Friday, November 30, 2012

Photo Friday: Holiday Dresses

With all the holiday festivities underway, you might need something cute to wear to Christmas or New Year's parties and dinners.  Here are a few of our favorite frocks from around the Village that are on our wishlist this year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Join Lori Allred at The Bead Farm

If you're like me, you love spending time with your girlfriends and being creative. One of my favorite places to take my friends is The Bead Farm here at Gardner Village. And I'm not talking about just about a free class of sorts.

First grab a few of your favorite people and head to Gardner Village in West Jordan.


Then give The Bead Farm a call. You can reserve your "Table Time" by calling ahead (801.938.1995) and scheduling a two-hour block of time. Keep in mind the village typically closes at 8:00 pm, so you'll want to plan on being there to shop your favorite stores and of course eat at the yummy Archibald's Restaurant. The cost for table time is free if you buy the supplies to make your projects at the store (or a minimum fee if you bring your own supplies). The store is set up to cater to smaller groups of no more than six ladies. 

Callie, the shop owner, typically suggests projects depending on your groups' skill level. I know from experience that in the beginning, it's best if you all do the same type of project. But now that we're seasoned pros, we don't always pick the same project. But this night, I had no idea what I wanted to create, so I wandered around the shop until I found this darling blue blingy bracelet (upper left corner of photo) and decided I had to have it in diamond and black bling!

But the best part of The Bead Farm, of course, is Callie and her mom. They're so patient with us and make it so fun to hang out and just laugh! We feel like part of the family and enjoy our time at their shop!

So if you're looking for a fun time with girlfriends or family, while making your holiday gifts and you're in Utah (or visiting), then be sure to visit The Bead Farm.

Lori Allred is a giant Gardner Village fan and blogger over at You might have caught her first post about The Bead Farm back when they started the shop in a different location, if not read about it here. You can also catch Lori every Thursday on her weekly web show called Inspired by Pinterest over on My Craft Channel

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY Tuesday: Christmas Craft from Pine Needles

  • A variety of red and green scraps
  • A scrap of solid black fabric for letters
  • 4" x 5" piece of fusible web (Ultra Heat ‘n Bond)
  • 1/8 yard of white wool/felt
  • 1 yard 3/4" red ric rac
  • 3/4 yard of green mini pom poms (or 3/8" green ribbon)
  • 2 - 1" green buttons
***Note: We used the Big Shot die cut machine and Sizzix Heart Layers die which is available at Pine Needles. If you do not have access to this we have pre-cut wool/felt shapes available for purchase. A template is also included at the end of this tutorial.

Step 1. Using the Big Shot and your Heart Layers die, cut out 7 wool/felt scalloped hearts. Using your rotary cutter remove the top of each heart just below the cleavage. Yes, I said it, cleavage :)

Step 2. Again, using your big shot and die, cut out 7 print hearts from a variety of reds and greens. Using your rotary cutter, again remove off the top of each heart.

 Step 3. Trace letters onto the paper side of fusible web.
*** NOTE you must trace the letters in reverse. DO this by printing out the letters and then turning over your paper to trace them from the wrong side***
Following the Manufacturers' instructions, fuse to the wrong side of black fabric. Cut letters out and fuse to 5 of the fabric triangles.

Step 4. Sew print each print fabric to wool/felt peice.

Step 5. Mark the center of your ric rac. Pin the first R pennant behind the ric rac. Continue out from there pinning remaining pennants in place. Sew ric rac in place. Top stitch the green mini pom poms in place starting at the first pennant and ending at the last pennant (it does not extend beyond the pennants like the ric rac does).

Step 6. Sew buttons at either end of the green mini pom poms.

Wah-lah! You are finished!

Pine Needles at Gardner Village just outside Salt Lake City is alive with quilting, cross stitch and embroidery supplies as well as one-of-a-kind work by local artisans. Check out their blog here!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Photo Friday

The Village transforms during the holiday season to include some special things that make it magical. And what's more magical than this- Santa's sleigh outside of Sweet Afton's!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gardner Village Elf Scavenger Hunt

The elves have escaped Santa’s Workshop and are now at Gardner Village! We invite all children (12 and under, please) to help us find them. Try your luck with our fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt. Be sure to check your list twice and get all the correct locations for all of Santa’s little helpers. You can get your scavenger hunt form in the lobby of Country Furniture and Archibald's or you can print one here.

Michelle Powell from made this video of our little elves. See which ones you can spot!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Photo Friday: Gardner Village Elf Displays

The North Pole Elf Displays have returned to Gardner Village! These pointy-eared charmers are helping Santa prepare for the season. Come and see their fun-filled displays. You can even participate in an elf scavenger hunt beginning November 19th! Bring the kids and the camera to capture the magic of Christmas at Gardner Village. Click the photo to see more of Santa's little helpers around the Village.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gardner Village Elf Displays: Behind-the-Scenes

Gardner Village has put up their iconc elf displays for years now. But Santa's little helpers don't get set up all on their own! Careen Densley, the Village decor manager and self-proclaimed "elf mama," has been dressing, fixing and coordinating the Gardner Village elf displays for over 8 years.

Careen starts weeks in advance of their debut to get the elves ready for their holiday debut. She goes to Deseret Industries much of the time to find the elves' outfits or even makes some of them herself. She fixes the elves who might have broken a bone or two while they listen to Christmas music. The more than 70 elves are up around the Village from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.

Some of the elves might be sweet, and others mischevious, as they hide and play around the Village helping Santa get ready for Christmas. Kids can come and look for the pointy-eared charmers with the elf scavenger hunt and get a treat from Naborhood Bakery.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Family Photo Tips

Highlite Photography has long since enjoyed this time of year helping families with their Christmas Cards photos. Although it's nice to have a professional take them for you, many people opt to do them for themselves.  There are a few tips to keep in mind that will help ease the pain (as most men refer to it) when it comes to your holiday photos.

  1. EAT!! Make sure everyone has eaten or that the session isn't near dinner time.  No one feels like walking around, standing up and down if they are hungry.
  2. Put the clothes you are planning to wear on right before the session.  This avoids spills in the car, pen, water, etc.
  3. Bring along a brush & hairspray-plan on freshening up everyone right before the shoot.
  4. Have a reward for everyone once the session is done-that way everyone can look forward to something when it is done.
  5. Don't expect too much--if your children don't sit still-don't expect that they will sit for a picture.  If they feel like they are in trouble during the session, tears will be free flowing.
  6. Have fun!  The most important thing is to have fun as a family. If you make the session painful once, they won't forget it!
  7. Last but not least, if you try and fail-HIRE a PROFESSIONAL.
Call and mention that you saw this on Gardner Village blog and you can receive $20 off your "Gettin' Nuttin' for Christmas" portrait session this Saturday, November 17th.  Call today at 801-569-1749-space is limited!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Midnight Madness at Gardner Village

This Saturday all of the Village shops will be open from 6 until midnight so you can shop all night long for our biggest savings event of the year, Midnight Madness! Warm and delicious food from Archibald's will help you conquer the night. Here are a few of our favorite things to look for if you're in search of the perfect Christmas gift.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo Friday

Thanksgiving has really been on our minds this month. We came across this little turkey candle holder in Taste Culinary Boutique today. It was so cute. We just had to post it!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Tips from Taste

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday of the year because it’s centered around family gathering together rather than about gift giving.  That being said, it can be quite stressful if you are hosting the dinner.  Preparation is the key to making your Thanksgiving memorial and stress free. 
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, plan your guest list and menu now.  Ask your guests to RSVP so you know how many people you will be planning for.   When they RSVP, it’s a good time to decide if you want your guest to bring anything and communicate that to them.
Right now is the time to get your first round of shopping completed.  All of local grocery stores are fully stocked with Thanksgiving dinner needs.  If you are serving alcohol   re-stock your liquor cabinet.  If not serving alcohol, you can still decide on your beverages and stock up.  If you are ordering a fresh turkey (I highly recommend!) you should do that now as well.
Two weeks before the big day you should check to make sure you have all the tools, pots, pans, serving dishes, flatware, stemware, utensils, etc. you need including a large enough roasting pan for your turkey.  If you are a DIY’er, start working on your centerpiece arrangements, place settings, etc.  If you are not, make sure you have enough of everything and go purchase what you need.

3 Days before:  Take out all of your serving trays, bowls, utensils etc. and label them with what you will be serving in them.  This will save you a lot of time the day of.
2 Days before: Set the table with linens, plates, utensils, stemware and centerpiece.  Finish all the last minute shopping and pick up your turkey. 
1 Day before:  Do as much food prep as possible.  Bake pies, cut bread for stuffing , clean and chop veggies, peel and cut potatoes (store in fridge in a pot of cold water and a pinch of salt).
Prepare as much as possible in advance so that Thanksgiving Day can be spent celebrating and relaxing with family and friends. 

This recipe is a family favorite of mine and kids love it!  I make this a day ahead because it needs time to set up and it keeps really well.
1 pkg (6 oz) cherry gelatin
1 and ½ cup boiling water
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 can (16 oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 and ½ cup seedless red grapes halved
1 cup pomegranate seeds
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water.  Stir in pineapple and cranberry sauce.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Stir in grapes and pomegranate.  Pour in a serving bowl (2 quart) and refrigerate until firm. 
- Laila Hardman, Taste Culinary Boutique

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

With Thankful Hearts

We wanted to kick this season off right by telling you a few of the things we are thankful for.

We're thankful for . . .  

the leaves on the trees this time of year
a wonderful witchy season
our wonderful shop owners, employees and staff
our country
the holiday season
all of our families and friends
all of our customers
60 degree weather in November
all of the little things in life
the rich history and legacy of Archibald Gardner who inspired the vision we live today
and most of all, for Archibald's Pumpkin Pie Cake!

What are YOU thankful for? Some of our Facebook friends told us what they were grateful most for:

Beckie Daniels said "my kids are the greatist thing ever in my life life we not be the same with out them and my little grandkids make it all worth while love love them"

Jann Hadfield Curtis said, "My wonderful husband and sons. Sunsets and sunrises. The ability to be active, dance, and to be able to run. Living in a country where we have rights and freedom. Pretty much everything!!"

Josie McClendon said, "I am thankful my little gifts from haven my kids and for my husband. My wonderful family and friends for being there for us!! They help us though the hardest time in our life!! And thankful that my husband is one year cancer free!!!"

Kaylee York Case said, "My baby boy I had 5 days ago. I'm so happy I'm a mom"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Photo Friday: Fall at the Village

Here are a few shots of the Village this fall. It's the most magical time of year around here and we just wanted to share some of the little things that we love with you.