of my favorite ladies a Happiest of Birthdays..
Miss O who turns double digits
and
Auntie Lisa who gets to watch her husband's band, The Bogmen, play at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC tonight..
(order me a 7 & 7 lady..)

One of the best parts of the week..
The Holiday Cards..
Boy did they arrive in droves...
Ours get proudly hung in our side entry for ALL to see and admire..
Image via Chocolate Creative Design

Now one might think that I would design and send out our own card..
Sadly that hasn't happened in about 7 years...

I guess I'm too busy designing everyone else's cards..
But we LOVE getting them so keep on sending them!!
I especially appreciated Miss Elizabeth's and Miss Melissa's wonderfully kind words regarding this crazy little blog of mine..
Thank you Ladies!!

So start working on the wishes friends..
You know what they say...
 that it's the time of year when miracles can happen...

Be Safe, Light a Candle and Make a Wish and 
Have a Great Weekend!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cookies and Milk...


Today I was supposed to do a fabulous little post about the 
Velvet Mill Holiday Show...
However..
After finishing the Glitter House, sending it out to the Lovely Lena and then some last minute Christmas shopping..
I had to put these tired old dogs up and 
rest my poor tired brain a bit....

When the Monster came home from school...
He poured us two glasses of cold milk
(mixed with a little chocolate syrup..because why not?!)
Popped some Nestle Toll House cookies into the oven..
Brought me to the couch...
Grabbed a blanket..
Plated the freshly baked cookies..
Turned on the T.V. ...
and said..
"This is the BEST day EVER Mama.."
Soo..
that fabulous little post will have to wait...
because I am his..
and
 He is mine... 
Life is short..
So enjoy the time...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Lego My Eggo...

This one's for Santa who is having great difficulty locating Lego Mini Figures...
Mini Figure Poster by Tommy Woods

Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Weekend!!!!

Kids as Christmas Angels


Happy Weekend Everyone!!!


I had a fun, silly and campy post for today..
Something about trimming the tree, tangled in tinsel..
blah blah blah..

But

Today happened...
I was plugging along..
getting some work done..
some Christmas shopping...
then
WHAM!!
Out of the blue..
no warning..
nothing...

As Miss Sarah Crawford said on Facebook..
"18 Angels"
That hits your heart like no other...
Now there are now 20 Angels(and 6 adults) all from my little State of Connecticut..
My mind is racing..
Unable to finish work, a thought, an emotion.

My heart hurts...
for those children..
the adults..
the parents..
the 20 empty stockings hanging on all the 20 mantlepieces.. 

Where my heart goes most..
The Moms... 
Not just because I am one..
but because I know how they think..
Not to say that the Fathers are any less important..
but they think differently..
Men think in the moment..in the now..
Woman..especially Moms are magical..
Don't you know?!
We have eyes in back of our heads..
We see things before they happen..
We can see the future...

We can hear the crying before the child even stirs in its crib..
We can see the finger in the socket before the child is even 6 feet away from it..
We can predict the face plant, the blood, the broken nose and the stitches before the child even climbs the tree..

It's both a curse and a blessing..

We have saved our children about a zillion times..

Some may think we get anxious, crabby and irritable
but
seeing too much into the future can be a burden and weigh heavy on our hearts..

Putting our child on the bus for the first time..
Allowing someone else to care for them...
It's hard..
It's hard to let go, let them grow and keep them safe all at the same time..

We have visions of the bus turning over..
a fire in the school..
a stranger taking their small hand and leading them away..

It never ever ends..

So I know what those Mom's are thinking..
I know what they are feeling..
I know that the most painful part for them is that they feel they weren't able to keep them safe..

That is our most important job..
and
there is nothing more horrific then when we can't..

Today when the bus came to drop off the Monster...
I got in the road..
He has to get off on the other side and many many cars buzz by..
always in a hurry...
always on the phone..
always distracted..
So there I stood..
right smack dab in the middle of the road..
glaring them down..
our bus driver smiled..
there was a thumbs up..
but 
there was no hug..
he tossed his backpack at me..
skipped past me 
(yes my son skips..that's whole nother ball of wax)
smiled..
then ran inside..
Today..
I kept him safe
Today..
I am grateful
Today..
I was granted a gift.

 This weekend..
I will take my little gift and we will trim our tree, make our house merry and bright
and count our blessings..

HUGE hugs to all those affected in
 Newtown..
My heart sincerely goes out to all of you...
 

Be Safe, Hug those Babies and Have a Great Weekend!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fabulous & Creative Wreaths.... Part Trois



You know it's the Holidays when wreaths begin to magically pop up on peoples doors...

I am obsessed with a good wreath and the one in the picture above has to be one of my ALL time favorites...
It was created by the flower whisperer herself, Miss Yumiko of Hana Floral Design, for a Winter Wedding Shoot that I designed back in 2009.

So.. for Part Trois of the Fabulous and Creative Wreath roundup, I decided to go in the direction of "found items".
These are wreaths that can be made with ANY object that is found either natural or man-made..


 The Sea

Living by the sea, we have boxes, bags and jars and filled to the brim with shells...
Unfortunately on the Connecticut Coastline, there is a lack of the exotics...
What we are left with are mussels, jingles, clams, oysters and the famous Stonington scallop...
But I think you might agree..
That they can be just as lovely too...
 Scallop Wreath on Flickr
Heart Shell Wreath at Not on The High Street
Mussel Wreath at Beas Tropical Design
Clam Shell Wreath at Martha Stewart
Oyster Wreath at Donna Hay
Jingle Shell Wreath at Mad Mary Creations on Etsy
Mussel & Oyster Shell Wreath at Shelltiques on Etsy
Oyster Wreath by Simple Daisy


The Pinecone

Pinecones are a plenty here in the Northeast...
You can't walk anywhere without stepping on one..
I am amazed at just how many different kinds there are..
Whether they are painted, gilded, glittered or au natural..
They certainly stir up Holiday spirit...
 Pinecone Wreath at Porchscapes
Deer Pinecone Wreath at House to Home
Frame Pinecone Wreath at Matthew Mead
Pinecone Wreath at Martha Stewart
Gold Pinecone Wreath at Papier D'Amour
Cardinal Pinecone Wreath at Better Homes and Gardens
Pinecone Wreath at Pottery Barn
Picture Pinecone Wreath at Decoration Finds

The Herb

I just brought in my rosemary plant in hopes that I may use her all winter long for cooking...
But she would look and smell just as lovely as a simple wreath...
How about a eucalyptus wreath in the bathroom?!
 Olive and Myrtle Wreath at Pottery Barn
Eucalyptus Wreath by Herz Allerliebst
Wreath Chandelier at Martha Stewart
Rosemary Wreath at All About You


The Junk Drawer & The Kitchen

You are sure to have these items around...
Random tacks, apples, spent Christmas bulbs, peppermint candies from your purse and the credit cards that need to be snipped...
They look much prettier as a wreath than in that dreaded messy junk drawer...
Credit Card Wreath at Lauren Venell
Apple Wreath at Hannas
Bulb Wreath by Thompson Family
Thumbtack Wreath at Babble
Peppermint Candy Wreath at Dreamy Whites


I couldn't resist posting this image....
I am hoping that my men will agree that THIS snowman wreath has to happen THIS year on OUR  door..
Snowman wreath via photobucket

Here are the links (just in case you missed them) of the 
Fabulous and Creative Wreath posts
and

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Typeface....Wreaths..

Alphabet Wreath available in either Spruce or Cedar 
at Ballard Designs..(on sale!)



Monday, December 10, 2012

Boyz 2 Men.....

Image by Chocolate Creative Design

One may be bigger than the other but they are essentially the same thing..
They are adventurers, movers, shakers and dirt makers...

It is extremely hard to find gifts for them
BUT
as long as it has something to do with fire or is a gadget then you are golden..
They are...
Boyz to Men...

1. 
Boys like anything to do with Butts...
It's the honest truth..
These Animal Butt Magnets from ZGallerie will keep them giggling..

2. 
After surviving through 2 hurricanes one cannot have enough flashlights..
This Pull Cord Emergency Flashlight at Restoration Hardware is perfect when the stores run out of batteries...

3.
 Boys eat ALOT..that's just a fact..
So why not have the farmyard help keep all those snacks fresh..
They might even make those boys clean up after themselves..
Animal Farm Chip Clips from Furbish 


4.
Ever sit through dinner with a boy..well good luck...
I am LOVING these placemats...
Maybe just maybe..Mom and Dad could get a word in here or there...
Disguises Paper Placemats from Anthropologie

5.
Like I said earlier...
Boys like Butts...
But they also like sounds...
Always a classic..always a hit..
Whoopee Cushions at Land of Nod..
6.
Star Wars is on the top of every boys list...
but to know the names of the real stars..priceless..
Mini Constellation Map at Restoration Hardware.
Let's not even go into that it glows in the dark!
7.
Boys LOVE adventure...
So what's better than scratching off all the places they've been to?!
Scratch Map at Uncommon Goods

8.
Marbles are the key to every boys heart..
Whether they swallow them, roll them across the floor for you to trip on or create toilet paper roll tracks for them..
The Extreme Wall Stunt Wall Coaster at Uncommon Goods can make ANY wall into a marble roller coaster..

9.
There hasn't been a Lego that I haven't stepped on 
BUT 
these mini figures (if you can find them!) are a staple EVERY year.

10.
Keeping dirty hands out of the ice maker or ice being dumped all over the floor surely is a tricky one...
but with these Sub Zero Reusable Ice Cubes at CB2 you might just have a chance.
Who knows..
they will probably end up in the bathtub...

11.
This has got to be THE most perfect gift...
Santa has already ordered one for each of the Wesson Family members..Custom Krazy Straws...
Sadly, they only let you have 5 letters but since all 3 of us will never find a pencil or a mug with our name on it...
this is perfect.

12.
Stickers that are removable and that glow in the dark...
Sign me up..
Nightlights from Wall Candy at 2Modern 

13.
It's not easy keeping up with the shoes and clothes and toys that are strewn around the room making the perfect path from the door to the couch...
Hopefully this baby will get them organized and teach them responsibility. Since mine is money motivated...
I am banking on that this will work..
Kid's Responsibility Board at Uncommon Goods

Wallpaper: Scrapwood Wallpaper at Anthropologie




1.
I'm not sure how well this keyboard cleans up but it's absolutely GORGEOUS!!
Bamboo Keyboard and Mouse at Anthropologie


2.
Men LOVE fire so what's better than being able to carry your own fire...anywhere!
Bonfire Log at Terrain 

3.
What guy doesn't want to videotape himself skydiving?
Well apparently this is THE camera to do it with..
GoPro Video Camera

4.
 It's not just boys that you have to worry about poking their eyes out...
Guys might be a little safer with this German technology...
German Goggles at Restoration Hardware


5.
Even if they don't drink...
A man should ALWAYS know to mix a good cocktail...
at least I know James Bond would agree with me.
Cocktail Book at Restoration Hardware.  

6.
With an extra-tall husband...ties can be quite hard to find...
why not a bow tie...
and if a bow tie...it should ALWAYS be a Forage.. 


7.
When you are married to a fisherman then you know at some point something's going in the drink...
Thankfully this Outdoor Technology Waterproof iphone Case will keep the phone dry..
at Urban Outfitters

8.
There is nothing more masculine than a leather iphone cover...
at Restoration Hardware
  
9.
They may have the Bonfire log but I bet they forgot the matches...
No worries..
This Swedish Fire steel can start a fire anytime..anywhere..
at Restoration Hardware

Wallpaper: Metallic Stag Wallpaper at Anthropologie