The Breakers Mansion at Christmas

We were meeting some friends of ours in Newport to see one of the mansions all decorated for Christmas.  My boys and I had toured the Breakers mansion before but we were excited to see our friends as well as all the beautiful Christmas decorations.

Though the Newport mansions were summer cottages for the rich and never used during the winter; 4 of them are left open through the holiday season and are all decked out.  We went to see The Elms last year at this time and wanted to see another one.

The decorations did not disappoint!

The main hall is filled with poinsettias and even a poinsettia tree (which we were able to get close to later on in the tour).

There were pink poinsettias to match the tree and décor in this room

The dining room had a large fireplace and look who's peeking out!

Even the billiard room was all decked out for the holidays.  I loved the lanterns of baubles lining the mantle.

Back in the main hall I had the boys pose near the poinsettia tree and then fell in …

Floral Anniversary Card

My mother and step father were celebrating their anniversary last week and I wanted to make up a card to go with the gift card I was getting them.  I used an old retired Stampin' Up set called Simple Florals for my focal point.
With my center image stamped in black I used my aqua painters to fill in the flowers and vase with ink colors and set if off with a coordinating pattered paper.  

I stamped a simple anniversary saying inside and used the same pattern paper to pull the whole thing together.

I will be linking up over at Penny Black & More for their monthly challenge; be sure to stop by and see all the other cards linked up!

Friday Favorites: The Week We Saw the Breakers Mansion All Decorated for Christmas

It has been quite the week and when my doctor mentioned yesterday that he'll see me again a week from Monday we both paused and thought; wow, Christmas really less than two weeks away!  That's crazy!

We had the  best day on Friday!  My boys and I met up with some friends of ours in Newport to tour the Breakers mansion all decorated for the holidays.  After we finished at the house we went to a nearby café so we could really sit and visit.  The time just flew right by.

I was up early and out the door on Saturday to mail Christmas gifts and wander around town to try and find a photo opp. for this week's 52 Frames photography assignment.  Once home I got every single gift (that was in the house) wrapped while watching Love Actually and The Holiday.

My husband and I enjoyed a date night Saturday evening and finished up ALL the Christmas shopping!

I spent most of the day getting wrapping done and working on the blog on Sunday. In the afternoon I had offered to take Alec to a c…