Crazy for candy


So if you did or didn’t know, I absolutely LOVE Halloween and it’s my favorite holiday. Christmas follows closely in 2nd place. I love Christmas…the lights, the colors, the baked goods, and the music. Here’s the thing, though: Halloween is supposed to be campy/scary/anything goes. Christmas on the other hand is interpreted in so many ways. I love the traditional and religious side and the elegance that goes with it. One of the trees I decorate is in reds and golds and it is quite lovely. While, there is no set rule on how to decorate or what style to make your home or rooms (I personally would like to have a house someday to be decorated in different styles with trees in every room), my heart naturally sways to wild and colorful, an outlandish/almost gaudy feast for the eyes! I love rainbows of color and if I do plan on buying Christmas decorations in the near future, I really want them to be sugary sweet and candylicious!

I have an affinity in particular for starlight mint swirls, gumdrops, and gingerbread men! I don’t know what it is, I just love red and white swirled together…actually, a lollipop I saw at Target last year prompted this picture:

festive me

OK, keep with me in my randomness here…I used to make gingerbread houses with my mom and sister as a child and every year I intend on making another one (a homeade one, not the Wilton/storebought kind), and I never get the chance. Maybe that’s why I’m fond of gingerbread men! I think I like gingerbread men, too, because they have so much personality and they are just plain sweet! I remember printing out a card in middle school that I attached to a homeaade gingerbread man for my friends that read:

I hope you like this little man,
I made it just for you.
And if you don’t that’s too sad,
it’s off his head I’ll chew!

I remember it having a candyland look to the card, now that I think about it! Ha. I totally forgot about that little saying just until now!

Actually, I never really played Candyland as a kid. I always wanted it, Chutes and Ladders, and Hi Ho Cherry Oh, but I never got them. Oh well! I think I only liked them cause of their visual appeal. I mean, how could I have not?

Oh, and I love this glittery/sweet necklace that Stoopidgerl made. It makes me happy!

I really love what my friend Carey did with this chair for the DecoArt home page too!
Naughty or Nice chair
Click here for instructions!

I also really love these adorable lollipops and cupcakes my friend Donna crafted for the site! Photographing them was a lot of fun!
Terra cotta lollipops and candy

Cupcake ornaments

So now that I’ve shared my holiday style love, what’s yours? Is there any certain style that you just drool over? I’d love to hear about it!

Oh, by the way, I’m going to be on Trivial Thursday on WRFL on Thursday. I’ll be hanging out with host Mick Jeffries! You can even listen live online, so be sure to check in!

Until next time Swellions!


Cool new Texture paints

It’s late and I’m tired. Now that Halloween is just about over, I’m kinda sad, cause I can write till I’m blue in the face about it, but when it comes to other content, I struggle.

So, this is going to be a super simple post…my work has a new Texture paint line and they are super cool. Our staff just made some really quick and simple videos that explain each of the products. Seeing is believing with this paint. They go on so smooth and creamy and are so easy to apply…see for yourself!

Here’s a video of our cool Texture Crackle!

Here’s some of the other videos available:

Texture Fierro Paint
Texture Terra Cotta
Texture Terra Cotta
Paintable Texture Thick & Texture Fine
Paintable Texture Stucco
Paintable Texture Glass

That’s my friend Diane (and one of my DecoArt moms) speaking in the videos…by the way, if you ever want to hear me, go to this page and click on Foam Paint. I just listened to it and I sound really country! I don’t realize I have such an accent until I hear myself back. Yikes! That’s always scary to hear!

Let me know what you think and I’ll pass it on! I’d love to hear your feedback on the videos and what you think of the paint!

Oh, and feel free to post these videos on your blog/site and help us get the word out about this cool product. I think it would be great for mixed media projects and beautiful home d├ęcor!

Until next time Swellions!