(Our gingerbread cake decorated with a scene from the Nutcracker Ballet.)
I wanted to wish you all a most happy Christmas and New Year! Thank you all for supporting us this year. It was an honor to be part of so many of your weddings & celebrations and we so appreciate your purchasing products from our shops to decorate your beautiful homes. 2016 was a very busy year and we look forward to introducing many new designs to the collection after the holidays. May you all enjoy a lovely holiday in the embrace of your loved ones.
The weekend was filled with Christmas activities, from decorating our tree, to decorating these adorable gingerbread cookies. My girls have been baking cookies with me since they were big enough to stand on their little kitchen chairs. These were beautifully decorated by our oldest daughter and we love them!
I'm in the process of finishing up our Thanksgiving pumpkin place cards and favors. The pumpkins are made with tissue paper and filled with chocolate leaves and turkeys which were wrapped in beautiful foil colors. I'm using three different autumnal colors of tissue paper for all of our guests. (Colors: pumpkin, apricot & mustard, ordered here.)
I found the idea for the pumpkins here, but created mine with a few changes. First, I increased the diameter of my tissue paper circles to 13" wide. I found this much easier to work with. Also, I could not get the floral tape to stick to the closed end at all, so I tied mine with jute twine and wrapped the remaining ends around the stem and secured it with a dab of glue. I had some velvet leaves on hand and added that as an embellishment. I hope my little niece and nephew will be surprised when they discover the hidden treasure inside.
The tag is a free download, generously created and shared by She Wears Many Hats. Download can be found here. I cut the tag smaller and added our guests names.
While on vacation, I purchased the most beautiful Belgian linen and I used it to create our linen napkins for Thanksgiving. To achieve a perfect square, I just measured 20" across and pulled a thread from salvage to salvage and then cut along the line. Then I did the same going in the opposite direction. After that, just pull threads to achieve the fringed end. Lastly, I sewed a straight stitch around the napkin to prevent further fraying when washed. They are sure to get lots of use throughout the year.
Happy fall! I just snapped this picture a few moments ago after the sun made its first appearance of the day. I love the afternoon light during this time of year, and better yet, the evenings when we light candles.
I listed a new pillow in the shop, especially for this time of year. I think soon we 'll be turning the heat on. We've been super busy with house projects. Some of which are completed and others just past the demolition stage. Hope to share with you soon! Enjoy this beautiful weather! And to stay in touch in between posts, come follow me on instagram, @juleseab.
Pemberley Collection is having a sale! All jewelry is 20% off, now through Sunday. Use coupon code INSTA20, upon checkout, to take advantage of the discount. I would also like to give a shout out to our beautiful Pemberley model, Jesse, who is about to embark on her first year of teaching. I'm so incredibly proud of her and know her first graders will love her as much as we do. Please join me in wishing her much success!
I always plant lemon verbena in our herb garden each year. Not only does it smell amazing, but it's handy in the kitchen as well. I keep a small jar with fresh clippings by the kitchen sink. After chopping onions or garlic, I rub some of the leaves between my fingers while washing my hands. Your fingers will smell wonderful!
I need your votes please! My photograph of my berry pavlova has been selected as a finalist in the Berry Contest sponsored by Driscolls Berry. Exciting news! I would love it if you would take a moment to go on-line and vote for me. Please forward this to your friends and family as well. The more votes the better! One vote per person and voting ends on July 11th.
Here is the link to vote: https://feedfeed.info/bigContest/vote?id=2&postId=2718658
The name under the photograph on-line, juleseab, is my instagram name. Thank you so much for voting today and wish me luck.
As a young adult, I happily owned more than several Liberty of London dresses. Years later, I am still in love with their traditional floral fabrics and graphic prints. While in London, I was able to visit their store on Great Marlborough Street in the West End of London.
The Tudor-revival building was built in 1924 from the timbers of two ships. Today it's filled with a vast collection of homeware, clothing, accessories and, of course, its beautiful fabric line.
At the main entrance to the store, you'll be greeted by a beautiful flower market which was filled with peonies, hydrangeas and roses.
I brought home a selection of tea and some delicious Prestat Chocolates, known for creating the chocolate truffle - a favorite of Roald Dahl.
The inside of the store has the most charming displays and assortment of luxurious home goods from both Britain and around the world.
Beautiful faux taxidermy pieces all constructed with Liberty of London fabrics.
The children's department did not disappoint with many creative displays. These cardboard cutouts were adorable.
And a few last photos . . . you can even take home a Liberty of London sewing machine!
Brand new to the collection and perfect for my fellow Pride and Prejudice fans. A 20x20 screen printed, cotton pillow cover featuring locations from Jane Austen's beloved novel. Now available in the EAB Designs shop.