I totally blew off last week's Friday's Favorite Five in favor of enjoying the last days of Summer with good friends visiting from Texas. Friday's Favorite Five turned into Monday's Favorite Five, which turned into Wednesday's Favorite Five. And Wednesday's Favorite Five just doesn't sound right.
Here are the top five things making me smile this week:
1. Vintage Halloween Images from Twisted Vintage Images. I must be ready for Fall... One dollar an image & they are high enough quality that you can print them for background images. I love this! Thanks for the link Kim C.!
2. The Tinsel Wonderland Workshop on December 5th in Lafayette, New Jersey. During the $150 event, hosted by Lisa Kettell, students will make a clay/papier mache christmas tree doll with a china doll face, faux mercury glass bulbs, tinsel bulbs, tinsel sheets and tinsel treasures. They have the entire event set up so that you will truly enjoy a Victorian Christmas -- it's even set in a village straight out of a Dickens book. There will be hot chocolate and antique shopping to boot! Oh, how I desperately want to attend. If I can't make the Tinsel Wonderland Workshop, I might try to attend Art Opera in April of 2010.
3. Back to School embroidery patterns. Free! Click on over to Sew Mama Sew and get yours!
4. The amazing kids birthday parties thrown by One Charming Party. Check out their American Girl party and their Vintage Glam Barbie party. Get inspired to throw a party! I'm thinking I might throw myself a Vintage Glam Barbie party for my 40th. If nothing else, I'd love to see my girlfriends all "gowned up" for a photo session. Wouldn't it be cool to throw yourself a kid's birthday party?
5. Settlers of Catan. Our friends Amy & Cory came out for their annual 5-day visit/Luckett's Fair trip. We generally spend our spare time playing games, most often "Speed Scrabble". This year they brought "Settlers of Catan", one of the hottest board games around. We are totally addicted. We stayed up most nights until 1 a.m., completely forgetting that, oh yeah, we have KIDS THAT WILL BE UP IN A FEW HOURS. I loved the fact that each player had the opportunity to play with each roll of the dice, regardless of whether or not it was your turn. During most board games, I kind of tune out while waiting for my turn. This one kept my attention. For hours at a stretch. If you love board games, buy this. You'll thank me for it.
Have a wonderful weekend! We're hoping to be "homebodies" this weekend. No out-of-town trips. No out-of-town guests. Just us. And our house that needs some serious cleaning.