Monday, November 30, 2015

30 Days of Creativity


I began November with a personal challenge - 30 Days of Creativity.


I made more than 30 items over the month, but I express my creativity in many ways and not everything involved "making".


In my quest to see the bottom of my sewing cabinet, I tackled a pile of projects.


I made pillows for the guest room,


for gifts


and to decorate the house.


I made a bunch of stockings out of drop cloth scraps


and sent many of them off to friends.


Scraps of fabric


became ornaments to decorate a little tree in the entry.


I painted a sign for the garden ladder and then the "making' stopped for a few days.


I took this cabinet from the living room


and reunited it with its base in the entry.


I had fun creating a pleasing display on the shelves.


That yellow and blue soup tureen is finally getting a spotlight.


The tureen is part of the set of Pistoulet dishes that the awesome Kris of Junk Chic Cottage won from a Pfaltzgraff giveaway and gifted to me.


November's creativity


led to the house being completely decorated and ready for Christmas.


And so, December will be a month to simply enjoy the season.


But, I just have a few hours left in November to finish embroidering this table runner for my next door neighbor.


Then, I can kick back and do nothing!

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56 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

WOW, you are so ahead of the game. I am almost done decorating.
Love everything that you accomplished. Looks like Lulu loves everything too.
Have a great week Carol.
Mary

It's me said...

Wowwwww you make lovely things.....happy week love Ria x❤️

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA that Lulu cracks me up every time. She OWNS the place! And you my dear friend, you are a very goal-oriented (my kinda gal) teacher. Lovely ideas, quaint and bright, happy and ready to welcome guests. XOXOXOX

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You are amazing!!! Love that little JOY stocking. You have the cheeriest blog on the block my dear!

bobbie said...

I ADORE the picture of Lulu 'holding' the pillow ~

Dawn said...

Wow you're all set for December, way to go. All your projects are just perfect and I bet everyone will enjoy the gifts.

Laurie said...

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas......over on your coast. Everything is so pretty. I love your cabinet and sweet little Christmas tree in the entryway. I have to wait a week before starting to decorate. I have painters coming tomorrow to paint the interior of the lake house.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

A very productive month and your home is so pretty and festive. I love all the little homemade ornaments and stockings! I think most of my decor is done, just a few tweaks in the kitchen left to do.
hugs,
Linda

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Love that you challenged yourself to do this. I should do the same. What cute projects Carol! Love the stockings! There's just something about homemade!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Love that you challenged yourself to do this. I should do the same. What cute projects Carol! Love the stockings! There's just something about homemade!

Cozy Little House said...

You've been one busy and industrious girl! I love the red and white quilt. Of course!
Brenda

NanaDiana said...

You are so far ahead of the game, Carol! Good for you!!!! YOur items are all just wonderful. Love the little hearts and the stockings. That table runner is going to be gorgeous! I love holly designs on anything.

Is that one of your hubby's paintings above the cabinet base? It is GORGEOUS! It makes me smile and think of good times! I LOVE it! xo Diana

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh how pretty your house looks all the time but especially decorated for the holidays. I am happy that I have 2 of your creations this month! What fun you've had. I better get busy this week with some crafting! Hugs, Diane

Vicky Hunt said...

Of course all your projects are great as usual! Somehow I just can't imagine you kicking back and doing nothing though. You're always busy! Enjoy life and all the pretty decor you made!

Lorrie said...

How great that you got so much accomplished in November. Your cabinet with the yellow and blue dishes is so pretty. Enjoy December!

20 North Ora said...

What a challenge - 30 projects in 30 days! I'm so proud of you and your stick-to-it-nish. Love all of your gorgeous handmade items. You are so talented. Everything looks so great. That Lulu is precious and poses so well!

Judy

Stacey said...

I surely do admire your creativity. Your cottage is adorable in large part because of your goodies.

Kathy said...

Wow! You really rocked November. Well done, my friend!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

wonderful creations, but I'm doubting you will go all month without making more things. How wonderful for you that those dishes were a blessing from a friend.

Consider It All Joy said...

Wonderful Carol, just wonderful. I had a smile on my face through the whole post! I love seeing all of the great things you created and used to decorate your darling little cottage. Your maileg collection is great and I think that 'puppy' of yours loves it's new pillow :) Somehow though, even with all of the things you have accomplished in November, I don't see you sitting around doing nothing for a month!!! Have a wonderful week! Blessings, Cindy

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Wow Carol Santa's elves do not have anything on you... Your rocked around the clock and made charming, happy and bright home spun sweetness. I think maybe all your cute elves are reporting back to Santa about the magic you make in your cottage. Lulu laying there just puts the biggest smile on my face, she truly knows how to relax and take in the beauty you create.
xoxo,
Vera

cynthia lee designs said...

Everything looks wonderful.!! You are way ahead of me. I just got my tree decorated today and have more Christmas decorating to do.
~Cindy

Linda said...

YOU are AMAZING!!! I love everything you do!!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

This all looks so beautifully festive. The dresser looks brilliant paired up with the base, but can I ask, what has happened to that fabulous painting? xx

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Everything looks so festive and love the homemade ornaments on the tree. Love the painted picture by your Hubby.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

You have been so busy! I love the drop cloth ornaments. Everything is so so creative! Did you make the little elves? Cute. Jo

Connie said...

Hi Carol, you are such a busy girl . . . I love that little tree and all the soft and adorable ornaments. Oh, and your pillows . . . absolutely charming. I love visiting and seeing what you are up to . . . there's never a dull moment around your home, busy girl :)

Kim said...

Beautiful Carol...all of it!

Susie said...

Carol, Looking so sweet and Christmasy at your house. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

podso said...

I do like getting things done on the early side so I can just enjoy the decorations and all the festivities.

Down by the sea said...

You always amaze me in how many things you manage to do! Your home looks so lovely with all the additions and changes you have made. Hope you enjoy having time to enjoy December. I'm sure you will conjure up some other creative ideas! Sarah x

KATHY said...

Wow you have been busy!! I love all your sewing projects!! Everything looks fabulous.

Kathy

chateau chic said...

So many great projects once again, Carol! And how satisfying to be able to sit back and enjoy...although I have a feeling you'll still be busy in other things. Your home looks so festive!!
Mary Alice

Melanie said...

Your projects and rearranging always leave me in awe - I don't know how you get so much done! I bet you won't do "nothing"...I know you better than that. ;-)

bj said...

I can barely catch my breath when I come to your adorable cottage by the sea. Your talents just seem to grow with ea post. Your house looks just stunning...and so my kind of decorating. I love every single thing you do.
xoxo

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Outstanding! Everything looks so festive and ready for the holidays. I'm sure your friends are enjoying their gifts you made. Sounds like you had a fun November doing and making things.

Mary

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Everything is wonderful Carol. Your home looks so inviting and cozy for the season. Such a festive time and you do a fabulous job always!! xo

The Junque Seeker said...

Wow! I'm impressed. I can't really imagine you kicking back and relaxing for long, but good luck!

Looks like Lulu is enjoying some of your creations - so cute!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It must feel so good to be done and using up some fabrics. Everything you made is just fabulous!!

Kelly said...

You have been a busy lady! I know how much you love to make things, so this time of year I'm sure you have plenty of people to share them with. I love all of the pretty Christmas decorations you made.

Renee said...

You did a great job with your make 30. Such cute things. I love that blue and yellow. I like what you did with the ladder and Christmas decorations.

Cathy, 1929 Charmer Cottage said...

Your creativity is killing me, in a good way! I seriously need to take the vitamins you take Every single one is do cute and look so pretty. Gosh I need to live by the beach, maybe that would help my creativity!

Ana said...

Wow, so many wonderful and fun projects. November was certainly a very creative and productive month for you. Now time to enjoy the holiday season.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Ha ha you will NEVER kick back and do nothing :) Can't wait to see the finish on the table runner...how pretty your embroidery is.

Pamela Gordon said...

You are so creative and busy! I love all the things you've been making for gifting and decorating your sweet home. It looks beautiful. Enjoy December's busy days!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Everything is beautiful. I love the elf with the handmade pillow. Happy December. xoxo Su

Curtains in My Tree said...

So nice, the soup tureen and especially since it was a gift

what I really like is all those pillows and that dog on your sofa LOL

your little scrap creations are really adorable and I know who ever got them was thrilled

Lowcarb team member said...

Goodness - you are so organised.
May you enjoy this special season.

Happy December Wishes

All the best Jan

Jessica@CapeofDreams said...

Wow. Your house is completely decorated and ready for the holiday. I have yet to hang an ornament unless you count the wreath I never took down from last year!

Kimberley Seasideave said...

I loved every one of these photos!
And everything stitched and created is beautiful!
And I see your pooch claims the pretty couch too! ;)
Happy almost weekend!
Kimberley

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Oh my goodness! So much creativity in just one post! My favorite is your green chalkboard with the alphabet and numbers. Such a fun piece for a teacher like you! I hope you really do kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, Carol!

craftyles said...

You have been a busy bee! I love the stenciled pillows and your new stacked cabinet. All the pretties in there look great. I need to give myself a challenge like that-I finally have my craftroom rearranged.Now to get crafting!

handmade by amalia said...

You are so creative and organized and the house looks so nice, you deserve a relatively sane December :-)
Amalia
xo

Debby said...

Your little handmade gifts are just sweet. So fun to be back at blogging and visiting again. A lot has been happening here in my neck of the woods but hope it returns to a semi normal after the holidays, HUGS>

Jeanna said...

It's an adorable addiction you have, Carol! I can't wait to meet Henry ;)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Lulu seems to be a big fan of your pillows, I think she and I are on the same page ;)