Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cheers to 2012!

One of our traditions on this day is to eat 12 grapes for New Years.  This is a Spanish tradition and  we eat a grape with each bell strike at midnight on December 31. According to this tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity. So guess what we'll be doing at midnight?

I wish all my family and friends a Happy New Year. I hope that you have a wonderful 2012.

To every reader, thank you for your loyally and for all of your kind comments and emails! We look forward to making more beautiful things in 2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

As I Look Back...

... there was joy, there was craziness, late nights, and lots and lots of gratitude. As I look forward, I am very excited about the possibilities this new year holds.

I want to thank you for being Patty's Collection  loyal clients, biggest fans, best advertisers, and for all the personal introductions. Blogging takes a lot of time, but it's very rewarding when you hear all the positive feedback and new ideas.

The best part of Patty's Collection is all the new the friends that I have been able to make and I am lucky to have come across great people.

These are some of the many orders that I was able to make this year... as I always say... There is just something so great about being a part of people's gift-giving!

One of the many version of this cute crab
Cute baby gift 
One of the favorite designs this Christmas
This little one loves wheels
One design, different color shirts
The new addition to our collection

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I just discovered Pinterest and I Love it!

For those of you that have not heard of Pinterest, it's a virtual pinboard for the great things that you come across the web and want to save, e.g., products you love, art and crafts, favorite places, fashion, etc. etc. and you can also create your own boards!  My Bookmark Bar was getting way too long and now with Pinterest I can find any ideas that I liked and saved by just going to my board. 

I can also follow other pinners and repin things of interest to my site.  So, when you get a chance, check it out and if you like what you see, you can follow me too!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

Our Christmas was filled with friends and family, amazing food and remembering the reason for the season. We feel so blessed.  There is nothing better than seeing your kids having so much fun and enjoying this wonderful day!

Christmas Eve
Leaving cookies for Santa
Christmas Day
Dancing to Just Dance Kids II
Emma checking out her new wheels
Getting tea ready for everyone
Ben couldn't wait to try his new wheels!

I hope all of you had a fabulous Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ready for Santa!

Our mantel is ready for Santa to come on down the chimney!

I bought new stockings this year and believe it or not, I had to have them monogrammed... shhhh. I was so busy with Patty's Collection gifts this holiday season that I knew I would not have time to do it myself. Besides, my hoop would not fit into the stockings, so we have some exciting news for the New Year at Patty's Collection... more details will follow soon.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Matching Christmas Pajamas

Whew!  Our last Patty's Collection's Christmas gift was picked up today.  Thanks to all our awesome clients and for all the referrals, we had a great holiday season!

This morning, I woke up a little earlier than usual ~ you don't want to know what time :) and finished Ben and Emma's pajamas.  While my parents were in town, I asked my mom to help me with their pajamas bottoms and today, I finished their tops!  I can't wait for them to wear these tomorrow night.  It's going to be another great Christmas!

Yes, Santa! Ben and Emma have been exceptionally Nice! this year

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Banister

This will be our first Christmas at our new home. I am trying to re-use our old decorations, but also trying to do some different. This year, I decorated the banister with garland wrapped with lights and added another 100 lights to it.  I covered the cords with gold ribbon added some ornaments to it.  It looks so nice at night and it was so easy to put together.

Close up photo
I love gold and red when decorating for Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Card Photo Display

We display our Christmas cards on an antiqued pewter finish photo/card holder that I bought last year from Willow House. It has lots of clips and holds tons of cards. We love to display all the photo cards that we receive and this is a great way to do it.

 A full display is a great sign that Christmas is near!

How do you display your Christmas cards?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preppy Pony Tail Holders

I am sure you've seen these before and thought "where can I buy those?" As of today, Patty's Collection will be adding these super cute monogrammed pony tail holders to our Collection.

In between finishing Christmas orders last night, I was thinking about new hair accessories for my niece and made these four for her!  I think she will love them!  She's my best model and loves everything I make for her.

I will be adding these new designs to our website and create the option "Design Your Own."  I have gotten positive feedback about this feature on our website, so we will continue to use it.  Thanks!

This morning, Emma decided to wear it on her wrist! I guess you can use them as bracelets as well!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fa la la la Fabulous Monday!

Christmas has offically begun at hour home. We're almost finish decorating, my parents are visiting for the holidays, everyone is in the holiday spirit and I am almost done with all of the Patty's Collection orders in time for the holidays and that includes my kids!

Ben is wearing the t shirt I made for him last year (that's the great thing about our shirts you can wear them for two seasons) and Emma is wearing her new elf t shirt.

Thanks to all the referrals and our loyal clients, we were the busiest this holiday season!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Our tree is very traditional in that we keep it simple with white lights and ornaments that have been collected through the years.  We love glass ornaments, so every year we get a couple new ones for our tree.  I can't take much credit for our Christmas tree as Jason does all the work... and he does a really great job!

I still have not learned how to take good pictures
of the tree when it's lit
Some of our favorite ornaments collected over the years
Some of the ones from this year...
It's beginning to look like Christmas!

There really is no place like home for the holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You've Got Mail...

Our cards came in the mail last week and I have mailed most of them. Every year, we order our cards from Tiny Prints, they have a great designs and I always seem to find the right one.  Have you sent out your Christmas cards yet? It's only 16 days before Christmas and we look forward to getting our mail every day and find those beautiful pictures cards.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our Advent Calendar

Here's our count down to Christmas!  We keep this calendar in the playroom area and I put two little pieces of candy or a little card with an activity to do with the kids every day before Ben comes home from school.

Emma is patient enough to wait for Ben to get home.  When he's home, they both run to the playroom so see what's on the stocking of the day!  A fun activity to do with the kids during the holidays!

Have you heard of Pinterest? Lots of fun ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Keeping Christmas Magical

Yesterday, we spent a few hours getting the house ready for Christmas. Ben and Emma loved it and tried helping as much as they could.

Playing with the musical box
Emma was amused by the little trains and ice skaters
coming in and out of the musical box.

Christmas is full of magical moments!

Monday, December 5, 2011

O' Christmas Tree

I am happy to say that we managed to get our Christmas tree yesterday! Usually we get it Thanksgiving weekend, but this year, we were a little late.   We get our tree at the Fire Station in our neighborhood. They have the most beautiful trees and the best prices too.

Ben and Emma were super excited and were running around all over the place. 

Looking for the perfect tree
Emma having a blast
We made it home with just two little strings
Here it is.  We'll start decorating tonight

Have you gotten your Christmas Tree?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Cards

This year, we never had the chance to take professional pictures.  We had too many things going on and time just flew by, so we took this task upon ourselves and it was not easy... these are some of the many pictures we took, it pretty much shows how it went down...

I will reveal the final photos next week when we finish putting all our cards in the mail.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

All I want for Christmas

Coach's Madison flagship embossed buff croc caroline dowel, limited edition.

A girl can only dream

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stocking Stuffers Gift Ideas

Christmas is almost here! I am sure that I'm not the only one who has not finished shopping yet. The good news is that there is plenty of time left. If you are looking for some gifts and keepsake ideas that will forever be treasured, you need to check Patty's Collection gift ideas... $20 and under. You can find something for the special one on your list. 

Get the Rake(s) Out

My kids love to roll around in the leaf piles. It's such a great joy to them. We're surrounded by trees and, yes, there will be a lot of raking to do. This is what our deck looks like so far and most of the leaves have fallen out.

Emma collecting sticks
Jumping on the leaves
Looking for more sticks in the playground
Emma won't look at the camera!

There are so many leaves, I think it's time to pull the leaf blower!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

He's Back!

Guess who came to our home today?

We started the Elf On The Shelf tradition when Ben was 3 years old. Our Elf is named Freddie and at our home he comes back the Saturday after Thanksgiving. He will magically be moving around our house every day and he will be watching over Ben and Emma.  It's going to be lots of fun! 

I think everyone has an elf, but if you have not yet gotten one, it's a must have!

Remember, we can't touch him! but he did bring a note with him

Do you do the Elf on the Shelf with your kids? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day is the time to give thanks for everything that you have and to help those who are not so fortunate as yourself. Whatever it is that you're doing to celebrate, make this day special by creating forever memories.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Dessert

How perfect and easy! I was looking for a pumpkin dessert and found these Pumpkin Parfaits on  We are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and brunch on Sunday, I think these may be on the menu!

What for dessert on your menu?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving, it’s just two days away and we love to host it at our house. This year, I made these place cards with the kids. I do most of the work, but they just love feeling that they are part of the whole process!

These were easy to make. I bought the card stock and pine cones at Michaels, used a square template to create each name, and a brown ribbon for my bows.

These are all our place cards, we can actually have a sit down dinner!
I use hot glue for the bows
I also used hot glue to glue the pine cones to the cards

I spent about $8 for this project :)

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