Friday, November 29, 2013


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  And maybe today you’re out and about (or even online) taking advantage of the crazy sales that come the day after.   Such a fun time of year!

As we move into the holiday season, I think more and more about home – the one where I grew up and the one I share now with my husband.  I sometimes even think about Diana Ross  singing “Home” in The Wiz.  Or maybe that was Aysha singing that! 

Like I remember my Mom doing, I try really hard to fill our house with the sights, the sounds and the smells of the holidays.  We crank up the fireplace, I light all my seasonal candles, decorate like a crazy person (I’m doing 3 Christmas trees this year!) and I spend the most time in the kitchen that I do all year!  It’s work, but I really enjoy it.  Then, every year I remember – home is not the “stuff” or even the ambiance.  It’s the people!  So, as long as you’re with the people you love and who love you – you’re home! 

So, today I’m sharing a layout that captures that sentiment.  The “home” we made of our stateroom on a recent cruise to Alaska.  It started out as just a layout about our room.  But then, as I looked at the photos, rememberd and thought about a title, I realized that it was more than just a room.  For the week we were on the ship, this was our home. 

Home Away From Home by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper, Layered Stickers and Brad: Simple Stories;  Cruise Ship Sticker: Jolee’s; Wooden Suitcase: Basic Grey;  Alphas:  American Crafts Thickers. 

I hope you make the most of this beautiful time of year – wherever you find yourself spending it!


  1. What a cute LO, like the scrabble tile letters and the embellishments!

  2. Love this layout and the title treatment!

  3. Love this post! Preparing to decorate the HOME and reminiscing about Holidays when young! Now I'm singing "Home" from the Wiz! LOL! Thanks for sharing the beautiful art and the memories, Moanica!

  4. What a great post Moanica, love the layout too...can't wait to see the pics of your 3 trees!

  5. Great layout and design. I too love the WIZ and that is one of my favorite songs in the movie!

  6. Yes, Moanica...that could've been me you heard! LOL!!! Wow, three trees?! Werk!



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