Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hello blog friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and we enjoyed opening our presents and eating good food.  I went to a few parties which were fun and it's always great to reconnect with family and friends.

I have my birthday coming up and I will be celebrating it with my husband.  He bought me tickets to see Bit Bull and I can't wait to see him in concert and have a little fun.  Then on my birthday I will go out to dinner in the city to an Italian restaurant with my husband and daughter.  I am taking the week off from blogging to spend more time with my family.

Thanks my blog friends, I have really enjoyed blogging this past year and making new friends.   I want to say thanks for being there and for being supportive and listening to what I have to say.  You are wonderful and kind comments make me smile and mean a lot to me.  Here is to another year of blogging fun with all of you!

Wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR and to good health!


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An Ornament Swap with Chel

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hello everyone, I'm so excited to share with you the ornaments and goodies that I received from Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams.  We both decided that we wanted to do our own ornament exchange and then we would share with everyone what we both received.  It was so much fun and I really enjoyed making the homemade items and gathering the goodies that I wanted to give to Chel.  Take a look at what I received, you will be amazed.

Here is a fabric heart ornament that Chel made herself and the roses stand for Sweetbriar which means a rose.  I really love this ornament with the pink roses, so pretty.

When the box arrived in the late evening this is what I found when I opened it up.  Everything was wrapped up in pretty gold and navy wrapping paper with gold ribbon scattered inside the box.

On the outside of the box was taped this cute picture of two children looking out the window at a Christmas tree with snow falling down and a beautiful Christmas card written from Chel.

Here is the beautiful fabric heart ornament with a button on it and there is red fabric on the back of the ornament too.

There was also this glass ornament with the saying Merry Christmas to a Special Friend with Love and it was tucked inside this red felt ornament holder with the white snowflake on the front.

Next I found this wire star filled with cinnamon sticks and orange peels and the smell is just so nice and wonderful.  This really fits in beautifully with my country Christmas tree theme.

Here is another ornament that Chel crocheted and it's just so cute with the beads and bells on it.  The white, green, red, and turquoise colors of the yarn are just so pretty.

This is a crocheted pin cushion and I think that it's just so cute.  I have it on display on my kitchen window sill.  I love that I can think of my friend when I look at it.

This is a cell phone holder which I really love and the colors are so bright and cheery.  It is crocheted with light green, white, and pink yarn with a cute button in the middle, and Chel made this too.  Chel is so talented and creative and she did a great job making everything.

These beautiful hand warmers are one of my favorites that Chel made.  I love the purple with the pink roses on them and I will love wearing these when I'm driving in my car this winter.  The hand warmers  fit me just perfectly too.

I love how pretty the star ornament looks on my tree and it smells wonderful.  The glass ornament and the crocheted ornament are just special and perfect.

I think that this fabric rose ornament is one of my favorites too and it stands out and looks so pretty on my tree.

I love how Chel took the time out of her busy schedule to make all of these beautiful handmade items that are perfect for me.  All of these goodies are so special to me and I will treasure them always.  I will enjoy looking at the ornaments on my Christmas tree and think of my friend Chel who lives in England.  I'll also enjoy using the cell phone holder and hand warmers.

Thank you Chel for everything, I love it all.  Thanks for being my blog friend and I really enjoyed doing the ornament exchange with you. 

Chel wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

I want to wish you my blog friends a wonderful Christmas and Season Greetings from my home to yours.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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Christmas on 34th Street - New York City

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My husband and I spent recently spent the afternoon in New York City.  We went to see a basketball game, the Knicks vs. the Boston Celtics.  It was a good game but the Knicks lost.  My husband loves all kinds of sports and it was so much fun going to a game at Madison Square Garden.

After the game I needed to do more Christmas shopping and we were right in the area of Macy's on 34th Street.  In the background you can see the Empire State Building on the right. 

It is a busy area with a lot of people sightseeing, shopping, and people who work in the area.

Here you can see the big department store Macy's.

The afternoon was cold and there was a light dusting of snow, but there was an excitement in the air that Christmas would soon be here.

This is on the side of Macy's and you can see how busy it is and of course there are hot dog trucks with their yellow and blue umbrella's.

Here is Santa with Virginia.

I love the big windows with the clock and the statues and you can see a large lighted wreath in the window.

I took a few pictures of the window displays but I couldn't get too many since it was so crowded by the windows with people.  Here are some cute ducks in the snow.

These children are from the book and tv show Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus.  Virginia is the girl all the way to the right dressed in blue with brown hair, with a book in her hands.

Around the corner of Macy's to the left were more window displays and they were so crowded with people that I was only able to get this picture and another one.  This is of a boy dreaming with his teddy bear in his arms.

This is a reindeer with presents on his back.

My husband and I were standing on the street eating a hot pretzel!  The hotdog and pretzel stands are all over the city.  We felt very festive standing there sharing our warm pretzel watching all the people walking past us.

I hope you are all liked my tour of Macy's and the window displays.  Are you enjoying the holidays with family and friends?  Are you all finished with your Christmas shopping and wrapping presents?  I just have a few more presents left to buy and I'm done with wrapping the presents.

Wishing all my blog friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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Homemade Cheddar Dog Biscuits

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hello friends!  As many of you know I love my dog Bosco and I decided this year to make him some homemade dog biscuits for Christmas.  I went on a search for the perfect recipe on Pinterest and found the recipe HERE at the The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

Here is what the baked dog biscuits look like when baked.

My dog Bosco is so happy with them as you can see.

Cheddar and Applesauce Homemade Dog Biscuits
Total Time:  25 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 30 treats
  • ¾ cups whole wheat flour (or rye flour or brown rice flour)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons all-natural applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half an inch thick. Cut treats with a cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until treats are firm to the touch.
  4. Before freezing or storing, allow cookies to cool and harden, about 50 minutes.
Adapted from the book Beagle: Smart Owner’s Guide

 NOTE: The treats typically last up to 1 - 1 1/2 weeks in the fridge.  If you don't plan to use up all the treats right away, they can be frozen.

The link to the blog and recipe I found on Pinterest is HERE.

I plan on baking more for Bosco and give them to my neighbor's dogs that I dog sit sometimes.  I love spoiling my dog and this is the perfect way with all natural dog treats.  They were so good my husband and daughter tried them too!  Lol.  I hope this has given you an idea if you can't think of what to give your dog for Christmas this year.

I am on Google +, Twitter, Ravelry and Pinterest.  My username is @brklynhousewife.  Please don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin too!  All of my crochet/knit creations and recipes are on my Pinterest Boards, so please have a look there also.  

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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Coach Store - Last Minute Shopping

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I love handbags and my husband for Christmas last year gave me a gift certificate to the Coach Store.  Well, believe it or not I did not use the gift certificate until recently.  I added to the gift certificate and bought myself this shoulder bag.  

It is called:  Madison Small Phoebe Shoulder Bag in Leather

You can see the bag Here.

This is the color that I bought it in and it's called Light Gold/Orange Spice.  It comes in many colors and I almost bought the grey color, but I changed my mind at the last minute.  I have a lot of brown and black colored clothes and I thought that a pop of color would look nice and would be a good accessory to any outfit.  Pumpkin/Orange is now a popular color and in style too.

I used this handbag when we went to visit family recently and it was a big hit.  I showed the bag to my  friend and she said that she is going to buy it too.

The style of Coach bags are going back to their original style of all leather and less of the branding on the bag.  This bag has a middle compartment for a wallet and has two sides that open up.  The bag can fit a lot and keep everything organized.  

Note:  Gift Certificates to the Coach Store do not expire.

Thanks hubby for my new bag! 

I was in the store recently buying Christmas gifts and I bought this bag for someone special in my family and it's called the Coach Saffiano Leather Mini Satchel and you can see the bag HERE.

This bag is great because it's multi functional and it has handles or you can use it as a cross body bag.

Another idea is the Madison Double Zip Wristlet and you can see the bag HERE.

I hope this has given you some ideas for any last minute shopping at the Coach store.  


Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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Christmas at Julie's House - 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Here at my house I would love to show you some of my Christmas decorations!  Step inside and have a look with me.  On my kitchen window sill I have this red candle that I light up each night when we have dinner and it looks so festive.  On my window sill near my kitchen sink I have this holiday sign with a happy snowman on it.

Here is a gingerbread house that lights up, sings Christmas carols, and the snowman and gingerbread man move around in circles.  My husband's aunt and uncle gave this to my daughter when she was little.  I have this sleigh with Santa on it that holds all my Christmas cards.

These two mini Christmas trees are my daughter's and she decorates them each year with gold angels and beads.

This is a crackled old looking Santa that I have near my lamp and this Santa rug is on the fireplace floor.  My mom and I were shopping many years ago together and we each bought one.

This manger set was my Mom and Dads and my Mom gave it to me many years ago.  I love how rustic it looks.  I have it displayed on my window sill in my living room.

I love this Candy Land village that my sister gave to me before she died in 1992 of cancer and I put it out each year in remembrance of her.  She was only 30 years old when she died!

On the top of my tree I have this fabric angel which I think gives it a country feel.  There are three crocheted wreaths in my bottom windows and upstairs I have 2 crocheted wreaths displayed in the windows too.

This is what my Christmas tree looks like in my living room.  The tree is large about 7.5 feet tall and not real since I have allergies.

You can see some of my ornaments displayed and I love them all.  The shell snowman ornament my Mom made for us and you can find the snowman in the bottom picture.  The post and tutorial are HERE to make one for yourself if you like.  The gold snowflake ornaments were given to me by Anne at the blog Stuff & Nonsense recently.

The yo yo fabric garland I made many years ago and I love using it on my tree to give it a country feel.

Most of my ornaments on my tree are homemade and I love them.

Did you like my Christmas decorations?  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and Christmas will be here in two weeks so I'm wishing everyone a Season's Greetings from my house to yours! 

I will be sharing this at The Charm of Home and other parties.

Thanks everyone and enjoy.


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Bosco - Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This is my rescue dog Bosco!

Thanks everyone and enjoy.

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