2012 has been a very exciting year for us. It was the year we finally took a leap of faith and started Linen, Lace, & Love. We can't even begin to thank you all for your support, and encouragement in this venture. It has been such an unexpected, and incredible blessing, and because of it you are all a part of our lives, and our story. On this last day of the 2012, we look at the future with 13 wishes for 2013.
Christmas can be a stressful or sad time for many of us. Stressful because life is stressful enough, and then you add in any special event, and that puts pressure on you. Sad because of the memory of those you no longer get to spend it with. There are so many emotions, parties, things to plan, gifts, that take our minds off of what Christmas is really about. The only gift we need to give, or receive this Christmas is the one God already gave us. The gift of His son Jesus. We have been blessed beyond measure, and are loved more than we could possibly fathom. Christmas is Jesus' birthday, so instead of focusing on what we will get, try focusing on being grateful for all God has given you. All of His blessings. And if you don't feel very blessed this Christmas, have faith that this is a season of growth, and a flood gate of blessings will open when you make it through the valley to the other side. "After all there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas." LLLove, Jen
We hope everyone is sharing lots of holiday cheer! We wanted to share some holiday table setting inspiration, as well as table setting tips from the lovely Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior, hope you enjoy!
One of my very best friends is moving to New York to work on her first Broadway show. I could not be more proud of her, or more sad to see her go. For her going away party I decided to make my own envelope for the card, out of the maps of New York City, and San Diego. From heart to heart. Here's how I did it...
What you will need:
And there you have it. You can also you magazines, wrapping paper, or anything with a cool print on it. Add a little custom touch to any stationary. LLLove, Jen
This holiday season we wish that your days are merry and bright! We hope you are surrounded by those you love and care about, sharing together in joy and laughter, all the blessings life has to offer! Lots of love to you and yours!
Ladies and Gentlemen, let us introduce you to the best Dad in the whole wide world...ours! If you are fortunate enough to know our Dad, then you know we are telling the truth. He is the most patient, loving, generous, selfless, loyal, dependable, man you will ever know...and today is his Birthday!
Thank you for teaching us that love is verb that we choose to act out everyday. To believe in ourselves. To take everything one step at a time, and to know without a doubt that you are always there to catch us if we fall. We cannot think of a better role model, counselor, friend, or Father than the one we have been blessed with in you.
Charles Dickens said it best, "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself." In the spirit of this quote from the beloved classic A Christmas Carol, we give you the most popular Christmas story ever written, told by a few of our favorite childhood friends. "There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor."...we couldn't agree more Charles.
Every December, as far back as I can remember, our Mom, her sister Katie, Jess and I get together and make English Toffee to hand out to our friends and family. The four of us spend the day in the kitchen and catch up, laugh, and listen to our Mom and Aunt's high school choir Christmas album. (Thank goodness they had a good choir.) It has been a Christmas Tradition for the last 4 generations on our Mom's side of the family, the Dunahoo side, and now it's a Wheeler/Bailey/Kahn tradition as well. It is always one of my favorite parts of the season, not to mention delicious.
Ingredients for one batch:
1 lb. Salted Butter
2 cups ground Pecans (Use a metal blade in the food processor, and grind the pecans before the chocolate, so clean-up of processor will be easier.)
2 cups Sugar
2 cups ground Semi-sweet Chocolate
Chips (Chill the chips in the freezer ahead of time, so they don’t melt in the food processor...but you may want ear plugs, cause it's very loud.)
Lay out a strip of foil on a hard surface. Then spread 1 cup of ground pecans in a rectangle
about the size of a cookie sheet, and then sprinkle on top of that the 1 cup of ground chocolate.
Over med-low heat, melt 1 lb. of Butter. Then add 2 cups
of Sugar. (I know that much butter and sugar may make you uneasy, but it's amazing, and just keep telling yourself, you're not going to eat the whole batch, you're going to share it with others, so it's ok.)
Stir gently about once per minute for
about 20 minutes- the toffee will turn the color of peanut butter when it is
ready to pour.When you think you
are close, dribble a small amount of toffee into a glass of ice water.If the toffee is ready it will taste
crunchy.If it is chewy, you need
to cook it a little longer. If you are using
a candy thermometer, it is done at 302 degrees “hard crack” (if you like it slightly softer you may
stop at 300 degrees). If you find at the end that the
oil is separating add 1 Tsp. of cold water and stir quickly.
Choose your strongest cook and stir
once before pouring.Pour toffee
as thinly as possible, back and forth over the chocolate/pecan mixture covering
wear hot mitts. As soon as the toffee is poured
sprinkle the other cup of Chocolate, and then the Pecans. Let it cool over-night and
break apart and Enjoy!!
Yes, the Grinch figured it out, now it's our turn. If you are anything like me, Christmas snuck up on you this year, and not only have you not sent out any Christmas cards, you haven't bought your presents yet either. Stressful, yes. Impossible, no. Why? Because Amazon.com is always open, and delivers, and because Christmas is about more than that. Christmas is about grace, mercy, and love. It's about family and friends. It's about making the time to see the people you care about, even if it's without cards or presents (even though cards and presents are always nice ;)). The gift of your time is easy to give, costs nothing, and will be remembered and cherished far more than anything else you could give. LLLove, Jen
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While we are already dreaming of a White Christmas lets take a moment to appreciate this winter's most popular fashion trend...Winter White! Your Mother may have told you that you can't wear white after Labor Day, but we're here to tell you that you definitely can, and should, and here's how...
Not all of us can pull off the high fashion look, so here's how to bring the trend off of the runway and into your closet!
The fun of working with an all white palette is what you choose to emphasize. Find some bright colored jewelry, or a great bag and shoes. Even if it's just your lips, where ever you choose to add color is going to stand out all the more.
White is the new red and green! We both live in cities (San Diego & LA) were it's still close to 70 degrees most days, and as wonderful as that is (trust me, we're not complaining) we both love the snow during winter. That's why we've been loving all the classic white Christmas images we've been seeing about! It's simple, classic, and always looks good with a few twinkly lights! If you can't have real snow, still get in the Christmas spirit by decorating with an all white palette!
Since we started our blog last January, I have been waiting all year to share these with you! I always love making Christmas gifts look extra special with a few DIY touches. Below are a few ideas to dress up your brown paper packages tied up with string!
MATERIALS: - 99 cent store ornaments (or old ornaments you no longer use for your tree) - Ribbon, yarn, or twine - Wrapping paper (check out Paper Source for a super cute selection), or go to Home Depot's painting section and buy a large roll of "Painting Paper" (kraft paper) for about $11, and get creative! - Scraps of fabric - Chalk Ink pens: these are seriosouly one of my favorite craft tools, they write SO much better than regular chalk, and I use them for wrapping all the time! - Scissors - Tape - Chalk - Hand-Drawn Gift Tags FREE PRINTABLE by Hey Look
I hit the 99 cent store and scored tons of super cute ornaments for a fraction of the cost. I also scored a large ball of crimson twine (that I surprisingly still have some left of) that I used as ribbon for a majority of my gifts.
I did a runner of shabby chic crown fabric around the center of some of the presents, used twine for the ribbon, and attached a FREE PRINTABLE gift tag by Hey Look.
I wrapped presents in kraft paper and used Chalk Ink to write Christmas Carols on the kraft paper. I also wrapped mini presents and numbered each one to be "The 12 Days of Christmas." And my lastly, I finished wrapping a few of the gifts with Christmas ornaments. I hope you've been inspired to add some holiday cheer to your brown paper packages, tied up with string!
I love my family. I consider myself extremely blessed that I enjoy and look forward to spending holidays with my family. Not for the food and the presents (which is an awesome cherry on top), but for the time I get to relax and enjoy the people I care about most in this world! Christmas is one of the those events each year where love is all around you, you just need to stop and take a good look around.