Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'll Be Home For Christmas....

The Gingerbread Cottage

There is still time to order your Christmas charm beads in time for the holiday. I'm shipping orders daily. Last day to order is Saturday morning. I'll be shipping every little package and closing shop for some holiday baking, secret gift wrapping, and holiday fun with my family. Yey!

Happy Holidays! May your home and family be filled with love and joy.
The Nutcracker Ballet

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Memories

What are your favorite holiday traditions? When I was a child, I loved decorating fancy cookies with my mom. We shipped cookie tins to both sets of grandparents, as well as giving plates to all our friends. The funnest part was decorating gingerbread cookies to look like the recipient! When I grew up, Grandma Helen gifted me a gingerbread cookie cutter that her father had made. It's one of a kind and I treasure it.

Do you like to bake for the holidays? Or what about avoiding baking at all costs?? :-)

I have a funny memory of dressing as angel for a Christmas pageant when I was in first grade. I remember the costume my mom and grandma made for me, and the lights onstage, but funny how I forgot everything else.

Do you have a little angel in your life?

Do you have a special place you go to see HUGE trees dressed up with lights and decorations?

What other traditions does your family have? What ways did your grandmother decorate and your own mother? What do you do that's a tradition? Does anyone make gingerbread houses?

We started a new tradition five years ago, we took up skiing. It's wonderful to book a cabin in the snow for a visit just after the holidays. It's a special event we look forward to. We all learned to cross country ski that first year, enjoying a groomed trail through the woods and along the lake. Last year, the boys tried downhill skiing and I was sick....... so now I have to get caught up and try it this time around. I'm a little nervous..... I hope I don't have to design special charm for some sort of downhill skiing failure! :-)

Happy Holidays from me,
Aly, designer of all things Charmish
These beads are also known by their name brand, Ohm Beads :-)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Interview AOL's Parent Dish site

Parent Dish interviewed me about designing charms and what makes this style so hot. Check it out here.