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Like many of you, I enjoy sharing inspiration through blogging, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Starting this year, I’m adding video blogging or “vlogging” to the list of ways I can better connect with you. I know the video blogging format is not new but I’ve never really got into the whole Youtube craze until just recently. Man have I been missing a ton of cool stuff! But honestly most of my Youtube searches are things like, “Middle Age Beauty Tips” or “Belly Buster Exercises.” It hit me that you all might like to see an occasional video on antiquing, crafting, decorating, photography and the shop. Trust me, no belly busting tips:)

To start, I’ve put together a short slide video to music (believe it or not) with a few decorating ideas called Simply Raised In Cotton. I know I still have lots to learn but hopefully you will enjoy it and any future ones I attempt. Please let me know what you think.

Blessings, Carol




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Hello 2012

Hello and Happy New Year! My manifesto for you and the New Year; Don’t be afraid to try something New. Live your Life and Style your Home the way you want. Act on your DREAMS. Share your gifts with others. Always make it Memorable. Always make it Special. Believe in Yourself.

I hope your next 12 months are filled with creative joy and much happiness.

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Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

When it comes to giving gifts to your creative friends, a nondescript Christmas bag just does not fit the package bill. Recently I met with my two pals Amy and Deb for our annual Holiday lunch get together. Both Women are blessed with head spinning talent so I knew they would appreciate some creative wrapping on my part for their gifts.

I found some pretty handmade papers at Anthropologie which leant an organic touch to each gift. The paper on the left had large textured circles which was perfect for Amy since she is a fabric and pattern designer. For Deb’s package, I selected a red stitched cream on cream paper with a delicate ruffle. I used a piece of the same paper to craft bows for each package.

For the tags, I took a couple of vintage photos and used decorative tape to frame the edges. I’m obsessed with this tape and even used some of it to cover a small clothespin to attach the tag to one of the packages. I further embellished each gift with a few buttons, vintage earrings, red and white bakers twine, raffia and even a few sprigs of fresh greens. There is really so many possibilities when you craft with trims you probably already have on hand. Just think outside of the package~ I know that was lame;)


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  • Lisa Moran - Your creative gift wrapping is lovely!
    What a beautiful new concept “good stella”. I look forward to seeing more…
    Wishing you a beautiful holiday season~
    Lisa Moran
    Bilancia Designs

  • Anne Lorys-Fiona and Twig - What beautifully creative ways to present a gift!
    The wrapping is like a gift in itself.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, my friend!

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Kansas City Homes & Gardens Feature

Last Summer Kansas City Homes & Gardens Magazine contacted me about doing an article about my farmhouse and business. I shot several photographs and sent them in and was quickly interviewed but really did not know when the article would be published. Last week I was surprised to find the current December issue had the article feature with most of the photos that I had shot included. I thought Gloria Gale the writer did an excellent job in capturing the story of our farmhouse.  Here is the link for the article.

Enter my Jeanne d’ Arc Living Gift Giveaway here or here for a chance to win the popular “Jul” issue:)

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Vintage Mirrors As Plate Chargers

When out hitting flea markets is there a vintage treasure you can never pass up? For me that would have to be old mirrors, especially the unframed kind. I think mirrors are perfect to add a little glow to any room no matter what decorating style you favor.  I also love to use mirrors in unexpected ways, for instance I used several as plate chargers for a Christmas table;

We’re expecting SNOW today so I’m staying home and working on decorating my farm table. I’m using more vintage mirrors and will show you what I do with them in an upcoming post. Stay Warm:)

Blessings, Carol

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  • Lili - Oooh this is such a pretty look, especially with the mercury glass! I love how you added a touch of sparkle and some greens too. Your pictures and your ideas are always so fabulous! ~Lili

  • Lisa - This is a wonderful idea for adding a little extra sparkle to the table…perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing.

  • Summer - This is such a fabulous idea. I will now start looking locally for the unframed ones or even pulling some out of a ratty frame. I always thought placemats were too small for the large chargers we buy today, so this is the perfect answer. Your styling of these is wonderful. I especially like the etched designed mirror. I recently took a class on how to take the black paint off the back and give them more antiquing.

  • Paulette S in MO - What a beautiful idea. I bought a used oval mirror that was frosted in some areas, for my daughter’s wedding, and used it under the serving set for the cake and the toasting glasses. Quite a few things scream my name at flea markets, like salt and pepper shakers and cookie jars, I like to use them as canisters for sugar/flour/tea.

  • Rhonda - You are so blessed with suuuuccch talent …this is beautiful ….

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Homebound Ezine

The photo above is of my Holiday project that I did for Heather Anderson of Post Road Vintage latest ezine called Homebound. I was delighted that Heather asked me to be part of her lovely (and totally free) publication. The issue is filled with creative ideas from many talented bloggers including, Andrea of Faded Plains, Lynda of Lynda Naranjo Photography, Courtney of French Country Cottage and Mary of Urban Farm Girl. Go get yourself a copy!

I would also be delighted if you would stop by and be part of our new online Good Stella Community dedicated to helping Women follow their own creative dreams. Here’s the link and Good Stella Button if you would like to help me spread the word.

  • Carol Spinski - Thank you so much:)

  • Carol Spinski - Thank you darlin Anne:) Hugs, Carol

  • Anne Lorys-Fiona and Twig - What a gorgeous image, Carol!
    I’m popping right over to check out this site, sounds like a great cause!


  • Lili - Oh what a perfect way to keep the garden close by all winter long! What a fabulous idea, I’m thinking I could do a mini one with my concrete cherub urn that is still out in my garden. Such gorgeous elements with all that lovely white and the silver touches. And thanks so much for sharing the Homebound ezine, and Heather from Post Road Vintage. xo ~Lili

  • Rebecca - I have always loved bringing a little bit of the out doors inside for the holidays too. It’s beautiful, congrats to you all! Hugs

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