Mountain Rose Herbs is having a giveaway!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about herbs and natural cleaning products? Look no further than Mountain Rose Herbs! I’ve only just heard about it, but a few friends shop there and they have nothing but great things to say about them. And guess what! They’re having a GIVEAWAY!!

You can win everything pictured above by simply entering here. You can get up to 5 separate entries. How awesome is that?

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments!

In Loving Memory of Xay Camacho-Hendrickson, 1997-2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about family and gifts for Christmas the past month or so. Then November 18th, my mother’s friend tragically lost her 14 year-old son, and right before the busy holiday season. My heart broke, and after attending the memorial, I quickly realized that the holidays are a time for family and the most important thing about gift giving is why you give rather than what you give.

On another note, I’ve never liked the effect “Black Friday” has on people or the fact that people get seriously, sometimes fatally, injured for the season’s hottest new toy or a new flat screen. This year, I’m focusing on what matters: family.

If you know me of have read any of my other blog posts, you know that I adore my nephew, Jaden. He’s my favorite little guy and he means the world to me, and we love making things together! We came up with a simple ornament that we could make to give to family and friends this year, and we had a blast making them. 2-D Felt stockings. It started when I saw the felt holiday stickers at Joann’s last year. I picked up some gingerbread people, penguins, Christmas lights and snowmen. These are so cute and ‘real’ looking that I can’t tell you how many people have tried to open them. Plus, they fit nicely into Christmas cards!

What you’ll need:

  • Sheets of felt- about 4-10, each sheet makes about 6 stockings
  • Holiday Felt Stickers
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun, or Elmer’s glue
  • Glitter glue (optional)

We started by making a template of a stocking on paper, I tweaked it until I got just the right shape that I liked, then we traced and cut out a sock shape on the felt and we got about 6 stockings per sheet. We used the scraps from the felt to make the accents and loops.

Then I cut the top “fold”  (where a real sock/stocking would fold over) and loop out of a contrasting color of felt. If you’re using red as your sock shape, use white or green to contrast. The way I glued them together is top ‘fold’ on top of the sock shape and the loop simply glued to the back. You can sandwich the loop between the top ‘fold’ and the sock, but it may make the corner look lumpy.

After you have those glued into place, you can put the stickers and glitter accents on. If you like, you can even glue on felt pieces to make a contrasting toe and heel on the sock.

When we were done, Jaden picked out a special one for each family memeber, his mom, dad, sister, each grandparent and himself. He was so excited to show everybody what we had made!

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Current Project: Homemade Christmas Tree Decor

I’ve been working hard on coming up with cohesive designs for my Christmas Tree decor series coming up. It’s a lot harder than I thought, and it seems my body is having a harder time adjusting to the changing seasons (all I want to do is lay in bed all day watching Hallmark) I’ll be working hard to come up with the first post asap! I’m going to be working on ornaments, a tree skirt and tree topper. Sound good? Lovely.
-Contessa

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

I felt like making a post that would help you get to know me a little better, what better way than sharing a few of my favorite things? There are few things in life that make me swoon, most of them are seasonal. Let’s get started!

Betsy ❤

Betsy, my antique Singer sewing machine. She just turned 70 in June and is still running. I got her from my Aunt, who I guess got Betsy from her neighbor and had in her basement/garage for years. Lucky me, huh? 🙂

"One Little White Pumpkin" by Sweet Anne

Non-Traditional Pumpkins-The look of a chubby little orange face on the stoop makes me smile every time, but I’m always wowed by painted fake pumpkins or professional pumpkin carvers, have you seen Halloween Wars on Food Network? A-maze-ing!

Autumn Colors- Deep oranges, purples, maroon, all of the colors that scream “Let’s cuddle by the fire.”

Emilie Autumn- Described as sounding like “the best cup of English Breakfast spiked with cyanide and smashed on your antique wallpaper” she’s got style and chutzpah. I love how she modernizes and makes Victorian-style sexy. Also, she’s got a set of pipes on her and violin skills what would put (insert uber-famous violinist here) to shame! I am heavily influenced by her and the lovely lady next on the list.

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Contessa Montebello- She’s a creative woman who makes oils, scents and make-up. I borrowed the “Contessa” name from her seeing as she is a major inspiration to me. It makes me want to do more herbal crafting and more oils. I’m very interested in making soaps, oils and other health and beauty products, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

That’s me in a nutshell. I may release another nutshell post later on, but I tend to be forgetful. I’ll try my best to remember for all of my lovely readers out there!!

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It’s official, I’m a quilter.

Jaden's quilt

Just recently, I made my first two quilts for my niece and nephew’s birthdays. (So hard to believe they’re 1 and 6 already, where does the time go?) I found the pattern on Two Little Banshees a few months ago and I fell in LOVE! Only thing was, I was intimidated by the whole quilting process. I plucked up the courage and decided to go for it, and they turned out really nicely, besides the occasional minor bunching, it’s hardly noticeable by others, but it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

Lilly's Quilt

The fat quarters quilt is originally a crib-sized quilt, but I doubled it lengthwise to make Jaden’s quilt and it turned out to be a good size for a 6 year-old. I also used two different kinds of batting for each, I shopped the sale, and I must say, the fusible batting is nice, but a little tricky to work with.

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The New Contessa Crafts

Hello, interwebs! Did ya miss me? I missed you! I’ve been itching to get back to my blog, but I just haven’t had the time with the farmer’s market and watching my niece and nephew so much. Anyways, I’m all yours now!

In my last attempt at blogging, I got burnt out because I was trying to do too much right off the bat-I had a different theme post every day and for a new blogger, it was far too much for me to just jump right into. Almost like trying to cram yourself into a pair of jeans that were just too small to fit and the more you try to fit into them, the more exhausted you get. The jeans are my blog. But this time, I’m taking it slow, doing things on my own time, and that means, I’m doing it right. Same me, new jeans.

I’ll still be bringing you craft tutorials, how-to’s and my favorite craft finds, but it will be far more organic, focusing on sewing and a few other crafts.

Join me, won’t you?

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Don’t call it a comeback

Starting in October I’ll be revamping, renewing and actually *POSTING* again! I’ve been so busy busy busy with the farmer’s market and my darling niece and nephew this summer that I’ve really let the posting slip. But no more excuses! Plus, Mark Montano will kick my butt if I don’t! (He’s got it on his calendar and everything! True story :D) This time around, I will be focusing on my blog and etsy shop now that I’ve really discovered what I love to do-sew! I’ll be posting about much more than sewing, as well. Don’t worry, there will be something for everybody!

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