Christmas in the City



Happy New Year!!!

I say it ever year, but its hard to believe how quickly Christmas came and went. Sigh…I love it so! This year, we were able to celebrate part of our Christmas New York City style! For 5 busy days, we hiked down the sidewalks and hopped on the subway to tour some of the biggest attractions-total tourist and the family loved it! My favorite thing is to see how cities decorate for the holidays. Of course, New York is the big daddy (or Santa!) of them all. I especially enjoyed seeing the Rockettes’ Holiday Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. The decorations and the signs are so vintage!


A little closer to home, we spent the night in Denver for New Year’s Eve. Larimer Square was decked out! Each storefront also had their holiday displays, but the lights and garland strung across the street really was impressive.


larimer2Love the old architecture of the buildings contrasted against the holiday decor. I’ve seen old pictures of Larimer Square-the garlands have been a tradition for many decades!

And, even closer…right here in Fort Collins at our own Old Town Square. Love the faded ghost sign and how simple to dress it up with a simple, large wreath. Just the perfect vintage embellishment. It makes me smile that the KING SIZE Coca Cola was a mere 12oz. Talk about how our portion sizes have become so skewed! 🙂

ghost signThe old architecture, sparkle and simple holiday garlands and wreaths really inspired me. Using these images as inspiration, I created a mini album.


I painted the cover with a light coat of brick red acrylic paint, allowing the chipboard to peek though to add an aged quality. Stamping bricks in black ink sporadically helps to create the look of an old brick wall. The ivory edging, stamped with architectural details, also looks like an ornate overhang. Simple garland, red ribbon and mini bulb ornaments embellish the top, as does a little bling of Stickles around the edge. To create a “ghost sign” title, I saturated a chipboard “m” with green watercolor spray and peeled off a few layers. The rest of “merry” was handwritten and lightly painted in green in spots to look faded as well. Green Stickles adds a bit of sparkle to the distressed “m.” The bell and bell hanger are both vintage and look super cute hanging from the spiral.

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Inner chipboard pages were decorated simply with “vintagey” Christmas cardstock and a few vintagey embellishments. Sometimes the best decorations really are the simplest!

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The pockets (this album includes 4 of them) were simply adorned with a vintage Christmas seal and a vintage ticket tab at the flap. This album is now available in the Etsy store-you can find it HERE. Fill the envelopes this album contains with Christmas tags, pictures or traditional family recipes.

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Well, now its time to put away the decorations till next year.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a SPECTACULAR 2014!!!

Happy Creating,


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